Vistas of Italy & Switzerland

8 Day Small Group Tour from Venice to Zurich with Back-Roads

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Back-Roads 8 Day Vistas of Italy & Switzerland. From historic Venice to soul-stirring alpine villages in Switzerland, join us on a memory-making adventure that takes in time honoured traditions, local culture and even some remarkable railway journeys - all among some of the world's...read more

     
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Small Group Tour Starts In
Starts In
Venice
Small Group Tour Ends In
Ends In
Zurich
Accomodation
Accomodation
Boutique
18
Max Group Size
18
Small Group
Trip Style
Small Group
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
Italy, Switzerland
Trip Operated By:
Back-Roads
Back-Roads
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Trip Code:
BEHISVZ

Itinerary

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1 Venice – Sirmione
Today we’ll become acquainted with Venice’s maze-like backstreets on a guided walking tour before watching a traditional mask making demonstration. Afterwards, we’ll travel onwards to Sirmione, where we’ll settle down for dinner together before resting our heads for the night. (D)   
2 Sirmione – Borghetto – Sirmione
This morning we’ll make our way to a local farmhouse, where we’ll indulge in an authentic lunch filled with a variety of cheeses, artisan bread and local vegetables. After lunch, we’ll make tracks to the breathtaking town of Borghetto, where we’ll embark on a walking tour. After an eventful few hours, we’ll return to Sirmione, where you can enjoy a free night at your own pace. (B/L)
3 Sirmione – Brescia – Sulzano – Franciacorta
Our first stop today welcomes us to Brescia for a guided tour of this magnificent city –  home to various UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our road will then carry us to the Port of Sulzano for a private boat tour, including a stop at the picturesque fishing village of Peschiera Maraglio on Monte Isola. We’ll then move on to Franciacorta where we’ll spend the night and share an evening meal together. (B/D) 
4 Franciacorta
Rolling hills, charming vineyards and medieval villages are on the cards today. Our first stop includes a visit to a local farmhouse and wine cellar visit, before we launch into an authentic cooking class to learn the traditions of regional cuisine. (B/L) 
5 Franciacorta – Tirano – Pontresina
Today our path turns away from Franciacorta and onwards to Tirano – where one of our trip highlights awaits. It’s here that we’ll board the Bernina Express and embark on one of the world’s most iconic railway journeys. Our train will climb steadily into the mountains, with spectacular views of soaring peaks and awe-inspiring glaciers. Our final stop is Pontresina, where we’ll be welcomed to Switzerland with a warming group dinner. (B/D) 
6 Pontresina – Andermatt – Wengen
After feasting on a hearty breakfast with a Swiss twist, it’s all aboard the train to Andermatt, where we’ll board the Glacier Express. Prepare for an experience unlike any other in the world! (B)
7 Wengen – Brienz – Interlaken – Wengen
After breakfast, we’ll take a steam train to the top of the Brienzer Rothorn, where lunch awaits us. We’ll then travel to Interlaken on a paddle steamer cruise before returning to Wengen for our final dinner together. (B/L/D) 
8 Wengen – Hergiswil – Lucerne – Zurich
On our last day together, we’ll visit Glasi Hergiswil – the only glassworks in Switzerland. We’ll have the chance to catch the craftsmen at work before we pay a visit to the museum and exhibitions and marvel at some incredible artistry. Next, we’ll visit Lucerne, where you’ll have a chance to satisfy your sweet tooth with a chocolate tasting at Max Chocolatier. Finally we’ll move on to Zurich, where we’ll say goodbye. (B) 
1 Venice - Sirmione
Today we'll acquaint ourselves with Venice's maze-like backstreets on a guided walking tour before meeting a local artisan and enjoying a traditional mask making demonstration. Afterwards, we'll travel onwards to Sirmione – where we'll clink glasses over a welcome dinner. (D) Stay: Hotel Ideal (or similar)
2 Sirmione - Borghetto - Sirmione
This morning we'll make our way to a local farmhouse – where we'll be treated to an authentic lunch of cheeses, artisan bread and local vegetables. Then: we'll learn a fact or two on a walking tour of the breathtaking town of Borghetto. After an eventful few hours we'll return to Sirmione, where the afternoon will be yours to enjoy at your own pace. (B/L)
3 Sirmione - Sulzano - Iseo
Today our road will carry us to the Port of Sulzano, where a private boat tour awaits. Whilst on board, we'll enjoy a local produce tasting and brief docking at the picturesque fishing village of Peschiera Maraglio on Monte Isola. Later on we'll hit the road to Iseo, where we'll round off the day with a delicious dinner. (B/D) Stay: The Iseolago Hotel (or similar)
4 Iseo
Rolling hills, charming vineyards and medieval villages are on the cards today. Our first stop? A local farmhouse, where we'll visit a traditional wine cellar and indulge in a tasting. After that, we'll launch into an authentic cooking class – where we'll learn some regional culinary secrets. (B/L)
5 Iseo - Tirano - Pontresina
Today our path will lead us to Tirano – where one of our trip highlights awaits. It's here that we'll board the Bernina Express and embark on one of the world's most iconic railway journeys! Our train will climb steadily into the mountains, with spectacular views of soaring peaks and awe-inspiring glaciers in every direction. Our final stop of the day will be Pontresina, where we'll be welcomed into Switzerland with a warming group dinner. (B/D) Stay: Hotel Schweizerhof Pontresina (or similar)
6 Pontresina - Andermatt - Interlaken
After feasting on a hearty breakfast with a Swiss twist, we'll move on to St Moritz – where we'll board the famous Glacier Express train to Andermatt. Prepare for an experience unlike any other in the world! We'll rest our heads in Interlaken tonight. (B) Stay: Hotel Silberhorn (or similar)
7 Interlaken - Brienz - Interlaken
After breakfast, we'll take a steam train to the top of the Brienzer Rothorn, where a delicious lunch awaits us. We'll then travel back to Interlaken on a memorable (not to mention scenic) paddle steamer cruise – before returning to Interlaken for our final dinner together. Please note: During the summer season (June-October), we will visit the Brienzer Rothorn and enjoy a paddle steamer cruise as listed in the itinerary. In spring (March-May), we will take a cable car from Mürren to Schilthorn instead – with some free time to explore Mürren before we return to Interlaken. (B/L/D)
8 Interlaken - Lucerne - Zurich
On our last day together we'll set our sights on Lucerne – stopping off for an indulgent chocolate tasting at Aeschbach Chocolatier (and some free time to explore) en route. Finally, we'll move on to Zurich, where we'll say goodbye. (B)

Back-Roads Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Learn the traditions of Italian regional cuisine with a cooking class
  • Experience two of the great alpine railway journeys: The Bernina Express and the Glacier Express
  • Watch a traditional mask decorating demonstration in Venice
Trip Inclusions
  • 7 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation 
  • European breakfast daily (B), 3 lunches (L), 4 evening meals (D)
  • Local guides in Franciacorta and Brescia
  • 1 wine tasting, 1 cheese tasting, 1 chocolate tasting
  • Traditional cooking class in Italy
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Brienz Rothorn Railway, Loggia San Marco and Glasi Hergiswil
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.
Journey Highlights
  • Learn the traditions of Italian regional cuisine with a cooking class in Iseo
  • Experience train journeys on two of the great alpine railways: the Bernina Express and the Glacier Express
  • Watch a traditional mask decorating demonstration in Venice
Trip Inclusions
  • 7 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Local guide
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
Included Meals
  • 14 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.

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