Grand Canal in Venice

8 Day Italy by Train Holiday

Coloseum in Rome

8 Day Italy by Train Holiday

3 Nights Rome • 2 Nights Florence • 2 Nights Venice

Travel through Italy's most fabled cities and step back in time at renowned historical sites. Wether its for a romantic holiday for a couple or honeymooners or if your an art lover or foodie in search of the best Europe can offer, you wont be dissapointed in Italy!

The best way to see Italy is by rail - this is what the locals reccommend! Not only will you see some of the most iconic cities of the Renaissance and Roman Empire, but you will get to experience a taste of Italian life.

Rates from R 16,745 per person (incl. Flights)

Itinerary

Arrive in Rome and make your way to the hotel by taxi or metro.

You have the rest of the day free to explore the city on your own. Spend the rest of the afternoon/evening wandering around the winding cobbled streets of Rome. You will find treasures around every corner from inviting pizzeria's to cafe's serving the most delicious pastas. There is always a certain romance in the air as you stroll past marble statues and impressive monuments in this age old city.

Take a walking tour of the city or simply lose yourself in its grandeur and visit the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon.
Complete your tour with a visit to the famed Colosseum where the gladiators fought bloody battles for their freedom under their Roman rulers and take a walk down the Roman Forum where you will find the remains of the fallen Roman Empire.

For the last day we recommend a visit to the Vatican, the world's smallest city-state home to the Pope and a trove of iconic art and architecture. Within the complex you will find the Vatican Museum and the world renown Sistine Chapel.

Make your way to the train station and head toward Florence. Discover the many marvels of this wonderful renaissance city including its most famous art museums and the Duomo Cathedral. From arrival you will be immediately impressed by the architecture and atmosphere of the slow paced Italians in this romantic city. 

Head towards the Piazzale Michelangelo for an impressive 180 degree panorama view of the city under the towering Duomo Cathedral.

Explore the neighbouring charming towns of Siena, famous for its medieval streets, gothic Cathedral and scenic views of the countryside; San Gimignano, where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the cobbled streets and small squares, walk
between the famous 14 towers, and visit the famous cathedral and leaning tower in Pisa.

Take the train to Venice and make your way across the canals to your hotel on the island. Venice holds a legend of its own, built in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea on 100 small islands by merchants in the Renaissance.

The isolated city is filled with Gothic palaces with the main means of transport being the Grand Canal thoroughfare as well as hundreds of smaller canals entangeled under bridges and archways. A walk in this enticing city will make you want to stay longer.

Join a panoramic walking tour and see Piazza San Marco, the Basilica of San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Prisons.

Relax in the ambience of Venice at a cafe or restaraunt along one of its many narrow streets or go shopping along the Rialto Bridge and see some of the many artworks on display at various museums across the island.

Transfer to Venice airport and depart. The airport can be reached by busses leaving hourly from the Piazzale Roma or  book a private transfer by speedboat.

Hotels

Hotel Colosseum

Hotel Colosseum

The hotel is nestled in the historical centre of Rome at a quiet street, between the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and the Colosseum, near Termini train station and the Domus Aurea. Perched on the majestic Esquilino Hill, the offers a panoramic terrace, from where guests have the unique opportunity to enjoy breath-taking views over Rome.

Machiavelli Palace

Machiavelli Palace

This charming city hotel boasts a stunning setting in the historical centre of Florence. Guests will find themselves immersed in the rich culture and heritage of the surroundings within easy access of the city's captivating attractions. Famous points of interest such as the Medici Chapel, the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella and the market quarter of San Lorenzo lie within easy reach of the hotel.

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Carlton Capri

This hotel is situated in a quiet location, close to the Grande Canal, only minutes from the main train station and the Piazzale Roma. The city centre, with numerous shopping and entertainment venues is just minutes from the hotel.

Package Includes:

  • Return flights from Johannesburg to Italy
  • Airport Taxes
  • Arrival Airport to hotel private transfer
  • Departure Venice Island (Piazzale Roma Square) to Airport private transfer
  • 3 Nights accommodation in Rome at the 3* Hotel Colosseum or 4* Diana Roof Garden
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Florence at the 3* Machiavelli Palace (or upgrade to 4* Adler Cavalieri)
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Venice at the Carlton Capri (or upgrade to 4* Carlton Grand Canal)
  • Breakfast Daily
  • 2nd Class Rail Tickets from Rome to Florence & Florence to Venice

Excluded:

  • City Tax
  • International Flights (can be added on request)
  • Travel Insurance (available on request)
  • Visas (required for South Afircan Passport holders)
  • Meals not specified
  • Optional excursions not specified
  • Items of personal nature
Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.

Rail Trip Map

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