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Tour Description

  • 10 days
  • selfguided
  • tour

You’ll see some of the grandest cities in Italy on this tour: Venice, Florence and Rome. Trains will get you from the UK down to Italy, following a route via Paris and the dramatic Swiss-Italian Alps.

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At a glance

• 10-day suggested rail itinerary
• Sail down the Venetian canals
• Root out Renaissance art in Florence
• Round off the trip in Rome

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: London - Zurich

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Map of Day 1: London - Zurich

A Eurostar train will zip you from London to Paris Gare du Nord.  From there, it’s a short hop to Gare de Lyon, where your journey south begins. It’s a TGV Lyria train – a high-speed route that whisks you over the Swiss border to the riverside city of Zurich, where you’ll spend the night.

Day 2: Zurich - Venice

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Map of Day 2: Zurich - Venice

Catch a train south through the mountainous Alps. You’ll fetch up against one of the most famous backdrops in the world – the canals and bridges of Venice. Seek out a backstreet bacari (wine bar) for a glass of Soave or locally produced Prosecco. 

Day 3: Venice

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Points of Interest

Map of Day 3: Venice

You’ve got a full day to explore Venice today. The city is like nowhere else – the 16th-century Rialto Bridge hides away restaurants and shops, Venetian masks glitter in the backstreet workshops, and palatial art galleries tuck into the curves of the Grand Canal. 
Go on a gondola ride down the canals or gaze up at the palaces and bell towers in St. Mark’s Square. The islands out in Venice’s lagoon are also worth visiting: Murano is home to glass-blowing workshops; Burano boasts colourful fishermen’s houses; and Torcello houses a peaceful cathedral.

 

Day 4: Venice - Florence

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Map of Day 4: Venice - Florence

It’s only a few hours’ rail journey from Venice to Florence. Check in to your chosen hotel in Florence – the city of the Italian Renaissance – then head out into the cobbled streets to explore.

Day 5 - 6: Florence

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Map of Day 5 - 6: Florence

You’ve got two days to see the sights of Florence, the photogenic capital of Tuscany. Climb the Duomo’s dome or campanile for the best views over the terracotta rooftops, and browse everything from Renaissance masterpieces to Modernist sculptures in the art galleries.

For a change of scene, head to the grottos and fountains of the Boboli Gardens, which hide behind the grand Pitti Palace. 

Day 7: Florence - Rome

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Map of Day 7: Florence - Rome

Have a leisurely breakfast before heading to the train station, where you’ll board a direct train to Rome. For your first meal in the city, try a local favourite like spaghetti carbonara or crunchy fried artichokes.

Day 8 - 10: Rome

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Map of Day 8 - 10: Rome

Two days in Rome leaves you plenty of time to explore the ancient streets of the Italian capital. The Roman Forum and Colosseum are must-sees, and the Vatican City is home to the spectacular Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. 
Elsewhere, the Villa Borghese Gardens hide away a villa museum, an animal park, a cinema and rambling paths. You’ll fly home on day 10 – opt for a late afternoon or evening flight to give you maximum time to enjoy the Eternal City. 
 

Extend Your Stay

Take in more of the destination or relax in a spa at the end of your trip by adding few extra nights stay in one of these hand picked hotels.

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Flight Information

Direct flights to Venice Marco Polo airport (VCE) are available from Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, Manchester, Newcastle and Southend and take approximately 2 hours. Transfers from the airport are by water taxi or water bus and take approximately 40 minutes to reach the centre of Venice.

Direct flights to Venice Treviso airport (TSF) depart from London Stansted, Leeds Bradford, Bristol and East Midlands and take approximately 2 hours.