Italy’s Magnificent Lakes and Switzerland
Discover some of the greatest treasures of northern Italy and Switzerland on this great European Adventure. Witness breathtaking mountain scenery, explore alpine villages, and cruise on spectacular lakes. Take a ride on the Bernina Express and experience one of the world’s most scenic railway routes. Spend seven glorious nights on magical Lake Como and witness all the beauty at this world famous resort area.
Depart for Milan, Italy.
Arrive in Milan where you’ll be transferred to Italy’s Magnificent Lakes area. For the next seven nights you’ll stay at the four-star Grand Hotel Menaggio located on the shores of Lake Como in the town of Menaggio. Set on the sunny southern side of the Alps, you’ll fall in love with this area. You’ll stay on the crystal clear lake surrounded by mountains and amid colorful gardens will prove to be nothing less than spectacular. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
Today, take a scenic cruise of Lake Como past charming lake towns, elegant cypress trees, grand villas and exquisite gardens. You’ll tour the picturesque town of Bellagio and enjoy lunch on your own before returning back to your hotel where dinner is included. (B, D)
Today, travel south to Milan, the City of Glamour. Enjoy a tour of the magnificent city that has been home to artists for hundreds of years. Discover its spectacular high buildings and palazzos, as well as the Duomo and Sforzesco Castle. A special stop will be made at the Church Santa Maria delle Grazie to view Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Last Supper. Dinner is included this evening. (B, D)
Stunning Swiss Alps scenery awaits today as we take the Bernina Express from Tirano and experience one of the most spectacular railway routes in the world. Witness dramatic views of the Swiss and Italian Alps including the Glacier Morteratsch. You’ll see spectacular waterfalls, green valleys and mountain villages all viewed through panoramic windows. Our rail journey ends in the exclusive mountain resort town of St. Moritz where you’ll enjoy a tour of the area as well as free time for lunch and shopping before we head back to our hotel on the shores of Lake Como. (B,D)
Today is yours to relax and explore this beautiful area on your own. Your Tour Director will offer some optional tours. For those who wish to enjoy time in the historic town of Como for shopping and sightseeing (transportation will be complimentary). (B)
Today, cruise from Stresa to the Borromean Islands of Lake Maggiore. Your first stop is Isola Bella, where we’ll tour the impressive Borromeo Palace and explore its enchanted gardens spanning ten terraces. Later, visit Isola Dei Pescatori and discover this picturesque fishing village that is famously known as one of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite vacation spots. Return back to the hotel to enjoy another included dinner this evening. (B, D)
This morning head for Switzerland where you’ll find our destination, Lugano. Visit the town centre with its Mediterranean style squares and numerous parks and subtropical plants. Next, head to Bellinzona, Switzerland’s most Italianate town. Here, you’ll tour one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Switzerland, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Later, savor another included dinner this evening. (B, D)
Today, you will be transferred to Milan for the transatlantic flight home. (B)
Rates include $260 in air transportation taxes, fees, & fuel surcharges – subject to change. All rates are based out of Boston and New York.
*Limited singles on this program.
Please note that days of feature are interchangeable.
Checked Baggage Charges: Some airlines may impose additional charges for checked baggage. This information will be given with final documents.
TravelSafe Travel Protection Plan is available at $220pp.
Lakeview Room upgrade available – additional $200pp.