Contrasts of Italy
A thrilling train journey through the heart of picturesque Italy.
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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 including 9 buffet breakfasts and 3 dinners
- Welcome Drink with your Tour Director in Rome
- Sightseeing in air-conditioned coach
- City tour in Rome, Florence and Venice
- Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
- Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and the Roman Colosseum in Rome and the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence
- Airport Transfers on arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport
- Services of a professional multi-lingual Tour Director
- 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
This morning your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's magnificent Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome with a visit to Circus Maximus, where chariot races were once held, and the impressive Colosseum. This afternoon, gain priority access to the Vatican Museums where a Local Specialist will take you on a guided tour. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and join an official representative of the Vatican Museums for a private guided tour of the Missionary Ethnological Museum, founded by Pope Pius XI in 1926, with its remarkable collection of artworks and historical relics from missions all over the world. You'll also enjoy an exclusive dinner at the museum in the midst of three centuries of art, history and antiquities. (B, D)
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. (B)
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. (B)
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. Relax this evening in Florence. (B)
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. (B)
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. (B)
Day 9 - Canal Cruise & Venice 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. (B)
Day 10 - Secret Venice Walking Tour
Todays guided commentary from your local expert guide will bring the city to life as you stroll 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. (B, D)
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. (B)
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Our tour guide was great. He had a good sense of humor and had a hidden treasure for us each day.
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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