Sicily and the Amalfi Coast by Rail
- 14 Days
- From £1,249
- Travel out to Italy via Nice on the Côte d’Azur
- A short stop in Vietri Sul Mare on the Amalfi Coast
- Take a train on to a boat across the Straits of Messina to Sicily
- Three full days in Catania, at the foot of Mount Etna and Palermo, on Sicily’s northern coastline,
- Return to the UK via overnight train and a stop-off in Turin
- Decide when you would like to travel
- 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
- 12 nights handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Overnight rail travel from Palermo to Milan in comfortable private sleeper compartment with washbasin
- City maps and comprehensive directions to your hotels
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets and hotel vouchers
- All credit card surcharges and delivery of your travel documents
This morning, board a Eurostar service to Paris, then make an easy change onto a French TGV train from the Gare de Lyon. There is a buffet car on the TGV service, but you’ll also have time to collect supplies in Paris for lunch, or perhaps enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants in and around the station.
On arrival in Nice this evening, check in for an overnight stay at the Excelsior Hotel (or similar), located right outside the station. If time allows, we’d recommend an extra night here so that you have time to explore this stunning region of France.
After an early breakfast this morning, return to the station for a Thello service across the border into Italy. The journey takes you along the coast all the way to Genoa where you head inland to Milan. Change here onto a fast Frecciarossa train down to Salerno, via Rome.
From Salerno, it’s a short taxi ride to the Hotel Raito (or similar) in Vietri sul Mare, at the eastern end of the gorgeous Amalfi Coast. You will have 2 nights here.
With your base at the eastern end of the Amalfi Coast in the fishing village of Vietri Sul Mare, you will have ample time to explore this local area, perhaps venturing as far west as Amalfi itself. The hotel can recommend some activities, or you can simply relax by the pool and gaze over the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.
TMR RECOMMENDS: We’ve allowed 2 nights for you in Vietri Sul Mare in order to get a taste of the region. However, if you wish to stay longer and perhaps base yourself further along the coast in Positano for instance, we can certainly arrange this for you.
Take a mid-morning train from Salerno station. This service runs down the western coast of Italy and right onto the “toe”, before arriving at the Straits of Messina. The train then runs onto a boat as you cross the Straits, seamlessly connecting with the Sicilian rail network and onwards down to Catania.
Upon arrival, check in at the centrally located Romano House Hotel (or similar), where you have a 4-night stay.
With three full days in Catania, on Sicily’s eastern coastline, you will have plenty of time to explore, including the possibility to visit the beautiful nearby towns of Taormina and Syracuse.
Catania is an ancient port city, dominated by the infamous Mount Etna, which you can climb for stunning coastal views. On weekdays, don’t miss the bustling fish market on the corner of Piazza del Duomo. You can, of course sample the fish on any day of the week at one of the city’s great seafood restaurants.
Hop on board one of the brand new Sicilian regional trains that winds its way through the interior of the island and arrives into the port-city of Palermo, your base for the next three days.
Make your way to the Quintocanto Hotel (or similar), right in the middle of town within easy reach of the main sights, and check in for a 4-night stay.
Sicily’s vibrant capital, Palermo, is an important southern Italian cultural centre boasting world-class museums, architecture and gastronomy.
Explore the city to the full and perhaps venture out to the popular seaside town of Cefalu, with its famous 12th-century cathedral.
Depart Palermo at lunchtime and settle into your comfortable private compartment for the journey all the way up to Milan. You’ll cross the Straits of Messina once again, then through Calabria and Lazio as the sun sets. Awake in northern Italy near the port of Genoa and arrive into Milan mid-way through the morning.
Board a comfortable EuroCity train that runs northbound to Turin. Stop overnight at the Starhotels Majestic (or similar), close to Porta Nuova station in the centre of the city. You arrive in the mid-afternoon here so you have time for a stroll around the heart of the city. Turin has been an important political centre since the middle ages and offers a wealth of grand architecture as well some world-class museums.
There’s time for a leisurely breakfast this morning before you make your way to Porta Susa station for a TGV service to Paris. Arriving at the Gare de Lyon, connect with a Eurostar from the Gare du Nord back through the Channel Tunnel to London, arriving in the evening.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
Within easy reach of Nice station, the Excelsior Hotel is perfect for an overnight stay in the city. Bedrooms are decorated in a style evocative of the French Riviera, with complimentary Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. The hotel also boasts a 24-hour reception, an internal garden with summer bar and a reception area with a large selection of travel books to inspire future holidays.
Set on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean, this superb 5-star property is perfect for exploring the eastern Amalfi Coast, while maintaining good access to the main transport links in nearby Salerno. The ExPure Spa features Turkish hammam and sauna, while guests also appreciate the 2 outdoor pools with sea views.
Housed in an 18th-century aristocratic building in Catania’s baroque area, the 50-room Romano House Hotel is a firm favourite with guests who appreciate the culture and history of Sicily. Il Riccio restaurant serves traditional Sicilian dishes and there is an extensive cocktail list at the hotel’s impressive and chic bar.
Right in the heart of Palermo’s old centre, the Quintocanto Hotel is housed in a building which dates back to the 16th-century, and has been lovingly restored. After a day of sightseeing, unwind in the spa, which features saunas, whirlpools and Turkish baths.
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.