Travel & Accommodation
Map & Itinerary
- 14 nights in premium accommodation
- Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort and expert local guides
- 24 meals - 14 breakfasts, 2 lunch and 8 dinners
- Airport transfers, tipping and porterage
Travel & Accommodation
Take a ride on the Circumetnea Train around Mt Etna volcano.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
See the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of Europe’s most iconic buildings.
Dine in Tuscany
Visit an agriturismo (Italian farmhouse) for an authentic and mouth-watering Tuscan lunch.
Map & Itinerary
- Itinerary and hotels are subject to change
- Total porterage is provided on this tour, however some handling of luggage will occasionally be required getting on and off trains
- All prices include airport transfers and tipping
- Prices are for land/rail only. Flights not included
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Open squares, dreamy canals and broad boulevards of Renaissance architecture – there really is nothing quite like the beauty of Venice. Discover this remarkable city built on water and marvel at the locals’ unique way of life. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Stay: Two Nights, Venice, Hotel PapadopoliDaily :
With its unique cityscape and rich heritage as head of the Byzantine Empire, Venice has enchanted visitors for centuries. Today, you’ll enjoy a guided tour, admiring landmarks such as St Mark’s Basilica and the dazzling Doge’s Palace. The afternoon is free for you to explore.Daily :
Savour a meal of Tuscan specialties at a local restaurant.
Leaving Venice, step aboard your high-speed train to Florence. Here you will embark on a guided tour, including the Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo with its red-tiled roof. Afterwards, during free time, why not take a stroll through the alluring Boboli Gardens? Or perhaps wander down to the Arno to watch row boats glide peacefully over the water.
Stay: Three Nights, Florence, Hotel de la VilleDaily :
Visit an agriturismo (an Italian farmhouse) for an authentic Tuscan lunch.
This morning you’ll travel to the quintessentially Tuscan city of Siena. Its well-preserved centre is interlinked by a web of narrow streets that lead to the Campo, a grand shell-shaped piazza. Take a guided tour of this charismatic city, and visit sights that include the Siena cathedral, built from strips of black and white marble.Daily :
Florence, Pisa, Lucca
Board a train for your Tuscan rail excursion to Pisa and Lucca.
On arrival in Pisa a guided tour takes you to the Field of Miracles. See the Romanesque Duomo and the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of Europe’s most iconic buildings. In the afternoon, travel to Lucca – a delightful city that has escaped the tourist crowds. Explore the walled city’s medieval core and ramparts, and perhaps visit the Guinigi Tower, known for the majestic oak tree growing from its top. Return to Florence and enjoy this evening at leisure.Daily :
Today, set your sights on the Eternal City as you travel to Rome. This afternoon, a guided tour by coach and foot takes you past many of the landmarks that have shaped this mesmerising city over thousands of years. You’ll pass the Colosseum and see the Roman Forum, which played a vital role in Roman public life. Additionally, throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain, a wonderful baroque sculpture set in a tiny square.
Stay: Three Nights, Rome, NH Collection Roma Palazzo Cinquecento.Daily :
Spend today discovering Rome for yourself – sample some culinary delights as you wander the streets or view the masterpiece ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.Daily :
With another day at leisure, perhaps climb the famous Spanish Steps, or stand in awe beneath the domed ceiling of the Pantheon, which has stood the test of time for almost 2,000 years.Daily :
Rome, Naples, Sorrento
Lemon orchards cover the hillsides around Sorrento, and following the tour you’ll taste limoncello, a favourite drink among the locals.
Travel by train to Naples, then continue to Sorrento via coach. A guided walking tour will take you down narrow, cobbled streets, where you’ll witness an exciting fusion of palace buildings and quaint old churches.
Stay: Three Nights, Sorrento, Hilton Sorrento PalaceDaily :
Sorrento, Amalfi Coast
A perfect Mediterranean landscape, the Amalfi Coast’s soaring cliffs and olive groves are both dizzying and wonderful. Today, cruise from Sorrento to the beautiful coastal town of Amalfi. Have your camera at the ready as you pass picture perfect Positano, with coloured houses perched on a towering cliff. Once in Amalfi, perhaps visit the cathedral, or admire the other fine sights.Daily :
This evening for dinner, join a local chef and pizza-making expert to learn the secrets of making authentic Italian pizza.
Board the Campania Express to ancient Pompeii, which was buried in ash by the Mt Vesuvius eruption in AD79. The Roman city was concealed for centuries and its features perfectly preserved until it was rediscovered in 1748. Take a guided tour of the lost city and see public buildings like the amphitheatre, as well as a selection of private villas.Daily :
Sorrento, Salerno, Sicily, Giardini Naxos
In Villa San Giovanni, the train joins a special ferry for the journey across the Straits of Messina to the island of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean.
Transfer to Salerno for a train journey along Italy’s rugged west coast. Here the azure sea laps at the shores as you pass the small towns and villages of this alluring region.
Stay: Three Nights, Giardini Naxos, UNAHOTELS Naxos BeachDaily :
Naxos, Mt Etna, Circumetnea Railway
Beginning in the village of Giarre, take the winding Circumetnea train and journey around the base of Mt Etna before ascending the mountain, passing through the rugged lava plains along the higher slopes.
Today you will enjoy a visit to Mt Etna, an active stratovolcano that measures around 3,330 metres in height and towers over the city of Catania on the island of Sicily.Daily :
Today, head out on a guided tour of Taormina’s highlights, including the spellbinding Teatro Greco, an immaculately preserved Greekstyle amphitheatre. After the tour, enjoy some time discovering why this is one of Sicily’s most popular summer destinations. This evening, enjoy a final Farewell Dinner.Daily :
Taormina, Depart Catania
After breakfast this morning, your rail adventure through Italy draws to its conclusion and you transfer to Catania airport for your onward flight.Daily :
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