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16 Days / 15 Nights
Availability : All Year
Milan
Rome
Tour type : Small groups
Max People : 15
Tour Details

Tour 16 days / 15 nights

If you are interested to discover Italy, you can comfortably travel by train to the best destinations all over the country, departing from the North and arriving to the South, sailing also to Sicily island. High-speed trains connect all major cities in Italy. “Grand Rail Tour of Italy” is a solution to put together several itineraries that use rail to connect travelers with the country’s key destinations.

 

The tour includes:

  • 15 nights half board accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • Meals as per program with two typical dinners and one meal in a local farmhouse
  • Guided tours as per program
  • High speed train in Standard class
  • Transportation with de luxe coach according to program and private boat transfer in Venice
  • Ferry boat transfer to Sicily
  • Entrances to museums and monuments according to the program: Colosseum & Roman Forum – Pompeii – Teatro Greco – Siracusa archeological area
  • Luggage service at the hotels, on arrival and departure
  • Coach entrance fees to the city centres
  • Our technical assistance with dedicated telephone number

The tour does not include:

  •  City tax in the hotels
  • Entrances that are not indicated in the program
  • Drinks and all extras in general
  • Anything not mentioned in the price includes
Itinerary

Day 1VENICE

We arrive in Venice and transfer to the centre for an orientation tour of the city. We accommodate at our hotel and enjoy our welcome dinner tonight.

Day 2VENICE SIGHTSEEING

We transfer by boat to St Marks’ to start our guided tour. With its unique cityscape and rich heritage as head of the Byzantine Empire, Venice has enchanted visitors for centuries. Today’s a guided tour, will feature some landmarks such as St Mark’s Basilica and square with the amazing Doge’s Palace.
The afternoon is free for you to explore; perhaps take a gondola ride along the Grand Canal or explore some of the lesser known off the beaten track quarters. We transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3FLORENCE

Leaving Venice, we join the high speed train to Florence for three nights at our hotel situated in the heart of the city. This afternoon we take a guided tour of the Renaissance city, including the Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo with its red-tiled dome. Afterwards, you are free. Dinner tonight is organized in a typical Florentine Restaurant with a selection of traditional Tuscan dishes to sample accompanied by the red Chianti Wine.

Day 4BOLOGNA

We board the Frecciarossa highspeed train for the 40 minutes ride from Florence to Bologna.
The bustling city of Bologna has an unspoilt historic centre, where charming narrow streets are filled with activity and lined with arched porticos and arcaded walkways, all clustered around two main squares, Piazza Maggiore and Piazza del Nettuno. The latter is also home to the striking Neptune’s Fountain, a symbol of the city, decorated with magnificent bronze figures. The compact and intricate centre of Bologna, surrounded by the remains of its medieval walls, is perfect for exploring on foot. More than 20 defensive towers, built in the 12th and 13th centuries, are dotted around the city; some lean more than the famous Leaning Tower in Pisa. The two most famous towers in Bologna, the Asinelli and the Garisenda, keep watch at the end of Via Rizzoli. The city is home to the oldest university in Europe, is famous for its red-tiled roofs and is known for its love of fine food and cooking.
We return to Florence about mid afternoon and have dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 5FREE DAY IN FLORENCE

A day at leisure in the capital of Renaissance. An opportunity to visit the famous museums such as the Uffizi, the Accademia, Pitti or the amazing Boboli Gardens. Shopping is also a great opportunity in Florence. Tonight you are free to choose your own restaurant for dinner among the great offer in town.

Day 6ROME

Today, after a morning at leisure in Florence, we travel by high-speed rail in 1h20’ to the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome, Italy’s attractive capital, where we spend the next three nights. Upon arrival we have a guided orientation of the city. Dinner tonight is organized in the hotel restaurant.

Day 7EXPLORING ROME

Today, we take a guided tour, by coach and on foot, past the landmarks that have shaped this mesmerising city over thousands of years. We pass the Colosseum where Roman citizens would watch the brutal blood sports which often showcased gladiators and wild beasts for the joy of the crowd, and we see the Roman Forum, which played a vital role in Roman public life.
Our tour today continues in the heart of baroque Rome to see the magnificent Baroque Trevi Fountain, a wonderfully detailed sculpture set in a tiny square as well as the Pantheon and the magical Piazza Navona. Afterwards you are free. Dinner tonight is in a local typical restaurant.

Day 8NAPLES & SORRENTO

We travel by high-speed train to Naples and have a guided tour of the city followed by free time to explore. We then continue by coach to Sorrento to accommodate at our hotel for the next 4 nights. This beautiful coastal town sits perched on a towering cliff in its own mini bay within the larger Bay of Naples. Dinner is served in the hotel restaurant this evening.

Day 9THE AMALFI COAST

Today we set out by coach on the Amalfi Coast road. This twisting lane links the idyllic villages set on the cliffs, and offers scenic views over the glittering sea. We descend to Positano, an unspoilt traditional village perched on the mountainside, where the pretty pastel houses seemingly tumble into the turquoise sea. We visit the beautiful town of Amalfi, where we have time at leisure to explore and for lunch. Amalfi has to be lived in to be fully understood, frequenting the winding paths along the alley-ways, up the step steps that lead to the higher part of the town, between the pastel- coloured houses that seem to hang suspended but are set into the rocks. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 10POMPEII

Today we travel with the Campania Express train to Pompeii, the world-renowned town tragically buried by ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. The volcanic ash that fell over the city covered everything except some of the roofs of the taller buildings. While it was abandoned and forgotten until its rediscovery in 1748, the ash worked to ‘freeze’ Pompeii and its people in time; having spent the best part of two millennia buried by ash, Pompeii is considered the best-preserved Roman city in the world. We have a guided tour of the shops, restaurants and villas that made up this fascinating city, as well as the Amphitheatre and the Grand Theatre. The afternoon is free to further explore Sorrento and to relax at the hotel. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 11A FREE DAY

An opportunity to explore Sorrento or to visit nearby Capri by boat.

Day 12TRAIN TO SICILY

We transfer to Salerno by coach for a scenic railway journey to Calabria, followed by a ferry across to Sicily. Our hotel for the next 4 nights is located on the coast close to Taormina. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 13TAORMINA

We take a guided tour of Taormina’s highlights today, including the spectacular Teatro Greco. This grand theatre was built during Roman times in a Greek style, and is immaculately preserved. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 14MOUNT ETNA

We visit Mount Etna, Europe’s largest and most active volcano. With its striking lava fields reaching out almost to the sea, Etna is one of Sicily’s most compelling sights. We take the Circumetnea train around the mountain’s base, taking in the delightful surrounding villages as well as the breathtaking landscape, before making our ascent. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 15SYRACUSE

A full day tour by train to the ancient city of Syracuse on the Island of Ortigia. We will visit amazing historic centre and the Spring of Arethusa Fountain. Free time for lunch on the island of Ortigia. There will be some free time to enjoy the city in the afternoon before return to Giardini Naxos by train. Farewell dinner tonight is organized in the hotel restaurant.

Day 16DEPARTURE

Transfer to the Airport, flight to Rome.

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