The Alps Out Loud: Switzerland & Lake Como By Design (FH)

8 days from Zurich to Lake Como

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Swiss chocolate or cheese? More Milan fashion or Como’s fashionable homes? Train-hopping adventures or sweet tooth-inspired tastings. Wine a little or a lot?! The sky’s the limit in Switzerland! Mountains of possibilities await you thanks to complimentary YourChoice Excursions on this 8-day vacation from Zurich to Como. This Swiss adventure is so cool, it “Bernes!”

Why This Trip is Head and Yodels Above the Rest:
  • An elevated Alpine adventure where mountains soar and wines pour.
  • An inspired itinerary that delivers postcard-perfect scenery, must-see sights and lesser-known delights.
  • Included YourChoice Excursions in Geneva and Lake Como.
  • Holey Cheese, Please!


The Alps Out Loud: Switzerland & Lake Como By Design map

 Photo Highlights

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Defensive Wall and Ramparts of the Market-Town of Bellinzona
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast Daily, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinners

 Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN ZURICH

Welcome to Zurich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

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Day 2 ZURICH–EXCURSION TO RHINE FALLS

ZURICH Orientation walk of the Old Town includes sights of the Fraumünsterkirche.
RHINE FALLS Take pictures of the waterfalls.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 ZURICH–BERNE–CHILLON CASTLE–LAKE GENEVA

BERNE Guided walking tour includes the Old Town, a stop at Bear Park and a panoramic view of the city from Rose Garden.
CHILLON Guided visit of the castle and wine tasting.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 LAKE GENEVA

LAKE GENEVA YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:

SIP: Mountains Soar & Wines Pour
SIP: Mountains Soar & Wines Pour
Visit the lovely Lavaux region, one of Switzerland's most beautiful regions - carved by the Rhone Glacier and the masterful masonry of 12th-century Cistercian monks who built kilometers of stone walls and terraces that are still cherished and tended by the winegrowers today. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to bountiful vineyards where renowned wines are nurtured by sunlight reflected by the waters of Lake Geneva and the warmth of the stone walls by night. Hop on a Swiss train to experience mountains and the magic of Switzerland's second-largest wine-growing canton and take a stroll around the timeless vineyards!
STROLL: Fondue of You
STROLL: Fondue of You
Between the lake, mountains, and vineyards, the Montreux Riviera puts picture-perfect postcards to shame! An authentic little piece of paradise that has inspired numerous artists, writers, and travelers in search of beauty, tranquility and inspiration, the city of Montreux is the place to enjoy the Swiss Riviera (one of the world's best-kept secrets, known for gastronomical delights). Follow your Local Guide for a special walking tour and fondue lunch that's sure to please your palate!
TASTE: Swiss Chocolate & Cheese, Please!
TASTE: Swiss Chocolate & Cheese, Please!
The only thing more inspiring than Switzerland's stunning scenery is its food! A sweet adventure awaits you at the Maison Cailler chocolaterie (chocolate shop). Explore the story of Swiss chocolate through a series of interactive, multi-sensory experiences, and uncover a few secrets along the way! Continue on to the picturesque town of Gruyères for a lunch of Swiss delicacies. Stroll through its pedestrian center with Medieval cobblestones and fountains. A real charmer!

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Day 5 LAKE GENEVA–AOSTA–LAKE COMO

AOSTA Free time.
COMO Orientation walk.

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Day 6 LAKE COMO

LAKE COMO YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:

STROLL: Amo Milano
STROLL: Amo Milano
Depart from Como for the captivating cosmopolitan city of Milan. Visit the Castello Sforzesco grounds and admire Michelangelo's Pietà Rondanini. Follow your Local Guide for a walking tour to La Galleria and Piazza Duomo, followed by an inside visit at the Duomo. Plus, enjoy free time to shop in Italy's capital of fashion.
FLOAT: Villas, Villages & Vistas
FLOAT: Villas, Villages & Vistas
Embark on a one-hour boat cruise around Como's dazzling lake. Marvel at matchless views of the Italian Alps as you float past forested hills, charming lakeside villages, peaceful bays, exotic gardens, and the elegant villas of Versace, Mussolini, Clooney, and other glitterati. After the cruise, walk to the railway funicular station in Piazza De Gasperi. Operating since 1894, the train climbs quickly to Brunate, "the Balcony of the Alps" inviting you to take in views in every direction.

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Day 7 LAKE COMO

LAKE COMO YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:

STROLL: Oohs, Aahs & Swiss Geez!
STROLL: Oohs, Aahs & Swiss Geez!
Explore the center of Lugano with your Local Guide and take in views of its lovely lake. Enjoy free time before departing for Bellinzona. Hidden in a narrow valley at the entrance to three gorgeous Alpine passes, Bellinzona serves as a gateway to Italy from the north and the Alps from the south. Ascend by elevator to the vineyard-clad Castelgrande. Explore the castle grounds, stroll along the ramparts, and engulf yourself in amazing panoramas before enjoying a traditional lunch at a local grotto restaurant.
FEAST: Pasta Perfetto in a Como Cucina!
FEAST: Pasta Perfetto in a Como Cucina!
Welcome to a professional kitchen in one of the best locations on Lake Como. Master the art of making authentic Italian pasta when you prepare lunch with the chef, and learn how to perfectly combine traditional ingredients with a unique touch of innovation and creativity. Create a two-course menu of local specialties to enjoy with friends and family.

COMO Farewell dinner at local restaurant.

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Day 8 LAKE COMO

Your vacation ends with breakfast in the morning. (The nearest airport is Milan.)

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 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

No Excursions are available at this time.

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guests in a party: $2,448*
18 guests in a party: $512*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for 2021 and 2022 travel years. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.



The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include International airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).

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