ITALY AND SWITZERLAND TOUR

Rome - Florence - Venice - Zurich - Lucerne - Bern - Milan - Pisa

validity

valid until December 2018

duration

8 days / 7 nights

HIGH SEASON

USD1,224

MID SEASON

USD1,194

LOW SEASON

USD1,164

TOUR PHOTOS

from USD1,164 / Person

EXPECTED HOTELS


Rome: American Palace, IH Roma Z3, Florence: Delta Florence, Venice: Albatros, Michaelangelo; Zurich: Hotel Ibis Zurich Messe Airport

2018 DEPARTURE DATES


Jan: 7, 14, 21, 28
Feb: 4, 11, 18, 25
Mar: 4, 11, 18, 25
Apr: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May: 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Aug 5, 12, 19, 26
Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
Nov: 4, 11, 18, 25
Dec: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

INCLUSIONS

  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Travel by bus with English speaking guide
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Basic travel insurance
  • Arrival transfer
  • Boat trip: Vaporetto along the canals in VENICE
  • City tour in: ROME, FLORENCE, VENICE
  • Evening transfer: Trastevere in ROME, Via Cavour in ROME
  • Ticket admission: Coliseum in ROME, Saint Mark´s Basilica, Murano Glass Factory in VENICE, Cable Car to Grindelwald First in Interlaken
  • Train: Piazza dei Miracoli in PISA
  • Meals: Lunch in Louver

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ROME

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Evening transfer to the Trastevere district


Welcome to Rome! Upon airport arrival, we shall be waiting to transport you to your hotel. Our guide will greet you at the hotel and will provide all the necessary informa­tion. At the end of the evening we arrange a transfer to Trastevere area. This neighbourhood will be a great introduction to Rome, a stroll in the narrow cobbled streets of the Trastevere district reveals hidden treasures to us, such as some modest medieval churches, small shops with the most peculiar of objects or scenes of daily life. Many trattorias (informal Italian eating establishments) and osterias (inns) imbued with the Italian spirit will be ready to serve you local dishes. Other restaurants serving Indian, Chinese and international food can be found in this area. Return to hotel.

DAY 2 - ROME

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour of Rome. Roman Coliseum (admission price included) and visit to the Vatican City.


In the morning, we have a scenic tour of the city, which will be a great introduction to “The Eternal city”. We visit the tiny state of the Vatican. The Vatican City is a principal centre of Christianity in the world. You will be able to visit St. Peter’s Basilica. And we have also included admission to the Roman Coliseum, the principal symbol of Rome. This impressive con­struction dates back 2,000 years and will transport us in time so that we can learn about ancient society in the Roman Empire. In the evening we provide transport to the Via Cavour area, were you will find restaurants serving Italian, Indian, Chinese and interna­tional food. Return to hotel.

DAY 3 - ROME - FLORENCE

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Tour with a local expert from Florence. View from Piazzale Michelangelo. We will leave Rome, heading north. This route is graced with beautiful landscapes.


Upon arrival in FLORENCE, we head straight to Piazzale Michelangelo, an impressive site in the city. In the afternoon we provide a tour with a local expert, and walk through the historic centre, taking in places such as the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, and Piazza della Signoria. This city is truly an outdoor museum. Free time to explore. In the evening, you can dine at your favourite restaurant. In this district you can find restaurants serving Italian, Indian, Chinese and international food.

DAY 4 - FLORENCE - VENICE

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Vaporetto boat on Venice’s Grand Canal. Visit and admission to the San Marcos Basilica, where we can admire the technique of crafting Murano Glass.


Today we enjoy stunning mountain landscapes while crossing the Apennine Mountains. Arriving in VENICE, we will board a Vapporetto to travel around on the canals in the historic centre. With a local guide, we will visit the marvellous Plaza de San Marcos and enter the marvellous basilica (entry cost included). Afterwards, we shall be able to visit the Murano glass factory city. It is marvellous to see the technique of crystal blowing. Free time. At the end of the afternoon, you will have the chance to eat dinner in the Mestre area, where you can choose the type of restaurant that you prefer (Indian, Oriental, Italian, etc.).

DAY 5 - VENICE - VERONA - ZURICH

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: We visit the city of Romeo and Juliet. Beautiful countryside while crossing the Alps (lakes and snowy mountains). 


We will depart from Venice, travelling to VERONA. Our guide will instruct us on the places where you will be able to walk in Romeo and Juliet’s city – the city of lovers! Afterwards we continue the journey to Switzerland. Very beautiful lakes and mountains with snow-capped peaks line our route. Arrival in ZURICH. Free time in the historic centre next to the lake, where you will be able to dine in your chosen restaurant serving Italian, Indian, Chinese, international or Swiss food.

DAY 6 - ZURICH - INTERLAKEN - LOUVER - ZURICH

TODAY´S HIGHLIGHTS: Admire the fantastic landscapes. Cable car included to Grindelwald first. Lunch included. Today´s stage has beautiful landscapes with high mountains and lakes.


Take a stroll through INTERLAKEN and follow to GRINDELWALD where we will have time for a coffee before taking the cable car (ticket included) up to Grindelwald first. We will walk along the path (30 minutes) in which we shall be able to take the “footbridge over the empty” among the fantastic scenery enjoying glaciers around us. Lunch included (vegetarian option available). After that we continue to LUCERNE, one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland. Returning to the heart of Zurich, enjoy an evening at the city’s most popular restaurants (Indian, Oriental, Middle Eastern, Swiss, etc.).

DAY 7 - ZURICH - BERN - MEIRINGEN - FURKA PASS - MILAN

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Route crosses marvelous and breathtaking land­scapes. Visit to the Ice Cave.


Amongst hills we travel to BERN, the capital of the confederation and time for a stroll. After this, we will cross the Alps on a stage of great scenic interest. We will follow beautiful lakes to MERINGEN, where the novelist wished Sherlock Holmes to die. In Meringen we will stop and have lunch. We then cross one of the most spectacular mountain passes in Switzerland, the Furkapass, with eternal snows and glaciers. We will stop at the ICE CAVE and at the viewpoint over the Rhone Glacier (until early June and after the beginning of October, the mountain pass may be closed due to snow. In this case the alternative visit will be to the AARESCHLUCHT gorges in Meiringen). Arrival in MILAN at the end of the afternoon. There will be time to dine at the Porta Venecia (Port of Venice) where an outstanding variety of restaurants can be found to delight your palate. From restaurants serving Swiss and Italian food, to French, Chinese and international food. Transfer to hotel.

DAY 8 - MILAN - PISA - ROME

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Centre of Milano. Leaning Tower of Pisa.


Time in MILAN in which we can see its great cathedral and the galleries in the centre. Then we continue towards PISA. On a little tourist train we will travel to the Piazza Dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), where there will be time to admire one of the most alluring and beautiful art complexes in Italy, including the well known Leaning Tower of Pisa. Then, we continue to Rome, arriving at the end of the afternoon. End of our services.

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