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Charming Lakes, Alps and Mountains


  • Lake Maggiore
  • Lake Como
  • Lucerne

Lions Club preferred7 DAYS
JULY 10-16, 2019
LIONS EXCLUSIVE TOUR

 

 


 

Jul 10

Milan to Lake Maggiore

This morning, you meet up with the tour manager at one of the convention hotels before departing Milan and heading towards the majestic Alps.

Skirting Lake Maggiore the first stop is at the lesser known, but extremely pretty Lake Orta where we take a cruise on the lake and admire the luxury villas on the shores. We also enjoy a short stop on the tiny island of Isola San Giulo.

Later we arrive in Baveno and check-in to our hotel. Baveno is a small town, just along from Stresa, and with its old streets, small shops and restaurants, will be a relaxing stop and contrast to busy Milan. Tonight we enjoy a 3 course dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Dino

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Jul 11

Lake Maggiore

Today we have a full day travelling by boats on Lake Maggiore. First we visit the Borromean Islands, three small, but very pretty islands in the Lake. First stop will be the Palazzo Borromeo on Isola Bella, literally translated to Beautiful Island. The palace takes up much of the island and the gardens offer a space for great views, even the emperor Napoleon has visited and stayed at this palace! Then we continue by boat to the small island of Isola dei Pescatori (Fisherman’s island), where we enjoy lunch at the lovely Hotel Belvedere, which has a terrace restaurant with views over the lake to the mountains beyond.

After lunch, there is some free time to explore Stresa or Baveno at your own pace, using the boat pass that is included today.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Jul 12

Lake Maggiore to Lake Como

This morning we drive to Como skirting the foothills of the Alps, The city once famous for its silk production, it has a pretty location nestling in under the steep hills that surround the lake. We take the short, but very steep funicular 500 metres up to Brunate, where we can takin in the tremendous views over the lake and surrounding area. We continue our drive along , and beside, the lake through tiny villages, past huge villas to Tremezzo, to visit the fabulous Villa Carlotta. Built by a family of wealthy silk merchants in the 17th century, this villa has gorgeous interiors and a sprawling botanic garden overlooking the lake.

Accommodation: Hotel Royal Victoria, Varenna

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Jul 13

Lake Como

Today, our travelling is all by boat, which is the quickest way between the villages as the roads are narrow and very busy.  This also gives us chance to relax and take in the wonderful scenery whilst travelling between the pretty small villages of Menaggio and Bellagio.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Jul 14

Lake Como to Lucerne

An early start today, but some incredible scenery awaits, we drive over the mountains to Lake Lugano where we take the Gotthard Panorama Express train for an enjoyable journey over the Alps to Lucerne. The train has special panoramic windows that allow you to look through the roof as well as the sides to take in the full scale of the mountains. The route goes up the valley, in and out of short tunnels until the top of the valley where it runs through a longer tunnel in to Switzerland. The descent to Lake Lucerne is very similar, following the valley, popping in and out of tunnels, past Altdorf, the home of William Tell, alongside Lake Lucerne until we arrival in Lucerne itself.

Upon arrival, there is time to check in at the hotel, before departing on a short walking tour where we will see the famous covered bridge, the lion monument and the historic centre. This evening, we take an evening walk to a local restaurant, where we enjoy a 3 course meal.

Accommodation: Hotel Monopol

Please note your luggage will travel to the hotel on the coach, while you travel by rail

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Jul 15

Engelberg

After breakfast, a short drive to Engelberg, where upon arrival we ride the cable cars up to the top of Mt Titlis. One section has a rotating gondola so you get a 360 degree view as you travel. At the summit, see the ice sculptures, and take in the stunning views before the return cable cars to Engelberg.

This evening we transfer to the Stadtkeller for a fun Swiss folklore show with dinner. Our last night will include a beef fondue menu and one beer or glass of wine as we are entertained.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Jul 16

Depart to Zurich

Today, we take the short transfer to Zurich the economic and banking centre of the country in time for your onward/return flight.

Meal Plan Breakfast

PRICES:

Room Type USD$ CA$
Twin
Per Person
$ 3,689 $ 4,709

 

* Single Room Rates on request

Package Includes:

  • Fully Escorted by English Speaking Guide
  • 6 night’s accommodation in hotels (or similar)
  • 6 continental breakfasts, 1 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Tours as per itinerary

Package Excludes:

  • International and/or domestic airfare, 
  • meals unless noted, 
  • optional touring, 
  • medical and/or cancellation insurance, 
  • personal items,
  • early check in & late check out at hotel,
  • tips to drivers/guides,
  • luggage handling

Important Notes:

The prices are based on a minimum of 15 passengers travelling on the tour, and requires this minimum number to operate. Transfer to Zurich Airport on the last day is based on a group transfer (minimum 8 passengers). A supplement will apply for non-group transfers 

Tour will depart from one of the Lions Clubs International Convention Hotels, which will be advised closer to departure, and will be based on where the majority are staying. Anyone at a different hotel, will need to make their own way to the departure point in time to meet with the group.


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