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
- First-class rail transportation
- Hotel accommodations for 15 nights
- Breakfast daily
- Local Host service in each city
- Destination Guides
- Sightseeing with a Local Guide and transportation per itinerary
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
- Bell Tower
- St. Antonino Church
- St. Peter's Square
- 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 includes a walk along the 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 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) to 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 want to 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).
Day 9 - Florence
Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, includes a visit of 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—you might choose to admire the view from Piazzale Michelangelo or stroll across picturesque Ponte Vecchio.
Day 11 - Florence & Venice
This morning, travel by high speed train (first-class) to Venice.
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.
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
Grand Hotel Flora, Sorrento
The building is historic in that it was built through different stages over the space of 100 years starting in the early 1800s. Although in recent years the property has undergone significant refurbishing, it still maintains its classic look with ample common spaces, high ceilings, mosaic, marble and wooden fixtures. The hotel boasts an olympic swimming pool with large adjacent sun bathing areas, as well as an indoor and an outdoor bar. There are 2 restaurant/breakfast areas, the main one located on the roof top overviewing the bay. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. There is a small fitness center and ample common areas are available for guests to relax and enjoy a cocktail either by the pool area or in the spaces adjacent to the main lobby.
NH Collection Giustiniano, Rome
Named after one of Rome's great Emperors, this Modern 161 room hotel has a relaxed atmosphere on a great central location. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and guestrooms. Amenities include a fitness room, a contemporary styled restaurant serving regional & international dishes and a lounge bar serving refreshments and light snacks.
This classic Florentine style 60-room hotel boasts a great location with easy access and offers free Wi-Fi access throughout. There is a small but comprehensive fitness center, a bar and a traditional Italian restaurant featuring local cuisine and a variety of seasonal dishes.
Hotel Abbazia, Venice
This charming 50-room hotel offers a real Venetian experience in the heart of the city and is housed in a former monastery dating back to 1879 with free Wi-Fi access available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. A breakfast buffet is served in the bright, airy breakfast room and can also be enjoyed in the serene courtyard garden during the summer months; the original chapel has been restored as a stately wood-paneled lounge/bar complete with the original oak pulpit. NOTE: This 3-story property does not have an elevator and may not be suitable for guests who are mobility impaired.
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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