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Absolute Italy by Rail with Cinque Terre Stay

4.5
(6 Reviews)
From $2,896 AUD
  • 11 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Rome, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, La Spezia, Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Milan, Lake Como, Bellagio, Venice

    Age Range:
    0 to 99
    Languages: English, Spanish
    Type: Package, Self Guided Tours

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Tour at a Glance

Tour at a Glance

Travel around Italy on this 11 day independent rail package from Rome to Venice

  • 10 nights accommodation in either 3-star or 4-star hotels
  • 2nd class high speed train tickets
  • Rail package with daily departures
  • Travel through the breathtaking villages of the Cinque Terre
  • Visit Naples and Pompeii
  • Discover the beautiful lake district with visits to Como, Lake Como and Bellagio
  • Start Point:
  • End Point:
  • Stops:
  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

Transfer from Rome airport or rail station to your hotel. Overnight in Rome.

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, discover Imperial Rome on a group tour (monolingual English) including the Forum and the magnificent Colosseum. The rest of the day is free to explore the city.  Overnight in Rome.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

A full day excursion to visit the city of Naples and the famous archaeological site of Pompeii at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. Departing by coach from Rome, we will pass through the charming city of Naples and will continue to Pompeii, for a guided visit to understand how Romans used to live. After the tour, return to Rome by coach. Overnight in Rome.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast at the hotel and independent transfer to the Rome rail station where you will board your high-speed train to Florence. Upon arrival in Florence, transfer on your own to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure, optional afternoon / night sightseeing tours are available. Overnight in Florence.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel. Full day tour heading to the Chianti area and visiting Monteriggioni, with its still intact medieval walls. Our day tour continues to Siena, where you will discover the suggestive Piazza del Campo, Piazza Duomo, the Cathedral, Palazzo Pubblico and the famous Torre del Mangia. After Siena, the tour will head to the walled town of San Gimignano, with its famous medieval towers. The tour will continue with a visit to Chianti area and a wine tasting experience of the Chianti red wine. Return to Florence in the evening and overnight stay at the hotel. Overnight in Florence.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch

Travel by train to La Spezia on the Ligurian coast. Then travel to Monterosso using your Cinque Terre Card to travel to your hotel in Monterosso. Enjoy time at leisure. Overnight in Monterosso.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will have the chance to visit the villages and coastline of Le Cinque Terre with your “Cinque Terre Card & Train” that allows you to hop between the villages and access to the walking paths that hug the coast. Overnight in Monterosso.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Travel to La Spezia using your Cinque Terre card, and then from La Spezia to Milan by train. After arrival, free afternoon to visit the city at your own pace and enjoy the City of Fashion and Arts. Optional sightseeing tours are also available to discover the Last Supper of Leonardo Da Vinci, the famous Gothic Cathedral, La Scala Opera House or the other hidden treasures of Milan. Overnight in Milan.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Discover Lake Como in Italy’s beautiful Lake District, just a short distance from Milan. Nestled between the huge snowcapped Alps that rise from its shores, is the fashionable lakeside town of Como. Visit of Como’s historic centre and its historical attractions and enjoy some free time to get to know the town and shop in the many local boutiques. Following this, you will take a panoramic cruise on Lake Como to the enchanting village of Bellagio. Admire the lakeside villas and keep an eye out for Villa d’Este at Cernobbio, a luxurious hotel set in tropical gardens. Docking at the town of Bellagio, one of the most famous towns on the lake, you can follow the steep alleys running up from the lake and stop for a coffee or gelato at one of the lively cafes housed in grand historic buildings. Spend some time at leisure here before taking a cruise to Cadenabbia and back to your coach for the return journey to Milan. Overnight in Milan.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Take the high-speed train again as you traverse the country across to the east coast and the iconic Venice. Rest of the day at leisure. Soak up the hustle and bustle of St Mark’s Square and the Grand Canal or escape to the more tranquil side streets and small canals that criss–cross the city. Overnight in Venice.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Breakfast and check-out of the hotel. End of our services.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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What’s included?

3 Nights accommodation in Rome

2 Nights accommodation in Florence

2 Nights accommodation in Monterosso

2 Nights accommodation in Milan

1 Night accommodation in Venice

Touring with multilingual speaking guide

Tours as per itinerary

10 Breakfasts, 2 Light Lunchs

Arrival transfer in Rome by private Car / Minibus (from Airport or Railway Station)

2nd Class train tickets on high speed train with seat reservation

Optional tours: (to be booked and paid for locally)

  • Day 2:
    • Possibility to book a tour to discover the Vatican Museums or some of the main spots of the Eternal City such as Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain or Piazza Navona.

Optional upgrade to 1st class train ticket – $118 AUD per person. Available to select at time of booking.

Skip the line Imperial Rome (Colosseum & Roman Forum) Group guided tour (3hrs)

Full Day Tour (by coach) to Naples and Pompeii (it includes a light lunch and a guided tour of Pompeii)

48hrs Cinque Terre Card to travel among Le Cinque Terre villages by train and to access all the paths of Le Cinque Terre National Park (Day 6 and 7)

Full Day Tour (by coach) to Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti Area (wine tasting included)

Full Day Tour (about 9hrs) to Como, Lake Como and Bellagio

Transfers from/to the rail stations

Tourist city, to be paid on the spot

Lunches and dinners

Extras, tips, porterage service

Optional tours and experiences

Passport and visa fees

Any items of a personal nature

Pricing & Availability

Filter Dates
2024
2025
Departing Ending
 

All rates are based on twin/double share. Please enquire for single and triple rates. Rates are based on AUD. Availability is conditional on final confirmation from the supplier and is subject to change.

Hotel List (or similar)

Hotel San Marco Rome
Via Villafranca, 1, 00185 Roma RM, Italy
Tel: +39 06 490437
Rating
3.5
Hotel San Marco Rome
Hotel Alinari Florence
Largo Fratelli Alinari, 15, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Tel: +39 055 284289
Rating
3.5
Hotel Alinari Florence
Hotel Palme Monterosso
Via IV Novembre, 18, 19016 Monterosso al mare SP, Italy
Tel: +39 0187 829013
Rating
3.5
Hotel Palme Monterosso
Ibis Milano Centro
Via Camillo Finocchiaro Aprile, 2, 20124 Milano MI, Italy
Tel: +39 02 63151
Rating
3.5
Ibis Milano Centro
Hotel Carlton Capri Venice
Santa Croce, 595, 30135 Venezia VE, Italy
Tel: +39 041 275 2300
Rating
4
Hotel Carlton Capri Venice
Hotel Mediterraneo Rome
Via Cavour, 15, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Tel: +39 06 488 4051
Rating
4
Hotel Mediterraneo Rome
Hotel Executive Florence
Via Curtatone, 5, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Tel: +39 055 217451
Rating
4.5
Hotel Executive Florence
Hotel Palme Monterosso
Via IV Novembre, 18, 19016 Monterosso al mare SP, Italy
Tel: +39 0187 829013
Rating
3.5
Hotel Palme Monterosso
Doria Grand Hotel Milan
Viale Andrea Doria, 22, 20124 Milano MI, Italy
Tel: +39 02 6741 1411
Rating
4
Doria Grand Hotel Milan
Hotel Amadeus Venice
Rio Terà Lista di Spagna, 227, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy
Tel: +39 041 220 6000
Rating
3.5
Hotel Amadeus Venice

Important things to note

Accommodation is subject to change without notice. Every effort is made to avoid hotel changes, but should a mid-tour hotel change become necessary after this list has been printed, contact details of the new hotel will be supplied to you by your Tour Director.

Hotel rooms may not be available for check-in before 2:00 p.m.

City taxes are not included and are to be paid directly to the hotel.

Child policy: Children aged 0-2.99 years travel free of charge, however, a seat on the train will NOT be provided. The seat on the train and the bed in the hotel will be shared with the parents. Baby cots are on request and a supplement may need to be paid directly to the hotel. Children aged 3-6.99 years are based on child sharing the same bed with 2 adults in 1 room.

Class of rail ticket is based on 2nd class unless the optional upgrade to 1st class can be selected at the time of booking.

Train tickets include seat reservation except: between Firenze and Monterosso, when regional trains are booked, between La Spezia and Le Cinque Terre. In this case clients have to use Le Cinque Terre card

Full Day Tour to Como, Lake Como and Bellagio – Please note: This tour requires min 10 pax to operate. During Winter period, the visit of Bellagio might be replaced by the visit of Brunate.

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Reviews for Absolute Italy by Rail with Cinque Terre Stay

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Elizabeth and Gordon Wood
Fantastic quality of hotel and expertise of the guide

Review for: Highlights of Sicily

The quality of the hotels, the places visited, the knowledge and expertise of the guide and the experiences we had, were fantastic. Perhaps our only question would be that we were a group of over 30 and we were of the understanding that Sun Island Tours were for groups smaller than this. Our overall impression of Sicily was of a vibrant culture with so much history behind it.
SunIslandTour
Reply from Sun Island Tours
Hi Elizabeth and Gordon, Thank you for your review. The Highlights of Sicily is not a small group tour, and is listed as such. However we will review further to see why you had that impression. Great to hear you had a wonderful time. Regards, John @ Sun Island Tours
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Brent
September 2019

Review for: Florence, Tuscany & Beyond

My wife and I made an eight-day coach trip in the second week of September 2019. Italy is a beautiful country and what added to our rich and positive experience was the tour provided by Sun Island Tours. We experienced the value provided mainly through their tour leader, coach driver and hotels for stay etc. Worth a special mention are the two people that were highly rated by all on the tour – Sabrina Prassede, our tour leader was by far the best guide we have encountered in our years of travel. Here intuitive responsiveness, high energy levels, attention to specific needs of every tourist without diluting the planned itinerary and deep knowledge of the country, made the journey comfortable and stress-free for a diverse set of people travelling from five continents. She was very well supported by Paolo, the coach driver, who was the wonderfully skilled and who ensured the tour was very smooth, safe and prompt throughout. For those wanting to enjoy a stress-free Italy sojourn, we highly recommend them.
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Lucy
Solo Traveller

Review for: Rome, Florence & Cinque Terre by Rail

Generally it's good. I am a solo traveller. On some accommodation I was given a single bed. Which I found cramp and very tight. Quite uncomfortable. As a solo traveller, we are charge with extra for accommodation. So I think we deserved something better if not the best.

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Absolute Italy by Rail with Cinque Terre Stay

4.5
(6 Reviews)
From $2,896 AUD
  • 11 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Rome, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, La Spezia, Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Milan, Lake Como, Bellagio, Venice

    Age Range:
    0 to 99
    Languages: English, Spanish
    Travel Style: Package, Self Guided Tours

Or contact your local travel agent.

Italy
Speak to our Italy Expert - Natalie

Natalia is in love with Italy. Contact her for advice on Rome, Florence, Milan, Venice, Como, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Puglia and Sicily.

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