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(Tour code: IEG20)

Experience Italy's magnificent cities by rail

Experience the very essence of Italy as we discover the Eternal City of Rome, Vatican City, Renaissance Florence, labyrinthine Venice, and iconic Pisa with its unmistakable Leaning Tower

  • City tour of Rome
  • Tour of Hidden Rome
  • Lunch in Trastevere
  • City tour of Florence
  • See the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Visit the walled city of Lucca
  • Venice including a sightseeing tour
  • Free time in Venice to explore
  • Indulge in a dinner at an elegant Venetian palace
What’s Included
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

A Grand Tour of Italy 2020Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Eurostar

To Rome

Meet at our St Pancras Departure Office for the Eurostar to Paris, continuing to Lyon where we overnight. On Day 2, we journey to Milan, changing trains for Rome (Standard Class). Known as the 'Eternal City', Rome is an endless treasure trove of historic, cultural and artistic delights. We check into our hotel for 3 nights, the 4-Star Hotel Massimo d'Azeglio, in the heart of the city.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Trevi Fountain, Rome
Trevi Fountain, Rome

Exploring Rome

Enjoy a guided tour of Rome today, which introduces us to its most revered sights. See the Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre ever built in the Roman Empire, the Roman Forum, the center of Roman public life for centuries, and Trevi Fountain, a world-famous Baroque masterpiece. Pause en-route for ice cream at charming Giolitti, the oldest gelateria in the city, which dates back to the late 1800s. Purportedly a favourite of Pope John Paul II, Giolittai is also famous as the ice cream parlour which Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck visit in the 1953 film 'Roman Vacation'. The rest of your day is at leisure in Rome.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 Trastevere, Rome
Trastevere, Rome

Hidden Rome

We venture off the beaten track today to see some of Rome's lesser known gems. First, discover the whimsical architecture of the Quartiere Coppedè district, an unexpected delight tucked away from Rome's more famous streets. A combination of historic architectural styles compete for attention here, and the dizzying blend of Baroque, ancient Greek, Art Nouveau and medieval structures give the neighbourhood a magical, otherworldly quality. Continue to the Basilica of Santo Stefano Rotondo, Hungary's 'national church' in Rome, dedicated to both Christian martyr St Stephen, and Stephen I, the first king of Hungary. This is one of Rome's most unique churches; dramatic frescoes line the circular walls of the interior, each depicting the death of a different martyr, which lends an eerie effect to the undoubtedly beautiful structure. Our final visit is to bohemian Trastevere, an authentic Roman neighbourhood known for its incredible food, which we sample during lunch at a local restaurant.

This afternoon is free. Perhaps visit the Vatican City? The tiny principality includes captivating museums and the famous Sistine Chapel, with superb frescoes painted by Renaissance artists including Michelangelo and Botticelli.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Florence

Discover Florence

Today we travel by rail to the beautiful city of Florence, the Renaissance capital of the world, where we spend 3 nights. This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the city's treasures, including the Duomo with its iconic red-tiled dome and the Ponte Vecchio a 14th-century bridge that is home to 43 jewellers' shops. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Florence

Florence at leisure

Today you are free to explore Florence under your own steam. Much of the beauty of the city is found indoors, with a fifth of the world's Renaissance art on display in Florence, including 1,700 masterpieces in the famous Uffizi Gallery. Known as 'the heart of the Renaissance', this world famous gallery features art by Botticelli, Giotto, Cimabue, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raffaello, to name some of the most famous. Otherwise, the Giardino Bardini, or 'Bardini Gardens' have a typical Tuscan feel, and are a pleasure to visit.

  • Breakfast
Day 7 Pisa

Pisa and Lucca

Today we travel by rail (Standard Class) across the wonderful, rustic countryside of Tuscany, where rolling vine-covered hillsides stretch as far as the eye can see and acres of olive groves and row upon row of cypress, walnut and bay trees surround the railroad lines. We pass remote farmhouses and isolated villages as we head to Pisa, the city famous for its leaning tower. In Pisa we enjoy a guided tour that includes the city's incredible Field of Miracles. Here we see the iconic Leaning Tower, and the marvellous white marble Duomo, one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture, with sublime Moorish mosaics.

Later we continue to the beautiful city of Lucca - a place of true beauty that has managed to escape the tourist crowds; one of Italy's best kept secrets. The heart of the city is filled with charming piazzas, small community churches and fabulous art galleries, linked together by narrow cobbled streets and intricate passageways, and we have time to explore the city at leisure. Splendid Renaissance architecture mingles with historic buildings from the Middle Ages, making the city a pleasure to explore on foot.

  • Breakfast
Days 8-10 Venetian gondolas
Venetian gondolas


This morning we leave Florence by high-speed rail, traveling in Standard Class to the floating city of Venice. On arrival, we transfer to our hotel for three nights, the Hyatt Centric Murano Venice hotel on the island of Murano. There is time for you to start your exploration before dinner tonight.

On Day 9 we enjoy a guided tour in the heart of Venice, beginning in St Mark's Square, which is dominated by the magnificent Basilica di San Marco and the venerable Palazzo Ducale, or Doge's Palace. This afternoon you are free to soak up the atmosphere of this romantic city. For a bird's eye view of the city, take the opportunity to climb the Campanile de San Marco, which offers incredible vistas over the buildings clustered around the center and the shimmering lagoons further out.

On Day 10 you are at leisure to further soak up the atmosphere of this romantic city. For a bird's eye view of the city, take the opportunity to climb the Campanile de San Marco, which offers incredible vistas over the buildings clustered around the center and the shimmering lagoons further out. Or, you could choose to take an enchanting gondola ride through Venice's iconic labyrinth of waterways. On the evening of Day 10 we head into the heart of Venice for a farewell meal in a splendid Venetian palace - a truly remarkable end to our adventures in Italy.

  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 11-12 Turin

To Turin and London

Today we travel to Turin for the night. On Day 12 we travel to Paris, by high-speed TGV, before taking the Eurostar service to London.

  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 12 - Breakfast, Eurostar meal

Recommended Airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from, London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from your start and end point, and London Heathrow is approximately 19 miles from your start and end point.

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

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and travel during your tour

  • The services of a professional Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • First Class rail travel to and from Italy, Standard Class rail travel in Italy (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)
  • All rail and coach transfers

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 11 nights' hotel accommodation including 1 outbound overnight stay in Lyon, 3 nights at the 4-Star Bettoja Hotel Massimo d'Azeglio in Rome, 3 nights at the 4-Star Starhotels Michelangelo in Florence, 3 nights at the 4-Star Hyatt Centric Murano Venice, Venice and 1 inbound overnight stay in Turin

Delicious meals included

  • 18 meals including 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 dinners, including a farewell dinner in Venice

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • City tour of Rome
  • City tour of Florence
  • Excursion to Lucca and Pisa
  • Guided tour of Venice
  • Parts of this vacation make use of portable audio headsets on guided tours, allowing you to hear your guide clearly wherever in the group you are

Not Included

  • Flights and airport transfers 
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A Grand Tour of Italy

Experience Italy's magnificent cities by rail


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