Booking for : Rome, Florence & Venice by Rail

    Rome, Florence & Venice by Rail

    Tour Details

    10 Days

    Independent Package Includes

    • Flights New York-Rome, Venice-New York
      Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
    • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
    • 8 nights accommodations in your choice of hotels
      • 3 nights Rome
      • 3 nights Florence
      • 2 nights Venice
    • Transportation between cities via First Class rail or Standard rail with reserved seats ♦
    • Breakfast daily

    ♦ Upgrade to First Class rail is available

    *Not Included:
    Italian City Taxes (payable locally), transfers, optional tours and gratuities.

    Hotel upgrades available

    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.  All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.

    Starting prices shown are departing from New York / JFK. Prices vary depending on date and if you need a different departure city. Packages are offered year round but are subject to availability. All prices shown are per person based on 2 travelers.


    Day #3 Vatican Museums 8:30 AM - $75.00

    This morning, depart from Piazza del Risorgimento, in front of Bar-Cafferteria "L’Ottagono", and travel along Via Bissolati and Via Veneto. Pass by Villa Borghese, one of Europe's most elegant parks, and previous estate of the noble Borghese family. The tour continues to the Vatican Museum and Galleries, where you will find galleries of chandeliers, tapestries, geographical maps, the Sobieski Hall and the Immaculate Conception Hall. From here, visit the Sistine Chapel and behold the great frescoes by Michelangelo. Passing through the Vatican Hall, continue to the Basilica of Saint Peter, one of the four major basilicas of Rome, and burial site of its namesake, Saint Peter. *Due to local events, the opening times of the St. Peter Basilica are subject to change without notice. In the event of a closure, passengers will visit the Vatican Library instead of the Basilica. *Please note that on Wednesdays during the Holy Father's Audience, the visit inside St. Peter's Basilica will not take place. *Please note that conservative clothing should be worn when visiting the Vatican, meaning legs and shoulders should be covered. Departs at 8:30 am from Piazza del Risorgimento. Pick-up from hotel approximately 1 hour prior to departure time. Drop-off in the Vatican area. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

    Day #3 Ancient Rome 2:30 PM - $66.00

    Today's tour will feature the classic splendor of the Roman Empire. Leave via di San Gregorio at the marble fountain, opposite side of the entrance to Palatine Hill. Continue to the square of the Capitol, where you can climb Palatine and Capitoline Hill to admire the unique sight of the Forum and the Colosseum, one of Rome's most ancient districts. Walk along the pavement of the original Roman grid, which crosses the ruins of the Roman Forum, the Curia, and the Reggia. Enjoy views of the Temple of Vesta, the Arch of Titus and the Triumphal Arch of Constantine. Continue with an inside tour of the Colosseum, a giant amphitheater used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles, and the largest building ever built in the Roman Empire. Departs at 3 pm (Mar 16-Nov 15) and 2.30 pm (Nov 16-Mar 15) from Via V. E. Orlando, 95. Pick-up from hotel 1 hour prior to departure time. Drop-off in the Archaeological area. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours. Important: Due to security restrictions no backpacks, large bags, electric devices, or knives are allowed inside of the sights.

    Day #4 Espresso, Gelato & Tiramisu Food Tour 3:00 PM - $57.00

    Get to know the "Eternal City" through your stomach as you indulge your sweet tooth with the best coffee, tiramisu and gelato in town. A local food connoisseur will guide you through a number of Rome’s neighborhoods and train you on how to properly order an Italian coffee before you visit the city's most famous cafes, gelaterias, and the most well-renowned tiramisu shop in all of Rome. Your guide will introduce you to culinary specialties and teach you about any seasonal events and food festivals taking place during your stay in Rome. Drop off in city center. Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

    Day #4 Illuminated Rome by Night with dinner 7:15 PM - $102.00

    This evening, depart Piazza San Bernardo for an illuminated tour of the Eternal City. Along the way to the famous Piazza della Repubblica, enjoy flood-lit views of the Via Veneto, Palazzo Margherita, Porta Pinciana, Villa Borghese, Piazzale Flaminio, Via Flaminia, Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Augusto Imperatore, and Via del Corso. Arriving at the Piazza della Repubblica, visit Trevi Fountain, the largest and most exquisite Baroque fountain in Rome. Continue to Piazza Venezia and enjoy charming views of the Capitol, Imperial Forum, Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Aventine Hill, and Circus Maximus. Compliment this fascinating tour of Rome by night with traditional Roman cuisine in a typical restaurant, accompanied by folk music. Departs from Via V. E. Orlando, 95. Pick-up from hotel 45 minutes prior to departure time. Drop-off at hotel if in the city center, or near a taxi stand if your hotel is located outside the city center. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

    Day #6 Florence Morning City Tour 9:00 AM - $66.00

    This morning, depart for a quick stop at Piazzale Michelangelo, one of the most romantic spots in the world, famous for its magnificent panoramic view of Florence. Continue on to visit the Accademia Gallery, renowned for its David of Michelangelo and many more masterpieces by other great artists. After a short stroll through the historic streets of the city, arrive in the heart of Florence: Piazza Duomo. Here you will view the stunning Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, learn the secrets of Giotto's Bell Tower, and discover the beauty of the Baptistery. Please note that the given order of the visits may change. Departs from Piazza Adua, in front of the Burger King. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to departure. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

    Day #6 Pisa Tour from Florence 2:45 PM - $49.00

    This afternoon, enjoy a relaxing drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside towards the historic University city of Pisa, famous throughout the world for its architectural beauty. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the Piazza dei Miracoli to view Pisa's most prized landmark, the Leaning Tower, as well as the Cathedral, Baptistery, and other famous monuments for which the city is known. Due to possible long wait times during peak periods of travel, the Cathedral of Pisa may be substituted with the Piazza Cavalieri. Children under 8 years are not allowed inside the Leaning Tower. Departs from Piazza Adua, in front of the Burger King. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to departure. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

    Day #7 Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni & Chianti from Florence 8:45 AM - $65.00

    Crossing the beautiful Chianti hills arrive at the Medieval hilltop gem of Monteriggioni, with its still intact walls. Here you can drink in the history and relive the atmosphere of olden times. Your day continues to the stately Siena, famous for its splendid examples of Gothic architecture and the Palio horse race. Follow your guide to the suggestive Piazza del Campo, where the magnificent Palazzo Pubblico stands, with its Torre del Mangia. Visit the precious interiors of the Duomo, one of the most beautiful Cathedrals in Italy. After leaving Siena drive to San Gimignano famous for its white wine, the world renowned Vernaccia, and its skyscrapers, also declared a World heritage Site by UNESCO! The visit is free for independent sightseeing, strolling around the narrow streets and admiring the relaxing landscape. After, head into the Chianti area, with its picture-postcard landscapes. You have the chance to taste the best Chianti red wine in a rustic wine estate along with homemade snacks, with a tour of the wine cellars and sampling of wines, oil and balsamic vinegar. Please note that the given order of the visits may change. Departs from Piazza Adua, in front of the Burger King. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to departure. Approximate tour duration is 10 hours.

    Day #9 Gondola Serenade - $45.00

    One of the highlights of any Italian holiday! Enjoy a relaxing gondola ride with music along the famous Grand Canal, and experience a piece of Venetian history. Glide along the centuries old canals, past lavish palaces and under famous arched bridges (the Gondola holds a maximum of six passengers. Please note that this is not a private gondola ride. Gondolas may depart in groups, with one singer offered per group). Departs at 6:30 pm (Apr - Oct), 3:30 pm (Nov -Mar). Pick-up 15 minutes prior to departure time from Santa Maria del Giglio gondola pier. Drop-off at Santa Maria del Giglio gondola pier. Approximate tour duration is 30 minutes.

    Day #9 - Walking Tour of Venice 8:45 AM

    This morning's walking tour through the most charismatic and important historical places in the unique city of Venice begins with an orientation of St. Mark's Square, considered the historical heart of the city, where you will learn about the Square's main monuments including the Golden Basilica of San Marco, Ducal Palace, the Bell and Clock Towers, and the Procuratie buildings. Proceed to Santa Maria Formosa Square and Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, the second largest square in Venice. Continue on to the corner of Marco Polo's House and Malibran Theater. Then, return to St. Mark's Square through the Mercerie, a series of interconnecting streets that connect Ponte di Rialto and St. Mark's Square, and are the main streets in the city for shopping. Please note: This is a walking and orientation tour of Venice that does not include entry into any landmarks. Departs daily at 8:50 am from in front of the Bucintoro agency in Campo San Luca. Drop-off to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 1.5 hours.

    Centurion Palace – 5 Star

    This deluxe hotel is situated nearby the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute. The hotel is situated in the Dorsoduro area of Venice, nearby the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute. Punta della Dogana and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection museum are within a half mile walk. Enjoy the hotel's garden.

    Grand Hotel Villa Medici – 5 Star

    This deluxe hotel was once a 18th century noble palace and is now a luxury hotel in the center of Florence. The hotel is located right in the heart of Florence near the Arno River. The hotel is less than a mile from the Santa Maria Novella Church, the Via Tornabuoni, the Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Art Gallery, the Bargello Sculpture Museum, and the Pitti Palace. The nearest rail station, the Santa Maria Novella Station, is a half mile from the hotel.

    Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa – 5 Stars

    This deluxe hotel stands in its own private botanical park, facing the Borghese Gardens, near the Via Veneto and the Spanish Steps. The Parco dei Prinicipi faces the Villa Borghese and is surrounded by a beautiful botanical park. It is only 15 minutes to the city center and area attractions. The nearest metro stop is the Spagna - Barberini on Line A.

    Hotel Bucintoro – 4 Stars

    This first class hotel is located on the banks of San Biagio close to Piazza San Marco and convenient to all of historic Venice. The hotel is a short walk away from the Piazza San Marco and the Biennial Gardens. It is situated in a charming, authentic district of Venice full of traditional neighborhood shops and cafés.

    Hotel Calzaiuoli – 4 Stars

    This superior first class hotel is situated on Calzaiuoli street which connects Palazzo Vecchio square to Florence Dome. The hotel is located on Via de' Calzaiuoli, one of the most well known Florence streets for shopping. The Santa Maria Novella train station is 1.2 miles from the hotel.

    Ambasciatori Palace – 4 Stars

    This superior first class hotel is well located on the exclusive Via Veneto close the National Gallery of Ancient Art, the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. The hotel is on Via Veneto close to its many boutiques and cafes. It is 0.3 mile from The National Gallery of Ancient Art, 0.5 mile from the Spanish Steps, 0.6 mile from the Trevi Fountain, 0.9 mile from Pantheon, 1.3 mile from the Colosseum.

    Hotel San Cassiano Ca’Favretto – 4 Stars

    This first class hotel is situated along the dramatic sweep of the Grand Canal. The hotel is set in an ideal location right in front of the famed Ca' d'Oro. The Rialto Bridge and Fondaco of Turks are less than a half mile from the hotel and Saint Mark's Square is roughly a mile away.

    Palazzo Ricasoli Hotel – 4 Stars

    This first class hotel is located a short ten minute walk away from the Galleria dell'Accademia. The hotel is within one mile of the Galleria dell'Accademia, the Duomo, the Piazza della Signoria, the Giardino della Fortezza, and the Museo Nazionale di San Marco. A bus stop is within half a mile of this hotel.

    Nord Nuova – 3 Stars

    This charming superior tourist class hotel is located in the center of Rome close to the Opera House. Facing the new Roman Archaeological museum, across the square from the Opera House. Easy walking distance from the rail station.

    Hotel Olimpia – 3 Stars

    This tourist class hotel is situated in the wonderful maze of streets and canals of the historic center of Venice. The hotel is located on Venice Island. Piazzale Roma is within half a mile, and St. Marks Square is about 1.4 miles away. The nearest rail station, the Santa Lucia, is within a mile walk of the hotel.

    Hotel Delle Nazioni – 3 Stars

    This tourist class hotel is located just behind the main railway station. The hotel is located just behind the Santa Maria Novella railway station on the right hand side. There are many shops, bars and restaurants nearby. The Florence Cathedral is about a ten minute walk away.

    Holiday Inn Express Rome San Giovanni – 3 Star

    This tourist class hotel is situated nearby the Roma Tuscolana railway station. The hotel is within a half mile walk of the Roma Tuscolana railway station and the Ponte Lungo metro station. The city center of Rome is about three miles away from the hotel.

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