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  • Venice and the Veneto by rail, travelling through the Austrian and Swiss Alps

    Exterior of Hotel Palazzo Priuli, Venice

    Villa del Quar, Veneto

    High speed train, Italy

    Zurich streets

    Venice and the Veneto by rail, travelling through the Austrian and Swiss Alps

    The Veneto region lies to the south of the Dolomites and to the north of the Gulf of Venice. Scenically, Veneto is a very varied region and is rich in culture. A rail holiday to this region allows you to discover the vineyards and orchards, alpine foothills, Romanesque churches, canals and rivers.
    In this rail holiday you travel from London St Pancras to Paris by Eurostar and then onwards to Munich by high-speed TGV train, arriving early evening. Spend a day exploring Munich, then next day travel through the Austrian Alps over the Brenner Pass into Italy’s Veneto region and onwards to Venice. Stay three nights in Venice then travel by train to Verona where you spend a further three nights just outside the city at Villa del Quar where there is the possibility of cooking lessons and wine tasting. From Verona, travel by rail via Milan to Zurich. This route goes through the scenic Swiss Alps and includes the Gotthard Pass. Following a night in Zurich continue your return journey by train via Paris then back to London.
    Click here to download a pdf with full details of some of our rail holidays to Italy.

    DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
    Day one

    Your rail holiday starts departing London St Pancras around 9am on the Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord. From Gare du Nord, a short walk takes you to Gare l’Est from where you will be whisked away on the high speed TGV train. You cross the border into Germany at Strasbourg and arrive into Munich around 9.30pm. Stay two nights at the four star Eden Wolff.
    Day two
    You have this day at leisure to explore the streets of Munich. Germany’s unofficial southern capital has something for everyone’s taste with castles and palaces, museums and churches, parks and gardens; not forgetting the Oktoberfest beer festival held annually. The Munich Residenz is well worth a visit as one of the best palace museums in Europe.
    Day three
    Leaving Munich around 11am, the Eurocity train heads southwards into Austria, passing through Innsbruck and the Alps including a particularly scenic stretch around the Brenner Pass. You arrive into Venice around 6pm where you will be met and taken by private water taxi to your hotel. In this holiday we suggest staying at the five star Ca'Sagredo Hotel located in the heart of Venice on a particularly pretty section of canal. We have a number of other hotels we can recommend in Venice too, from 3 to 5 star.
    Days four and five
    Enjoy a few days at leisure in the Venetian capital. More than a city, Venice “La Serenissima” is an enchantress. Take the time to discover her winding streets, lavish ballrooms and lively wine bars, and perhaps catch one of local water taxis to explore the islands of the lagoon. Burano, island of lace-making and fishermen, is impressively picturesque whilst on Murano master craftsmen offer demonstrations of glass-making before you enter their shops. A visit to both these islands is thoroughly recommended to provide an alternative view of Venice.
    Day six
    A private water taxi will take you back to Venice Santa Lucia station for your train to Verona. There are several departures a day and the journey takes around an hour. On arrival in Verona you will be met at the train station and taken to Villa del Quar, your hotel for three nights, which is about 8 miles outside of Verona in Pedemonte. In this holiday we haven’t included a hire car, but we can arrange one if you wish.
    Days seven and eight
    The next two days are spent at the Villa del Quar, a charming and elegant property within easy reach of Verona. The hotel is well located to visit the Palladian villas that are emblematic of this area. During your stay, we include one two hour cooking class and one wine tasting session which can be adjusted according to your wishes.
    Day nine
    You will be taken back to Verona station for your train to Milan. From Milan, following a change of train, you continue your journey heading north through the Swiss Alps and Gotthard Pass to Zurich. Spend a night at the Hotel Ambassador a l'Opera in Zurich.
    Day ten
    Depart Zurich late morning and travel back to Paris on the high speed TGV train. Change trains here and end your rail holiday by catching the Eurostar to London where you arrive a little before 8pm.

    PRICES

    From £2,930 per person for first class rail travel.
    From £2,590 per person for second class rail travel.
    Prices based on two sharing a double or twin room.
    What’s included?
    First or second class travel on all trains (as above) including Eurostar
    2 night's bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Eden Hotel Wolff in Munich with early check-in
    3 nights' bed and breakfast in a Classic Room at Ca'Sagredo in Venice
    3 nights' bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Villa del Quar in Pedemonte
    1 x cooking class per person and 1 x wine tasting session per person at Villa del Quar
    1 night's bed and breakfast in a Mini Suite at Hotel Ambassador a l'Opera in Zurich
    Transfers in Venice and Verona
    What’s not included?
    Meals other than breakfast at the hotels
    Any services not mentioned above
    Dates
    This holiday can be arranged throughout the year. Timings can vary depending on the month and day of the week.

    For more information regarding rail services to and within Italy, view our train guide.

    Venice and Veneto by rail

    Hotels featured in this touring itinerary

    Below is some information regarding each of the hotels featured in this touring itinerary. Alternative hotels are available in some destinations - please contact us for full details.

    Eden Hotel Wolff – Munich – 4 star
    The Eden Hotel Wolff has been one of the leading names in Munich since its foundation in 1890. The Art Nouveau building is ideally located opposite Munich Central rail station, making it the perfect stopover point from which to explore the city. The hotel has 210 rooms and suites on offer to guests in a variety of designs from classical through to elegant modern or Alpine stylings, whilst the hotel's restaurant the Peter & Wolff prides itself on the use of seasonal products from the regions suppliers in its menus.

    Ca’Sagredo – Venice – 5 star
    This is a luxurious palazzo hotel which overlooks the Grand Canal, opposite the historical Rialto market. The 15th century palace has been declared as a National Monument, and is perfect for those seeking an elegant ambience in a historic setting. The hotel has 42 rooms and suites, each decorated in classic Venetian styling with antique furniture, gilt mirrors and Murano glass. Enjoy traditional Venetian cuisine on the splendid panoramic terrace of l’Alcova restaurant from where you can watch the gondolas and boats glide along the water.
    See more detail on Ca’Sagredo.

    Villa del Quar – Pedemonte near Verona – 5 star
    The Villa del Quar is a delightul property of charm and elegance within easy reach of Verona. It has been under the careful management of the Montresor family for many generations, and is situated within its own spacious seven-acre estate with an outdoor swimming pool. This luxury hotel has 25 rooms and suites each individually furnished in rich shades of yellow and pink, many of which support beamed ceilings and antique furniture. The hotel has a restaurant, breakfast room, team room and wine cellar for its guest's enjoyment. A spectacular property, early booking is advisable.
    See more detail on Villa del Quar

    Hotel Ambassador a l’Opera – Zurich – 4 star
    The Hotel Ambassador a l'Opera is a historic boutique hotel located opposite Zurich's Opera House, set just back from the lakeside. This is a highly luxurious and unique option for a one or two night stay in central Zurich. The hotel has just 45 rooms and is renowned for their gourmet restaurant which is just as popular with locals as hotel guests.
    See more details on the Hotel Ambassador a l'Opera.

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  • Italy

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    Italy FAST FACTS

    Capital
    Rome
    Airport
    There is a very good scattering of international airports in Italy, with the main ones being Venice, Pisa, Milan, Rome, Bologna, Naples, Genoa, Turin and Bari; on Sicily, Catania is served by several airlines from the UK and on Sardinia you fly to Cagliari or Olbia.
    Currency
    Euro (£1 = Euro 1.30)
    Size
    Italy is roughly 650 miles long, but only about 100 miles wide
    Population
    60 million
    Average temperature
    Italy's temperature varies dramatically, from about 4 degrees in Turin in winter to 33 degrees in Sicily in summer, with snow year-round on the summits of the Pyrenees and Alps
    National holidays in Italy
    Some tourist attractions as well as banks etc may close on the following days:
    1 January
    6 January (Epiphany)
    Easter Monday
    25 April (Liberation Day)
    1 May (Labour Day)
    15 August (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
    1 November (All Saints)
    8 December (Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
    Christmas Day
    Boxing Day
    There are a number of local feast days that can affect conditions locally. In addition to the above days, museums are often closed on Mondays in Italy.

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