Alpine Lakes & Scenic Trains – Switzerland & Italy
Experience resplendent countryside, lakeside trails and majestic
locales fit for a poem on this English voyage
Experience the enchanting Alpine cultures of Switzerland and Italy as you journey through spectacular mountain scenery and picturesque towns. Ride aboard three of the legendary Alpine railways – the Golden Pass Panoramic Train from Gstaad to Montreux; the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz; and the Bernina Pass Train, which takes you into Italy. Cruise across two of the most scenic lakes in the world, Lake Como and Maggiore. Relax in some of Europe’s most stunning and exclusive resort villages, including Zermatt, St Moritz and Lago Maggoire, Italy. Explore Lucerne, the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Spend time at a family-owned farm where you sample their handmade cheeses paired with wine. Enjoy traditional regional cuisine and Italian delicacies. Savor a traditional Italian dinner on the Isola dei Pescatori.
Day 1: Overnight Flight
Breathtaking Alpine vistas await as you travel through Switzerland and Italy. Experience dramatic views while aboard railways and lake cruises, and enjoy cultural experiences in charming villages in the heart of Europe.
Day 2: Lucerne, Switzerland – Tour Begins
Arrive in Lucerne and take some free time to explore this lakeside town on your own. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner in the city.
Tour Pricing – may change based on dates booked and availability, this is a moderate physical activity tour.
This trip requires a passport. Air passengers will arrive in Zurich and depart from Milan. Due to tour scheduling, arrival flights should arrive into Zurich prior to 4:00PM. A $500 deposit is required per person to reserve space.
Day 3: Lucerne
Today, explore this “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Enjoy an Altstadt (Old Town) walking tour that follows the ancient pathways of the city. See the covered Chapel Bridge (1333); the famous Water Tower that once served as a prison; the watchtower and treasury; the Renaissance-style Town Hall; the Baroque Jesuit Church; and the Lion Monument, carved from sandstone to commemorate the heroic soldiers who were protecting King Louis XVI in 1792.
Day 4: Lucerne – GoldenPass Train – Montreux – Zermatt
This morning, travel to Gstaad and climb aboard the GoldenPass panoramic train to enjoy breathtaking Alpine views along the route to Montreux. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time in this legendary town on the shores of Lake Geneva. Then continue on to the pedestrian village of Zermatt.
Day 5: Zermatt
Today, Zermatt is at your fingertips. It’s your choice! Explore on foot during a guided walking tour -OR- experience Zermatt independently before visiting the Matterhorn Museum; learn more about the triumph and tragedy behind the first ascent of this imposing peak. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Day 6: Zermatt – Glacier Express Train – St. Moritz
Traverse bridges and tunnels while aboard the world-renowned narrow gauge Glacier Express, the most charming express train in the world. Enjoy the natural beauty of this route through the heart of the Swiss Alps. Filled with forests, fragrant meadows, gurgling streams and deep valleys, it’s a mountain dream come to life. Relax and enjoy a three-course lunch while onboard. Arrive in St. Moritz and enjoy the evening at leisure to relax or stroll the lakeside boulevard.
Day 7: St. Moritz – Bernina Pass Train – Lake Como, Italy – Lago Maggiore
Embark on a journey through the Bernina Pass while traveling along one of the most scenic railway lines in the world en route to Tirano, Italy. Take in striking views of the Swiss and Italian Alps throughout your adventure, including the famed Morteratsch Glacier. Then drive along the picturesque shores to the town of Como. You will have free time to explore this famous resort and take in the magnificent views of Lake Como before continuing to Lago Maggiore, a tranquil resort area with crystal clear waters against the backdrop of the Alps.
Day 8: Lago Maggiore
Travel to an ancient village nestled in the mountains. Stop at a family farm where you will learn about the artisan cheeses they produce. Then sample their delicious creations and learn how to pair them with the region’s local wines. Return to your hotel for a free afternoon. Your evening begins with a wine tasting before boarding a lake boat for a cruise to Isola dei Pescatori, the most beautiful of the Borromean Islands. There you savor a traditional farewell dinner.
Day 9: Lago Maggiore – Tour Ends
Your thrilling Alpine journey ends today in Lago Maggiore.
Group Departure October 15 – 23, 2020 other departures are available.
Pricing starts at $4,899 which includes airfare from Phoenix Sky Harbor, Air taxes and fees may be adjusted. At time of booking a minimum of $500 deposit per person is required.
- Airfare from Phoenix is included in this departure, you may choose another airport (pricing may change) OR book your own flight and just purchase the land package.
- Travel insurance highly recommended
Not included: Transportation to Phoenix or where ever city you may be flying out.
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800-706-8687 or 928-783-8888
Tour West America Yuma Tour Office . 333 S Main St . Yuma, AZ 85364
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For this tour Collette cancellation policy applies, please refer to their conditions upon booking. A $500 per person is due when booking,
Passport expiration must be at least 6 months after the final day of travel.