(Lucerne, Interlaken, Zurich)
Embark on this indulgent exploration of Como, Lugano, Lucerne, Interlaken and Zurich. From crystal blue lakes, to dramatic mountain passes, this is the ultimate trip for anyone fascinated by the glacial lakes of Italy, and the Swiss Alps. Visit the gardens of the beautiful Villa Melzi, explore storybook old quarters, and ascend Mount Pilatus by gondola. Cruise the inner shore of Como and walk 14th century bridges in Lucerne.
Settle in for an exciting mountain train journey, travelling past the green valleys and glistening, eternal snow fields that make up the mighty Alpine region.
Finish your trip in cosmopolitan Zurich, where you can shop, dine, and explore in true European fashion. Complete with private transfers and tours, along with some shared excursions, and historic 4* boutique hotels.
Meet your driver for a private transfer from Milan to Como. The transfer will take approximately 1 hour.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
The Palace Hotel (4*) is located in the centre of Como. A small, protected world is hidden behind the gates of this beautiful Palace Hotel. The extensive gardens open out onto the lake enclosing a grand 19th century Art Nouveau style mansion leading down to the old docks with all neighbouring golf courses. Elegant, spacious and airy down the corridors, through the large reception halls, the modern conference centre, the Ceccato Garden Bar and the Antica Darsena restaurant. Tranquillity is the order of the day in the light, spacious bedrooms situated on the second and third floors.
Meet your private driver at your hotel and drive to Bellagio following the so called inner shore that runs from the town to the Pearl of Lake Como, this road is rather narrow and curving but with nice panoramic views looking to the western side of the lake, it is known as the “ Amalfi coast road of Lake Como”! After approximately 1 hour drive you will reach Bellagio where your guide will walk you through the ancient typical Borgo with its narrow stepped alleys before visiting the gardens of the beautiful Villa Melzi. Upon your visit you will take the public ferry from Bellagio to Cadenabbia for a 10 minute sail to give you a chance to see a small part of the lakeside villas. In Cadenabbia your driver will be waiting for you to drive you back to Como. Entrance fee included. Please note that cost of ferry Bellaggio-Cadenabbia has to be paid on spot.
Enjoy a private transfer from Como to Lugano. Journey will take approximately half an hour.
Enjoy a short train ride from Lugano to Luzern. The ride is approximately 2hr 30mins. Where possible we will book a direct train, though some trains may require a change in Arth-Goldau.
With the Swiss half-fare card you receive a 50% discount on tickets bought for trains, buses, boats and mountain-top excursions! Each card is valid for one month.
A transfer between the train station and your hotel is provided with a private vehicle and driver.
Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann (4*) an oasis of charm and hospitality snuggled in the picturesque old town of Lucerne. Each room is individually and beautifully decorated with a flair for detail. A feeling for tradition harmoniously linked with modern comfort and the outstanding cuisine of its restaurant allow the guests to forget everday worries - a real home away from home. Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann is 200 metres from Lucerne’s most famous landmark, the Chapel Bridge. Lucerne train station and Lake Lucerne can be reached within an 8 minutes walk.
Explore storybook Lucerne, situated on Lake Lucerne - a charming city with many faces with your own private guide. Reflect on the history of Lucerne as you walk across the 14th century Chapel Bridge with its paintings of heroic town events. Then cross Mill Bridge to see the "Dance of Death" paintings. Musegg Wall, the old city ramparts and the stately Town Hall, displaying suits of armour reminding you of the Middle Ages. Continue on to the Lion Monument in memory of the Swiss Guards who defended the Royal Palace in Versailles during the French Revolution. You might also include an optional visit to see the Swiss Transport Museum, famous for its huge collection of rail vehicles, aircraft cars, bicycles, and motor-bikes as well as other exhibits and models connected with the history of transport and communication. Entrance fees are not included and need to be paid on the spot.
Enjoy a shared tour of Mount Pilatus and relax on a boat trip on Lake Lucerne. Start the tour with a short bus journey to Kriens where you can take a ride on the panoramic gondolas to Mount Pilatus (7000 ft / 2132 m). From here, enjoy an unforgettable view over the surrounding mountains and lakes. Descend on the world's steepest cogwheel railway (48% gradient) to Alpnachstad before taking an unforgettable boat ride on Lake Lucerne. A multi-lingual guide will be with the group for the duration of the tour. A fun optional activity on this tour is to take on the longest summer toboggan run in Switzerland, 4500 ft (1.4 km).
Enjoy a transfer by train from Lucerne to Interlaken. Travel time is approximately 2 hours.
A transfer between the train station and your hotel is provided with a private vehicle and driver.
The Metropole Hotel (4*) Situated in the centre of Interlaken. The property offers 96 rooms of which most of them are south facing with a balcony and modern amenities. Culinary treates served in both the Bellini and panoramic Top o'Met restaurants come freshly cut direct from the market and change with the seasons.
This excursion takes you to the very heart of the Bernese Alps - from the green valleys to the glistening, eternal snow fields and glaciers encircling the mighty "Eiger" (13'026 ft/ 3970m), "Mönch" (13'449 ft/ 4099m) and "Jungfrau" (13'643 ft/ 4158m), which form an imposing nucleus of the Alpine Region. Walk to Interlaken Ost station and take the train into the Waterfall Valley of Lauterbrunnen where you change and board the train to Jungfraujoch. The railway of the Jungfrau Region are under unified management and comprise an electrified, highly efficient transport system. For those technically interested: there are different gauges, and also gradients up to 25%. The highlight, of course, is the spectacular ride through the tunnel (4.4 miles long) cut into the rocks of the "Eiger". The travelling time from Interlaken to the Jungfraujoch is approx. 2 1/2 hours each way. At Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe, you can visit the Ice Palace and the Sphinx Terraces - reached by lift allowing a breathtaking view of the Aletsch Glacier, the largest river of ice in Europe. Refreshment or a meal can be obtained at the Jungfraujoch Restaurant "Top of Europe". After approx. 2 ½ hours you will return to the mountaineering village of Grindelwald, the winter sports and mountaineering centre. Enjoy the view on the mighty mountains, before returning to Interlaken.
Enjoy a train ride from Interlaken to Zurich.The journey will take around 2 hours, with one change in Bern.
Enjoy a train station transfer in a private vehicle with a driver.
Helmhaus Hotel (4*) is Zurich’s smallest and most centrally located city hotel. Hotels 24 rooms feature high-standard design furniture. Sound-proof windows ensure privacy and tranquility. The hotel is non-smoking since 2009 and a complimentary high-speed WLAN internet access service is available to all guests. In July 2011 the Hotel Helmhaus received the valued Quality seal of the Swiss Tourism Board for the second time in a row.
Enjoy a walking tour of Zurich, one of the most important cities in Switzerland. Your private guide will give you a good overview of Zurich in all its aspects: through the business and shopping centre, the Old Town, and along the lake to the greenery of the recreational areas on the outskirts. Visit Fraumünster to see the Chagall windows and stop at the lake where you will have wonderful views of the city. Entrance fees are not included.
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November 06, 2013
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October 22, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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