What to Expect
PACING: This 14-day Italy and Swiss Alps vacation covers five main destinations, with two nights in Verona, Lugano, and Zermatt, and three nights in Riva del Garda and Stresa. On four days, departure from the hotels will be around 9am. Some transfers are long, but never without stopping at least every hour and a half for rest stops, some with lunch & sightseeing.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Most sightseeing during your Switzerland and Italy vacation is on air-conditioned coaches with guides. All hotels in lakes area are in flat and convenient locations. However, a number of sightseeing trips are in hilly areas, so passengers should be ready to use some stairs on a daily basis. Small boats holding at least 50 people are used in Lake Garda and Lake Lugano. Smaller boats are used for short transfers in Stresa.
CULTURAL FOCUS: This Italy and Swiss Alps vacation offers great cultural opportunities to soak up the art and history through guided tours and lectures, plus learning about the natural differences between the Alps and Dolomites. Familiar Italian cuisine is presented on various days.
SPECIAL FACTORS: There are high altitudes in Zermatt and the Dolomites Alps regions, with travel to these places by motorcoach. There are no included cable car transports. This Italy and Swiss Alps vacation is not suitable for those with walking difficulties, wheelchairs or other mobility aids. There is a lot of climbing, stairs, boat transfers and uneven cobbled stones in many towns.
Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Tour Director or regional expert.
Please Note: The hotels listed are preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract our hotels a year in advance, unforeseen situations do occasionally occur. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality and value will be substituted. You will receive verified hotel information with your final itinerary. That hotel ratings are based on the Hotel and a leading travel industry authority on hotels throughout the world.