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Italian Lakes, Swiss Mountains & a Taste of the Glacier Express

The crystal clear waters of Lakes Como, Maggiore & Lucerne, soaring mountain peaks and a spectacular train ride through some of Switzerland's most dramatic scenery

10 nights from £1259 pp

Depart: UK Airports

A wonderful trip to relax and enjoy some of the treasures of Europe's diverse landscape...

Departures from UK airports are available throughout the year. Flight schedules vary between airports and seasons so please contact us for details of flights operating from your local airport. The lead-in price from £1259pp is available in the low season from November through to March. April to October prices start at £1499pp. The price is based on two people sharing a twin/double room and may vary depending on the choice of departure date and airport. All holidays are tailor-made with extra nights, single rooms and hotel upgrades available at a supplement.

Please note the Glacier Express is closed for maintenance on an annual basis from the end of October until the middle of December.

Your itinerary

Day 1

Fly direct to Milan. On arrival join the private transfer to your hotel where you will spend 1 night.

Day 2

Make your own way to the railway station for the journey by rail to Lake Como. (Journey time approximately 30mins). On arrival in Como, make your own way to your hotel where you will spend 3 nights.

Day 3

Como: Free time to relax in the surroundings of Lake Como. With its historic town centre, Como is an upscale resort with plenty of chic shops and cafes to keep you entertained. 

Day 4

Como:  Don't miss the beautiful Gothic Cathedral or for stunning views of the lake take a trip on the Como–Brunate funicular. The railway connects the city of Como with the village of Brunate in Lombardy, Italy. The line has operated since 1894 and is used by both tourists and local residents.

Day 5

Make your own way to the railway station for the journey by rail to Milan where you change trains for the onward journey to Stresa and Lake Maggiore. (Journey time from Milan to Stresa approximately 1hr 10mins). On arrival in Stresa make your own way to your hotel where you will spend 3 nights.

Day 6

Stresa: Full of splendid villas and magnificent gardens, Stresa is one of the most beautiful of the Italian lake towns.

Day 7

Stresa: From Stresa it is easy to reach the three Borromean Islands, which are steeped in artistic, historical and botanical appeal. On the islands of Bella and Madre there are glorious palaces and rare plant gardens where peacocks, parrots and pheasants roam free. In contrast, the Isola dei Pescatori is famous for the charming simplicity of its old fishing village, which is considered one of the most picturesque spots on Lake Maggiore.

Day 8

Make your own way to the railway station for the journey by rail to Brig where you will spend 1 night.

Day 9

Glacier Express: The Glacier Express is undoubtedly one of the most famous railway journeys in the world. The journey in its entirety stretches from Zermatt to Davos or St. Moritz in around seven hours and winds its way through stunning mountain landscapes, deep gorges, picturesque valleys, 91 tunnels and across 291 impressive bridges. Today you will experience the section of the route from Brig to Chur over the 2,033m high Oberalp Pass and takes around 4.5 hours. On arrival in Chur transfer by rail to Lucerne where you will spend 2 nights.

Day 10

Lucerne: Favoured by the likes of Goethe, Wagner and Queen Victoria, Lucerne presents a fairytale image of Switzerland. Colourful houses, waterfront promenades and glorious views of the encompassing Alps never fail to seduce visitors. Of course, you haven't really visited Lucerne until you have crossed the creaky 14th-century Kapellbrücke that spans the river in the beautifully preserved medieval Old Town.

Day 11

Transfer by rail to Geneva airport for the return flight to the UK.

Your Holiday Price Includes

 Direct flights from UK airports to Milan returning from Geneva
 1 night central 3* hotel sharing a twin/double room in Milan
 3 nights central 3* hotel sharing a twin/double room in Como (Lake Como)
 3 nights central 3* hotel sharing a twin/double room in Stresa (Lake Maggiore)
 1 night central 3* hotel sharing a twin/double room in Brig (for the Glacier Express)
 2 nights central 3* hotel sharing a twin/double room in Lucerne
 2nd class travel on the Glacier Express from Brig to Chur. First class available at a supplement
 Standard class rail travel between the cities
 Return airport transfers (by taxi from Milan airport and by rail from Lucerne to Geneva airport)
 UK Air Passenger Duty
 Airport Taxes
 Services of Our 24 hour duty manager
 Checked Baggage

Your Holiday Hotels

Our opinion... A small, comfortable hotel well placed for exploring the city.

Location... The hotel's proximity to the public transport network allows you to explore the city with ease.

Accommodation... Rooms are comfortable and modern and come with air-conditioning/heating, hairdryer, room safe, free Wi-Fi, telephone, minibar, slippers, TV, radio and private bathroom.

Facilities... Breakfast room and bar.

Transport... Flora Hotel is located within a 3-minute walk from the Central Station, ten metres from the yellow and green metro stop Centrale and 100 metres from the airbus terminal.

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Our opinion... Simple hotel in a convenient location.

Location... Located right in the heart of town, near the lake & the stadium.

Accommodation... The hotel has 24 rooms equipped with facilities such as satellite TV, minibar, safe, direct dial telephone, hairdryer.

Facilities... The hotel has a breakfast room.

Transport... A 5-minute walk from the railway station.

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Our opinion... Great family run hotel.

Location... Beautifully Located with views of Lake Maggiore, the Islands and surrounding mountains.

Accommodation... 70 rooms with private bathrooms, hairdryer, direct line telephone, satellite TV, safe, air-conditioning, and balcony with view over the lake or the garden.

Facilities... There is a bar, restaurant and terrace with view over the swimming pool. There is also a reading room, music room, lift, free Wi-Fi and internet point in the common areas.

Transport... The train station is walking distance from the hotel.

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Our opinion… A modern family run hotel.

Location… Directly opposite of the hotel are the Zermatt Railway, the Furka-Oberalp Railway and the Glacier Express.

Accommodation… Attractive newly renovated rooms with shower or bath / WC, hair-dryers, telephone, radio/tv, free wireless LAN and minibar.

Facilities… The hotel has a cosy bar.

Transport… The distance from the station to the hotel is about 80 metres

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Drei Konige

Our opinion…The Drei Konige is a small, welcoming hotel, situated on the edge of the city centre, within an Art Nouveau-style building.

Location... Situated in Lucerne, this hotel is close to Mill Bridge, Chapel Bridge, and Lucerne Town Hall. Also nearby are Loewenplatz and Swiss Transportation Museum.

Accommodation…50 cosy & comfortable, en suite rooms.

Facilities…Restaurant & Breakfast room, plus vending & ice machines on each floor, plus bar/lounge.

Transport…Main train station nearby.

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