Rome, Florence and Venice by Train
Look no further. This is the classic grand tour of Italy.
Visit the Eternal City of Rome, the grand Renaissance city of Florence, and Venice with its meandering canals, connecting each magnificent city by high-speed train. This well-planned itinerary includes city sightseeing in each destination, rail tickets and comfortable accommodations with breakfast daily and city guides to help you get better acquainted with each incredible city.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Rail travel aboard Italy's local and high-speed trains
- Hotel accommodations for 9 nights
- 11 meals
- Rome semi-private sightseeing tour
- Florence walking tour
- Venice Grand Canal cruise
- Private gondola ride in Venice
- Private rail station/hotel transfers
Day 1 - International Flight to Rome
Embark on a transatlantic flight to Rome from your U.S. gateway. (International flight is not included)
Day 2 - Arrive in Rome
Arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Airport and meet your driver for your private transfer to your centrally-located hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight Nord Nuova Roma or similar.
Day 3 - Rome Sightseeing
After breakfast, embark on a semi-private sightseeing tour of the city. Visit all of Rome's popular landmarks including St. Peter's Square, the Coliseum, the Forum, Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. The afternoon is at your leisure. Tonight you will have reservations at a local restaurant where you can get a taste of the regional cuisine over a three-course meal. Overnight Nord Nuova Roma or similar. (B, D)
Day 4 - Rome at Your Leisure
The entire day is yours to explore Rome at your own pace. Or, you may wish to take an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums or an excursion to Naples and Pompeii. Overnight Nord Nuova Roma or similar. (B)
Day 5 - Eurostar Italia to Florence
After breakfast, transfer by private car to the rail station for your first-class rail journey to Florence. Upon arrival at the train station, you will be met by your driver for your transfer to your centrally-located hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to begin to explore this grand city of the Renaissance. Overnight Hotel Cellai or similar. (B)
Day 6 - Explore Florence
Embark on your orientation tour of Florence. Your walking tour will start from Piazza della Signoria, a beautifully preserved square where the guide will show you its highlights - among which are the Loggia dei Lanzi arcade and Palazzo Vecchio. By walking through the medieval streets of this renaissance city, you will reach Piazza del Duomo, with the magnificent Duomo Complex. The final tour destination is the Academy Museum, where, among other masterpieces by Michelangelo, you will admire the statue of David, a symbolic representation of Florentine Renaissance art. After an afternoon at leisure, enjoy a three-course dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Hotel Cellai or similar. (B, D)
Day 7 - Florence at Your Leisure
The entire day is free for you to experience Florence as you like it. Shop the leather markets or meander along the city's winding streets. You may wish to embark on an optional excursion, like a visit to Siena and San Gimignano or a private gastronomic walking tour—the best way to experience Florence's specialty shops and sample regional wines. Overnight Hotel Cellai or similar. (B)
Day 8 - Train to Venice
You have a private transfer today from your hotel to the rail station after breakfast. Board the Eurostar Italia for the first-class journey to Venice. Upon arrival, you will be met by a local host who will escort you by private boat to your centrally-located hotel. En route, your host will provide an orientation of the main sights along the Grand Canal. After check-in, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight Hotel San Zulian or similar. (B)
Day 9 - Discover Venice
The morning and early afternoon is at your leisure to explore Venice. Early this evening, venture to the pier for your private gondola ride. Overnight Hotel San Zulian or similar. (B)
Day 10 - Venice at Your Leisure
After breakfast, the entire day is yours to shop or explore on your own. You may wish to take an optional excursion like the popular 3 Islands Tour, which visits the islands of Murano, known for its glass; Burano, known for its lace; and, Torcello, home of the first Cathedral in the lagoon. Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant near the Opera House. Overnight Hotel San Zulian or similar. (B, D)
Day 11 - Arrivederci, Italia
Your grand Italian vacation comes to an end after breakfast. Your private driver will meet you in your hotel lobby this morning for your transfer to either the Venice rail station or the airport.
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Dates & Prices
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|Departs Daily between 16th October 2018 and 31st December 2018||$2,364||
|Departs Daily between 1st January 2019 and 31st March 2019||$2,595||
|Departs Daily between 1st April 2019 and 31st May 2019||$3,385||
|Departs Daily between 1st June 2019 and 15th October 2019||$3,675||
|Departs Daily between 16th October 2019 and 31st December 2019||$2,482||
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Rome, Florence and Venice: Departs daily between 16th October 2018 and 31st December 2018 from $2,364, daily between 1st January 2019 and 31st March 2019 from $2,595, daily between 1st April 2019 and 31st May 2019 from $3,385, daily between 1st June 2019 and 15th October 2019 from $3,675, daily between 16th October 2019 and 31st December 2019 from $2,482
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Prices are land-only, per person based on double occupancy. Single prices are available upon request. Prices are correct at the time of this web page going live; however are subject to confirmation at time of booking. Transfers do not include porterage or assistance. Limit: 1 suitcase and 1 handbag per person. Dinners are three-courses; beverages and gratuities not included. Rail pricing is subject to change until paid in full and ticketed. Seat assignments are not guaranteed and subject to change.