Milan - Venice - Florence - Rome - Sorrento Coast

Tour of Italy by Rail – Milan to Sorrento Coast

Destination
Milan - Venice - Florence - Rome - Sorrento Coast
Dates From
03/05/2019
Duration
13 Nights
14 Days
Price From
$5,035
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ESCORTED RAIL JOURNEY

Take the stress of out of train travel on this escorted rail journey through Italy. You will have a tour director to assist you navigate your way through Italy’s railway stations, without the stress of worrying about your luggage.

We have selected a great set of activities and dining experiences to discover the incredible art, culture and delicious traditional Italian dishes along with typical wine-
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

Inclusions

  • Professional English speaking guide for the entire duration of the tour
  • Centrally located 4 star hotels, with breakfast daily
  • Premium class travel on high speed trains
  • Luggage porterage between hotels

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Milan - Best of Milan Walking Tour with Aperitivo

Upon arrival, meet your Meet & Greet Tour Director at the hotel in Milan. Enjoy time at leisure or join one of our optional activities like the 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 Opera Theatre, 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. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 2: Milan, Como Lake and Bellagio

After breakfast you’ll have the opportunity 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. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 3: Milan to Venice - “Chicchetti” walking tour with wine tasting & Gondola ride

Morning at your leisure, and travel to Venice by high speed train. Once arrived, you can enjoy time on your own or join our guided walking tour into the secrets of Venice and the Venetian cuisine in a “Chicchetti” Tour. Afterwards, you will enjoy the magical atmosphere of Venice with an optional ride on the most famous Venetian boat: The Gondola. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 4: Venice to Florence - Best of Florence - Tuscan Dinner with Bistecca Fiorentina

In the morning, you will have some free time to discover the city or take an optional tour of the Venetian Islands: Murano and Burano (not included in package).
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 one of our optional activities like the 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”. Afterwards, you will surely appreciate the exclusive dinner in the heart of Florence and a typical Florentine style T-Bone. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 5: Florence - Pisa - San Gimignano - Siena - Chianti tour - lunch and wine tasting

After breakfast enjoy time at leisure or join one of our optional activities like a guided 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. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 6: Day at Leisure

Enjoy this entire day at leisure or choose from optional tours like exploring the treasures of the City, like the Accademia Gallery and its David, or the Uffizi and its masterpieces. Otherwise, you might take a day tour to Cinque Terre or experien- ce the Tuscan Countryside on a Vespa tour or Horse-back riding.  These options are not included in your tour package. Overnight at your hotel in Florence.

Day 7: Florence - Rome - Panoramic tour: Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Sistine Chapel

In the morning you’ll board a high-speed train to Rome (approx: 1 h 30). At your arrival, time at leisure or join one of our optional activities like a 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 (optional) where, following a carefully planned itinerary, you will visit the famous Sistine Chapel, plus a wide variety of galleries featuring ancient sculptures, tapestries, medieval maps, paintings and precious relics. Accompanied by your guide, you will be shown particular details in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescos such as the painful punishments. With skip-the-line, 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.

Day 8: Day at Leisure

Entire day at your leisure or choose from optional tours such as Colosseum and Ancient Rome tour or Borghese Gallery tour, if you prefer to learn more about local art and history, or maybe you could enjoy a fun Pizza Making Cooking Class to learn the secrets of the most famous Italian dish. At the end of the day, if you’d like, you might treat yourself with an optional Gourmet Dinner paired with wines. These options are not included in your tour package. Overnight at your hotel in Rome.

Day 9: Day at Leisure - Special Dinner in Frascati

After breakfast time at your leisure for the day. Late in the afternoon 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.

Day 10: Rome - Naples - Pompeii - Sorrento Coast

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 an optional tour of the excavations of Pompeii and get touched by the dramatic story of the Roman city destroyed and buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. After the guided tour, you’ll proceed to Sorrento where you’ll find your luggage. Dinner and overnight.

Day 11: Sorrento Coast - Capri

After breakfast, transfer to the harbour and reach the enchanting Isle of Capri, favorite 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 separately 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 where you’ll enjoy a tasting of the unique Limoncello, the zesty liquor made from the fragrant lemons of Sorrentine Area. Dinner and overnight.

Day 12: Sorrento Coast

Whole day at your Leisure in the charming Sorrento.

Day 13: Sorrento Coast - Rome

After Breakfast, private transfer to Naples to board your high speed train back to Rome. You’ll have time at your leisure to explore the Eternal City or reach the hotel where the luggage will await you. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 14: Rome

Tour ends this morning after breakfast.

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Exclusions

Optional excursions/sightseeing
City Tax: some City Councils may introduce a tourist tax that has to be paid directly at the hotel
Meals and beverages other than those specified
Tips/Gratuities
Everything which is not clearly specified under inclusions