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Travelling with Inspiring Vacations allows you to explore the wonders of the world in a variety of different ways. We have partnered with a worldwide network of local travel experts to bring you culturally unique and delightfully unforgettable travel experiences. Whether it is meandering through narrow canyons by rail, cruising the idyllic waters of the Mediterranean or touring through the backroads of provincial towns, Inspiring Vacations trips offer amazing value and will leave you inspired.
Day 1 Lucerne, Switzerland
Breathtaking Alpine vistas await as you travel through Switzerland and Italy. Experience dramatic views while aboard railways and lake cruises, and enjoy cultural experiences in charming villages in the heart of Europe. Arrive in Lucerne and enjoy some free time to explore this lakeside town on your own. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner in the city.
Waldstaetterhof or Similar
Day 2 Lucerne, Switzerland
Explore Lucerne, the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Follow the ancient pathways of the city on a walking tour through an Altstadt (Old Town), passing through the covered 14th-century Chapel Bridge. Along the way, see the famous Water Tower that once served as a prison. Pause at the renowned Lion Monument, carved from sandstone to commemorate heroic soldiers. The evening is yours.
Waldstaetterhof or Similar
Day 3 Lucerne GoldenPass Train Montreux Zermatt
Travel to Gstaad and climb aboard the GoldenPass panoramic train, taking in breathtaking Alpine views along the route to Montreux. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time in this resort town, situated on the shores of Lake Geneva. End your day in the car-less village of Zermatt.
Hotel Pollux or Similar
Day 4 Zermatt, Switzerland
Choose how you discover Zermatt because it’s your choice! Explore on foot during a guided walking tour -OR- experience Zermatt independently before visiting the Matterhorn Museum; learn more about the triumph and tragedy behind the first ascent of this imposing peak. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Hotel Pollux or Similar
Day 5 Zermatt Glacier Express Train St. Moritz
Traverse bridges and tunnels while aboard the world-renowned narrow gauge Glacier Express. Enjoy the natural beauty of this route through the heart of the Swiss Alps. Filled with forests, fragrant meadows, gurgling streams and deep valleys, it’s a mountain dream come to life. While onboard, relax and enjoy a 3-course lunch. Arrive in St. Moritz and enjoy the evening at leisure to relax or stroll the lakeside boulevard.
Hotel Steffani or Similar
Day 6 St. Moritz Bernina Pass Train Lago Maggiore, Italy
Traveling along one of the world’s most scenic railways, journey through the Bernina Pass en route to Tirano, Italy. Take in the striking landscapes of the Swiss and Italian Alps throughout your voyage, including the famed Morteratsch Glacier. Experience sweeping coastal views on your drive along the picturesque shores of Lake Como. Continue to Lago Maggiore, a tranquil resort area with crystal clear waters set against the backdrop of the Alps. Enjoy a local wine tasting and settle in for a 2-night stay.
Hotel Steffani or Similar
Day 7 Lago Maggiore, Italy
Travel to Oira, an ancient village nestled in the mountains. Visit a family farm to see a different side to Alpine life. Learn about the artisan cheeses that they produce before sampling their creations, paired with the region’s local wines. Return to your hotel for a free afternoon. As the day draws to a close, board a private boat for a cruise to Isola dei Pescatori, one of the stunning Borromean Islands. On the island, toast to the end of your Alpine adventure and savor a traditional farewell dinner.
Grand Hotel Dino Baveno or Similar
Day 8 Lago Maggiore, Italy
Your scenic journey ends today in Lago Maggiore.
Travel with Collette Tours
Climb aboard legendary Alpine railways
Set out on a journey across the captivating Alpine landscapes of Switzerland and Italy
Ride 3 legendary train routes
Experience the GoldenPass Panoramic Train, the Glacier Express, and the Bernina Pass Train
Explore Lucerne, the "Swiss Paradise on the Lake.”
Relax in some of Europe’s most stunning and exclusive resort villages
Visit Zermatt, St Moritz and Lago Maggoire, Italy
Spend time at a family-owned farm where you sample their handmade cheeses paired with local wine
Cruise across one of the world’s most scenic lakes – Lago Maggiore. Across 2 countries
Pass by towering mountain landscapes and discover quaint villages
7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners
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COVID-19 Due to COVID there maybe disruptions to standard operating schedules of particular components of this itinerary. Should a component be effected a substitute will be confirmed prior to departure.
Fitness Requirements While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.
As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.
Accommodation The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard.
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Triple Share Not Available
Travel Insurance Travel insurance is required to protect yourself against the unexpected.
Tour Documentation Final documentation including, e-tickets and hotel details, will be provided approximately 30 days prior to travel.
Group Size Group size varies from package to package. Depending on the services provided, the group size might range from private 2 person experiences up to coaches of 50 people depending on your selected holiday.
Tour Type - Independant On these packages you will travel from city to city on your own, exploring at your own pace. We have arranged transportation in most cases and day tours for you to see the destination. Enjoy the time and flexibility to linger longer or pick up the pace and see as much as possible. The choice is yours.
Children Children must share a room with parents at all times and are charged the same price as adults.