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17 Day itinerary in Switzerland, Europe

Private Trip to Switzerland and Italy

This trip will take you from the amazing mountains, lakes and beautiful villages of Switzerland to the stunning Italian Lake Como. From Lake Como to ”the City of Canals” Venice which is one of the most picturesque and recognisable cities in the world. And from the iconic canals of Venice you will tr... Read More

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Overview

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GUIDANCE

On Some Day Trips

starting point

Zürich

trip type

Private

trip attributes

Visit markets

Meet local people

Historic & cultural landmarks

Outdoors & Nature

Food & Drink

Start

End

Highlights

1

Matterhorn glacier

2

Bernina Express

3

Guided walking tour of Florence

4

Group day trip to Amalfi Coast and Pompeii

Itinerary

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Day 1

place Romantic Lucerne - Arrival

6-days Swiss Travel Pass - 1st Class: Swiss Travel Pass includes train transfers and other public transportation throughout Switzerland. Private transfers or taxis from TRAIN STATIONS TO HOTELS AND BACK are subject to supplement. Train transfer from Zurich Airport to Lucerne, check-in at the hotel. Cheese tuktuk tour: Discover Lucerne with the best fondue on a 90 minutes ride with the electrical eTuk an enjoy the great atmosphere and the delicious fondue. Delightful on every level!

Accommodation:

  • Comfort: CASCADA Boutique Hotel
Day 2

place Chillon Castle and Top of Europe

Train transfer to Interlaken (around 2h15m), check-in at the hotel. Top of Europe Jungfraujoch: Enjoy a combination of cogwheel train ride and spectacular new tricable Eiger Express gondola ride through green meadows and the hard rock of the Mountain Eiger to Europe’s highest railway station at 11,333 ft: the famous Jungfraujoch (Top of Europe). A visit to the Jungfraujoch is an unforgettable experience in a high-Alpine wonderland of eternal ice and snow and a true highlight of a visit in Switzerland. The Sphinx is the highest vantage point on the Top of Europe at 3,571m. Once at the top you will have magnificent views of the longest ice stream in the Alps, the Aletsch Glacier. The mighty Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau massif soaring almost vertically up from the valley is also a sight to behold. This whole area is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The average temperature during the summer months varies from around -9c to 1.7c degrees. Highlights on the top of the glacier: - new Eiger Express tricable gondola ride - Ice Palace - Alpine Sensation - Jungfrau-Panorama: A 360 degree panoramic mountain experience, with a film allowing you to enter the magical world of the Jungfraujoch as it changes through 365 days of the year. - Lindt Chocolate Heaven - Sphinx Viewing Platform - Glacier Suspension Bridge - Snow Fun Park - Hike to Mönchsjoch Hut You have a choice of restaurants here, from a quick snack in the self service cafeteria to a more leisurely lunch in the Crystal restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Comfort: Hotel Interlaken
Day 3

place Lauterbrunnen valley or Grindelwald Alpine village

Visit valley of hundred waterfalls: Regarded as one of the most beautiful valleys in Europe, it is tucked away in the Bernese Oberland of the Swiss Alps. The German word Lauterbrunnen means “Many Springs” or more accurately: “Loud Springs” and the name comes from 72 thundering waterfalls that gush down into the valley from the vertical cliff faces, some of which are several hundred meters high. About a kilometre in width, the Lauterbrunnen Valley is one of the deepest in the Alpine chain; especially when compared with the height of the mountains that rise directly on either side. The valley lies between gigantic rock faces and m o u n t a i n p e a k s , w h i c h s o m e t i m e s r i s e perpendicularly to heights of 300 meters. Besides its waterfalls, the Lauterbrunnen valley is perfect for hikes, paragliding or skydiving.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Comfort: Hotel Interlaken
Day 4

place to Zermatt and Mt. Matterhorn

Train transfer to Zermatt, check-in at the hotel. Ascend by cable car to the famous top of Matterhorn glacier, set on a high plateau and surrounded by mountains 13,124 feet high. Fantastic highest viewing platform in Europe. The Matterhorn and Switzerland are inseparably linked to each other. The pyramid shaped colossus of a mountain, which is very difficult to climb, is said to be the most-photographed mountain in the world. The Klein-Matterhorn ("Little Matterhorn") which you reach by cable car, lies adjacent to the Matterhorn. During Summer you can hike or during Winter ski on the glacier. Rest of the day at leisure in Zermatt, famous because of the best view of the impressive Matterhorn. The rural village with the dark sunburned wooden houses is inviting for shopping and fine eating.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Comfort: Hotel Julen
Day 5

place Glacier Express Train

Enjoy a full day on the Glacier Express, most renowned Panoramic Train in the world. Sit back and relax in your comfy seat, taking in the Alpine scenery from the large picture windows. Route takes you from the Alpine resort of Zermatt to another chic and most renowned Swiss ski center, St.Moritz or vice versa during fascinating 8-hours panoramic train ride. Reservation is obligatory and depends on availability on the day of booking the trip. EXCELLENCE CLASS ON GLACIER EXPRESS TRAIN: A panoramic trip through the Swiss Alps aboard the Glacier Express is now even more spectacular. The new Excellence Class sets standards that are as high as the mountain peaks along the legendary route: with window seat guaranteed and a five-course menu included.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Comfort: Schweizerhof
Day 6

place St. Moritz

Enjoy Great options for St.Moritz area: Visit Panoramic Points of St.Moritz: VISIT PANORAMIC POINTS OF ST. MORITZ: Mt. Corvatsch, Corviglia, Diavolezza and Muotass Muragl. - Diavolezza - Morteratsch Hiking Across Glaciers: DIAVOLEZZA - MORTERATSCH HIKING ACROSS GLACIERS: A classic glacier hike. Escorted by a well-informed mountain guide, one departs from the mountain station of the Diavolezza aerial cable car. From here, cross the glacier to the promontory of the Isla Persa. Then continue to the side moraines and wind up at the Boval Hut. Hikers will enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Piz Palü and Piz Bernina. / 3-6 hrs / 0 per group Wildlife in the Alps: WILDLIFE IN THE ALPS: Do you know where ibexes and marmots most like to sunbathe in summer? You stand a good chance of seeing the splendid animals close up. Apart from providing you with the best possible sighting opportunities we also tell you all about the habits and behavior of our Alpine animals. Approximately Mid-June to beginning of October, every Friday expert guided tour. Alpine brunch with show of cheese making: Alpine brunch with show of cheese making and cheese tasting - from Mid June till end of September: Alp-Schaukäserei Morteratsch offers everything your heart desires ... with regional Engadin products, of course! Experience traditional cheese production up close on our idyllic alp! Every day our Alpmeister produces Heutal cheese, Gletscher-Mutschli and fresh Molkenziger (ricotta) over an open fire. In this alpine hut restaurant you will be spoiled by the refreshing drinks and delicious specialties such as our tasty cheese platter, our hearty meat platter or our delicious mixed platter! / 1-2 hrs

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Comfort: Schweizerhof
Day 7

place with Bernina Express to Lake Como

Board Bernina Express, now an UNESCO World Heritage site, for an unforgettable trip from St. Moritz to Tirano or vice versa. Along the trip, you’ll cross 196 bridges and travel through 55 tunnels. In addition to the spectacular glacier and forest scenery, highlights include the famed Circular Viaduct of Brusio and Landwasser Viaduct. Reservation is obligatory and depends on availability on the day of booking the trip. After arrival to Tirano, private transfer to Lake Como, check-in at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Comfort: DBH Duomo Boutique Hotel
Day 8

place Lake Como

Explore Lake Como by public boats on your own: Hop on a public boat and visit charming villages around Lake Como. Our favourites are charming Bellagio and Varenna. Whole journey will take approx. 6-8 hours, depending on how much time you wish to spend exploring around each location. Tickets can only be purchased on the spot - we suggest you buy daily ticket (approx. 30 EUR/person). OPTIONALLY: we can offer you a private boat tour (prices start from 450 EUR/3 hours private boat).

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Comfort: DBH Duomo Boutique Hotel
Day 9

place to Venice

Train transfer to Venice (3,5 hrs train ride), check-in at the hotel. Guided tour of Venice (up to 4hrs): Explore Venice with our local guide by visiting the all major attractions, such as St. Mark’s Square, Dodge’s Palace, Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge and Bridge of Sighs. By walking we will pass numerous palaces, old houses and canals, museums and galleries. Public transportation payable on the spot (if you want to move around by vaporetos). Duration: up to 4 hours.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Comfort: Carnival Palace
Day 10

place Venice at leisure

Venice at leisure with great options below: Sweet Venetian Tour: SWEET VENETIAN TOUR (up to 3hrs): This tour, conceived for sweets and coffee lovers, will get you to know the traditional Venetian bakeries and the coffee roasting still operating in the city. Experiment the famous pastry shops, try the delicious tiramisu', drink an exquisite cappuccino in a historical coffee roasting factory in a total of 4 stops. - Rialto Market Tour: RIALTO MARKET TOUR (up to 2 hrs.): If you’d like to know deeply the Venetian cuisine and its ingredients, if you want to learn how to recognize a local product, if you are passionate about the Veneto’s wine variety, then this should be your choice. - G o n d o l a R o w i n g L e s s o n : G O N D O L A ROWING LESSON: learn the Venetian style of rowing: standing up, facing forward, native to Venice and made iconic by the gondoliers. Row like a Venetian. Get off the beaten path and onto the Venetian waterways in our beautiful bateline and try it yourself! - Grappa Tasting in Venice: GRAPPA TASTING IN VENICE: taste some of best collection of traditional Italian spirits, called grappa. - G a l l e r i e d e l l ’ A c c a d e m i a : G A L L E R I E DELL'ACCADEMIA: Located opposite the Ponte dell’Accademia on the Grande Canal, this museum hosts a fine collection of pre-19th century art and features works by artists such as Bellini, Canaletto and Titian. For those who love Renaissance art and iconic masterpieces, this gallery delivers. Possibly its best known piece is the Vitruvian Man by Da Vinci which shows the ideal proportions of man. Doges Palace: DOGES PALACE VISIT: One of the most renowned buildings in Venice aside from the Basilica and Campanile, Doges Palace also sits in St. Mark’s Square but looks out onto the grand canal. This ornate palace is simply stunning and its front facade features a beautiful arched design made of white stone with a series of diamond patterns on the walls. Entrance fee: 25 EUR/person.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Comfort: Carnival Palace
Day 11

place Florence

Train transfer to Florence, check-in at the hotel. Guided walking tour of Florence: Take the chance to have a taste of one of the most important and charming cities of the World Heritage of UNESCO. Walking through the amazing centre you can discover its unique secular heritage and breathtaking beauty with an expert and fun tour guide. Learn about the city and see the Cathedral, the Baptistery, Signoria Square, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce Church, the Pitti Palace and much more. Duration: 3 hours

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Comfort: FH55 - Hotel Calzaiuoli
Day 12

place Day trip to Tuscany

Tuscany towns in one day (group or private tour): Siena, Pisa and San Gimignano: Your day begins early in the morning with a tour of Pisa with the celebrated Leaning Tower. Then we move onto a rustic wine estate in the foothills of San Gimignano, where you can enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch enriched by precious wines. Panoramic drive to the true Chianti countryside, before arriving in Siena, where our specialist guide will take us to main attractions of Siena, including with most important square of Piazza del Campo. Duration: approx. 12 hours

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Comfort: FH55 - Hotel Calzaiuoli
Day 13

place to Rome

Train transfer to Rome, check-in at the hotel. Private tour of Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill (up to 4hrs): Enjoy the Colosseum tour with a knowledgeable guide. Then explore Palatine Hill and see where Rome’s wealthiest inhabitants once lived. At the end admire the ruins of the Roman Forum, including the Arch of Titus.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Comfort: The Hive Hotel
Day 14

place Vatican Museum

Vatican museums & Sistine Chapel: Visit one of the richest art collection in the world. Discover the Vatican on your own with St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums tour. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork and history with an audio guides, which will bring the ancient collection to life. Explore halls such as the Gallery of the Maps and Raphael’s Rooms; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo’; and hear little-known tales about sacred St Peter’s Basilica.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Comfort: The Hive Hotel
Day 15

place Day trip to Pompeii and Amalfi Coast

Group day trip to Amalfi Coast and Pompeii: Head on a group day trip from Rome and visit two UNESCO-listed wonders – the mighty ruins of Pompeii and the idyllic Amalfi Coast. If you only have one day to explore Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast, make it count! You’ll embark on an in-depth exploration of the ruins at Pompeii, enjoy a relaxing drive along the beautiful Amalfi Coast, and still have time to explore the jewel that is the seaside town of Positano. Private transfer to Sorrento, check-in at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Comfort: Grand Hotel De La Ville
Day 16

place Explore Amalfi coast

Private boat tour along Amalfi coast: Set between the azure skies and turquoise sea, the Amalfi Coast is a breathtaking stretch of coastline with tiny colourful villages clinging to the dramatic cliffs that plunge directly into the waters of the Mediterranean. We will depart, passing through the beautiful Punta Campanella Natural Reserve to the Li Galli Islets, where we will stop for a swim. We’ll continue on to Amalfi, and you’ll have some free time to explore its narrow streets and majestic Cathedral of St. Andrew with its impressive staircase and charming Cloister of Paradise. In the afternoon, we will depart for the enchanting village of Positano, the pearl of the Amalfi Coast, famous for its handmade leather sandals, resort fashions, and postcard-ready landscapes. Here you’ll have your time on your own to stroll along its narrow streets and relax in the captivating timeless center.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Comfort: Grand Hotel De La Ville
Day 17

place Bye, bye, Europe - Departure

Private transfer from your hotel to Rome airport for your flight back home.

Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included

Accommodation expand_less

  • CASCADA Boutique Hotel
  • Hotel Interlaken
  • Hotel Julen
  • Schweizerhof
  • DBH Duomo Boutique Hotel
  • Carnival Palace
  • FH55 - Hotel Calzaiuoli
  • The Hive Hotel
  • Grand Hotel De La Ville

Meals expand_less

  • Breakfast (16)

Transport expand_less

  • Train, private transfer

Activities expand_less

  • Cheese tuktuk tour
  • Jungfraujoch Eiger Express gondola and train
  • Cable car to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
  • Glacier Express Train
  • Bernina Express Panoramic Train
  • Venice private tour
  • Guided tour of Florence
  • Day trip to Tuscany towns: Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano
  • Rome private guide (up to 4 hrs)
  • Vatican museums & Sistine Chapel
  • Group day trip to Amalfi Coast and Pompeii
  • Amalfi coast private boat tour

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  • All international air travel and associated costs.
  • All meals except breakfast unless stated otherwise in the itinerary.
  • Porterage
  • Gratuities
  • City/tourist taxes are payable on the spot at each accommodation upon check-out
  • All items of a personal nature (e.g. beverages, telephone calls, laundry, personal insurance).

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