Contrasts of Italy
A thrilling train journey through the heart of picturesque Italy.
A thrilling train journey through the heart of picturesque Italy. After you enjoy the lovely scenery, spend three nights each exploring the wonders of Venice, Florence and Rome.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Transportation via high-speed rail
- 9 nights first-class hotel accommodation
- 12 meals
- Welcome Drink with your Tour Director in Rome
- Sightseeing in air-conditioned coach
- Airport Transfers on arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport
- Services of a professional multi-lingual Tour Director
- Qualified local city guides in Rome, Florence and Venice
- A stylish wallet, travel documents and Welcome on Tour book with map
- All hotel service charges and tips, hotel baggage handling fees and local taxes included
- Porterage at train stations
Day 1 - Depart USA
Overnight flight to Rome. Flight not included.
Day 2 - Arrive Rome
Welcome to Rome, the capital of Italy! After check-in you have time to relax or take a walk around the Eternal City before meeting up with your travelling companions and Tour Director this evening for a Welcome Drink. Later, an orientation drive offers the perfect introduction to this exciting city. Overnight Rome.
Day 3 - Rome Sightseeing
Michelangelo spent 11 years painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, but you will have a little less time to admire it on your included visit of the Chapel inside the Vatican Museums! Your guided tour will continue with a visit of St. Peter's Basilica before crossing the River Tiber to ancient Rome. Here overlook the Forum and the Circus Maximus where chariot races took place and then visit the mighty Colosseum. Later, time at leisure to perhaps explore the city further or to sit at a pavement café on the Via Veneto and watch the world go by. This evening enjoy dinner at the hotel. Overnight Rome. (BB)
Day 4 - Rome - At Leisure
A full day to enjoy the many attractions this beguiling city has to offer. You could take a trip to visit the Catacombs on the outskirts of the city or even venture into the Roman countryside to the perched town of Tivoli to visit the house and gardens of the Villa d'Este. This evening, why not throw a coin in the Trevi fountain to ensure your return one day to the Eternal City. Overnight Rome. (BB)
Day 5 - Rome - High Speed Train - Florence
Take the high-speed train on a comfortable journey (1 hour 35 minutes) through scenic countryside to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. You will witness a wealth of historical treasures during your walking tour including the Ponte Vecchio. Visit the Fine Arts Academy to see one of the most famous works of the Renaissance – Michelangelo's statue of David. Finish at Piazza della Signoria, featuring wonderful sculptures and palazzi. Overnight Florence. (BB)
Day 6 - Florence - Excursion To Pisa
Enjoy views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo. A short drive along the Arno Valley brings you to Pisa, a former maritime city. Explore the Square of Miracles and see the famous Leaning Tower and the marble cathedral. See the baptistery – the largest in Italy - and the cemetery, which is reputedly built on soil brought from the Holy Land. Afterwards join your companions for a special Be My Guest lunch. Relax this evening in Florence. (BB, HL)
Day 7 - Florence At Leisure
Spend the day on your own exploring the delights of this historic and picturesque city. As well as museums and galleries there are beautiful gardens and wonderful palaces to discover such as the Boboli gardens and the Pitti Palace. There are many villages just outside the city where you can buy all manner of local specialities. Or shop for the latest fashions in Florence's elegant and sophisticated boutiques. This evening consider an Optional Experience in Chianti for dinner. (BB)
Day 8 - Florence - High Speed Train - Venice
All aboard the express train for Venice! Marvel at the scenery as you pass through the Apennine mountains and across the Veneto plain. It takes just over 2 hours to reach Venice, its ornate Gothic and Renaissance palaces beautifully reflected in the Venetian lagoon. Later consider a gondola ride along enchanting canals. Overnight Venice. (BB)
Day 9 - Canal Cruise and Orientation
Savour the sights and sounds of this sublime island city as you cruise to St. Mark's Square by private launch. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, the Customs House, St. Mark's Basilica and Campanile as well as the Doge's Palace on your orientation of the city. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. Spend free time afterwards exploring on your own. Relax and experience ‘la dolce vita' at a pavement cafe. You might like to cruise to an island in the lagoon for a delicious meal.Overnight Venice. (BB)
Day 10 - Secret Venice Walking Tour
Todays guided commentary from your local expert guide will bring the city to life as you cruise along the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge. Cross the Rialto and visit the colourful fish market which has existed for centuries. Continue through the 'calle' seeing sites such as the house of Marco Polo, and other interesting and beautiful works of art. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening get together with your fellow travellers and celebrate the last night of your touring experience at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight Venice. (BB, FD)
Day 11 - Venice - USA
'Arrivederci' to Italy as your tour comes to an end today, after breakfast. Airport transfers are available dependent on flight time. . Conditions apply. (BB)
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I saw and did more on this vacation than I could have ever done on my own. My travel director made my wife and I feel like VIPs. Everything was perfect, from the agent who set up the trip, to the trip itself. I have already recommended Vacations by Rail to friends.
Rail was a great way to travel. Fast and clean!
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Hotel Class Key (D=Deluxe, SF=Superior First Class, F=First Class Print)
Meals (BB = Buffet Breakfast, L = Lunch, HL=Highlight Lunch, D=Dinner, FD = Farewell Dinner)