Venice via the Brenner Pass
- 6 Days
- From £679
- London to Munich by Eurostar and high-speed German trains
- Beautiful scenic journey through the Alps from Munich into Italy
- The canals, cuisine and carnival culture of Venice with two full days to explore
- An overnight stop in Italy’s first capital city, Turin, on your way home
- Decide when you would like to travel
- Adapt the route to suit your plans
- Upgrade your trains and hotels
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
- Free upgrade to First Class on the journey from Munich to Venice
- 5 nights’ 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
Travel to Brussels by Eurostar this morning and make an easy change onto the German rail network. Zip down to Munich with a simple platform change in Frankfurt en route. Arrive into Munich and check into the Courtyard by Marriott Munich City Centre (or similar), located within walking distance of the main station.
You’ll arrive in time for a late dinner in Munich or perhaps a drink in the famous Hofbrauhaus beer hall (pictured). You may like to spend an extra night here so that you have more time to discover the historic capital of Bavaria.
Today is the highlight of the holiday as you cross the Alps. Sit back and relax as you travel through the Tyrol region of Austria, climbing up to the Brenner Pass and down into Italy. Pass through the fair city at Verona before you cross the lagoon into Venice, where you exit the station on to the magnificent Grand Canal. Head to the Best Western Hotel Ala (or similar) where you will have a 3-night stay.
Your holiday includes a free upgrade to First Class on the journey from Munich to Venice: Enjoy the beautiful scenery from a more comfortable and spacious compartment.
Enjoy Venice in all its splendour. The most popular hub of the city is St Mark’s Square, the regal piazza that opens out onto the mouth of the Grand Canal and the Venetian Lagoon. But there are plenty of sights to be found if you allow yourself to get lost in the narrow maze of streets. Taking a bus here means travelling on the water by vaporetto. This is a great way to see the best of Venice. You can also get out onto other islands in the Lagoon such colourful Murano and Burano, or Venice Lido with its beaches on the Adriatic.
TMR RECOMMENDS: Why not combine Venice with the culture and history of Florence, only 90 minutes away by train? Or perhaps visit Lakes Como or Garda on your way back to the UK?
Spend another morning in Venice with time for an early lunch before you return to Santa Lucia station and catch a train north to Turin. Watch out for the Alps looming in the distance before you pull in at Porta Susa station and make your way to the Dock Milano Hotel (or similar) for an overnight stay. Turin is the elegant capital city of the Piedmont region, famous for its grand architecture and cuisine (including some of the best chocolate in the world).
TMR RECOMMENDS: We use the Dock Milano Hotel in Turin as this is conveniently located for Porta Susa station. However, the centre of town is around 30 minutes’ walk or a metro journey away. You might prefer to stay close to Turin’s other station, Porta Nuova, in the centre of town and then make your way back back to Porta Susa station the next morning.
After breakfast in your hotel this morning, take the short walk back to Turin Porta Susa station and board a high-speed TGV, bound for Paris.
On arrival into Paris Gare de Lyon, transfer to the Gare du Nord by metro (we provide the metro tickets and directions to make this transfer). Here, board a Eurostar which will whisk you back into London. Alternatively, you might like to spend a night in the City of Light so that you have time to explore. Please call for prices and details.
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.
Located just off the justly famous St Mark’s Square, you can arrive at this beautiful hotel in style, taking a water taxi or gondola along the Grand Canal. Rooms are well-equipped with air conditioning, Wi-Fi and a safe, amongst other amenities, and downstairs you will find the fabulous American Bar – the ideal spot to reflect on the magic of Venice.
Ideally situated around 5 minutes’ walk from Turin’s Porta Susa station, the Dock Milano Hotel offers comfortable accommodation and a generous breakfast buffet. Bedrooms are all air-conditioned, with soundproofed windows, an LCD TV and Wi-Fi internet access.
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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.
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.
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.
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.