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Loving Italy by Rail with Cinque Terre Stay

4.5
(6 Reviews)
From $4,137 AUD
  • 12 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Chianti, La Spezia, Monterosso, Milan, Como, Lake Como, 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

Enjoy 12 days travelling around Italy by rail

  • 11 nights accommodation in either 3-star or 4-star hotels
  • 2nd class high speed train tickets
  • Rail package with daily departures
  • Wine tasting in Chianti
  • Guided tours to some of Italy’s iconic sights such as Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • 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. Rest of the day is at
leisure to explore the Eternal City. For the evening we recommend a nice walk in the Trastevere district, full of typical restaurants. Overnight in Rome.

After breakfast, discover Imperial Rome on a group tour including the Forum and the magnificent Colosseum. The rest of the day is free to explore the city. Overnight in Rome.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, make your own way to Rome Termini station. Board the high-speed train to Naples; the journey takes about 1h 15’. Upon arrival at Naples, you will begin a full day excursion to visit Pompeii and Naples. You will first discover the famous archaeological site of Pompeii, ancient Roman city destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD and then you will immerse yourself in the undisputed charm of the city of Naples. In the evening, return to Rome by train. Make your own way to the hotel. 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 your hotel. 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, or the Accademia Gallery, which houses the original of
Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. Overnight in Florence.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Full day tour heading to the Chianti area and visiting Monteriggioni, with its still intact medieval walls. The 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, famous for its white wine, the world renowned Vernaccia, and its skyscrapers, also declared a World heritage Site by UNESCO! 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. Overnight in Florence.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, make your way to the train station to board the regional train to La Spezia. The journey takes about 2h 30′. La Spezia is the starting city to explore the famous Cinque Terre, the stretch of coast with 5 fishing villages perched over the sea: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Upon arrival in La Spezia, change trains for Monterosso. Upon arrival, make your own way to the hotel. The two-day Cinque Terre Train Card is included, which allows access to the National Park area and the use of regional trains and local buses that connect the villages. Overnight in Monterosso al Mare.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

After breakfast, day is at leisure to visit the Cinque Terre villages with the train card. Overnight in Monterosso al Mare.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, make your own way to the station and board the train to La Spezia and then the intercity train to Milan. The journey from La Spezia to Milan takes about 3h 20 ‘. After arriving, make your own way hotel your hotel. Free time to visit the city of Milan at your own pace. We suggest to discover the most famous symbols of Milan, such as the Duomo, the Castello Sforzesco, the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio and the Navigli, the famous canals, the very hub of the Milanese nightlife. Overnight in Milan.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel and then make your own way to the station to take the regional train to reach Como. The journey takes about 40 min. Discover the city of Como and its famous lake on your own. A day ticket is included for the hop-on / hop-off public boat to discover the lake departing from Como. You can choose the best stops to get off for a walk according to the departures of the boats and the time of the train back to Milan. Enjoy some free time in Como to get to know the town and shop in the many local boutiques. Make your own way to the station and return to Milan in the evening. Overnight in Milan.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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

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

2 nights accommodation in Venice

Touring with multilingual speaking guide

Tours as per itinerary

11 Breakfasts

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

2nd class round-trip high-speed train tickets from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale

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

2nd class (without seat reservation) regional train ticket from Firenze Santa Maria Novella station to La Spezia Centrale

1st class intercity train ticket from La Spezia Centrale to Milan Centrale

1st class (without seat reservation) round-trip regional train tickets from Milano Centrale to Como Centrale

2nd class high speed train ticket from Milano Centrale station to Venezia St. Lucia

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:
    • Rome Walking tour (private)
    • Guided Tour with E-bike (small group)
    • Rome Catacombs (small group)
  • Day 4:
    • Florence Walking tour (regular or private)
    • Guided tour of the Accademia Gallery (small group)
    • Uffizi group tour (small group)
  • Day 6:
    • Wine tasting in Manarola or Monterosso (regular)
    • Pesto experience in Manarola (small group)
  • Day 8:
    • Milan Bike tour (semi-private)
    • Milan Walking tour (private)
    • Visit of the Teatro alla Scala and the Museum (regular)
  • Day 11:
    • Venice Walking tour (regular or private)
    • Excursion to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello (regular)

Optional upgrade to 1st class train ticket – $147 AUD per person. Available to select at time of booking.

2024 Departure:
Optional upgrade to 1st class train ticket – $177 AUD per person. Available to select at time of booking.

Wine tasting in Chianti Area

48hrs Cinque Terre Train Card

One day free circulation ticket on the public boat on Lake Como- unlimited number of trips are allowed between the ferry ports of Como and Bellagio, including intermediate stop

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

Entrance Fees to:

  • Colosseum & Roman Forum
  • Pompeii

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 5 Terre Monterosso
Via IV Novembre, 21, 19016 Monterosso al mare SP, Italy
Tel: +39 0187 817543
Rating
4
Hotel 5 Terre Monterosso
Starhotel Business Palace
Via Privata Pietro Gaggia, 3, 20139 Milano MI, Italy
Tel: +39 02 535451
Rating
4
Starhotel Business Palace
Hotel Flora Milan
Via Napo Torriani, 23, 20124 Milano MI, Italy
Tel: +39 02 6698 8242
Rating
4
Hotel Flora Milan
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 Palme Monterosso
Via IV Novembre, 18, 19016 Monterosso al mare SP, Italy
Tel: +39 0187 829013
Rating
3.5
Hotel Palme Monterosso
NYX Hotel Milan
Piazza Quattro Novembre, 3, 20124 Milano MI, Italy
Tel: +39 02 2217 5500
Rating
4.5
NYX Hotel Milan
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.

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

The days of excursions may be modified for technical reasons. In any case, all visits and excursions mentioned on the itinerary will be guaranteed or replaced by similar ones.

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

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

If standard class is selected, a 4* hotel has been selected for Milan. The hotel is not close to Milano Centrale Railway Station but can easily be reached by public transport. Transportation to/from the station is not included in the price.

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 Loving 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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Loving Italy by Rail with Cinque Terre Stay

4.5
(6 Reviews)
From $4,137 AUD
  • 12 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Chianti, La Spezia, Monterosso, Milan, Como, Lake Como, 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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