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Traveling between France and Italy - Rome, Venice, Marseille, Paris

I'm planning on travelling from Rome -> Venice -> Marseille -> Paris, is it a good idea to get the 4 day France - Italy pass? Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do in these cities and how many days I should stay in each? Are there direct trains to/from each city?

Also, if I were to get the pass, the reservation fees aren't included, correct? Do these trains I'm looking to get on need reservation? How much are they usually?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 30, 2012 16:17
    Hi Kelly,

    For the requested travel, I would recommend that you purchase the Eurail France-Italy Pass. You can purchase this pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

    Reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass, just as they would be factored into the cost of individual point-to-point tickets, and they are required on all high-speed trains, night trains, and many international routes. Generally, high-speed trains connect most of the larger cities and more popular destinations in western Europe.

    After you add the pass to your shopping cart, you would click 'Continue Shopping' to add your reservations and check reservation costs. On the next screen, you would then click 'Buy a Reservation' under where it says 'Reservations for Pass Holders' (if starting on the homepage, you would just click on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass').

    There are direct trains from Rome to Venice and from Marseille to Paris, both of which would require reservations in addition to the pass.

    The connection from Venice to Marseille would involve at least 3 train changes along the way; once in Milan, once in Ventimiglia and then once in Nice. Of the trains comprising of this connection, the train from Venice to Milan and the train from Milan to Ventimiglia would require reservations. You would book reservations for each of these trains by following the procedure mentioned just above.

    The train from Ventimiglia to Nice and the train from Nice to Marseille do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can just view the schedules for such routes by entering the cities under 'Check Fares and Schedules' on the homepage of our website and clicking the option to 'Check Schedules'. Please note, reservations are required on trains from Nice to Marseille that have a 4 digit train number beginning with a 5, 6 or 9, because these are TGV trains.

    Reservable trains in Italy and France can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 30, 2012 16:21
    There are also city passes offered for some of the cities you'll be visiting. To view various city passes that are offered, you would click on 'Activities' from the homepage, and then choose the country and city of your interest from the drop-down menus that display. The direct link to the Activities page is http://www.raileurope.com/activities/.
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