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La Dolce Vita, Rome, Abruzzo and Matera; Italy’s magical city of stone

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7 days From £6,525 per person
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2025 Tour code: LAI25

About the tour

Embark on a luxurious journey aboard La Dolce Vita Orient Express, departing from Rome. Indulge in the exceptional culinary creations of 3-Michelin starred Chef Heinz Beck, featuring Italian-inspired dishes crafted from seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Awake to the allure of an Italian breakfast as you prepare to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Matera, known for its ancient cave dwellings. Visit to the medieval city of Palena, where you'll immerse yourself in its historic charm and enjoy traditional cuisine. As you return to Rome, you'll reflect on a journey filled with unforgettable dining, cultural discoveries, and the timeless elegance of travel on La Dolce Vita Orient Express.

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Unforgettable Experiences

Rome
Rome
Explore Historic Rome at leisure
La Dolce Vita Orient Express
La Dolce Vita Orient Express
Experience unparalleled dining, service and luxury on the Orient Express La Dolce Vita
Matera
Matera
Explore the ancient cave city of Matera one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities
Palena
Palena
Visit Palena, a charming small town nestled in the Abruzzo region of Italy, surrounded by the majestic Apennine Mountains.

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Outbound Travel

Getting to Rome

Flight from London to Rome

Your adventure starts as you fly from London to the historic city of Rome.

Rail London - Rome (2 Days)

Alternatively, stretch out your journey by taking a two-day train ride. Take the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris Nord, and travel from Paris Gare du Lyon to Lyon St Exupery. You'll spend the night in Lyon before taking the train the next day from Lyon to Milan. From Milan you'll travel onto Rome, where you'll transfer to your hotel.

Arrival in Rome

Day 1 - Rome

Arrival in Rome

Upon landing, a private transfer will whisk you to your chosen hotel, selected from our range of 4-star and 5-star accommodations. Dive into the rich tapestry of Rome's history and vibrant culture, where every corner has a story to tell. Get ready to create lasting memories on this unforgettable journey that begins in one of the world's most iconic cities.

Exploring Rome

Day 2 - Exploring Rome

Exploring Rome

Explore Rome at your leisure today. Steeped in history and culture, Rome offers an array of unforgettable experiences for every traveller. Perhaps begin your exploration at the iconic Colosseum, where you can walk through the amphitheatre and imagine the gladiatorial contests and public spectacles that once captivated audiences. Nearby, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill tell the story of ancient Rome's bustling marketplace and political hub. No visit to Rome is complete without seeing the Vatican Museums, home to a vast collection of art and antiquities, including the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's breathtaking ceiling. Enhance your visit with one of our optional tours, available at a supplement.

Rome

Day 3 - Rome

Rome

Delight in another leisurely day to delve deeper into the treasures of Rome. Wander through the historic centre to marvel at the Pantheon, a masterpiece of ancient engineering and architecture, and toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to the Eternal City. For a taste of local life, explore the vibrant Trastevere neighbourhood with its narrow cobblestone streets, charming cafes, and lively nightlife, offering a perfect blend of history, cuisine, and local culture. You may wish to consider one of our optional excursions, which can be pre-booked for a supplement, ensuring a day filled with unique discoveries.

La Dolce Vita

Day 4 - La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita

This afternoon, your luxurious journey begins as the La Dolce Vita Orient Express departs from Rome Ostiense, setting off on a voyage of unparalleled indulgence. As evening envelops the landscape, prepare for a culinary adventure with dishes crafted by the acclaimed 3-Michelin starred Chef Heinz Beck. Each course is a celebration of Italy's rich culinary traditions, made with the finest seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Revel in these gastronomic creations, each a delicious homage to Italy's deep-rooted food heritage.

La Dolce Vita and Matera

Day 5 – La Dolce Vita & Matera

La Dolce Vita and Matera

As dawn breaks on your second day aboard the La Dolce Vita Orient Express, begin your morning with the enticing aromas of an Italian breakfast, from freshly brewed espresso to delicate pastries, setting a delightful tone for the day. Soon after, the train pulls into the ancient city of Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its iconic Sassi, the ancient cave dwellings etched into the landscape. Enjoy a guided tour that delves deep into the rich history of this fascinating city, continually inhabited for over 7,000 years. Your tour is followed by a unique dining experience in a cave restaurant that perfectly captures the rustic charm of Matera with traditional flavours.

As the afternoon gives way to evening, return to the comfort of the train and enjoy an Italian Aperitivo, the perfect start to the night's celebration. The day culminates with "Le Grand Soir" dinner, an exquisite fusion of flavours in a refined setting, complemented by live music that adds a magical touch to your evening. As the night deepens, the rhythmic motion of the train invites you to a peaceful sleep, while your mind wanders to the adventures that await tomorrow.

La Dolce Vita to Rome

Day 6 – La Dolce Vita to Rome

La Dolce Vita to Rome

Today, the train pulls into Palena, a medieval city rich with history and charm. Embark on a fascinating exploration, meandering through its ancient streets and discovering hidden gems at every turn. Absorb the ambiance of bygone eras as you delve into Palena's medieval architecture and significant cultural landmarks.

For lunch, you'll be treated to a traditional feast, enjoying dishes that have been cherished and passed down through generations. In the afternoon, as you reboard La Dolce Vita Orient Express, take a moment to reflect on the memories and experiences that have enriched your journey through Italy's captivating landscapes. As you arrive back at Rome Ostiense, take with you the treasured moments of exquisite dining, deep cultural immersion, and the luxurious comfort of your travel aboard the La Dolce Vita Orient Express.

Inbound Travel

Day 7 - Rome to the UK

Flight from Rome to London

Today marks the end of your remarkable journey as you are privately transferred to Rome airport for your flight back home. Take a final moment to savour the sights and sounds of Italy, from its vibrant culture to the picturesque landscapes that have made your trip truly unforgettable. As you prepare to board your flight back to London, reflect on the wonderful memories and experiences that have enriched your journey.

Rail Rome - London (2 Days)

Alternatively, take a leisurely two-day rail journey back to London. Travel from Rome to Turin Porta Susa, and spend the night in Turin. The next day take the train from Turin Porta Susa to Paris Gare du Lyon, and from Paris Nord to London St Pancras aboard the Eurostar.

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Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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