Best of Switzerland & Austria with Northern Italy
Our new itinerary for 2014
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NOTE: This itinerary features Deluxe 5-Star and 4-Star Hotels. Some rooms boast views of the Lakes and Mountains. We always request lake or mountain view rooms for our guests, however, we cannot guarantee a room with a view of the lakes as hotel availability may become an issue if booked within 60 days of departure. Seasonal popularity may also play a role in hotel availability. Book early!
Transatlantic Flight for Milan (MXP), Italy
NOTE: Your International Flight is Not Included in Your Tour Package. We
Arrival Milan, Italy
Welcome to Italy
Included Arrival Transfer to our Hotel in Bellagio on Lake Como
Enjoy our included arrival transfer at 12:30pm from the Milan Malpensa airport to our hotel on Lake Como.
Rooms are generally ready for check-in by 2pm.
One of QueensLander®'s most popular Italy tour itineraries commences in the lobby of your hotel at 3PM. Meet your Tour Captain and enjoy an orientation tour.
QueensLander® Exclusive: Included Dining with Top 10 Chef Tonight: Join the Tour Captain for a special wine tasting and dinner with one of Italy's top 10 chefs.
Lago di Como is the third largest lake in Italy. At over 1320 feet deep it is one of the deepest lakes in Europe. The lake’s name comes from the town of Como, known to the Romans as Comum. We'll be staying in the village of Bellagio, probably the best location for touring the Lake. On a clear day the spectacular Alps are visible across the lake. Lake Como boasts a variety of attractive villas which have been built here since Pliny the Younger constructed the Comedia and Tragedia.
Hotel: 2 Nights Grand Villa Serbelloni
Exploring Lake Como
Como & Bellagio Sightseeing Immersion Tour
We enjoy breakfast before our included tour via private boat on beautiful Lake Como.
QueensLander Exclusive: Board our private boat for a private exploration of Lake Como including Villa Balbianello and Villa Carlotta. We toast the 'top of Italy' today as this wow experience brings the lake and her surroundings to majestic life!
About Lake Como
Lago di Como is the third largest lake in Italy. At over 1320 feet deep it is one of the deepest lakes in Europe. The lake’s name comes from the town of Como, known to the Romans as Comum. We'll be staying in the little village of Varenna, probably the best location for touring the Lake. On a clear day the spectacular Alps are visible across the lake. Lake Como boasts a variety of attractive villas which have been built here since Pliny the Younger constructed the Comedia and Tragedia.
Villa Carlotta is a place of rare beauty where art and nature intertwine. There are over 70 square meters (about 230 square feet) of gardens and museum to explore. The villa, built at the end of the 17th century by the marquis Giorgio Clerici from Milan, sits in the natural basin between the lake and the mountains. It faces the grand dolomite Grignas and the Bellagio peninsula. The garden is Italian by design and temperance, and includes sculptures, stairs and fountains. In 1801 Gian Battista Sommariva, a famous politician and businessman (as well as patron of the arts) bought the villa. It is because of Sommariva that the villa came into its splendor and became “the most important halting-place of the Grand Tour,” the traditional tour through Europe’s best landmarks.
Optional Dining; Consider joining the Tour Captain for tonight's Dining or explore on your own.
Hotel: Grand Villa Serbelloni
Majestic Lucerne, Switzerland
After enjoying Bellagio and the Italian Lake District we depart Italy via the scenic drive to the Swiss town of Locarno.
As we cross into Switzerland, we drive through yet more scenic beauty before arriving at our home for the next two nights in the village of Lucerne.
Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, sited on Lake Lucerne, is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Thanks to its attractions, its souvenir and watch shops, the beautiful lakeside setting and the nearby excursion mountains of the Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn, the town is a destination for our small group of travelers on our journey through central Switzerland.
Complete with gable paintings, the covered, medieval Chapel Bridge forms the centrepiece of Lucerne’s townscape and is considered to be one of the oldest, covered wooden bridges in Europe. A further landmark of the town is the Museggmauer, a wall which, with the exception of only one of its towers, has been preserved in its original, well-fortified state.
Historic houses decorated with frescoes line the picturesque town squares as they do the ‘Weinmarkt’ square in the car-free old town. Lucerne is a city of town squares and churches. The Jesuit church dating from the 17th century is regarded as Switzerland’s first sacral Baroque building and the twin towers of the Hofkirche form an integral part of the townscape. The figure of a dying lion, which was hewn from rock in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guards killed during an attack on the Tuileries in 1792, is one of the best-known monuments in Switzerland.
This afternoon we enjoy our walking tour of Lucerne with balance of the day yours for further exploration, shopping and relaxation amidst the magnificent mountain and lakeside background that is Switzerland.
Enjoy our included dinner tonight with the Tour Captain in Lucerne.
We enjoy two nights at the deluxe Hotel Des Balances.
Hotel: Hotel Des Balances
Grindelwald & Interlaken
After a hearty breakfast we'll set out for a morning of exploration to some of the most stunning Alpine landscapes in Switzerland. We enjoy travel today by train and vehicle. Interlaken is a gem in the midst of the Swiss Alps and provides the perfect launching point of our trip to Grindelwald by train.
Grindelwald is a mountain village located at the foot of Mt. Eiger. We enjoy an included gondola ride to the First Terrace at 7100 feet above sea level (available on certain departures only). Enjoy a unique perspective of the Bernese Alps.
We return to Lucerne for an optional dinner.
Hotel: Hotel Des Balances
Munich ~ The Bavarian Capital
After breakfast, we embark on a morning drive to the town of Munich, Germany.
Upon arrival, we have time for lunch at own expense. Then we meet our local guide and enjoy our walking tour of one of Munich's four royal avenues, the Maximilianstrasse. It begins at Max-Joseph-Platz where the Residenz and the National Theater.
Tonight, we enjoy a delightful dinner in the heart of Munich.
Our hotel is located in the heart of Munich near Marienplatz.
Hotel: Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski München, 1 Night
We depart Bavaria bound for Austria. A country with contrasts: From yodeling to centuries-old musical genius, from rustic farm-houses to modern cities, Austria boasts both the historic and modern in a wonderful showcase.
Salzburg is one of our favorite towns along the itinerary. The city springs to life, as it is our home for the next two nights.
Enjoy an orientation walk and welcome dinner tonight.
The "Salt Fortress," as the city's name is literally translated, is Austria's fourth largest but both the old and the new city are perfectly sized for exploration. The "Old Town" features broque architecture and is one of the best preserved city centers north of the Alps. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, Salzburg boasts a number of notable settings we will explore.
Join the Tour Captain for a wonderful dinner in Salzburg.
Hotel: Hotel Elefant
Salzburg: Sounds & Sights
Today we enjoy a wonderful tour of Salzburg. Our walking tour includes the world famous gardens of Mirabell, the house where Mozart was raised and the house of his birth along the street Getreidegasse. We enjoy a visit to the Salzburg Dome Cathedral and St. Peter's Monastery.
Not to be missed are some notable scenes from The Sound of Music including special access to the concert hall backstage tour.
Join the Tour Captain for a wonderful farewell dinner.
Hotel: Hotel Elefant
Check out from hotel after breakfast (included). You may transfer to the airport for $59 per person, minimum two guests.
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