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The Alps of Switzerland and Northern Italy 2019

Overview

Great lakes, majestic mountains and so much more!
 

Details

  • 2 nights and tours in Lucern, Interlaken and Padua
  • Overnights and tours at Lake Como and Verona
  • See Switzerland by boat, gondola, cable car and cog railway
  • Travel to the top of Mt. Pilatus and Jungfraujoch
  • Visit Italy’s Great Lakes – Como and Garda
  • Explore Venice and visit the Doges Palace
     

Disclaimers

This vacation requires a valid passport!

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1-2

Depart on an overnight flight to Zürich where you’ll meet your alpine guide and depart for Lucerne. Have a guided walking tour upon arrival featuring the famous covered Mill Bridge and lunch. Seehotel Kastanienbaum – 2 nights (L)

Day 3

Lucerne’s tallest neighbor is Mount Pilatus. Many people thought engineer Eduard Locher was crazy when he put forward the idea of building a railway to the top in 1889. With a 48 percent grade it was and remains the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. Complimenting your roundtrip is a cruise on Lake Lucerne, a gondola and aerial cable car ride, all affording amazing views. Dinner tonight includes the folklore show at the Stadtkeller. (FB,D)

Day 4

The Ballenberg Swiss Folk Park will give you a taste of what it’s like to live in the Alps during your morning visit. Situated between Lakes Thun and Brienz, Interlaken is a magical place nestled in the shadow of three breathtaking peaks – Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger. Hotel du Nord – 2 nights (FB,D)

Day 5

Visit Trummelbach Falls and the Alpine Gardens at Kleine Scheidegg before taking the cog train from Lauterbrunnen to Jungfraujoch. At an amazing 11,333 feet, exit Europe’s highest-altitude railway station at the top of the great Aletsch Glacier – at over 13 miles in length this is the longest ice stream in the Alps. This unforgettable trip to the Top of Europe has been the “HIGHlight” of every past Switzerland trip! (FB)

Day 6

Have your passports ready. We’re going to Italy! Lake Como (Italy’s third largest) has been a popular retreat for the rich and famous since Roman times. Now it’s your turn! Explore the area by lake cruise and on foot before hotel check-in. Hotel Metropole Suisse (FB,D)

Day 7

The charming village of Sirmione is situated on Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. A local guide will take you on a walking tour to see historical monuments such as 13th century Scaliger Castle and Grotto di Catullo, an ancient Roman villa. Continue to Verona for this evening’s dinner, and your overnight stay at Hotel Montresor Palace Hotel (FB,D)

Day 8

Verona was the hometown of Romeo and Juliet. Here Shakespeare’s account of two feuding 12th century families comes to life. Your walking tour will include the famous balcony (“Wherefore art thou?”) and Juliet’s tomb in the cloisters of the church of San Francesco al Corso. Was the story fact or fiction? Yes! Onward to Padua, one of Italy’s primary cities of art and culture in the 13th through 15th centuries. Hotel Grand’Italia – 2 nights (FB,D)

Day 9

Padua is but a short distance from Venice, a legendary city built on 117 islands separated by 150 canals and connected by 400 bridges. A morning guided walking tour of Venice ends at San Marco Square with a visit to the Doge’s Palace and a walk across the famed Bridge of Sighs. The afternoon is at your leisure before a grand Farewell Dinner and a final night in Padua. (FB,D)

Day 10

After breakfast your journey back to the U.S.begins from Marco Polo International Airport, on the mainland near Venice. (FB)
 

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options

Departures

Friday, September 27, 2019 to Sunday, October 6, 2019

10 Days, 15 Meals

Daily breakfast, 1 lunch, 6 dinners

$4985
p.p./dbl.occ.
$5380
single

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