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

10 Nights | £1499 pp

Outward Date: 10/08/2018 - Depart Manchester 1110 arrive Milan Malpensa 1420

Return Date: 20/08/2018 - Depart Geneva 2150 arrive Manchester 2240

Departing from Manchester

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 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.

 No Reviews

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.

 No Reviews

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.

 No Reviews

Our opinion… Quality accommodation in an excellent location.

Location… A quiet location near the bus and train station.

Accommodation… Room facilities include private bathrooms with shower and hairdryer, Digital LED-TV/Radio, Direct-Dial telephone, safe, Delizio coffee machine for tea and coffee at your disposal (free of charge), minibar, free high speed Wireless LAN internet connection, sound insulated doors and windows.

Facilities… The hotel has a Parisian style brasserie serving principally french and swiss dishes.

Transport… The train station is a five minute walk from the hotel.

6 Reviews

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.

1 Reviews

Your Holiday Price Includes

 1 night at the 3* Flora, Milan sharing a twin/double room
 3 nights at the 3* Engadina, Como sharing a twin/double room
 3 nights at the 3* Royal, Stresa sharing a twin/double room
 1 night at the 4* Ambassador, Brig sharing a twin/double room
 2 nights at the 3* Drei Konige, Lucerne sharing a twin/double room
 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
 Transport as Detailed
 Airport Taxes
 Services of Our 24 hour duty manager
 Checked Baggage


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