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Top to Toe of Italy

Venice to Catania

Trip Code: RJTTTG15P
15 Days
23 Meals
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Trip Inclusions

  • 14 nights in premium accommodation
  • Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort and expert local guides
  • 23 meals - 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 8 dinners
  • See St Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the iconic canals of Venice
  • See Florence’s famous Duomo and Ponte Vecchio and savour a meal of Tuscan specialities
  • Enjoy a Tuscan rail excursion to Pisa and Lucca and visit Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Rome including the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Pantheon
  • Take the train by ferry to the island of Sicily and ride the Circumetnea Train around Mt Etna

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and hotels may be subject to change
  • Itinerary operated by Travelmarvel’s partner Great Rail Journeys
  • Airport transfers and tipping included
  • Prices are for land/rail only. Flights not included
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Venice to Catania

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Open squares, dreamy canals and broad boulevards of Renaissance architecture – there really is nothing quite like the beauty of Venice. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Venice, Hotel Papadopoli

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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.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

This evening, savour a meal of Tuscan specialties at a local restaurant.


Leaving Venice, board your high-speed train to Florence. Here you will embark on a tour and see sights including the Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo with its red-tiled roof. Afterwards, during free time, perhaps take a stroll through the alluring Boboli Gardens or wander down to the Arno.

Stay: Three Nights, Florence, Hotel de la Ville

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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.

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Sunset over the winding road with cypresses in Tuscany

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a 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. Next it’s on 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.

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Today, set your sights on the Eternal City as you travel to Rome.

Stay: Three Nights, Rome, NH Collection Roma Palazzo Cinquecento

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See the mighty Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon as you explore this incredible city on foot during a guided tour. Then spend the afternoon discovering Rome for yourself – sample some culinary delights as you wander the streets or view the masterpiece ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

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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.

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Colosseum in sunlight, Rome, Italy

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Taste limoncello, a favourite drink among the locals.


Travel by train to Naples, then continue to Sorrento via coach. En route, visit an Italian farmhouse for a delicious lunch. On arrival in Sorrento, a guided walking tour will take you down narrow, cobbled streets, where you’ll see an exciting fusion of palace buildings and quaint old churches.

Stay: Three Nights, Sorrento, Hilton Sorrento Palace

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

This evening for dinner, join a local chef and pizza-making expert to learn the secrets of making authentic Italian pizza.


A perfect Mediterranean landscape, the Amalfi Coast’s soaring cliffs and olive groves are both dizzying and wonderful. Today, cruise from Sorrento to the coastal town of Amalfi. Have your camera at the ready as you pass Positano, with coloured houses perched on a towering cliff. Once in Amalfi, perhaps visit the cathedral, or admire the other fine sights.

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Board the Campania Express to ancient Pompeii, which was buried in ash by the Mt Vesuvius eruption in AD79. Take a guided tour of the lost city and see public buildings like the amphitheatre, as well as a selection of private villas.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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, Hotel Diamond Resort Naxos Taormina

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Beginning in the village of Adrano, take the winding Circumetnea train and journey around the base of Mt Etna, passing through rugged lava plains.


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.

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Today, head out on a guided tour of Taormina’s highlights, including the spellbinding Teatro Greco, an immaculately preserved Greek-style 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.

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Your rail adventure through Italy draws to its conclusion. Transfer to Catania airport for your onward flight.

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Everything was wonderful. There were great sight seeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.