DAY 1: ARRIVAL
Arrival at Milano airport. Meet & greetings. Transfer by private bus to the Lake Como and accommodation at your 4* hotel. Welcome dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2: COMO LAKE
Buffet breakfast. Meet your English-speaking guide, embarkation on public boat and departure for a cruise. The lake banks in Como are bordered by several villas of 18th century surrounded by marvellous gardens that are witnesses of the charm of the area during the centuries influencing painters and poets. Picturesque little stoned towns on the banks of the lake, where time seems has stopped to run. During the navigation, the guide will show the most suggestive points of the lake: Villa Olmo, Villa d’Este, Villa Balbianello, (owned by FAI, Italian Fund for Environment). Arrival in Como, the town that gives the name to the lake. From ancient tradition, Romans have founded it, it is currently the vital centre of the territory, where history, art and beauty live together. The itinerary starts from Piazza Duomo and its Cathedral, the Palazzo del Broletto and Piazza Verdi, whose monuments are linked to different historical epochs (the medieval walls, the neo-classical theatre and the House of Fascio). The tour continues along Via Vittorio Emanuele to reach the Basilica of S. Fedele, where in the square are preserved many elements of its past. At the end embarkation on public boat to reach Bellagio with the imposing Villa Serbelloni, lying in the highest part of the hill. Walk through the little streets and suggestive steps where there are interesting shops. Lunch at your own or in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon embarkation on public boat to Tremezzo to visit the elegant 18th century Villa Carlotta, a place of rare beauty, where masterpieces of nature and live together in perfect harmony in over 70,000 square meters of gardens and museums. The park of Villa Carlotta is famous for the amazing spring flowering rhododendrons and azaleas in 150 varieties (camellias, century-old cedars and sequoias, huge planes and tropical succession of meetings surprising fact: the rock garden, the valley of ferns, the forest of rhododendrons, bamboo garden, the museum of agricultural tools). At the end go back to the starting point. Dinner and overnight at your hotel
DAY 3: MILAN
Buffet breakfast. Transfer by private coach to Milan and meet your English-speaking guide. The itinerary starts from the Duomo, symbol and soul of Milan. The works were begun in 1386 and took almost six centuries before their completion. In white marble the majestic construction has more than 3400 statues that make the Duomo the most important symbol of the “Flowered Gothic Art” in the world. Its imposing structure classifies the Duomo as one of the biggest religious building in Europe. The “Madonnina", the famous gilded statue, 4 meters tall, graces the top of the Duomo's highest pinnacle and is one of the symbols of the Milanese tradition. Walking through Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, you will reach the square where rises one of the world’s most famous opera houses, the Teatro alla Scala, a neoclassical structure designed by the architect Giuseppe Piermarini. The visit goes on in via Mercanti, sole surviving route proof of the medieval town, to discover one of the most suggestive and picturesque corner of the old Milan. Then the tour gets to Castello Sforzesco, one of the most important buildings in Milan; it was erected as a defensive fortress during 1360 and 1370 by Galeazzo II Visconti. The Castle hosts the rich Pinacoteca, with masterpieces by Mantegna and Cesare da Sesto, and the Ancient Art Museum of the Castle, that includes sculptures such as the Pietà Rondanini, the last piece by Michelangelo. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon visit the marvelous church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The great value of the church is in the convent where, between 1495 and 1497, Leonardo da Vinci painted The Last Supper, his most famous and largest work (booking in advance obligatory). Time at leisure for shopping and way back to the hotel; dinner and overnight
DAY 4: LAUSANNE
Buffet breakfast. Check out, luggage handling and departure by private coach to Lausanne (Switzerland). Lunch on your own along the Highway. Accommodation at your 4* hotel, luggage handling and welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight.
DAY 5: CHILLON – MONTREUX - LAVAUX
Buffet breakfast. Departure by private coach to Montreux. Because of the exceptionally mild climate Montreux is called the capital of the Vaud Riviera. Plants associated with the Mediterranean, such as pines, cypresses and palm trees grow here. The long, flower-bordered lake promenade which links Vevey and Montreux going all the way to Chillon Castle is simply asking to be strolled along. Meet your tour guide and visit this wonderful castle erected in the 13th century on Roman foundations and was the residence of the County of Savoy throughout the Middle Ages. A fortress (same as Byron’s famous Prisoner of Chillon) underwent numerous transformations while adapting to the advances in defensive and offensive weapons through the ages. Other modifications were made to accommodate the pomp and ceremony of castle life. The dungeon is the major attraction. At the end continue to Montreux; many of the houses along the lakeside road, including the magnificent Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, date from the heyday of the Belle Époque. Lunch at your own. In the afternoon by private coach reach Lavaux and visit a wine cellar with tasting. The unique Lavaux Vinorama is a discovery center dedicated to Lavaux vineyard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its wines. More than 170 wines are on display. Every week, a selection of wines is available for tasting, at the bar or in the « tasting corner ». A short film in 8 languages offers the opportunity to discover a winegrower’s work throughout the year with a wine tasting. Return in Lausanne, dinner at your own and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 6: GSTAAD - GRUYERE
Buffet breakfast. Departure by private coach to Gstaad. Meet you tour guide and start to visit this city become an iconic destination, like St Tropez or The Hamptons, whose reputation is closely linked to that of its famous visitors. At the very center of the village there is an area for pedestrians only, where it is very pleasant to walk. It is not big, because the village itself is not big, but it is clearly the heart of the social life, with several cafes and restaurants. The pedestrianized area comprises the Promenade, part of the Hauptstrasse, part of the Altelaunerstrasse and of the Rialtostrasse. Lunch free at your own. In the afternoon transfer by private coach to Gruyère, a fascinating little fortified town perched on a hill in a landscape full of grace and harmony, where the Counts of Gruyères who lived in the castle there held the whole of the Sarine Valley under their gay and kind authority. Gruyères charms its visitors by a walk along the medieval cobblestone streets (no cars allowed). During the visit, should not fail to try some of this famous cheese and some of its even better "double-cream". At the end continue to visit the famous castle. The crane (in French: “grue”) - its heraldic representation - inspired the name Gruyères. Despite the importance of the House of Gruyères its beginnings remain quite mysterious. The building was constructed between 1270 and 1282 in the typical square plan of the fortifications in Savoy. The end of the 15th century stands out as the golden age in the history of the counts. In 1476, count Louis takes part in the Burgundy war by the Confederates’ side. Following this deed of value, modernization works were undertaken. The adjustment of the esplanade with its chapel, the spiral staircase in the courtyard and the transformation of the main building go back to that time. Thus, the castle loses its fortress appearance to become a stately residence. The baroque interiors remind one of the time when the bailiffs sent by Fribourg lived there. The romantic landscapes were painted in mid 19th century by J.-B. Camille Corot, Barthélemy Menn and other well-known artists. Return by private coach to the hotel, dinner at your own and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 7: PUBLIC BOAT – YVOIRE - GENEVA – LAUSANNE
Buffet breakfast. Departure by public boat from Lausanne to Yvoire. Your English-speaking escort will show you this Medieval village surrounded by fortifications, ramparts and gates, used to defend the town located at the bottom of the castle. In Middle Age, the road crossed the village and the fortified gates built by order of the Comte de Savoie Amédée V, controlled the passage. The Church of Saint Pancras in Yvoire is very old and has undergone many changes. Classified Historical Monument, it’s unavoidable place in the visit of the village. Enjoy in particular the onion dome, distinguishing feature. To immerse yourself in the history of Yvoire and understand better the current village considering the centuries that have been shaping it, don’t forget to visit the House of Yvoire’s History, located in the Grande Rue. Lunch at your own. In the afternoon, at about 02:30pm departure by private coach to Geneva. Meet the English-speaking guide and start for 2 hours walking tour in the center of this elegant city. This two-hour city sightseeing tour is a perfect introduction to Geneva and includes the highlight Geneva’s famous international organizations and show you the city’s top attractions: the Pont du Mont-Blanc near the spectacular geyser lake, the Jet d'Eau 145 meters high, the Nations Palace, in the Reformation Monument, the Renaissance Hotel de Ville, the Loggia of the Arsenal, the Cathedral of St. Pierre, the bridges over the Rhone and the beautiful walk along the battlements. At the end return by private coach to the hotel, dinner at your own and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 8: PUBLIC BOAT – EVIAN SUR LES BAINS - LAUSANNE
Buffet breakfast. Morning at leisure and lunch at your own. In the afternoon departure by public boat from Lausanne to Evian. With a short promenade, you’ll reach the Casino. Time at leisure to take your chances. Dinner at the restaurant of Casino. At about 10.15pm with a short promenade you’ll reach the pier and by public boat return to Lausanne to your hotel. Overnight. Please note: last boat from Evian to Lausanne at 10.37pm (arrival 11.27pm)
DAY 9: DEPARTURE
Buffet breakfast. Time at leisure for shopping. Transfer by private coach to the Geneva airport and departure to your Country. End OF SERVICE.
RATE PER PERSON
(minimum 45 participants)
DOUBLE ROOM LAKE VIEW
SUPPL. SINGLE ROOM
THE RATE INCLUDES:
- Private coach for 9 days
- 9 nights 4* hotel (3 nights lake Como area + 5 nights Lausanne) in DBL with bathroom on BB basis
- 3 dinners in Como lake area
- Welcome dinner the fourth day at the hotel in Lausanne
- Farewell dinner buffet Evian Casino (last night)
- English speaking escort for 9 days
- English speaking guide: Como lake, Milan, Chillon Castle, Montreux, Gstaad, Gruyère, Geneva
- Luggage handling at Malpensa airport, in/out in Como lake hotel, in/out Lausanne hotel.
- Lake Como cruise
- 1st Class tickets public boat Lausanne – Yvoire
- 2nd class Return tickets public boat Lausanne – Evian sur les Bains
- Entrance fees: Villa Carlotta, Scala Theatre Museum, Milan Castle, Last Supper, Chillon Castle, Gruyère Castle
- Entrance fees and tasting in Lavaux winery and Maison du Gruyère with audio guide
- 1 free in SNG rooms for the Tour guide
- Vat and service charge
THE RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Meals not included, drinks, entrance fees, gratuities and extras
- Anything not specifically mentioned in "Price includes"