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There are certain places that exist in the world that are so magnificent, they almost don’t seem real. This six-day rail journey to Florence will take you places you never imagined. Spend your one night in Zurich wandering through Old Town before boarding the Bernina Express. Known as the “Little Red Train,” the Bernina Express offers the most gorgeous railway routes and views of the Swiss Alps year-round as you travel south to Milan. Spend the remainder of your vacation exploring the curious blend of old and new in the enchanting Tuscan city of Florence. You’ll quickly discover that it’s no surprise Florence is one of the most beloved cities in the world.

Highlights

  • Explore Zurich’s Altstadt—or Old Town
  • Experience the breath-taking beauty of the Swiss Alps on the Bernina Express
  • Visit Milan's extravagant Gothic cathedral: Duomo di Milano
  • Discover the “heart of the Renaissance” in Florence
  • Stroll through the Accademia Gallery, most famous for Michelangelo’s David

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Onward rail travel in standard class as per itinerary
  • 1 night hotel stay with breakfast in Zurich
  • 1 night hotel stay with breakfast in Milan
  • 3 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Florence
  • Florence City Walking Tour (small group)
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Why Not...

Extend your trip or try this package in reverse. Call a Rail Expert for details.

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.

DAY 1 – ARRIVE IN ZURICH
Welcome to the heart of Europe! Once you arrive in Zurich, check into your hotel for an overnight stay. The remainder of the day is yours to see the sights at your leisure. Spend time strolling through Zurich’s Altstadt—or Old Town. The district is framed by alpine mountains and stretches along both banks of the Limmat River. You’ll find cobblestone-paved streets lined with Renaissance-era architecture, charming cafes, world-class restaurants and entertainment, as well as boutique shops to buy authentic Swiss crafts from. (Overnight in Zurich) B

DAY 2 – THE BERNINA EXPRESS TO MILAN
Following an early breakfast, take a quick train from Zurich to Chur then transfer on to the Bernina Express toward Tirano. Aboard the Bernina Express to Milan, the train will travel through the Swiss Alps on two historic mountain railways: the Albula Line and the Bernina Line—altogether passing through 55 tunnels, more than 196 bridges, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Scenic sights along this route include: the Montebello curve, the Morteratsch Glacier, and the Brusio Circular Viaduct. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. Spend your evening in Milan enjoying dinner on your own and then wandering along the Naviglio Grande canal or visiting the roof terraces of the Duomo di Milano. (Overnight in Milan) B

DAY 3 – ARRIVE IN FLORENCE
In the morning after breakfast, take a highspeed train from Milan to Florence and get checked in to your hotel for an overnight stay. Enjoy dinner on your own—perhaps some fine regional wine and Tuscan cuisine. (Overnight in Florence) B

DAY 4 – TOUR OF FLORENCE
Enjoy breakfast then embark on a fabulous city tour of Florence. Your outing begins with a stop at Piazzale Michelangelo, a gorgeous, romantic square offering unparalleled panoramic views of the city and the best place to take photos. From there, visit the Accademia Gallery, most famous for the David sculpture by Michelangelo as well as his other unfinished masterpieces, including Prigioni. The day’s tour begins wrapping up with a stroll through the beautiful historic streets to Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square), where you’ll discover the mysteries surrounding Giotto’s Bell Tower, the famous golden doors of La Porta del Paradiso, and Brunelleschi’s Dome. Finally, visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore itself. Please note that the order your visit to each attraction may change. (Overnight in Florence) B

DAY 5 – FLORENCE
After breakfast, the entire day is free for you to explore the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Florence is an incredibly walkable city, and can easily be navigated on your own. Take a leisurely stroll through the streets and experience a trip through history and beauty at every turn, especially when you reach Ponte Vecchio. It is one of the most famous bridges in all of Europe and the only one in Florence to survive World War II. Visit the San Lorenzo Market to shop, eat, and have a drink, gaze at Renaissance paintings at the Uffizi Gallery, or catch a sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo. (Overnight in Florence) B

DAY 6 – END OF TOUR
Enjoy breakfast then check out of your hotel and continue with your onward travels. If you wish to extend your vacation, please contact a Rail Expert for details. B

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

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!

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 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.

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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.

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