Discover the Italian Lakes & Switzerland in 10 days
10 DAYS, 9 NIGHTS | Milan, Lake Maggiore, Borromean Islands, Bellagio, Lake Como, Alps, Luzern & Zurich
PRIVATE TOUR ITINERARY
Discover the Italian Lakes & Switzerland in 10 days — enjoy this wonderful tour with your very own chauffeur-guide. You’ll see Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper in Milan, visit the beautiful garden islands of Lake Maggiore, explore the luxurious villas of Lake Como, enter Switzerland on a breathtaking train ride through stunning
mountain scenery, visit the painted bridges of romantic Luzern, and cruise Lake Luzern on a historic steamer. You’ll stay in serene luxury hotels with lake views, enjoy private-guided walking tours, dine in hand-picked restaurants, and cruise the lakes – some on private motorboats. Discover the Italian Lakes & Switzerland in 10 days!
Day 1: Arrive Milan
You’ll be met on arrival at Milan Airport and transferred to a luxurious Relais & Châteaux hotel central Milan for an overnight stay. Settle into your accommodation and take some time to relax. Welcome dinner at a nearby traditional trattoria.
Day 2: Milan
Today you'll experience the best of Milan on a private-guided tour to include the magnificent Gothic Duomo, the famous 19th century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, La Scala Opera House, the world's most prestigious opera house, and skip-the-line access to Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper. This afternoon, depart Milan for a 3-night stay at a palatial hotel by the shores of Lake Maggiore with opulent interiors featuring marble columns, crystal chandeliers, and fabulous lake views.
Day 3: Lake Maggiore
This morning, depart from the hotel's dock on your private motorboat to Pallanza for a visit to Villa Tarranto with lovingly planted and superbly maintained gardens. Next, continue by boat to the lakeside town of Stresa where there will be an opportunity for lunch, and to explore the town. You'll have the afternoon to relax and admire the stunning views of Lake Maggiore from your magnificent hotel.
Day 4: Borromean Islands
Today, depart from the hotel's dock on your private motorboat to the Borromean Islands where you'll wander through the exotic gardens and elaborate villas built by the wealthy Borromeo family, who lovingly turned several of the lake's islands into retreats. You'll visit the fabulous gardens and tropical plants of Isola Madre, enjoy lunch on the picturesque fishing island of Isola dei Pescatori, and this afternoon tour the family's vast baroque palace of Isola Belloa, built from the island’s rock, and surrounded by terraced gardens inspired by the ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon’.
Day 5: Lake Orta
This morning, depart for the romantic atmosphere of Lake Orta and the 17th century sacred parkland of Sacro Monte di Orta. Enveloped by thick woodland, backed by tall mountains and occasionally hidden by misty fog, the medieval car-free village of Orta is captivating. This afternoon, cross Lake Maggiore by ferry and drive through Lugano in Switzerland to Griante in Italy for a 3-night stay at a luxurious villa hotel by the shores of Lake Como with fabulous lake views.
Day 6: Bellagio
Leave by ferry for the self-proclaimed "Pearl of the Lake" – Bellagio, Lake Como's most famous town. Serenely situated, Bellagio enjoys spectacular views towards the Alps, boutique shops and cobblestoned alleyways. You';ll have time to browse the shops prior to lunch at the highly exclusive Villa Serbelloni. This afternoon, visit the beautifully landscaped English Garden of Villa Melzi d’Eril.
Day 7: Lake Como
Depart from the hotel on your private motorboat to Villa del Balbianello for a private-guided tour – perched on a promontory near the village of Lenno, the villa was featured in the James Bond movie, Casino Royale. Built at the end of the 18th century on the remains of an old Franciscan church, the villa reflects the exotic vision of its last owner, explorer Guido Monzino. The real masterpiece here is the terraced garden and splendid loggia, where the land fits the architecture and landscaping in a particularly lovely way. Next, continue by private motorboat to Menaggio for lunch, another favorite lakeside town. This afternoon, tour the picturesque 18th century Villa Carlotta with beautiful gardens, statutory, fountains and lemon-scented terraces.
Day 8: Swiss Alps
This morning, depart Lake Como for Tirano by the border with Switzerland. Here, you'll board the Bernina Express in first-class, and depart on a breath-taking narrow-gauge train journey through stunning mountain scenery of glaciers and snow-capped mountains to St. Moritz in Switzerland. where your chauffeur-guide will be waiting for you. Next, continue your journey across the Julier Pass to Weggis, on the shores of Lake Luzern, for a 2-night stay at a luxurious lakeside hotel enjoying fabulous views of the mountains and lake.
Day 9: Luzern
Today, you'll board a classic Lake Luzern ferry to the city itself. On arrival in Luzern, you'll be met by your guide for a with a private walking tour, learning how a village grew to become a bustling center of trade in medieval times, and one of Europe's must-see destinations on the "Grand Tour" a century ago. Your private-guided walk will take you through the city's restored medieval core and over its famously colorful pedestrian bridges. The afternoon, a cruise along Lake Luzern intertwining between fabulous mountain scenery.
Day 10: Zurich
This morning, depart for Zurich, where you'll enjoy an original, entertaining and deliciously sweet walking tour around Zürich's charming Old Town. You'll learn about the history of the city, visit some of the city's most irresistible sweet corners, including traditional confectionaries, enjoying some samplings along the way. This afternoon, leave for Zurich Airport where the tour ends.
Included with this private tour:
9 nights of luxury hotel accommodation
Seven 3-course gourmet dinners
Your very own professional chauffeur-guide
Airport meet and greet
Bernina Express in First Class
Private-guided walking tours
All entrance fees
Skip-the-line-access to main attractions
Taxes and tolls
Choose your dates. Price is determined by season, accommodation, and the number of people in your group. Prices below are a guideline, and may change in accordance with your individual preferences.
From $5990 per person (group of 6 people)
From $6490 per person (group of 4 people)
From $7990 per person (group of 2 people)
All prices are in US dollars and based on sharing a room for double occupancy and based on accommodation described in the itinerary. Inquire for more information.
This tour can be customized to your wishes. Simply call, or email us with your specifics and we'll plan a program that's right for you.
2022 GUIDELINE PRICES
In this category, we have hand-picked five-star guest houses or smaller luxury hotels. These lodgings are often family owned and offer a truly unique, authentic and welcome atmosphere where you are more likely to engage with local people than in a higher-end hotel. Some tours involve a mixture of both Superior and Luxury Boutique.
Through years of experience we have hand-picked luxury boutique hotels which are not only very comfortable in the traditional sense, but as importantly offer gourmet food, and an ambience of lasting memory. All our hotel choices are of unique character, range from 4-star to 5-star, and are either downtown, or enjoy a spectacular rural or village setting. Our detailed offer to you will specify the hotels recommended.
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Italian Lakes & Switzerland
Recently my sisters and I went on a personally guided tour of the Italian Lakes and Switzerland with Hugh Barnes. Our 12 day trip was a wonderful journey to what has to be one of the most beautiful areas of the world. Hugh did an outstanding job as our guide, and set up a great itinerary for us. From our first stop in Milan to Lake Maggiore, the Borromean Islands, Lake Como and then on to Switzerland, the trip was filled with gorgeous scenery, delicious food, great cultural experiences and outstanding accommodations. Hugh was kind, thoughtful and patient. We always felt well taken care of and he made sure we got the most out of our amazing trip. It was an incredible experience and we can’t recommend him highly enough!
Rita Bernier -Massachusetts