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Day 1 Turin
Arrive into Turin and enjoy a private transfer to your pre-tour accommodation where the rest of your day is at leisure.
Day 2 Turin - Langhe
Turin is the gateway to our alpine adventure, and we get to know its stylish streets and tree-lined boulevards on a walking tour. A highlight is a visit to Turin Cathedral, where pilgrims have gathered for hundreds of years to see the legendary shroud. Next we step inside the hallowed halls of Casa Martini to learn the secrets behind the making of these famous wines and vermouths – followed by a tasting, of course. By afternoon, we’re ready to board our luxury mini-coach, where we take the scenic route into rural Piedmont. With its endless fields and rolling hills, this bountiful region of northern Italy is renowned for its wines, cheeses and truffles. Our home for the night is a charming hotel in a local town, where we look forward to the experiences ahead over a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 3 Langhe - Alba - Baroloi - Langhe
This morning takes us into the countryside near Alba, where treasure waits to be unearthed. Claiming the title of truffle capital, this is the perfect place to hunt for these gourmet delights. Learn to spot their ideal growth habitats before venturing into the woods with your expert hunter – their specially trained dog running ahead to sniff out black and white truffles. After our hunt, we venture into Alba itself to wander the laid-back streets of this rural town. Then we stop by Barolo, home of ‘the king of wines and the wine of kings’. You could seek out a café here to try a glass of the rich, aromatic Barolo reds, or simply saunter through the historic centre, taking in views that stretch across surrounding vineyards. Tonight we enjoy an authentic cooking experience, using local produce to prepare our own dinner. (B,D)
Day 4 Langhe - Milan - Lake Como
Today we turn our attentions to the glitz and glamour of Milan and the Italian lakes. Our first stop is Milan’s spectacular cathedral – an ornate, marble confection covered in delicate spires. Afterwards, you can take some free time to explore the city centre. But it won’t be long before we hear the clear waters and mountain vistas of Lake Como calling. Our elegant waterside base is on the Western shore, where we make ourselves at home with a group dinner. (B, D)
Day 5 Lake Como
With a day at leisure beside the lake, how you spend today is entirely up to you. You could follow one of the many gentle walks from Lake Como into the surrounding hills. Instead, take the ferry to Bellagio, a town known as the ‘pearl of Lake Como’, or over to Varenna, a former fishermen’s village known for its beautiful villas. (B)
Day 6 Lake Como - Sondrio - Tirano - Davos
Our path turns north today as we travel through the Valtellina region, our road edged with apple orchards, vineyards and mountain pastures. After pausing in Sondrio to explore its heritage, we continue on to Tirano – where a highlight of our trip awaits. It’s here that we board the Bernina Express to embark on one of the world’s iconic railway journeys. Our train climbs steadily into the mountains, passing through tunnels where views of soaring peaks and awe-inspiring glaciers await on the other side. Our final stop is the Alpine resort of Davos, where we’re welcomed to Switzerland with a warming group dinner. (B, D)
Day 7 Davos - Andermatt - Grindelwald
We take to the rails once more today, giving us the chance to view Switzerland’s most spectacular scenery from aboard the Glacier Express. This remarkable feat of engineering includes countless beautiful bridges over gorges and between mountain passes, with pine forests and wildflower meadows stretching out below you. Arriving in Andermatt, we swap the train for mini-coach and continue on to Grindelwald, where your evening is your own. (B).
Day 8 Grindelwald
Steep-gabled wooden chalets. Sparkling lakes and green fields. Rugged, snow-capped peaks. Grindelwald is the perfect picture of a sleepy Swiss village – and it’s yours to explore today. Wander through sublime valleys, take the train to the Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe, or perhaps take the cable car up to the panoramic terrace and mountain restaurant. From here, clear weather reveals panoramic views of spectacular mountains, including Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. This evening, we come back together to share our exploits over a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 9 Grindelwald - Lucerne - Zurich
Our last breakfast together is truly something special. First, we visit a small, family-run dairy farm, where we sit down to a traditional Alpine breakfast amid unforgettable views. But our adventure isn’t over just yet. We pay a visit to Lucerne, whose medieval old town and lakeside setting enchanted everyone from Goethe to Queen Victoria. Finally we reach Zurich, where we say goodbye amid the elegant buildings, grand squares and artisan chocolate houses of this heart-stealing city. Your private transfer to the airport is included. (B)
Departure Dates & Prices 2017 The Lakes & Mountains of Italy and Switzerland - Tour code TUZ
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June 11, 25
July 9, 23
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The Lakes & Mountains of Italy and Switzerland
9 days / 8 nights - 5% discount
Prices from only £2846
From historic Turin and cosmopolitan Milan to soul-stirring alpine villages. Join us on a memory-making adventure that takes in timehonoured traditions, local culture and even some remarkable railway journeys – all among some of the world’s most enchanting scenery
To book this wonderful 9 day Lakes and Mountains of Italy and Switzerland tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 ref: T55BR to receive the 5% discount.
You can claim a 5% discount on all Back-Roads tours. To book, call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote ref: T55BR to receive the Travel 55 discount price
The Back-Roads Difference
- Hunt for truffles and sip local wines in Langhe, northern Italy
- Experience two of the great alpine railway journeys: the Bernina Express and the Glacier Express
- Savour breakfast in the fresh mountain air on a Swiss farm visit
- Private transfers to and from the airport
- 8 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels
Experienced Back-Roads tour leader
- Luxury mini-coach transportation
- First class rail travel through the Swiss Alps
- European breakfast daily (B)
- Four evening meals (D)
- Local guide in Turin
- Truffle hunt
- Wine and cheese tasting
- Entrance fee included to: Turin Cathedral, Casa Martini and Milan Cathedral.
Small groups of up to 18
With tour sizes of up to 18 guests, our tour leaders can ensure a more personalised experience. Smaller group sizes also mean we can guarantee our tours will run once we have just four guests booked.
Why Back-Roads Touring
On the vast majority of tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches. Think comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.
Along the way, your tour leader can offer intriguing insights about the sights we see over the onboard PA system. And, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.
Authentic Local Experiences
Truly getting to know a destination means stepping off the typical tourist trail. From hidden-gem attractions to local favourites, we take time to seek out genuine experiences that take you to the heart of each region as well as its culture.
Scenic back roads not motorways
Winding country lanes. Coastal beauty spots. Breathtaking mountain passes. With luxury mini-coaches that take us along scenic roads beyond the reach of large vehicles, the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination.
One of the most enjoyable ways to experience a different culture is to sample the cuisine. From visits to local producers to food and wine tastings and even cooking lessons, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover new flavours.
Whether it’s a classic country inn or an elegant chateau, each day’s journey ends in a hotel with plenty of character. We opt for accommodation that reflects the personality of the local area, and fits right in with its surroundings.
Leisurely Paced Travel
Forget sunrise starts and long days hopping on and off the bus. We rarely leave before 8.30am and give each stop the attention it deserves – keeping long drives to a minimum. And giving you plenty of time to explore at your own pace.