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Discover lakes, incredible mountain scenery and railways

12 days From £2,795 per person
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Book your 2021 holiday before 31st October and you can transfer your holiday for free - no questions asked. T&C's apply

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2021 Tour code: SYG21

About the tour

Discover Lakes Lucerne, Como and Garda, as well as the incredible mountain scenery and railways which connect them. Sample Swiss wine, explore an Italian villa and journey on the Bernina Express as we travel from the snow-dusted Swiss Alps to the tranquil shores of Italy's Lake Como.

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Itinerary

Days 1-3 - London, Vevey and Lavaux vineyards

From London St Pancras, we take the Eurostar to Paris, continuing by rail to Vevey where we spend three nights. Set on the shores of Lake Geneva, surrounded by mountains, Vevey is considered a 'Pearl of the Swiss Riviera'. Enjoy a free day on Day 2. Stroll down the palm and cypress tree-lined promenade, which runs to neighbouring Montreux, to visit Château de Chillon.

We travel to Cully on Day 3, in the Lavaux wine-growing region, where verdant vineyards rise from the lake. A local land train takes us through the pathways of the UNESCO-listed hills before we're treated to a wine tasting at a nearby vineyard. This afternoon is free in Vevey. The Swiss are known for their cheese, so take the opportunity to sample traditional cheese fondue or raclette.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
  • Day 3 - Breakfast
Chateau De Chillon
Days 4-6 - The GoldenPass, Lake Lucerne and Mount Rigi

We travel to Montreux to join the GoldenPass train, a golden-hued train which recreates the Belle Époque style of the 1930s. We enjoy views of rolling vineyards, traditional chalets, and dramatic peaks on our way to Interlaken. We transfer to Lucerne for three nights, a German-speaking town famous for the Kapellbrücke, or Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden bridge in Europe. Inside, a series of paintings depict the city's history, which you could admire during a free day on Day 5.

We board a boat on Day 6 for a scenic sailing to Vitznau. From here, we join the Mount Rigi Mountain Railway, the first mountain railway in Europe. We travel to Rigi Kulm, the highest peak of Mount Rigi, where we're rewarded with views of sprawling lakes and endless mountain peaks.

Includes
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Kapellbrücke
Days 7-9 - Gotthard Express, Lake Como and Villa Balbianello

We sail across Lake Lucerne to Fluelen to join the William Tell Express. Enjoy the scenery from the panoramic windows as frosty mountains are replaced by the floral-filled promenades of the Italian lake district. We arrive in Lugano and take a coach to Cadenabbia by Lake Como, where we spend four nights. You have a free day on Day 8. Maybe try Italy's famous cuisine. Alongside fantastic pizza and pasta, you'll find plenty of local specialities in the cosy cafés here.

On Day 9 we cruise to Lenno and Villa Balbianello. We have a guided tour of the elegant 18th-century mansion, seeing the sumptuous interiors and beautiful Italianate gardens. After, there's free time to explore the villa, or head into Lenno, where you'll find charming cafés, and historic churches.

Includes
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
Lake Como
Days 10-12 - The Bernina Express, Turin and London

We enjoy a trip on the Bernina Express to glamorous St Moritz. Our journey on the 100-year-old line takes us through flower-filled Alpine meadows, clinging to the mountainside as we loop past ravines and rushing waterfalls. You have some free time in St Moritz to grab a coffee in a chic café or browse the shopping boutiques. We return by coach, pausing in the beautiful mountain town of Chiavenna for some free time.

On Day 11 we take a coach to Milan for the train to Turin, where we spend the night. On Day 12 we continue to Paris for the Eurostar to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 12 - Breakfast, Eurostar meal
Bernina Express

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Grand Hotel Cadenabbia, Cadenabbia di Griante

Grand Hotel Cadenabbia, Cadenabbia di Griante

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Hotel Seeburg, Lucerne

Hotel Seeburg, Lucerne

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Astra Hotel, Vevey

Astra Hotel, Vevey

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Trains

Bernina Express
Eurostar
The GoldenPass Line
Gotthard Panorama Express
Mount Rigi Mountain Railway

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