London to Malta by Rail and Sea
- Travel by rail from London to the south of Sicily
- Overnight stops in Turin, Naples and Taormina
- A boat train across the Straits of Messina and a ferry ride into the historic heart of Valletta
- Three nights on the island of Malta
- Decide when you would like to travel
- Adapt the route to suit your plans
- Upgrade your hotels
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
- 6 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Ferry from Pozzallo in Sicily to Valletta
- 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 a Eurostar service from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International this morning and speed under the English Channel to Paris. On arrival, an easy connection (with metro tickets included in your pack) will bring you to the Gare de Lyon.
Here, board a high-speed TGV service which will take you south through France and across the Italian border. The landscapes become more mountainous as you head via Chambery and the Italian ski-resort town of Bardonecchia to Turin. On arrival, make your way to the Starhotels Majestic (or similar) and check in for an overnight stay.
You have a free morning in Turin to explore this lovely city with its UNESCO World Heritage listed landmarks and world-class museums, before collecting your bags from your hotel and making your way to Turin Porta Nuova station. Here, board a Frecciarossa service which will take you 550 miles south down the spine of Italy at speeds of up to 190 miles per hour, via Milan and Rome to Naples.
On arrival into Naples central station, head for the San Pietro Hotel (or similar) for your overnight stay. Naples is a fascinating destination in its own right, founded in the 2nd millennium BC and with plenty to see. If you have time, why not extend your stay here?
Leave Naples this morning and catch a train south right down into the ‘toe’ of mainland Italy. You’ll reach a town called Villa San Giovanni where the train rolls onto a boat and carries you across the Straits of Messina to Malta. On arrival in Messina, the train rolls onto dry land and you continue your journey along the coast to Taormina. When you get to Taormina, make your way to the Excelsior Palace Hotel (or similar) where you will be staying overnight.
There’s time to have a wander around town or take in the panoramic sea views before you choose a restaurant for dinner this evening.
This morning, catch a regional Sicilian train via Siracusa to Pozzallo on the south coast of the island. If you prefer, we can arrange an earlier service so that you have time for lunch and a look around in Siracusa before making your onward journey. When you arrive in Pozzallo, there will be plenty of time to get to the port for your Virtu Ferries service across to Malta.
Make sure you’re on deck to watch the arrival into Valletta’s beautiful Grand Harbour and when you disembark, a private transfer will be waiting to take you to your hotel, La Falconeria (or similar), where you will be staying for the next 3 nights.
Enjoy two full days in Malta’s historic capital city. Valletta’s 16th century core was built by the Knights Hospitaller and named after a French nobleman and member of the Knights who successfully defended the island from an Ottoman invasion in 1565.
There’s a huge host of attractions to see here, from the sumptuous interiors of St Johns Co-Cathedral to the Upper Barrakka Gardens, offering stunning views across the Grand Harbour and the Saluting Battery, with a row of cannons that are still fired twice a day.
After another day to explore, it’s time to leave Valletta and catch a flight back to London. If you want to return to the UK without flying, just let us know and we will create a tailor made rail route for you.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
This polished, 19th century hotel is located near all Turin’s main attractions and features modern bedrooms, an elegant restaurant complete with stained glass skylight, and an exercise room. A buffet breakfast is provided daily at the hotel. Le Regine Restaurant by Eataly serves both Piedmont and international cuisine.
The San Pietro Hotel offers a welcoming base in the heart of Naples, close to the main train station. Along with well-appointed non-smoking bedrooms, the hotel also boasts a bar and outdoor terrace, a 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi internet access throughout.
The Excelsior Palace Hotel occupies a Moorish-style building, with panoramic views of Mount Etna and the hillside village of Castelmola. The hotel boasts a swimming pool and pool bar overlooking the coast, an a la carte restaurant and a concierge service. The famous Greco-Roman Amphitheatre is just 10 minutes’ walk away.
Located in the heart of the city, La Falconeria is a boutique hotel occupying an historic building with a modern extension (due to bombing in World War II). The bedrooms are all individually designed with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi internet access. Some upgraded rooms have balconies overlooking the city. The hotel also boasts a restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine, an on-site bar and a 24hr reception.
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Grand Hotel Sitea is located in the centre of Turin, right behind Piazza San Carlo and a 10-minute walk from Piazza Castello. Rooms are elegantly furnished and come with parquet or carpeted floors, and a TV with satellite channels. There is also free internet access. All rooms offer a marble bathroom, some with spa bath.
This stately 19th-century hotel overlooks the Bay of Naples and features period rooms and marble bathrooms. Upgraded rooms have balconies with city or ocean views. Facilities include a rooftop restaurant and bar with panoramic sea views, a fitness room, and a spa with a hammam, sauna and hot tub.
Surrounded by 7.5 acres of lush gardens at the entrance gates of Valletta’s old town, the Phoenicia Hotel was built in 1939, the first luxury hotel on Malta. Guests can still enjoy the grand architecture and sweeping harbour views, combined with modern comforts such as a heated outdoor pool for the winter, three on-site restaurants and elegant, air-conditioned bedrooms.