Duration: 19 Nights / 20 Days
Destination: UK – Rome – Florence – La Spezia – Cinque Terre – Lugano – Zermatt – Interlaken – Zurich – Cruises to Basel – Strasbourg – Speyer – Rüdesheim – Koblenz – Cologne - Amsterdam
Day 01: (Tue): UK - Rome
Your Scenic Italy and Switzerland Insight Vacations starts with a flight to Rome’s Fliumicino Leonardo de Vinci Airport. From there you will have complimentary transfers to Hotel Grand Palatino at 9:30, 12:30 and 15:30 hrs. In the evening you will join your Tour director and other fellow passengers for a welcome drink. Here ends the first day of your Scenic Italy and Switzerland Insight Vacations.
Day 02: (Wed): Rome Sightseeing
Go on a guided sightseeing tour and visit Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Also, visit St. Peter’s Basilica, set up around the tomb of St Peter. You will also enter Colosseum, the place where gladiators fought against wild beasts followed by a look to the Roman Forum. Breakfast will be taken care of.
Day 03: (Thu): Rome - Florence
You will travel northwards along Tiber Valley. Have a stoppage in Montepulciano, one of the highest hill towns of Tuscany. Then proceed through Chianti vineyards to Piazza Michelangelo that overlooks Florence and Ponte Vecchio. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at Palazzo Ognissanti Hotel.
Day 04: (Fri): Florence Sightseeing
On the 4th day of your Scenic Italy and Switzerland Insight Vacations, you will go on a morning walking tour and visit the Cathedral, Ghiberti’s ‘Gates of Paradise’ and Signoria Square. Also, visit Academy Gallery and then spend the rest of the day at leisure. You can choose to visit the Uffizi Gallery that showcases the masterpieces by Titan and Giotto.
Day 05: (Sat): Florence – La Spezia
Have a stoppage at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, also visit splendid Cathedral and Baptistery. Then pass through the quarries at Carrara. Have an overnight stay in Hotel Jolly at La Spezia situated at the eastern end of Italian Riviera.
Day 06: (Sun): Cinque Terre Excursion
Visit Cinque Terre or ‘five villages’ that were earlier accessible only by donkeys but now the train goes there. Explore two of these villages with a local guide. Breakfast will be taken care of.
Day 07: (Mon): La Spezia - Lugano
Seventh day of Scenic Italy and Switzerland Insight Vacations begins with a drive to the city of Milan. Visit Gothic Milan Cathedral, housing 135 pinnacles and around 2000 statues. You will also see Sforza Castle and La Scala Theatre. Then proceed to Lugano, a famous Swiss resort with Italian ambience. Have an overnight stay at Grand Hotel Eden.
Day 08: (Tue): Lugano - Zermatt
Today you will drive along the shores of Lake Maggiore and watch beautiful views of Borromean Islands. Then you will pass through the Simplon Pass, at a height of 2,005 meters in to Swiss Alps. Then follow the narrow valley to Täsch, from where you will board the electric taxis to Zermatt, situated at the foot of Matterhorn. Relish a Highlight Dinner of Swiss cuisine at Hotel Alpen Resort along with an overnight stay.
Day 09: (Wed): Zermatt at Leisure
Ninth day of your Scenic Italy and Switzerland Insight Vacations is free for relaxation in the fresh mountain air. You can choose to take an excursion on the Gornergrat rack railway, known to be the highest in Europe. You can also climb a mountain by cable car. Breakfast will be provided.
Day 10: (Thu): Zermatt - Interlaken
You will rejoin the coach and follow the narrow gorge of the Upper Rhone and then climb the hairpin bends of the Furka Pass, at a height of 2,431 meters. You will pass through the Bernese Oberland and descent via the resort at Andermatt followed by a passage through the Susten Pass. In the afternoon you will reach Interlaken. Have an overnight stay at Hotel Royal St Georges. Breakfast and dinner will be provided.
Day 11: (Fri): ‘Valley of the Waterfalls’
Today you will reach the Wetterhorn Peaks traveling along the Grindelwald Valley followed by a drive along the Lutschine River to Lauterbrunnen, set at the head of the ‘Valley of Waterfalls’. You will see the Staubbach Falls, falling from 300 meters. You can also choose to avail the optional funicular ride up to Trummelbach Falls.
Day 12: (Sat): Interlaken - Zurich
Drive along the shores of Lake Brienz and visit the woodcarving workshop. Then pass through the Brunig Pass and proceed for Lucerne. You will have fun exploring the wooden bridges, Lion Monument and excellent shops of Lucerne. Then finally reach Zurich and have an overnight stay at Hotel Courtyard Marriott. Breakfast and dinner will be provided.
Day 13: (Sun): Zurich - UK
On the 13th day of your Scenic Italy and Switzerland Insight Vacations, you will get complimentary transfers to the airport at 8:30 and 12:30 hrs. You can choose to visit the Castles along the Rhine Cruise.
Day 13: (Sun): Embark Cruise in Basel
On the second half of the 13th day of your tour you will transfer to Basel and embark your cruise from there. Breakfast and dinner will e taken care of on this day as well.
Day 14: (Mon): Cruising to Strasbourg
Enjoy going on Alsace Wine Route sightseeing excursion. All the meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.
Day 15: (Tue): Cruising to Speyer
Watch out the sights of Strasbourg on a canal cruise. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be taken care of.
Day 16: (Wed): Speyer
Go on a Speyer walking tour and visit the Cathedral. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.
Day 17: (Thu): Cruising to Rüdesheim
Today you will visit the Castle Vollrads and enjoy a wine tasting session over there. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.
Day 18: (Fri): Cruising to Koblenz
On the 18th day of your Scenic Italy and Switzerland Insight Vacations you will embark on Rhine Gorge cruise to Koblenz for a walking tour. Have breakfast, lunch and dinner aboard the cruise.
Day 19: (Sat): Cruising to Cologne
Today you will enjoy a Cologne walking tour and also visit the Cathedral. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be taken care of.
Day 20: (Sun): Cruising to Amsterdam – UK
Last day of your Scenic Italy and Switzerland Insight Vacations starts by getting down of the cruise and a transfer to Amsterdam Airport. Breakfast will be provided. Here ends your tour.