Italy Train Holidays 2019/2020

Italy rail holidays

A selection of our best selling Italy tours

Springtime sees the world explode into life and colour, and nowhere more so than Italy! You’ve got the spectacular lakes, you’ve got the fantastic Amalfi Coast and you’ve got splendid Renaissance cities, all coupled with the manageable springtime sun after the cold of winter – explore our superb range of Italian escorted rail holidays below and discover the dolce vita for yourself!

Relax with an espresso in a quaint piazza, uncover the enduring legacy of the Roman Empire, explore the labyrinthine canals of Venice, or discover the breathtaking towns along the Amalfi Coast.

As the Mediterranean sun awakens the country, casting a warm glow across its golden beaches, there is perhaps no better time to visit Italy. And with late departures available on many of our incredible Italy holidays, you could be there before you know it.

World-class art, culture, architecture, and gastronomy; Italy flaunts its charms at each turn. Join us in 2020 as we take you to the heart of this captivating destination, with new experiences showcasing it in a fresh light. Visit Rome’s oldest gelateria on an off-the-beaten-track tour, watch as Vatican City comes to life before your eyes, step back in time amongst the ancient architecture of Pompeii, and sip local wines at a rustic winery. Sound tempting?

Italian Adventure

Italian Adventure

11 Days from £2,145PP

This 11-day adventure takes you to the highlights of Italy in less than a fortnight. This captivating holiday soaks up Italian splendour from the waterways of Venice to the culture of Florence, the ancient relics of Rome and the scenery of Sorrento.

Sirmione on Lake Garda

Sirmione on Lake Garda

10 Days from £1,745PP

Known as the 'Pearl of the Lake', picture-perfect Sirmione is perched on a peninsula on the southern shore of Lake Garda. On this exceptional tour we visit Mantova, the Sigurtá Gardens, and iconic Venice, for a guided tour of this incredible 'Floating City.'

Puglia

Puglia and Basilicata

13 Days from £2,465PP

Immerse yourself in culture on the unspoilt 'heel' of Italy, a rugged, rural and breathtakingly beautiful area. We tour the ancient city of Rome before travelling through the olive groves, vineyards and almond trees of a region referred to as 'the breadbasket of Italy' on a wonderful adventure exploring Puglia & Basilicata.


The Magic of Sicily

The Magic of Sicily

8 Days from £1,315PP

Set just off the 'toe' of Italy, Sicily boasts an enthralling combination of historic cities, alluring coastline, glorious landscapes and the wonderful remains of the ancient kingdoms that shaped the island. Our excursion-rich adventure is crowned with a thrilling journey to Mount Etna.

Lake Garda

Simply Lake Garda

10 Days from £1,395PP

Picturesque, peaceful and perfectly placed for our visits to Verona and Venice, the lakeside town of Desenzano forms the ideal base for a wonderful holiday with a delightful setting on the shores of tranquil Lake Garda - one of Italy's best-loved lakes.

Italian Riviera

The Italian Riviera

9 days from £1,250pp

A fantastic holiday on the enchanting Italian Riviera, where fabulous towns and villages overlook the Mediterranean in a region of natural beauty. Discover Portofino and Genoa on this tour.


The Magic of Sicily

Rome & Sorrento

11 days from £1,820pp

Explore the ancient city of Rome and take in its iconic landmarks before heading south for five nights to the breathtaking Bay of Naples, one of the most visually stunning regions in the whole of Europe.

Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore

8 days from £1,145pp

This wonderful seven-night holiday takes you to the shores of beautiful Lake Maggiore on a tour by rail. Set among the stunning peaks of the Italian Alps, enjoy a tour filled with scenic exploration.

Southern Tuscany & Umbria All Inclusive

Southern Tuscany & Umbria All Inclusive

10 days from £1,595pp

Tuscany is famous for its incredible beauty, quintessentially Italian towns and villages, and long history. Discover all of these things on this fantastic all inclusive tour from your wonderful base in Chianiano Terme.


Lake Garda All Inclusive

Lake Garda All Inclusive

10 days from £1,595pp

Idylically set directly on the shores of shimmering Lake Garda, the base for our all inclusive holiday is perfectly situated to explore the beautiful surroundings and the fabulous cities of Venice and Verona.

A Grand Tour of Italy

A Grand Tour of Italy

13 days from £3,095 per person

Discover stylish Milan, the Eternal City of Rome, the tiny yet powerful Vatican City, graceful Renaissance Florence, the labyrinthine port of grand Venice, and iconic Pisa with its unmistakable Leaning Tower, with comfortable rail travel and 4-Star hotels throughout.

Rome, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

Rome, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

12 Days from £2,845PP

The Amalfi Coast and its islands make up one of the most visually stunning regions in the whole of Europe. Starting in the ancient city of Rome, and then based in Sorrento, we visit magnificent Capri and the alluring lost city of Pompeii.


Lake Levico and The Dolomites

Lake Levico and The Dolomites

10 days from £1,715 per person

Sojourn on the shores of delightful Lake Levico, on a rail tour that soaks up a collection of favourite Italian attractions. Explore incomparable Lake Garda, collect snapshots of the Dolomites as you travel through the mountains, and discover the charms of Trento, on this unforgettable holiday.

Stresa & Lake Maggiore

Stresa & Lake Maggiore

10 days from £2,800 per person

From our stunning location overlooking beautiful Lake Maggiore in the picturesque town of Stresa, we explore the Borromean Islands, taste the wines of the Monferrato region, visit enchanting Lake Orta and travel into Switzerland on the scenic Centovalli Railway.

Hidden Italy & The Keys to the Vatican

Hidden Italy & The Keys to the Vatican

12 days from £2,945 per person

From pasta making and truffle hunting in the Umbrian countryside and staying at an authentic 'trulli' resort, to watching the Vatican City come to life before your eyes on a private visit, this holiday takes you off the beaten track to showcase the very best hidden experiences Italy has to offer.

★ Private Vatican Visit and guided tour of Rome


Highlights of Tuscany

Highlights of Tuscany

10 days from £1,745 per person

Discover the true colours of this acclaimed region on a tour of the highlights of Tuscany. Ochre and terracotta hill towns linked by winding white roads, interspersed with fields of poppies and sunflowers contrast with the magnificent architecture of the great Renaissance cities.

★ Visit to Castello di Meleto in Chianti, including a cookery demonstration, wine tasting and dinner in the castle

Scenic Lake Orta & a Matterhorn Rail Journey

Scenic Lake Orta & a Matterhorn Rail Journey

8 days from £1,399pp

Full-day rail excursion to Switzerland • Guided tour of Aosta • 16 meals • VIP door-to-door transfers • Return flights

Puglia & The Salento Coast

Puglia & The Salento Coast

8 days from £1,165 per person

Explore the heel of Italy on this 8-day holiday that visits some of the country's lesser-known towns and villages. Discover the time-honoured traditions of quaint Nardò, Otranto and Gallipoli, see Alberobello's unique trulli, and spend free time relaxing on the idyllic Salento coast.


Sicily & The Aeolian Islands

Sicily & The Aeolian Islands

8 days from £1,745 per person

Discover a captivating combination of historic towns, glorious natural wonders and a rich and compelling Italian culture. Visit one of the world's most active volcanoes, discover historic architecture, and enjoy a magnificent taste of Italy when you sample incredible Sicilian wines and delectable local street food.

Italy Train Tours

From the tranquil shores of picturesque Lake Garda to the wonders of ancient Rome, Italy is a remarkable destination, bursting with unrivalled history, culture and natural beauty. As the pleasant warmth of the Mediterranean sun begins to appear, awakening the country and bringing stunning wildflowers into bloom, there is truly no more delightful time to visit Italy than in spring. With late departures still available on many of our magnificent tours to Italy, book your holiday with Rail Discoveries today and experience this captivating country for yourself.

Italy remains to be one of our favourite destinations. From the soaring peaks and glimmering lakes of the north, to the serene coastline and ancient cities of the south, there is always something for the discerning traveller in Italy. With late departure still available on the following tours, be sure to book now for your very own Great Rail Adventure into Europe’s classic destination.

Famous for the food, the scenery, and the gorgeous warm climate that stretches throughout most of the year, Italy is an utter favourite for holiday destinations throughout the world. Discover the magnificent sparkling lakes, the incredibly ancient cities, and the wonderful welcoming atmosphere of the place on a holiday by rail.

Kick back with a cappuccino beside glittering lakeshores, traverse the shimmering canals of Venice and explore the ancient ruins of one of the world’s most iconic empires on a Great Rail Journeys’ Italian adventure. Get a taste of the Dolce Vita on the two following Italian tours, both of which feature brand new lower prices for 2019 departures - take a look below for more information and book your Italian sojourn today.

Top to Toe of Italy

16 Days from £3,545PP

From its ancient and classical cities to its hillside villages and dramatic coastline, Italy offers something for all visitors. On this incredible adventure we travel the length of this attractive country, taking in iconic sights such as Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Pompeii, and lesser-known places like Tuscan Siena.

The Best of the Italian Lakes

10 Days from £1,945PP

Soak up the splendour of the Italian lakes and the surrounding Swiss mountains, on an escorted rail holiday that centres on scenic beauty, from the stunning Centovalli Railway route to the sublime shores of lakes Orta, Maggiore and Como.

Italian Explorer

11 days from £1,720PP

Explore the heart of classical Italy, discover the ancient imperial relics of Rome, the wealth of artistic treasures of Florence and the striking Leaning Tower of Pisa, as well as the Floating City of Venice.

The Best of the Italian Lakes

8 days from £1,010PP

Discover the incredible beauty of four stunning lakes: Orta, Maggiore, Como and Lugano. Steep yourself in scenic surrounds on a delightful Italian lakeside holiday by rail.

Tuscany & Venice

10 days from £1,610pp

From Montecatini, explore the incredible countryside and rich artistic legacy of Tuscany. Take in its much loved cities and hidden treasures before heading to the iconic, timeless Floating City of Venice.

Sicily & Mount Etna

8 days from £995pp

An enchanting part of Italy, Sicily boasts a wonderful combination of stunning coastline, historic cities and breathtaking landscapes. Highlights include Taormina, Mount Etna & Syracuse.

Puglia All Inclusive

8 days from £1,150pp

Situated in the 'heel' of Italy, lesser-known Puglia is a glorious region of labyrinthine ports, whitewashed villages and ancient historical dwellings. Take in its fabulous attractions during an all inclusive stay on the coast.

Lake Como All Inclusive

10 days from £1,535PP

Relax on the shores of beautiful Lake Como on this all inclusive holiday. Discover delightful lakeside towns, cruise across sparkling water and experience the Swiss Alps, travelling on the Bernina Express.

Combine Italy’s loveliest lake with a day of spectacular scenery in Switzerland.

Pretty Lake Orta is one of Italy’s lesser-known treasures. It’s not as big as Lake Garda or as glitzy as Lake Como – but what it lacks in size and celebrity sightings, it more than makes up for in charm. Cobbled streets are lined with traditional osterias and quiet cafés, while crowd-free walking paths reveal stunning vistas.
The lake is also a great starting point for day trips into the Swiss mountains. The best way to explore is by train – and that’s exactly what we’ll do on our holiday here. We’ll follow the tracks through the mountains from Visp, gaze up at the Matterhorn from Zermatt, and ride the rack railway to Gornergrat for photo-worthy glacier views.

It’s a long and busy day, full of incredible sights and scenes – the perfect contrast to our leisurely days beside the lake.

Tour Itineraries:

The Italian Riviera - Lake Garda All Inclusive - Top to Toe of Italy - Tuscany and Venice - Sirmione on Lake Garda - Rome, Sorrento & The Almalfi Coast - Italian Explorer - Best of The Italian Lakes - Puglia & Basilicata - Magic of Sicily - Lake Como All Inclusive