Highlight of Italy & Switzerland

Rome | Florence | Venice | Lucerne | Zurich

Italy and Switzerland attested to how two very close countries can share so much in common and yet so versatile. From mountainous land to narrow street and picturesque waterfront, ancient tradition becomes the pillar of each culture. See for yourself the difference of each country, region, and landscape.

Level
LUXURY $4,300
Best Season
April – October
Duration
11 Days 10 Nights
Theme
Family & Young
Group of Friends
Product Code
EA005_633

The Highlight of the Journey

  • Explore the cobbled street of ancient city Rome with a golf cart
  • VIP Colosseum & Vatican City experience and fast-track entrance to Sistine Chapel
  • 2 hours VIP Leaning Tower of Pisa tour
  • Luxury boat tour cruising Venice Grand Canal to Murano and Burano Islands
  • Visit Jungfraujoch Top of Europe

 

**Rates are per person based on USD and 2 people traveling together

Day 1 - 2

Rome | 2 Nights

Welcome to the capital city of Italy, Rome. Near the banks of the Tiber River, 2,700 years ago on seven hills, the foundation of Rome was laid. It is one of the most ancient cities in Europe. Within Rome’s enclave is Vatican City, the seat of the papacy of the Roman Catholic Church. The historical center is a small area, located on the eastern bank of the Tiber River and contains many monuments of Rome’s past greatness. The city is an unparalleled repository of monuments from all periods in European history. The legacy of the Roman Empire is extensive, witnessed from the preservation of the Pantheon, considered one of the finest surviving temples of antiquity, to the impressive Colosseum, an amphitheater that hosted gladiatorial combat and other spectacles. Ancient city walls, triumphal arches, public meeting places, churches, and palaces are scattered throughout Rome. With an extraordinary wealth of artwork, Rome is a major world center for creative study and performing arts.

Upon your arrival in Fiumicino International Airport Rome, you will be escorted back to your hotel to have a free time exploring the ancient city, or have a rest after your flight.

During your stay in Rome, you can choose to your liking some of the most wonderful experience in the city.

Golf Cart Tour in Rome
The most unique way to experience Rome at its finest. A golf cart tour around Rome covering: the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Arch of Constantine, Aventine Hill, Michelangelo’s Campidolio square, Mouth of Truth, Capitol Hill, Knights of Malta keyhole, Emperor Trajan forum and column, spectacular view of the Roman forum, Great Palace on the Palatine hill, Arch of Janus, Vestal Temple, panoramic view of Rome at the orange tree garden.

Continue your exploration after lunch on a tour designed to discover ancient imperial Rome. In the hearth of the city it’s possible to relive the power of Rome through its most important Emperor monuments such as the Coliseum. The Flavian Amphitheatre, built by the Vespasian, was the venue for the games that took place in ancient Rome.

VIP Colosseum and Vatican Experience including Sistine Chapel
You will start the VIP Vatican experience which includes of English speaking guide and fastest entrance to the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica.

Enjoy a VIP tour of the Colosseum with a specialized guide that will allow you to enter areas that previously inaccessible to the public, taking you into the very heart of this most recognizable of this icon. An opportunity to see the Colosseum from top to bottom, from the dungeons to the upper levels and famous arena. Your tour guide will bring this immense arena to back life with outrageous tales that will amaze you.

Day 3 - 4

Florence | 2 Nights

You will be transferred to Florence with approximate 3 hours duration.

Florentia—literally “florid city”—was the name given by the Romans to this settlement founded in the I century AD along the Arno river, at the foot of Fiesole, an Etruscan city whose ruins are visible on the hill which dominates the city. The flowering of Florence in art, culture and international trade began in the 13th century and reached its peak in the 15th century under the reign of the Medici family, who ruled over the city for more than three centuries.

En route you will spend your day at The Mall Florence – Luxury Outlet in Tuscany then before the sunset you will experience a cruise in private and leisure on a traditional Florencian boat down the Arno River, passing by the Uffizi Gallery, admiring Ponte Vencchio from beneath and finding out more about the mysterious Vasari Corridor.

Upon arrival at your hotel in Florence, free time for you rest or enjoy the facilities of your accommodation, or to stroll in the old town cobbled street of Florence, which is completely pedestrianized.

Full Day Trip to Pisa
Your experiences will start after lunch and take a 2 hours VIP Pisa Tower Tour. You will get to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which is one of the most remarkable architectural structures from medieval Europe, it is around 1 hour 10 minutes from Florence. You will have the opportunity to climb the Leaning Tower, which takes around 30 minutes. Then after the tour you can have free time and do shopping at Via de Tornabouni.

Day 5 - 6

Venice | 2 Nights

This morning you are going to be transferred to Venice that will take about 3 hours drive. En route you will stop for lunch in Bologna.

Historical evidences suggest that refugees founded Venice. When Germanic tribes ravaged northern Italy in the 5th century, many mainlanders escaped to this difficult-to-access area on the Adriatic Sea.

Early 20th century, it saw the opening of the motor and rail bridge between Venice and the mainland, which led this city to come out on top as a tourist destination. It is hard to navigate around the city, but don’t let that put you off, as this is part of Venice’s charm. Leave the other tourists at St Mark’s square and the Rialto Bridge and explore the maze-like little neighborhoods instead.

Half Day Tour in Venice
Escape the crowds by visiting the top sights of Venice from the water, with a special stop at one of the city’s least-visited islands, where you’ll climb the bell tower for the best panoramic views. The luxury boat tour will cruise the Grand Canal passing the most important palaces, buildings and bridges of the city (ie Rialto Bridge, Bridge of Sighs). Learn the art of glass blowing and visit Murano and Burano Islands. Visit a factory in Murano before transferring to a UNESCO World Heritage site, Burano, an island of colorful fishermen’s houses.

Day 7 - 8

Lucerne | 2 Nights

Today you will continue the journey to Lucerne for about 5-and-a-half-hour drive, or you can fly with Intra-Europe flight which takes about an hour.

You will explore the city on your own where you can see the Lion Monument, walk on the Chapel Bridge and old town, and the famous octagonal water tower.

Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, sited on Lake Lucerne, is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Complete with gable paintings, the covered, medieval Chapel Bridge forms the centrepiece of Lucerne’s townscape and is considered to be one of the oldest, covered wooden bridges in Europe. A further landmark of the town is the Museggmauer, a wall which, with the exception only of one of its towers, has been preserved in its original, well-fortified state.

Mount Titlis
Drive 40 minutes from Lucerne all the way to Engelberg, the station where you are going to take the world’s first revolving cable car; Rotair all the way up to Mount Titlis. The highest you can visit is the Stand which is 2,428 meters above the sea level. Enjoy being outdoor playing snow in the permanently snowed peak or even skiing.

Full Day Jungfraujoch Excursion
Join this excursion to Interlaken for approximately 1 hour drive and visiting Jungfraujoch, from either Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen, you will take a train to Kleine Scheidegg, where you will take another train to the top of Europe. Explore the outdoors, souvenir shop, Lindt Chocolate factory, or even the highest watch shop in the world which is located on top of the Pyramid of Jungfraujoch (3571 meters.)

In the evening, free time to unwind in Hoheweg, Interlaken with many boutique store of luxury watches before heading back to Lucerne.

Day 9 - 11

Zurich | 2 Nights

Pack up your stuff and get ready to depart to Zurich. The River Limmat divides the city of Zürich into two distinct halves. It makes more sense to speak about the two banks rather than the new town/old town split. Niederdorf, on the east bank, is full of shops and cafés, but also home to the twin towers of the Grossmunster and the grandiose architecture of the university. The west bank is the old part of town, which is centred around the Lindenhof area where the streets are characterised by fashion outlets and offices. The beautiful spires of St. Peters Church and Fraumunster church, decorated by Marc Chagall, are nearby as well.

The curving Bahnhofstrasse follows the course of the ancient city walls and is one of Europe’s most prestigious shopping streets. As Switzerland has cultivated stability and neutrality during both World Wars, the country has built up a reputation for its banking system, which for decades has been one of Zürich’s biggest industries. It is also for these reasons that today the stock market in Zürich is the fourth biggest in the world.

Before reaching Zurich, we will be having a detour to  Schwarzwald Black Forest, a large forested mountain range in Southwest Germany. Visit the quaint town of Titisee-Neustadt, where you can see how cuckoo clocks are made at the distinguished Drubb watchmaker and try some of the region’s famous Black Forest Gateau. A boat ride on picturesque Lake Titisee is optional. On the return trip, you can admire the tumultuous Rhine Falls thundering 23 meters into the river below. Overnight in Zurich and explore the Altstadt Old Town or boutique shops in Bahnhofstrase at your own pace before leaving the country.

End of journey.