Trip Overview

Italian Lake Region & Scenic Switzerland

Tour rating: 4.84 / 5, Based on 16 Reviews
Private tour to Italy, Switzerland

Catch the spirit of the picturesque Italian Lake region and charming Swiss cities in 10 days. Relish the delights of a tailored-to-your-needs private tour which includes the exploration of inspiring cities like Milan & St. Moritz, as well as such unique local experiences as the Bernina Express and Glacier Express rides, the Borromean Islands exploration and more.

Italian Lake Region & Scenic Switzerland

10 days6 cities
ItalySwitzerland2 countries
Private tour to Italy, Switzerland
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$4,392
Tour rating: 4.84 / 5, Based on 16 Reviews

Catch the spirit of the picturesque Italian Lake region and charming Swiss cities in 10 days. Relish the delights of a tailored-to-your-needs private tour which includes the exploration of inspiring cities like Milan & St. Moritz, as well as such unique local experiences as the Bernina Express and Glacier Express rides, the Borromean Islands exploration and more.

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Day-By-Day

Milan

first destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival to Milan
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to Milan, the fashion capital of Italy! Upon arrival to Milan you are met by your driver and taken to your downtown hotel. There are no planned activities for you for today day, so you can relax after the flight.

If you would like to do some looking around, we suggest visiting the world famous shopping and fashion avenue, Quadrilatero della Moda.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Milan Sightseeing & Train to Como
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast and check-out from the Milan hotel, meet your guide at the hotel lobby and have a 3-hour walking tour of Milan to learn more about the city’s history and reputation as a fashion capital. You start with visiting to world-known Milan Duomo, the Gothic cathedral and the highest sight in the city which took about six centuries to build. Then you walk through nearby-located Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and reach La Scala Theatre. Prepare to be wowed by the prestigious Milan opera house (no entrance is included).

You continue with picturesque Brera district to feel the historical atmosphere of the city. Explore the public areas, with stories of its 15th-century owners ringing in your ears. After all you make a stop at Castello Sforzesco to see history and style combined with Milanese flair.

  • Please note: Milan Cathedral is a sacred religious site thus the dress code for visiting it is applied just as when you visit any church in Italy: no shorts – no uncovered knees and shoulders, no backpacks.
  • Please note: The unique treasure of Milan - Leonardo da Vinci’s legendary fresco “The Last Supper” located in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is not included in the city tour due to its limited availability. Please, ask your travel specialist about available tickets for your tour date.

Following the tour, meet your private driver who transfers you rail station to catch the train to Como. Upon arrival in Como, you have a check-in at the hotel and the rest of the day at your leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Hotel Milano Scala, Milan
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Nestled in the heart of Milan within a walking distance from the magnificent La Scala Opera House and the Milan Cathedral, the Milano Scala boasts excellent service and top-notch facilities. The decor of all guestrooms reflects the famous opera.

Welcome to Milan

The world's fashion capital, Milan, is one of the most visited cities in Northern Italy and in the world.

train
Milan
Como
1 hr

Get ready for a memorable ride from the Italian fashion capital, inimitable Milan, to the shores of scenic Lake Como. Enjoy a comfortable and safe travel on a modern Italian train, equipped with all facilities necessary for a great journey.

Como

second destination
1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 3
Tour of Como
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast at the hotel, you meet with your local guide in the hotel lobby and start your Como tour.  Como town boasts several artistic monuments from different historical periods.

During the city tour you see the medieval walls surrounding the historic center, stroll through the ancient streets in the heart of the town, and admire beautiful Romanesque and Baroque churches. You see the Piazza Volta and Piazza Duomo with its charming old Town Hall building and its characteristic bell tower. You also enjoy public boat tour as well as a Como-Brunate funicular ride.

The highlight of the tour is visit of the superb 600-year old Como Cathedral. Nearby is the Palazzo Terragni, an example of the modern rationalist architecture.

After the tour you are guided back to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Palace Hotel, Como
4

Set on the shores of the breathtaking Lake Como, the impressive Palace Hotel is housed in an Art Nouveau Palace near the beautiful Teatro Sociale and the stunning Como Cathedral. Guests are invited to stay in the comfortable air-conditioned rooms.

Welcome to Como

Located on the Italian-Swiss border, lovely Como is the most important town on the Lake Como, attracting more and more people with its outstanding historic heritage and natural beauty.

car
Como
Lugano
30 min

Enjoy traveling with a trusted driver from Northern Italy to the Swiss city of Lugano. On your way there, you'll pass two breathtaking lakes and beautiful towns.

Lugano

third destination
1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Arrival to Lugano
Transfer
Transfer

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel in Como. Then you meet your private driver for a car ride to lovely Lugano. Upon arrival, you have a check-in at the hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Alternatively, you can opt for a private walking tour or take a short ride to The Alprose Chocolate Factory & Museum.

Breakfast is included.

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Hotel Lugano Dante Center, Lugano
4

The beautiful Hotel Lugano Dante Center boasts a great location in Lugano’s pedestrian area in the historical center of the city. Guests are offered to stay in the comfortable air-conditioned rooms, equipped with cable TVs, free Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms.

Welcome to Lugano

Located just near the Italian border, Lugano is not like any typical Swiss hub, it is like "small Italy" within the territory of Switzerland.

train
Lugano
Saint Moritz
5 h 30 min

Firstly, you have a 3-hour trip aboard a Bernina Express bus to get to the charming city of Tirano. Next, you hop on the legendary Bernina Express train and enjoy a 4-hour ride along the UNESCO World Heritage railway line with just amazing views.

Saint Moritz

fourth destination
1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 5
Trip to Saint Moritz & Bernina Express
Transfer
Transfer
Nature views
Nature views

Following breakfast and check-out from the Lugano hotel, you walk to the bus station to take a 3-hour trip aboard a Bernina Express panoramic bus to reach Tirano. Upon arrival, you have a 1.5-hour stopover followed by a picturesque 4-hour Bernina Express train ride on ер UNESCO World Heritage railway line.

Upon arrival, you walk to your hotel St. Moritz, which is easily accessible on foot, for check-in. The evening is free, so you can enjoy the magnificent mountain landscapes.

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Saint Moritz

The host of the Winter Olympic Games of 1928 and 1948, one of the richest places in the world, a must-visit resort for any skiing enthusiast, St. Moritz is a fantastic place, the bridge between tradition and innovation, and one of the cities you can’t miss during your Switzerland itinerary.

train
Saint Moritz
Zermatt
8 hrs

Get ready for one of the Swiss tour highlights! A Glacier Express ride is a feast for any visualist. On your way to Zermatt, you will cross 291 bridges (some at head-spinning height!), the Oberalp mountain pass at 2033 m (6667 ft) altitude, run through the 91 tunnels, and have plenty of time to take in the unique beauty of Switzerland's countryside.  

Zermatt

fifth destination
2 days in the mountain village
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a remarkable hotel
Day 6
Glacier Express to Zermatt
Transfer
Transfer
Nature views
Nature views

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and board the famous Glacier Express for a scenic ride to Zermatt. Glacier Express is the legendary train and one of the symbols of Switzerland.

  • Please note: there are no Glacier Express trains running mid-October to mid-December.

Zermatt is famous not only for being a popular ski resort. This lovely village is located in the southern canton of Valais which is home to some of the world's most spectacular mountains, including Matterhorn.

Upon arrival, you walk to your hotel for check-in and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 7
Day Trip to Gornegrat
Day tour
Day tour
Nature views
Nature views

After breakfast you walk to the railway station, where you board a cogwheel train equipped with large windows which allow you to enjoy a journey across the highest open-air railway in Europe. The Gornergrat Bahn is the cog railway which was the first in the world to be fully electrified. Nowadays regenerative braking system of this eco-friendly railway generates electricity on the descent and so saves energy.

After about 45 minutes you reach the station of Gornergrat which is considered to be the highest open-air railway station of Europe at an altitude of 3, 090 m (10,135 ft). Gornergrat observation platform is accessible all year round and offers one of the finest panoramas in Switzerland. From there you have a glorious view of more than 20 four-thousand m (13,123 ft) peaks, one of which is Matterhorn. A truly unforgettable experience you cannot miss!

  • Please, note: It is important to wear something warm and wind/rain protective when going to Gornergrat. The temperature there is usually lower than in the cities even in summer. In case you feel too cold you can always go inside the restaurant which is close to the observation platform. The trains to/from Gornergrat are heated well.

After some free time in Gornergrat you have a train ride back to Zermatt. The rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

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Wellness Alpenhof Hotel, Zermatt
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Located right next to the Sunnegga Cable Car Station and near the Gornergrat Railway, the family-run Wellness Alpenhof Hotel offers comfortable guestrooms with great amenities, such as cable TV, free Wi-Fi, minibars, and safes.

Welcome to Zermatt

Set gracefully just at the foot of the highest summit of the Alps, majestic Matterhorn, the city of Zermatt, Switzerland is a popular ski resort that's all about gorgeous natural panoramas.

train
Zermatt
Stresa
3 h 20 min
Take in fabulous views of the Swiss and Italian countryside as your modern high-comfort train takes you from mountainous Zermatt to the glorious lakeside city of Stresa. You driver meets you at the station upon arrival.

Stresa

sixth destination
3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 8
Arrival in Stresa and Islands Tour
Day tour
Day tour
Nature views
Nature views

In the morning after breakfast you check out from the hotel in Zermatt, walk to the railway station and depart to Stresa. Upon arrival, you meet your driver who takes you to the hotel for check-in.

In the afternoon you meet your private guide at the hotel lobby to take a ferry and explore two stunning Borromean Islands – Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori.

The Islands are jaw-droppingly beautiful. Loved by Ernest Hemingway and, in more recent times, by the English Royals, this Archipelago is made up of the monumental Isola Bella, with its 17th-Century Palazzo Borromeo, surrounded by scenic gardens, the picturesque Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island).  Admire the beautiful scenery of the lake and visit the superb sights on the islands.

After the tour you return to the hotel and have the rest of the evening at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 9
Botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto
Day tour
Day tour
Nature views
Nature views

Following breakfast at the hotel, meet your private driver and have a short transfer to Villa Taranto. The lakeside garden was created in the 1930s with thousands of species of trees and flowers from all over the world. 

Meet your private guide and enjoy a 2-hour walking tour inside gardens. From spring to autumn there are always flowers in bloom, with “special events” for certain species which are particularly spectacular in their season: the tulip week is in April, dahlias are at their best between July and October. 

After the tour, you are taken back to the hotel in Stresa and the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 10
Departure from Stresa
Transfer
Transfer

This is the last day of your amazing Italian lakes and Switzerland Alps tour!  After breakfast your driver meets you at the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Stresa

Welcome to beautiful Stresa, nestled on the shores of the breathtaking Lake Maggiore. Stresa is a perfect place to have a brief break from the bursting with life and noise favored Italian cities, taking in the unique beauty of Italian nature in all its vast variety.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable downtown hotels in Milan, Como, Lugano, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Stresa;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • 2d class train tickets Milan - Como;
  • 1st class train tickets Tirano - St. Moritz, St. Moritz - Zermatt, Zermatt - Stresa;
  • Regular class Bernina Express bus Lugano - Tirano;
  • Non-guided tour to Gornergrat by cogweel train; 
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides;
  • Convenient private transfers between cities throughout the program;
  • Tours of Milan, Como, Lugano, Zermatt, and Stresa;
  • Bernina Express ride;
  • Glacier Express ride;
  • Day Trip to Gornegrat;
  • Borromean Islands discovery;
  • Botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto tour;

What To Know

  • In Italy you can expect to find some shops and restaurants closed from 1-4 p.m. as it is "Riposo" time, Italy’s midday siesta. Most places will be also closed on Sundays
  • Tipping in Italy's restaurants is included in the bill, the cover charge is called ”coperto”. A charge from $1 to $3 will be noted on the menu
  • Make sure you have coins, in Italy you will be typically charged from 1 to 2 Euros to enter a public restroom
  • Switzerland has one of the highest costs of living in the entire world, checking prices before ordering or buying souvenirs is highly recommended
  • Though Euros are sometimes accepted in touristy cities like Zurich and Bern, Switzerland uses the Swiss Franc. You will easily find ATMs in Switzerland, but we advice to bring a small amount of Swiss Francs anyways
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