Explore Geneva and Florence on this four-night vacation by rail from London. Spend one night in beautiful lakeside Geneva, and then journey through the magnificent scenery of the Swiss Alps, riding the rails through the Simplon Pass towards the enchanting city of Florence. Once in Florence, spend three days discovering the landmarks and attractions of this world-famous destination in Italy.
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.
DAY 1 – LONDON TO GENEVA
Your vacation begins in London, where you’ll take Eurostar to Paris and then connect on a train from Paris to Geneva. When you arrive in Geneva, check in at your hotel for a one-night stay. Make the most of your time in Geneva by spending the evening enjoying a tasty meal at a local lakeside restaurant, or take a relaxing boat trip out on the lake and admire the city’s cosmopolitan feel and the stunning backdrop of the Alps and the Jura mountains. (Overnight in Geneva)
DAY 2 – GENEVA TO FLORENCE
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel and then head to the station for your train through the famous Simplon Pass. This scenic journey runs along Lake Leman and passes scenic Swiss vineyards, with stunning views of the Alps in the background. The Simplon Pass boasts some of the most stunning views of the Alps in the entire region. Travel further south after crossing the border into Italy with a change in Milan, before arriving in Florence. On arrival, check in at your hotel and enjoy a three-night stay. Once settled in, why not admire the charming views along the River Arno and cross the city's oldest bridge, the 14th century Ponte Vecchio? (Overnight in Florence) B
DAY 3 - FLORENCE
Spend a full day exploring this magnificent city starting with your included Accademia Gallery Tour, the home of Michelangelo's sculpture David, then perhaps enjoying a famous gelato as you stroll through the city's lively piazzas, and marvel at the magnificent dome of the Duomo Basilica. (Overnight in Florence) B
DAY 4 - FLORENCE
After breakfast, why not head out and shop for quality Italian goods at the San Lorenzo Street Market, where you will find leather products, belts, jackets and bags on offer. In the evening, enjoy a fine meal and a glass of wine in Santa Croce, or in one of the other charming neighbourhoods the city is known for. (Overnight in Florence) B
DAY 5 – DEPART FLORENCE
After breakfast this morning, check out of your hotel and continue with your travels. If you wish to extend your vacation, perhaps with an additional day in a different city, one of our Rail Vacation Specialists will be happy to assist you with the details. B
MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER
The superior Cornavin Hotel in Saint-Gervais / des Grottes district offers cozy rooms with views over Lake Geneva. Built in 1932, the hotel is a combination of traditional architecture and contemporary facilities. The hotel is nestled in the heart of Geneva, steps away from Gare de Cornavin train station. The property is set within 2 km distance from the city center.
Hotel Cristal welcomes guests in the heart of Geneva meters away from a cathedral and a museum. The hotel occupies 7 floors and was renovated in 2001.The property is located in Saint-Gervais / des Grottes district, 3.5 km from PalExpo. Hotel Cristal is within about 20 minutes' walk of the center of Geneva. Offering climate control, high-speed internet, a laptop-size safe, TV and a refrigerator, modern guestrooms boast an English interior. Hotel Cristal offers rooms with the lake view. The bathrooms come with a bathtub, a shower and a hairdryer for more comfort.
The Hotel Athenaeum Florence is a plush 4 star hotel comprised of 60 high quality rooms, gourmet restaurant, hotel bar, conference facilities, fitness room and even a billiard room. It's just a 10 minute walk from the magnificent Florence Cathedral and also within walking distance of the train station.
The Boticelli Hotel in Florence is situated in the heart of the city, a stone’s throw from San Lorenzo Market and Santa Maria Novella train station, and just five minutes from the Accademia Gallery. The hotel boasts a rooftop terrace bar and original frescoes, with traditional Tuscan-style rooms, all featuring air conditioning, TVs and en suite bathrooms.
The Grand Hotel Adriatico is a 4-star hotel located in a central and strategic position , a few steps from the Santa Maria Novella railway station, the fair district and the most interesting places of the city.
As befits a hotel in beautiful Florence, our recently refurbished 4 star hotel in Florence city center pairs classic design with contemporary touches. Moments away you’ll discover the glittering River Arno and a kaleidoscope of inspiring sights.
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