Magic of the Italian Lakes & the Swiss Alps - 2017

Verona • Riva del Garda • Lugano • Zermatt • Stresa
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Magic of the Italian Lakes & the Swiss Alps

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Traveler:CLARA FAITH FREDRICK
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:8
Traveled:July 2017

This was an amazing trip. Our Program Director, Tomas, made each day an adventure and was the best. Zermatt was incredible and the Italian Lakes - WOW! I was not prepared for this to be such a 5-star trip. I highly recommend this trip but Tomas made it special.

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Traveler:TOM & BARBARA BARRETT
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:July 2017

The " magic" was certainly there for us on this tour. We thoroughly enjoyed everything about it. It was wonderful and appropriate to conclude with the visit to Orta which reminded of the Italy we knew 40+ years ago. Special kudos to our travel companions and driver who were so helpful and welcoming. Most of all, there are not enough superlatives to describe our Tour Director Tomas. It was he who made the "magic", and we shall be ever grateful.

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Traveler:GREGORY NEMETZ
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:September 2016

We feel that the tour director can easily make or break the tour experience. In our case, our tour director Zoran Antonic was exceptional. He was personable and knowledgeable, and day after day we saw him go out of his way to make sure that the needs of everyone on the tour were met. His narrations were spiced with good humor and interesting anecdotes. We thoroughly enjoyed our first Vantagve experience.

We also thought that our bus driver, Oscar, did a great job of not only driving, but picking us up and dropping us off on time. It was great that we were able to leave our personal belongings on the bus when we went on a short tour and not have to worry about their safety.

Hotel food was very good to excellent (except for Zermatt). Accommodations were very good. One suggestion: let the tour director stay in the hotel with us in Venice so that he doesn't have to commute three hours a day.

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The Splendors of the Italian Lakes & Swiss Alps

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Traveler:SHARON STEVENS
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:4
Traveled:October 2015

location, weather,beauty, culture and company all simpatico.

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Traveler:KEITH GRANT
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:3
Traveled:September 2015

This was one of the most enjoyable tours we have taken. Ivan is the most personable and knowledgeable tour director we have had the pleasure to have experienced. I highly recommend this tour to one and all.

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Traveler:RUSSELL EMORY
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:September 2015

The scenery was spectacular, the hotels were satisfactory and our tour guide was superb. I was a little disappointed in the food in the hotels, and I thought there were too many meals on our own. Our flights to and from Italy were entirely too long. Our trip home took 22 hours.
Next time I will ask you to check out flights from Philly and Dulles as well as Baltimore.

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Traveler:DIANE INGRAM
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:September 2015

We just returned from the Splendors of the Italian Lakes and Swiss Alps tour and wanted to share our experience with future travelers to this region of Italy. It was full of beautiful lake and mountain views, and was everything we expected. We had just enough time on our own for some lunches and some dinners, but plenty of group dinners and touring together so we could all get to know each other. The hotels were all quite different varying from quite upscale in Riva del Garda to a quaint Swiss lodge in Zermatt. Our guide Paolo was informative, articulate, charming and fun to be around. He took care of everyone with great respect and care. It was the trip of a lifetime for us. Very serene and peaceful but with plenty of variety and time for shopping and touring. We will definitely consider Vantage again.

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Traveler:RALPH GELPER
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:3
Traveled:August 2015

this was one of the best trips we've taken with you.our tour guide tomasz was with us all the way,and helped us navigate new worlds,we wish him well,and hope to see him again one days,the title "splendors" is an understatement,it was magnificent.the venice add on was thrilling.hope to travel again with vantage

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Traveler:HARL DOUGLASS
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:5
Traveled:June 2015

The trip was well organized from start to finish. Matija was outstanding in his attention to detail and the manner in which he made us familiar with the countries we were seeing--the history, memories from his childhood, the food. The lodgings were excellent, Oscar, our driver, was outstanding with his attention to details and his driving and the care of the bus. The local guides were good. The extension to Venice was far beyond what we expected. Matija, again, went above and beyond in familiarizing us with routes, recommendations, traveling with us to the extent that we were then comfortable striking out on our own, suggesting local foods to try The Matterhorn blessed us with a full view on the day we left, the lakes and towns were beautiful and the Alps were impressive even to someone who lives in the Rockies. A splendid trip!

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Traveler:Larry & Susan Siegel
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:August 2011

The scenery was spectacular, the guide was excellent, the itinerary was perfect....and the price was right!! One must take advantage of all the "extra" tours which are offered as you will be sorry if you miss them...they are worth the extra money. The group was very cohesive and inclusive..many had been on at least ten other Vantage tours. We highly recommend Splendors of the Italian Alps.

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Traveler:Don & Laura Johnson
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:6
Traveled:June 2011

We have now taken 6 trips with Vantage and this one has to be one of THE BEST we've done. The pacing was terrific and well done. Travel days were planned beautifully with tours as we moved and group dinners in the hotels upon arrival so we didn't have to scramble to unpack and run out to find our way around a new city. I am not a big city fan so this was right up my alley! We always felt safe and secure in the location of the hotels which were very nice. On a few trips, we've been cautioned not to go out of our hotels at night but that wasn't the case on this one. The lakes and small towns were absolutely gorgeous and we felt totally safe. I was apprehensive about theft but we were in lovely areas where just using common sense was enough. We went in mid-June which meant it was sort of toasty by the end of the tour but it also meant that Zermatt was PERFECT! Our Program Manager, Vilim, was OUTSTANDING! He added little touches to the trip that made it a very special experience for all of us. I highly recommend this one, even if you have been to Italy before. This is a beautiful trip and we hated to see it end.

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Traveler:Earlen & Marjean Schwartz
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:11
Traveled:June 2011

The quality of the program manager made this trip worthwhile. It was a beautiful area made even better by the program manager's knowledge of the area and his willingness to make sure we got the very best from him.

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