Venice Carnival 2020 by Rail
- 6 Days
- From £849
- London to Munich by rail in a day
- Beautiful journey through the Alps via the Brenner Pass
- Experience one of the world’s most famous carnivals against the backdrop of unforgettable Venice
- A night in historic Turin to break the journey home
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- Adapt the route to suit your plans
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- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
- Free first class upgrade on the Brenner Pass route from Munich to Venice
- 5 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
Venice Carnival 2020:
8 – 25 February
Catch a Eurostar service in the morning and connect onto the German ICE network in Brussels. Travel down to Munich via Frankfurt and check into the Courtyard Munich City Centre (or similar) for an overnight stay.
You will arrive in time for a late dinner in Munich or perhaps a drink in the famous Hofbrauhaus beer hall. Perhaps spend an extra night here so that you have more time to discover the historic Bavarian capital.
Sit back and relax this morning, as you travel through the Tyrol region of Austria, climbing up to the Brenner Pass before descending into Italy. Pass through Verona before crossing the Venetian Lagoon by way of the stunning Ponte della Libertà. Exit the station to the magnificent Grand Canal and make your way to the Hotel Gabrielli (or similar) for a 3-night stay.
You have a free upgrade to First Class on the journey from Munich to Venice: Enjoy the beautiful scenery from a more comfortable and spacious compartment.
The Venice Carnival is believed to have started at the end of the 12th century, as a celebration of victory in battle. It evolved into a yearly festival involving two whole months of revelling. Nowadays, there are just over two weeks to enjoy the festivities. St Mark’s Square is at the heart of things, where you are likely to spot the best costumes. Get involved yourself by buying a carnival mask. If you want to attend a ball or other paid event, you can get tickets on the Venice Carnival website.
After another free morning in Venice, make your way back to the station on the Grand Canal for the train service to Turin. When you arrive, make your way to the Starhotels Majestic (or similar) where you will stay overnight.
Turin is the historic capital of the Piedmonte region of Italy, surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Alta Val Susa and Chisone mountains. No visit here would be complete without trying some of the local cuisine for which the city is justly famous.
After breakfast this morning, it’s time to leave Turin from Porta Susa station and make your way north by high-speed TGV, via the Italian Alps to Paris. In Paris, cross over from the Gare de Lyon to the Gare du Nord, where you catch a Eurostar back to London.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
Conveniently situated just 5 minutes’ walk from Munich’s main station and 10 minutes’ walk from the historical centre, the Courtyard by Marriott Munich City Centre offers comfortable, convenient accommodation with modern interiors. In-house dining is available at the Oleo Pazzo, a Mediterranean bistro.
Set in a 14th-century Venetian Palazzo, this elegant hotel overlooks the Venetian Lagoon, and is a short walk from St Mark’s Square.
Rooms feature beautiful Venetian-style furnishings and modcons including flat screen TVs.
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.
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Built into the southern wing of the railway station, this superb French-style property is amongst Munich’s best hotels. Relax in your spacious bedroom or in the heavenly spa and swimming pool. Enjoy a full, varied breakfast in the hotel’s fabulous restaurant.
One of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Luna Baglioni is simply the best in Venetian opulence. Housed in a magnificent Venetian Palace, the hotel boasts an award-winning restaurant, Canova, as well as Caffe Baglioni, where delicious coffees and pastries are available throughout the day.
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.