Alpine Splendor

10-Day Alpine Splendor Small Group Custom Tour
Switzerland and the Italian Lakes
May 14-24, 2020

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Day-to-Day Itinerary

DAY 1: 15 May 2020 (Depart USA 14 May)
Welcome to Switzerland!
Your British Airways flight arrives the Geneva Airport at 4:25pm. You are met as a group at the airport and transferred to the chic town of Montreux, situated at the foot of the alps. Enjoy dinner this evening with your traveling companions and tour director.
Meal: Dinner with Wine
Hotel: Grand Hotel Suisse-Majestic Montreaux (1 Night)

DAY 2: 16 May 2020
Montreux – Gruyeres -and the Matterhorn Village of Zermatt
Begin with a city tour that will showcase the highlights. Journey around the Lake Geneva arc to the medieval Chillon Castle where a Local Expert will show you through the former home of the Counts of Savoy that was immortalized by Byron’s ‘Prisoner of Chillon.’ Continue through the Rhone Valley to the medieval walled village of Gruyeres – also named Canton of Fribourg, this hillside town is a majestic manicured landscape with amazing fairytale storybook features. Visit a cheesemaker and learn about the world-famous cheese that shares the town’s name. Enjoy free time wandering the cobblestone streets, charming boutiques, or relaxing at one of the many restaurants. Continue to Täsch for the final stage of your journey via cogwheel train to climb the last few miles up to the traffic-free Alpine resort of Zermatt. During your orientation with your Travel Director, feast your eyes on the distinctive triangular silhouette of the Matterhorn, Europe’s most famous mountain. Enjoy your official Welcome Dinner tonight.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Hotel: Monte Rosa Zermatt  (2 Nights)

DAY 3: 17 May 2020
Relaxed Start – Free Time in Zermatt
Lying in the shadow of the Matterhorn, the resort town of Zermatt offers many leisure possibilities: swimming or hiking or spend the entire day exploring the town and the surrounding mountain. Stroll along the main street, Bahnhofstrasse. Perhaps take a ride on Europe’s highest cable car to the snow-capped roof of the world for a magnificent panorama of the highest peaks in Switzerland, Italy and France. At night, enjoy a stroll in the clean, mountain air to your chosen restaurant for your Dine-Around Evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 4: 18 May 2020
Lake Como & Elegant Baveno
Descend to Täsch and rejoin the coach. Follow in Napoleon’s footsteps as you ascend the Simplon Pass, taking in magnificent views over the Alps from the 2,000-metre summit. Relish in a gradual change of scenery as you continue towards the gentle shores of Italy’s Lake Como. Upon arrival you’ll have views of elegant villas and gardens as you cruise with your Local Specialist along Lake Como, one of the most beautiful spots in the Italian Lake District.
Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Hotel Simplon Baveno  (2 Nights)

DAY 5: 19 May 2020
Relaxed Start – Discover Lake Maggiore
A short hop on our private motor launch brings us to the world-renowned Isola Bella with its magnificent Baroque palace and terraced gardens that slope to the lake. In the Borromean Palace, our local expert reveals the grottoes and masterpieces lovingly nurtured by this wealthy Italian dynasty. Next head to Isola Madre, the largest and perhaps most characteristic of the three islands in the Borromean Gulf. The atmosphere of this enchanting place is magical; its immense garden of rare trees and exotic flowers, where peacocks and pheasants wander and budgerigars fly in freedom, has something of the fascination of a tropical land. Visit the breathtaking botanical gardens and historical Palazzo with a Local Expert. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 6: 20 May 2020
Relaxed Start – Grison Alps to Chic St. Moritz
Head north back into the high mountain country of the Grison Alps. Ascend the 7,504 foot Julier Pass, an important Alpine road since Roman times, to arrive in the sparkling Engadine Valley. This valley is considered by many as the most beautiful mountain area in the world, with deep-blue lakes, mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet, and quaint villages with massive white stone houses in the characteristic Grisons style. This afternoon, arrive in the cosmopolitan resort of St. Moritz, the host of two Winter Olympics. A brief orientation with your Travel Director will show you the spa quarter and the brilliantly sparkling glacial lake before there is time to explore further on your own. In the evening, you are treated to a delicious fondue dinner at a local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Hotel: Reine Victoria St. Moritz  (1 Night)

DAY 7: 21 May 2020
Scenic Train Ride, Liechtenstein and Lucerne
Start the day with a scenic train ride along part of the route of the Glacier Express, across the Grison Mountains and through unforgettable scenes of ice-capped mountains, stone-built villages and lush meadows. At Chur, re-board your coach and travel along the valley of the Upper Rhine to spend some time in Vaduz, the tiny capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein, clutched between Switzerland and Austria with a surface of just 62 square miles. Enjoy views of the castle, the official residence of the prince, perched hillside above the city. Continue to Lucerne, the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake”.  This beautiful city surrounded by an alpine panorama retains much of its old-world charm and a strong sense of its history. You’ll be witness to this on an orientation tour with included photo stops to top attractions such as the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument along with a pleasant stroll in Old Town. You’ll have the remainder of the day to explore the hidden treasures that dot the city – along with many wonderful galleries, shops and cafés.
Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Renaissance Lucerne  (2 Nights)

DAY 8: 22 May 2020
Relaxed Start – The Summit of Stanserhorn
Commence the day by taking advantage of this very quaint setting with a morning walk along lakeside promenades or simply strolling the streets and enjoying the scenery. In the tiny streets of old town (Altstadt), there’s often a craft market and dozens of shops full of unique handmade goods. Then in the mid-afternoon depart from the town of Stans as you embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and open top cable car to the summit of the stunning Mount Stanserhorn, where you will meet a Swiss Ranger and learn about the local wildlife. Take in the pristine mountain air and on a clear day you may see as far as Alsace and the Black Forest. At the foot of Mount Stanserhorn, embrace a fantastic wining and dining experience at Restaurant Seeblick. Celebrate new friends and a great trip during your Celebration dinner, offering magnificent views over Lake Lucerne.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 9: 23 May 2020
Lucerne- Rhine Falls – Zurich
Journey northward from Lucerne to see the Rhine Falls and historical Stein am Rhein. Travel through vine-coated hills to the Swiss-German border and arrive at the 15th-century Laufen Castle, set on a clifftop facing the southern banks of the Rhine Falls. Take in the 450-foot wide and 75-foot high falls, Europe’s biggest. Admire panoramic views from the glass elevator or walk to the viewpoints above and around the falls to thrill at their roar and power. Then drive by the 16th-century Munot Fortress in Schaffhausen, before continuing to the charming town of Stein am Rhein, famous for its well-preserved Old Town featuring painted facades and half-timbered houses. A delightful town to walk around enjoying the gorgeous houses, cafes, restaurants and small shops. Following leisure time here, your journey will end in Zurich.
Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Garden Inn Zurich Limmattal  (1 Night)

DAY 10: 24 May 2020
Zurich – Depart
After breakfast, you will have one group transfer to the Zürich airport. Your British Airways flight departs from the Zurich Airport at 1:10pm.
Meals: Breakfast

Group Tour Inclusions:

  • Roundtrip Airfare from Charleston via British Airways
  • Exclusive use of a deluxe motor coach with extra leg room seats
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 4 Star Accommodations (1-nt Montreux; 2-nts Zermatt; 2-nts Baveno- Lake Maggiore; 1-nt St Moritz; 2-nts Lucerne; 1-nt Zurich)
  • Breakfast each morning, 6 dinners (authentic dining in local restaurants)
  • Wine or beer and coffee, tea, or soft drinks included with dinner
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Meal gratuities, service charges, and local taxes
  • Luggage porterage in and out of hotels
  • Audio headsets when applicable
  • 1 checked bag and 1 carry-on
  • Services of a professional Travel Director throughout
  • Thomas Hogan Representative

Not Included

  • Meals and sightseeing not detailed on the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance is optional and highly recommended at $319.00 per person
  • Gratuities to Travel Director, Coach Driver, and Local City Guides
    (Travel Director: 6€ per day per guest; Coach Driver: 3€ per day per guest; Local Guide: 2€ per guest)
  • Excess baggage fees

Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the return date.

A nonrefundable deposit of $300.00 per person is required at the time of booking by check payment only.
Final payment is due by Jan. 15, 2020 payable by check or credit card. 
Tour price is per person based on 2 people sharing a room.
Maximum 36 guests/Minimum 30 guests

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