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, via the Swiss Alps on board of the Bernina and Glacier Express, or on the supremely romantic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express into Venice or Verona.

"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."

London 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. From Gare du Nord is a 20 minute metro transfer to Gare de Lyon for the trains to Italy while Paris Gare de l'Est, for the Orient Express, is a couple of minutes walk.

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.

Using the Italian rail

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.

High speed trains connect all the major cities and regional trains allow you to travel easily between towns.

We can arrange ticketless travel, reserve your seats and suggest the best way to get from A to Z.

You may get inspiration from some of our sample holidays but if you prefer, just let us know your requirements and we can provide you with a free travel plan.



Venice 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.

Bernina 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 journey starts in either Chur or St Moritz in Switzerland, offering glimpses of the castle-sprinkled Domleschg valley and continuing through the high altitude Upper Engadine valley and past the Morteratsch glacier until you reach the Bernina Pass and the highest point of the ride at Ospizio Bernina, 2,253m.

From here, it is a dramatic descent past forested slopes and snow-capped mountains into the Poschiavo valley, round the famous Brusio Spiral Viaduct and into Tirano. The journey is 4 hours from Chur or 2hr30 from St Moritz.

From Tirano, 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.

  • Bernina Express and Lake Como

    Travel on the narrow-gauge Bernina Express through the Swiss Alps to Tirano then transfer to the shores of Lake Como for more spectacular scenery. Day 1: Travel to Zurich; overnight in St Moritz Fly ...

    Bernina Express and Lake Como

    This holiday combines one of Europe’s most spectacular rail journeys with a waterfront stay on Lake Como
    Holiday at a glance

    2 nights in St Moritz
    5 nights in Varenna, lake Como
    Rail travel including the Bernina Express
    Private transfer to Milan's airports

    7 nights from £ 1560 per person
  • Verona and Lake Garda with the Orient Express

    Make your holiday in northern Italy even more special by including 24 hours of indulgence on the legendary Venice Simplon Orient Express. Stay in Verona and on the shores of Lake Garda, then travel b ...

    Verona and Lake Garda with the Orient Express

    The Italian lakes
    The stuff that memories are made of .. a holiday in Verona and Lake Garda with travel on the infinitely glamorous Orient Express
    Holiday at a glance

    2 nights in Verona on BB
    5 nights in Lake Garda on BB
    Travel by Venice Simplon Orient Express
    Fully comprehensive car hire in Lake Garda

    8 nights from £ 3800 per person