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Italy and Switzerland

Location

Italy, Switzerland

Duration

8 days

Shared

This trip is shared with other travelers from SC (or its partners); included tour guides and transportation are for the entire group.
Departure time is fixed and prices are calculated based on max capacity, so they are fixed and per person.
$ 1160.67
Brief

From Rome to Zurich, enjoy this 8-day odyssey across Europe. On this journey you will be able to see such historical and cultural monuments as the Coliseum and the Vatican, as well as the Grindelwald and the city of Lucerne!
 

Day 1

Rome
Welcome to Rome! Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Your guide will greet you at the hotel and will provide you with all the necessary information for your tour. At the end of the evening, you will be transferred to Trastevere area. This neighbourhood will be a great introduction to Rome; a stroll in the narrow cobbled streets of the Trastevere district reveals hidden treasures to us, such as modest medieval churches and small shops with the most peculiar objects and 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 also be found in this area.
Overnight in Rome.

Day 2

Rome
In the morning, you will have a scenic tour of the capital, which will be a great introduction to “The Eternal City”. You will visit the tiny state of the Vatican. Vatican City is the principle center of Catholicsm in the world. You will be able to visit St. Peter’s Basilica. Also included in the tour is an admission to the Roman Coliseum, the landmark of Rome. This impressive construction dates back 2,000 years and will transport you back in time so that you can learn about ancient society in the Roman Empire. In the evening you will be transported to the Via Cavour area, where you will find restaurants serving Italian, Indian, Chinese, and international food.
Overnight in Rome (Breakfast).

Day 3

Rome - Florence
You will leave Rome and head north. This route is graced with beautiful landscapes. Upon arrival in Florence, you will head straight to Piazzale Michelangelo, an impressive site in the city. In the evening you will go on a tour with a local expert and walk through the historic center, taking in places such as the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo and the Piazza della Signoria. This city is truly an outdoor museum. Free time to explore. In the evening, you can dine at your favorite restaurant. In this district you can find restaurants serving Italian, Indian, Chinese, and international food.
Overnight in Florence (Breakfast).

Day 4

Florence - Venice
Today you will enjoy stunning mountain landscapes while crossing the Apennine Mountains. Arriving in Venice, you will board a vaporetto to travel around on the canals in the historic center. With a local guide, you will visit the marvellous Plaza de San Marcos and enter the marvellous basilica (entry cost included). Afterwards, you will be able to visit the Murano glass factory city. It is marvellous to see the technique of crystal blowing. Free time.
At the end of the afternoon, you will have the chance to dine at your restaurant of choice in the Mestre area.
Overnight in Venice (Breakfast).

Day 5

Venice - Zurich
You will depart from Venice and travel to Verona. You will take a shuttle to the historic center. Your guide will instruct you on the places where you will be able to walk in Romeo and Juliet’s city - the city of lovers! Afterwards you will continue the journey to Switzerland. Very beautiful lakes and mountains with snow-capped peaks line your route. Arrival in Zurich. Free time in the historic center next to the lake, where you will be able to dine in your preferred restaurant.
Overnight in Zurich (Breakfast).

Day 6

Zurich
Today’s stage has beautiful landscapes with high mountains and lakes, where you will be able to witness breathtaking scenery in the region of Interlaken and Grindelwald. You will have time for a coffee before taking the cable car (ticket included) up to Grindelwald first. You will walk along the path (30 minutes) in which you will be able to take the “footbridge over the empty” among the fantastic scenery and enjoy the glaciers around you. Lunch included (vegetarian option available). After that you will continue to Lucerne, one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland. Time at the end of the day to enjoy the city and dine before returning to the hotel in Zurich.
Overnight in Zurich (Breakfast, Lunch).

Day 7

Zurich - Milan
You will travel to Burglen, the tiny village where William Tell was born. You will see the 16thC chapel with paintings illustrating his life. You will continue to Lugano, the cosmopolitan capital of the Italian Switzerland with its beautiful lake. Time to stroll and have lunch.  Afterwards, following the shores of the lake, you will reach the enchanting little town of  Morcote, with its houses made of stone and covered with flowers. Arrival in Milan where your guide will take you to the impressive Duomo Square. There will be time to dine at the Porta Venecia (Port of Venice) where an outstanding variety of restaurants can be found to delight your palate.
Overnight in Milan (Breakfast).

Day 8

Milan
Time in Milan in which you will be able to see its great cathedral and the galleries in the center. Then you will continue towards Pisa. On a little tourist train you will travel to the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), where there will be time to admire one of the most alluring and beautiful art complexes in Italy, including the well-known Leaning Tower of Pisa. Then, you will continue to Rome, arriving at the end of the afternoon. End of our services.
(Breakfast).

package code: IT476631
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