Italian and Swiss Panorama

Duration

10 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Rome

Available

April 2021 / November 2021

Cities to visit: Rome; Florence; Venice, Véneto; Verona; Zurich; Lucerne; EINSIEDELN; Vaduz; Feldkirch; Saint Gallen; Constance, Baden-Wurttemberg; Stein Am Rhein;

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.

Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day


Highlights:   Evening transfer to the Trastevere district.


IMPORTANT -  IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS on arrival at the hotel you will have your booking made but the guide of your trip will normally not arrive until the start of the included activities. YOUR TIME BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS THEREFORE FREE. At your hotel they can help you with all the information you need.  

NB:   The schedules you will find in this itinerary are approximate. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the circuit, may adjust the schedules.    


WELCOME TO ROME! 


Transfer from airport to hotel. You will receive information for the start of your circuit in the afternoon or this will be on the informative signs in the hotel reception. 


19:00 h. Transfer to the Trastevere area. This neigborhood will be a great introduction to Rome, a stroll in the narrow cobbled streets of the Trastevere reveals hidden treasures to us, such as some modest mediaeval churches, small shops with the most peculiar of objects or scenes of daily life. Many trattorias (informal Italian eating establishments) and osterias (inns) imbued with the Italian spirit will be ready to serve you local dishes. Other restaurants serving Indian, Chinese and international food can be found in this area.  Return to hotel.

Highlights: city tour of Rome. Roman Coliseum (admission price included) and Vatican City.

The morning starts with an early interesting city tour of the “Eternal City”, in which we will visit the Caracalla Baths, Venice Square, Circo Massimo, the Capitoline Hill and St. John Lateran. We enter the tiny state of the Vatican. The Vatican City is a principal centre of Christianity in the world. You will be able to visit St. Peter’s Basilica.   Admission to the Coliseum included . This building, which dates from the first century, was built for the purpose of organising entertainment for the Romans, such as gladiator combats. We have the chance to learn about the ancient society of the Roman Empire.

18:30 h. Transfer to Via Cavour , which has many local restaurants and others that serve international cuisine, including Indian and Chinese. Return to hotel.

Total distance: 320km 
Scenery : Apennine Mountains and Tuscan vineyards. 
Note: We recommend you wear comfortable shoes as the tour of Florence involves walking.   

08:00h Rome – Departure, passing through the Tiber Valley. 
12:15h Florence – Our first contact with the Renaissance city is Piazzale Michelangelo, a viewpoint with marvellous views of the city. Don’t forget to take your camera! 
Walking tour with local guide, lasting two and a half hours. We visit the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vechio, Straw Market,  Piazza Republica, Palacio Vecchio. Free afternoon to explore and visit the city’s historical markets and museums.

The city has many restaurants that offer a wide variety of local and international food, where you can dine.  Return to hotel.

Total distance: 310km 
Scenery: we cross the Apennines and the Po Valley.   

08.15h Florencia – Departure, passing through mountain scenery. 
12:00 h Venice – Arrival at Tronchetto Gate where we take the boat and cross the Giudecca to the Island of Venice. Comprehensive tour with a local guide to St. Mark’s Square and the interior of St. Mark’s Basilica (admission included). Visit to the Murano Glass Factory where we will see a demonstration of how this ancient glass is made. Free afternoon.
 
19:00h Return to firm land and transfer to hotel. Accommodation in the Mestre district.

Total distance: 555km  
Scenery: we head for the Alps, with their mountains, lakes and valleys. 
Note: The currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc.   We cross the Swiss border. Don’t forget to have your passports ready.   

07.30 h. Venice – Departure, crossing the Po Valley. 
09:15 h. Verona – The Romeo and Juliet’s city, the “city of lovers”. We will provide a shuttle from parking to the historic centre. Our guide will tell you the best way to visit this city, which has many interesting monuments: Bra Square, Roman Theatre dating from the 1st century, Erbe Square, Statue of Dante, Mediaeval Walls or the house of Juliet. 

11:00 h. We continue towards Switzerland and the Alps. 
14.00 hrs.- Lugano.  Arrival at the capital of Ticino, the Italian canton of Switzerland an elegant cosmopolitan city on the shores of Lake Lugano. Free time to explore this quiet city and have lunch. 

16.00 hrs. Lugano. Departure.   
19.00 h. Zurich – Arrival at the shores of Lake Zurich and free time to explore the monumental city centre. Visitors have a choice of Indian, Chinese, Italian and other restaurants in which to dine. Return to hotel.

today´s highlights: admire the fantastic landscapes. cable car included to grindelwald first. lunch included.  

today´s journey has beautiful landscapes with high mountains and lakes. breathtaking scenery in the region of interlaken. we will stop in grindelwald where we will have time for a coffee before taking the cable car up to mountain. we will walk along the winding path which will lead us to the "footbridge over the empty". dare to walk along the bridge amongst the fantastic scenery enjoying glaciers all around us. we will take lunch up the mountain (included) before heading back down. we continue to lucerne, one of the most beautiful cities in switzerland. in the evening we have time to stroll around, enjoying the city. 

Total distance: 190 km.

Scenery : Beautiful Swiss landscapes.
Note: Wear comfortable walking shoes in the meadows of Heidi village . 
Note: Tonight we stay in Feldkirch, a small town located in Austria next to the Swiss border. Don´t forget to bring Euros, you will need them in Feldkirck and tomorrow in Mainau.

08:30 hrs.- Lucerne, departure. We surround the lake of the four cantons.
09:45 hrs - Einsiedeln .- Its immense baroque abbey is the main point of pilgrimage in Switzerland. You can visit it and walk around the city.

11:00hrs. - Einsiedeln.- Departure. We continue towards the East of Switzerland to the border of Liechtenstein and Austria. 
12:15hrs - Mainfeld. -The village which inspired Heidi’s story that perhaps you know by the popular cartoons. A walk in its historic center after which we will be visiting Heidi’s House (Ticket not included. Entry to the facility is free), a picturesque place with beautiful landscapes that we will reach through a pedestrian path.

13:45hrs. Mainfeld, departure. We enter into the small independent country of LIECHTENSTEIN.
14:15 hrs. - Vaduz- With its castle that rises on a steep hill in the middle of the city. Time to walk and have lunch.

16:30hrs. - Vaduz. Departure.
17:00 hrs. - Feldkirch . In Austria, in the border with Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany; Charming walled town with beautiful medieval old town and castle. Free time and accommodation.

Total distance: 215 km
Scenery: Picturesque all day; Lakes, charming villages.
Note: The island of Mainau is in Germany, you may need some euro.-

08:15hrs.- Feldkirch,- Departure. We enter to Switzerland again.
09:00 hrs. - St Gallen.    whose center is part of the World Heritage List by UNESCO with a wonderful cathedral and its historic center.

10:00hrs. St. Gallen- Departure. We follow Lake Constance, between Germany and Switzerland.
11:15hrs. - Constance - Time to stroll through this elegant city.

12:45hrs. - Constance - departure.
13:15 hrs. - Island of Mainau .- Access by pedestrian bridge. We i nclude the entrance to know its beautiful botanical garden . Time for lunch.

15:30hrs. - Island of Mainau - departure.
16:15hrs. - Stein Am Rhein. -a typical village on the Rhein River with precious houses with painted walls. 

17:15hrs.- Stein Am Rhein,- Departure.
17:45 hrs. -   Rhein Waterfalls  ( entry included ), the waterfalls with the most abundant flow in Europe. 

18:45hrs. - Rhein Waterfalls - departure. We continue to Zurich.
19:30 hrs. - Zurich.

Total distance covered by train: 42 km  
Note : Our stage today is different; we travel across Lake Zurich by boat and return by train. The transfers from the hotel to the centre may also be done on public transport (depending on the total number of participants). The indicated timetables of the boat we use may change (the itinerary may be adapted accordingly). 

09.00 hrs.- We will leave the hotel on this peaceful day. With our guide, we will take a walk around the most populated city of Switzerland, which is also the country’s financial and cultural capital. The city of banks as been twice declared the city with the best quality of life in the world.  
10.30 hrs.- We start our almost two-hour cruise on Lake Zurich. The boat makes brief stops to allow us to admire the villages along the way. 

12.30 hrs.- RAPPERSWILL, a small, picturesque village overlooked by its mediaeval castle. Time for a stroll and lunch. 
15.00 hrs.- Rapperswill, We return to Zürich by train , and will see the efficiency and punctuality of the Swiss railways. We will reach Zürich in a little under 35 minutes.- Rest of the afternoon free.

Note:  Depending on the number of travellers, on this stage, the transfers to the centre and from the station may be made on public transport.

After breakfast, end of our services.


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