Your Holiday Itinerary - Alpine Lakes & Scenic Trains
Day 1: Home - Lucerne, Switzerland
Our door to door airport transfer service takes you from your home to your UK departure airport for your flight. Breathtaking Alpine vistas paint the canvas of your trip of a lifetime through Switzerland and Italy. 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.
Day 2: Lucerne
Today, explore the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Enjoy an Alstadt (Old Town) walking tour that follows the ancient pathways of the city. Over 800 years of history lives on with such treasures as 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.
Day 3: Lucerne - GoldenPass Train - Montreux - Zermatt
This morning, travel to Gstaad where you climb aboard the GoldenPass panoramic train to enjoy breathtaking Alpine views along the route to Montreux. Upon arrival, have free time in this legendary town on the shores of Lake Geneva. Then, continue on to the pedestrian village of Zermatt.
Day 4: Zermatt
Today you have all of Zermatt at your fi ngertips. You choose the way you spend your day! You may decide to explore on foot during a guided walking tour of charming Zermatt. Or, perhaps you’ll choose to discover Zermatt independently and learn more about the triumph and tragedy of the first ascent of the Matterhorn with included admission to the Matterhorn Museum. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 5: 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. Relax and enjoy a threecourse lunch while on-board.
Day 6: 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. Enjoy 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 perhaps make use of your included St. Moritz lift pass to take the cable car to the top of Mt.Diavolezza where you can enjoy stunning views of Piz Bernina.
Day 7: St. Moritz - Lake Como, Italy - Lago Maggiore
Today you make your 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.
Day 8: Lago Maggiore
Today, visit an ancient village nestled in the mountains and stop at a local farm to sample their artisan cheeses paired with the region’s local wines. Return to your hotel for a free afternoon. Your evening begins with a cocktail party in a local wine shop before boarding your lake boat for a cruise to Isola dei Pescatori, the most beautiful of the Borromean Islands, for your traditional farewell dinner.
Day 9: Lago Maggiore - Home
Your thrilling Alpine journey ends today in Lago Maggiore.
Departure Dates 2018 Alpine Lakes & Scenic Trains (9 Days) - 7% discount on all dates
Collette brochure price from £2384
Travel 55 discount price from £2218
Telephone Collette Holidays on 0800 804 8700 and quote Travel 55 code NYC2
Prices are ‘guide from’ prices only and do not include flights. To check the latest up to date tour prices and to check availability call Collette reservations on 0800 804 8700. Don't forget to quote the Travel 55 code NYC2 to receive your 7% discount that is availably on all Collette tours.
May 1, 8, 15, 29
July 10, 17
September 11, 18, 25
June 5, 26
August 14, 28
October 2, 9
Please note: prices may change and will be confirmed when you call to make a booking. The discount will be applied accordingly to reflect the price. Departure dates are subject to availability. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking.
NOTE: • On some dates alternate hotels may be used • Due to tour scheduling, arrival flights into Zurich should arrive prior to 4:00 p.m. • Guests will arrive into Zurich airport and transfer to Lucerne, and depart from Lago Maggiore and transfer to Milan airport. All transfers will depart from/return to these airports.
What's Included In Your Tour
- MEALS: 12 meals (8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch & 3 Dinners)
- ACCOMMODATION: Ameron Flora, Lucerne. Hotel Alex, Zermatt. Hotel Steffani, St. Moritz. Zacchera Hotels, Lago Maggiore.
- Complimentary Private Airport Transfers*
- Services of an experienced tour manager
- Services of local expert guides
- Luggage porterage throughout the tour
- Complimentary WIFI on tour
- On tour Audio Guides
- TRANSPORT: Coach, train, ferry and cable car
- GROUP SIZE: Approx 40
- SOLO TRAVELLERS: From £2,774