Italian Lakes & the Amalfi Coast
- 10 Days
- From £1,399
- Speed through to historic Dijon for a night, en route to Italy
- Stay in Stresa on beautiful, mountain-ringed Lake Maggiore
- Explore beautiful Positano and the Amalfi Coastline
- Travel outbound via the Simplon route and back via the unforgettable Brenner Pass, with a night in Innsbruck
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- Adapt the route to suit your plans
- Upgrade hotels and rail journeys
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
- 9 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- City maps and comprehensive directions to your hotels
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
Catch the Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord and transfer across to the Gare de Lyon where you’ll take the TGV line to Dijon. Arrive in the Burgundian capital in the early evening and check in at the Grand Hotel La Cloche (or similar).
Spend an evening strolling through the centre of the city, admiring the historic buildings before enjoying some delicious Burgundian cuisine in a local restaurant.
Leave Dijon this morning and take a train through the Jura Mountains to Lausanne. Here, there’s time for lunch in the old town area before you need to catch an onward service through the Simplon Pass high in the Alps to Stresa on Lake Maggiore.
Check in at the Regina Palace (or similar), where you will stay for 3 nights.
Spend two days soaking up the sunshine on Lake Maggiore, the second largest of Italy’s lakes, which also stretches into the Ticino canton of Switzerland. Don’t miss a boat ride out to Isola Bella or the lakefront piazza at Cannobio.
TMR RECOMMENDS: Take a boat trip along the lake to Locarno in Switzerland, have lunch in one of the glorious piazzas, then take the picturesque Centovalli railway to Domodossola, back in Italy. Connect with the mainline for the short ride back to Stresa. Ask the team for details.
After an early start, return to the station and catch a train down to Milan. Here, transfer onto a service heading south to Naples and the Amalfi Coast.
You’ll arrive into Naples in the mid-afternoon and have a few options for getting to Positano. You can either catch a taxi or ask us to arrange a transfer to your hotel or alternatively, catch the Circumvesuviana train (payable locally) to Sorrento and make the shorter taxi transfer from there. On arrival, check in for a 4-night stay at the Pasitea Art Hotel (or similar).
Positano is a former fishing village of pastel coloured houses jostling for position on high cliffs leading down to a pretty harbour full of boats. Spend three full days here exploring this world-famous stretch of coastline. You can even take a day trip to Sorrento or the island of Capri.
TMR RECOMMENDS: Why not hire a car and discover the hidden corners of the Amalfi Coast or the fascinating Roman remains at Pompeii and Herculanaeum?
Take a train back to Naples where you meet a train back to Bologna. From here, travel back through the Alps, this time along the Brenner Pass route through Austria to Innsbruck Hbf, where you have an overnight stop at the Grand Hotel Europa (or similar), near the station.
Innsbruck is often referred to as the ‘Capital of the Alps’ and is ringed by impressive peaks. You might like to spend an extra night here so that you have time to explore.
Take a stunning scenic ride to Zurich over the Arlberg Pass, then connect with a French TGV to Paris and Eurostar onwards to London. You may also like to break the journey in Zurich or Paris for a night. Please call us for details.
ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: If you are happy to set out early and want to avoid changing stations in Paris, you can also travel back via Munich and Brussels.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
The Grand Hotel la Cloche Dijon MGallery is conveniently located in the centre of the city, offering easy access to all the sights and attractions of Burgundy. All bedrooms are decorated in a modern but classic style with Wi-Fi internet access. Enjoy Burgundian specialities in the hotel’s restaurant or a relaxing sauna.
Hotel Regina Palace is a majestic Art Nouveau building offering refined classic-style interiors and a large garden with pool. It is right on the shore of Lake Maggiore, in Stresa. Rooms and common lounges are all decorated with antique furniture giving a sense of history and nobility.
Overlooking the bay of Positano, the multi-terraced Art Hotel Pasitea offers air-conditioned bedrooms with a private sea-view balcony and free Wi-Fi. Guests can choose from a large selection of national wines at the hotel’s elegant wine bar, and taste other Italian gastronomic specialities in the onsite restaurant.
Conveniently located across the road from the station in Innsbruck, the Grand Hotel Europa is a luxurious property combining modern comforts with an elegant Italian design and Tyrolean warmth. Bedrooms are equipped with flat screen TVs, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi access.
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Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees offers elegant rooms with marble bathrooms complete with spa bath. Some rooms have views of the distant Alps, some overlook the lake and the islands. The wellness centre feaetures an indoor swimming pool as well as hot tubs and saunas.
The guest rooms surround the ancient courtyard dating back to the 13th century when the hotel was once a convent. Founded in 1222 by St Francis of Assisi, Hotel Luna Convento features a large outdoor pool and a reef, complete with sun loungers and umbrellas. From here you can access the beautiful Mediteranean Sea.