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Northern Italy & Cinque Terre by Rail

4.5
(6 Reviews)
From $2,600 AUD
  • 9 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Venice, Verona, 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

Arrival in Venice. Make your own way to the hotel. Day is at leisure. Overnight Venice.

Breakfast at the hotel. On a guided tour, take a wonderful journey through the history of Venice in the 1600 years since its foundation. We 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 and many other things that will leave you speechless as you discover how much our daily lives have been influenced by the Venetians. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Venice.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

After breakfast, make your own way to the train station for your train to Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet. Upon arrival in Verona, make your own way to the hotel. Afternoon is at leisure to see monuments such as Juliet’s balcony, Piazza delle Erbe, Castelvecchio, the Lamberti Tower or visit the famous Arena di Verona. Overnight in Verona.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Make your own way to the train station. Travel from Verona to Desenzano and embark on a public boat that connects the various towns on the southern shore of Lake Garda. Our advice is not to miss the opportunity to visit Sirmione, a small town in the province of Brescia that enchants its visitors with the beauty of its breath-taking scenery and architecture full of history, so much that it has fully deserved the title ‘Pearl of Lake Garda’. But also Lazise, Garda, Bardolino on the eastern side of Salò and Gardone on the western side are no less impressive. Your ticket will allow you to navigate between these villages, getting off and on as you please, within the boats’ sailing hours of course. Return to Desenzano and take the train to Verona. Make your own way to the hotel. Overnight in Verona.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Make your own way to Verona train station and take the train to Milan, the ‘capital of the North’. Arrival in Milan and make your own way to the hotel. Rest of the day 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.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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. We 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. Arriving at Bellagio, devote some time to visiting this romantic village, situated exactly between the two arms of Lake Como. Bellagio is 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 return to Milan by train. Make your own way to the hotel. Overnight in Milan.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Make your own way to Milan station and depart for the Cinque Terre and the town of Monterosso al Mare. 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. 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 that connect the villages and local buses. Overnight in Monterosso al Mare.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel, then free day to continue the visit of the Cinque Terre. Overnight in Monterosso.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel and end of services.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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What’s included?

2 nights accommodation in Venice

2 nights accommodation in Verona

2 nights accommodation in Milan

2 nights accommodation in Cinque Terre

Touring with multilingual speaking guide

Tours as per itinerary

8 Breakfasts

2nd class high speed ticket from Venice to Verona

2nd class local train ticket from Verona – Desenzano del Garda – Verona

2nd class high speed ticket from Verona to Milan

2nd class local train ticket from Milan – Como – Milan

2nd class local train ticket from Milan to Monterosso al Mare

2023 Departures:
Optional upgrade to 1st class train ticket – $90 AUD per person. Available to select at time of booking.

2024 Departures:
Optional upgrade to 1st class train ticket – $105 AUD per person. Available to select at time of booking.

Public ferry tickets on Garda Lake (Southern lake basin only)

Public ferry tickets at Lake Como (Como – Bellagio – Como)

2 day Cinque Terre Card

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

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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 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
Ark Hotel Verona
Viale L. dal Cero, 1, 37138 Verona VR, Italy
Tel: +39 045 567297
Rating
4.5
Ark Hotel Verona
NYX Hotel Milan
Piazza Quattro Novembre, 3, 20124 Milano MI, Italy
Tel: +39 02 2217 5500
Rating
4.5
NYX Hotel Milan
La Palma Hotel Monterosso
Via IV Novembre, 18, 19016 Monterosso al mare SP, Italy
Tel: +39 0187 829013
Rating
3.5
La Palma Hotel Monterosso

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.

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

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 Italy & Cinque Terre 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 Italy & Cinque Terre by Rail

4.5
(6 Reviews)
From $2,600 AUD
  • 9 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Venice, Verona, 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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