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A trio of inspiring Italian cities await on this wonderful week-long Venice, Florence and Rome itinerary. Slow down the pace and soak up the scenery as you travel throughout your journey by luxury train, including from London to Venice via the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Free time to explore as you please combines with a selection of authentically Italian experiences – from crafting your own Venetian mask to whizzing through Rome by vintage Vespa.
Discover three of Italy’s most iconic cities, staying in beautiful boutique hotels in each
Immerse yourself in the culture of Venice with a mask-making workshop alongside a local craftsman. Learn more about this iconic part of Venetian history, before making your very own mask to take home
Italian gelato is the best in the world, and you can learn the step-by-step process of creating this sweet treat from scratch at one of Florence’s most renowned gelaterias
On your own Roman holiday explore Italy’s ‘Eternal City’ on the back of a vintage Vespa
As you travel from London to Venice on board the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, get ready for one seriously unforgettable dining experience. Put on your finest attire and settle into an impressive dining car, feasting on exquisite gourmet menus cooked by expert French chefs in the tiny onboard kitchen.
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At London Victoria Station, board the Belmond British Pullman for the first part of your journey to Venice, enjoying brunch and bellinis as you glide through the Kentish countryside. Once you’ve crossed the Channel, board Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for the remainder of your travels. One of the world's most famous luxury trains, it is a work of art and a true symbol of art deco design. Each voyage recaptures the bygone age of luxury rail travel with the emphasis on service, scenery and leisure facilities. After a fantastic four-course dinner prepared by decorated French chefs, head back to your comfortable cabin for the night.
Disembark the train at Venice Santa Luccia Train Station and take a shared Belmond transfer to Baglioni Hotel Luna, Venice.
After settling into the charming Baglioni Hotel Luna - Venice’s oldest hotel dating back to the 12th century - spend your first morning exploring as you please, perhaps riding a gondola along the canals, exploring St Mark’s Basilica, or making the most of the superb shopping. In the afternoon, get ready for a fun and instructive mask-making workshop with a Venetian master craftsman. Learn more about the intriguing history of the city’s mask making, before creating your very own masterpiece to take home.
Take a private water taxi to Venice Santa Luccia Train Station for your business class train journey to Florence. Disembark and take a taxi to Villa Cora, Florence.
Beautiful Florence is your next stop; a city filled with galleries, museums and masterpieces of Renaissance architecture. Take time to explore on foot, visiting the famed Uffizi gallery (home to some of the most renowned work of the Renaissance period), mooching about hidden piazzas, checking out the many churches, and sampling classic Florentine food. No trip to Italy is complete without ice cream, and you can join a fantastic gelato-making workshop in one of Florence’s most renowned gelaterias. Using fresh, creative ingredients, learn the step-by-step process in making this world-famous delight, of course tasting your creations at the end!
Take a private car transfer to Santa Maria Train Station for your business class train journey to Rome. Disembark and take a taxi to Villa Spalletti Trivelli, Rome.
Your third and final Italian city to explore is Rome, where world-renowned landmarks combine with fantastic eateries, stylish designer boutiques and laid-back squares lined with cafés. Your historic luxury hotel is less than a ten-minute stroll from the iconic Trevi Fountain, while the famed Colosseum, Spanish Steps and St Peter's Basilica can also be reached on foot. What better way to discover the delights of Rome than on the back of a vintage Vespa? With an expert driver at the helm, whizz through the enchanting city in serious style, before spending the afternoon experiencing Rome’s celebrated shopping scene for yourself.
Take a private car transfer to Rome Fiumicino International Airport for your flight to the UK.
Board the Belmond British Pullman train at London’s Victoria Station and enjoy brunch and Bellinis as you head across the Kentish countryside and cross the channel. Here, you will board the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train, indulging in a four-course dinner prepared by the French chefs. Retire to your cabin for the night and awake to gorgeous countryside scenery and breakfast served to your room. After a morning relaxing or mingling with fellow travellers, a three-course-lunch is served. Cross the enchanting Venetian lagoon and disembark at Venice’s Santa Lucia station.
Great for all ages, join a Venetian master craftsman for a fun and instructive mask-making workshop. After hearing more about the intriguing history of Venetian mask making, get stuck into making your own mask, taking it home for a souvenir of your adventures in Venice.
Learn the art of making Italy’s famous gelato at one of Florence’s most renowned gelaterias. A step-by-step workshop invites you to create your own gelato using fantastically fresh and innovative ingredients. Of course, you’ll get to enjoy your sweet treats at the end.
What better way to explore Italy’s ‘Eternal City’ than in the passenger seat of a vintage Vespa? Driven by an expert driver, whizz through narrow alleyways and fabled squares, passing some of Rome’s most iconic landmarks and more hidden gems.
From March to May and September to late-October is the best time to tour Italy, thanks to the pleasant milder temperatures and fewer crowds than in the mid-summer.
7 NIGHTS FROM £6,310 per person
Price based upon economy flights from London, transfers, UK airport lounge passes and meals and excursions as specified.
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