Rail holidays

Rail holidays

Avoid the hassle of lengthy check-ins and crowded airport terminals and sit back and enjoy the view.

If you prefer not to fly, we can provide tailor made itineraries on the best way to get to Italy, on Eurostar, the overnight Thello sleeper service or on the supremely romantic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express into Venice or Verona.

Alternatively, the Bernina Express is one of Europe’s most scenic train journeys across the Alps into northern Italy.

Once you get to Italy, an excellent rail network takes you right into the heart of a town or city and removes any angst about navigating unknown routes and finding parking spots. High speed trains connect all the major cities and regional trains allow you to travel easily between towns such as Taormina and Syracuse in Sicily.



"We had a fantastic time in Italy. All the travel arrangements/connections went as planned and the trip on the Bernina Express was stunning. The hotels that you recommended and booked were excellent – everything we wanted."


EurostarLondon to Paris - Eurostar

Hop on board the Eurostar high-speed passenger train at London St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International or Ashford International, for an effortless journey direct to Paris.

Running every hour or so, the 2hr15 journey terminates at Paris Gard du Nord.

If you want to start your holiday with an extra touch of luxury, opt for a Standard Premier seat for more leg and elbow room and a complimentary light meal or a Business Premier ticket for the added treat of champagne and a hot meal. 


Italian AlpsFrom Paris to Italy

There are several other travel options from Paris to your destination in Italy.

The high speed TGV day service departs three times daily from Paris Gare de Lyon to Turin and Milan Garibaldi (7 hours); from here you would need to transfer to Milan Centrale for an onward journey.

The Thello sleeper service, which links Paris Gare du Lyon with Milan (Centrale) and onwards to Verona, Vicenza, Padua and Venice, is a time-effective and affordable way to reach Italy although it is generally of a lower quality than the daytime TGV trains. Two berth cabins include a wash basin and bunk beds. There is a restaurant car but this is very much a no-frills operation!

Frecciarossa trainRail network in Italy

Getting around Italy by train is easy once you are familiar with the different networks. The inter-city trains are quick and convenient and, of course, allow you more time to relax and watch the world flash past through the window.

We can provide advice on the best routes and itineraries and make all the necessary reservations.

Holidays in Italy including rail travel

Bernina ExpressBernina Express

If making your journey part of your overall holiday experience appeals to you, travelling through the Swiss Alps is arguably the most scenic option. Fly or travel by train to Zurich, stop off for a night or two in St Moritz and then hop on board the Bernina Express, the narrow gauge train that runs between either Chur or St Moritz in Switzerland and Tirano in Italy.

The 2hr30 minute Bernina Express train journey from St. Moritz passes through spiral loops, tunnels and across bridges to its final destination of Tirano in Italy. From here, you can connect with Trenitalia regional trains to Milan and onwards to any of the main cities, or board a train to Varenna for a lakeside stay on Lake Como.

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rail landpg4 300Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

If you like the idea of travelling in style, continuing your journey on the luxurious Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is undoubtedly the most glamorous way to reach Venice or Verona.

Departing from Gare de l’Est in Paris, this is a 5-star rail experience, with food and scenery to match and a backdrop of vintage carriages and seamless service.

A journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express can be incorporated into your holiday in various ways. You can travel on it in either direction and can get on or off it in either Verona or Venice.

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