The Grand Tour

Price from £2,134pp

Duration: 15 nights

Prices include: Flights Transfers Train travel

Holiday At A Glance

  • Based on 15 nights
  • Includes flights
  • Includes all train travel/transfers
  • Includes bed & breakfast

 

Staying at

  • Hotel Morgana
  • Gallery Hotel Art
  • Ca’Sagredo Hotel
  • Grand Hotel Des Arts
  • Château Monfort
  • Grand Hotel Villa Balbi
  • Grand Hotel Miramare

(Route via Liguria Riviera and Cinque Terre)

This 16 day rail tour offers all the highlights of Italy in one trip, whilst travelling in complete comfort and style. Your rail journey will begin in the chic and cosmopolitan fashion capital of Milan, where art, style and design are a life form. It is home to the beautiful and decadent Galleria Vittorio Emanuele shopping arcade, filled with designer boutiques, world famous fashion brands and plenty of restaurants and cafes to keep you energised after a day of shopping. The Duomo is possibly Milan’s most famous attraction, with its gothic architecture and impressive steeples. You should make a point to stop and admire from the outside or venture inside to see some fantastic works of stain glass art and the most impressive views of the city below from the cathedrals rooftop. 

Your next stop will take you to Santa Margherita on the Liguria Riviera. A picture-perfect seaside fishing-village with a quaint promenade for watching yachts sail in and out of the harbour. Discover the pastel-colored houses of Portofino with its small cobbled square over looking the harbour, adorned with delicious seafood restaurants or stop off at one of the colourful five villages of Cinque Terre in Sestri Levante, set amongst some of the most dramatic coastal scenery which has held UNESCO World Heritage status since 1997. 

Your rail tour will take you further north to discover Florence, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region. It is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture, including The Uffizi Gallery exhibiting works of art by Botticelli and The Galleria dell'Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, an impressive terracotta gothic style cathedral. Completed in 1436, the Duomo stands tall over the city proudly and houses some of the best mosaic art works in all of Italy. With so much in one place, it is easy to see why Florence attracts such a large number of visitors each and every year. 

No trip to Italy would be the same without a visit to its ancient capital. Once the centre of politics, the city today is a modern world built against an ancient backdrop, including the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, St Peter's Basilica and the Vatican, home to Michelangelo's outstanding work of art, the Sistine Chapel. A visit to the famous baroque Trevi Fountain should not be missed and don’t forget to throw a coin into the water to guarantee your return to Rome in the future. 

Your next stop will take you to Venice, a city built on water, it is a metropolis of winding canals and beautiful bridges, including the beautiful Rialto Bridge, one of the oldest bridges in Venice. Sail back on a gondola down narrow waterways or take in the sights of St Marks Square. Each year the city welcomes hordes of international travellers for the annual Venice Carnival, a colourful spectacle of masque parades and characters dressed in traditional fashion of days gone by.

Nothing says history and romance quite like Verona. It is the setting where poet and playwright, William Shakespeare chose to set his famous tragedy, Romeo & Juliet and each year sees thousands of tourists flock to Juliet’s balcony from the plays famous scene. Verona may often be overlooked by some of Italy’s more well-known cities but it has some stunning bridges, narrow streets and an impressive amphitheatre now used for theatrical productions and world class operas. Tickets to the opera are available and an be arranged for an extra supplement and subject to available performances. 

The final leg of your journey will bring you back to Milan where you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back home. 

Itinerary

Staying:

2 nights at Chateau Montford
2 nights at Grand Hotel Miramare
2 nights at Grand Hotel Villa Balbi
2 nights at Gallery Hotel Art
2 nights at Hotel Morgana
2 nights at Ca' sagredo
2 nights at Grand Hotel Des Arts
1 night at Chateau Montford

Includes:

  • All train trail on Italo trains and Trenitalia trains for shorter journeys along the Liguria coast
  • Travel by Prima Class - subject to availability
  • Complimentary hot drink and snacks

 

Optional:

  • Rail journeys can be tailored for shorter routes or arranged in reverse order
  • Experiences such as Verona Opera performances can be arranged 
  • Boat tickets can be organised to Cinque Terre
  • A visit to the Lakes 

 

Milan - Santa Margherita

Trenitalia ( 1st Class)

Santa Margherita - Sestri Levante

Trenitalia (regional)

Sestri Levante - Moneterosso

Trenitalia (intercity)

Sestri levanti  - Florence

Trenitalia (Frecciabianca)

Florence - Rome

Italo ( Prima )

Rome - Venice

Italo ( Prima )

Venice - Verona

Italo ( Prima )

Verona - Milan

Italo ( Prima )

 

Trenitalia

Trenitalia is the primary rail passenger carrier in Italy, formed in the year 2000. With Trenitalia services, you can reach almost anywhere in Italy. Trenitalia offers high-speed train services and classic InterCity trains – day and night, as well as regional trains.

Regional trains 

These are short-distance local trains, which can quickly and comfortable deliver you to every corner of Italy. They normally stop at every station, in big cities and small towns.

Frecciabianca (White Arrow) service 

These are classic intercity trains, travelling on the shortest and most popular routes. Frecciabianca trains guarantee high comfort and quality service. All Frecciabianca trains offer 1st and 2nd class seating. First class passengers will find more room for themselves, and also receive a complimentary coffee. In addition, Frecciabianca guarantee: spacious, wide reclining seats, air-conditioning space for large baggage electrical power points at each seat and individual reading lamps, a folding table at each seat and baby-changing area. 

InterCity trains

InterCity trains, are fast fast trains hauled by locomotives at up to 100mph, sometimes 125mph.  You have the choice of 2nd or 1st class carriages

Italo

Italo rail offers an affordable, comfortable, convenient service and all journeys will be offered in Prima Class. Guests on board can enjoy reclining Frau leather seats, equipped with soft individual armrests, to ensure there’s room for plenty personal space and freedom of movement. And if you select the single-seat option, your trip can be even more comfortable. 

There is also a designated Break Area for when you need to get up and stretch your legs which is equipped with vending machines providing espresso coffee, cold drinks and snacks. There are a number of other available facilities on board including power sockets, reading light control, and a glove compartment placed between double seats. Plus, a free Wi-Fi connection is always available.

 

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