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Top to Toe of Italy

(Tour code: TTG17)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.

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Tour Highlights
  • Turin
  • Venice
  • Florence
  • Siena
  • Pisa & Lucca
  • Rome
  • Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast
  • Sicily & Mount Etna
  • Guided tour of Pompeii
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Total Group Porterage on selected departures
  • Flight home

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Turin
Day 1

London to Turin

We leave St Pancras after meeting at our exclusive Departure Office. Travelling on the Eurostar in Standard Premier Class, we enjoy a light meal and drinks on board as we travel to Paris. On arrival in the French capital, we change trains, and continue by high-speed rail to Turin, where we spend the night.

Includes:
  • Eurostar Meal
Venice
Day 2

To Venice

Enjoy a morning to explore Turin, a stylish city that boasts airy city squares, verdant parks and broad boulevards of Renaissance architecture. Later, we continue by high-speed rail to Venice, the incredible 'floating city,' where we spend two nights at the 4-Star Hotel Sant'Elena.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Venice
Day 3

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
Florence
Day 4

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
Siena
Day 5

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
Pisa
Day 6

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
  • Excursion to Pisa
  • Excursion to Lucca
Rome
Day 7

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
  • Guided City Tour
Rome
Days 8-9

Exploring Rome

The next two days are 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. The roof is a masterpiece of human engineering, and the entire building has seen surprisingly little change in 2,000 years. Other popular attractions include the Spanish Steps, a traditional lovers' meeting place, and of course the tiny principality of the Vatican City. Here you can marvel at the Sistine Chapel and enter the colossal St Peter's Basilica another masterpiece, and perhaps the most awe-inspiring religious structure in Rome.

Includes:
  • Day 8 - Breakfast
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, dinner
Sorrento
Day 10

On to Sorrento

We travel by high-speed train to Naples, then continue by coach to Sorrento for three nights at the 4-Star Hilton Sorrento Palace. Once in Sorrento we take an orientation tour; the narrow cobbled streets feature an exciting fusion of palace buildings and quaint old churches. Lemon orchards cover the hillsides around Sorrento, and following the tour we taste Limoncello, the popular local drink.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Amalfi
Day 11

The Amalfi Coast

Day 11 - 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. 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. 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
Pompeii
Days 12-14

Pompeii and on to Sicily

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 13 we transfer to Salerno for a scenic railway journey, followed by a ferry across to Sicily. We take a guided tour of Taormina's highlights on Day 14.

Includes:
  • Days 12-13 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 14 - Breakfast
Mount Etna
Days 15-16

Mount Etna and return to London

Today we visit Mount Etna, Europe's largest and most active volcano. We take the train around the mountain's base before making our ascent. On Day 16 we transfer to Catania airport for the flight home.

Includes:
  • Day 15 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 16 - Breakfast
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