This best of Switzerland and Italian Lakes tour travels through charming old villages full of culture and history with the natural beauty of the alps and lakes also stunning and stimulating. This escorted tour of Switzerland includes gorgeous natural beauty, plenty of photography points, while traveling among Zürich, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt, Lake Geneva, and Lucerne.
The tour itinerary even tour includes a visit to the Principality Liechtenstein located high up in the alps. The Italian Lakes includes a stop to see Lake Como and some free time on the shores of Lake Maggiore in Stresa. Bring you camera! Beautiful scenery and charming cities are waiting for you on this tour of Switzerland. Click here for vacation itinerary.
Switzerland and Italian Lakes Tour Itinerary Map
Switzerland and Italian Lakes Tour Highlights
- Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites Old City of Berne and Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
- ZURICH – Welcome dinner; orientation walk of the Old Town; taste Sprüngli chocolate pralines
- VADUZ – Visit the capital of Liechtenstein
- LAKE COMO – Picture stop
- TÄSCH–ZERMATT–TÄSCH – By mountain train
- ZERMATT – Group picture
- BERNE – Guided sightseeing tour, stop at the Bear Park and enjoy a panoramic view from the Rose Garden; lunch at a working farm
- INTERLAKEN – Take pictures of the Jungfrau massif
- LUCERNE – Walking tour including the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge; Mount Pilatus excursion including an alphorn demonstration
- NOTE: On arrival at Zürich Airport, a complimentary transfer by hotel shuttle bus is available
Switzerland and Italian Lakes Tour Accommodations
- 1 Night Zurich – Moevenpick Zurich Airport
- 1 Night St. Moritz – Laudinella
- 1 Night Lugano / Paradiso – Novotel Lugano Paradiso
- 1 Night Zermatt – Pollux
- 1 Night Montreux – Eurotel Montreux
- 2 Nights Lucerne – Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann
Switzerland and Italian Lakes Tour Itinerary
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DAY 1 – Arrive in Zurich, Switzerland
Time to rest or to discover Zurich’s attractive historic center and lakeside promenade. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner to celebrate the start of your Switzerland and Lake Como Italy tour.
DAY 2 – Zurich–Vaduz, Liechtenstein–St. Moritz, Switzerland
Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce. Next, stop for a visit of a traditional CHOCOLATE CONFECTIONARY before continuing to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein. After a break in Vaduz, ascend the Rhine Valley into the mountainous Grisons, a canton where three of the country’s four languages are spoken. The 7,504-foot Julier Pass, an important Alpine road since Roman times, leads to the Engadine. This valley is considered by many as the most beautiful mountain area in the world, with deep-blue lakes, airy larch forests that turn golden in the fall, mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet, and quaint villages with massive white stone houses in the characteristic Grisons style. Afternoon arrival in ritzy St. Moritz. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 3 – St. Moritz–Lake Como, Italy–Lugano, Switzerland
Today you’ll experience gradual change of scenery as your Switzerland and Lake Como Italy tour descends towards the enchanting shores of the Italian Lake Como and continue on to the southern tip of Switzerland. The vegetation south of the Alps is Mediterranean: chestnut groves, vineyards, and olive and fig trees make you forget that earlier today you were within walking distance of glaciers. Afternoon arrival in the popular subtropical resort town of Lugano allows time for shopping under the arcades of Via Nassa, an espresso on flower-festooned Piazza Riforma, or a stroll along the lake. (Breakfast)
DAY 4 – Lugano–Stresa, Italy–Zermatt, Switzerland
Today your Switzerland and Lake Como Italy tour travels from Lake Lugano to the Italian shore of Lake Maggiore for a break in elegant Stresa. An optional boat ride to the enchanting Isola Bella can be arranged. On over lofty Simplon Pass into the Swiss Valais, an area renowned for its excellent wines and great mountain resorts. To reach the most famous of them, leave the coach behind in Täsch and board a MOUNTAIN TRAIN to climb the last few miles up to car-free Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the Matterhorn. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 5 – Zermatt–Lake Geneva
This morning, you can join an exciting optional excursion to Klein Matterhorn for spectacular views of the surrounding Alps. Next, motor through the vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhône Valley and arrive at beautiful Lake Geneva for your overnight stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 6 – Lake Geneva–Berne–Interlaken–Lucerne
Travel along an excellent highway through some of the country’s best farmlands to its stately capital, Berne. Your guided tour starts at the BEAR PARK, followed by a panoramic view of the city from the Rose Garden. Next, enjoy a walking tour through the beautifully preserved medieval Old Town. Witness the hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower and take your pictures of ornate, flower-adorned fountains. Highlight of the day is a special lunch at a traditional Swiss WORKING FARM. Continue to Interlaken and take pictures of the Jungfrau massif with its group of three famous peaks: the Jungfrau, the Mönch, and the Eiger. Over Brünig Pass to picture-book Lucerne. You may wish to sign up for a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing for a first-hand impression of Alpine merrymaking. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 7 – Lucerne
On your walking tour this morning, admire Thorwaldsen’s LION MONUMENT and ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then, cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit church. Afterwards, shop for watches or climb a mountain by cable car. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your Swiss vacation. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 8 – Lucerne–Zurich Airport
Morning transfer to Zurich Airport in time for homebound flights leaving no earlier than 10 am. Extra nights are available in Zurich. (Breakfast)
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