Clients can join a classic tour with a twist on Saga’s new Great Italian Cities by Rail escorted tour of cultural Milan, Florence and Rome.

Guests travel on Italo high-speed trains and travel at up to 360km an hour in quiet Prima (First Class) compartments with air-conditioning and reclining leather seats. The trains take guests to the heart of the three cities to take in the attractions and indulge in Italian cuisine.

The holiday starts with a flight to Milan where guests stay at the Hotel D'Este for two nights, followed by a train journey to Florence for a four-night stay in the city centre Grand Hotel Mediterraneo. It includes a panoramic walking tour of the main sights, while an optional 'foodie tour' visits the covered Mercato Centrale which sells everything from fruit and vegetables to meat and fish plus artisan shops.

Another optional tour goes further afield to the historic cities of Siena and San Gimignano, with lunch included at a local trattoria.

A visit to the Florence’s Uffizzi Gallery (one of Italy’s greatest art galleries) is also included in the holiday as is a rail journey to Rome where guests stay in the Grand Hotel Palatino, which is within easy walking distance of the historic centre. Tours include strolling through the village-like Rione Monti quarter to visit architectural treasures.

Other highlights include an optional excursion to the historic town of Castel Gandolfo and an optional full-day’s walking tour of Rome with entrance included to the Colosseum, the Forum and the Palatine.

The ten-night tour costs from £1,299 and departs Heathrow on September 7 and 14, October 26, November 9, December 7 and January 25, 2017. It includes flights and transfers, airport taxes, ten nights' hotel accommodation, 16 meals, First Class train journeys, porterage, a tour manager, excursions (some optional with an additional charge) and optional travel insurance.

To book or for details call 0800-300 500 or visit

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