Rail and Tour
Venice and the Best of Tuscany8 days from £4,799 per person
Journeying from London to Venice aboard the beautifully restored Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is an experience that tops a lot of travel wish lists. We’ve combined it with a stay in romantic Venice - where you’ll have a day to explore the city as you please - and time in Tuscany, possibly Italy’s most picture-perfect region. You’ll be based in the Renaissance capital, Florence, with excursions included to highlights such as Lucca, San Gimignano and Siena.
Your holiday includes:
5 excursions and visits
- Visit to Ferrara
- Excursions to Pisa & Lucca; and Siena & San Gimignano
- Guided walking tour of Florence
- Tour of a Chianti winery
- 6 nights in hotels and 1 night on train (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International flight from Pisa to the UK. Prices are based on British Airways to London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply for other airports
- Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train (1 night) from Calais to Venice
- 14 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 2-8) 1 brunch (day 1) 2 lunches (days 2 and 4) 4 dinners (days 1 and 4-6)
- 12-hour Venice transport card
- Portable audio headset system on excursions
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- British Pullman train from London to the Kent coast
- Channel crossing by Eurotunnel or ferry and transfer to the train in Calais
- Travel in destination by coach
Day 1 London - Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for a journey to London Victoria station to board the Belmond British Pullman carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (5-star), with brunch served as you start this iconic journey. You will be attentively looked after with exquisite service from your personal Venice Simplon-Orient-Express host, who will also accompany you during the coach and Eurotunnel shuttle to Calais, offering champagne and snacks. We continue our journey by joining the continental carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for the journey to Venice. This evening a four-course dinner is served on board. Please note: dress code applies.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express - Venice
Awake to the beautiful scenery of the Swiss Alps this morning. A leisurely breakfast will be served in your cabin. A three-course lunch will be served in one of the luxury restaurant cars and tea and pastries will be served in your cabin. Your journey of decadence ends crossing the Venetian lagoon. After the train pulls in to Santa Lucia station, we cross the canals by a private water taxi that moors a few steps away from the Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal (4-star), where dedicated porters will have transported your luggage from the train station to hotel.
Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal, Venice (4-star)
A free day to relax and explore. You may wish to visit the stunning and intricately-detailed Doge’s Palace or the magnificent 11th century St Mark’s Basilica. Rialto Bridge is a wonderful place to watch and photograph the constant activity of boats on the Grand Canal below, and the narrow passages that link one piazza to another.
Venice - Ferrara - Florence
Today we walk the short distance to our water taxi and on to our coach to travel south towards the great city of art - Florence, the capital of Tuscany. We make a stop in Ferrara, the City of Renaissance, for lunch. We continue to Florence, arriving at the centrally located Grand Hotel Baglioni (4-star) where dinner is included this evening.
Grand Hotel Baglioni, Florence (4-star)
Pisa - Lucca
We arrive in Pisa, home of the famous Leaning Tower. Later this afternoon we travel to Lucca, an interesting and delightful city which hides within its ramparts a rich array of churches, palaces and squares that retain their original charm. Dinner is taken in a local restaurant tonight.
This morning, we walk into the centre of Florence for a guided walking tour. We continue to Chianti country and the Castello del Trebbio winery for a tour of the family owned castle and wine cellars. We have an included dinner at their restaurant.
Siena - San Gimignano
We’ll explore Siena, with its medieval streets lined with picturesque old houses and palaces. We then continue for a guided tour of San Gimignano, standing on a hilltop surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. You are free for dinner this evening.
Day 8 Florence - Pisa - UK
This morning we depart for the airport for your flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Important information about your destinationPlease note: In many cities in Italy, a room tax of between €1-5 per person per night (subject to change), is payable directly to the hotel on check-out. The deposit due for this holiday is £900pp
Centrally Located Hotels
Venice - Hotel Gabriella 4 Star
Located on the famous promenade leading to St Mark's Square, you are in a prime location to explore the cobbled alleyways and pretty bridges. The hotel is furnished in Venetian style and precious marble with fantastic views over the lagoon. You rooms are equipped with air conditioning, TV, minibar and hairdryer.
Florence - Hotel Boscolo Astoria 4 Star
Stay at 4 star Hotel Boscolo Astoria in Florence, conveniently located a few steps away from Santa Maria Novella's Church with easy access to the historic city centre, meaning you are spoilt for choice of a dining venue on day 6.