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Popping up above the lake are the twin peaks of Monte Brè and Monte San Salvatore, both commanding astonishing views deep into the Alps and attracting hikers and mountain bikers in the warmer months.


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Lake Como, Lugano, and Switzerland 1-Day Tour from Milan

Leave central Milan by air-conditioned coach, and travel away from the city toward the snowcapped Italian Alps and Swiss border. Relax on the scenic journey and get ready for your 2-hour cruise!Board on the boat to cruise past luxury real estate along the shoreline. You quickly realize how Lake Como has become one of Italy’s most exclusive residential areas. Plush villas belonging to the likes of Sir Richard Branson and George Clooney are common sights around the glamorous lake.Hear about the mansion-size villas and their celebrity owners from your onboard guide, and look out for some of Como’s historical landmarks, too. After returning to dry land, explore the beautiful town of Bellagio, the 'pearl of Lake Como'. Make the most of your free time here to get to know the town. For lunch, stop at one of Bellagio’s cafes (own expense). After your break, leave the lakeside area and travel over the border to Lugano, aka the Monte Carlo of Switzerland. Located on a lake of the same name, Lugano is an Italian-speaking Swiss town and favorite vacation spot for affluent Europeans. How you spend your time in the chic city is up to you. Pay homage to Lugano’s cultural scene with a visit to Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angioli to see Bernardino Luini’s Renaissance masterpiece titled Passion and Crucifixion; hit the downtown shops and scout out Swiss chocolate, fine luxury goods and clothes; or simply soak up the lakeside sights. Meet back up with your guide in the late afternoon, and finish your day trip by traveling back to the start point in central Milan.

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Swissminiatur Entrance Ticket

In an area of 14,000 m2 visitors can admire more than 120 models at scale of 1:25 which represent the most important buildings, monuments and transportation means in Switzerland. A 3,560m long model railway with 18 trains runs through the park. It is fascinating to watch the variety of trains that run along the tracks, cross bridges and stop by at stations. Boats are also in motion on the lakes, cable cars and funiculars go up and down the mountains and cars move along the highway. For garden lovers, the whole park is beautifully decorated with a selection of 1,500 different plants and over 15,000 flowers. There are several coin operated rides for children.

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Italian Lakes and Switzerland Tour from Stresa

A day tour discovering the very best of the Swiss and Italian Lake District.In the morning our Three Lakes tour will take you up the western shore of Lake Maggiore and over the boarder into Switerland. En route you will pass the castles at Cannero which look like they're floating on the lake. Arriving at the northern tip of Lake Maggiore in Locarno we'll leave our lake and head towards Lake Lugano.On Lake Lugano we stop in the cosmopolitan city of Lugano itself where you'll have free time to explore. Don't miss out on the Santa Maria degli Angeli church where there is a beautiful fresco of the Passion. Window shop along the exclusive Via Nassa and have a coffee in the grand Piazza Riforma. Take a stroll along the promenade into the park for views across to Mount San Salvatore from the public park.We travel on towards Lake Como whose sparkling waters surrounded by dramatic mountains. Arriving on the lake just north of Cadenabbia we make a stop there where you can take the chance to visit the terreaced, lakeside gardens of Villa Carlotta. There are over 500 species from giant sequoia to camellias. After travelling down the western shores of Lake Como we stop in Como city where you can visit the cathedral and enjoy an ice cream in the piazza nearby. Como is also famous for its silk so a great place for some souvenir shopping!Our journey back ends with a ride along the southern shores of Lake Maggiore.

$723.34 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Glacier and Bernina Express Tour from Zurich

Day 1: Arrival SwitzerlandIndividual travel to Zermatt. Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn and is a car-free resort. Overnight in Zermatt. Day 2: Glacier ExpressThe Glacier Express goes over the Oberalp pass (2033 m) and along the deep valley of the Rhône. Overnight in St. Moritz. Day 3: Bernina ExpressThe Bernina Express is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After travelling over spiral viaducts you reach Tirano. Change to the Bernina Express Bus, which will take you onwards to Lugano. Overnight in Lugano. Day 4: DepartureLugano offers all the advantages of a world- class city, combined with the cachet of a small town. Individual return journey.

$723.34 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Glacier and Bernina Express Tour from Geneva

Day 1: Arrival SwitzerlandIndividual travel to Zermatt. Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn and is a car-free resort. Overnight in Zermatt.Day 2: Glacier ExpressThe Glacier Express goes over the Oberalp pass (2033 m) and along the deep valley of the Rhône. Overnight in St. Moritz.Day 3: Bernina ExpressThe Bernina Express is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After travelling over spiral viaducts you reach Tirano. Change to the Bernina Express Bus, which will take you onwards to Lugano. Overnight in Lugano.Day 4: DepartureLugano offers all the advantages of a world- class city, combined with the cachet of a small town. Individual return journey.

$1246.04 Outdoor Activities

8-Day Switzerland Rail Adventure from Zurich

Day 1: Arrival SwitzerlandIndividual travel to Lucerne by train. Overnight in Lucerne.Day 2: Lucerne– LuganoBoard the nostalgic paddle steamer and cruise to Flüelen on Lake Lucerne. Change in Flüelen to your 1st class panoramic carriage which takes you to Lugano. Overnight in Lugano.Day 3: LuganoEnjoy the day at leisure in Lugano. Overnight in Lugano.Day 4: Bernina ExpressDeparture by the Bernina Express bus to Tirano (Italy). Change here to the Bernina Express train to St. Moritz. Overnight  in St. Moritz.Day 5: St. MoritzLeisure day  in  St. Moritz. Overnight in St. Moritz.Day 6: Glacier ExpressToday take the world famous Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt. Overnight in Zermatt.Day 7: ZermattDiscover Zermatt on your free day. Overnight in Zermatt.Day 8: DepartureIndividual return journey.