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Switzerland & Italy by rail

9 days from £4,350pp

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Tour highlights

  • Enjoy the comfort and convenience of high-speed rail travel to and from the UK and throughout the trip.

  • Explore the charming, historic town of Basel on a privately guided walking tour.

  • Sample Lugano’s wine and cuisine by taking a private food and wine tour of this lakeside city.

  • See the elaborate Italian gardens and villas for which the Italian lakes are renowned.

Price includes:

  • Return travel on Eurostar
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • In-destination transfers
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

Including international and domestic rail transfers

  • Board your high-speed train from London to Paris, a journey of two hours. On arrival at Paris Gare du Nord, you’ll be met by a driver to travel across the city to Gare de Lyon. Enjoy some authentic French cuisine at Le Train Bleu restaurant before boarding another high-speed train for a three-hour journey to Basel, on the banks of the Rhine. Once settled into your hotel, you have the rest of the day free.

  • Meet your guide in your hotel for a two-hour walking tour of Basel. The tour will include a visit to the cathedral, a journey across the river and a walk through the narrow streets of the old town. In the afternoon, board your train for a three-and-a-half-hour journey through some of Switzerland's most remarkable landscapes to reach the Italian-influenced region of Ticino.

  • Spend the morning with your private guide exploring the cobbled streets of Lugano. You’ll stop for four gastronomic experiences, which give you the opportunity to sample some of Ticino's regional specialties, including pastries, cheese and local wine, before finishing in a lakeside restaurant for lunch. During the tour, you’ll pass some of Lugano's best-known sights, including the Catholic church dating from 1499 and the pink villa of Parco Ciani. You then have the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Make the 40-minute train journey from Lugano to Como town, on the shores of glittering Lake Como. After settling into your hotel, you have the remainder of the day at your leisure to relax and perhaps take a stroll along the lake.

  • Explore some of the highlights of Lake Como with a private guide. Your day will include visits to Villa Carlotta with its dramatic manicured gardens, as well as the scenic lakeside town of Varenna. Later, you'll stop in Bellagio, which offers some of the best views of the lake.

  • You'll be collected by your private driver ready to travel west from Lake Como to Lake Maggiore. Along the way, you can stop at a historic cheesemaker shop to learn about local cheeses and have a chance to sample some of their offerings. On arrival at Lake Maggiore, you have the rest of the day free.

  • A private boat will take you to the Borromean Islands, where you can explore the islands' beautiful palaces and gardens with your private guide. On Isola Madre, the largest of the Borromean Islands, admire the plant life and watch the peacocks strut among the gardens. Next, visit the island of Isola Bella, complete with a beautiful Baroque palace and grand formal gardens, before wandering the cobbled alleyways of Isola Superiore, also known as Isola Pescatori (Fisherman's Island).

  • Travel in a private vehicle to Milan, where you'll board the seven-hour train through the Alps to Paris. On arrival, your driver will meet you at the station ready to take you to your hotel in the ‘city of lights’.

  • You'll travel home today. After a private vehicle escorts you to Paris Gare du Nord, you'll board the Eurostar bound for London.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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