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13 Days
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Aug 12 - Aug 24, 2024
Los Angeles Airport. If you prefer to depart from a different airport, please contact us for details and airfares
Zurich

SWITZERLAND – ITALY

Zurich – Lucerne – Lauterbrunnen – Mount Pilatus – Interlaken

Gstaad – Golden Pass Panoramic Train – Lavaux Vinorama

Gruyères – Montreux – Lausanne – Zermatt – Stresa –

Lago Maggiore – Isola Bella – Isola Madre

Fishermen’s Island – Lake Como – Lugano – Milan

Date: Aug 12 – Aug 24, 2024

From:  $7,595  + Tax

Itinerary*

Day 01: Los Angeles

Check in at LAX airport. Depart for Zurich, Switzlerland.

Day 02: Zurich

Arrival in Zurich, shopping time. Dinner and overnight in Zurich. (D)

Day 03: Zurich - Lindt Chocolate Museum

Zurich is located in the heart of Europe and is an important economic, cultural and social center of Switzerland. With its unique location on Lake Zurich, the Alps on the horizon, the numerous local recreation areas and its urban diversity, the city offers an attractive environment to live and work.

During our visit we will see the old town with his narrow streets and the modern part with all the luxury shops.

Afternoon visit to Lindt Chocolate Museum. In an impressive new building designed by star architects Christ & Gantenbein, the Lindt Home of Chocolate welcomes chocolate lovers from all over the world. An interactive multimedia exhibition guides visitors through seven different chocolate worlds, which appeal to all the senses. From the cultivation of cocoa to the history of chocolate through to tasting the top-quality Swiss chocolate – here you can find out everything you need to know on the subject. A very special highlight is the largest Lindt Chocolate Shop in the world.

Come back to Zurich for some shopping and dinner in a traditional Restaurant. (B/D)

Day 04: Lucerne - Mount Pilatus - Interlaken

Transfer to Lucerne. Short visit of the most popular sites of this characteristic town.

Enjoy Pilatusbahn ride for an excursion to Pilatus.

Mount Pilatus: A dragon rock supposedly fell from the sky in the year 1420. The Roman governor Pontius Pilatus might have been buried in Lake Pilatus. Legend has it that a petrified man stands guard in front of a cave. The mountain massif of Pilatus, which towers above the region with its 2,128 meters in height, indubitably captures the imagination. Even today Pilatus is a source of mystical discoveries and is home to places of natural beauty that are steeped in legend and lore. The mountain can be reached from Lucerne by gondola lift and aerial cable car and from Alpnachstad with the world’s steepest rack-railroad.

Drive to Interlaken. Interlaken is a traditional resort town in the Bernese Oberland mountain region of central Switzerland. Built in a long narrow valley between the emerald waters of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, it features old wooden houses and parks on both sides of the Aare River. The surrounding mountains, with dense forests, alpine meadows and glaciers.

Visit Iseltwald and the Crash Landing On You Phenomenon. Iseltwald Village in Switzerland is the very famous of Netflix Korean drama series “Crash Landing On You” (B/D)

Day 05: Lauterbrunnen - Jungfraujoch - Interlaken

After breakfast, transfer to Lauterbrunnen. Nestled in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Lauterbrunnen captivates visitors with its breathtaking scenery of towering peaks and cascading waterfalls. Adventure seekers flock to this picturesque valley for its renowned hiking trails, offering unparalleled views of the surrounding Bernese Oberland. With its charming alpine villages and tranquil atmosphere, Lauterbrunnen provides an unforgettable retreat for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Take the train to Jungfrau, the highest railway station in Europe. Explore the Junglraujoch and admire the stunning mountain scenery. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Interlaken. Overnight in Interlaken. (B/D)

Day 06: Gstaad - Golden Pass Panoramic Train

Transfer to Gstaad. In recent years the center of Gstaad has turned into the shortest but most beloved shopping street in Switzerland.

With its exclusive hotels, gourmet restaurants, luxury chalets and the nearby Saanen airfield, the traffic-free vacation village attracts famous personalities from all over the world. Enjoy shopping time in Gstaad.

Board your Golden Pass Panoramic Train from Gstaad to Montreux. The world’s first fully panoramic train! The GoldenPass Panoramic are very modern trains with unique features. In addition to their great comfort, they have panoramic windows specially designed by our workshops in Chernex. These allow you to be totally immersed in the surrounding nature. (B/D)

Day 07: Lavaux Vinorama - Gruyères - Montreux - Lausanne

Enjoy a day excursion to Lavaux Vinorama. Unique in its kind, Lavaux Vinorama is a discovery center for the wines and vineyards of Lavaux, a UNESCO World Heritage region. Some 300 wines from the region are offered here, a selection of which can be tasted at the bar or in the tasting space. A film in 8 languages allows visitors to discover the work of Lavaux winemakers.

Later board your motorcoach and travel to Gruyeres, a charming hilltop town famous for a 12th century castle. Gruyeres is an unspoiled, carfree medieval village with lovely houses along cobblestone streets. Visit at a cheese factory

Return to Montreux for a quick sightseeing. (B/D)

Day 08: Zermatt

Transfer to Zermatt. Quick stop at Chateau de Chillon for pictures. Enjoy a Zermatt Shuttle from Taesch to Zermatt.

Zermatt lies on the foot of the Matterhorn, and its tourism development is closely linked to perhaps the world’s best-known mountain in the world. The off-limits resort has preserved its original characteristics and offers almost unlimited hiking opportunities. (B/D)

Day 09: Zermatt - Taesch - Stresa

Board your Zermatt Shuttle from Zermatt to Taesch. Transfer to Stresa. (B/D)

Day 10: Lago Maggiore - Isola Bella - Isola Madre - Fishermen's Island - Stresa

Full day activity in Lago Maggiore. Visit Isola Bella, Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori

Isola Bella – It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in northern Italy. The monumental Borromeo Palace, begun in 1670, forms an imposing setting with its Italian Baroque Gardens. The palace preserves priceless works of art; the gardens count endless varieties of rare plants and flowers, distributed in terraces on the slope towards the shore.

Isola Madre – White peacocks, parrots and pheasants of every variety live freely in the gardens of this island, the largest of the Borromean Islands. The palace there dates back to the 16th century and is surrounded by gardens that offer an extraordinary bloom of azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias.

Fishermen’s Island – The charm of the island lies in the houses of ancient simplicity of the typical fishing village with narrow streets overlooking the lake and the church of St. Victor.

Return to Stresa. Dinner at Local Restaurant. (B/D)

Day 11: Lake Como - Lugano

Transfer to Como. Excursion on Lake Como. Embark on a Bellagio Water Limousine to behold the spectacular beauty of the surroundings. Lake Como is listed in the top 10 beautiful lakes in the world. It has absolutely stunning views of the majestic mountains with their deep valleys running through them. The clear lake water is mesmerizing and varies in color from light green to dark green/blue. On the rare occasion when the lake is still, it mirrors the magnificent scenery that surrounds it. The towns and villages along the lakes shores are very picturesque and each one of them feels like it could be home to any number of celebrities.

Transfer to Lugano, Switzerland, a captivating blend of Mediterranean charm and Swiss efficiency. This enchanting city, situated on the shores of Lake Lugano, boasts a stunning backdrop of lush mountains and a delightful promenade. (B/D)

Day 12: Milan

Transfer to the city of Milan. Milan (called Milano in Italian) is one of the most economically developed cities in Europe. It is also known as a mecca of lifestyle, art, and design of the world and also houses the Alfa Romeo Museum. All these values are contained in this modern, yet bustling city.

Visit the Gothic Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano), the symbol of Milan. It is decidedly the most impressive structure in Milan as it is the largest church in Italy and took nearly six centuries to complete. The entire building is made up of pink-hued white marble. At least 78 architects from across Europe were invited to create such incredible grandeur for the church. (B/D)

Day 13: Milan - Los Angeles

Board a flight back to Los Angeles. (B)

* The itinerary is subject to change due to the weather and/or whether attractions are open or still closed.

* Tour prices can only be guaranteed after travelers deposit.

Notes

Departure & Return

  • Los Angeles Airport (LAX)
  • If you prefer to depart from a different airport, please contact us for details and airfares

Tour Includes

  • Roundtrip international flights: LAX – Zurich & Milan – LAX
  • 4-5-star hotels located downtown with double occupancy rooms. Single rooms come with a surcharge. 
  • Daily meals (breakfast and dinner) as described in the itinerary
  • Deluxe coach and train fares between cities
  • Entrance tickets to destinations

Terms & Agreements

  • A deposit of $300 per person must be paid upon reservation 
  • The balance amount must be paid at least 60 days prior to the departure date. Failure to do so will lead to the cancellation of your reservation and your deposit will not be refunded.
  • If a reservation is made within 60 days prior to the departure date, full payment is required.
  • The tour departs with a minimum of 20 persons.
  • Passengers must be fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks prior to departure
  • Travelers are required to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the return date
  • It is the responsibility of the travelers to submit valid and proper travel documentation. Non-U.S. citizens should check for visa requirements.
  • The tour fare does not include: Gratuity to driver & tour guide, Porterage at hotels and personal expense, travel insurance
  • Travel insurance is recommended. Please request a copy of our Travel Insurance brochure for more information and rates
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