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(Tour code: TTG19)

From Venice to Sicily by train

From its ancient and classical cities to its hillside villages and dramatic coastline, Italy offers something for all visitors. On this incredible adventure we travel the length of this attractive country, taking in iconic sights such as Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Pompeii, and lesser-known places like Tuscan Siena.

Highlights
  • Venice
  • Florence
  • Siena
  • Pisa
  • Lucca
  • Rome
  • Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast
  • Sicily & Mount Etna
  • Guided tour of Pompeii
What’s Included
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

Top to Toe of Italy 2019Tour Details

Print Itinerary
Day 1 Venice
Venice

To Venice

Meet your group and Tour Manager at the 4-Star Hotel Sant'Elena in Venice for a two night stay.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 2 Venice
Venice

Venice sightseeing

With its unique cityscape and rich heritage as head of the Byzantine Empire, Venice has enchanted visitors for centuries. Today we enjoy a guided tour, seeing landmarks such as St Mark's Basilica and the dazzling Doge's Palace.

The afternoon is free for you to explore; perhaps take a tour of La Fenice Theatre. This opera house, with its ornate stuccoes and furnishings, is a joy to discover.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Day 3 Florence
Florence

Florence

Leaving Venice, we join the high speed train to Florence for three nights at the 4-Star Hotel de la Ville. This afternoon we take a guided tour of the Renaissance city, including the Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo with its red-tiled dome. Afterwards, you are free; why not head to Piazzale Michelangelo to enjoy the stunning view over the city? Later we enjoy a meal in a local restaurant.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Siena
Siena

Siena

Today we visit the typically Tuscan city of Siena. The city's well preserved centre is interlinked by a web of narrow streets that lead to the Campo, a grand shell-shaped piazza. We take a guided tour of this charismatic city, including the Duomo, built from strips of black and white marble. Later we visit an agriturismo for a typical Tuscan lunch.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Pisa
Pisa

Pisa and Lucca

We take the train (Standard Class) to Pisa today, where we have a guided tour of its sights in the Field of Miracles. Here we see the Romanesque Duomo and the world-famous Leaning Tower, one of Europe's most iconic buildings. In the afternoon we visit Lucca - a delightful city that has escaped the tourist crowds. You are free here to explore the walled city's medieval core and ramparts, and to maybe visit the Guinigi Tower, known for the oak tree growing from its top.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Day 6 Rome
Rome

Rome

Today we travel by high speed rail to the 'Eternal City' of Rome, Italy's attractive capital, where we spend three nights at the 4-Star Grand Hotel Palatino. This afternoon we take a guided tour, by coach and on foot, past the landmarks that have shaped this mesmerising city over thousands of years. We pass the Colosseum where thousands of Roman citizens would watch the brutal blood sports which often showcased gladiators and wild beasts for the joy of the crowd, and we see the Roman Forum, which played a vital role in Roman public life, which is now iconic as a monument of Imperial Rome and her vast empire. We also take in the magnificent Baroque Trevi Fountain, a wonderfully detailed sculpture set in a tiny square.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 7-8 Rome
Rome

Exploring Rome

Today, we take a guided tour, by coach and on foot, past the landmarks that have shaped this mesmerising city over thousands of years. We pass the Colosseum where Roman citizens would watch the brutal blood sports which often showcased gladiators and wild beasts for the joy of the crowd, and we see the Roman Forum, which played a vital role in Roman public life, which is now iconic as a monument of Imperial Rome and her once vast empire. We also take in the magnificent Baroque Trevi Fountain, a wonderfully detailed sculpture set in a tiny square. Your afternoon, and the next day is free for you to continue exploring Rome. The city's impressive array of architecture charts the passage of time as clearly as anywhere in Europe, with distinctive medieval, Renaissance and Baroque attractions. Perhaps visit the Pantheon and its domed roof, which is a masterpiece of human engineering, in fact, the entire building has seen surprisingly little change in 2,000 years.

Includes:
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 Sorrento
Sorrento

On to Sorrento

We travel by high-speed train to Naples, then continue by coach to Sorrento. This beautiful coastal town sits perched on a towering cliff in its own mini bay within the larger Bay of Naples, and we spend three nights at the 4-Star Hilton Sorrento Palace. We pause en-route to visit an agriturismo, where we enjoy a sumptuous lunch, followed by a tasting of limoncello, a popular local lemon liqueur derived from the plentiful lemon orchards that surround Sorrento. Once in Sorrento we take an orientation tour; the narrow cobbled streets feature an exciting fusion of palace buildings and quaint old churches. Dinner is served in a local restaurant this evening.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Amalfi
Amalfi

The Amalfi Coast

Today we set out on the Amalfi Coast road. This twisting lane links the idyllic villages set on the cliffs, and offers scenic views over the glittering sea. Our first point of call is Positano, an unspoilt traditional village perched on the mountainside, where the pretty pastel houses seemingly tumble into the turquoise sea. Here we have free time for an extended photo-stop, allowing us the opportunity to capture Positano's charms on film. Next, we visit picturesque Amalfi; like the nearby villages, Amalfi has been untouched by major developments and its layout on a steep terrain has preserved much of its historic charm and is dominated by its impressive cathedral and its picturesque harbour - filled with expensive yachts and colourful fishing boats. Perhaps visit the cathedral, or admire the other fine sights of this former maritime republic. After Amalfi, we drive to Ravello. Set on the cliff top, amid green lanes and hillsides, this beautiful village offers stunning views towards the sea.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 11-13 Pompeii
Pompeii

Pompeii and Mount Etna

This morning we travel by Standard Class rail to Pompeii for a tour of this Roman city, whose residents were famously preserved by volcanic ash. On Day 12 we transfer to Salerno for a scenic railway journey, followed by a ferry across to Sicily. 

On Day 13 we visit Mount Etna, Europe's largest and most active volcano. With its striking lava fields reaching out almost to the sea, Etna is one of Sicily's most compelling sights. We take the Circumetnea train (Standard Class) around the mountain's base, taking in the delightful surrounding villages as well as the breathtaking landscape, before making our ascent.

Includes:
  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 12 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 13 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 14-15 Taormina
Taormina

Taormina and return Home

Today we visit Mount Etna, Europe's largest and most active volcano. With its striking lava fields reaching out almost to the sea, Etna is one of Sicily's most compelling sights. We make our ascent before taking the Circumetnea train (Standard Class) around the mountain's base, taking in the delightful surrounding villages as well as the breathtaking landscape. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel. On Day 15 make your way to Catania airport for your flight home.

Includes:
  • Day 14 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 15 - Breakfast

Recommended airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving into Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) which is approximately 12 miles from your first hotel. Our recommended departure airport is Catania Airport (CTA), which is approximately 43 miles from your final hotel.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure Times

You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00you will meet your tour manager and group at dinner at approx  19:00.

What’s included

An escorted experience and travel during your tour

  • The services of a professional Tour Manager
  • First Class rail travel unless otherwise described

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 14 nights' hotel accommodation including 2 nights at the 4-Star Hotel Sant'Elena in Venice, 3 nights at the 4-Star Hotel de la Ville in Florence, 3 nights at the 4-Star Grand Hotel Palatino in Rome, 3 nights at the 4-Star Hilton Sorrento Palace Hotel in Sorrento and 3 nights at the 4-Star Hotel Baia Taormina near Taormina

Delicious meals included

  • 25 meals including 15 breakfasts, 2 traditional agriturismo lunches and 8 dinners

 

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • City tours of Venice, Florence, Siena, Rome and Taormina
  • Sightseeing tour of Pisa including the Leaning Tower
  • Orientation tour of Sorrento and Limoncello tasting
  • Excursions to Lucca and the Amalfi Coast
  • Guided tour of Pompeii and excursion to Mount Etna

Not Included

  • Flights and Airport transfers

 

Annika Blau
Annika
Yung-Mei Choi
Yung-Mei
Top to Toe of Italy

From Venice to Sicily by train

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