Venice via the Gotthard Pass
- 5 Days
- From £699
- London to Zurich by Eurostar and high-speed TGV
- Stunning journey through the Alps via the Gotthard Pass
- Time to discover the magical city of Venice
- A night in historic Turin en route back to the UK
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- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
- 3 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast plus one night on overnight train
- 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
Catch a Eurostar service to Paris, crossing to the Gare de Lyon and continuing your journey through eastern France to Switzerland. Arrive in Zurich and check into the conveniently located Hotel Adler (or similar) for your overnight stay.
Zurich is a lovely city spanning the River Limmat where it flows into Lake Zurich. You will have time this evening to wander around the Old Town and have dinner at one of the city’s many restaurants.
Today is the the highlight of your rail journey as you cross the Alps via the Gotthard Pass. Travel through the Italian speaking Swiss canton of Ticino, via Lake Lugano and down into Italy. Change in Milan before continuing to Venice. On arrival, make your way to the Do Pozzi Hotel (or similar) for a 2 night stay.
Free upgrade to First Class on the journey from Zurich to Milan over the Gotthard Pass: Enjoy the beautiful scenery from a more comfortable and spacious compartment.
Discover Venice over two full days. Take in the views from the top of the Campanile in St Mark’s Square, cross the Bridge of Sighs on a guided tour of the Doge’s Palace, visit the stunning art collections at the Accademia and Peggy Guggenheim galleries or simply find a campo to relax in, with a chilled Aperol Spritz.
TMR RECOMMENDS: Extend your visit to Venice so that you have more time to explore other islands such as Murano and Burano, or the sandy beaches of the Lido.
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 Starhotels Hotel Majestic (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).
After breakfast this morning, leave your hotel and make your way to Porta Susa station for the direct TGV service to Paris. On arrival, transfer to the Gare du Nord by metro (we provide the metro tickets and directions to make this transfer) and board a Eurostar for your return journey to London.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
The Hotel Adler is situated in the Niederdorf Old Town area of Zurich and occupies a building dating back to the 16th century. Bedrooms are decorated in classic Swiss style with complimentary Wi-Fi and soft drinks. The hotel also boasts a traditional Swiss restaurant.
The Giorgione is a traditional Venetian hotel occupying an 18th century building in the Cannaregio district of the city, within easy walking distance of the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge. Bedrooms are elegantly furnished with antique furniture and Murano glass chandeliers. Wi-Fi internet access is free throughout the property. There is also a small swimming pool and an outdoor terrace where you can enjoy breakfast in the summer months.
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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The Hotel Schweizerhof Zürich is located opposite the railway station and offers soundproofed rooms with electrically adjustable beds. Its French restaurant ‘La Soupière’ offers delicious seasonal cuisine. The Café Gourmet serves fine antipasti, salads, pastry and the Schweizerhof Bar is famous for its wide selection of whisky.
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.