Swiss Alps & The Italian Lakes – Flying Longhorns
  • $3,355
  • $600
  • AHI
  • Moderate
  • Land Only
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The best of Swiss and Italian culture and heritage await you! From your Swiss base in St. Moritz, discover the alpine village of Zuoz. Marvel at the mountain scenery on the famed Bernina Express. Travel through the scenic Maloja Pass as you make your way to Stresa, which sits along Lake Maggiore and is your home in the lake district. Cruise the pristine waters of Lake Como, one of the many glacial lakes of the area.

 

 

 


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Itinerary

Day 1

Depart gateway city

Depart your gateway city for Zürich, Switzerland.

Meals – Appropriate in-flight meal service

Day 2

Zürich, Switzerland/St. Moritz

Arrive at Zürich Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the designated meeting spot, where an AHI Travel representative will meet them.

Transfer to St. Moritz and the Hotel Schweizerhof.

Gather with your fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

Accommodations –Hotel Schweizerhof
Meals – Appropriate in-flight meal service and dinner

Day 3 – St. Moritz/Zuoz

Educational Focus: Swiss Icons, an Introduction to Switzerland
Learn more about some of things that symbolize Switzerland.

Excursion:St. Moritz
Take a walking tour of St. Moritz, the famous Alpine resort, and breathe in the pristine mountain air. Enjoy views of the lake and mountains as you orient yourself with the town. Stop in some of the shops to meet some of the locals and get a glimpse of daily life.

Excursion:Zuoz
Take the train to Zuoz, a picturesque Upper Engadine village. A walking tour showcases its beautiful cobblestone main square, adorned with brightly colored flowers and bubbling fountains. Stroll the winding streets lined with brightly painted buildings, many built in the 13th century.

Independent Exploration
The rest of the day is at leisure. Use the included gondola pass, which gives you access to 13 cable cars, funiculars and chairlifts, to explore the area.

Elective Activity:Fondue Dinner
Sit down to a traditional Swiss dinner featuring fondue, the famous melted cheese dip.
Available at an additional cost.

Accommodations – Hotel Schweizerhof
Meals – Breakfast

Cruise the pristine waters of Lake Como, one of the many glacial lakes of the area.

Day 4

Bernina Express/Tirano, Italy/St. Moritz

Excursion:Bernina Express
Go from glaciers to palm trees during a scenic train ride to Tirano, Italy. The Bernina Express travels along one of Europe’s most impressively engineered rail routes.

Local Flavor
In Tirano, enjoy an Italian lunch at an osteria.

Return to St. Moritz.

Educational Focus: Meet the People
Sit down with some local residents to learn about life in Switzerland today.

Accommodations – Hotel Schweizerhof
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

Day 5

St. Moritz

Independent Exploration
You are at leisure to explore St. Moritz. If you choose to venture further afield, don’t forget to use your included gondola pass.

Local Flavor
Dinner is served at the hotel.

Accommodations – Hotel Schweizerhof
Meals – Breakfast and dinner

Day 6

Maloja Pass/Tremezzo, Italy/Bellagio/Como/Stresa

Today, travel to Stresa, Italy.

Excursion:The Maloja Pass and Lake Como
Travel one of the most picturesque roads in the Alps today. The Maloja Pass takes you by glacial lakes, rivers and picture-perfect Swiss villages. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and dramatic hairpin turns and switchbacks. Arrive in Tremezzo, Italy, which sits on the shore of Lake Como, and take a boat to Bellagio. After lunch, cruise to the town of Como. Disembark, and continue on a scenic drive to Stresa.

Local Flavor
Enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Bellagio.

Check in to the Hotel La Palma.

A delicious northern Italian dinner is served at the hotel.

Accommodations – Hotel La Palma
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7

Borromean Islands

Educational Focus:Italy’s Lake District
The Lake District is one of Italy’s most glamorous regions. Learn about its history and how it became a popular destination.

Excursion:Borromean Islands
Cruise Lake Maggiore to Isola Madre, and visit its lavish botanical gardens. Walk the narrow streets of Isola dei Pescatori, the smallest of the islands. Stop in a peaceful fishing village to have lunch on your own. Continue to Isola Bella, where you’ll visit a 17th-century palace filled with beautiful, unique antiques.

Educational Focus: Golden Age of the Renaissance
Delve into the work and lives of Renaissance artists Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.

Accommodations – Hotel La Palma
Meals – Breakfast

Day 8

Excursion:Milan
See some of the world’s most magnificent art and architecture in stylish Milan. Visit Santa Maria Delle Grazie and its rectory to see Leonardo’s masterpiece, “The Last Supper.” Visit the museum at La Scala, Italy’s premier opera house, before visiting the Duomo.

Independent Exploration
Enjoy time for lunch and exploring Milan on your own.

Return to Stresa.

Accommodations – Hotel La Palma
Meals – Breakfast

Day 9

Stresa

Independent Exploration
Enjoy a full day at leisure. Relax in Stresa, or fit in another day of sightseeing. Your Travel Director can suggest activities and excursions.

Gather for a Farewell Reception, followed by a Graduation Ceremony and a Farewell Dinner.

Accommodations – Hotel La Palma
Meals – Breakfast and dinner

Day 10

Depart for gateway city

After breakfast, depart for Milan Airport for your return flight home. (Provided for AHI FlexAir passengers.)

Meals — Breakfast and appropriate in-flight meal service

NOTE: Itinerary schedule may change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking.


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