Relax and enjoy the stunning scenery of France, Switzerland and northern Italy as you travel from London to Verona by train.We suggest that you travel by daytime trains from London to Verona, breaking the journey with an overnight stop of Lausanne on Lake Geneva. From here your train takes you on a beautiful journey through the Alps to Verona, where we suggest a visit to see the opera at Verona Arena. Following your stay in Verona you have time to visit Lake Garda, perhaps visiting the pretty villages that hug its shores and admiring the vineyards and orchards that surround the lake. An easy and time-effective way of returning home is to then take the sleeper train back to Paris.A range of other overnight and daytime travel options are also available – please contact one of our travel specialists for more information and advice.Click here to download a pdf with full details of some of our rail holidays to Italy.DAY BY DAY ITINERARYDay oneStart your rail holiday by catching a mid-morning Eurostar service from London St Pancras to Paris Nord. Following a change of station to Gare de Lyon you continue on the high-speed TGV Lyria train to Lausanne on Lake Geneva where you arrive at about 8pm. Check into your hotel, the Angleterre et Residence, where you spend one night. If you wish, the stay at Lausanne can be extended to give you time to explore Lake Geneva.Day twoDepart Lausanne at about 8am on a direct train to Verona. This scenic journey through the Alps takes a little over five hours, and takes you through some spectacular landscape as you follow the Rhone, travel through the famous Simplon Pass and along the shores of Lake Maggiore before heading east through Italy. Arrive into Verona around 1.30pm, where you will be met at the train station and transferred to your hotel. Stay two nights in Verona at either hotel Giulietta e Romeo or Due Torri. Day threeAt leisure in Verona, the famous home of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Verona is one of Italy’s loveliest towns, and the first-century grand Arena is still used for hosting concerts and the annual opera festival. During your stay in Verona we include opera tickets at the Verona Arena.Day fourA very short train journey takes you from Verona to Desenzano del Garda on the shores of Lake Garda. On arrival at the station you will be met for a private transfer to your hotel, the beautiful Villa del Sogno. Spend three nights by Lake Garda.Days five and sixAt leisure to enjoy Lake Garda and its surroundings. On the lower slopes of the hills around Lake Garda are a profusion of lemons and olives, chestnuts and palms, magnolias and camellias. Pretty villages hug the sheltered bays and fishing boats still moor next to sailing boats. Monte Baldo, above the lake, can be reached by cable car and affords spectacular views. At Gargnano on Lake Garda you can see the stone pavilions where lemons were traditionally cultivated.Day sevenDepart Lake Garda and travel back to London by overnight sleeper train. Your train leaves from Desenzano train station to take you to Milan, where you board the Thello sleeper service around 11pm. Day eightYou arrive back in Paris at around 10.30am and continue by Eurostar back to London where you arrive around lunchtime.PRICESFrom £2,120 per person for first class rail travel.From £1,990 per person for second class rail travel.All Prices based on two sharing a double or twin room.What’s included?First or second class travel on all trains (as above) including EurostarDouble sleeper compartment on Thello sleeper trainAt the hotels:1 night’s bed and breakfast in a Superior Garden View Room at Hotel Angleterre et Residence in Lausanne2 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Classic Room at Hotel Due Torri in Verona3 nights’ bed and breakfast on Lake Garda in a Lake View Room at Hotel Villa del SognoTickets for 1st sector stalls at Verona Opera.Return transfers in Verona and to your hotel on Lake Garda.What’s not included?Meals other than breakfast at the hotelsTransfers in Paris and LausanneAny services not mentioned aboveDatesThis holiday can be arranged throughout the year. Timings can vary depending on the month and day of the week. Verona Opera dates for 2017 are listed below.Verona Opera Festival Programme 2017:NabuccoJune 23, 29July 7, 12, 15, 18August 4, 9, 12, 18, 23, 26Aida – La Fura dels BausJune 24, 30July 5, 9, 11, 16, 20, 23Aida - Historic EditionJuly 28August 3, 6, 8, 13, 16, 20, 24, 27RigolettoJuly 1, 6, 14, 19, 27Madama ButterflyJuly 8, 13, 22, 29August 11, 19ToscaAugust 5, 10, 17, 22, 25For more information regarding rail services to and within Italy, view our train guide.
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.Angleterre and Residence – Lausanne – 4 starOn the shores of Lake Geneva with stunning view of the Alps, this hotel comprises of five different buildings surrounding the main Reception. The hotel offers contemporary style in a historic setting with parts of the buildings dating back to the 18th century. The 75 bedrooms and Junior Suites are scattered between four buildings, each with their own distinct styles, but all guests will benefit from the same high standards of care from the friendly, professional staff.See more details on the Hotel Angleterre and Residence.Due Torri Baglioni – Verona - 5 starThe Due Torri is in the centre of Verona near the historic church of Sant’Anastasia and a mere stone’s throw from Juliet’s famous balcony. The hotel is hosted in a nineteenth-century palace of Dell’Aquila. There are 90 rooms at this elegant property, each of which is superbly furnished in traditional décor which is outdone only by the extremely friendly and professional service which guests receive during their stay. Guests can enjoy delicious food at the hotel’s restaurant and relax in the bar and lounge areas. It is the grandest hotel in Verona and comes highly recommended.See more detail on Due Torri Baglioni.Villa del Sogno – Lake Garda – 5 starThis is a captivating hotel perched above the lake, offering comfortable and luxurious accommodation in attractive surroundings. The hotel is surrounded by a beautiful park, whilst guests can admire the views across the deep blue waters from the large terrace. The rooms are divided between the original villa and the newer extension beneath the villa, where the style is much more modern and many rooms are equipped with balconies. The hotel's restaurant, the Maximilian, offers guests the choice to eat in the plush dining room or outside on the terrace whilst the garden bar offers lunch and light snacks by the pool.See more detail on Villa del Sogno.
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CapitalRome AirportThere 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.CurrencyEuro (£1 = Euro 1.30) SizeItaly is roughly 650 miles long, but only about 100 miles wide Population60 million Average temperatureItaly'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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