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  • Venice by train through the Alps on the Bernina Express

    Bernina Express from Davos to Tirano

    Viaduct on Bernina Express

    Bernina Express

    Countryside near Davos


    Venice by train through the Alps on the Bernina Express

    In this rail holiday to Venice, you take in some of most spectacular scenery of the Swiss Alps viewed through the panoramic windows of the Bernina Express.
    Your rail journey starts out from the UK by Eurostar to Paris where you change to a high speed TGV train to Zurich. Following a night or more in Zurich, you travel onwards to St Moritz where you break the journey for a couple of nights to enjoy the Alpine lifestyle.
    The Bernina Express railway takes you through the very heart of the Alps. The journey to Tiranotakes about two and a half hours and is truly spectacular. The train travels slowly giving time to take in the glaciers, mountains, pretty villages, mountain lakes and pine forests. The train crosses 196 bridges and 55 tunnels. The highest point is Ospizio Bernina, where the route reaches 2,253 metres before dropping 1,800 metres down to Tirano and into Italy. In Tirano there is usually time for lunch before taking an onward local train to Milan. This is an attractive route, at first passing vineyards perched precariously on hillside terraces, and then travelling along the eastern edge of Lake Como. From Milan, high speed train takes you onwards to Venice.
    We suggest a stay of three nights in one of our luxury hotels in Venice to give you time to explore this fascinating city with its bobbing gondolas, Byzantine and Gothic architectural gems and interesting islands. Following your time in Venice, this holiday uses the Thello sleeper train to Paris and then Eurostar back 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.
    Click here to download a pdf with full details of some of our rail holidays to Italy.

    Day one: London to Zurich by rail

    Your rail holiday starts at 7am with a journey by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris Nord station. On arrival in Paris you change stations to Gare de Lyon where you may be able to have lunch at the famous Train Bleu restaurant. Leave Paris Lyon at about 12.30pm, where a high-speed TGV train takes you across France and into Switzerland, arriving into Zurich in the mid-afternoon. Spend one night in Zurich at the Hotel Ambassador a l'Opera.
    Day two: Zurich to St Moritz by rail
    Spend this morning taking in this historic and enchanting city, perhaps stopping at the Grossmunster church and climbing the Karlstrum tower. Leave Zurich at lunchtime to travel to St Moritz, where you arrive at about 4pm. The first leg of the journey by train takes you along the edges of Lakes Zurich and Walensee to Chur. In Chur you change trains and continue along the first part of the Bernina Railway further into the mountains to the resort town of St Moritz. Spend two nights in St Moritz at the Hotel Schweizerhof.
    Day three: St Moritz
    You have a full day at leisure to enjoy St Moritz. At 1856m above sea level, visitors are welcomed by stunning views across the lakes of the Upper Engadine Valley, and the refreshing dry, clear, Alpine climate. There are a number of excellent walking trails in the area, or for an easier option there are cable cars which can take you up the mountain to enjoy the spectacular Alpine views. Navigate the local peaks via railway, reaching the Piz Corvatsch, Chantarella, and Corviglia, where a cable car takes you up to Suvretta’s most famous viewing point. In the summer you might like to enjoy the water sports at the sublime Lake Sils and Lake St Moritz, or the windy Lake Silvaplana.
    Day four: St Moritz to Venice via the Bernina Express
    You board the famous Bernina Express in St Moritz around 10.30am and take this stunning scenic route all the way to Tirano. The journey takes you along the highest railway across the Alps, reaching an impressive 2,253m above sea level, before dropping down through a varied terrain of orchards, chestnut trees and vineyards on the way to Tirano. The train traverses numerous viaducts and tunnels and is a truly beautiful trip during the whole four hours. On arrival in Tirano in Italy, you will usually have time for lunch – there are a number of cafes and restaurants by the train stations. At about 3pm, continue by local Italian train to Milan where much of the journey has views over Lake Como. Following a simple change in Milan, a high speed train will whisk you the remainder of the way to Venice where you arrive around 8.30pm. Here, you’ll be met and taken by a private boat from Venice Santa Lucia station to your hotel – the Bisanzio where you stay for three nights.
    Days five and six: Venice
    You have two 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 seven: Board the sleeper train 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 eight: Continue by rail 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 seven: 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 eight: 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.

    First class rail travel from £2,350 per person.
    Second class rail travel from £2,080 per person.
    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
    At the hotels:
    1 night's bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Hotel Ambassador a l'Opera in Zurich
    2 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Hotel Schweizerhof in St Moritz
    3 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Bisanzio in Venice
    First or second class travel on all trains (as above) including Eurostar.
    Private boat transfers to and from Venice station to your hotel.
    What’s not included?
    Meals other than breakfast at the hotels
    Supplements for alternative routes
    Any services not mentioned above
    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.

    Venice by Bernina Express Map

    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 Ambassador a l’Opera – Zurich – 4 star
    As a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, the Hotel Ambassador a l’Opera prides itself on the high quality of its service, its seasonal and locally-sourced food, and the very particular, serene style of the rooms. It is well-placed for enjoying Lake Zurich, the Limmat River, and the small marina at the end of the street.
    See more details on the Hotel Ambassador a l'Opera.

    Hotel Schweizerhof – St Moritz – 4 star
    Dating from over 100 years ago, the Hotel Schweizerhof St Moritz is a sophisticated hotel built in the Belle Epoque style. Fresh, bright, and luxurious rooms are accompanied by multiple dining options, a picturesque garden and a selection of relaxing spa facilities.
    See more details on the Hotel Schweizerhof.

    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 details on 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 details on Carlton Hotel Baglioni.

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    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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