Visit the Michelin-starred restaurant, President, at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, to sample some Piennolo tomatoes.
Attend a short concert at the stunning Teatro Massimo in Corleone, the biggest theatre in Italy.
Learn the secrets of Regusa's local specialties with a hands-on cooking demonstration.
On arrival in Venice, transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception.
Stay: Two Nights: Venice, Hotel Danieli or similar
Enjoy a guided walking tour of Venice, as you trace the history from the city's legendary foundation. Alternatively, spend the day exploring this magnificent city at leisure. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner, then a private pianist concert at the Palazzetto Bru Zane.Daily :
This morning transfer by boat directly to Santa Lucia station on the Grand Canal, where your train the Golden Eagle Danube Express will be waiting. Begin your journey threading your way out onto the three-mile causeway over the Venice Lagoon and along the Po River to Cremona. Here, wander the 13th-century piazza, then take a private tour of the fabled Stradivari Museum. A gourmet lunch will then be served on board the train as you continue onto Verona. Enjoy an informative walking tour of the city’s famous sites.
Stay: Seven Nights: The Golden Eagle Danube ExpressDaily :
Arrive in the food capital of Italy, Bologna. A tour takes in the city’s many famous arches and historic university. A toast at the top of the Torre di Prendiparte will set up the afternoon as you travel to Rimini, situated on the Adriatic Coast. This afternoon, perhaps visit the Ferrari factory in nearby Maranello, or explore the enclaved San Marino to see Mount Titano.Daily :
Enjoy stunning coastal views from the carriages as you travel along the eastern Italian seaboard to Bari. Enjoy a guided tour of Bari’s Florentine style old-town and its domineering 12th-century fortress and castle. Then, visit a local olive grove for a tasting.Daily :
The ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii await your exploration. Go behind the scenes to see how preservation work is a continuous race against time to protect their original splendour. Stop at the Michelin-starred restaurant, President, at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, to sample local wine and taste some delicious Piennolo tomatoes. This afternoon, continue your rail journey through mountainous scenery to the southern tip of the Italian mainland at Villa San Giovanni.Daily :
Enjoy a delicious locally-sourced breakfast on board as your train begins its movement onto one of the very few ‘train ferries’ in the world across to Sicily. Your first stop after the crossing is Palermo. Here you’ll take in a gentle walking tour of the city’s bustling old town. Finish the tour with an aperitif and small concert at the stunning Teatro Massimo, the biggest theatre in Italy. This afternoon, continue browsing the capital or visit Corleone to learn about the notorious Mafia families made famous by Francis Ford Coppola's film, The Godfather.Daily :
Wake up in Agrigento, home to Italy’s most impressive Greek ruins. Enjoy a guided tour around the remains of the ancient city, then continue to Ragusa. A cooking demonstration at a nearby hotel will allow you to get hands on with local delicacies before a brief walking tour of the historical old-town. Later, head towards Syracuse.Daily :
The former Byzantine Empire was both founded and raised in Syracuse. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city itself and take the view from the water with a tour around the Island of Ortigia, before heading back to the train for lunch. You will then continue to the hilltop town of Caltagirone. Celebrated for producing beautiful pottery since the 10th century, visit a local ceramic workshop before an intriguing visit to Villa Romana del Casale, one of the best-preserved Roman Villas in the world. This evening, enjoy a special dinner deep in the countryside at the renowned restaurant, Al Fogher.Daily :
Following a leisurely breakfast on board, enjoy free time to explore the various characterful squares and churches of Catania, before taking a hands-on Sicilian pastry cooking class at the Societa Storica Catanese -Catania Historical Society. Later this afternoon, the train will continue onto your final stop of Taormina, where you will disembark and transfer to your hotel.
Stay: Two Nights: San Domenico Palace Hotel TaorminaDaily :
Descendants of the Czech Republic’s oldest aristocratic family, the Counts of Sternberg, welcome you to their 18th-century Baroque home, Chateau Jemniste. Designed by famed Czech architect, Frantisek Maxmilián, you’ll find the estate a delight to explore. Take a private guided tour, then enjoy lunch and a falconry display.Daily :
Be transferred to Catania airport.Daily :
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