Belmond’s magical train journeys between Paris and the French Alps to launch this December


For the first time ever, Belmond’s beautiful train – the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express will travel between Paris and the Rhône-Alpes region, transporting guests in true luxury to some of Europe’s most incredible snow resorts.

Debuting December 2023, get ready to step into the romance of a bygone era on an alpine adventure to the wintry stations of Albertville, Moûtiers or Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Enjoy superb onboard dining and luxurious overnight accommodation, waking to spellbinding scenery of snow-capped mountains, enchanting forests, glacial lakes and glittering villages passing by your window.

With the option to disembark at any of the three stations, you’ll be ideally located for the ski resorts of Megève, Mont Blanc, Courchevel, Les Trois Vallées, and Tignes–Val d’Isère.

Read on for more details about the incredible train restoration and our top picks of where to stay in the Alps once you disembark.

A once in a lifetime journey awaits this winter aboard the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express luxury train.

To start planning your trip, reach out to our Europe snow holiday experts today on enquiries@jigsawtravel.com.au

Belmond’s Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express

The iconic midnight-blue carriages have been completely reimagined with new suites fully restored by expert craftsmen in France, while being sensitive to the original history of the carriages.

Authentic interiors evoke the nostalgia and glamour of a bygone era, inspired by a fusion of the landscape the train travels through and design from the Art Deco period. Glorious colours, patterns and textures will immerse guests in diverse European scenery, while plush fabrics and furnishings channel famed Art Deco designers, such as Dufrene and Lalique.

Your train journey includes:

  • Complimentary transfer from your Paris accommodation to the train station
  • Luxurious overnight accommodation
  • A sumptuous four-course dinner crafted from seasonal ingredients
  • Sommelier wines
  • French breakfast served in your cabin for ultimate comfort
  • Dedicated steward service to attend to your every request.

Where to stay on arrival


Six Senses Residences and Spa

Set at the heart of Courchevel 1850 in Les Trois Vallées, Six Senses Residences Courchevel brings together the traditional and contemporary, taking the authentic alps experience to new heights. All 53 hotel residences have been meticulously designed with interiors inspired by their Alpine surroundings. At the pinnacle are 10 duplex penthouses and 12 superior apartments with up to four exquisitely apportioned bedrooms, wine cellars, private treatment room and spa, triple aspect views and balconies or terraces for a sunny après-ski cocktail. With fine features and furnishings sourced from top designers, a concierge to assist with all aspects of your stay including private catering, Six Senses Spa and on-site Japanese restaurant, Sumosan, Six Senses Courchevel will bring the wow-factor to every ski holiday.

Aman Le Mélézin

In the heart of Les Trois Vallées, Aman Le Mélézin offers an exceptional ski experience with all the classic traditions of the finest French châteaux. Rising four storeys above the village, the hotel enjoys an enviable setting directly on the Bellecôte Piste with picture-postcard views of snow-covered mountains rearing against crystal-clear Alpine skies.

The hotel’s serene spa, swimming pool, fitness and hydrotherapy areas are spread over two floor and offer a wide range of therapeutic and pampering treatments. It is the ideal space in which to prepare, or recover from, an active day in the magnificent outdoors.

A selection of tailor-made experiences are on offer to take you holiday to the ultimate heights, including a sunrise hot air balloon, or paragliding over the alps.


Megève by Four Seasons

Offering Alpine chic on the Mont D’Arbois slopes and located just a few minutes away from the Megève  village centre, Megève by Four Seasons is a stylish, modern chalet with distinct French character. Luxury suites and guestrooms seamlessly blend Alpine tradition with cool, contemporary design and panoramic views of the valley.

With ski-in, ski-out access, the region’s largest spa and a Michelin-starred restaurant, La Dame de Pic – Le 1920, Megève by Four Seasons offers an intimate, inviting and truly luxurious setting for your winter snow holiday.


Arielles Val D’Isere

With a warm and elegant atmosphere, Airelles Val d’Isère offers 41 luxurious, charming rooms and Suites, as well as five sumptuous private apartments, with idyllic views over the ski area and snowy pines. It’s an Alpine sanctuary, bathed in the natural light of the mountains, a calm and relaxing haven in which to relax after a family day out on the slopes.

The hotel’s restaurants offer rich and refined gastronomy and are among the best in the region, while the 1200m2 Guerlain Spa and wellness centre offers an unbeatable sensory experience for relaxing after a day on the slopes.

To make the most of the exceptional location the hotel has arranged a selection of truly unforgettable adventures, such as diving under the ice in Tignes Lake. With an experienced and qualified dive instructor, you will slip under the thick layer of snow which covers the lake to explore the extraordinary play of light between the water and the ice.

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