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Loving Italy by Rail

4.5
(6 Reviews)
From $4,050 AUD
  • 12 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Chianti, La Spezia, Cinque Terre, 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
  • Start Point:
  • End Point:
  • Stops:
  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

DAY 1:                  ROME

Upon arrival to Rome airport, you will be transferred 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.

DAY 2:                   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. (B)

DAY 3:                   ROME – NAPLES – POMPEII – ROME

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, you will begin a full day excursion to visit Pompeii and Naples. You will first discover the famous archaeological site of Pompeii, the 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. (B)

DAY 4:                   ROME – FLORENCE

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. (B)

DAY 5:                   FLORENCE – SIENA – SAN GIMIGNANO – MONTERIGGIONI – CHIANTI AREA – FLORENCE

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a full day tour. Drive to Siena, where you will discover the Piazza del Campo, Piazza Duomo, the Cathedral, Palazzo Pubblico and the famous Torre del Mangia. After Siena, continue to the walled town of San Gimignano, famous for its white wine, renowned Vernaccia, and its skyscrapers – also declared a World heritage Site by UNESCO! Then visit Monteriggioni, with its still intact medieval walls and Chianti area, with a wine tasting experience of the Chianti red wine. Return to Florence in the evening. Overnight in Florence. (B)

DAY 6:                   FLORENCE – LA SPEZIA

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′. Upon arrival, make your own way to the hotel. 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. The two-day Cinque Terre Train Card is included, which allows access to the National Park area, the use of regional trains and local buses that connect the villages. Overnight in La Spezia. (B)

DAY 7:                  LA SPEZIA – CINQUE TERRE – LA SPEZIA

After breakfast, day is at leisure to visit the Cinque Terre with the train card. Overnight La Spezia. (B)

DAY 8:                   LA SPEZIA – MILAN

After breakfast at the hotel, make your own way to the station and board the intercity train to Milan. The journey takes about 3h 20 ‘. Upon arrival, make your own way to the hotel with free time to visit the city of Milan at your own pace. We suggest exploring the sites of Milan; 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. (B)

DAY 9:                   MILAN – COMO – LAKE COMO – MILAN

Breakfast at the hotel and then make your own way to the station to take the regional train to 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, where you can choose to stop 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. (B)

DAY 10:                                MILAN – VENICE

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′. Upon arrival, make your own way to your Venice hotel. In the afternoon there will be a 30-minute gondola ride with commentary via an app on your mobile phone. Overnight in Venice. (B)

DAY 11:                                VENICE

Breakfast at the hotel, then full day dedicated to Exploring Venice or its lagoon. Take this opportunity for a guided walking tour through famous points of the city; including Piazza San Marco with the Basilica and the Clock Tower, the Rialto Bridge, Campo Santa Maria Formosa, 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. (B)

DAY 12:                                VENICE

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

Accommodation (or similar):

STANDARD CLASS:

ROME: Hotel Kennedy

FLORENCE: Hotel Corona D’Italia

LA SPEZIA: Hotel Corallo

MILAN: Hotel Flora

VENICE: Hotel Carlton Capri

SUPERIOR CLASS:

ROME: Hotel Gambrinus

FLORENCE: Hotel Executive

LA SPEZIA: Hotel The Poet

MILAN: Nyx Hotel Milan

VENICE: Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal or Hotel Amadeus

Includes:

  • 3 nights accommodation in Rome
  • 2 nights accommodation in Florence
  • 2 nights accommodation in La Spezia
  • 2 nights accommodation in Milan
  • 2 nights accommodation in Venice
  • 11 breakfasts at the hotel
  • 1 Wine tasting in Chianti Area
  • Colosseum & Roman Forum Group tour (3hrs) – includes: local guide/entrance ticket. Pick up from the hotel not included
  • Full Day Tour to Naples and Pompeii from Naples railway station – includes: transportation/local guide and entrance ticket to Pompeii. Pick up from hotel not included
  • Full Day Tour (by coach) to Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti Area from Florence – includes: bus/multilingual assistant/wine tasting. Pick up from hotel not included
  • 48hrs Cinque Terre Train Card
  • One day free circulation ticket on the public boat on Lake Como – departure from Como – An unlimited number of trips are allowed between the ferry ports of COMO and BELLAGIO, including intermediate stops
  • 30 minutes Gondola ride with commentary on app to be downloaded on your smart phone (English/Spanish) – gondola shared with other passengers
  • Private arrival transfer from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Hotel in Rome city centre
  • Round-trip high-speed train tickets from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale – 2nd class
  • 2nd class^ high speed train ticket from Roma Termini to Firenze Santa Maria Novella station
  • Regional train ticket from Firenze Santa Maria Novella station to La Spezia Centrale – 2nd class without seat reservation
  • Intercity train ticket from La Spezia Centrale to Milan Centrale – 1st class
  • Round-trip regional train tickets from Milano Centrale to Como Centrale – 1st class without seat reservation
  • 2nd class^ high speed train ticket from Milano Centrale station to Venezia St. Lucia

Excludes:

  • Transfers from/to the rail stations. Note: The hotels are located walking distance from the rail stations.
  • Tourist city taxes, to be paid on the spot
  • Lunches and dinners unless specifically mentioned
  • Porterage service
  • Optional tours and experiences

Things to Note:

–          Accommodation is subject to change without notice.

–          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.

–          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.

–          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 has been selected at the time of booking.

–          Between La Spezia and Le Cinque Terre, clients have to use the Cinque Terre card 

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Reviews for Loving Italy 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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TRIP IN BRIEF

Loving Italy by Rail

4.5
(6 Reviews)
From $4,050 AUD
  • 12 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Chianti, La Spezia, Cinque Terre, 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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