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Northern Gems by Rail

4.5
(6 Reviews)
From $3,025 AUD
  • 9 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Venice, Lake Garda, Milan, Lake Como, Monterosso

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

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Tour at a Glance

Tour at a Glance

Embark on an amazing Italian rail adventure

  • 8 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels
  • 2nd class high speed train tickets
  • Rail package with daily departures
  • Explore the Cinque Terre at your own pace
  • Start Point:
  • End Point:
  • Stops:
  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

Day 1:                   VENICE

Arrival in Venice. Make your own way to the hotel, with the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Venice.

Day 2:                   VENICE

After breakfast at the hotel, take a guided tour through the history of Venice in the 1600 years since its foundation. You will be taken through palaces on an exciting journey through the secrets of Casanova, discovering treasures stolen from Constantinople, relations with the Orient and the legend of St Mark. We will unveil the many mysteries about Marco Polo and the Silk Road. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Venice. (B)

Day 3:                   VENICE – LAKE GARDA

After breakfast, make your own way to the train station for your train to Desenzano in Lake Garda. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Lake Garda. (B)

Day 4:                   LAKE GARDA

Breakfast at the hotel. Day is at leisure to utilise your full day ticket for the public boat on Lake Garda. Overnight in Lake Garda. (B)

Day 5:                   LAKE GARDA – MILAN

Make your own way to Desenzano station and take the train to Milan, the ‘capital of the North’. Arrival in Milan and make your own way to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the beauty of the fashion city: the Duomo with its terraces, the Sforzesco Castle, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and the famous fashion and shopping streets. Overnight in Milan. (B)

Day 6:                   MILAN – LAKE COMO – MILAN

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, discover the beauty of Lake Como, in the stretch of the lake that leads from Como to Bellagio. Make your own way to Milan train station, reach Como by train and board one of the public boats that navigate the lake. Your ticket allows you to get off at each stop and visit the various villages on the western shore. Upon arrival in Bellagio, situated exactly between the two arms of Lake Como, be sure to dedicate some time to visiting this romantic village known for its cobbled streets, elegant buildings and the Villa Serbelloni Park, an 18th-century terraced garden overlooking the lake. Be careful not to be distracted by such beauty and be sure to check the ferry return times to Como! On the way back to Como, you can admire the changing colours of the lake in the late afternoon light. Return to Como and then to Milan by train. Make your own way to the hotel. Overnight in Milan (B)

Day 7:                   MILAN – MONTEROSSO AL MARE (CINQUE TERRE)

Breakfast at the hotel. Make your own way to Milan station and depart for the Cinque Terre and the town of Monterosso al Mare. Upon arrival, make your own way to the hotel. Monterosso 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 and the use of regional trains and local buses that connect the villages. Overnight in Monterosso al Mare. (B)

Day 8:                   MONTEROSSO AL MARE – CINQUE TERRE – MONTEROSSO AL MARE

Breakfast at the hotel, then a free day to continue exploring the Cinque Terre. Overnight in Monterosso. (B)

Day 9:                   MONTEROSSO AL MARE

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before checking out. End of our services. (B)

Accommodation (or similar):

SUPERIOR CLASS:

VENICE: Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal Or Hotel Amadeus

GARDA LAKE (Desenzano del Garda): Hotel Villa Maria

MILAN: NYX Hotel Milan

MONTEROSSO (CINQUE TERRE): Hotel Palme

Includes:

  • 8 Nights accommodation with daily breakfast in 4* hotels (2 nights in Venice, 2 nights in Lake Garda, 2 nights in Milan, 2 nights in Cinque Terre area)
  • 1x One way ticket 2nd class from Venice to Desenzano
  • One way arrival transfer from Desenzano station to the hotel by private car
  • One full day ticket for public boat on Lake Garda
  • 1x One way ticket 2nd class from Desenzano to Milan
  • 1x Return ticket 2nd class Milan – Como – Milan – local train
  • 1x One way ticket 2nd class from Milan to Monterosso al Mare – local train
  • 1x Half day Walking Tour of Venice (multilingual group tour)
  • 1x daily ticket for public ferry on the Lake Garda (southern lake basin only)
  • 1x daily ticket for public ferry on the Lake Como (Como – Bellagio – Como)
  • 1x 2-Days Cinque Terre Card

Excludes:

  • Transfers from/to the rail stations except where specifically mentioned. Note: The hotels are located walking distance from the rail stations.
  • Tourist city tax, to be paid on the spot
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Optional tours and experiences
  • Extras, tips, porterage, and everything not expressly listed as inclusion is not included and to be paid on the spot

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.

–          The itinerary of the tour and 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.

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Reviews for Northern Gems 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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Northern Gems by Rail

4.5
(6 Reviews)
From $3,025 AUD
  • 9 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Venice, Lake Garda, Milan, Lake Como, Monterosso

    Age Range:
    0 to 99
    Languages: English
    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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