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7 Day Independent Classic Italy by Rail

7 Day Independent Classic Italy by Rail

On these packages you will travel from city to city on your own, exploring at your own pace. We have arranged transportation in most cases and day tours for you to see the destination. Enjoy the time and flexibility to linger longer or pick up the pace and see as much as possible. The choice is yours.

Escorted Type
Independent

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Pace
Moderate Pace

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days
Independent Tour
522 people have travelled to this destination

✓ Independent touring – explore at your own pace with pre-booked trains, accommodation and some included activities. Enjoy free time and flexibility to linger longer or pick up the pace and see as much as possible: the choice is yours.
✓ Second Class high speed rail tickets as per itinerary (upgrade to First Class available)
✓ Must-see experiences including a 30 minutes Gondola ride in Venice 
✓ 24 hour Hop On Hop Off Ticket in Rome, to explore the city at your own pace
✓ Arrival private transfer from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Hotel in Rome city centre
✓ 6 nights in central, 3 star accommodation (upgrade to 4 star accommodation available) 
✓ Breakfast daily, and a tasting of local products in Florence
✓ Plenty of optional tours to customise your experience (additional cost)

✈ Needing international airfares to accompany your Inspiring Vacation? You will be able to access our flight portal after securing your package to add international airfares to your booking.

What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
Hotel Kennedy or Similar

Welcome to Rome! On arrival at Rome Fiumicino airport (FCO), you will be met and transferred by private car to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure. 

Whether you’re booked on the 3 star or 4 star package, you will enjoy hotels located in the heart of the city with close proximity to the train station and all the sights that Rome has to offer. 

Arrival airport transfers are included as part of your package. You will be met upon arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.

Please note: if you are arriving early and have made your own arrangements prior to your tour commencing, airport transfers will not be included. However, if you are purchasing pre-nights accommodation as part of your Inspiring Vacations package, airport transfers will still be provided to the starting hotel.

Hotel
Hotel Kennedy or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before making your way out to explore ancient Rome at your own pace. Use your included 24 hour Hop On Hop Off Bus Pass to explore the city as you see fit. The included audio guide will introduce you to the highlights of Rome, including the Colosseum, Piazza Navona, the Travi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Spanish Steps. To get an in-depth view, add an optional tour.

Optional Tour - Colosseum and Roman Forum Guided Tour

Walk in the footsteps of Roman emperors and citizens on a tour of Ancient Rome, with VIP entrance to the Roman Forum first: Colosseum will be the last part of your tour. Before you visit the Archeological area you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in ancient Roman with a 25-minute multimedia video experience. Then skip the long line at the entrance and access to the Roman Forum: walk along the Via sacra and immerse yourself in Roman history. The main path through the Roman Forum, the Via Sacra once sparkled with festivals and triumphal processions. End at the Temple, which houses the altar where Julius Caesar was cremated. Before reaching the Colosseum, you can have a general overview of the Palatine Hill where legend has it Romulus founded the city of Rome. The hill looks down over the Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus chariot-racing circuit. Once inside the Colosseum, your expert guide will teach you about the amphitheatre's bloody past, with tales of gladiators, mock sea battles, and executions.

(Operates daily except the first Sunday of the month)

Optional Tour - Crypts & Catacombs Tour

Discover imperial and early Christian Rome and millennia of history as you descend into the Eternal city's underground burial chambers, its long winding catacombs and its crypts. This is the one and only tour that takes you to crypts and catacombs from different historical eras, in various locations and with varying styles. Much of what Rome has to offer is buried underground-and through this tour, our guests can discover the underside of Rome through three select sites--The Cappuccini Crypt (chapel decorated entirely by human bones), Domitilla Catacombs (or San Callisto or San Sebastiano) and the Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere.

(Operates daily)

Optional Tour - Pizza and Gelato Making Class

You'll be guided by our seasoned professional pizzaiolo chef who will lead you through the intricate art of crafting the perfect dough, selecting the freshest toppings, mastering the assembly and baking techniques that characterise the beloved Roman-style pizza. While your meticulously prepared dough rests, you'll discover the delightful world of gelato. Learn the intricate mixture of ingredients that come together to achieve the velvety texture and exquisite taste that define this iconic Italian delicacy. Our talented chef will captivate your senses as they present a live demonstration of the art of gelato-making. Upon the conclusion of your culinary escapade, you'll depart armed with more than just memories. A curated booklet of recipes will accompany you, granting you to recreate the magic of Italy's most cherished culinary treasures within the comfort of your home kitchen. Armed with the knowledge you've acquired and the recipes you've mastered, you'll confidently set forth to share the flavours of Italy with friends and family, creating lasting memories of your own.

(Operates daily)

Hotel
Hotel Corona D’Italia or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, you will head to Rome Termini station to board the high-speed train to Florence; the journey takes about 1.5 hours. After arriving, check into your hotel then explore Florence, the 'cradle of the Renaissance'. Make sure to visit Piazza della Signoria, the medieval heart of the city, Piazza Santa Croce with its past noble families’ buildings, and the home of Dante, the Supreme Poet author of the Divine Comedy. A small taste of typical local products is included to make a pleasant stop during a first exploratory tour of the city and its wonders.

If exploring Florence has worked up an appetite, consider indulging in a long dinner at a local restaurant. 

Hotel
Hotel Corona D’Italia or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today you will have a full free day in Florence, to explore as you see fit. Take in the city’s sites by foot, or add an optional tour to make the most of your visit. Highlights include the iconic Duomo, the Baptistery with its ‘Gates of Paradise’, Giotto’s independent bell tower, Brunelleschi’s Dome, Santa Trinita and Orsanmichele Church, Ponte Vecchio Bridge and the secret Vasari Corridor, as well as famous shopping streets and the Oltrarno. 

Optional Tour - Cooking Class & Market Tour - Small Group

Meet one of our famous and charismatic chefs and learn how to cook a nice Tuscan meal in the heart of Florence! First, you will go shopping with the chefs at the central market, picking up the ingredients for your lunch. You will meet the butchers, the bakers, and the farmers selling vegetables from their gardens. You will learn how to distinguish the highest quality ingredients. Next, enjoy a delicious tasting of typical products and you will start putting your hands on the ingredients to create your own meal, driven by the expert guidance of our Chefs. Your menu may slightly vary depending on the season and the fresh ingredients available, but will usually be made of bruschetta, different kinds of fresh home-made pasta from scratch (i.e. tagliatelle and ravioli),  sauces for the pasta, and a dessert - accompanied by two glasses of a selection of Chianti wine. A booklet with recipes will let you cook for your friends once you get back home.

(Operates daily)

Optional Tour - Best of Florence Walking Tour

Discover two thousand years of history in the cradle of the Renaissance, through the eyes of an expert local guide, who will take you on an unforgettable journey to discover the most beautiful squares and monuments of Florence. 

(Operates daily)

Optional Tour - Guided Uffizi Visit - Small Group

Explore the oldest art gallery in the world! This is a unique experience for those of you who want to immerse yourself in Florence’s artistic background and history. You will be guided through the huge rooms and bright hallways to stop in front of and admire such classics as Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Leonardo’s The Annunciation and Michelangelo’s Tondo Doni… to name but a few. At the end of the guided tour you can remain in the Uffizi Gallery until closing time.

(Operates Tues-Sun)

Hotel
Hotel Carlton Capri or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, board the high-speed train to Venice S. Lucia station. The journey takes just over 2 hours. After arriving, check in to your hotel. In the afternoon, you’ll explore Venice by water in a quintessential experience, with a 30 minute shared gondola ride. Commentary is available via an app on your mobile phone, to add to the experience.

Before dinner in Venice, it is traditional to have an aperitif based on “cichéti” (small snacks) in one of the many “bacari” (taverns) scattered along the “calli” (that is what the Venetian streets are called): a must experience to try!

Hotel
Hotel Carlton Capri or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today you are free to explore the canals or surrounding islands of Venice on your own. Get lost wandering the winding canals, shop at the many boutiques or enjoy a gelato in one of the many piazza’s. 

Alternatively, you may wish to join an optional group tour below. 

Optional Tour - Walking Tour of Venice

This is a walk to admire the most characteristic and important places for the history of Venice from the exterior - an essential tour for the understanding of Venice. A qualified and experienced guide will take you to the main sites which includes Piazza San Marco, Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace), Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie. Continue to Santa Maria Formosa - history and anecdotes related to this wonderful and characteristic square. Campo San Giovanni e Paolo - the "Pantheon" of Venice, the Great School of Charity, the Captains of fortune. Marco Polo’s House and Malibran Theater - anecdotes and distant and recent history intersect in this beautiful corner of Venice. Return to San Marco through the Mercerie, a vital connection between Rialto and San Marco, and the main shopping street.

(Operates daily)

Optional Tour - Tour to the Islands: Murano, Burano & Torcello

This panoramic city tour will lead you to the discovery of the Venetian Lagoon and of its origins through a boat excursion that will stop in the three most important islands of the city: Murano, Burano and Torcello. On board, an expert hostess will tell you the story of each island, revealing their peculiarities and traditions. In Murano, you will visit an historical glassblowing factory, where you will be shown how they still work the typical glass that made Venice famous all over the world. In Burano, the island known for its colorful houses, you will admire the famous hand-made laces. Last stop is Torcello, where you will witness the vestiges of the first settlements of the inhabitants of Venice.

(Operates daily)

Meals
Breakfast

Your Italian journey comes to an end after breakfast at the hotel.

Airport transfers are not included. Our transfer portal offers the option to book your airport transfers for an easier arrival experience (additional charges apply). Access to this portal will be available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed.

Inclusions

  • Independent Touring 
  • 6 nights in central, 3 star accommodation (upgrade to 4 star accommodation available) 
  • 6 breakfasts and a food tasting in Florence
  •  Second Class high-speed rail tickets as per itinerary (upgrade to First Class available)
  • 24 hour Hop On Hop Off Pass in Rome
  • Venice 30 Minute Gondola Ride
  • Arrival private transfer from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Hotel in Rome city centre

  • Rome -  24 Hour Hop On Hop Off Ticket with audio guide 
  • Rome -  Explore on your own, or add on optional tours to the Colosseum, Catacombs, or a hands-on cooking class
  • Florence -  Ample time to explore on your own or look at booking an optional tours
  • Florence -  Tasting of local products
  • Venice-  Explore at your own pace or book an optional  tour the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello
  • Venice - Enjoy a 30 minutes Gondola ride 

First Class Rail Upgrade (₹3,913 per person)

Select this supplement if you would like to upgrade your itinerary to 1st class rail on all sectors.

With rows of 3 seats instead of 4, extra space for your legs, a wider seat and backrest, First Class has been designed for your comfort and serenity.

4 Star Hotel upgrade (₹11,955 per person. Single price on application.).
Select this supplement if you would like to upgrade your hotel to 4*.

Fine Print

This product requires full payment upfront to secure your booking.

Once you have created your booking you will be directed to your invoice to choose your preferred payment method.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances. 

Some of our packages will include airport transfers in either one or both directions when arriving or departing from your destination. To know if transfers are included please view the ‘inclusions’ section of your selected package. If airport transfers are stated, transfers will be included as advised.

If transfers are not included, we also offer the option to book your airport transfers using our online portal. Access to this portal is available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed. Transfers are readily available and do not need to be booked until your final hotel list has been confirmed. Once you have made a transfer booking, please refer to your confirmation email for all transfer details including a local contact number for the transfer company.

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorised as a ‘3’

3 – Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you feel that your guide and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.

Accommodation and Venice Access Fee
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, however, any changes are beyond our control.

Italy requires Tourist City Taxes to be paid directly by the passenger to hotels. City taxes range from 1 - 10 Euro per person, per night, and will be collected locally.

Begining in April 2024, Venice has implemented an access fee charged to day trip visitors who are not staying overnight in the municipality of Venice, during specific high season dates. The calendar of dates is available here.

This package includes a stay in the historic city, which exempts you from this fee. However, to avoid paying the fee you must register for an exemption by filling out an exemption request here. The exemption form will provide you with a QR code you can show on your phone. If required for your travel dates, you may pre-book once you have received your final documents confirming your hotel. The exemption must be completed before entering the city, but can be done while traveling.  

Single Supplement
Single supplement is ₹38,366.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.

Triple Share

Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Group Size
Minimum: 2

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Independent - On these packages you will travel from city to city on your own, exploring at your own pace. We have arranged transportation in most cases and day tours for you to see the destination. Enjoy the time and flexibility to linger longer or pick up the pace and see as much as possible.

Venice has implemented an access fee charged to day trip visitors who are not staying overnight in the municipality of Venice, during specific high season dates. The calendar of dates is available here.

If you are staying in an accommodation in the municipality of Venice, then you are exempt from this fee. However, to avoid paying the fee you must register for an exemption by filling out an exemption request here. The exemption form will provide you with a QR code you can show on your phone. 

If required for your travel dates, you may pre-book once you have received your final documents confirming your hotel. The exemption must be completed before entering the city, but can be done while traveling. 

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

To enhance your journey, we are offering guests a choice of the following optional activities (prices are per person):

  • Colosseum and Roman Forum Guided Tour (Day 2) - ₹7642 per person
  • Crypts & Catacombs Tour (Day 2) - ₹7061 per person
  • Pizza and Gelato Making Class (Day 2) - ₹7126 per person
  • Cooking Class & Market Tour - Small Group (Day 4) - ₹10735 per person
  • Best of Florence Walking Tour (Day 4) - ₹2255 per person
  • Guided Uffizi Visit - Small Group (Day 4) - ₹6495 per person
  • Walking Tour of Venice (Day 6) - ₹2711 per person
  • Tour to the Islands: Murano, Burano & Torcello (Day 6) - ₹2255 per person

Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online.

Please note that you must select your Optional Tours no later than 70 days before departure, after which you will be required to purchase them on tour. Please keep in mind that anything purchased on-tour is subject to availability and prices may vary as you will be paying in local currency. We appreciate your understanding.

  • International airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • City Taxes (must be paid per city, at hotels)
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

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