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Italian Art Cities by Rail

4.5
(6 Reviews)
From $1,503 AUD
  • 7 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Rome, Florence, Venice

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

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Tour at a Glance

Tour at a Glance

Travel around Italy on this 7 day independent rail package from Rome to Venice

  • 6 nights accommodation in either 3-star or 4-star hotels
  • 2nd class high speed train tickets
  • Rail package with daily departures
  • Hop on hop off ticket in Rome included
  • Gondola Ride in Venice included
  • Start Point:
  • End Point:
  • Stops:
  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

Arrival at Rome Fiumicino airport and transfer to the hotel by a private car. During the rest of the
day, free time at your disposal for a first exploratory tour of the Eternal City. A 24-hour ticket for a double-decker tourist bus (with multilingual audio guide) is included, which can also be used for getting around the city, ideal for those who want to go sightseeing on their own to discover the most famous symbols of Rome, such as the Colosseum, Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Spain Square. Overnight in Rome.

Breakfast at the hotel, then another day dedicated to discovering the city. We suggest a tour of Imperial Rome, to closely admire the monuments of the Roman Forum, enter the Colosseum and listen to our guide’s presentation of the evocative history of ancient Rome and the gladiators’ fights that took place there. Or you can join an excursion to visit Rome Catacombs. For the evening we recommend a nice walk in the Trastevere district, full of typical restaurants. Overnight in Rome.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, make your own way to Rome Termini station to board the high-speed train to Florence; the journey takes about 1h 30’. After arriving, make your own way to the hotel accommodation with free time available for an independent visit of the city, the ‘cradle of the Renaissance’. Among the places that certainly are worth being seen include Piazza della Signoria, the medieval heart of the city, Piazza Santa Croce with its past noble families’ buildings, and the home of Dante, the Supreme Poet author of the Divine Comedy. A small taste of typical local products is included to make a pleasant stop during a first exploratory tour of the city and its wonders. Overnight in Florence.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel, then full day dedicated to the discover Florence at your own pace. There is an optional walking tour or a guided tour of the Accademia Gallery, which houses the original of Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. Alternatively, you can go on half-day or full-day excursions to discover the neighbouring places of interest such as the Chianti district with its world-famous wines or more distant places but with an undisputable charm such as the Cinque Terre. Overnight in Florence.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, make your own way to the train station. Board the high-speed train to
Venice S. Lucia. The journey takes about 2h 15′. After arriving, make your own way to your hotel
accommodation. In the afternoon there will be a 30-minute “gondola ride” with commentary via app on your mobile phone. Overnight stay in Venice.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel, then full day dedicated to the discovery of Venice or its lagoon. Suggest a
guided walking tour through the most famous places in the city (Piazza San Marco with the Basilica
and the Clock Tower, the Rialto Bridge, Campo Santa Maria Formosa) and others less known; or a
skip-the-line guided tour of the Doge’s Palace, with the Doge’s luxurious apartments and the famous Bridge of Sighs. Alternatively, you can go on a boat trip to the islands of the Venice lagoon: Murano, known all over the world for its famous glass craftmanship; Burano, famous not only for its lace, but also, for the picturesque fishermen’s houses all painted in bright colours; and Torcello, the first settlement centre in the lagoon. Overnight in Venice.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

After breakfast, end of our services.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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What’s included?

2 nights accommodation in Rome

2 nights accommodation in Florence

2 nights accommodation in Venice

Touring with multilingual speaking guide

Tours as per itinerary

6 Breakfasts

Arrival private transfer from Rome Fiumicino Airport to hotel in Rome city centre (transfer in only)

2nd class high speed train ticket from Roma Termini to Firenze Santa Maria Novella station

2nd class high speed train ticket from Firenze Santa Maria Novella station to Venezia St. Lucia station

2023 Departures:
Optional tours: (to be booked and paid for locally)

  • Day 1:
    • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel (small group)
    • Cooking class (small group)
  • Day 2:
    • Guided tour of the Colosseum & the Roman Forum (small group)
    • Rome Walking tour (private)
    • Guided Tour with E-bike (small group)
    • Rome Catacombs (small group)
  • Day 3:
    • Skip-the-line guided tour of the Cathedral of Florence with Brunelleschi’s Dome and Secret Terraces (small group)
    • Cooking class & Market tour (small group)
  • Day 4:
    • Florence Walking tour (regular or private)
    • Guided tour of the Accademia Gallery (small group)
    • Uffizi group tour (small group)
    • Full-day excursion to the Cinque Terre (regular)
    • Half-day excursion to the Chianti area (regular)
  • Day 6:
    • Venice Walking tour (regular or private)
    • Excursion to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello (regular)
    • Venice Food tour (small group)

Optional upgrade to 1st class train ticket – $80 AUD per person. Available to select at time of booking.

2024 Departures:
Optional upgrade to 1st class train tickets – $95 AUD per person. Available to select at time of booking.

24 hour Hop On Hop Off ticket in Rome, including audio guide with commentary

Tasting of local products in Florence

30 minutes Gondola ride with commentary on app to be downloaded on your smart phone (gondola shared with other passengers)

Transfers to and from train stations. Note: hotels will be located within walking distance from stations.

Entrance tickets to monuments and/or museums

Tourist/city taxes that may apply. These will need to be paid locally

Any beverages or meals not listed in itinerary

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)

Kennedy Hotel Rome
Via Filippo Turati, 64, 00185 Roma RM, Italy
Tel: +39 06 446 5373
Rating
3.5
Kennedy Hotel Rome
Hotel Corona D'Italia Florence
Via Nazionale, 14, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Tel: +39 055 261501
Rating
4
Hotel Corona D'Italia Florence
Hotel Carlton Capri Venice
Santa Croce, 595, 30135 Venezia VE, Italy
Tel: +39 041 275 2300
Rating
4
Hotel Carlton Capri Venice
Gambrinus Hotel
Via Piave 35, 00187 Rome Italy
Tel: +39 06 487 1250
Rating
4
Gambrinus Hotel
Hotel Executive Florence
Via Curtatone, 5, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Tel: +39 055 217451
Rating
4.5
Hotel Executive Florence
Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal Venice
Santa Croce, 578, 30135 Venezia VE, Italy
Tel: +39 041 275 2200
Rating
4
Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal Venice
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.

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.

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

Rates are based on 2023 train tickets. Should the train company increase their prices for 2024, our rates will also increase accordingly.

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Reviews for Italian Art Cities by Rail

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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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Italian Art Cities by Rail

4.5
(6 Reviews)
From $1,503 AUD
  • 7 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Rome, Florence, Venice

    Age Range:
    0 to 99
    Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, French
    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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