Northern Italy & Switzerland: From Milan to the Alps10 days & 9 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Milan, Italy
Upon arrival, you will be accompanied to your centrally located hotel.Carlton Hotel Baglioni - 2 Nights
Your private walking tour of Milan this morning begins with a visit to Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper. Then, it's on to the incredible Duomoand the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a 19th-century glass-vaulted shopping arcade. Continue to Piazza della Scala, the square that houses the world-renowned La Scala opera house, and the fashionable Brera District.Carlton Hotel Baglioni (B)
Day 3To Lake Como
After breakfast, your driver will take you north to the shores of beautiful Lake Como. In the afternoon, join a local historian for a private visit of Como town, including the 600-year-old Duomo and the masterpiece of modern Rationalist art, the "Palazzo Terragni."Villa d'Este - 2 Nights (B)
Day 4Lake Como
Enjoy a hands-on cooking lesson focusing on creating homemade pasta fresca and other traditional delicacies. Afterward, sit down to sample the fruits of your labors. In the afternoon, take a private boat trip along the lake. Disembark at Tremezzo to visit the 17th-century Villa Carlotta and its splendid garden. You will also stop at Bellagio and visit the town's historic center.Villa d'Este (B)
Day 5To Lucerne, Switzerland
After breakfast, head north toward Switzerland. Stop in Bellinzona to visit one of the three UNESCO World Heritage castles. Continue to the lovely city of Lucerne, and take a walking visit of the city to discover its fascinating history and admire its stunning architecture.Schweizerhof - 2 Nights (B)
This morning, meet your guide for a trip to Mt. Pilatus. Begin your journey on a first-class boat to Alpnachstad. From there, take the cogwheel train to the top of Mt. Pilatus. At a gradient of 48%, it's the world's steepest railway! After some time to explore, take the aerial cable car to Kriens to meet your driver for the return trip to your hotel.Schweizerhof (B)
Day 7To Interlaken
Embark on a scenic drive to Interlaken. Located between two alpine lakes, Interlaken is a popular base camp for outdoor sports and travel in the surrounding Bernese Oberland Alps. Visit the Schilthorn mountain, which boasts amazing views of the Jungfrau region. At the top, relish a scenic lunch at the revolving restaurant at leisure and visit the 007 James Bond Museum.Victoria Jungfrau - 1 Night (B)
Day 8To Geneva
Travel onward to Geneva and enjoy a full day discovery of the Swiss Riviera. Visit Chillon Castle, an architectural jewel located between Lake Geneva and the Alps, and Vevey, which is the oldest city of the Swiss Riviera. End your day with wine tasting at Lavaux, set high above the shining waters of Lake Geneva.Hotel d'Angleterre - 2 Nights (B)
After breakfast, embark on a privately guided visit of the city. Situated between alpine peaks and the hilly terrain of the Jura, the French-speaking city of Geneva lies in the bay where the Rhone leaves Lake Geneva.Hotel d'Angleterre (B)
Day 10Depart Geneva
Today, bid farewell to Switzerland as you are escorted to the airport for your onward flight.(B)
At Cox & Kings we believe that a good travel experience is not luck but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in Europe and to help you prepare for your trip. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, while our local representatives are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to traveling in Europe.
Cruises & Train Tours
The river cruises and train tours in this brochure are offered subject to the conditions of carriage of the individual Train Company. PLEASE NOTE that in exceptional circumstances they may vary their itineraries with little or no notice, if water levels become unsafe, train lines become blocked or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark.
A number of flights within Europe arrive / depart early in the morning, and while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Europe, and hotels in Eastern Europe, Albania, Macedonia and regional Turkey, should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Europe and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in/out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
Many of the sites in Europe are quite spread out, and our tours consequently involve a reasonable amount of walking. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous.
Although tourism is not a new concept in most parts of Europe, many of the areas visited are still extremely traditional. Therefore kindly respect local customs and dress codes.
Many countries require passports, visas to be presented before entry is permitted. Please ensure that all traveling members, including infants and children, are in possession of a passport, valid for at least 6 months, prior to departure. It is convenient and safe to have the visa process facilitated by Cox & Kings Limited from the concerned Consulates / Authorities on your behalf. Please note that it is totally at the discretion of the concerned Consulates / Authorities to grant / reject your visas. The consulate may require further documentation and / or personal appearance.
Northern Italy & Switzerland: From Milan To The Alps
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