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Top Italian Escorted Rail Holidays

Top Italian Escorted Rail Holidays

Beautiful Italy is home to stunning architecture, fabulous art and world-famous cuisine. Boasting delightful landscapes, fascinating cities and serene lakes, Italy is a charming destination to explore by rail.

Sirmione on Lake Garda

Sirmione on Lake Garda

On this exceptional tour we visit Mantova, the Sigurta Gardens, and iconic Venice, where we enjoy dinner in a palace on the Grand Canal.

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Simply Lake Garda

Simply Lake Garda

Picturesque, peaceful and perfectly placed for our visits to Verona and Venice, the lakeside town of Desenzano forms the ideal base for a wonderful holiday.

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Highlights of Tuscany

Highlights of Tuscany

Ochre and terracotta hill towns linked by winding white roads.  Discover the true colours of this acclaimed region on a tour of the highlights of Tuscany.

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Gastronomic Italy

Gastronomic Italy

This delectable tour is a true indulgence as we experience mouth-watering cuisine, fantastic wines, charming cities and glorious scenery. 

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Gastronomic Piedmont

Gastronomic Piedmont

Tantalise your taste buds and awaken your senses to the delightful scenery and revered gastronomy of the Italian Piedmont region. 

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Rail Tours in Italy

Experience 'la dolce vita' by train

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Stresa & Lake Maggiore

From our stunning location overlooking beautiful Lake Maggiore in the picturesque town of Stresa, we explore this magnificent region of Italy. We cross Lake Maggiore to explore the Borromean Islands, taste the wines of the Monferrato region, visit enchanting Lake Orta and travel into Switzerland on the scenic Centovalli Railway.

Departs from May 2016 to September 2016 and from May 2017 to September 2017.
Late departures available
10 days from £1,995per personView tour details
Lake Garda, Venice & The Austrian Alps

Marvellous Alpine scenery makes a brilliant backdrop as we discover the wonderful Austrian Tyrol, enjoying spectacular mountainous narrow-gauge railways before continuing on to the peaceful shores of sparkling Lake Garda. From our base in the pretty lakeside town of Salò we explore beautiful Venice and historic Verona.

Departs from May 2016 to September 2016.
Late departures available
14 days from £2,075per personView tour details
Premium Grand Voyage - Venice to Nice

Enjoy a truly grand voyage through some of Italy's most exulted locations as we sail aboard the MV Aegean Odyssey. Marvel at Venice's shimmering lagoon adorned by marble palaces and stately piazzas, experience Dubrovnik's charm and watch Mount Etna's monolithic glory approach as you sail towards Sicily. See the eternal grandeur of Rome and Florence on a cruise that inspires at every turn.

Departs in May 2016.
17 days from £3,495per personView tour details
Top to Toe of Italy

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 all over the attractive country, taking in iconic sights such as Venice, the Leaning Tower and Pompeii. We also see lesser-known places like Tuscan Siena and the beautiful island of Sicily, crowned by Mount Etna.

Departs from May 2016 to September 2016 and from April 2017 to September 2017.
Late departures available
16 days from £2,845per personView tour details
Classic Venice Lagoon & Lake Garda

Enjoy a leisurely, relaxed holiday to some of Italy's most beautiful sights. We join the MS Michelangelo for a magnificent cruise through the spectacular Venice Lagoon, admiring the tiny islands of this attractive archipelago, before exploring fashionable Milan and the many attractions of Lake Garda.

Departs from May 2016 to September 2016.
Late departures available
13 days from £1,895per personView tour details
Greek Islands Cruise

Embark on a Mediterranean voyage aboard Norwegian Jade, discovering the delights of romantic Venice as well as exploring some of the most enchanting Greek Islands, with centuries of history and culture at every turn. Relax on ship and enjoy wonderful views of the sparkling Aegean sea as well as the excellent facilities available throughout our cruise.

Departs from May 2016 to September 2016.
Late departures available
11 days from £1,795per personView tour details
Puglia & Basilicata

Immerse yourself in culture on the unspoilt 'heel' of Italy, a rugged, rural and breathtakingly beautiful area. We tour the ancient city of Rome before travelling through the olive groves, vineyards and almond trees of a region referred to as 'the breadbasket of Italy' on a wonderful adventure exploring Puglia & Basilicata.

Departs from May 2016 to September 2016 and from April 2017 to May 2017.
Late departures available
13 days from £2,195per personView tour details
Highlights of Tuscany

Discover the true colours of this acclaimed region on a tour of the highlights of Tuscany. Ochre and terracotta hill towns linked by winding white roads, interspersed with fields of poppies and sunflowers contrast with the magnificent architecture of the great Renaissance cities.

Departs from May 2016 to October 2016 and from April 2017 to May 2017.
Late departures available
10 days from £1,675per personView tour details
Rome, Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast and its islands make up one of the most visually stunning regions in the whole of Europe. Starting in the ancient city of Rome, and then based in Sorrento, we visit magnificent Capri and the alluring lost city of Pompeii.

Departs from May 2016 to October 2016.
Late departures available
12 days from £2,495per personView tour details
The Italian Riviera

Colourful villages cling to the dramatic coastline of the Italian Riviera, with the glittering Mediterranean forming picture-postcard vistas in every direction, and glamorous yachts clamouring for attention alongside quaint fishing boats in idyllic harbours.

Departs from May 2016 to September 2016.
Late departures available
10 days from £1,745per personView tour details
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Lynne Broadley
Julie Longfield
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Helping you plan your holiday to Italy...

Great Rail Journeys invites you to join us on an unforgettable rail tour of one of the most romantic, beautiful, culturally-rich and gastronomically exciting countries in Europe. Italy flaunts its history and heritage at every turn, and offers something to surprise or inspire every guest. Exploring Italy by train is by far and away the easiest and most comfortable way to see this historic country thanks to an extensive rail network that offers fast and reliable services to the majority of Italy's most desireable destinations. Plus, of course, many of Italy's railways afford a relaxing opportunity to admire Italy's wonderful landscapes.

We've created a collection of Italian rail holidays that cater for every taste, whether your preference is to admire the architecture that has made cities such as Rome famous, or you wish to escape to the beautiful Italian lakes

Of course, it's perfectly possible to do both if you desire, as our comprehensive 'Top to Toe' rail tour of Italy charts an unforgettable course from Turin in the north east to the Sicilian city of Catania, which resides in the shadow of Mount Etna. Italy is like an inexhaustible all-you-can-eat buffet of the most exquisite dishes; it's only when your appetite for remarkable sights and experiences has been sated by Rome's Colosseum, Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel, Piza's legendary Leaning Tower, Venice's canals, and masterpieces by Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Boticelli that you realise that these are merely the appetisers.

From the restful beauty of Lake Como on a summer's day to the colourful costumes and excited buzz of Venice's winter carnival, Italy is a destination for all seasons and all visitors, and a joy to explore by rail.

Discovering Italy with Great Rail Journeys

Each of our many and varied rail tours in Italy offers an exciting itinerary of guided tours and excursions designed to offer a broad introduction to the many treasure that this enchanting country holds.

It is our aim to provide an experience of Italy that is rewarding, pleasurable and memorable whilst offering the best possible value for money. The cost of your Italian rail holiday includes all train and other travel costs, hotel accommodation, an extensive programme of sightseeing trips and activities and a selection of meals.

We appreciate that the standard of accommodation is an important factor in your enjoyment of any Italian rail tour, and so we only use hotels that benefit our guests with a convenient location and provide excellent value, facilities and comfort. By choice we often select reputable family-run hotels which extend our guests a greater degree of personal service and a more relaxing environment.

For your further comfort and reassurance, each of our rail tours of Italy is escorted by a professional and friendly Tour Manager who can address any issues or queries you may have and provide information and assistance for the duration of your trip.



Useful information when travelling to Italy

Italy's Geography

The narrow country of Italy, famously likened to a boot kicking the island of Sicily for its curved shape, is located in Southern Europe. Italy's northern border, from west to east, connects the country with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia, whilst its west coast faces the Tyrrhenian Sea, its east coast the Ionian Sea.

Italy's History

Historically, Italy can justifiably claim to be the seat of Western civilization thanks to the rise of the Roman Empire which, at its height, encompassed large regions of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Educated and cultured, the Romans influenced every society they conquered, leaving a rich legacy of written and spoken language, architecture, legal principles and inventions including thermal heating, sewage systems and a formula for cement that is little changed today. The European Renaissance, a cultural movement that lasted from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century is said to have originated in Florence. Some of Italy's greatest and most famous works of literature, architecture and art were produced during this period and can still be seen by our guests today in locations such as Florence's Cathedral and Uffizi Gallery, Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome, and the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, where Leonardo da Vinci's famous mural, The Last Supper, is located.



Thanks to a Mediterranean climate, Italy largely enjoys hot, sunny summers and mild, wet winters where snowfall is relatively rare with the exception of mountainous regions such as the Italian Alps and the Dolomites. Inland summer temperatures usually average between 28 and 33°C (82 and 91°F), whilst sea breezes lower the temperature slightly along Italy's coasts. Early autumn brings brief thunderstorms but temperatures remain warm and rainfall is short-lived.

Italian Cuisine

Italy's cuisine needs little introduction; most guests on our rail tours will be familiar with classic Italian creations such as pizza, spaghetti Bolognese, salami and minestrone soup. As with other countries, however, Italy's food varies greatly between regions which have different traditions and styles of cookery. In general terms, Italian cuisine stems from the simple combination of fresh and flavoursome produce to create colourful dishes that preserve the identity of individual ingredients yet harmonise flavours perfectly. Pasta, polenta and risotto rice are staples of Italian cuisine and to these a variety of meats, fish, vegetables, herbs and sauces can be added to create simple yet utterly delicious meals. These can be accompanied by Italy's famous and excellent wines which include the white Pinot Grigiot, and the red Chianti.


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