Pisa, Lucca, Florence are all within easy reach by local train and you can explore the beautiful and dramatic Cinque Terre too - all by rail.
Your holiday begins at London St Pancras International, where you board the Eurostar to Paris. On arrival, change trains and head to Basel, where you overnight at the 3* Novotel Basel City.
After breakfast in your hotel and a morning at leisure, continue your journey to Italy by rail, travelling via Milan and Florence to Montecatini, a delightful Tuscan spa town. Make your own way to the 4*Grand Hotel Vittoria on arrival, where you spend the next five nights on a bed and breakfast basis.
You are at leisure to relax in your hotel, or explore the wonders of Tuscany under your own steam. Montecatini is well placed for visits to Renaissance Florence, Pisa, with its Leaning Tower, or the medieval walled city of Lucca, all accessible by rail (payable locally).
Bid a fond farewell to Tuscany today, as you travel by rail to Turin, where you overnight at the 4* Hotel Diplomatic Turin. Continue by rail to Paris on Day 8, where you board the Eurostar for London.
All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.
The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
For the class of travel used on your chosen tour, please refer to the 'What's Included' section of the tour page.
Introduced in 1981, France's TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) was the original European high-speed train. Linking Paris with Lyon, the new service revolutionised train travel and meant that travelling by air over medium and short distances was no longer seen as the best option, even for business travel.
The network has expanded rapidly and today these sleek, stylish trains offer links to over 60 destinations throughout France. Operated by SNCF, the French national rail operator, TGV trains travel over specially-constructed high speed lines. The trains can achieve speeds of up to 186mph (300km/h) on most long distance routes and 200mph (320km/h) on the new TGV Est line, which links Paris with Strasbourg, Luxembourg and Basel. With the exception of shorter journeys, TGVs almost always have an on-board buffet car, serving a selection of drinks and light refreshments.
The elegant 4-star Grand Hotel Vittoria is situated in Montecatini, surrounded by leafy gardens. The hotel boasts a superb restaurant, bar and spacious terrace where you can enjoy aperitifs overlooking the Italian gardens and outdoor swimming pool. The leisure facilities include a spa, wellness and wellbeing centre and fitness room. All 84 rooms have air conditioning, satellite television, telephone, minibar and a hairdryer.
In 2011 the Grand Hotel Vittoria won Great Rail Journeys' Gold Award for Best Hotel in Italy, and another award followed in 2012 for excellent customer service.
This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
Please call one of our Tour Advisors on 01904 734 358 to discuss upgrading your rail travel to First Class and/or upgrading your hotel to a 5-star option.
Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.
We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.
Estimated costs of return rail travel in the UK can be found on our add-ons page.
For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.