Sorrento, Rome, Florence, Venice & Lake Maggiore
Experience Italy like you never thought possible on this 17-day rail vacation.
Experience Italy like you never thought possible on this 17-day rail vacation. Travel from Sorrento to Lake Maggiore, visiting historic cities like Rome and Florence along the way.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Hotel accommodations for 15 nights
- Breakfast daily
- First-class rail transportation
- Local Host service in each city
- Destination Guides
- Sightseeing with a Local Guide and transportation per itinerary
- Transfers to/from train stations.
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
- Bell Tower
- St. Antonino Church
- St. Peter's Square
- Santa Maria del Fiore
- Ponte Vecchio
- Gardens of Isola Bella
Day 1 - International Flight to Sorrento
Embark on your transatlantic flight from your U.S. gateway to Sorrento. (International flight is not included)
Day 2 - Sorrento
Arrive in Sorrento (the nearest airport is Naples). Benvenuto—welcome! Your Local Host is ready to help you maximize your time in the city of olive and lemon groves.
Day 3 - Sorrento
Morning guided sightseeing and orientation: walk along the old town's old town's characteristic lava stone streets and take pictures of amazing Mount Vesuvius. See the 14th-century Sedil Dominova building; the ancient Bell Tower; and St. Antonino Church, dedicated to Sorrento's patron saint. Visit the Cloister of St. Francis Church and enjoy its unique atmosphere and tranquility. Taste Limoncello and find out how this world-famous liqueur is made.
Day 4- Sorrento
Your Local Host will have options for your day at leisure, such as an excursion to Pompeii or the best places to shop for locally made intarsio (inlaid woodwork).
Day 5 - Sorrento- Rome
This morning, transfer to Naples, then travel by high speed Train (first-class), with early afternoon arrival in Rome.
Day 6 - Rome
Your morning guided sightseeing and orientation, with headset, is rich in religious and ancient history. Visit the Vatican Museum to see its amazing treasures. In the Sistine Chapel, where the Conclave is held to elect new Popes, view Michelangelo's The Last Judgment and his famous ceiling paintings. Also on the agenda today, see monumental ST. Peter's Square and Basilica, built in 313 AD above St. Peter the Apostle's tomb and home to Michelangelo's masterpiece Renaissance sculpture, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber River and continue your immersion in history at the iconic Colosseum, built for 50,000 spectators, and the Roman Forum, where the oldest structures of the ancient city are located.
Day 7 - Rome
Today you might choose to catch the hop-on/hop-off bus, visit Tivoli, or relax and try some local specialties, like gnocchi alla Romana (semolina dumplings with butter, cheese, and nutmeg) and Frascati wine. Your Local Host will have many recommendations for you.
Day 8 - Rome - Florence
Travel to Florence this morning by high speed Train (first-class), with early afternoon arrival.
Day 9 - Florence
Morning guided sightseeing and orientation with headset: visit the Academy of Fine Arts featuring Michelangelo's original David. Walk through Cathedral Square; sculpture-studded Piazza della Signoria, the center of the city's political life since the 14th century; and Santa Croce Square. Also admire medieval Ponte Vecchio, the arched, stone merchant bridge spanning the Arno River.
Day 10 - Florence
Ask your Local Host for suggestions to get the most out of your day—maybe an excursion to Pisa and Lucca, a guided “Florence by Night” walking tour, or the best places to try bistecca fiorentina (Florentine steak) and a glass of Chianti.
Day 11 - Florence - Venice
This morning, travel by high speed train (first-class) to Venice, with early afternoon arrival.
Day 12 - Venice
Morning guided sightseeing and orientation with headset; see St. Mark's Square and BASILICA with its exceptional gold mosaics. Visit Doges' Palace and the evocative Bridge of Sighs. Watch skilled Glassblowers fashion their delicate objects in the age-old manner and learn why glass making was so important in Venetian history. Entrances to Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums are included; ask your Local Host for details.
Day 13 - Venice
Full day to explore at your own pace; your Local Host will have many recommendations, such as a “Cicchetti Aperitif Tour” with wine and appetizers, a serenaded gondola ride, or dinner at a well-known Venetian restaurant.
Day 14 - Venice - Lake Maggiore
This morning, travel by high speed Train (first-class) to Milan, then transfer to beautiful Stresa on Lake Maggiore.
Day 15 - Lake Maggiore
On your morning guided sightseeing and orientation, take a short boat ride to the opulent Palace and monumental gardens of Isola Bella. Carlo III Borromeo named the island after his wife Isabella in 1630, and it is still owned by the Borromeo dynasty.
Day 16 - Lake Maggiore
Spend a memorable day at Lake Maggiore Adventure Park or catch the cable car to Mount Mottarone for amazing views of the lakes and Alps. Your Local Host will have many suggestions for you.
Day 17 - Lake Maggiore
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (nearest airport is Milan Malpensa).
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Central Sorrento, Sorrento
A small family run 60-room hotel with a panoramic rooftop terrace overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. Local flavors of the Campania region can be enjoyed in the restaurant and there is also a bar/lounge for drinks, fitness center and refreshing outdoor seasonal swimming pool.
NH Leonardo Da Vinci, Rome
A prestigious 244 room hotel providing a convenient and comfortable base for sightseeing and shopping. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and guestrooms. The hotel has a fitness room, an ironing room, a chic lounge restaurant serving delicious seasonal dishes and an American bar for drinks and snacks.
Modern hotel built in 1930 with well-appointed, tastefully decorated rooms, near the Metro, the Duomo, LaScala and shopping.
Welcome to the Hotel Continental Venice. Situated in the heart of Cannaregio, this 4 star hotel is beautifully positioned in one of the most authentic parts of Venice, the Jewish Ghetto. Guests will have the pleasure of sleeping in a charming historic building which was once the former home of a noble Venetian family. After undergoing extensive renovations it is now one of the foremost 4 star hotels in Venice. Our enviable position makes exploring this unique city a dream. 93 Rooms : Singles, couples, groups and business travellers can choose from a variety of single, double and triple rooms. We offer unusually large rooms in Venice and some of our guestrooms have outstanding views of the Grand Canal. The furnishings are modern and traditional and always tasteful, which combined with the most modern comforts, make the rooms at the Continental superior among 4 star hotels in Venice.
Grand Hotel Bristol, Lake Maggiore
This grandiose 253 room hotel exudes a stylish elegance with its marbled lobby and Bohemian-style crystal chandeliers. Wi-Fi access is available in all the guestrooms and public areas of the hotel with a fee (payable locally). The impressive outdoor swimming pool has panoramic views of the lake and mountains and there is also an indoor swimming pool and 2 Jacuzzis. Local & international cuisine can be enjoyed in the hotels refined restaurants and bar.
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Organized wonderfuly- the city hosts were all helpful and informative. Nice accommodations and all the trains were amazing.
Everything was beautifully organized!! Wonderful hotels, great hosts and excellent guides!!!
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Transfers are available for purchase along with additional sightseeing.