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A Grand Tour of Italy

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Experience Italy's magnificent cities by rail

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20222023
10 days From $2,895 per person
Travel among a group of like-minded travelers led by a professional tour manager

2023 Tour code: GR-IEGA-23

About the tour

Experience the very essence of Italy as we discover the Eternal City of Rome, Renaissance Florence, labyrinthine Venice, and iconic Pisa with its unmistakable Leaning Tower

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Activity level Natural Explorer

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You don’t mind spending the day on your feet. You enjoy sightseeing that includes walking, standing or stair climbing. You’re okay with longer days that are more active, such as multiple sightseeing stops, longer motorcoach journeys and getting on and off ships and trains.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Rome

Arrive in Rome and transfer on your own to the 4-star Hotel Massimo d'Azeglio, ideally located in the heart of the city. Known as the 'Eternal City', Rome is an endless treasure trove of historic, cultural and artistic delights. There is time to get acquainted with the city before meeting your Tour Manager fellow travelers at dinner this evening. Overnight Rome.

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  • Dinner
Day 2 - Exploring Rome

Enjoy a guided tour of Rome today, which introduces us to its most revered sights. See the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built in the Roman Empire, the Roman Forum, the center of Roman public life for centuries, and Trevi Fountain, a world-famous Baroque masterpiece. Pause en-route for ice cream at charming Giolitti, the oldest gelateria in the city, which dates back to the late 1800s. Purportedly a favorite of Pope John Paul II, Giolittai is also famous as the ice cream parlor which Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck visit in the 1953 film 'Roman Holiday'. The rest of your day is at leisure in Rome. Overnight Rome.

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  • Breakfast
Day 3 - Vatican City

Today we take a guided tour of the Vatican City, home of the Pope and an astonishing collection of art and architecture. Headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican is home to the Pope as well as a vault of art and architecture. The Vatican Museums house ancient Roman sculptures and some of the world's greatest Renaissance treasures. Not least, we experience the breathtaking frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Botticelli. Overnight Rome.

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  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Discover Florence

Today we travel by rail to the beautiful city of Florence, the Renaissance capital of the world, where we spend 3 nights. This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the city's treasures, including the Duomo with its iconic red-tiled dome and the Ponte Vecchio a 14th-century bridge that is home to 43 jewelers' shops. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Florence.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Florence at Leisure

Today you are free to explore Florence at leisure. Much of the beauty of the city is found indoors, with a fifth of the world's Renaissance art on display in Florence, including 1,700 masterpieces in the famous Uffizi Gallery. Known as 'the heart of the Renaissance', this world-famous gallery features art by Botticelli, Giotto, Cimabue, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raffaello, to name some of the most famous. Otherwise, the Giardino Bardini, or 'Bardini Gardens' are a pleasure to visit. Overnight Florence.

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  • Breakfast
Day 6 - Pisa & Luca

Today we travel by rail (Standard Class) across the wonderful, rustic countryside of Tuscany, where rolling vine-covered hillsides stretch as far as the eye can see and acres of olive groves and row upon row of cypress, walnut and bay trees surround the railroad lines. We pass remote farmhouses and isolated villages as we head to Pisa, the city famous for its leaning tower. In Pisa, we enjoy a guided tour that includes the city's incredible Field of Miracles. Here we see the iconic Leaning Tower, and the marvelous white marble Duomo, one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture, with sublime Moorish mosaics.

Later we continue to the beautiful city of Lucca - a place of true beauty that has managed to escape the tourist crowds; one of Italy's best kept secrets. The heart of the city is filled with charming piazzas, small community churches and fabulous art galleries, linked together by narrow cobbled streets and intricate passageways, and we have time to explore the city at leisure. Splendid Renaissance architecture mingles with historic buildings from the Middle Ages, making the city a pleasure to explore on foot. Overnight Florence.

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  • Breakfast
Day 7 - Venice

This morning we leave Florence by high-speed rail, traveling in Standard Class to the floating city of Venice. On arrival, we transfer to our hotel for three nights, the Hyatt Centric on the island of Murano. There is time for you to start your exploration before dinner tonight. Overnight Venice.

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  • Breakfast
Day 8 - Venice Sightseeing

We enjoy a guided tour in the heart of Venice, beginning in St Mark's Square, which is dominated by the magnificent Basilica di San Marco and the venerable Palazzo Ducale, or Doge's Palace. This afternoon you are free to soak up the atmosphere of this romantic city. For a bird's eye view of the city, take the opportunity to climb the Campanile de San Marco, which offers incredible vistas over the buildings clustered around the center and the shimmering lagoons further out. Overnight Venice.

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  • Breakfast
Day 9 - Venice at Leisure

You are at leisure to further soak up the atmosphere of this romantic city. For a bird's eye view of the city, take the opportunity to climb the Campanile de San Marco, which offers incredible vistas over the buildings clustered around the center and the shimmering lagoons further out. Or, you could choose to take an enchanting gondola ride through Venice's iconic labyrinth of waterways. This evening, we head into the heart of Venice for a farewell meal in a splendid Venetian palace - a truly remarkable end to our adventures in Italy. Overnight Venice.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - Tour Conclusion

Your tour concludes after breakfast this morning.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Hyatt Centric, Murano

Hyatt Centric, Murano

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Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio, Rome

Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio, Rome

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 NH Collection Firenze Palazzo Gaddi

NH Collection Firenze Palazzo Gaddi, Florence

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Trains

Eurostar
Frecciarossa
Frecciargento
TGV
Trenitalia

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Submitted 25/Oct

What a wonderful trip! It far exceeded our expectations. Martyn was a wonderful guide and would highly recommend this trip! It is the prefect balance of group tours and free time to explore on your own.

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