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Alpine Lakes and Scenic Trains

From $5299 $680 taxes

Experience the enchanting Alpine cultures of Switzerland and Italy as you journey through spectacular mountain scenery and picturesque towns. Ride aboard three of the legendary Alpine railways – the Golden Pass Panoramic Train from Gstaad to Montreux; the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz; and the Bernina Pass Train, which takes you into Italy. Cruise across two of the most scenic lakes in the world, Lake Como and Maggiore. Relax in some of Europe’s most stunning and exclusive resort villages, including Zermatt, St Moritz and Lago Maggoire, Italy. Explore Lucerne, the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Spend time at a family-owned farm where you sample their handmade cheeses paired with wine. Enjoy traditional regional cuisine and Italian delicacies. Savour a traditional Italian dinner on the Isola dei Pescatori.

Travel Best Bets Package Includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare from Vancouver to Zurich and return from Milan
  • 10 Days – 9 night guided tour
  • 12 Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinner
  • Sightseeing as listed in itinerary
  • Transportation via air-conditioned motorcoach or train.
  • Services of professional Tour Manager
  • All baggage handling (1 bag per person)
  • Airport transfers

Highlights:

  • Lucerne, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Como, Lago Maggiore
  • Cruise Lake Como on a traditional open-air commuter ferry.
  • Stroll the lakeside boulevards of Lucerne, St. Moritz and Como.
  • Journey through the Bernina Pass on one of the world’s most scenic railways.
  • GoldenPass Train, Glacier Express Train, Bernina Pass Train, Farm Visit with Wine and Cheese Pairing, Lake Maggiore Cruise

Travel Best Bets Exclusive:  Book by October 15!

May 14 – 23, 2018
Vancouver $5299+ $680tax
Single Supplement + $540
Victoria, Kelowna from $400 more
*Price shown reflects savings

Optional Tour – Mount Pilatus $108 
Enjoy the splendour of pure nature while gliding over a clear landscape in panoramic gondolas and spectacular cable cars. Ascend Pilatus via a unique excursion on the steepest railway of the world with a gradient of 48%. Upon arrival at the top, soak in the magnificent Alpine view from 7,000 ft. above sea level. During leisure time at the summit, stroll the walkway for views from a different vantage point, or enjoy Swiss culinary delights on your own in one of the various restaurants (lunch is not included). Return back down the mountain by panoramic gondola for yet another bird’s eye view. This option is available during the months of May – September only. On occasion, this option may not be available due to inclement weather. Duration: Approximately 3 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.

 

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Itinerary

Day 1: Monday, May 14, 2018 Overnight Flight

Breathtaking Alpine vistas await as you travel through Switzerland and Italy. Experience dramatic views while aboard railways and lake cruises, and enjoy cultural experiences in charming villages in the heart of Europe.

Day 2: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Lucerne, Switzerland – Tour Begins
Arrive in Lucerne and take some free time to explore this lakeside town on your own. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner in the city. (D)

Day 3: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Lucerne
Today, explore this “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Enjoy an Altstadt (Old Town) walking tour that follows the ancient pathways of the city. See the covered Chapel Bridge (1333); the famous Water Tower that once served as a prison; the watchtower and treasury; the Renaissance-style Town Hall; the Baroque Jesuit Church; and the Lion Monument, carved from sandstone to commemorate the heroic soldiers who were protecting King Louis XVI in 1792. (B)

Day 4: Thursday, May 17, 2018 Lucerne – GoldenPass Train – Montreux – Zermatt
This morning, travel to Gstaad and climb aboard the GoldenPass panoramic train to enjoy breathtaking Alpine views along the route to Montreux. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time in this legendary town on the shores of Lake Geneva. Then, continue on to the pedestrian village of Zermatt. (B, D)

Day 5: Friday, May 18, 2018 Zermatt
Today, Zermatt is at your fingertips. It’s your choice! Explore on foot during a guided walking tour. Or, experience Zermatt independently before visiting the Matterhorn Museum; learn more about the triumph and tragedy behind the first ascent of this imposing peak. The remainder of your day is at leisure. (B)

Day 6: Saturday, May 19, 2018 Zermatt – Glacier Express Train – St. Moritz
Traverse bridges and tunnels while aboard the world-renowned narrow gauge Glacier Express, the most charming express train in the world. Enjoy the natural beauty of this route through the heart of the Swiss Alps. Filled with forests, fragrant meadows, gurgling streams and deep valleys, it’s a mountain dream come to life. Relax and enjoy a three-course lunch while onboard. Arrive in St. Moritz for your 2-night stay. (B, L)

Day 7: Sunday, May 20, 2018 St. Moritz – Bernina Pass Train – St. Moritz
Embark on a journey through the Bernina Pass while travelling along one of the most scenic railway lines in the world en route to Tirano, Italy. Take in striking views of the Swiss and Italian Alps throughout your adventure, including the famed Morteratsch Glacier. Upon your return to St. Moritz you can relax at your hotel or make use of your included St. Moritz lift pass and take the cable car to the top of Mt. Diavolezza where you can enjoy stunning views of Piz Bernina. (B)

Day 8: Monday, May 21, 2018 St. Moritz – Lake Como, Italy – Lago Maggiore
Today we make our way back to Italy with a drive to Lake Como. A ferry ride across the waters of Lake Como introduces you to its stunning beauty. Drive along the picturesque shores to the town of Como. You will have free time to explore this famous resort before continuing to Lago Maggiore, a tranquil resort area with crystal clear waters against the backdrop of the Alps. (B)

Day 9: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Lago Maggiore
Travel to an ancient village nestled in the mountains. Stop at a family farm where you will learn about the artisan cheeses they produce. Then, sample their delicious creations and learn how to pair them with the region’s local wines. Return to your hotel for a free afternoon. Our evening begins with a cocktail party in a wine shop before we board a lake boat for a cruise to Isola dei Pescatori, the most beautiful of the Borromean Islands. There we savour a traditional farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 10: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Lago Maggiore – Tour Ends
Your thrilling Alpine journey ends today in Lago Maggiore. (B)

 Important Notes:

This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.  The highest elevation encountered on this tour is 6,000 feet in Zermatt.

 

 


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