Grand Canal in Venice

Venice and Florence Getaway by Rail

8 days  •  from $1149
per person, double occupancy, including airfare*
Based on an November 15, 2017 departure from NYC staying 3 nights at the Hotel Antiche Figure,Venice & 3 nights at the Hotel delle Nazioni, Florence.

Overview

Featuring The charming canal city of Venice & the Renaissance city of Florence; see both independently on flexible dates with flights, hotel & rail included
Style Independent PackageThese un-escorted packages have no set schedule or guides, so you have the freedom and flexibility to explore on your own from your centrally-located hotel. More of these packages
Freedom to explore at your own pace; unescorted
Departures Flexible Dates: Choose the date you'd like to depart and how many days you'd like to stay
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Train
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Round-trip flights from your desired departure city into Venice, Italy and returning from Florence, Italy; including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • 6 nights hotel accommodations (Can be extended up to 8 nights)
  • "Prima class" rail from Venice to Florence with reserved seats
  • Breakfast daily at select hotels
Optional
  • Transfers upon arrival in Venice and for departure in Florence
  • Choice of sight seeing excursions
Themes History & Culture
What to Expect Our independent packages offer you maximum freedom to see what you like, when you like during your vacation. We offer optional airport transfers as well as your choice of sightseeing excursions.

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Venice and Florence Getaway by Rail itinerary

Treat yourself by taking advantage of this opportunity to visit two of Italy's most intriguing and iconic cities on this independent package. Spend three or four nights in both Venice and Florence, and set your own pace. Travel in comfort between the cities by Italo Rail with reserved seats. Meet the people of Italy and learn why Italy is one of the most popular destinations in the world.

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Your exciting trip to Venice begins today as you depart for Italy on an overnight flight.

Day 2: Venice, Italy

Full Day Itinerary:Venice GondolasUpon arrival in Venice make your way independently to your hotel or choose our optional airport transfer. Enjoy the balance of the day to relax and unwind and enjoy the facilities of the hotel.

Days 3-4: Venice

Full Day Itinerary: Venice CathedralEnjoy two full days at leisure to explore Venice on your own or choose from our optional sightseeing excursions.

Venice is known for for its canals, narrow streets and the Venetian's unique way of life. While here you don't want to miss Piazza San Marco or, St. Mark's Square. St. Mark's Square forms the political, social, and religious center of Venice.

Visit St. Mark's Basilica with its great arches, marble decoration, the Romanesque carvings that surround the central doorway, and looming above, the four horse statues which preside proudly over the whole piazza.

Afterward, you may want to visit the Doge's Palace, once the residence of the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice. A museum since 1923, you will see the Venetian Gothic exterior, the courtyard, the Museo dell'Opera, the Doge's Apartments, the Institutional Chambers, and the Bridge of Sighs leading to the prison. Lastly,

Be sure to take a water taxi to the islands of Murano and Burano, world renowned for their distinct style of glass artwork. You will be able to view a glassblowing demonstration and a gallery featuring some of the artist's finest work.

Day 5: Venice / Florence

  • Travel by train from Venice to Florence.

Full Day Itinerary:The DuomoThis morning, independently make your way to the Santa Lucia Rail Station, and travel by train from Venice to Florence. Upon arrival, make your own way to your centrally located hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure.

Days 6-7: Florence

Full Day Itinerary: The Ponte VecchioEnjoy two full days of leisure in Florence or choose from our optional sightseeing excursions.

Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has much to offer in the realm of fine arts. View architectural accomplishments, such as Santa Maria del Fiore, the world's largest masonry dome or pay a visit to Michelangelo's David at the Accademia Gallery or visit one of the world's greatest art museums the, Uffizi Gallery. Or, simply take a stroll along the River Arno.

Day 8: Return to the USA


    • This morning, transfer to the airport independently or select our optional transfer.
    • Later, return to the USA.

Recommended Activities

Ducal Venice

The first portion of your tour is walking with an experienced guide who will detail highlights of the thousand-year history of the Most Serene Republic, using anecdotes, stories and descriptions. This part of the tour takes place entirely outdoors and does not include admittance to the monuments.

The second portion is a visit to the Doge's Palace with a qualified guide.  Immerse yourself in medieval Europe among the stuccoed halls and

Grand Canal

Tour by motor launch along the major canal of Venice: the Canal Grande. You will admire the magnificent palaces along the canal whose wide-ranging architectural styles embrace the Byzantine, Florid Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. Our guide will help you discover all the beauty of a city built on water, its sumptuous palaces and monumental buildings, churches, fascinating gardens, campi and campielli.

Florence and the Accademia

This half day guided tour shows you the best of the city center of Florence.

Begin with a drive to the Piazzale Michelangelo where you will stop to experience a wonderful view of the city. Proceed to the city center where you will embark on your walking tour.

Visit the Duomo complex including the Baptistery and the cathedral itself.  View the magnificent cupola del Brunelleschi and Giotto's bell tower.

After a short walk, arrive at the Galleria dell'Accademia; home of Michelangelo's David and other great works.

Pisa and Lucca

Spend a full day in the beautiful Tuscan countryside as you visit Pisa and Lucca.

In Pisa you will enjoy a guided walking tour of the Piazza dei Miracoli including the exteriors of the Leaning Tower and the Baptistery and the interior of the Cathedral.

After traveling to Lucca take a pleasant walk to experience this historical town. You will get to see the Anfiteatro Square, the Guinigi Tower and San Martino Dome.   End your tour with a stop at a farm house to taste the wine and oil of this region.

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