17 Days Immersed in the Unique Cultures of Italy and Switzerland
Immerse yourself in the diverse landscapes of Europe with this Italy and Switzerland touring vacation. With exclusive pre-arranged tours with expert guides, accommodation and private transfers, this is the perfect Europe tour on which to discover the diverse landscapes of Italy and Switzerland, and fully immerse yourself in some of Europe’s most idyllic scenery.
- Private airport transfers and first-class train tickets included as standard
- Cultural tour of Florence, including the world-famous Uffizi art gallery
- Tour of the Chianti region, including wine tasting
- Tour of Venice, including the Doge’s Palace
- VIP gondola ride on the Grand Canal
- Excursion to the Dolomites
- Cinque Terre cruise with free time in the fishing villages
- Borromean Islands tour, featuring Isola Bella
- Jungfraujoch excursion
Trip Information at a Glance
Places visited: Venice (3 nights), Florence (3 nights), Rapallo (4 nights), Stresa (3 nights), Interlaken (3 nights)
Price: Starts from $4968 per person (land rate). Packages can be booked with just a 20% deposit. Please refer to the Pricing box at the bottom of the page for more information on pricing and deposits.
Departure date: Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures, allowing you to select your preferred departure date.
- Private airport transfers
- First-class train tickets between resorts
- Internal flight between Italy and Switzerland
- Accommodation (with breakfast)
- Pre-arranged tours and activities:
- Venice: Tour of Venice, including the Doge’s Palace; private gondola ride on the Grand Canal; excursion to the Dolomites
- Florence: Cultural tour of Florence, including the world-famous Uffizi art gallery; tour of the Chianti region, including wine tasting
- Rapallo: Cinque Terre cruise with free time in the fishing villages
- Stesa: Borromean Islands tour, featuring Isola Bella
- Interlaken: Jungfraujoch excursion
Flights: Please note that this package does not include flights. When purchasing your flights from your chosen airline, we recommend that you fly into Venice Marco Polo Airport and fly out of Zürich Airport. If this is not possible for you but you would still like to book this package, please contact us for a customized quote.
Best for… Architecture / Romance / Culture / Leisure / Coastal scenery / Alpine vistas / Diversity
Itinerary: This pre-set packaged tour begins in the Floating City of Venice, from where you will be treated to a unique tour of the Dolomite mountains before we wow you with the country scenery of Tuscany. Here, you can discover and taste rare wines in the Chianti vineyards, before you travel through Italy’s glorious north to the poetic coastal town of Rapallo near Genoa. Here, you will have plenty of time to discover the delightful palm-fringed beaches and sea-view castle before you end your time in Italy in the magical atmosphere of Stresa on the banks of the glorious Lake Maggiore. There will be plenty of time to absorb the mountain scenery here before we then whisk you to Interlaken near Zürich in Switzerland for the last part of this Europe tour. Here, you will have the opportunity to enjoy an excursion to Jungfraujoch with a sensational train journey that will take you to the highest railway station in Europe, standing at an amazing 3,454 meters above sea-level.
How to Book
You can book this package safely and securely online using the box at the top of the page. Simply select the number of travelers, the star of accommodation you would like and your chosen vacation dates, and click “Book now”. You can also select to pay the full balance or just a deposit. Alternatively, please contact an expert member of our travel team to book this Italy packaged tour: call (US) 347-594-5500 or click here to send an online inquiry.
If you like this packaged tour but would like to modify the itinerary to suit your requirements, that is not a problem at all as we specialize in tailor-made travel to Italy. Simply contact a member of our expert team with your wishes and we will create a custom tour to suit your needs and budget: call (US) 347-594-5500 or click here to send an online inquiry.
Day 1: Welcome to Italy!
Experience magic as soon as you arrive in Italy with a private water taxi transfer from Venice Marco Polo Airport to your hotel in the heart of Venice.
What’s included: Private water taxi transfer from Venice airport to your hotel; accommodation in Venice
Day 2: VIP Venice tour and private gondola experience
On the first full day of your unique Europe tour, we have an unbelievable itinerary of treats for you. In the morning, you will experience the highlights of the Floating City with our exclusive private tour of Venice, taking you to both St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace – two of Venice’s most popular attractions, where you can marvel at the riches of Venice’s decadent past. Then, in the afternoon, we will arrange a special gondola tour of Venice’s most evocative canals, including the Grand Canal, allowing you to appreciate the magic of the city’s unique design and see famous landmarks, such as the Rialto Bridge and the ornate Ca’ d’Oro Palace.
What’s included: VIP tour of Venice with “skip the line” entry to St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace; private gondola ride
Day 3: Full-day excursion to the Dolomites
Venice is hard to say goodbye to – even for the day – but the Dolomites may help you forget about this magical city for a few hours. After meeting your driver-guide, you will be taken by comfortable minivan through the rustic North Italy landscape, passing through the delightful village of Pieve de Cadore, best known as the birthplace of Renaissance painter Titian. As a part of the day, you will see Lake Santa Caterina, where you’ll have time to absorb the stunning mountain scenery before moving on to Lake Misurina, known as the Pearl of the Dolomites. This lake is especially picturesque with the Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the background and three distinctive peaks that tower in the distance.
What’s included: Full-day group excursion to the Dolomites
Day 4: Benvenuti in Toscana!
After appreciating the romance and magic of Venice, today you will travel into the heart of Tuscany for 3 nights in the artistic city of Florence. Widely regarded as the Jewel of the Renaissance, Florence is a place where you can fully immerse yourself in art and admire classic architecture. After some time to settle in at your hotel in central Florence, we will treat you to an afternoon tour of Florence with a guided visit to the famous Uffizi Gallery, which is one of the most important art museums in the world. With a private guide by your side, you can marvel at masterpieces by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio and many other famous artists before reflecting on all the delightful things you have seen from the gallery’s panoramic terrace.
What’s included: Private water taxi transfer from your hotel to Venice station; first class train ticket; private transfer from the station to your hotel in Florence; accommodation in Florence; VIP tour of Florence with the Uffizi Gallery
Day 5 : Countryside tour of Tuscany
Treat your senses to a decadent tour through the Chianti countryside, featuring rolling hills of green, vineyards glowing in the Italian sunshine and a picturesque landscape decorated with ancient castles and quaint farmhouses. On this seven-hour driving tour, you will stop by charming villages, such as Montepulciano, and also enjoy world-famous red wine at a local estate. There will be plenty of time to discover the lush greenery that this region is known for and see enchanting architecture in several Chianti villages. This exclusive Chianti tour is truly a beautiful opportunity to capture memories to treasure from your dream Italy and Switzerland vacation.
What’s included: Small-group guided tour of Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano, including lunch and wine tasting; accommodation in Florence
Day 6: Leisure day
This will be a full day for you to explore Florence at leisure.
Day 7: Recline on the Italian Riviera
After fully absorbing the city vibrancy and artistic atmosphere of Florence, it is time to immerse yourself in a whole new Italian experience as today you will travel to Rapallo, which is a glorious coastal town on the Ligurian coast not far from Genoa. Here you can recline in tranquillity before stunning sea views, allowing you to fully appreciate the beauty of the Italian Riviera.
What’s included: Private transfer from your hotel to Florence station; first-class train ticket; private transfer from Genoa station to your hotel in Rapallo; accommodation in Rapallo
Day 8: Leisure day
This will be a full day for you to explore Rapallo at leisure or perhaps spend some time soaking up the Mediterranean sunshine.
Day 9: Cinque Terre cruise
The Cinque Terre is a sublime stretch of the Ligurian coast that is famous for its idyllic fishing villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Today, you will have the opportunity to discover this region, known as the Gulf of Poets, as well as the protected marine area of the Cinque Terre with a relaxing cruise. With this hop-on/hop-off boat service, you will have free time at each of the ports to explore the village attractions* or you can simply sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery, featuring natural rock formations and rare sea life.
What’s included: Ticket for the Cinque Terre hop-on/hop-off boat tour service; accommodation in Rapallo
(*Note that Corniglia does not have a port but can be reached on foot from the other villages.)
Day 10: Leisure day
This will be a full day for you to explore the Italian Riviera at leisure.
Day 11: Ciao Stresa!
From the coastal beauty of the Italian Riviera to the divine mountain scenery of the Italian Lake District. Today, you will travel by private car and high-speed train from Rapallo to Stresa, which sits on the banks of the great Lake Maggiore. This stunning lake is one of the most majestic in the region and is the second largest in Italy, stretching some 65 km from Switzerland in the north down through the Piedmont and Lombardy regions of Italy. Stresa is the main lakeside resort and boasts a pretty promenade and gardens with views of the lake, making it an idyllic place to relax and reconnect with nature.
What’s included: Private transfer from your hotel to Genoa train station; first-class train ticket; private transfer from Milan train station to your hotel in Stresa; accommodation in Stresa
Day 12: Borromean Islands tour
On your first full day on the banks of Lake Maggiore, you can spend a relaxing afternoon exploring the Borromean Islands as part of a small-group boat tour. As a part of this nautical experience, you will see Isola Pescatori, which features charming villas along cobbled lanes and a vibrant harbor characterized by the quaint fishing boats that bob in the water. Chiesa di S. Vittore and its dominating Bell Tower is the main attractions here – it houses a grand collection of 17th century paintings that are a joy to browse. After free time on Isola Pescatori the boat tour moves on to Isola Bella, which is perhaps the most famous of the Borromean Islands. It was once a simple fishing village but has transformed over the years into a luxurious destination characterized by the famous Palazzo and its glorious gardens. Here you will have ample free time to visit the ornate rooms of the palace or stroll through the manicured gardens. There is also an ancient amphitheater, which is an unmissable stop. After you have enjoyed an afternoon discovering the island sights you can relax on a tranquil boat ride back to Stresa.
What’s Included: Small group boat tour of the Borromean Islands; accommodation in Stresa
Day 13: Leisure day
This will be a full day for you to explore Stresa at leisure.
Day 14: Welcome to Switzerland!
On this diverse Europe packaged tour, you will not only enjoy the delights of Italy but will also be treated to 3 nights in Switzerland. This package includes a high-speed train transfer from Milan to Zürich, as well as private car transfers ensuring you arrive relaxed at your idyllic alpine hotel in Interlaken.
What’s Included: Private transfer from your hotel to Milan train station; international train ticket; private transfer from Zürich train station to your hotel in Interlaken; accommodation in Interlaken
Day 15: Excursion to Jungfraujoch
What a treat we have for you on your first full day in Switzerland! Today, you will enjoy a sensational train journey to Jungfraujoch – the highest railway station in Europe, standing at an amazing 3,454 meters above sea-level. A visit to Jungfraujoch is an unforgettable experience in an alpine wonderland of eternal ice and snow, and a true highlight of your visit to Switzerland. As a part of the experience, you will have the opportunity to admire The Sphinx, which is the highest vantage point from where you can admire ice streams, the Aletsch Glacier, and the mighty Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau massif soaring in the background. This whole area is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but do dress in warm clothing as the average temperature during the summer months varies from around 16 to 35 degrees Farenheit!
What’s included: Group visit to Jungfrauchjoch
Day 16: Leisure day
This will be a full day for you to explore Interlaken at leisure.
Day 17: And so your dream Italy and Switzerland vacation reaches its end
The morning sees you leaving Switzerland on your flight from Zürich Airport back home. The sights, sounds, tastes and experiences of the past days will no doubt flood over you as you enjoy the luxury of a private transfer to the airport, leading you to smile in remembrance of times past and to plan your inevitable return visit!
What’s included: Private transfer from your hotel to Zürich Airport
How to book: You can book this package safely and securely online using the box at the top of the page. Simply select the number of travelers, the star of accommodation you would like and your chosen vacation dates, and click “Book now”. You can also select to pay the full balance or just a deposit. Alternatively, if you would like to find out more about this special Italy and Switzerland vacation, please call our friendly team members at (347)-594-5500 or click here to send us an inquiry.
Please note that the art galleries in Florence are closed on Mondays and public holidays. In the case of unavailability, alternate itinerary options will be offered.