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  • Travel by train over the Swiss Alps to Venice


    Rail holiday travelling over the Swiss Alps to Venice by train


    This is a magnificent train journey which takes you through stunning scenery with a jewel of an end destination.

    Your rail journey starts out from the UK by Eurostar to Paris where you change to a high speed TGV train to Lucerne. Following a night or more in Lucerne, you travel onwards along the Alpine railways through the developing scenery of mountains, lakes and vineyards all the way to Venice. You can then return home on the overnight sleeper train to Paris and then onwards to London. Alternatively you could choose to travel by daytime trains back to the UK, breaking the journey in Milan before journeying home via Lausanne.
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    Day one: Travel by rail to Lucerne

    Begin your rail holiday by departing from London by Eurostar just before 8.00am to arrive into Paris around 11.30. Using a local taxi, you change to Gare Lyon station to continue on the high-speed TGV train to Basel and then onwards to Lucerne where you arrive at around 7.00pm. Stay overnight at the charming Hotel Wilden Mann in the Jewish Quarter of Lucerne.
    Day two: Lucerne to Venice
    The so-called City of Light is a bubble of cosmopolitan atmosphere, as well as a place of rich, historic significance. Spend the morning wandering down the pretty streets, taking in the individuality of the boutique shops and quaint cafes. A highlight of your stay in Lucerne will be walking along the Chapel Bridge and seeing the Water Tower. Leave Lucerne around midday continuing by rail to Venice on the Intercity service with an easy changes in Milan. The journey from Lucerne to Venice is relaxing and convenient, allowing you to take in the striking scenery en route. You leave Lucerne at around 12.00pm and travel through the Alps using the Gotthard Basel Tunnel which links Fluelen to Bellinzona. From here it’s a short distance to the Italian border at Chiasso. After changing trains in Milan you head east, stopping at the historic cities of Verona, Vicenza and Padua before reaching Venice Santa Lucia train station just before 7pm. A private boat will take you to your hotel, the Hotel Bisanzio, where you stay for three nights.
    Days three and four: Venice
    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 five: Take the sleeper to Paris

    You have most of this day to continue your exploration of Venice before being taken by private water taxi back to Santa Lucia station. Here, you catch the overnight sleeper train to Paris, leaving at around 8.00pm. The sleeper train offers a simple but time effective means of covering a large distance. We include a private twin cabin for your comfort.
    Day six: Return to London
    The sleeper arrives in Paris a little before 10am. Use a taxi again to change from Paris Lyon to Paris Nord station, and end your rail holiday as the Eurostar takes you on the last leg of the journey back to the UK where you arrive in the early afternoon.
    Day five: Venice to Milan

    At around 10am a private water taxi will take you to Santa Lucia station where you board a train to Milan, arriving just before 1.30pm. A private car will take you to your hotel and back again at the end of your stay. Have the afternoon and evening to explore Milan from your centrally based hotel, the Hotel Carlton Baglioni. Milan is Italy’s second largest city in Italy, however the historic centre is easily manageable either on foot or by the comprehensive metro system and the atmosphere is sophisticated and not nearly as Mediterranean as other Italian cities. Milan is renowned for its fashion and shopping - this is certainly one past time that people visit for. The magnificent Duomo is the world’s largest Gothic cathedral and was started in 1386, taking almost five centuries to complete. A visit to the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, which houses Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper is a must, but be sure to book tickets in advance.
    Day six: Milan to London via Lausanne
    Leave Milan just before 8.30am to travel by train back to Paris through Switzerland. Your journey takes you past Lake Maggiore and through the stunning Simplon Pass. The train then descends, following the Rhone to Lausanne on the shores of Lake Geneva. You change trains easily here and arrive into Paris just after 4pm. You finish your rail holiday by boarding the Eurostar which gets you back into London around 8.30pm.

    From £1,960 per person for first class rail travel.
    From £1,690 per person for second class rail travel.
    Prices based on two sharing a double or twin room.
    What’s included?
    Private water taxi transfers in Venice
    First or second class travel on all trains (as above) including Eurostar
    Double sleeper compartment on Thello sleeper train
    At the hotels:
    1 night’s bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Hotel Wilden Mann in Lucerne
    3 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Hotel Bisanzio in Venice
    Venice Hotel Supplement: £255 per person for the Hotel Ca'Sagredo
                                                    £420 per person for the Baglioni Hotel Luna 
    What’s not included?
    Meals other than breakfast at the hotels
    Transfers in Lucerne and Paris.
    Early check in or late check outs at hotels – though we can arrange this on request.
    Supplements for alternative route options
    Any services not mentioned above
    Prices for stays in different hotels will vary enormously. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
    Any of the hotels we feature in Venice can be included instead of the suggestion made here. For full details of all our Venice hotels please visit this page.


    This rail 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.


    Over the Swiss Alps to Venice

    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.

    Hotel Wilden Mann – Lucerne – 4 star
    The Wilden Mann has been in the hospitality trade for 500 years, bringing excellent quality of service and charm each of its guests. With just 48 rooms spread across 6 different houses, the atmosphere is one of a home-from-home and this hotel offers the perfect balance of historic and old-world elegance with modern facilities. It is located just a stone’s throw from the iconic Chapel Bridge and Nadelwehr and is only a 10 minute walk from the train station, making it the perfect stopover in the enchanting old streets of Lucerne.
    See more details on the Hotel Wilden Mann.

    Bisanzio – Venice – 4 star
    Less than 300 metres from St Mark’s Square, the Hotel Bisanzio occupies an ancient 16th-century palazzo in a prime location, right in the heart of the oldest and most romantic part of Venice. The hotel offers 40 rooms and luxury suites, all of which are decorated in traditional 18th-century Venetian style. Whilst the hotel has no restaurant it boasts a breakfast room and bar along with two quiet sitting rooms, a lovely place to relax after a busy day's site seeing.
    See more detail on Hotel Bisanzio

    Option: Carlton Hotel Baglioni – Milan – 5 star
    This luxury five star hotel can be found discreetly tucked away on the Via della Spiga, Milan’s most fashionable shopping street, and the Via Montenapoleone, the cathedral and famous La Scala theatre are a short distance away. Inside, discover an intimate and sophisticated atmosphere with marble floors and dark wood wall panels. The hotel provides outstanding levels of service and facilities, including the historice Il Baretto al Baglioni Restaurant which serves national dishes with Mediterranean influences.
    See more detail on Carlton Hotel Baglioni  

    We offer a fantastic range of hotels in Venice, including the legendary Cipriani and the elegant Bauer il Palazzo. Mid-range options include the popular Luna Hotel Baglioni and the famous Bauer L'Hotel. View our full range of hotels in Venice.

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  • Italy

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    Italy FAST FACTS

    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.
    Euro (£1 = Euro 1.30)
    Italy is roughly 650 miles long, but only about 100 miles wide
    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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