Italian Lakes & Swiss Mountains

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  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Rome
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Lake Maggiore
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Lake Como
  • 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Milan
  • 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in St. Moritz
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Interlaken
  • 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Zurich
  • 4-day Standard Swiss Pass
  • Morning small group tour of Vatican Museums San Peter’s and Sistine Chapel in Rome
  • Reservation onboard the Bernina Express
  • Reservation onboard the Glacier Express
  • Day trip to Jungfrau
  • Flight from the UK to Rome

Day 1: UK – Rome

Catch your flight from the UK directly to Rome. On arrival in Rome, check into your hotel for a two-night stay and set off to start exploring. Perhaps enjoy an ice-cold gelato on the Spanish steps and simply watch Roman life go by. Admire the breath-taking collection of ancient art, sculptures and statues at museums or why not take a trip to the enchanting Vatican? Overnight in Rome (Meals: No Meals)

Day 2: Rome

It’s an early start today, but all is worth it as you explore the wonders of the Vatican museums and the incredible Sistine Chapel ceiling painted by Michaelangelo before the crowds arrive.  Then in the afternoon perhaps walk in the footsteps of the gladiators at the imposing Colosseum and walk in the footsteps of Cesar around the Forum.  Why not mix art and nature at the lush Villa Borghese gardens or take a well-earned break with a large ice-cream sundae in the Piazza Navona and reminisce on your fantastic vacation. Overnight in Rome (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 3: Rome – Stresa

Travel from Rome to Stresa, where you can experience beautiful Lake Maggiore. Like other northern Italian lakes, Lake Maggiore is an idyllic spot that has attracted visitors since the beginning of the 18th century. Lakeside gardens bloom with a profusion of camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons. Overnight in Stresa (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 04: Stresa

On the shores of the Borromean Gulf, Stresa is ideally situated as a base to explore the lake’s villages, islands and natural beauty. A regular ferry runs from the town around the lake, and the Isola Bella, the most well-known of the Borromean Islands, is only ten minutes away by boat. Stresa itself is a lovely little lakeside town with many markets and historical churches. Overnight in Stresa (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 05: Stesa – Como

Catch a Trenitalia train from Stresa to Como via Gallarate. Once in town, take a leisurely boat tour of Lake Como on your own and enjoy the sights of grand villas, rolling hillside vineyards, historic towns, alpine peaks, and wooded islands that line the shore. In the evening, spend some time strolling along the town’s cobblestone streets to the bustling public square of Piazza Cavour or visiting a lakeside restaurant and having dinner. Overnight in Como (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 06: Como

When you finish breakfast, the rest of the day is yours to explore the beautiful scenery of Lake Como and the charming town as you wish. You’ll fall in love with the historic architecture and stunning natural beauty of this little corner of the world. The Centro Storico, or old town, is a maze of picturesque little streets, squares and cafés. Wander around the shops and boutiques or visit one of the many cultural monuments the city has to offer. Overnight in Como (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 07: Como – Milan

Board a Trenitalia train from Como to Milan, the heart of Italian style and sophistication. Take a trip to the Quadrilatero d’Oro (Golden Quad) where top designers have established their flagship stores or seek out the vintage boutiques for a fantastic bargain. Visit the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, home of ‘The Last Supper’, Leonardo da Vinci’s famous masterpiece. Stroll through the Brera district and enjoy the art galleries, boutique shopping opportunities and plethora of opportunities for exquisite dining. Overnight in Milan (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 08: Milan – St. Moritz

After breakfast, embark on one of the world’s most scenic train lines, The Bernina Express! You can expect a spectacular journey. The Bernina Express features awe-inspiring scenery changes so make sure your camera batteries are fully charged because you are guaranteed to capture some amazing shots from the comfort of the panoramic carriages of the train. Overnight in St. Moritz (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 09: St. Moritz – Interlaken

Enjoy the exhilarating experience of crossing Switzerland today, traveling onboard the Glacier Express line. The train passes glistening blue lakes and quaint Swiss hamlets, as well as crossing numerous high passes and mountain peaks. Take pictures of the spectacular Landwasser Viaduct as the train rolls over. You’ll experience all the “Oohs” and “Aahs” you expected before boarding. On arrival in Interlaken, make your way to your hotel and check in for two-night stay. Overnight in Interlaken (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 10: Interlaken – Jungfrau

Climb to Europe’s highest altitude railway station on Jungfrau Mountain, at a colossal 11,332 feet high. The journey takes you to Kleine Scheidegg, before reaching the station at Eigergletscher, which is well known for its mountain restaurant and Huskies. At Jungfraujoch, take in the breath-taking views of the Black Forest in Germany and the Vosges Mountains in France. Also enjoy the fascinating glacier and ice gallery at the top. After a spectacular day sightseeing, return to the hotel for the second night of your stay in Interlaken. Overnight in Interlaken (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 11: Intelaken – Zurich

Board one last train from Interlaken to Zurich with a change in Bern (maybe spend a couple hours exploring the town before continuing your journey). When you arrive, check into your hotel for an overnight stay. The evening is yours to pass the hours wandering through the metropolis as you wish. Visit the district of Altstadt—or Old Town, dine at a world-class restaurant, try some fondue or raclette, shop, relax in a charming café, and stroll alongside the lake or the cobblestone-paved streets and marvel at Renaissance-era architecture. Overnight in Zurich (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 12: Zurich – Departure

Check out of your hotel this morning and board Eurostar to Paris; Paris to London. (Meals: Breakfast)

St Moritz, The Hauser Hotel • 3 StarThe Hauser Hotel in St Moritz is a family-run hotel with 52 bedrooms. The hotel has a restaurant and terrace bar, and is famous for its “Engadine Nusstorte” (nut and caramel pie) which is available from the hotel confectionary and chocolate shop. The hotel is located in the centre of St Moritz.

Interlaken, Hotel Krebs Interlaken • 4 Star – The Krebs Interlaken is a charming hotel located in the heart of Interlaken. The 44 rooms are beautifully decorated in bright colours with comfortable furnishings and feature Wi-Fi internet access. The hotel’s popular bistro serves traditional Swiss cuisine whilst the impressive restaurant serves seasonal dishes and fine wines. The hotel staff are happy to help with any excursions and activities available in Interlaken and beyond. The Krebs Interlaken is located 2 minutes walk from Interlaken station and close to all the main attractions.

Zurich, Swiss Night am Kunsthaus • 3 Star The Swiss Night am Kunsthaus is located within a quiet residential district and is close to the Kunthaus Museum and the Opera of Zurich. Lake Zurich is just a short walk away and all 46 bedrooms are light, airy and spacious. The hotel also benefits from a fitness centre.

Zurich, Du Theatre • 3 Star – The Hotel du Théâtre in Zurich is a historic hotel which was a theatre during the 1950s. The hotel has 50 individually designed, contemporary bedrooms as well as a cinema and audio book library in honour of the hotel’s theatrical past. The contemporary lounge restaurant, la suite serves local specialities along with great city views. The hotel is in the centre of old Zurich, a short walk from the train station.

Zurich, Hotel Schweizerhof •4 Star -The Schweizerhof Hotel in Zurich is a traditional family-run hotel, with 115 comfortable and elegant bedrooms. Guests are provided with a butler service on arrival (Monday to Friday), a welcome cocktail at the bar and fresh fruit in their bedroom. The hotel has a French restaurant, a bustling café, and guests enjoy a champagne American style buffet breakfast. The hotel is opposite the main railway station, on the famous “Bahnhofstrasse”.

Zurich, Hotel Helmhaus •5 Star The Helmhaus Hotel in Zurich is a modern boutique hotel and is centrally located in Zurich’s old town. The hotel has 24 stylish bedrooms, each has been renovated and some offer views over the lake of Zurich. Located in the historic city centre and close to all of Zurich’s major sights, the Helmhaus Hotel is the perfect hotel for exploring this charming city!

Como, Hotel Metropole Suisse •4 Star The Metropole & Suisse Como is a traditional property owned by the Cassani family. Guest rooms are air-conditioned and decorated with wood furnishings and classical artwork. Guests can enjoy a drink in the wine bar or dinner at the Imbarcadero Restaurant which features a beautiful terrace overlooking the lake. The hotel benefits from a fantastic location on the shores of Lake Como, close to the town’s main attractions.

Rome, Hotel Ariston •4 Star Located in the centre of Rome, just a stone’s throw from Termini Station, the Ariston Hotel provides a fantastic vantage point for exploring all the Italian capital has to offer. The hotel’s colourful guestrooms are all decorated in a modern style, and come complete with LCD TVs, minibars and air conditioning.

Rome, Hotel Morgana •4 Star Situated just 200 yards from Rome’s main Termini Station, the Morgana Hotel has the perfect location for anyone travelling in by train. The hotel’s 108 rooms are traditionally decorated, and all come equipped with flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi internet access. Guests can make use of the fantastic transport links, and are free to use the gym in front of the hotel.

Rome, Hotel Dei Mellini •4 Star Welcome to the wonderful world of Mellini, where every detail has been carefully put in place and where guests are surrounded by works of modern art made by artists from the Italian and Roman schools. Proud of being an independent Roman hotel! Our objective is to improve and grow by learning from our guests, from their needs and requests!

Rome, Mascagni Hotel •4 Star – The Mascagni Rome is a beautiful hotel set within an Umbertine style palace. Decorated with elegant antiques, this hotel offers comfortable surroundings, personalised service and spacious rooms featuring high ceilings and plenty of natural light. The Mascagni features a fully licensed bar, charming lounge serving Italian snacks and a free Wi-Fi area. The Mascagni hotel is located just 5 minutes walk from the main train station and within easy reach of Rome’s attractions such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Colosseum.

Lake Maggiore, La Palma Hotel Stresa • 4 Star – La Palma Hotel is a modern hotel with traditional decoration. The hotel has 120 comfortable bedrooms. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, garden, pool and private beach. The hotel is on the shore of Lake Maggiore, close to Stresa train station.

Milan, Starhotels Anderson • 4 Star – The Starhotels Anderson Milan is a centrally located, chic hotel featuring 106 contemporary rooms and suites. The stylish restaurant, Black serves excellent international cuisine as well as traditional Italian dishes. The sophisticated lounge bar is open every day until midnight perfect for a drink before dinner or after a day’s sightseeing. The Starhotels Anderson is located directly opposite the main station, close to major attractions such as the Cathedral and La Scala opera house.

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    At a Glance

    Italian Lakes & Swiss Moutains

    12 Days  from £2129 pp

    • Starts: London       Ends: Zurich        
    • Departs: Any day
    • Tour Type: Independent
    • Hotel Rating:  3 & 4 star  hotels
    • Meals: Breakfast: 11
    • Visiting: Rome, Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Como, Milan, St Moritz, Interlaken, Jungfrau & Zurich
    • Countries: Italy & Switzerland 


    Explore the architectural masterpieces in Rome, experience beautiful Lake Maggiore in Stresa and stroll around Lake Como and the town’s cobblestone streets. Spend the night in fashionable, vibrant Milan and experience breath-taking, panoramic views on the world-famous Bernina Express to St. Moritz.Relax and unwind in the classic Swiss resort town of Interlaken and visit the district of Altstadt or Old Town in Zurich.

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