Verona, Venice, Lucerne, Zermatt, Lake Como
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Immerse yourself in postcard-perfect moments during your customized 9-night tour of Switzerland and Italy. The mountains and valleys glow with emerald greenery and snow-capped peaks, gondolas cruise down the narrow canals, and elegant wooden bridges highlight the masterful skills of the Middle Ages. Book your romantic tour of Switzerland and Italy today and immerse yourself in the iconic romantic ambiance for which both countries are known.
Lucerne – Romantic Lakeside Stroll
The Swiss city of Lucerne has a charming allure that overlooks the quiet shores of Lake Lucerne at the mouth of the Reuss River Reuss. Your flight will land at Zurich Airport, where your private transfer will greet you upon arrival and escort you through the gorgeous landscapes to the heart of Lucerne. The remaining day will be yours to enjoy the beauty of the city. The medieval walls that were constructed between the 14th and 15th centuries continue to line the northern edge of the city. The four towers provide fantastic views of the city and across the lake.
Lucerne – Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus
In the morning, your guide will introduce you to the stunning history of Lucerne, beginning with the streets of Old Town. The preserved neighborhoods have colorful facades that resemble familiar images from a storybook. You will continue to the symbol of Lucerne: the Chapel Bridge. Once on the bridge, you can look to the rafters to find more 17th-century paintings that depict more than 100 scenes of Lucerne’s history. In the afternoon, you will board a gondola at Fräkmüntegg terminus to reach the summit of Mt. Pilatus at nearly 7,000 feet above sea level.
Zermatt – Views of the Mountain Panorama
At breakfast, your private transfer will escort you to the charming town of Zermatt. Before reaching the village that is celebrated for its car-less streets and access to the Matterhorn, you will stop in the serene city of Interlaken. Granite walls shape the valley and lead to splendid mountain vistas. A comfortable funicular ride will lead you to Harder Kulm. Here, hiking paths wind around the rugged alpine scenery, and the mountain panorama sweeps over the giant summits. The town of Zermatt sits at the base of the highest mountains in the Swiss Alps, and the Matterhorn rises above Zermatt with a hypnotic pull that pierces the sky.
Zermatt – Day at Your Leisure
A soothing hot chocolate will be a fantastic start to your charming morning in Zermatt. The day will be yours to enjoy the natural splendor of the surrounding scenery at your leisure. You can take the Gornergrat Railway for impressive views of the Matterhorn or traverse the narrow lanes wooden chalets of the village of Hinterdorf. For an exceptional view of the Matterhorn, you can take the cog railway to the top of Gornergrat at 10,135 feet above sea level. From the viewing platform, you have an unparalleled line of sight to the Matterhorn.
Como – Romantic Lakeside Ambiance
Como has become an icon of sophistication and luxury within the gorgeous alpine landscape of northern Italy. Como retains a sense of history in the remains of Roman ruins and medieval churches. The town is also home to a welcoming atmosphere that is accentuated by waterfront restaurants, alpine vistas, and the enchanting greenery of wisteria. You can embrace the allure of Como at your preferred pace by strolling along the winding lanes and shimmering water. The cathedral was constructed in the 14th century.
Como – The Villages, Villas, and Gardens of Lake Como
The morning light will wash over the serene water of Lake Como. After breakfast, you will set out early on a ferry to reach Bellagio. The town remains one of the prettiest settlements along the edges of the lake and is celebrated as much for its panoramic views of the water as it is for its carefully maintained monuments. Boutique shops and quiet cafes line the streets that lead to the upper and lower sections of town. The garden glows with a radiant color that stems from the blossoming azaleas and rhododendrons.
Verona – Verona’s History and Heritage of Lovers
The scenic train takes you through the mountain passes down to Milan and onward to the enchanting city of Verona. The majestic ambiance of the cobbled lanes and medieval architecture accentuates the charm that stems from ancient Roman ruins and the tale of star-crossed lovers expressed in Shakespeare’s epic romance of Romeo and Juliet. Your first impression of Verona’s captivating culture will begin at Piazza Brà, where the stunning Roman amphitheater stands. Shops, restaurants, and cafes line the main avenue that leads to Piazza Erba, which neighbors the popular villa home to the family thought to have inspired Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Venice – Scenic Cruise on the Brenta Canal
You will travel to Padua in the morning, which is a city that is often overlooked by visitors but possesses enchanting medieval marketplaces and Italy’s second-oldest university. Before boarding a boat to cruise the Brenta Canal, you will visit the preserved architecture of the Cappella degli Scrovegni. You will then glide along the canal. The original passageway connects the aristocratic retreats of affluent Venetians to the heart of the Republic and the Grand Canal. Villa Pisani is often referred to as the Queen of the famous Venetian villas due to its 144 rooms. The grounds also possess huge gardens, labyrinthine hedges, and shimmering pools.
Venice – The Famous Canals of Venice
Venice is affectionately known in Italian as La Serenissima, which translates to the Siren. The city has been a fabled destination for travelers and lovers for centuries who were eager to follow the trail of luxurious masquerades, discover the home of fabled Casanova, and witness the opulence of the infamous Doges. Gondolas wind through the narrow canals and fit snugly beneath the more-than-400 bridges that connect Venice’s 118 separate islands. Your guide will lead you through the captivating movement and sounds of the marketplace to reach the impressive façade of St. Mark’s Basilica in the eponymous piazza.
Venice – Departure
After breakfast, your private transfer will greet you in the lobby and escort you across the water to the mainland for your return flight home. You can always extend your European romance by spending more time along the seductive shores of the Amalfi Coast or in the fantastical beauty of the Dalmatian Islands in Croatia.
- Indulge in a passionate embrace atop the Western World along the Gornergrat summit
- Relax in the serene and medieval towns along the shores of Lake Como, including elegant Bellagio
- Wander the historic beauty of Lucerne to experience the fairytale allure that is perfect for a romantic stroll
- Witness the opulence of the Venetian Republic on a guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica
- Discover the connection between love, spirit, and inspiration in Verona when visiting the home of Juliet Capulet from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
- Enjoy the charisma of lavish villas that decorate the historic Brenta Canal during a luxury cruise and semi-private visits to luxurious palace complexes
- View the majesty of Giotto’s frescoes inside the Cappella degli Scrovegni for insight into the reintegration of realism in Western European art
Passion will be in the air during this 10-day romantic tour of Switzerland and Italy. Whether celebrating your first anniversary, wedding renewals, or an amorous getaway, you can indulge in the natural allure of the Alps and the serene canals of Venice. You can witness a panorama of the Matterhorn and indulge in the staggering beauty of the villages that overlook the tranquil shores of Lake Como.
Your affair to remember will begin with your arrival in Lucerne, which is a spectacular city on the shores of Lake Lucerne. Switzerland becomes a playground for enchantment among its lakeside ambiance and fabulous panoramic views. You will have time to enjoy the intimate details of your days between Lucerne and Zermatt, finding time to watch the sunset, sip wine, delight in fondue, and wander through the medieval charms of Lucerne’s city center.
Your flirtation with Europe will continue with your arrival in the town of Como, which is located on the shores of Lake Como. You can delight in the comforts and charisma of the towns and villages that are speckled along the shoreline. Then, you can uncover the elaborate romance of Romeo and Juliet at the home of Juliet Capulet. You can also witness Italian art from the Middle Ages. Gorgeous villas line the Brenta canal and reflect the wealth and sophistication of the Venetian Republic. You will conclude your tour by cruising among the canals of Venice.
$3,395 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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