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The top cities of Western Europe are on spectacular display on this exciting train holiday that traverses Italy, Switzerland, France and Spain. This immersive journey is perfect for both the first-timer to Europe wanting a taste of the best sights, as well as the seasoned traveller looking to experience these great cities again by train. With included accommodations, tours, sightseeing and passes, this journey promises you’ll experience the best of these popular cities at your own pace, and of course, via some of the most scenic trains in the world!

Highlights

  • Discover the best of Italy with stays and included tours in Rome, Florence and Venice
  • Take in the breathtaking scenery of the Swiss Alps on the luxurious Glacier and Bernina Express trains
  • See the iconic Matterhorn with a day trip by cogwheel train to the Gornergrat mountain range
  • Relax and enjoy touring the of Swiss gems St. Moritz, Zermatt and Zurich
  • Spend a romantic three days in Paris and explore all the city’s sights at your leisure
  • Experience the cultural and architectural wonders of Barcelona, Seville and Madrid

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Flights from UK to Rome and Madrid to UK
  • All rail travel as specified in the itinerary
  • Colosseum Tour in Rome
  • Uffizi Gallery Tour in Florence
  • Doge’s Palace and Basilica Tour in Venice
  • 4-day Swiss pass covering reservations on Bernina and Glacier Express
  • Day trip to Gornergrat in Switzerland
  • 2-day Paris Pass
  • Skip-the-line Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Seville
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Madrid
  • 2 nights' hotel stay with breakfast in Rome
  • 1 night hotel stay with breakfast in Florence
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Venice
  • 1 night hotel stay with breakfast in Milan
  • 1 night hotel stay with breakfast in St. Moritz
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Zermatt
  • 1 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Zurich
  • 3 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Paris
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Barcelona
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Seville
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Madrid
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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Railbookers UK Trading Ltd is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

DAY 1 - UK TO ROME
Take a flight from the UK to Rome and on arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Shrouded in legend, Rome is home to hundreds of ancient artefacts, architecture, beautiful churches and Basilicas. Don't miss a stroll around some of the beautiful museums of the city - the Vatican museum holds a superb collection as well as housing the Sistine Chapel. Make time for a delicious Italian ice-cream in one of the pretty cafés by the Trevi fountain, lovely in the evening. (Overnight in Rome)

DAY 2 - ROME
After breakfast this morning, walk in the footsteps of gladiators at the famous Colosseum on your included tour. Don't forget to have your photo taken with one of the slightly more modern gladiators outside! (Overnight in Rome) B

DAY 3 - ROME TO FLORENCE
After breakfast this morning, check out of your hotel and make your way to the train station for your journey to Florence. Spend the day exploring the city after checking in at your hotel for an overnight stay. Admire the charming views along the River Arno and cross the city's oldest bridge, the 14th century Ponte Vecchio. Later in the afternoon, enjoy the included tour of the famous Uffizi Gallery, and see the Renaissance works of great artists such as Botticelli, Raphael and Michelangelo. This evening, be sure to sample some authentic Tuscan cuisine, including a glass of wine from the hills that surround the city. (Overnight in Florence)

DAY 4 - FLORENCE TO VENICE
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and catch the train to Venice. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay before setting out to acquaint yourself with the classic Italian city. Stroll down the banks of the shimmering canals and discover the magnificent architecture that lines the cobbled streets and square. Come the evening, relax at an outdoor trattoria by the sparkling lagoon, or why not head to Harry's Bar to try a delectable Bellini in the cocktail's birthplace. (Overnight in Venice) B

DAY 5 - VENICE
Spend a full day exploring Venice today. Discover the city's hidden gems and highlights on a walking tour, or take an iconic, relaxing gondola ride through the historic canals. Enjoy the included tour of Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica, two of the city's most popular monuments. (Overnight in Venice) B

DAY 6 - VENICE TO MILAN
After breakfast this morning, catch the high-speed Trenitalia train from Venice to Milan. On arrival, make your way to your hotel and check in for an overnight stay. Home to the Last Supper, the majestic La Scala Opera house and a beautiful cathedral, Milan is the heart of Italian style and sophistication. Fashionistas will be in heaven here within the spiritual home of Armani, Versace and Gucci to name a few! History buffs will love the Gothic Duomo di Milano, the city's crowning glory and a magnificent spectacle. Visit the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, home of ‘The Last Supper', Leonardo da Vinci's famous masterpiece. Or simply stroll through the Brera district and enjoy the art galleries, boutique shopping opportunities and exquisite dining. (Overnight in Milan) B

DAY 7 - THE BERNINA EXPRESS TO ST. MORITZ
Get ready for a memorable day on the tracks gliding past incredible mountain scenery from Milan to St. Moritz via Tirano on the iconic Bernina Express. The tracks of the Bernina Express have now been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the journey will meander through snow-dusted mountain ranges, across striking stone viaducts and along the banks of some of Switzerland's sparkling lakes.  This is one train journey you won't soon forget! On arrival in St. Moritz, check in at your hotel for an overnight stay and enjoy the spectacular shopping, dining and sights of this Swiss gem. (Overnight in St. Moritz) B

DAY 8 - THE GLACIER EXPRESS TO ZERMATT
After a nice breakfast this morning, enjoy the full splendour of one of Switzerland's most famous journeys, The Glacier Express. Early in the journey the train cruises over the impressive Landwasser Viaduct, which is a marvel of Swiss engineering from a bygone era. This train is otherwise known as the slowest express train in the world and winds its way over numerous high passes and meanders past many small Swiss lakes and villages until pulling into Zermatt nearly eight hours after departure. While the journey is slow, it’s certainly one to check off the bucket list! (Overnight in Zermatt) B

DAY 9 - ZERMATT
Today, take an exciting ride on the Gornergrat cog railway, which climbs from 1,604 metres above sea level to 3,090 metres in just 33 minutes, and is a marvel of 19th Century engineering. From the top, take in one of the most spectacular panoramas in all of Switzerland with the iconic outline of the Matterhorn as well as the surrounding peaks and glaciers all around you. You might be lucky enough to spot an Chamois or Marmot during your visit, and enjoy a stroll through the nature reserve and maybe even enjoy a fondue. Take the same route back down to Zermatt where you can enjoy the numerous small bars and restaurants on the car free roads of this beautiful Swiss mountain village. (Overnight in Zermatt) B

DAY 10 - ZERMATT TO ZURICH
Take the scenic train from Zermatt to Zurich today and on arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Zurich is known worldwide as being Switzerland’s sophisticated financial capital, but it’s also so much more than that. Fringed by distant mountains and gracing the banks of the winding River Limmat, the international banks and financial institutions add a contemporary edge to the scenes of intricate stained-glass windows, cobbled pavements and characteristic spires that reveal glimpses into the city’s rich past. Amble down the Lake Promenade and the winding streets of the Old Town or unearth the artistic masterpieces of the Kunsthaus. (Overnight in Zurich) B

DAY 11 - ZURICH TO PARIS

Take the smooth, direct train ride from Zurich to Paris this morning, and arrive in the ‘City of Light’ with enough time to have a full afternoon at your leisure. Maybe stroll along the River Seine and enjoy a meal at one of the cities excellent restaurants. (Overnight in Paris) B

DAY 12 - PARIS
After breakfast this morning, set out to discover what makes France’s capital one of the most popular cities in the world. Your Paris Pass includes a Paris Visite Travel Card for easily getting around central Paris, as well as a Paris Museum Pass and free entry into many additional attractions. The day is yours to discover the best of the romantic city! (Overnight in Paris) B

DAY 13 - PARIS
Be sure to visit some of the city's exquisite bakeries to enjoy fresh pastries and delicate Macarons. Another good way to see the sights of the city is by open top bus tour - various routes run throughout the city and you can get on and off the bus as many times as you like. Perhaps visit the stunning Arc de Triomphe, offering wonderful views from the top of the Arc across the twelve Parisian avenues that connect around it. Or take a tour of the spectacular Notre Dame and admire the gargoyles and bells of this incredible Gothic masterpiece built between 1163 and 1345. (Overnight in Paris) B

DAY 14 – PARIS TO BARCELONA
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then make your way to the station for your train to Barcelona. On arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay and then perhaps head out for some dinner at a local restaurant before retiring to the hotel for a good night's rest. (Overnight in Barcelona) B

DAY 15 - BARCELONA
After breakfast, why not head to the Picasso Museum or perhaps visit the Gaudi's iconic Sagrada Familia today. Included in your holiday is a Priority Access Sagrada Familia Tour. This tour allows you to have quick access to the cathedral with a guided hour and a half tour. You will also visit the museum to learn more about the history of the building and see a range of artefacts. (Overnight in Barcelona) B

DAY 16 – BARCELONA TO SEVILLE
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel this morning and then take the high-speed AVE train to Seville. On arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Make use of your included hop-on, hop-off bus tour to see the city's many attractions, including Paseo de Colon, Plaza de Espana, Acuario de Sevilla and Plaza de America. (Overnight in Seville) B

DAY 17 - SEVILLE
Experience the incredible history and culture of Seville today with your hop-on, hop-off tour, learning more about the major landmarks of the Andalucian capital, including Spanish Square and Maria Luisa Park, San Cruz Quarter, and Triana, the birthplace of flamenco. Admire the city's great architecture styles on display, from Islamic and Gothic to Rococo. In the evening, enjoy a meal of tapas and sample other local specialities at one of the many pavement bars around the city. (Overnight in Seville) B

DAY 19 - MADRID
After breakfast, ride the rails to Madrid aboard the direct train from Seville. Upon arrival, make your way to your hotel for an overnight stay. Settle into your hotel and then why not head out to explore the vibrant city using your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing city pass. (Overnight in Madrid) B

DAY 20 – MADRID TO UK
After breakfast this morning, make your way to the airport for your flight back to the UK. If you wish to extend your holiday with additional nights in a particular destination, one of our Rail Experts would be happy to assist you with all the details. B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

Passports are required.

Hauser Swiss Quality Hotel St.Moritz

The Hauser Hotel in St Moritz is a family-run hotel with 52 bedrooms. The hotel has a restaurant and terrace bar, and is famous for its "Engadine Nusstorte" (nut and caramel pie) which is available from the hotel confectionary and chocolate shop. The hotel is located in the centre of St Moritz.

Swiss Night Am Kunsthaus Zurich

The Swiss Night am Kunsthaus is located within a quiet residential district and is close to the Kunthaus Museum and the Opera of Zurich. Lake Zurich is just a short walk away and all 46 bedroms are light, airy and spacious. The hotel also benefits from a fitness centre.

Du Theatre Zurich

The Hotel du Théâtre in Zurich is a historic hotel which was a theatre during the 1950s. The hotel has 50 individually designed, contemporary bedrooms as well as a cinema and audio book library in honour of the hotel's theatrical past. The contemporary lounge restaurant, la suite serves local specialities along with great city views. The hotel is in the centre of old Zurich, a short walk from the train station.

Helmhaus Zurich

The Helmhaus Hotel in Zurich is a modern boutique hotel and is centrally located in Zurich's old town. The hotel has 24 stylish bedrooms, each has been renovated and some offer views over the lake of Zurich. Located in the historic city centre and close to all of Zurich's major sights, the Helmhaus Hotel is the perfect hotel for exploring this charming city!

Schweizerhof Hotel Zurich

The Schweizerhof Hotel in Zurich is a traditional family-run hotel, with 115 comfortable and elegant bedrooms. Guests are provided with a butler service on arrival (Monday to Friday), a welcome cocktail at the bar and fresh fruit in their bedroom. The hotel has a French restaurant, a bustling café, and guests enjoy a champagne American style buffet breakfast. The hotel is opposite the main railway station, on the famous "Bahnhofstrasse".

Hospes Puerta De Alcala Madrid

The Hospes Madrid is a boutique luxury hotel located within a 19th century residence. Comprising 41 stylishly appointed guest rooms with Egyptian cotton sheets, and a choice of pillows from the pillow menu. The hotel also features a gourmet restaurant, spa and pool-jacuzzi. The hotel is located on the Plaza de la Independencia, a short walk from the Puerta de Alcalá square, Parque Retiro and the Prado Museum.

H10 Corregidor Boutique Hotel

The H10 Corregidor is a charming Boutique Hotel located in Seville’s historic centre and shopping district, next to the city’s main tourist attractions. The hotel keeps the essence of Seville alive through its arabesque and Andalusian architecture. It offers comfortable rooms, a restaurant for breakfasts and a terrace in an Andalusian courtyard featuring a typical Andalusian fountain, a late 19th-century wrought-iron gate and ceramic tiles from the 1929 Seville World's Fair.

Hospes Las Casas Del Rey De Baeza Seville

The Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza is a historic boutique style hotel. The decor combines the finest elements of Arabic and European design that have influenced Seville over the centuries. Enjoy the unique views of the historical city centre from the roof top swimming pool, and taste the best of Andalusian cuisine from one of the hotel's two restaurants. The Hospes is situated on Jesús de la Redención Square, in the historic centre of Seville.

Le Marceau Bastille

Le Marceau Bastille Hotel is a contemporary design hotel with a choice of 55 urban or ecological style bedrooms. The hotel also boasts a funky lobby bar which plays host to its own regularly updated art collection. Le Marceau Bastille is located in the Bastille district of Paris, a short walk from the lively Marais area and the Opera Bastille. The location offers easy access by metro to all of Paris's main sights and attractions.

Saint Paul Rive Gauche Paris

The beautiful Saint-Paul Rive-Gauche is located between the world-famous Sorbonne and the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens in the centre of Paris. The 17th century boutique hotel is housed in a former 17th century grand residence and is known for its beautiful arched cellar. Each room comes fully air-conditioned and is equipped with modern amenities such as a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi access. Other tourist attractions nearby include Notre Dame, the Pantheon, Palais Garnier and The Louvre.

Terrass Hotel Paris

The Terrass Hotel is a classic 19th century building with 98 individually decorated rooms. The hotel features a Piano Bar where guests can enjoy cocktails and bar snacks and a seventh floor summer roof terrace with great views across Paris. The hotel is located a short stroll away from famous landmarks such as the Sacré-Coeur and the Moulin Rouge.

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Grand Hotel Francais

The Grand Hotel Francais is a chic, modern hotel located in the centre of Paris, just 550 yards from Nation. Rooms are individually decorated, and come equipped with en suite bathrooms, flat screen TVs and air conditioning. The property is ideally located for sightseeing, nestled just 150 yards from a Metro Station.

Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche

From the entrance, our hotel welcomes you in our beautiful baroque open, spacious and comfortable lobby. Perfectly equipped, you can consult the many newspapers and magazines at your disposal, enjoy a delicious espresso or enjoy computers with Internet access and printers.

Hotel Ariston Rome

Located in the centre of Rome, just a stone's throw from Termini Station, the Ariston Hotel provides a fantastic vantage point for exploring all the Italian capital has to offer. The hotel's colourful guestrooms are all decorated in a modern style, and come complete with LCD TVs, minibars and air conditioning.

The Inn At The Roman Forum

Located just a few steps from some of the oldest and most precious ruins in Rome, including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, this Inn is a proud member of the small luxury hotels of the world with a 5 star service. It boasts charming views of the Campidoglio, Palatin Hill, the Roman Forum and Venice Square.

The Inn At The Spanish Steps

The Inn at the Spanish Steps, located in Via Dei Condotti 85, is one of Rome's best-kept secrets. Member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the world is uniquely located on Rome's famed shopping street near Spanish Steps and and other famous monuments such as the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain.

Mascagni Hotel Rome

The Mascagni Rome is a beautiful hotel set within an Umbertine style palace. Decorated with elegant antiques, this hotel offers comfortable surroundings, personalised service and spacious rooms featuring high ceilings and plenty of natural light. The Mascagni features a fully licensed bar, charming lounge serving Italian snacks and a free Wi-Fi area. The Mascagni hotel is located just 5 minutes walk from the main train station and within easy reach of Rome's attractions such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Colosseum.

Hotel Dei Mellini Rome

Welcome to the wonderful world of Mellini, where every detail has been carefully put in place and where guests are surrounded by works of modern art made by artists from the Italian and Roman schools. Proud of being an independent Roman hotel! Our objective is to improve and grow by learning from our guests, from their needs and requests!

Morgana Hotel Rome

Situated just 200 yards from Rome's main Termini Station, the Morgana Hotel has the perfect location for anyone travelling in by train. The hotel's 108 rooms are traditionally decorated, and all come equipped with flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi internet access. Guests can make use of the fantastic transport links, and are free to use the gym in front of the hotel.

Hotel Athenaeum Florence

The Hotel Athenaeum Florence is a plush 4 star hotel comprised of 60 high quality rooms, gourmet restaurant, hotel bar, conference facilities, fitness room and even a billiard room. It's just a 10 minute walk from the magnificent Florence Cathedral and also within walking distance of the train station.

Hotel Botticelli Florence

The Boticelli Hotel in Florence is situated in the heart of the city, a stone’s throw from San Lorenzo Market and Santa Maria Novella train station, and just five minutes from the Accademia Gallery. The hotel boasts a rooftop terrace bar and original frescoes, with traditional Tuscan-style rooms, all featuring air conditioning, TVs and en suite bathrooms.

Grand Hotel Adriatico

The Grand Hotel Adriatico is a 4-star hotel located in a central and strategic position , a few steps from the Santa Maria Novella railway station, the fair district and the most interesting places of the city.

Starhotels Michelangelo Florence

As befits a hotel in beautiful Florence, our recently refurbished 4 star hotel in Florence city center pairs classic design with contemporary touches. Moments away you’ll discover the glittering River Arno and a kaleidoscope of inspiring sights.

Starhotels Anderson Milan

The Starhotels Anderson Milan is a centrally located, chic hotel featuring 106 contemporary rooms and suites. The stylish restaurant, Black serves excellent international cuisine as well as traditional Italian dishes. The sophisticated lounge bar is open every day until midnight perfect for a drink before dinner or after a day's sightseeing. The Starhotels Anderson is located directly opposite the main station, close to major attractions such as the Cathedral and La Scala opera house.

Bauer Palazzo Hotel Venice

Located in the heart of the city, a short distance from the city’s main attractions and designer shops, BAUER PALAZZO it’s the only hotel with two different styles and souls: the wing overlooking the Baroque church of Campo San Moisè with its art-deco inspired interiors has a distinctive urban vibe, while the rooms located in the authentic 18th century palazzo combine modern luxury with sumptuous hand crafted Venetian fittings and furnishings, offering a spectacular vantage point in Venice on the Grand Canal.

Ai Mori D Oriente

The Ai Mori d'Oriente Hotel is a historic hotel set in a palace which was once home to Turkish merchants, known as the 'Mori'. The hotel and bedrooms are decorated in an exotic Byzantine style throughout; the Ai Mori d'Oriente also has a bar and a relaxing reading room. The hotel is located in one of the quietest parts of the city called Cannaregio, within walking distance of all the main sights.

Bauer Palladio and Spa

The Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa is a boutique hotel made up of 38 bedrooms and 12 suites. Designed by the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, the hotel boasts a private garden, a luxury spa and spectacular views over the Venetian Lagoon. The hotel features spacious rooms with a historic decor, including fine Italian tapestries, fabrics and paintings. Other room features include access to Wi-Fi and a satellite TV service. The hotel is in a quiet setting on Giudecca Island, across the Lagoon from St Mark's Square only a short trip by a complimentary hotel water taxi.

Hotel Ca’ D’Oro Venice

The Ca’ D’Oro hotel is a traditional Venetian hotel nestled just a five minute walk from the famous Rialto Bridge. The hotel’s 27 rooms all feature air conditioning, minibars and satellite TV. Guests can make use of the stunning roof terrace, admire the canal views or make use of the spectacular location, which is just 200 yards from a vaporetto water bus stop.

Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli & Gran Canal

The Palazzo Giovanelli e Gran Canal is a historic hotel in the heart of Venice. Dating back to the 16th century, the property offers panoramic views over the Grand Canal and lies just two stops from Saint Mark’s Square on the water bus. The elegant rooms boast satellite TV, air-conditioning and elegant decor. The sophisticated lounges here are befitting of the hotel’s history – the palace was once home to the Doge of Venice and, later, Mozart’s family. The Venice Casino is just a two minute ride across the canal.

Sina Palazzo Sant' Angelo

Elegant and aristocratic, the Sina Palazzo Sant Angelo sul Canal Grande sits like a modern Atlantis on the Grand Canal between the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square.

Starhotels Splendid Venice

A luxury boutique hotel in Venice city centre, the Splendid Venice - Starhotels Collezione is as elegant as the city itself. Gondolas drift past the window. Cafés bustle in St Marks's Square. You have discovered the best location to experience the Venetian atmosphere in one of our 165 rooms and suites designed with luxury in mind.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Railbookers UK Trading Ltd is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

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