- Eurostar to Paris and onward rail travel as specified in the itinerary
- 1 night hotel stay (2 persons sharing room) with breakfast in Geneva
- 3 nights’ hotel stay (2 persons sharing room) with breakfast in Venice
- Walking Tour and Gondola Tour in Venice
- Flight from Venice to the UK (rail option available)
Day 1: London – Geneva
Your adventure begins in London’s St Pancras station, where you’ll board the Eurostar to Paris. Change onto a high-speed train and whiz through France towards Switzerland in just over three hours, all the while admiring the beautiful lake and mountain scenes out your window. On arrival in French-speaking Geneva, make your way to your hotel for an overnight stay. Spend the evening enjoying a tasty meal at a local lakeside restaurant or take a relaxing boat trip out on the lake and admire the city’s cosmopolitan feel and the stunning backdrop of the Alps and the Jura mountains. Overnight in Geneva (Meals: No Meals)
Day 2: Geneva – Venice
After breakfast, depart Geneva in the morning and travel to Venice on one of the most scenic routes in Europe, the Simplon Pass. Relax whilst the train follows the shores of Lake Leman and across Swiss vineyards, with stunning views of the Alps in the background. Travel further south after crossing the border into Italy before arriving in Venice. On arrival, check in at your hotel and enjoy a three-night stay. Overnight in Venice (Meals: Breakfast)
Day 3: London – Geneva
Start today with a short walking tour with a local guide for some stories of the city’s labyrinthine streets and campos (squares), then enjoy a gondola ride down the Grand Canal. A visit to Venice is not complete without a ride on a Gondola, a mode of transport that has been in existence in Venice for over 1000 years! Soak up the vibrant atmosphere in St. Mark’s Square, while marvelling at the beautiful mosaics that adorn the Basilica and maybe visit the Doge’s Palace, with its origins dating back to the 14th century. It is advisable to take a tour of this important Venetian landmark to fully understand its extensive history. Overnight in Venice (Meals: Breakfast)
Day 04: Venice
Spend an additional day discovering all that Venice has to offer. Fascinating museums, exquisite art galleries and ornate churches await! Enjoy a tasty lunch by the waterside and maybe sample some local delights at the Rialto Markets, including a fish market held here for over 1000 years. Be sure to leave some time to take a tour of the famous glassblowers on the island of Murano and stopover at Burano, a small island famous for lace and its colourful houses. Overnight in Venice (Meals: Breakfast)
Day 05: Departure Venice – London
This morning is your chance to visit those places not yet explored and absorb the last of the Venetian culture. Make your way to Marco Polo Airport for your flight home to London after a wonderful three-night stay in this fascinating city. Prefer the train to flying? Why not travel home along the tracks with a night in Turin, instead, we would be happy to make these arrangements for you. (Meals: Breakfast)
Geveva, Hotel Cornavin • 4 Star – The superior Cornavin Hotel in Saint-Gervais / des Grottes district offers cozy rooms with views over Lake Geneva. Built in 1932, the hotel is a combination of traditional architecture and contemporary facilities. The hotel is nestled in the heart of Geneva, steps away from Gare de Cornavin train station. The property is set within 2 km distance from the city center.
Geneva, Hotel Cristal • 3 Star – Hotel Cristal welcomes guests in the heart of Geneva meters away from a cathedral and a museum. The hotel occupies 7 floors and was renovated in 2001.The property is located in Saint-Gervais / des Grottes district, 3.5 km from PalExpo. Hotel Cristal is within about 20 minutes’ walk of the center of Geneva. Offering climate control, high-speed internet, a laptop-size safe, TV and a refrigerator, modern guestrooms boast an English interior. Hotel Cristal offers rooms with the lake view. The bathrooms come with a bathtub, a shower and a hairdryer for more comfort.
Geneva, Hotel Les Nations • 3 Star – Les Nations Hotel is a 3-star property in Petit-Saconnex / Servette district of Geneva close to restaurants and pubs. Featuring original architecture, the hotel occupies a 7-story building opened in 1975. This comfortable hotel is situated 1.7 km from Lake Geneva. Set within a 30-minute walking distance from Geneva city center.
Venice, Hotel Ai Mori D’Oriente • 4 Star –The Ai Mori d’Oriente Hotel is a historic hotel set in a palace which was once home to Turkish merchants, known as the ‘Mori’. The hotel and bedrooms are decorated in an exotic Byzantine style throughout; the Ai Mori d’Oriente also has a bar and a relaxing reading room. The hotel is located in one of the quietest parts of the city called Cannaregio, within walking distance of all the main sights.
Venice, Hotel Ca’ D’oro • 3 Star – The Ca’ D’Oro hotel is a traditional Venetian hotel nestled just a five minute walk from the famous Rialto Bridge. The hotel’s 27 rooms all feature air conditioning, minibars and satellite TV. Guests can make use of the stunning roof terrace, admire the canal views or make use of the spectacular location, which is just 200 yards from a vaporetto water bus stop.
Venice, Sina Hotel Palazzo Sant’Angelo •4 Star –Elegant and aristocratic, the Sina Palazzo Sant Angelo sul Canal Grande sits like a modern Atlantis on the Grand Canal between the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square.
Venice, Bauer Palazzo Hotel Venice •5 Star –Located in the heart of the city, a short distance from the city’s main attractions and designer shops, BAUER PALAZZO it’s the only hotel with two different styles and souls: the wing overlooking the Baroque church of Campo San Moisè with its art-deco inspired interiors has a distinctive urban vibe, while the rooms located in the authentic 18th century palazzo combine modern luxury with sumptuous hand crafted Venetian fittings and furnishings, offering a spectacular vantage point in Venice on the Grand Canal.
Venice, Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli •4 Star –The Palazzo Giovanelli e Gran Canal is a historic hotel in the heart of Venice. Dating back to the 16th century, the property offers panoramic views over the Grand Canal and lies just two stops from Saint Mark’s Square on the water bus. The elegant rooms boast satellite TV, air-conditioning and elegant decor. The sophisticated lounges here are befitting of the hotel’s history – the palace was once home to the Doge of Venice and, later, Mozart’s family. The Venice Casino is just a two minute ride across the canal.
Venice, Starhotels Splendid Venice •5 Star –A luxury boutique hotel in Venice city centre, the Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione is as elegant as the city itself. Gondolas drift past the window. Cafés bustle in St Marks’s Square. You have discovered the best location to experience the Venetian atmosphere in one of our 165 rooms and suites designed with luxury in mind.
At a Glance
Venice Via The Alps
5 Days from £959 pp
- Starts: London Ends: Venice
- Departs: Any day
- Tour Type: Independent
- Hotel Rating: 3/4 & 5 star hotels
- Meals: Breakfast: 4
- Visiting: Geneva & Venice
- Countries: Switzerland & Italy
Spend a night enjoying the lakeside sights in cosmopolitan Geneva, travel to Venice by rail via the scenic the Simplon Pass and through the Swiss Alps and ride a Gondola accompanied by a chilled glass of Prosecco and visit iconic attractions such as St. Mark’s Square and Doge’s Palace in Venice.