Sorrento, Sicily and Malta
- Travel across the Alps and down the spine of Italy via Bologna to Sorrento
- Take a train onto a boat across to the island of Sicily
- The Sicilian resort town of Taormina, dominated by the snow-capped peak of Mount Etna
- Catch a ferry across to the historic Maltese capital, Valletta
- 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
- 10 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
- Overnight sleeper from Amsterdam to Innsbruck
- First Class rail travel from Naples to Taormina
- Ferry from Catania to Valletta
- Private transfer from Valletta port to your hotel
- 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 direct Eurostar service this morning from London to Amsterdam. On arrival in the Dutch capital, there’s plenty of time to make your connection onto a NightJet sleeper service bound for Innsbruck. You’ll have a private compartment for two on the sleeper train.
Arrive at a civilised time into Innsbruck the next morning and transfer onto a service bound for Bologna. Your journey will continue across the beautiful Brenner Pass and into Italy. On arrival into Bologna this afternoon, make your way to the Al Capello Rosso Hotel (or similar) for an overnight stay.
After a leisurely start and breakfast in your hotel this morning, return to the station for an onward train journey down the spine of Italy to Naples. Here, transfer onto the Circumvesuviana private service (payable locally) and travel around Mount Vesuvius to Sorrento . Upon arrival, check in at the Gran Paradiso Art (or similar), where you will have a 3-night stay. Once you have settled in to your hotel, perhaps head down to the pool for a swim and your first views over the cliffs of Sorrento.
TMR RECOMMENDS: For a small additional cost, your driver can drop you off in ancient Roman city of Pompeii for a couple of hours (or longer if you would prefer) en route to Sorrento. Please call for details and prices.
With its picture-perfect location on a plateau above the sea, overlooking the Bay of Naples, Sorrento has been popular with tourists for centuries.
Along with the charm of the town centre and the accessible walks along the coast, this resort also offers easy access to the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and the island of Capri. So there is plenty to fill your time here, but at the end of a busy day, there’s not much that can beat a chilled glass of limoncello and some people watching in the Piazza Tasso.
After an early breakfast, leave your hotel and return to the station for your first rail journey along the Circumvesuviana line back to Naples (payable locally). Once you arrive in Naples, you will board a direct train to Taormina. This pretty journey takes you right down the ‘toe’ of the Italian mainland before your train rolls onto a boat to cross the Straits of Messina.
Arrive into Taormina in the late afternoon and check in at the Excelsior Palace (or similar), for a 3-night stay.
Taormina is a spectacularly situated resort town, perched on the side of a mountain on the Ionian Coast and overlooked by the peak of Mount Etna. The town dates back to the 4th century BC so there is plenty of history to be discovered, including a stunning Greco-Roman theatre which often hosts operas and other concerts.
TMR RECOMMENDS: Extend your stay on the island of Sicily with a stay in historic Catania or Syracuse. Please call for details.
Spend another morning in Taormina and then, after lunch, make your way back to the station and catch a regional train down to Catania. From here, a coach transfer connects you with the port at Pozzallo, where you catch the ferry service to Valletta, arriving late in the evening.
When you arrive into Valletta port, there will be a transfer waiting to take you to your hotel, the Grand Hotel Excelsior (or similar), where you will be staying for 3 nights.
Valletta is the capital of the Mediterranean island nation of Malta. The walled city dates back to the 15th century and boasts a wealth of Baroque architecture. Not-to-be-missed landmarks include the elaborately decorated St John’s co-Cathedral & museum which is home to world famous masterpieces by Caravaggio and Mattia Preti.
There are also some beautiful gardens to relax in and characterful, narrow streets full of tempting boutiques and cafés.
At the end of your relaxing holiday, it’s time to leave Malta. You can catch a flight from Luqa Malta International airport back to London Gatwick (not included) or we can add a return journey by rail and sea for you.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
With a history going back to 1375, Al Cappello Rosso is one of the oldest hotels in Bologna, conveniently located next to Piazza Maggiore in the heart of town. Bedrooms are all furnished with air-conditioning, Wi-Fi internet access, tea & coffee making facilities and an LCD TV with satellite channels. There is an on-site restaurant serving lunch and dinner and the hotel also offers free bike rental to explore the city.
Overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, the Gran Hotel Art is a beautifully located hotel for exploring Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. You can take in the views from the outdoor swimming pool or from the terrace of the hotel’s restaurant. All bedrooms have their own balcony and some of these also command sea views.
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.
Just outside the historic city walls of Valletta, this seafront hotel commands sweeping views of Marsamxett Harbour and Manoel Island. Along with a large outdoor and indoor pool, there are three on-site restaurants, landscaped gardens, a spa and a private beach. Bedrooms are furnished in a modern style with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi.
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The Antiche Mura Hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Sorrento, close to the station and within walking distance of the sea. Bedrooms are furnished in a classic style with air-conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi access.There’s an indoor bar and one by the outdoor swimming pool, surrounded by citrus trees, where you can lounge with a limoncello after a day of sightseeing.
On a clifftop overlooking the Bay of Naples, the Grand Hotel Excelsior is formed of three historic buildings set in a private Mediterranean park. A lift links directly to the harbour. All bedrooms feature elegant parquet or tiled floors, free Wi-Fi access, air conditioning, and flat-screen TV with satellite channels.
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.