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Italian Explorer 2015

Marvel at the culture, history and beauty of some of Italy's most-loved cities. On this excursion rich tour we visit ancient Rome, artistic Florence, famous Pisa and the floating city of Venice.


Book before December 12th and pay a reduced deposit of £25 per person. Terms & Conditions

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Tour highlights

  • Guided tour of Rome
  • City tour of Florence
  • Excursion to Pisa and Lucca
  • Guided tour of Venice
  • Days 1-2: London to Rome

    Trevi Fountain, Rome

    We travel on the Eurostar from St Pancras International to Paris, where we join our onward train to Mulhouse. Here we stay at the 4* Mercure Mulhouse Centre. On Day 2 we continue through Switzerland and via Milan to Rome, Italy's bustling capital. Our base for three nights is the 3* Bettoja Hotel Nord Nuova Roma, and tonight we enjoy dinner together.

    Day 1: Dinner
    Day 2: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Days 3-4: Sightseeing in Rome

    Rome Colosseum

    This morning we discover the ancient city of Rome on a guided walking tour, with sights including the Roman Forum and the Trevi Fountain. The rest of the day is free for you to explore; the mighty Colosseum should not be missed, and the Pantheon is also a highlight. Day 4 is at leisure for you to continue discovering the city. The ancient Sacra Via is fascinating to see, otherwise, why not visit the Vatican? Here you can admire St Peter's Basilica and the incredible Sistine Chapel.

    Days 3-4: Breakfast

  • Days 5-6: Discovering Florence


    We travel by direct train to the artistic city of Florence, and check in to the 4* Hotel Croce di Malta for a three-night stay. This afternoon we enjoy a guided walking tour of the city's main sights, including the 14th century Ponte Vecchio bridge, and the magnificent Duomo with its distinctive red-tiled dome. Following our tour, this evening we dine together in a local restaurant. Day 6 is free for you to continue exploring this picturesque city. About a fifth of the world's Renaissance art is on display in Florence, so be sure to visit one of the many galleries today. The famous Uffizi Gallery in particular is home to many masterpieces from iconic artists including Michelangelo.

    Day 5: Breakfast, Dinner
    Day 6: Breakfast

  • Day 7: Pisa & Lucca


    Our full-day excursion by rail takes us firstly to Pisa. Free time here allows you to marvel at the famous Leaning Tower, or discover the marble Baptistry. This afternoon we continue to the delightful walled city of Lucca, where you can discover the range of ancient ruins and medieval buildings.


  • Days 8-9: Exploring Venice


    We travel by train to Venice today, where we check in to our base for two nights, the 4* Hotel Lugano Torretta in Venice Mestre. Later, we enjoy a tour of the floating city's sights, including the Basilica di San Marco, known as the 'Church of Gold' due to its glittering golden mosaics. Tonight we dine together in a Venetian restaurant. Day 9 is at leisure - perhaps see the city's famous canals with a ride in one of the gondolas, or visit the nearby island of Murano, famous for its glassmaking.

    Day 8: Breakfast, Dinner
    Day 9: Breakfast

  • Days 10-11: To Turin & London

    Today we travel by train to Turin, for an overnight stay. On Day 11 we travel to Paris for the Eurostar to London.

    Day 10: Breakfast, Dinner
    Day 11: Breakfast

  • Please note

    Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

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Discover Beautiful Italian Scenery

Relax on board the Italian Explorer escorted tour and absorb endless vistas of pure natural beauty as you are guided through some of Italy's most picturesque scenery. Throughout your holiday you will be accompanied by a professional Tour Manager who will ensure everything runs smoothly. Call one of our Travel Advisors for further information on the Italian Explorer escorted tour.


Rail Discoveries has more than three decades’ experience providing outstanding rail holidays.

Our escorted tours benefit from the presence of a professional Tour Manager, who will ensure that your holiday runs smoothly.


Allow Rail Discoveries to take the stress out of organising a holiday; our tours include rail travel, a range of superb accommodation, and a number of meals.

Embark on a wealth of included excursions or enjoy the complete dining experience on one of our all-inclusive tours.


Call us on the dedicated phone number above or speak to one of our award-winning Tour Advisors in person at our offices in York.

We can arrange connecting UK rail from your local station, porterage services or extra nights in a favourite city.

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Friday8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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Sunday10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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