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Discover the best of Italy, its capital, Rome, the home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Next Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s "David" and Brunelleschi's Duomo followed by Venice, the city of canals. The return on the Venice Simplon Orient Express which will transport you back in time, with its polished wood, sumptuous upholstery and antique fixtures, the train epitomises the glamour and elegance of the Golden Age of travel.

Highlights

  • Imperial Rome tour – See the Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Uncover Rome’s treasures with visits to the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel
  • Uffizi Gallery Tour in Florence
  • Enjoy a gondola ride in Venice
  • Walking tour Doge’s Palace and The Golden Basilica in Venice
  • Return to London on the luxurious Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and enjoy fine dining, impeccable service and incredible scenery through the Swiss Alps

Package Also Includes

  • 2-night hotel stay with breakfast in Rome
  • 2-night hotel stay with breakfast in Florence
  • 2-night hotel stay with breakfast in Venice
  • 1- night aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in a private Twin Cabin.
  • Dedicated steward service, welcome glass of sparkling wine, three-course lunch, afternoon tea, four-course dinner and Continental breakfast on board
  • 1-night hotel stay with breakfast in London
  • All rail as indicated
  • Excursions as listed
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Disclaimer:

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.

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1 – ROME

Rome. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. In the afternoon join your included Imperial Rome tour visiting the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Don't forget to have your photo taken with one of the modern gladiators outside! (Overnight in Rome) B

DAY 2ROME

Today you have an early morning tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. The rest of the day is free. Come the evening, be sure to visit the Trevi Fountain and throw in a coin or two. The architecture is quite spectacular when lit up at night. (Overnight in Rome) B

DAY 3ROME TO FLORENCE

Catch a Trenitalia train directly to Florence. We recommend checking out Giotto’s Bell Tower, Baptistery of Saint John, or the Medici Chapels and Crypt. Alternatively, you can simply relax at your hotel or stroll around town with some delicious gelato. (Overnight in Florence) B

DAY 4FLORENCE

Today’s excursion is to the Uffizi Gallery a prominent art museum located adjacent to the Piazza della Signoria in the Historic Centre of Florence. It is one of the most important Italian museums and one of the largest and best known in the world with a collection of priceless works, particularly from the period of the Italian Renaissance. (Overnight in Florence) B

DAY 5FLORENCE TO VENICE

Catch a Trenitalia train direct to Venice, check in to your hotel then you have free time in the afternoon to explore the capital of northern Italy’s Vento region. No visit to Venice would be complete without a gondola ride along the labyrinth of narrow canals. Enjoy your included evening ride and discover the secrets of the city as you pass beneath bridges and experience palazzos and popular sites. (Overnight in Venice) B

DAY 6 - VENICE

Today is a morning walking tour of Doge’s Palace, built in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city then onto the Golden Basilica one of the most majestic Cathedrals of the world (Overnight in Venice) B

DAY 7VENICE TO PARIS ON THE VENICE-SIMPLON-ORIENT-EXPRESS

After breakfast in your hotel step aboard one of the best trains in Europe the Venice Simplon Orient Express and be whisked away to a world of timeless indulgence. After departing from Venice Santa Lucia enjoy a three-course lunch. The afternoon is free to enjoy the view before getting ready for a four-course dinner prepared by the skilled French chefs. (Overnight onboard train) B L D

DAY 8PARIS

Early breakfast served in your cabin. The train arrives into Paris Gare de l’Est at 08.32 allowing you a free day to discover Paris a global centre for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower. The city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. (Overnight in Paris) B

DAY 9 – PARIS

After breakfasting your tour now concludes

MEAL GUIDE

B – BREAKFAST, BR – BRUNCH, L – LUNCH, AT – AFTERNOON TEA, D - DINNER

Le Marceau Bastille

Le Marceau Bastille Hotel is a contemporary design hotel with a choice of 55 urban or ecological style bedrooms. The hotel also boasts a funky lobby bar which plays host to its own regularly updated art collection. Le Marceau Bastille is located in the Bastille district of Paris, a short walk from the lively Marais area and the Opera Bastille. The location offers easy access by metro to all of Paris's main sights and attractions.

Saint Paul Rive Gauche Paris

The beautiful Saint-Paul Rive-Gauche is located between the world-famous Sorbonne and the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens in the centre of Paris. The 17th century boutique hotel is housed in a former 17th century grand residence and is known for its beautiful arched cellar. Each room comes fully air-conditioned and is equipped with modern amenities such as a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi access. Other tourist attractions nearby include Notre Dame, the Pantheon, Palais Garnier and The Louvre.

Terrass Hotel Paris

The Terrass Hotel is a classic 19th century building with 98 individually decorated rooms. The hotel features a Piano Bar where guests can enjoy cocktails and bar snacks and a seventh floor summer roof terrace with great views across Paris. The hotel is located a short stroll away from famous landmarks such as the Sacré-Coeur and the Moulin Rouge.

See our special offer package with a free tour and Musée d'Orsay tickets!

Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche

From the entrance, our hotel welcomes you in our beautiful baroque open, spacious and comfortable lobby. Perfectly equipped, you can consult the many newspapers and magazines at your disposal, enjoy a delicious espresso or enjoy computers with Internet access and printers.

Santa Chiara Hotel

The area of Piazzale Roma is a meeting point of two worlds, Venice and the mainland, and the Santa Chiara hotel is the synthesis of this meeting: its one door in the street and another one on the water.

When you enter in the main building, you discover the interior décor in Venetian stylewith a touch of modernity: the attention is captured by the Murano glass chandeliers, precious fabrics and operas of Venetian artists.

Hotel Ariston Rome

Located in the centre of Rome, just a stone's throw from Termini Station, the Ariston Hotel provides a fantastic vantage point for exploring all the Italian capital has to offer. The hotel's colourful guestrooms are all decorated in a modern style, and come complete with LCD TVs, minibars and air conditioning.

The Inn At The Roman Forum

Located just a few steps from some of the oldest and most precious ruins in Rome, including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, this Inn is a proud member of the small luxury hotels of the world with a 5 star service. It boasts charming views of the Campidoglio, Palatin Hill, the Roman Forum and Venice Square.

The Inn At The Spanish Steps

The Inn at the Spanish Steps, located in Via Dei Condotti 85, is one of Rome's best-kept secrets. Member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the world is uniquely located on Rome's famed shopping street near Spanish Steps and and other famous monuments such as the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain.

Kolbe Hotel Rome

With all the major sites of historic interest at only a short walk away, the Kolbe Hotel Rome will make you feel not only surrounded by but truly immersed into the magnificence of ancient Rome.

Mascagni Hotel Rome

The Mascagni Rome is a beautiful hotel set within an Umbertine style palace. Decorated with elegant antiques, this hotel offers comfortable surroundings, personalised service and spacious rooms featuring high ceilings and plenty of natural light. The Mascagni features a fully licensed bar, charming lounge serving Italian snacks and a free Wi-Fi area. The Mascagni hotel is located just 5 minutes walk from the main train station and within easy reach of Rome's attractions such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Colosseum.

Hotel Dei Mellini Rome

Welcome to the wonderful world of Mellini, where every detail has been carefully put in place and where guests are surrounded by works of modern art made by artists from the Italian and Roman schools. Proud of being an independent Roman hotel! Our objective is to improve and grow by learning from our guests, from their needs and requests!

Morgana Hotel Rome

Situated just 200 yards from Rome's main Termini Station, the Morgana Hotel has the perfect location for anyone travelling in by train. The hotel's 108 rooms are traditionally decorated, and all come equipped with flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi internet access. Guests can make use of the fantastic transport links, and are free to use the gym in front of the hotel.

Hotel Athenaeum Florence

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.

Hotel Botticelli Florence

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.

Grand Hotel Adriatico

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.

Hotel Cellai

Hotel Cellai

Hotel Cellai is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence in an extremely characteristic, quite and lively area within short walk distance to all sites and is surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of churches, buildings, shops and monuments. Cellai Hotel is part of a lovingly restored 1800 palace.

Bauer Palazzo Hotel Venice

Located in the heart of the city, a short distance from the city’s main attractions and designer shops, BAUER PALAZZO it’s the only hotel with two different styles and souls: the wing overlooking the Baroque church of Campo San Moisè with its art-deco inspired interiors has a distinctive urban vibe, while the rooms located in the authentic 18th century palazzo combine modern luxury with sumptuous hand crafted Venetian fittings and furnishings, offering a spectacular vantage point in Venice on the Grand Canal.

Ai Mori D Oriente

The Ai Mori d'Oriente Hotel is a historic hotel set in a palace which was once home to Turkish merchants, known as the 'Mori'. The hotel and bedrooms are decorated in an exotic Byzantine style throughout; the Ai Mori d'Oriente also has a bar and a relaxing reading room. The hotel is located in one of the quietest parts of the city called Cannaregio, within walking distance of all the main sights.

Hotel Ca’ D’Oro Venice

The Ca’ D’Oro hotel is a traditional Venetian hotel nestled just a five minute walk from the famous Rialto Bridge. The hotel’s 27 rooms all feature air conditioning, minibars and satellite TV. Guests can make use of the stunning roof terrace, admire the canal views or make use of the spectacular location, which is just 200 yards from a vaporetto water bus stop.

Sina Palazzo Sant' Angelo

Elegant and aristocratic, the Sina Palazzo Sant Angelo sul Canal Grande sits like a modern Atlantis on the Grand Canal between the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square.

Sina Centurion Palace

The Hotel is located in the heart of the Dorsoduro district next to the Basilica of S. Maria della Salute, Punta della Dogana and the famous Guggenheim museum.

A unique blend between the ancient building’s gothic façade and the contemporary exclusive bespoke design of the interiors; a contrast in harmony with the district where the hotel is located; the most ancient in Venice and home to contemporary art.

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Disclaimer:

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.

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