Venice, Rome and Florence
- Travel through the Alps to the unforgettable city of Venice
- Explore history, religion and culture in Rome
- Take in the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio & Uffizi in Florence
- Return via Turin, the first capital city of a united Italy
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- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
- 8 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
Take the Eurostar in the morning from London or Ebbsfleet to Brussels Midi. Here, connect onto a train to Nuremberg, changing in Frankfurt. You will arrive into Nuremberg Hbf in the mid-evening in time for dinner. Your overnight stay is at the Victoria Hotel (or similar).
TMR RECOMMENDS: Change in Cologne instead of Frankfurt and take the slower train service along the Rhine Valley, which twists and turns with the flow of the river through chocolate-box villages and rolling vineyards.
After breakfast, return to the station in Nuremberg and catch a train via the Bavarian capital Munich to Venice. The journey from Munich to Venice takes you across the spectacular Brenner Pass high in the Alps.
Cross the spectacular lagoon bridge onto Venice Island and arrive into Santa Lucia station in the early evening. Make your way to your hotel where you will have a 2 night stay at the Hotel Bisanzio (or similar).
Visitors always gravitate towards St Mark’s Square, the regal piazza that opens out onto the mouth of the Grand Canal and the Venetian Lagoon. Elsewhere, don’t miss the art collection at the Accademia, or a boat ride to one of the other islands in the lagoon such as Murano or Burano.
TMR RECOMMENDS: Why not stay for an extra night and give yourself two full days of sightseeing to take in the Doge’s Palace, La Fenice Opera House and St Mark’s Square?
Catch a train journey of just under 4 hours to Rome. Arrive in the mid-afternoon and settle into the Empire Palace Hotel (or similar) before beginning your two day exploration here.
There are so many iconic landmarks to be discovered here, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the ornately decorated St Peter’s Cathedral and Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City, the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain, where you can throw a coin to ensure your return.
Leave the ‘Cradle of Western Civilisation’ and head north by train to Florence, a journey of just an hour and a half. Florence is the stunning capital of Tuscany with a UNESCO World Heritage listed historic centre. You’ll stay at the central Berchielli Hotel (or similar).
Spend your two days here soaking up the scenery and discovering famous sights including the magnificent cathedral and the Boboli Gardens.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast today before making your way back to Santa Maggiore Station and boarding a direct train to Turin. You’ll disembark at the central station, Porta Nuova, and make your way to the Starhotels Majestic (or similar), which is in walking distance.
Once you’ve checked in at your hotel, you have a free afternoon to see some of Turin’s historic sights. This city was chosen as Italy’s first capital in 1861, having been a major political centre since the Middle Ages. There are many fascinating museums and landmarks to visit. Though it’s worth making time for dinner because Turin is also famous for its food!
After breakfast this morning, catch a high speed TGV service to Paris from Turin Porta Susa station. A simple change of stations in Paris brings you to the terminal for the Eurostar at the Gare du Nord where you will board your Eurostar service for the final journey home.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
Set in an attractive 1896 building, this stylish, independent hotel sits opposite Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof rail station and within the city’s historic quarter. The cosy rooms have free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, and the hotel boasts an Italian terrace cafe and a bar.
Combining the traditional Venetian style with a great location and modern facilities, the Hotel Bisanzio is a great base in Venice, just 10 minutes’ walk from St Mark’s Square. Guest rooms come with free Wi-Fi, wooden floors and Murano-glass lamps. There is also a delicious buffet breakfast served daily.
Set between Via Veneto and Piazza Barberi in a restored 19th-century palazzo formerly owned by a noble family, this upscale hotel features refined rooms decorated in a classic style along with marble bathrooms. Highlights include a Mediterranean restaurant, piano bar, attractive courtyard, and fitness centre.
In a fabulous position overlooking the River Arno and the Ponte Vecchio, the Hotel Berchielli is the perfect base for a first visit to Florence. Rooms at the hotel are soundproofed and air-conditioned, with antique decoration and complimentary Wi-Fi access. There is also an American style bar where guests can enjoy a coffee or a cocktail.
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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Nuremberg’s finest property is ideally positioned opposite the main railway station and within easy walking distance of the charming Old Town, St Lorenz Church and the Kaiserburg Castle.
Bedrooms are immaculately presented and make for an ideal Bavarian sojourn.
Located just off the famous St Mark’s Square, this splendid hotel is an icon of Venice. The hotel consists of the Bauer L’Hotel, the Casanova Rooms annexe and the palatial Bauer Il Palazzo, which fronts onto the Grand Canal. The De Pisis restaurant is known throughout the city for its quality and service.
Occupying a great location on the Via Veneto, close to the Villa Borghese gardens, the Majestic Roma features spacious and elegantly decorated bedrooms, a lovely restaurant with a terrace overlooking the street and a well-equipped gym. The hotel has been accommodating guests since 1889 and is one of the Leading Hotels of the World.
The stylish Savoy Hotel in Florence occupies a historic building in the centre of the city with the Uffizi Gallery and the famous Duomo both within easy reach. The interior of the hotel is designed by Olga Polizzi and pays tribute to the fashion heritage of Florence with shoe paintings lining the corridors. Bedrooms are spacious and the service is exceptional.
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.