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The Lakes and Switzerland
Switzerland and Northern Italy make a natural travel combination. The major rail lines running through Switzerland, from Zurich and Geneva, converge in Italy, at Milan, making Milan a major gateway for Swiss train trips. Major airports at Zurich, Geneva and Milan form a convenient triangle offering easy access to Lucerne, Interlaken, Zermatt, and Lakes Como and Maggiore. With some of these packages, you can add a hotel stay in Milan, or you can add an extension to Venice or Florence.
 

A Week in the Heart of Switzerland
Hotels, Swiss Pass for trains, key private transfers, Golden Pass trains

Lucerne & Lake Como
Hotels with lakeview rooms, trains, key private transfers

Serious Mountains & Lakes
Hotels with lakeview rooms, Swiss Pass for trains, key private transfers

Italy & the Swiss Alps
Hotels, lakeview rooms at Lucerne & Como, trains, private guides in Florence & Rome & key private transfers


A Week in the Heart of Switzerland ~ Here's the best way we can think to spend one week in Switzerland. Fly into Zurich and meet your driver for the private transfer to Lucerne for three nights in your hotel. Lucerne is the immensely appealing old town nestled along a river crossed by those old wooden bridges you've surely seen in travel pictures. Look out from Lucerne to magnificent views of lake and mountains. Visit Mount Pilatus and Mount Rigi, and ride a boat on Lake Lucerne. Our tips will tell you how. Stroll the old town of Lucerne. Eat at one of the restaurants overlooking the river and Lucerne's famous covered bridges. Then board your train -- the first leg of Switzerland's Golden Pass Line -- to Interlaken, the jumping off place for Switzerland's best collection of mountain journeys. At Interlaken you'll change trains and head up the spectacular Lauterbrunnen Valley to Wengen, perched high on the side of the valley and looking up to majestic peaks including the Jungfrau and the Eiger. We'll tell you about the many choices for daytrips to mountaintops and mountain villages. Your Swiss Pass allows you to ride the trains between towns and villages as often as you like. And for the final ascents to the mountaintops by gondola or rack railway, the Swiss Pass provides significant discounts. Visit your choices of the Jungfraujoch, the Schilthorn, Schynige Platte, Gimmelwald, Murren, and more. You can talk to someone here who's made those trips, and our tips will tell you more about them.

After your three nights in hotel at Wengen, you'll take the train back down the valley to Interlaken to pick up the Golden Pass Line again, this time heading west and south towards Lake Leman. This is another wonderful train ride, especially as the narrow guage train follows switchbacks down the mountain to the lake, at Montreux. You might want to make a stop near Montreux to visit one of the icons of Swiss tourism, Chillon Castle. Then complete your journey by train along the shore of Lake Leman to Geneva to spend your final night before flying home. Your Geneva hotel is near the lakefront and the old town for a great finish to this Swiss adventure.

This is independent travel. You will not be with a group, and you will not have a tour director leading you around. This particular package is designed for people who wish to manage their own sightseeing and who do not need guides or sightseeing tours built into the price. However, we will still provide our sightseeing tips and our assistance with planning for what to see.

A Week in the Heart of Switzerland
7 nights in Switzerland

 
 
  • 3 nights Lucerne, 3 nights Wengen (near Interlaken), 1 night Geneva
  • 4-star hotels in great locations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 4-day Swiss pass in first class
  • Reservations in first class on the Golden Pass trains
  • Private transfer from Zurich airport to Lucerne
  • Private transfer from Geneva hotel to airport

$2,595 per person, double occupancy
LAND ONLY (airfare NOT included)
June 1 to September 30* -- 2014 and 2015
Fly into Zurich and out of Geneva

* Prices are for travel which begins and ends within dates shown.


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Lucerne & Lake Como ~ The simplest and slickest way to combine Switzerland and Italy in just one week. You fly into Zurich, where your transfer driver is waiting to speed you to Lucerne for 3 nights in a lakeview room with balcony. Lucerne combines old-world charm with postcard vistas of mountains and lakes for the perfect sampling of Switzerland. We suggest that you visit Mount Pilatus and Mount Rigi, and ride a boat on Lake Lucerne. Our tips will tell you how. Stroll the old town of Lucerne. Eat at one of the restaurants overlooking the river and Lucerne's famous covered bridges. Then you ride the train over the Alps to Lugano, where another transfer driver is waiting to drive you along the dramatic shore of Lake Lugano and across the Italian border to nearby Lake Como. You'll stay at the town of Bellagio, in a lakeview room with balcony. Ride the boat across to Varenna, our favorite town on the lake. Walk from your hotel to the Villa Carlotta, the oldest tourist destination on Lake Como. Take the boat to Villa Balbianello, which you may recognize from the last James Bond film. Our tips will tell you how.

This is independent travel. You will not be with a group, and you will not have a tour director leading you around. This particular package is designed for people who wish to manage their own sightseeing and who do not need guides or sightseeing tours built into the price. However, we will still provide our sightseeing tips and our assistance with planning for what to see.

Lucerne & Lake Como
6 nights in Switzerland & Italy

  • 3 nights Lucerne, 3 nights Bellagio on Lake Como
  • First-class hotels
  • Lakeview rooms
  • Breakfast daily
  • First-class train tickets w/seat reservations
  • Private transfer Zurich airport to Lucerne hotel
  • Private transfer Lugano station to Lake Como hotel
  • Private transfer Lake Como hotel to Milan airport

$2,750 per person, double occupancy
April 1 - October 31* -- 2014 and 2015
LAND ONLY (airfare NOT included)

Fly into Zurich and out of Milan

* Prices are for travel which begins and ends within dates shown.

 
 

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Serious Mountains & Lakes ~ This is one of the most dramatic itineraries we offer. You start by flying into Milan and getting a private transfer to Stresa, on Lake Maggiore, where your hotel will overlook the Borromean Islands. We suggest that you spend your arrival day exploring the islands. For the next day, consider taking the Lago Maggiore Express, a combination of two trains and a boat ride that takes you through the Centovalli area of Italy and Switzerland to Locarno. You can also visit Ascona, one of Switzerland's best lakefront towns. Then return by boat all the way down Lake Maggiore to Stresa. Next day, catch the train to Wengen. Our tips will tell you about your options for getting into the high mountains, where you can choose from mountaintop excursions to the Jungfraujoch, the Schilthorn, and Schynigge Platte. An amazing variety of cogwheel trains, gondolas and cable cars offers the best collection of mountain views in Switzerland.

Your next destination is Lucerne, where the best charms of Switzerland -- mountains, lakes and medieval character -- come together. We suggest you visit Mount Pilatus and Mount Rigi, and ride a boat on Lake Lucerne. Our tips will tell you how. Stroll the old town of Lucerne. Eat at one of the restaurants overlooking the river and Lucerne's famous covered bridges. Then you ride the train over the Alps to Lugano, where another transfer driver is waiting to drive you along the shore of Lake Lugano and across the Italian border to nearby Lake Como. You'll stay at the town of Bellagio, in a lakeview room with balcony. Ride the boat across to Varenna, our favorite town on the lake. Visit Villa Carlotta, the oldest tourist destination on Lake Como. Take the boat to Villa Balbianello, which you may recognize from the last James Bond film. Our tips will tell you how.

Ask us about adding Zermatt ~ For a VERY "Serious Mountains & Lakes" experience, add a 2-night stay in Zermatt to this itinerary. Weather permitting, you choose how to view the Matterhorn: take the cogwheel train up to the Gornergrat, or take a combination of cable car and gondola up to the Kleine Matterhorn. Ask us for a quote on the extra cost of this option.

This is independent travel. You will not be with a group, and you will not have a tour director leading you around. This particular package is designed for people who wish to manage their own sightseeing and who do not need guides or sightseeing tours built into the price. However, we will still provide our sightseeing tips and our assistance with planning for what to see.

Serious Mountains & Lakes
11 nights in Italy & Switzerland

 
 
  • 2 nights Stresa on Lake Maggiore, 3 nights Wengen, 3 nights Lucerne, 3 nights Bellagio on Lake Como
  • First-class hotels in great locations
  • Lakeview rooms at Stresa, Lucerne & Tremezzo
  • Breakfast daily
  • 8-day Swiss pass in first class
  • Private transfer from Milan Malpensa airport to Lake Maggiore hotel
  • Private transfer from Lugano station to Lake Como hotel at Tremezzo
  • Private transfer Tremezzo to Milan Malpensa airport

Price quote on request
LAND ONLY (airfare NOT included)

Fly into and out of Milan Malpensa airport

* Prices are for travel which begins and ends within dates shown.

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Italy & the Swiss Alps ~ What more exciting way to enter Italy than over the Alps from Switzerland! Fly into Zurich and transfer by private car to your hotel at Lake Lucerne for three nights. We've even included a lakeview room at Lucerne's popular Hotel Montana, rising high above the lake. Lucerne is where the best charms of Switzerland -- mountains, lakes and medieval character -- come together. We suggest that you visit Mount Pilatus and Mount Rigi, and ride a boat on Lake Lucerne. Our tips will tell you how. Stroll the old town of Lucerne. Eat at one of the restaurants overlooking the river and Lucerne's famous covered bridges. Then board your train for the ride through the high mountains of Switzerland to the Swiss city of Lugano, near the Italian border. Your transfer driver will meet you for the dramatic ride along the shore of Lake Lugano and into Italy at Lake Como. Your hotel room is at at the town of Bellagio, where for two nights you'll enjoy the views from your room with balcony. You'll be picked up again by private driver to go down the lake to the city of Como to board your train for Florence. Your two nights in Florence include a private guide for half a day, so you can visit your choice of the great museums with a local expert. We suggest visiting the Pitti Palace with your guide. Then head for Rome and your final three nights, where you'll also have a private guide for half a day. We recommend going with your guide to the Colosseum and the forums area. Ask us about the option of adding a small-group Vatican tour. Finally, you get a private transfer to the airport in Rome.

This is independent travel. You will not be with a group, and you will not have a tour director leading you around. This particular package is designed for people who wish to manage most of their own sightseeing but who want private guides in Florence and Rome, where we think the guides have the most value. We will provide our sightseeing tips for Lucerne and Lake Como, plus our assistance in planning how to get around and use your time most wisely.

Italy & the Swiss Alps
10 nights in Switzerland & Italy

  • 3 nights Lucerne, 2 nights Bellagio on Lake Como,
    2 nights Florence, 3 nights Rome
  • First-class hotels in great locations
  • Lakeview rooms at Lucerne & Lake Como
  • Breakfast daily
  • First-class rail tickets with seat reservations
  • Private transfer Zurich airport to Lucerne
  • Private transfer from Lugano station to Bellagio on Lake Como
  • Private transfer from Bellagio to Como station
  • Private airport transfer in Rome
  • Private guide for half a day (4 hrs) in Florence
  • Private guide for half a day (4 hrs) in Rome

$4,395 per person, double occupancy
LAND ONLY (airfare NOT included)
May 1 to October 31* -- 2014 and 2015
Fly into Zurich and out of Rome

* Prices are for travel which begins and ends within dates shown.

 
 


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