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Combine the romance of Venice with the serenity of Lake Garda on this seven-night vacation by rail. Start your journey in Geneva, arriving in time for dinner and a stroll by the lake. Continue the journey the next day through the breathtaking scenery of the striking Swiss Alps, transporting you to Venice. Marvel at St. Mark's Basilica and admire the city's majestic palaces from the Rialto Bridge. The final stop is Sirmione on sparkling Lake Garda; relax in the sunshine as you wander along the picturesque harbour and explore its boutique shops and restaurants.

Highlights

  • Spend a night in Geneva along the way to Italy
  • Wander along the sparkling Venice Lagoon and relax with a glass of Prosecco
  • Discover the golden beaches and ancient monuments along the shores of Lake Garda

 VACATION INCLUDES:

  • Train travel in standard class as specified in itinerary
  • 1 night hotel stay with breakfast in Geneva
  • 3 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Venice
  • 3 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Sirmione
  • Gondola Tour in Venice
  • Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands tour
  • Sunset Cruise on Lake Garda (May-October only)
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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.

DAY 1 – ARRIVE IN GENEVA
Welcome to Geneva! Upon arrival, make your way to your hotel for an overnight stay. Then, step out into the city for some of the most popular sights and attractions. Visit St. Pierre Cathedral shop some vintage clothes, records, paintings and souvenirs at Plainpalais Flea Market (if you’re here on Wednesday or Saturday) or delve into its history in its many museums.

DAY 2 - GENEVA TO VENICE
After breakfast, depart Geneva and travel to Venice on one of the most scenic routes in Europe, the Simplon Pass. When you arrive, check in at your hotel and enjoy a three-night stay. Start your sightseeing at St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) and walk to the famous Rialto Bridge to take in the awesome view of the Grand Canal.

DAY 3 - VENICE
You can walk around Venice. You could take a water taxi. But, really, there's only one way to get around La Serenissima, as this city of bridges and canals is nicknamed. And that way is by gondola. Let your gondolier, clad in traditional clothing, cruise you through the wide and narrow, popular and offbeat canals through Venice on this morning's tours. Afterwards why not have a glass of prosecco and do some people watching in one of the sunny squares? In the evening, head to the Dorsodura area for a wonderful night cap.

DAY 4 - VENICE
Spend an additional day discovering Venice. with a morning cruise to three of the most enchanting islands in the Venetian Lagoon. Watch a glass-blowing demonstration in Murano, see the lace workshops and colorful fishermen’s homes in Burano, and set foot on Venice's oldest settlement in Torcello. It’s a convenient way to venture off the beaten path without the hassle of navigating Venice’s complex public transport.

DAY 5 - VENICE TO SIRMIONE
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and board a Eurostar Italia service to Desenzano del Garda. Pick up a transfer to Sirmione and check in at your hotel for a three-night stay. Spend the afternoon swimming in the lake before treating yourself to lunch at a traditional trattoria by the harbor.

DAY 6 – SIRMIONE
Take in the views of Lake Garda and the Alps while relaxing on one of the town's beaches or take a boat trip out on the lake and admire the views of the picturesque villages nestled into the shoreline.

DAY 7 - SIRMIONE
Treat yourself to an indulgent day exploring the boutique shops and restaurants of Desenzano del Garda or enjoying city views from the Torre di San Martino. Finished off by your sunset cruise on Lake Garda Cruise around the Sirmione peninsula and watch the sun sink behind the hills. After you step aboard your private boat at Sirmione, you'll glide out onto the waters of Lake Garda with a glass of prosecco in hand. Nibble on fresh strawberries as you pass chic lakeside villas and sights such as the Roman ruins at Grotte di Catullo and Scaliger Castle, then return to the harbor at Sirmione.

DAY 8 – YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN LONDON

Hotel Cornavin Geneva

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.

Hôtel Cristal Geneva

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.

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.

Bauer Palladio and Spa

The Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa is a boutique hotel made up of 38 bedrooms and 12 suites. Designed by the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, the hotel boasts a private garden, a luxury spa and spectacular views over the Venetian Lagoon. The hotel features spacious rooms with a historic decor, including fine Italian tapestries, fabrics and paintings. Other room features include access to Wi-Fi and a satellite TV service. The hotel is in a quiet setting on Giudecca Island, across the Lagoon from St Mark's Square only a short trip by a complimentary hotel water taxi.

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.

Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli & Gran Canal

The Palazzo Giovanelli e Gran Canal is a historic hotel in the heart of Venice. Dating back to the 16th century, the property offers panoramic views over the Grand Canal and lies just two stops from Saint Mark’s Square on the water bus. The elegant rooms boast satellite TV, air-conditioning and elegant decor. The sophisticated lounges here are befitting of the hotel’s history – the palace was once home to the Doge of Venice and, later, Mozart’s family. The Venice Casino is just a two minute ride across the canal.

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.

Starhotels Splendid Venice

A luxury boutique hotel in Venice city centre, the Splendid Venice - Starhotels Collezione is as elegant as the city itself. Gondolas drift past the window. Cafés bustle in St Marks's Square. You have discovered the best location to experience the Venetian atmosphere in one of our 165 rooms and suites designed with luxury in mind.

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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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