Magic of the Italian Lakes & the Swiss Alps - 2017

Verona • Riva del Garda • Lugano • Zermatt • Stresa
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DAYS 1-2:

Depart Home / Venice / Verona, Italy

Your Italy and Swiss Alps vacation begins with an overnight flight to Venice, arriving in Verona via transfer on Day 2. This evening, you'll gather with your fellow passengers for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Verona

Today, explore Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as “Little Rome” because of its 15,000-seat amphitheater and attractive squares. This lovely city features historic Romanesque structures, which you'll see on an included sightseeing tour today. During your tour, you'll visit the city's ancient amphitheater, built in 30 AD. The afternoon is yours at leisure. Dinner will be at a local restaurant.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 4:

Verona / Riva del Garda, Italy

After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour in the peninsular town of Sirmione, Italy, which features cafés, elegant shops, villas, and churches. You’ll then take a boat ride to Bardolino, where you’ll enjoy a home-hosted meal and get a chance to sample some wines and get a tour of an estate. You’ll then transfer to beautiful Lake Garda, the retreat of many writers and poets. You’ll spend three nights in Riva del Garda, where your hotel is situated directly on the lakeshore in a large private park and botanical garden. As a Vantage guest on this Italy and Swiss Alps vacation, you’ll enjoy a room overlooking the exquisite park — guaranteed! Cultural Connection: Later, listen to an enlightening lecture entitled "Italian with Words & Without."  Dinner at the hotel this evening is included.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 5:

Riva del Garda

You’ll start with a panoramic drive from Riva to Malcesine, a village of cobbled streets, then enjoy sightseeing and free time on your own in Riva del Garda. Cultural Connection: You'll enjoy a discussion on Italian delicacies today. In keeping with the culinary theme of the day, you'll head to nearby Arco for a lively cooking demonstration, followed by a sumptuous dinner featuring regional specialties.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 6:

Riva del Garda

Today is yours to explore at leisure. Or, you can join a full-day optional excursion into the Dolomites, the spiky range at the eastern end of the Italian Alps, with lunch included in Lake Carezza.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 7:

Riva del Garda, Italy / Lugano, Switzerland

Your Swiss Alps vacation travel itinerary continues on to Lugano today, including a stop at Lake Como. You’ll cruise on this legendary lake, admiring some of the elegant villas that surround it. Then, transfer to your hotel. Cultural Connection: Learn some intriguing facts about Northern Italy during a discussion. This evening, savor an included dinner.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 8:

Lugano

Today, enjoy a different perspective as we set out for a scenic boat tour on the lake. You'll enjoy an unobstructed view of the spectacular beauty here thanks to your intimate group size. At the end of the tour, we’ll disembark at the Lugano town pier for a sightseeing stroll. You’ll see the ornate Palazzo Civico (Town Hall), and the main shopping street, Via Nassa. The afternoon is yours to explore on your own.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 9:

Lugano / Zermatt, Switzerland

Leaving Lugano this morning, we'll travel through stunning alpine scenery to the massive medieval fortifications at Bellinzona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arriving in the valley town of Tasch, we'll board an alpine train that takes us to the legendary mountain town of Zermatt, located in the shadow of the Matterhorn. Famed as a base for skiiing and mountaineering, Zermatt is car-free, to preserve the pristine air. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner and Welcome Drink at the hotel. Cultural Connections: Find out what makes the Swiss unique during an interesting discussion, and view a video about the Bellinzona World Heritage Site.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 10:

Zermatt

You’ll explore Zermatt on a walking tour this morning, giving you the opportunity to admire the incredible views of the Matterhorn (weather permitting). Your afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 11:

Zermatt, Switzerland/ Stresa, Italy 

From Zermatt, you’ll travel to Stresa with a stop at Simplon Pass, which is considered one of the most impressive crossings in the Alps. Cultural Connection: Participate in a discussion entitled "What makes an Italian?" Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 12:

Stresa

Explore Lake Maggiore’s extraordinary Borromean Islands by private boat this morning. The first stop is Isola Madre, where you can stroll through lush terraced gardens that cascade to the lakeshore. Next, enjoy a visit to Isola Bella, home of the grand 17th-century Palazzo Borromeo. The afternoon is yours to explore at leisure, or take an optional half-day tour to Milan, which includes a walking tour past the Duomo, Santa Maria delle Frazie and other city landmarks.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 13:

Stresa

You will have the full day at leisure today, or you may travel off the beaten path on an optional tour to tiny Lake Orta, including a boat ride to Orta Island. You’ll also enjoy a visit to Verbania and free time on this delightful optional tour. Cultural Connection: This evening, you’ll hear a fascinating lecture on “Past and Present in the Lakes Region” after enjoying a Farewell Dinner.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 14:

Stresa / Return Home

After breakfast, you'll transfer to the Milan–Malpensa Airport for your flight home today.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

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.

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