Vistas of Italy and Switzerland 2022

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9 Days / 8 Nights
Availability : August - September
Start: Venice, Italy
End: Zurich, Switzerland

Vistas of Italy and Switzerland: 1 nt Venice, 2 nts Sirmione, 2 nts Lake Iseo, 1 nt Pontresina, 2 nts Interlaken

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book. 

From the grand elegance of Venice to the soul-stirring alpine villages of Switzerland – join us on a memory-making adventure that takes in time-honoured traditions, fascinating local culture and breathtaking railway journeys through some of the world’s most enchanting scenery.

9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

– Learn the traditions of authentic Italian cuisine with a cooking class in the Franciacorta region
– Experience scenic train journeys on two of the great alpine railways: the Bernina Express

and the Glacier Express
– Observe a traditional mask decorating demonstration in the magnificent floating city of Venice

Pick Up Location & TIme

Ca’ Gottardi (Venice)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

TBA (Zurich)
The tour finishes late/afternoon/early evening.

Price Includes

  • 8 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Traditional mask making demonstration. Walking tour of Borghetto. Private boat tour across Lake Iseo
  • Olive oil tasting. Guided tour of a traditional wine cellar. Ride on the Bernina Express train and Glacier Express train
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Meals

  • 8 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary

Day 1Venice

Welcome to Venice – the magnificent floating city boasting unparalleled elegance, grandeur and romance. Meet your travel companions and Tour Leader at the hotel, before settling into a delicious welcome meal at a local restaurant. Salute! (D)

Accommodation: Ca’ Gottardi (or similar)

Day 2Venice – Sirmione

After breakfast, we’ll acquaint ourselves with Venice’s maze-like backstreets on an orientation tour with our Tour Leader – then we’ll meet a local artisan and enjoy a traditional mask making demonstration. Enjoy some free time to indulge in la dolce vita (the sweet life), along the canal-lined streets and lavish piazzas – before we continue onwards to the resort town of Sirmione. Located on the southern bank of Lake Garda, we’ll have the evening to explore at our leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Ideal (or similar)

Day 3Sirmione – Borghetto – Sirmione

This morning we’ll make our way to a local farmhouse – where we’ll be treated to a light lunch filled with fresh regional produce. Then: we’ll learn a fact or two on a walking tour of the quaint village of Borghetto. Running through the heart of this picturesque destination, is the mighty Mincio River – along which you’ll find many ancient watermills and riverside restaurants dishing up delicious tortellini. Upon returning to Sirmione, the evening is ours to spend relaxing at the hotel, enjoying the local hot springs or seeking out a waterfront restaurant for some fresh local cuisine. (B,L)

Accommodation: Hotel Ideal (or similar)

Day 4Sirmione – Monte Isola – Lake Iseo

Today, our road will carry us to the Port of Sulzano where we’ll embark on a private boat tour across Lake Iseo – docking at the picturesque village of Carzano on the mountain island of Monte Isola. Here, we’ll savour a tasting of local olive oils, before moving onto the tiny fishing village of Peschiera Maraglio. Enjoy some free time to explore the charming village, the ornate church of San Michele and lakeside cafes. Later, we’ll take the scenic route to Iseo – where we’ll round off the day with a relaxing evening at our hotel or seeking out some gastronomic delicacies in town. (B)

Accommodation: The Iseo Lago Hotel (or similar)

Day 5Lake Iseo

Rolling hills, charming vineyards and authentic Italian cuisine are on the cards today. Our first stop will be a local farmhouse in the Franciacorta region, where a guided tour of a traditional wine cellar awaits. Continuing our gastronomic discovery, we’ll roll up our sleeves and get stuck into a rustic cooking class – where we’ll learn some regional culinary secrets. And then? It’s time to savour our creations and enjoy a wine tasting over lunch – before returning to Iseo for an evening spent relaxing at the hotel or exploring the array of local eateries. (B,L)

Accommodation: The Iseo Lago Hotel (or similar)

Day 6Lake Iseo – Tirano – Pontresina

Today our path will lead us to Tirano, one of the prettiest towns along the Switzerland-Italy boundary. We’ll enjoy some free time to explore – before embarking on a spectacular tour highlight: the Bernina Express. One of the world’s most iconic railway journeys, our train will climb steadily into the Swiss Alps, with spectacular views of soaring mountain peaks and awe-inspiring glaciers in every direction. Our final stop of the day will be Pontresina, where we’ll be welcomed into Switzerland with an outlook of pristine scenery and warming local cuisine. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Schweizerhof Pontresina (or similar)

Day 7Pontresina – Andermatt – Interlaken

After feasting on a hearty breakfast, we’ll make our way to St Moritz – where we’ll board the famous Glacier Express train to Andermatt. Prepare for an experience unlike any other! Sit back and relax as we leisurely make our way through spiral tunnels, alpine villages and the Rhine Gorge – soaking up breathtaking panoramic views as we go. Upon arriving in Andermatt, we’ll board the mini-coach once again for the short journey to Interlaken. For dinner tonight, we’ll have an abundance of sumptuous local menus to choose from. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Carlton (or similar)

Day 8Interlaken – Brienz – Interlaken

This morning we’ll continue to Brienz – where we’ll take a memorable journey along one of the oldest railways in Switzerland. Step back in time as we ride the chugging steam train to the top of the Brienzer Rothorn. From the top of the mountain, we’ll enjoy a light refreshment overlooking panoramic views over the Emmental Alps. Following that, we’ll travel back to Interlaken on a scenic paddle steamer cruise – before clinking glasses over one final dinner together. What a trip it’s been! Please note: During the summer season (June-October), we will visit the Brienzer Rothorn and enjoy a paddle steamer cruise as listed in the itinerary. In spring (March-May), we will take a cable car from Mürren to Schilthorn instead – with some free time to explore Mürren before we return to Interlaken. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Carlton (or similar)

Day 9Interlaken – Lucerne – Zurich

For our last day together, we’ll take a train journey to the quaint village of Lauterbrunnen. From here, we’ll continue to Lucerne – where an indulgent chocolate tasting awaits. We’ll have some free time to explore this lakeside city and enjoy lunch at our leisure – before moving on to our final destination of the tour: Zurich. We’ll go our separate ways upon arriving later this afternoon. (B)

Dates and Prices: 2022
Departure Dates Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2022: May 5, 19 $6,779 $8,139
2022: June 2, 16 $6,989 $8,389
2022:  July 14 $6,989 $8,389
2022:  August 11 $6,989 $8,389
2022: September 1, 15, 29 $7,249 $8,699
2022:  October 13 $7,249 $8,699

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departure.

 

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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