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Get a taste of the grandeur, luxury and exotic history of the Western Mediterranean with this 16-day rail journey through historic gems of Italy, France and Spain. Begin in Rome, land of gladiators, relishing in the city’s rich history proudly on display. Then journey by train to Italy’s sparkling Northern Coast and spend two relaxing nights in seaside Sestri Levante, the perfect base to discover the charming, colourful villages of the Cinque Terre. Then it’s on to the South of France, where sun-soaked days in glamourous Nice, Cannes and Marseille await. Finally, take the scenic train to Barcelona, land of tapas, flamenco and fun! Complete your discovery of Spain with two more nights in historic Seville and vibrant Madrid, respectively. You’ll treasure all of the picturesque stops along this memorable rail journey!

Highlights

  • Throw a coin in the famous Trevi Fountain and walk the historic Spanish Steps in Rome
  • Use Sestri Levante as a base to discover the vibrant towns of the stunning Cinque Terre
  • Enjoy two nights in the glamorous, relaxed city of Nice
  • Discover the Old Town in Cannes and indulge in retail therapy on La Croisette
  • Experience the second biggest city in France – Marseille - in the South of France
  • Discover Gaudi's architecture and the grand museums in colourful Barcelona
  • Explore the Moorish Royal Palace of Alcázar in Seville
  • Explore the galleries, architecture and beautiful open spaces of the Spanish capital, Madrid

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • All rail travel as specified in the itinerary
  • Skip-the-line Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
  • 2 nights' hotel stay with breakfast in Rome
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Sestri Levante
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Nice
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Cannes
  • 1 night hotel stay with breakfast in Marseille
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Barcelona
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Seville
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Madrid
Trip Map

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 ROME
Welcome to Rome!  On arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Shrouded in legend, Rome is home to hundreds of ancient artefacts, architecture, beautiful churches and Basilicas. Don't miss a stroll around some of the beautiful museums of the city and make time for a delicious Italian ice-cream in one of the pretty cafés by the Trevi fountain, lovely in the evening. (Overnight in Rome)

DAY 2 - ROME
Spend a full day exploring Rome at leisure today. Discover the wonders of the 'Eternal City' at your own pace, perhaps taking a trip to Vatican City to explore the museums and marvel at the ornate ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Explore the heritage of ancient Rome with a visit to the Roman Forum - why not speak to us about organising a walking tour (Overnight in Rome) B

DAY 3 - ROME TO SESTRI LEVANTE
After breakfast this morning, board the train for the journey to Sestri Levante, nestled on the pristine shores of the Italian Rivera. On arrival in the picturesque resort city, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Sestri Levante is a real "hidden gem" on the Ligurian coast. Extending around two picturesque bays, the Baia delle Favole (Bay of the Fables) and Baia del Silenzio (Bay of Silence), there’s no better hub for exploring the sparkling waters and multicoloured patchwork houses of the Cinque Terre. (Overnight in Sestri Levante) B

DAY 4 - SESTRI LEVANTE
Spend another day in Sestri Levante at your leisure. A former favourite city of Hans Christian Andersen, the village retains much of its quiet past, and a day spent in the sun followed by an authentic Italian dinner on an outdoor terrace is a tremendous way to spend a day. Perhaps amble around the winding streets, stop for an ice cream or simply unwind on the wide public beach. (Overnight in Sestri Levante) B

DAY 5 - SESTRI LEVANTE TO NICE
Spend the morning soaking up more sunshine in Sestri Levante before making your way to the train station for the journey to Nice. Relax and enjoy the scenic ride through the Italian and French countryside. On arrival in Nice, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. (Overnight in Nice) B

DAY 6 - NICE
Spend the day at leisure exploring the charming town of "Nice la belle" and enjoying some of the famous local cuisine on the attractive seafront. The Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna, lined with palm trees, are popular spots for tourists and locals alike. Both host many public events including the annual carnival. Wander through Vieux Nice to discover traditional French architecture and the daily markets selling flowers, gifts and fresh Niçoise delicacies. Alternatively, visit the 19th century Palais Massena featuring impressionist paintings and folk art. (Overnight in Nice) B

DAY 7 - NICE TO CANNES
After breakfast and check out of your hotel, make the short but scenic rail journey from Nice to Cannes along the sparkling Côte d'Azur. On arrival in Cannes, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Cannes is known as the 'star' of the French Riviera. Why not enjoy a walk through Le Suquet, Cannes' Old Town area, to the city's ruined castle for great views of the Boulevard de la Croisette and the Mediterranean? You can also visit one of the Îles de Lérins, two islands in the bay which offer a haven from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. (Overnight in Cannes) B

DAY 8 - CANNES
Spend another day experiencing the luxurious sights and sounds of Cannes. Take a walk along La Croisette, the vibrant seafront street famed for its nightlife, great beaches and boutiques. (Overnight in Cannes) B

DAY 9 - CANNES TO MARSEILLE
Take the lovely afternoon train journey from Cannes to Marseille today, and on arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Marseilles is one of Europe's oldest cities, and therefore has a rich and strong heritage and history that is still apparent. It is also the second largest city in France, and a buzzing hive of activity where there is always something new to see or do! The Vieux Port (Old Harbour) is still in use, and you can watch fishermen auctioning their stock and take in some classic sightseeing. (Overnight in Marseille) B

DAY 10 - MARSEILLE TO BARCELONA
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then make your way to the station for your scenic train to Barcelona, hugging the coast along the way. On arrival in Barcelona, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay and then perhaps head out for some dinner at a local restaurant before retiring to the hotel for a good night's rest. (Overnight in Barcelona) B

DAY 11 - BARCELONA
After breakfast, why not head to the Picasso Museum or perhaps visit the Gaudi's iconic Sagrada Familia today. Included in your holiday is a Priority Access Sagrada Familia Tour. This tour allows you to have quick access to the cathedral with a guided hour and a half tour. You will also visit the museum to learn more about the history of the building and see a range of artefacts. (Overnight in Barcelona) B

DAY 12 - BARCELONA TO SEVILLE
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel this morning and then take the high-speed train to Seville. On arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. History abounds in the Andalucian capital, with Roman ruins alongside Moorish masterpieces, and the skyline is memorably embroidered by the city’s much-replicated minaret, the Giralda Bell Tower. Discover the Royal Palace of Alcazar, dating back to 913AD and boasting architectural styles from Islamic and Gothic to Rococo, and indulge in tasty tapas in the southern Spanish sunshine. (Overnight in Seville) B

DAY 13 - SEVILLE
Experience the incredible history and culture of Seville today and learn more about the major landmarks of the Andalucian capital, including Spanish Square and Maria Luisa Park, San Cruz Quarter, and Triana, the birthplace of flamenco. Admire the city's great architecture styles on display, from Islamic and Gothic to Rococo. In the evening, enjoy another meal of tapas and sample other local specialities at one of the many pavement bars around the city. (Overnight in Seville) B

DAY 14 - SEVILLE TO MADRID
After breakfast, ride the rails to Madrid aboard the direct train from Seville. Upon arrival, make your way to your hotel for a two-night stay. Discover unforgettable things to do in Madrid, like enjoying a caffe cortado in the magnificent Plaza Mayor before visiting some of the world's finest art galleries including the Prado and the Reina Sofia Museum. (Overnight in Madrid) B

DAY 15 - MADRID 
After breakfast this morning, maybe head out to the Royal Palace of Madrid, the impressive official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. Madrid also has some fantastic open spaces so why not spend some time relaxing at the Casa del Campo, one of Europe’s largest and most beautiful public parks. (Overnight in Madrid) B

DAY 16 - DEPART MADRID
After breakfast this morning, check out of your hotel and continue with your onward travels. If you wish to extend your holiday with additional nights in a particular destination, one of our Rail Experts would be happy to assist you with all the details.

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

Passports are required.

NH Barcelona Centro

The NH Barcelona Centro hotel enjoys one of the best locations in the city. We’re right in the heart of Barcelona – in the Ciutat Vella neighborhood, near the historic Gothic quarter, and close to the best shopping spots. The hotel has 156 rooms, which are spacious and tastefully decorated. These offer plenty of natural light, while windows are soundproofed to ensure a good night’s sleep.

Hospes Puerta De Alcala Madrid

The Hospes Madrid is a boutique luxury hotel located within a 19th century residence. Comprising 41 stylishly appointed guest rooms with Egyptian cotton sheets, and a choice of pillows from the pillow menu. The hotel also features a gourmet restaurant, spa and pool-jacuzzi. The hotel is located on the Plaza de la Independencia, a short walk from the Puerta de Alcalá square, Parque Retiro and the Prado Museum.

NH Collection Madrid Suecia

The NH Collection Madrid Suecia hotel, formerly known as NH Madrid Suecia, is in the heart of the city’s historic center. A trendy hotel on Madrid's Broadway, Gran Vía, it's ideal for shopping and musicals allike. Renovated in 2016, the hotel was originally opened in 1956 and served as Ernest Hemingway’s and the revolutionary Che Guevara's Madrid home.

H10 Corregidor Boutique Hotel

The H10 Corregidor is a charming Boutique Hotel located in Seville’s historic centre and shopping district, next to the city’s main tourist attractions. The hotel keeps the essence of Seville alive through its arabesque and Andalusian architecture. It offers comfortable rooms, a restaurant for breakfasts and a terrace in an Andalusian courtyard featuring a typical Andalusian fountain, a late 19th-century wrought-iron gate and ceramic tiles from the 1929 Seville World's Fair.

Hospes Las Casas Del Rey De Baeza Seville

The Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza is a historic boutique style hotel. The decor combines the finest elements of Arabic and European design that have influenced Seville over the centuries. Enjoy the unique views of the historical city centre from the roof top swimming pool, and taste the best of Andalusian cuisine from one of the hotel's two restaurants. The Hospes is situated on Jesús de la Redención Square, in the historic centre of Seville.

Canberra Hotel Cannes

Hotel Le Canberra is a contemporary hotel with 35 bedrooms. The hotel has recently been renovated and features a stylish bar, Le Café Blanc, a fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool. The hotel is in the centre of Cannes, on Rue d'Antibes, close to the beach and the Croisette.

Cannes Hotel Splendid

Exceptional view of the sea, the Bay of Cannes, Iles de Lérins, and the old quarter Le Suquet. Ideally situated, at the start of La Croisette, just steps from luxury shopping and beaches of golden sand. The SNCF train station is 300 metres from the hotel and Nice airport 30km. The hotel’s 62 guest rooms welcome you to a unique setting that combines the atmosphere of the past and the comfort of the present. Breakfast as you wish at the Offenbach lounge or on the sun terrace facing the Palais des Festivals. Also, the Hotel has a room suitable for people with reduced mobility.

NH Collection Marseille

The new NH Collection Marseille is ideally located in the city’s business and leisure district – La Joliette – on one of its best shopping streets. From here you have easy access to world-class restaurants and fashionable bars, as well as conference centers “Palais du Pharo” and “World Trade Center”.

Hotel Ellington Nice Centre

The Ellington Hotel in Nice offers 119 charming bedrooms and suites in the centre of the city. It also features a bar straight out of the swing era, a cosy library and a patio. The hotel is close to the Old Town area of Nice and a short walk from the seafront Promenade des Anglais.

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.

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.

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 Vis a Vis

As a family run hotel, we have been providing hospitality to our guests since 1964. We look forward to welcoming you with a smile and the desire to provide you with a memorable experience at Hotel Vis à Vis.

It is the perfect location for those who want to discover the most beautiful locations of the Ligurian Riviera,
from Portofino and Camogli to the Cinque Terre and Portovenere.

Vis a Vis is perched on a high promontory above Sestri Levante providing spectacular views
over the two beautiful bays of the town, Baia del Silenzio (the Bay of Silence) and Baia delle Favole (Bay of Fairy Tales)
named in honour of Hans Christian Andersen, a resident of the town for a short time.

The Hotel has an elevator which takes you down to just a few steps from the historical centre of the town and a short walk to the beaches and hotel offers a secure private parking where you can leave your car.

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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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