The Best of Italy By Rail



10 Days: Saturday, July 27–Monday, August 5, 2019

THIS EXTRAORDINARY RAIL JOURNEY FROM ROME TO VENICE with stops in Bologna and Verona is an exploration of some of Italy’s most stunning cities. Accompanied by a professional Tour Manager and with “worry-free” luggage service, sit back and enjoy the changing landscape on this marvelous adventure. Rome is a treasure trove of ancient ruins, glorious cathedrals, whimsical fountains and piazzas made for people watching. Enjoy the two-hour rail journey to Bologna—the lively, historic capital of Emilia-Romagna—with its perfectly preserved medieval center and miles of arcaded streets overhung with arched colonnades. You’ll get acquainted with this marvelous city on an afternoon food and wine walking tour followed by dinner. Discover Verona on a late afternoon walking tour followed by dinner at a local restaurant and a performance at the outstanding Verona Opera! Continue your rail journey to Venice Mestre (the mainland side of the Venetian lagoon). This exotic lagoon city, built on a hundred islands in the Adriatic, is a watery labyrinth of sun-speckled canals and arched bridges, marble palaces, piazzas both massive and tiny, narrow streets and a glorious quay-side promenade. Enjoy a food and wine walking tour of Venice and discover the lagoon islands of Murano (glass-blowing) and Burano (lace making) on a boat excursion.

*After deadline, call 617.338.1111 for availability

  • Highlights
    • Air from Boston is included.
    • Premium Class train seating: Frecciarossa high-speed trains, operated by Trenitalia, reach speeds of 250 miles per hour (400 km/h) and offer maximum comfort. Frecciarossa trains are equipped with air conditioning, power outlets at each seat and a cafe car. You will receive a welcome soft-drink or coffee and small snack.
    • Worry-free luggage service: all transfer and transport of your luggage is taken care of for you
    • Professional Tour Manager with you from arrival to departure
  • Includes
    • Round-trip regularly scheduled Alitalia Airlines flights from Boston to Rome and Venice to Boston, via Rome
    • High-speed train ticket: Rome to Bologna, Bologna to Verona, Verona to Venice in Premium class
    • Eight night's four-star accommodations
    • Fifteen meals: eight American buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, six dinners; drinks at meals
    • Escorted, private, round-trip airport/hotel and hotel/train station transfers by De Luxe Minivan or Coach
    • Worry-free luggage service (1 piece per passenger) during all transfers
    • Professional English speaking Tour Manager for the entire duration of the tour
    • Admission fees: Vatican Museums and Colosseum in Rome, Gondola ride in Venice
    • Hotel city taxes
    • Free WIFI HOT SPOT device
  • Accommodations
    • DAY 1 Overnight flight from Boston
    • DAYS 2–4 Bettoja Hotels: Mediterraneo, Rome
    • DAYS 5–6 Starhotels Excelsior, Bologna
    • DAY 7 Leon d'Oro, Verona
    • DAYS 8–9 Plaza, Venice Mestre
    • DAY 10 Return flight to Boston

      or similar hotel accommodations
  • Features

    Rome: “Best of Rome” guided walking tour at twilight with street food and wine; Skip the Line: Vatican Museums guided tour including the Sistine Chapel; Colosseum and Ancient Rome guided tour experience in virtual reality; day at leisure. Bologna: guided walking tour with special dinner. Verona: guided walking tour, ticket to Verona Opera in the Verona Arena. Venice: “Food and Wine” guided walking tour, gondola ride; excursion to lagoon islands of Murano and Burano.

  • Route Map

    Bel Canto Tour Route Map

    Bel Canto Tour Route Map

  • Weather

    Average Minimum and Maximum Temperatures in Rome, Italy

    Average min and max temperatures in Rome, Italy

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  • Pricing and Deposit

    Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Fuel surcharge, air taxes and fees subject to change. Passport required. Per person deposit is $600.

Last updated 8/9/2019 1:33:34 PM

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