Italian Adventure Rail Journey

Price:From *$3965

14 Days/13 Night

Tour Description

Italy is a land of wonder and enchantment, a country with one of the richest histories on the European continent. Starting in the fashion capital of the world, Milan, this tour explores the classic Italian highlights from the breathtaking art and architecture of Florence and the stunning historical ruins of Pompeii to the sun kissed olive groves and vineyards of Tuscany and the glistening turquoise waters surrounding Sorrento. Visit the Isle of Capri in the Gulf of Naples, home to spectacular caves and lush vegetation. Explore Venice on a guided walking tour with wine tasting and Gondola ride through the canals. Finishing your tour in Rome but not before visiting the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Included in this tour is 4 days of leisure for you to enjoy your own personal activities. It is possible to participate in some shorter sections of this tour. Please ask us for details.

DEPARTURE 2019: 03,10,17,24,31 May | 07,14,21,28 Jun | 05,12,19,26 Jul | 02,09,16,23,30 Aug | 06,13,20,27 Sep | 04,11 Oct
INCLUSIONS
13 nights in 4 star accommodation
Meals & tastings as per itinerary
Luggage service (1 piece per passenger)
Multilingual speaking Tour Director
High-speed train tickets in standard class
Local train tickets & transfers as per itinerary
Hydrofoil to/from Capri

HIGHLIGHTS
4 Days at leisure for personal activities
Chose to included optional excursions package
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS AVAILABLE
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS PACKAGE (EXTRA COST) : $1139 per person
Milan: Best of Milan walking tour with “aperitivo”, Como lake and Bellagio excursion
Venice: “Cicchetti” guided walking tour in Venice, Gondola ride
Florence: Best of Florence guided walking tour, Tuscan dinner with “bistecca”, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti guided tour with lunch and wine tasting
Rome: Best of Rome walking tour, Guided visit of Vatican Museum entrance fees included, Farewell dinner with wine in Frascati
Sorrento Coast: Guided visit of Pompeii excavations, Capri full day excursion with cruise around the island and Blu Grotto stop

Pick up:independent arrival at your Hotel in Milan | Drop-off: Rome your Hotel

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Day 1:

Milan / Make your own way to the Hotel meet your tour director. Enjoy time at leisure or join the optional excursion "Best of Milan walking tour with aperitivo". Your walking tour will start from your hotel towards the Quadrilatero della Moda, the elegant fashion district that features famous streets like Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga. Discover the best brands in the world, such as Gucci and Armani, Milan’s top fashion boutiques and streets. You will visit the imposing Duomo, the real symbol of Milan, and admire its extraordinary Gothic architecture. Afterwards, you will reach Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery and the world-famous La Scala OperaTheatre, where world’s greatest musicians and opera singers perform. In the next stop you’ll reach the splendid Sforza Castle by tram, the old fashion cable car, going along the most charming streets of the historic centre. You’ll be stunned by the massive walls of the Castle, once a military facility. Finally, we will conclude our tour with a gourmet Italian Aperitivo. Sip on a delicious cocktail and savor an authentic appetizer, relishing this simple Milanese tradition.

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Day 2:

Milan - Lake Como - Bellagio - Milan / After breakfast you’ll have the opportunity enjoy the day at your leisure or join the optional excursion to discover the beauty of the Italian lakes! This charming experience includes the transfer by train from Milan to Como and a walking tour of the chic lake town of Como with your tour leader. You’ll discover the majestic white marble Duomo, walk along the elegant Via Vittorio Emanuele, the ancient medieval walls and the Romanesque Sant’Abbondio Church. If you like shopping, you will love the beautiful and picturesque streets with traditional local shops and products. Our walk continues along the lakeside promenade to reach Villa Olmo with its ornate garden and magnificent views of the lake and town. You’ll then enjoy a boat-cruise on the lake reaching the charming village of Bellagio, pearl of the Como Lake. Your One Day pass (Free boat circulation ticket included) will allow you to explore the area as you wish, for instance you could lose yourself in the magnificent Villa Carlotta botanic gardens or through the alleys of graceful villages. After the tour, your tour leader will accompany you back to Milan. (B)

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Day 3:

Milan - Venice (High Speed Train) / After enjoying the morning at leisure in Milan, and travel to Venice by high speed train. Once arrived, you can enjoy time on your own or join the optional excursion. THe optional excursion includes a guided walking tour into the secrets of Venice and the Venetian cuisine in a “Chicchetti” Tour plus afterwards, you will enjoy the magical atmosphere of Venice with an optional ride on the most famous Venetian boat: The Gondola. (B)

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Day 4:

Venice - Florence (High Speed Train) / In the morning, you will have some free time to discover the city. Early in the afternoon you’ll board a high-speed train to reach Florence (approx: 2 hours). At destination you will take a short walk to the hotel and find your luggage there. Time at leisure or join the optional excursion a walking tour of the "Best of Florence", exploring the beauties of the City by night. We will visit Piazzale Michelangelo with its amazing view over the city. Followed by the city’s Roman origins to a 15th century palace, the Ponte Vecchio, the famous Uffizi courtyard, the amazing Brunelleschi’s Dome which overlooks the Baptistery’s golden “Gates of Paradise”. If you have taken the optional excursion you will also appreciate the exclusive dinner in the heart of Florence and a typical florentine-style T-bone steak (B)

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Day 5:

Florence – Pisa - San Gimignano - Siena - Chianti - Florence / After breakfast enjoy the day at leisure or join the optional excursion to discover the beauty of Tuscany and visit its enchanting medieval towns. You will reach Pisa and visit its stunning Piazza dei Miracoli, to admire the Baptistery, the Cathedral and, of course, the famous Leaning Tower. Lunch in a wine bar or restaurant. Enjoy a wine tasting of renowned local wines as well as a traditional Tuscan dish. After lunch, the wonders continue with a visit to San Gimignano, the splendid Medieval town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following the panoramic roads of the Chianti region, you will get to Siena, the city of the Palio Horse Race. (B)

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Day 6:

Florence / Enjoy today at your leisure. (B)

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Day 7:

Florence – Rome (High Speed Train) / In the morning you’ll board a high-speed train to Rome (approx: 1 h 30). At your arrival enjoy time at leisure or join the optional excursion "Best of Rome tour": you’ll take a panoramic tour of the Colosseum and Forum from outside, followed by a walking tour of the Baroque Rome near Piazza Navona including the treasures of the amazing Trevi fountain as well as the Pantheon, unique jewel of architecture. After a quick break, you will skip-the-line to get in the Vatican Museums, where following a carefully planned itinerary accompanied by your guide, you will be shown particular details in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescos such as the painful punishments, you’ll have direct access from the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter’s Basilica so you can visit the stunning masterpieces held within. You’ll see Michelangelo’s ‘Pietà’ and the incredible bronze altar. Overnight at your hotel in Rome and find the luggage directly delivered from Florence. (B)

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Day 8:

Rome / Enjoy today at your leisure. (B)

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Day 9:

Rome / After breakfast time at your leisure for the day. Late in the afternoon you can join the optional excursion with special dinner. Board a regional train that in about 30 minutes time will take you to the exquisite town of Frascati. Set in the Castelli Romani area, Frascati has been chosen through the Centuries by Popes and aristocratic families for their summer residences. Frascati will give you a breathtaking bird’s-eye view of the Eternal City as a special souvenir and an unforgettable dinner in a typical “Fraschetta”. The fraschetta in Frascati is uniquely Italian, and something you should try at least once in your life, drinking wine and eating local food in a friendly atmosphere. After dinner, board your train back to your hotel in Rome. (B)

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Day 10:

Rome - Naples - Pompeii - Sorrento (High Speed Train) / You’ll start your journey early in the morning, once you’ve boarded your high-speed train to Naples. After the 1-hour ride, transfer to Sorrento Coast or join the optional excursion tour of the excavations of Pompeii. After the guided tour, you’ll proceed to Sorrento where you’ll find your luggage. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

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Day 11:

Sorrento - Capri - Sorrento / After breakfast, enjoy the day at leisure or join the optional excursion for a full day tour to Capri. Transfer to the harbour and reach the enchanting Isle of Capri, a favourite vacation spot of the Emperor Tiberius. Once arrived at the port of Marina Grande, you’ll take the trip around the island while taking a glimpse of the “Scugnizzo” welcoming statue, Tiberius’ leap, Coral Grotto, White Grotto, Natural arch, Villa Malaparte, Faraglioni, Bay of Marina Piccola, Siren’s rock, Green Grotto, Punta Carena lighthouse, and if sea and weather conditions permit, also the famous Blue Grotto (the visit inside the sea cave by row boat is not included in the price of the trip and must be purchased locally at the entrance to the Blue Grotto). After returning to Marina Grande you will take the minibus and reach the glamorous La Piazzetta to enjoy its elegant atmosphere and have time sightseeing the Island on your own. Return to Sorrento in the late afternoon where you’ll enjoy a tasting of the unique Limoncello, the zesty liquor made from the fragrant lemons of Sorrentine Area. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

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Day 12:

Sorrento / Enjoy today at your leisure. (B)

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Day 13:

Sorrento - Napoli - Rome / After breakfast you will start your journey back to Rome. Upon arriving you will have time at your leisure to explore the Eternal City. (B)

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Day 14:

Rome / Tour ends following breakfast at your hotel (B)

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