Italy Rail Express - 9 Days

Italy Rail Express - 9 Days

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Italy Rail Express - 9 Days

9 Days Starting in Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Italy and ending in Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy

Visiting: Rome, Pompei, Naples, Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Venice, Milan

Tour operator:

Expat Explore Travel

Tour code:


Recommended For:


Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 51

Physical rating:

Low, All Ages / Not applicable

Age range:


Special diets catered:


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Trip Styles:

Active, Budget


Rail Excursion

This tour is no longer available

Tour Overview

Experience the highlights of Italy by train! Begin your Italian adventure in Rome and immerse yourself in centuries of history. When touring Italy by train, you’ll visit Naples and the ancient city of Pompeii and see the mighty Mount Vesuvius. Experience Florence; a city soaked in art and culture. Explore the vibrant cities of Milan and Venice. Italy escorted train holidays would simply not be complete without the chance to cruise on Venice’s Grand Canal. With art, culture, fine cuisine, spectacular landscapes, history, architecture and, of course, passion - our guided rail tour packages showcase Italy at its finest!


  • Walking tours of Rome and Florence with expert local guides

  • Explore Venice and see the Leaning Tower of Pisa

  • Free days to explore Rome and Naples in-depth

  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii


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Day 1: Arrive In Rome
Location: Rome
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

It's the start of an Italian rail travel adventure! Welcome to Rome, the “Eternal City”. Check into the hotel before meeting up with your tour guide and travel mates for an informative walking tour of this historic city. A local guide will showcase some of the city’s most famous attractions, including the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum, and will let you in on all of Rome’s secrets. Tonight’s welcome dinner features delicious Italian dishes and is the perfect opportunity to get to know the rest of the group.

Day 2: Rome: Free Day
Location: Rome
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

There is so much to discover in Rome and today offers a full free day to explore as you wish! Why not join one or more of the optional activities available today? Join the Colosseum & Roman Forum tour to learn about the ancient gladiators. Marvel at the stunning Colosseum and the ruins of the Roman Forum while learning about their fascinating history. There is also an option to join a Roman Food Tour in the early evening where a local chef will treat you to a behind-the-scenes tour into his local neighbourhood. This is an authentic experience not to be missed!

Day 3: Rome - Pompeii - Naples
Location: Rome, Pompei, Naples
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, board a high-speed train and travel from Rome to Naples. Arrive and embark on an orientation tour around the buzzing city. For lunch, look forward to sampling some local pizzas - this is what Naples is most famous for! Later in the afternoon, take a local train to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii for a late afternoon guided tour of this city that was covered in the ash and debris of Mount Vesuvius nearly two thousand years ago. This fascinating archaeological site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a visit here offers a truly unforgettable experience. This evening, return to Naples for a free evening to relax or explore further.

Day 4: Naples: Free Day
Location: Naples
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore Naples. This unique city boasts an intoxicating charm! Although it is the third-largest city in Italy, it almost feels like a country on its own. The city seems immune to modernity and preserves the traditional way of doing things. Naples is also the perfect launchpad to visit the enchanting islands nearby. Join an optional day trip to the Isle of Capri, explore the island and enjoy a speed boat tour. The jaw-dropping beauty of the coastline is just one of the reasons to visit this enthralling destination! This evening, why not join a Naples food tour to learn more about the history of Neapolitan pizza and sample more delicious local delights?

Day 5: Naples - Florence
Location: Naples, Florence
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Take a fast train to Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region. Arrive and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before exploring Florence with a local guide. Marvel at the terracotta tiled Duomo at the Palazzo Vecchio, while learning about the Medici family’s influence, which ultimately led to the Renaissance. This artistic period started in Florence and later spread around Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries. See the replica statue of David and the Uffizi gallery before visiting the Ponte Vecchio viewpoint. Later, attend a leather demonstration at a local Italian leather shop to learn from the talented craftsmen. This evening is yours to explore the city a little more along the banks of the Arno river.

Day 6: Pisa - Cinque Terre (Optional) - Florence
Location: Pisa, Cinque Terre, Florence
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today’s free day offers many options! Start the day with a trip to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and snap some memorable pictures! Afterwards, return to Florence or join the optional tour to Cinque Terre. These five seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera can only be accessed by boat, train or on foot and the colourful houses and vineyards that overlook the ocean offer a unique charm. Your tour leader will transport the group to the starting point and provide all the information needed to explore these picturesque villages by yourself before returning to Florence together in the evening.

Day 7: Florence - Venice
Location: Florence, Venice
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

The train journey meanders through the Tuscan region and into Venice today. Arrive in Mestre and drop your bags off at the hotel. Next, head to Piazzale Roma for an orientation walking tour complete with an included lunch. Afterwards, venture further into the heart of Venice with your tour leader, over the Rialto Bridge and on to St. Mark’s Square. Enjoy a lace workshop and glass-blowing demonstration, two of Venice’s traditional crafts, before having some free time to explore on your own. Grab this opportunity to cruise the canals with an optional gondola trip or water taxi ride this afternoon - seeing the city from the waterways is a classic Venice bucket-list experience!

Day 8: Venice - Milan
Location: Venice, Milan
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The fashion capital of the world awaits! After another fast train journey, dive right into Milan. Start off with an orientation tour of the city centre, stand in awe of the Duomo and rub shoulders with Italy’s most stylish occupants. Your tour leader will point out the main sights to help you plan the rest of your day in Milan. This afternoon, enjoy the opportunity to head out on your own or join the optional half-day trip to Lake Como. Arguably the most beautiful lake in Northern Italy, a trip to this lake with its beautiful natural scenery is certainly an unforgettable experience! Enjoy a farewell dinner with the group in Milan tonight.

Day 9: End Of Tour In Milan
Location: Milan
Meals Included: Breakfast

After nine exciting days, this unforgettable rail tour of Italy comes to an end today. Say goodbye to your new travel friends over breakfast and be sure to swap contact details before you part ways. We hope that you have enjoyed this tour of beautiful Italy and wish you a safe onward journey. Arrivederci!

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    8 nights in 2, 3 & 4* hotel accommodation in twin rooms with private bathrooms Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room

  • Fully Guided

    Fully guided tour with experienced tour leader

  • Meals

    8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners *Vegetarian options available for all meals on request

  • Transport

    All rail travel throughout your tour with reserved seat selection

  • Standard Class Rail

  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)

  • Tour leader will accompany group throughout and manage all logistical details

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Country Entry Visas

Check out our Q&As

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes, Full air-conditioning

  • What is the maximum group size?

    It depends on how many other people book! There could be up to 51 other passengers, so you will have the opportunity to make lots of friends!

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Our tour leaders come from all walks of life, with different backgrounds and interests. They are all confident and well-travelled with an in-depth knowledge of the destinations they are working in, and a passion for helping you make the most out of your Expat Explore tour.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    No, entrance fees are not included.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes, As detailed in the itinerary

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    We are committed to curating excellent travel experiences and to do so we need all of our travelers to feel safe. In order to ensure the peace of mind and safety of our travelers and staff on board the coach, we are still requesting that all travellers, regardless of their vaccination status, produce a negative Covid test. This test can be a PCR test

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Due to weight and space limitations, you are allowed to bring one main piece of luggage weighing no more than 20kg, and one small soft bag for hand luggage weighing a maximum of 7kg. On all tours, you will have to carry your own luggage (e.g. into hotels and up to your room if hotels don’t have elevators). Please bear this in mind when you are deciding what to pack

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    All of the hotels on this tour offer Wi-Fi, which is available free of charge as part of your Expat Explore tour.

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No, visas are each traveler’s personal responsibility, and we recommend that plenty of time is allowed for visas to be applied for. When applying for your visa, please ensure that the proper research is carried out before you apply, and that you deal directly with the embassies or certified agents with regard to acquiring correct and timely information. We cannot take responsibility for customers

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    All travellers are required to carry their own bags, get on and off the coach, and use public transport. Our city walking tours can last up to 3 hours and certain places involve walking up and down lots of steps. We want you to enjoy your tour, so read through the itinerary thoroughly and make your own conclusions as to whether you feel that you are fit and healthy enough.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No, you will need to make your own arrangements to get to the meeting point for the first day of your tour. Please see the meeting point information for details on how to reach the meeting point.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Certain nationalities may require a visa(s) for this tour.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Whilst we fully understand that some nationalities are not accustomed to tipping, this is a normal part of the culture in many of the countries we visit. Tipping has become an increasingly accepted practice in all areas of the service industry, but particularly in restaurants, bars and taxis worldwide. Expat Explore crew members

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    A full list of confirmed accommodation names and addresses for your particular departure will be emailed to you around 1 week before the tour starts.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    We have searched and invested in excellent accommodation options, either located in cities or well placed with public transport connections. Clean linen, towels is always included. Toiletries (shampoo, shower gel etc) and hair dryers are not always included, so you may wish to bring these with you. Accommodation is provided in twin share en-suite rooms. We use a mix of mostly 2, 3 & 4-star hotels.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    All our tours are conducted in English.

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Our travelers come from all walks of life, with different backgrounds and interests.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No, you will need to make your own arrangements to get to the meeting destination for the first day of your tour. Make sure you keep departure times and possible delays in mind when booking flights.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Our tours are not suitable for young children, so we set a minimum age limit of 10 years old.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our team.

  • Children on tour?

    Our tours are not suitable for young children which is why we have a minimum age limit of 10 years old. However, at the discretion of Expat Explore we may consider younger children on certain tours if they meet certain criteria and a request is received in writing via email. Minors (between 10 and 18 years of age) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who accepts full responsibility for them. Unaccompanied minors will not be accepted on tour. Expat Explore reserves the right to decline any booking at our discretion. Any minor (between 10 and 18 years of age) is priced the same as an adult.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    The health and safety of our travellers and employees are our top priority. Which means, when you travel with us, our enhanced hygiene protocols will ensure you do so in a safe and responsible way - ask for details of current policies.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 2005

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Expat Explore we value responsible travel and are committed to exploring the world consciously and kindly. We are proud to make responsible travel possible with a number of our sustainable travel practices!

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Relate is a South African based not-for-profit organisation that Expat Explore supports. The group aims to help those less fortunate create better lives for themselves through a variety of fundraising initiatives. On our South Africa tours, each passenger will receive an Expat Explore branded Relate bracelet. We donate the cost of these bracelets to our chosen Relate charity: the Nelson Mandela Sc

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  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of expat explore travel charges.

    Up to 45 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 44 days before tour starts: Forfeit 40% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 70% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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