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Italian Grand Tour

Explore the highlights of this amazing country on our splendid rail holiday to Italy. This original rail holiday allows you to explore Italy in all its cultural diversity from the Roman Forum to Renaissance Florence finishing up on Venice’s Grand Canal or chill out on the beach.

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Description

Looking for a relaxing rail holiday to Italy? Visit in late Summer for hot summer days and balmy evenings, and the cities are quieter so we can offer you a special deal! For midweek departures from £649 per person based on Twin sharing in City centre 3* hotels. If you’re travelling with children enjoy the Venice Lido beach resort, a relaxing way to end your Italian odyssey before beginning your journey home.

Call us today on 0207 619 1080, email [email protected] to book or for more information.

Want something different to what is shown here? We can bespoke and tailor make any of our holidays to fit your personal wishes. Just call our team for help in creating the perfect holiday.

Price

Prices are per person based on the season you travel in and start from. Deposit £250 per person.

 

2nd Class
3* Hotel

2nd Class
4* Hotel

1st Class
3* Hotel
1st Class
4* Hotel
LOW SEASON Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec £740 £995 £1025 £1230
MID SEASON Mar, Apr, Jul, Aug £1050 £1085 £1285 £1320
HIGH SEASON May, Jun, Sep, Oct £1145 £1290 £1435 £1565

Please note public holidays and trade fairs may affect these prices. Prices are based on the current exchange rate. We reserve the right to increase these if the rate changes by 10% or more. Bookings subject to terms and conditions.

 

Itinerary

  • Day 1-3 Begin your rail holiday by an early afternoon train to Paris, to connect with your overnight sleeper train to Milan changing to a high speed day train to Rome. Stay at the beautiful boutique 4* Baileys hotel close to the Via Veneto or 3* Corot hotel a few minutes from the rail station. After checking in why not walk to Venice Square and admire the monument to Emanuel II. Close by is the Roman Forum and the magnificent Coliseum. Spend at day visiting the iconic St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican moving on later to the Trevi Fountain made famous by the film ‘La Dolce Vita’. In the evening visit Trastevere for a typical leisurely dinner in the celebrated restaurant area.
  • Day 4-5 After a leisurely breakfast take the high speed train to magnificent Florence, a compact city and mostly traffic free. Stay at the lovely modern 4* Embassy hotel or the 3* Cimabue both centrally situated. The renaissance centre is dominated by the Duomo, nearby is the famous Ponte Vecchio lined with wonderfully tiny jewellers shops and the Uffizi Gallery, home of Italy’s most celebrated artworks. Finally do not miss the celebrated statue of David by Michelangelo at the Accademia museum
  • Day 6 Take your high speed train to Venice, arriving at the marble fronted Santa Lucia station next to the Grand canal. Take the waterbus to the 4* Rialto hotel next to the famous bridge or the quietly situated 3* Hotel La Forcola.
  • Day 7 Visit the famous St Mark’s Square, the Doges Palace and the Campanile, dramatically approached on the Waterbus from Venice Lido, ideal to stay in for its marvellous beach yet only 40 minutes from the city
  • Day 8-9 Why not hire a Gondola for an hour, an extravagance but this is Venice! Your rail holiday to Italy finishes with an evening departure on the overnight ‘Thello’ train to Paris with London connection arriving back in London St Pancras at around 12 noon next day.

 

Prefer to stay in Milan overnight instead of the sleeper train?

Option for day Travel

Take the opportunity to visit the extraordinary Galleries Umberto, not to be missed, or if you’re a football fan, take a tour of the famous San Siro stadium

Day 1 Mid morning Eurostar departure to connect with the high speed TGV to Milan. Spend one night at the Rio Hotel, Milan,.

Day 2-8 Travel on to Rome, Florence and Venice as main itinerary

Day 8-9 Take the Frecciabianca train to Milan overnight at the Rio hotel next day take High speed trains back to Paris and London

Availability

Daily departures, all our rail holidays to Italy are tailor made to your requirements, please check with us for alternative hotels, en route stopovers, adding additional nights, even extending your Italian Grand Tour to other cities, flexibility is the key! If you prefer to travel by day to and from Italy we can include an overnight stop in Milan as above for £100 for 3* hotels or £150 for 4* hotels both rates per person.

Included

  • 2nd class rail travel including all seat reservations, overnight a berth in a 2 berth sleeper cabin with breakfast or travel on day trains
  • 1st class rail travel including all seat reservations, overnight a berth in a 2 berth sleeper cabin with breakfast or travel on day trains and a meal on Eurostar London – Paris – London
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation including breakfast each at Rome, Florence and Venice in 3* or 4* city centre hotels
  • Metro tickets for crossing between the Paris stations or private car transfers on request