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Rail Discoveries Italian Explorer

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Explore the heart of classical Italy, discover the ancient imperial relics of Rome, the wealth of artistic treasures of Florence and the striking Leaning Tower of Pisa, as well as the Floating City of Venice.

  • Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our St Pancras Departure Office
  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour
  • 10 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast each day
  • 5 dinners including 2 at local restaurants in Venice and Florence
  • Guided walking tour of Rome with a local guide
  • City tour of Florence with a local guide
  • Excursion to Pisa and Lucca, with free time to explore in both cities
  • Sightseeing tour of Venice with a local guide

Days 1-2: To Rome

Depart by Eurostar to Paris and join the onward train to Mulhouse where you stay for one night. On Day 2 continue to Rome.

Day 3: Sightseeing in Rome

Discover the wonders of ancient Rome on a guided walking tour, with sights including the Roman Forum, the former civic centre of Roman public life.

Day 4: Rome at Leisure

Make the most of a free day to continue exploring the city. Perhaps visit the Vatican City, the smallest recognised independent state in the world and the seat of the Pope.

Day 5: Discovering Florence

Travel by high-speed train to the artistic city of Florence, and stay at the 4-Star Hotel Croce di Malta for three nights. This afternoon enjoy a guided walking tour of the city’s main sights, including the 14th century Ponte Vecchio bridge, and the magnificent Duomo with its distinctive red-tiled dome.

Day 6: Free time in Florence

Today is free for you to continue exploring this picturesque city at leisure. Its narrow streets and squares, including the Piazza della Signoria – the people-watching centre of Florence – are only part of the city’s charm; much of the beauty of the city is found indoors.

Day 7: Pisa and Lucca

Today’s full-day excursion by rail heads firstly to Pisa, known for its famous Leaning Tower, which you have free time to admire.

Day 8: By rail to Venice

Travel by high-speed train to Venice today, and check in to the 3-Star Hotel Belle Arti in Venice for two nights. Later, enjoy a tour of the floating city’s sights including St Mark’s Square and the Basilica.

Day 9: Venice At Leisure

You are at leisure to explore the magic of the Floating City of Venice today. Perhaps take a gondola ride along the aptly named Grand Canal, the main artery of crystal blue that runs through the heart of this refined city.

Days 10-11: To Turin and Home

Today you travel by high speed rail to Turin, for an overnight stay. On Day 11 you bid a fond farewell to the glories of Italy, beginning your journey home by high-speed TGV to Paris then returning to the UK by Eurostar, where your tour concludes on arrival.

Grand Hotel Francia & Quirinale, Montecatini Terme

The 4-Star Grand Hotel Francia & Quirinale in Montecatini Terme is centrally located within walking distance of the town’s thermal springs. The hotel has a restaurant, terrace, bar, and an outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers.

Smooth Hotel Rome Termini

The 3-Star Smooth Hotel Rome Termini, as its name suggests, is a relaxing and tranquil oasis, shielded from the buzz of the busy Roman streets. The interior design is based around a calming minimalism and with a friendly, multilingual and professional staff, there are few places better to escape the vibrant tempo of the Italian capital.

Hotel Belle Epoque, Venice

Relax in Venetian elegance at the 3-Star Hotel Belle Epoque, ideally placed in the heart of the romantic city of Venice, a short distance from some of the city’s iconic landmarks. In keeping with the classical architecture of the city, the hotel’s décor harks back to the Belle Époque style of the 18th century, with an ornate reception area, Murano glass chandeliers, and plenty of old-world charm.

Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don’t include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.

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