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Grand Tour of Northern Italy and Swiss Alps

Private tour
11 days
7 cities
2nights

Milan, Italy

The world's fashion capital, Milan, has much to offer travelers. The most recognized symbol of this Italian city is the impressive Milan Cathedral, also called Duomo by locals, that took about half a century to build! Other notable places worth seeing are the famous La Scala theater, the Royal Palace of Milan and the Sforza Castle. Of course, a visit to Milan wouldn't be complete without high-end shopping, thus going to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a must....
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    Day 1: Arrival
    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 and recover 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.

    Day 2: Milan Sightseeing  
    Following breakfast you 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.

    *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.

    Day 3: Departure to Lake Garda
    Following breakfast at your hotel and check-out, you meet your private driver who transfers you to the train station.

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    Hotel Milano Scala
    4-star hotel
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    Hotel Milano Scala is located in the center of Milan in proximity to the La Scala Opera House and the Milan Cathedral. Each room is decorated to reflect a famous opera and has air-conditioning, free WiFi, satellite TV and parquet floors. Guests can dine in the on-site La Traviata Restaurant serving traditional dishes from Lombardy, prepared from local ingredients....
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    • Half Day Walking Tour with Private Guide & Visit to the Milan Duomo
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    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
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Connection | Milan - Sirmione
1st Class Seat
Milano Centrale
Milan, Italy
1 h
Desenzano Del Garda
Sirmione, Garda, Italy
2nights

Sirmione, Garda, Italy

Sirmione is a lovely resort town located on the shores of Lake Garda in the Veneto region. It is famous for leftovers of luxurious Roman Villa - Grottoes of Catullus and 13th-century Scaligero Castle, being one of the most preserved Italian castles. This Lombardian location is perfect for relaxing weekend for both families and single travelers....
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    Day 3: Arrival in Sirmione
    Upon arrival in Desenzano Del Garda you have a transfer to the hotel in Sirmione. Following check-in you have a day at leisure.

    Day 4: Sirmione Sightseeing 
    Following breakfast in the hotel, meet your private guide at the lobby and embark on a 3-hour walking tour of Sirmione, the "pearl" of Lake Garda with its history dating back to the Roman times.

    The first on your list today is visit to the Scaliger Castle, which is the symbol of Sirmione. The views of the castle completely surrounded by water are breathtaking. You also have a chance to admire churches dating back to the 15th century: the small Sant'Anna della Rocca, and the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, as well as a church dating back to the 8th century: Church of St Peter in Mavinas. 

    During the tour, you get to walk along the shores of Lake Garda and visit a viewing point that offers the best photo opportunities with amazing scenery of Lake Garda and Monte Baldo. 

    As a highlight of the tour you visit the Grottoes of Catullus, an archeological park housing remains of an ancient Roman villa, built between the end of the 1st century B.C. and the beginning of the 1st century A.D. This grand villa belonged to the family of Catullus, the neoteric poet of the late Roman Republic.

    You also learn about the local thermal spas, known for its amazing preventive and therapeutic properties, that you have a chance to visit.

    After the tour, you return back to the hotel.

    Day 5: Departure
    Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and meet your private driver for the transfer.

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    Hotel Ocelle Thermae & Spa
    4-star hotel
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    Treat yourself by staying in a 4* hotel with a private beach and pool options. Your comfortable room encompasses a large double bed, a private bathroom, free wifi, flat-screen TV and a balcony as well! The location is less than 0.5 miles to Sirmione’s historical center and right down to the lake....
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    • Half Day Walking City Tour with Visits to Scaliger Castle & Grottoes of Catullus
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    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
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Connection | Sirmione - Tirano
Private Transfer Minivan
During the trip you have a stop at a panoramic viewpoint of d'Iseo lake.
Sirmione hotel
Sirmione, Garda, Italy
3 h
Tirano hotel/rail station
Tirano, Italy
1day

Tirano, Italy

Famous by its Catholic shrine of the Madonna di Tirano this small Alpine city attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the world. You can also find some other sights, such as Museo Etnografico Tiranese and the museum of Palazzo Salis there....
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    Day 5: Arrival in Tirano and Departure
    Upon arrival at the train station of Tirano, you have free time before you catch the train to St. Moritz.

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Connection | Tirano - St. Moritz Bernina Express
1st Class Seat
You take a Bernina Express running on UNESCO World Heritage railway line.
Tirano Rhaetian Railway Station
Tirano, Italy
2 h 30 min
St Moritz Station
St. Moritz, Switzerland
1night

St. Moritz, Switzerland

Having hosted the Winter Olympics twice in its history, St. Moritz have always been a luxury resort for ski and skate lovers from all over the world. Thanks to its lucky location, St. Moritz is a place with over 300 sunny days a year....
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    Day 5: Arrival in St. Moritz
    Upon arrival, you walk to your hotel and check-in. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the magnificent mountain landscape on your own.

    Day 6: Departure
    In the morning you check out and depart from St Moritz.

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    Hotel Schweizerhof St. Moritz
    4-star hotel
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    2 days / 1 night
    Why we chose this hotel
    Hotel Schweizerhof St. Moritz is famous for providing top-notch service for their guests for already over 120 years. Located in the very heart of St. Moritz, it allows you to easily reach the Chantarella funicular to get an amazing view over the St. Moritz area....
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Connection | St. Moritz - Zermatt Glacier Express
1st Class Seat
Glacier Express - the legendary train is one of the symbols of Switzerland. Please note: there are no Glacier Express trains running mid-October to mid-December.
St Moritz Central Station
St. Moritz, Switzerland
8 h
Zermatt Central Station
Zermatt, Switzerland
2nights

Zermatt, Switzerland

Best known as a great location for winter sports activities, Zermatt is a famous resort in the Swiss Alps that attracts people from all over the world. The village lies at the foot of the highest mountains in the Alpine mountain range and offers exceptional skiing, climbing and hiking opportunities. Apart from sports, a traveler can explore the main street of Zermatt, Bahnhofstrasse, lined with boutique shops and exquisite restaurants....
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    Day 6: Arrival in Zermatt
    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.

    Day 7: Day Trip to Gornegrat 
    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.

    Day 8: Departure 
    In the morning after breakfast you check out from the hotel, walk to the railway station and depart from Zermatt.

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    Wellness Alpenhof Hotel, Zermatt
    4-star hotel
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    The family-run 4-star superior Wellness Hotel Alpenhof is located in the centre of Zermatt, opposite the Sunnegga Cable Car Station close to the Gronergrat Railway. ...
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    • Day Trip to Gornergrat
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Connection | Zermatt - Stresa
1st Class Seat
One layover in Brig.
Zermatt rail station
Zermatt, Switzerland
3 h
Stresa rail station
Stresa, Italy
2nights

Stresa, Italy

The ancient town of Stresa, found on the banks of Lake Maggiore in Piedmont, northern Italy, offers much to admire. Enjoy walking through the crooked petite streets and take the chance to have an unforgettable ride on a cable car from the Piazzale Lido for incredible vistas. The breathtaking lake panorama and the Alps views can steal your heart. By the way, the action in one of the most notable Hemingway's novels "Farewell to Arms" partially takes place in Stresa what adds visitors' interest to the lovely Italian town....
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    Day 8: Arrival in Stresa and Islands Tour
    Upon arrival in Stresa, meet your driver who takes you to the hotel for check-in. 

    In the afternoon 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.

    Day 9: Botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto
    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.

    Day 10: Departure from Stresa
    Following breakfast at the hotel, meet your private driver for a transfer.

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    Hotel Regina Palace
    4-star hotel
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    You will be staying in a hand-picked downtown hotel. We carefully inspect all of our hotel properties and recommend only the ones that are conveniently located to major city attractions, have great atmosphere, comfortable rooms, and guarantee exceptional service....
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    • Half Day Guided Islands Tour
    • Half Day Tour to Botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto
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Connection | Stresa - Como
Private Transfer Sedan
Stresa hotel
Stresa, Italy
1 h 30 min
Como hotel
Como, Italy
1night

Como, Italy

Como is one of the most sought-after destinations in Italy chosen by travelers for its beauty and surroundings. This outstanding town is set in a magically beautiful location - on the waterfront of Lake Como at the foot of the Alps. Only about a 1-hour ride away from Milan on train, picturesque Como is a perfect place for a laid-back getaway. Top-notch villas, historic architecture, such as the Como Cathedral, rich colors and an unforgettable atmosphere - this is what Como is all about!...
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    Day 10: Arrival in Como and Sightseeing Tour
    Upon arrival in Como, 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.
     

    Day 11: Departure 
    This is the last day of your amazing grand tour in Northern Italy and Switzerland! 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!

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    Palace Hotel, Como
    4-star hotel
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    2 days / 1 night
    Why we chose this hotel

    The upscale Palace Hotel is set in a restored Art Nouveau palace on the shores of Lake Como near Teatro Sociale, Como Cathedral and Tempio Voltiano museum. Its contemporary rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, desks, hairdryers, in-room safes and minibars. The hotel provides free breakfasts and welcomes guests to spend leisure time in the in-house snack bar with a terrace overlooking the lake, and a bar.

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    • Half Day Walking Tour with Visit to Como Cathedral & Boat Ride
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What’s included:
  • Accommodation at remarkable downtown hotels in Milan, Sirmione, St. Moritz, Zermatt and Stresa;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • 1st class train tickets Milan - Desenzano del Garda, Tirano - St. Moritz, St. Moritz - Zermatt, Zermatt - Stresa;
  • Private transfers Sirmione - Tirano, Stresa - Como;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Support line during the trip.

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

Note: 

  1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you. 
  2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

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