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Trip Overview

The possibilities for cultural discovery and memorable moments are virtually endless on this Grand Italy and Switzerland train vacation. Spend 21 days exploring the sights, landscapes, flavors, and experiences in 10 of Europe’s most fascinating cities and lakeside towns. Featuring guided sightseeing tours, admission to the world’s famous museums and attractions, reservations onboard the Bernina and Glacier Express, overnight stays in each destination, and much more, there’s no telling what kind of memories you’ll make.


  • Explore the architectural masterpieces in Rome
  • Unwind in Sorrento, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast
  • Stroll through Florence’s lively piazzas with gelato
  • Visit fascinating museums and take a gondola ride in Venice
  • Discover fashionable, vibrant Milan
  • Experience panoramic views on the world-famous Bernina Express to St. Moritz
  • Marvel at the Matterhorn in Zermatt
  • Relax and unwind in the classic Swiss resort town of Interlaken
  • Take an aerial cable car to the peak of Mount Pilatus from Lucerne
  • Visit the district of Altstadt — or Old Town — in Zurich


  • Imperial Rome tour in Rome
  • First class rail travel as per itinerary
  • Small Group tour of Pompei and Vesuvius from Sorrento (March-Oct only)
  • Return car transfer from Naples and Sorrento
  • Academy Gallery and Uffizi Gallery tours in Florence
  • Walking and Doge’s Palace tours in Venice
  • Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands tour in Venice
  • 8 day Swiss Pass
  • Reservations onboard the Bernina Express
  • Reservations onboard the Glacier Express
  • Day trip to Gornergrat
  • Day trip to Jungfrau
  • Day trip to Mount Pilatus
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Rome
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Sorrento
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Florence
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Venice
  • 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Milan
  • 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in St. Moritz
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Zermatt
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Interlaken
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Lucerne
  • 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Zurich
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Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

Now that you’re in Rome, explore the best of the city’s culture and history. In the morning, check out the Vatican Museums, in the afternoon stroll through the Sistine Chapel and marvel at St. Peter’s Basilica, and relax with some gelato near the Trevi Fountain in the evening following a delicious meal. (Overnight in Rome)

Experience Imperial Rome today. Visit the Roman Forum, Colosseum, and Palatine Hill among many other exciting landmarks and attractions. You’ll be picked up and dropped back off at your hotel. (Overnight in Rome) B

Continue enjoying Rome at your leisure. There are plenty of experiences to have on your own. (Overnight in Rome) B

Travel by train from Rome to beautiful Naples then private car transfer to Sorrento, known as the gateway to the Amalfi Coast. After getting settled, wander through Piazza Tasso or find a Campanian restaurant so you can try some gnocchi alla sorrentina or some traditional limoncello. (Overnight in Sorrento) B

Overlooking the Bay of Naples on the Mediterranean coast, Sorrento features incredible views of Mount Vesuvius and the islands of Capri. Visit the Museo Correale di Terranova, the 15th-century Duomo (Via Pieta), and the fishing village known as Marine Grande. Why not find and dine at a family-run seafood taverna? (Overnight in Sorrento) B

This morning, if travelling between March and October head off to tour the ruins of Pompeii and hear the stories of the ancient Mt. Vesuvius eruption that buried the city in ash, then travel up the slopes of the volcano itself. After exploring the crater you’ll be returned to Sorrento in the late afternoon to enjoy your final night on the Amalfi Peninsular.  (Overnight in Sorrento) B

Board a Trenitalia highspeed train from Naples to Florence. Enjoy some refreshing gelato as you stroll through the city's lively piazzas. Admire the charming views along the River Arno and cross the city's oldest bridge, the 14th century Ponte Vecchio. This evening, be sure to sample some authentic Tuscan cuisine. (Overnight in Florence) B

Head to the Academy Gallery for your tour. Then visit the popular Uffizi Gallery and see the Renaissance works of great artists such as Botticelli, Raphael and Michelangelo. Later, marvel at the Duomo Basilica, with its beautiful frescoes and spectacular dome that dominates the city's skyline. Soak up the local architecture and visit some of the city's iconic churches, such as Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce. (Overnight in Florence) B

Travel to Venice at your leisure today. Waterside Venice's reputation no doubt precedes it, and many say there is nowhere on earth that matches the beauty and tranquility of its splendid canals. (Overnight in Venice) B

Soak up the vibrant atmosphere in St. Mark’s Square, while marveling at the beautiful mosaics that adorn the Basilica. Enjoy a walking tour of the city and admission to Doge’s Palace, which has origins dating back to the 14th century. (Overnight in Venice) B

Embark on a tour of Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands this morning. Located in the Venetian Lagoon, these islands are famous for their colorful houses and glass blowers. There will be many photo opportunities throughout this sightseeing tour. (Overnight in Venice) B

Board Trenitalia from Venice to Milan. Visit the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, home of ‘The Last Supper', Leonardo da Vinci's famous masterpiece. Stroll through the Brera district and enjoy the art galleries, boutique shopping opportunities and plethora of opportunities for exquisite dining. (Overnight in Milan) B

Travel from Milan to Tirano and Tirano to St. Moritz with your included Swiss Pass. This is one of the world's most scenic train journeys, The Bernina Express! You can expect a spectacular journey. The Bernina Express features awe-inspiring scenery changes so make sure your camera batteries are fully charged because you are guaranteed to capture some amazing shots from the comfort of the panoramic carriages of the train. (Overnight in St. Moritz) B

Enjoy the exhilarating experience of crossing Switzerland today, traveling the full length of the Glacier Express line. The train passes glistening blue lakes and quaint Swiss hamlets, as well as crossing numerous high passes and mountain peaks. On arrival in Zermatt, make your way to your hotel and check in for two-night stay. Step out on the town to marvel at views of the Matterhorn. (Overnight in Zermatt) B

Take a ride on the Gornergrat Cog Railway, which climbs from 5,262 feet above sea level to 10,135 feet in just 33 minutes and is a marvel of 19th Century engineering. From the top, enjoy one of the most spectacular panoramas in all of Switzerland, taking in the iconic outline of the Matterhorn as well as surrounding peaks and glaciers. (Overnight in Zermatt) B

Use your Swiss Pass to travel from Zermatt to Visp, Visp to Interlaken. On arrival in the classic Swiss mountain village, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay and begin exploring! Located in between the Jungfrau, Eiger and Mönch mountains, ever-verdant Interlaken boasts incredible scenery and a friendly atmosphere. (Overnight in Interlaken) B

Climb to Europe's highest altitude railway station on Jungfrau Mountain, at 11,332 feet high. The journey takes you to Kleine Scheidegg, before reaching the station at Eigergletscher, which is well known for its mountain restaurant. At Jungfrau, take in the breath-taking views of the Black Forest in Germany and the Vosges Mountains in France. Also enjoy the fascinating glacier and ice gallery at the top. (Overnight in Interlaken) B

After breakfast, travel from Interlaken to Lucerne with your Swiss Pass. Known for being one of the world’s most gorgeous cities, Lucerne is rich with culture and history. Stroll along the Chapel Bridge, see the Water Tower, and experience the medieval Altstadt. (Overnight in Lucerne) B

Spend the day discovering the Swiss Alps from Lucerne. Take an aerial cable car to the peak of Mount Pilatus. At the summit, take the world’s steepest cogwheel train down to Alpnachstad. Then, enjoy a scenic boat cruise on Lake Lucerne. (Overnight in Lucerne) B

Your final destination on this trip is Zurich by way of Lucerne. Spend your final night in this city at your leisure, perhaps wandering through Old Town’s cobblestone streets and taking in the Renaissance-era architecture then dining in a charming café. (Overnight in Zurich) B

Check out of your hotel and continue with your onward travels. B


Legend for meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Hotel Interlaken

Hotel Interlaken

The 4-star Hotel Interlaken is situated on the city's Höheweg, within walking distance of the centre and Interlaken Ost railway station.

The Grand Hotel Europe

The Grand Hotel Europe

The Grand Hotel Europe, built in 1872, combines a grand past with a contemporary outlook and is distinguished by its subtle elegance, attentive service and warm hospitality.

Romantik Wilden Mann Luzern

The Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann is a traditional hotel with 51 bedrooms and suites set over seven historic Lucerne townhouses. The hotel has two restaurants, fine dining in the Wilden Mann Stube, and the Burgerstube, serving regional Swiss cuisine. The hotel is located in the centre of Lucerne's old town, 200 metres from the famous Chapel Bridge and a few minutes walk to the train station.

Waldstaetterhof Lucerne

The Waldstaetterhof is a modern hotel located in the centre of Lucerne. The hotel offers 78 comfortable ensuite bedrooms all with Wi-Fi internet access and tea & coffee making facilities. There is also a restaurant serving Swiss regional and national specialities as well as a comfortable lounge area. The hotel is situated opposite the railway station in the centre of Lucerne, offering easy access to all of the city's main sights, attractions, bars and restaurants.

Hauser Swiss Quality Hotel St.Moritz

The Hauser Hotel in St Moritz is a family-run hotel with 52 bedrooms. The hotel has a restaurant and terrace bar, and is famous for its "Engadine Nusstorte" (nut and caramel pie) which is available from the hotel confectionary and chocolate shop. The hotel is located in the centre of St Moritz.

Krebs Interlaken

The Krebs Interlaken is a charming hotel located in the heart of Interlaken. The 44 rooms are beautifully decorated in bright colours with comfortable furnishings and feature Wi-Fi internet access. The hotel's popular bistro serves traditional Swiss cuisine whilst the impressive restaurant serves seasonal dishes and fine wines. The hotel staff are happy to help with any excursions and activities available in Interlaken and beyond. The Krebs Interlaken is located 2 minutes walk from Interlaken station and close to all the main attractions.

Swiss Night Am Kunsthaus Zurich

The Swiss Night am Kunsthaus is located within a quiet residential district and is close to the Kunthaus Museum and the Opera of Zurich. Lake Zurich is just a short walk away and all 46 bedroms are light, airy and spacious. The hotel also benefits from a fitness centre.

Du Theatre Zurich

The Hotel du Théâtre in Zurich is a historic hotel which was a theatre during the 1950s. The hotel has 50 individually designed, contemporary bedrooms as well as a cinema and audio book library in honour of the hotel's theatrical past. The contemporary lounge restaurant, la suite serves local specialities along with great city views. The hotel is in the centre of old Zurich, a short walk from the train station.

Helmhaus Zurich

The Helmhaus Hotel in Zurich is a modern boutique hotel and is centrally located in Zurich's old town. The hotel has 24 stylish bedrooms, each has been renovated and some offer views over the lake of Zurich. Located in the historic city centre and close to all of Zurich's major sights, the Helmhaus Hotel is the perfect hotel for exploring this charming city!

Schweizerhof Hotel Zurich

The Schweizerhof Hotel in Zurich is a traditional family-run hotel, with 115 comfortable and elegant bedrooms. Guests are provided with a butler service on arrival (Monday to Friday), a welcome cocktail at the bar and fresh fruit in their bedroom. The hotel has a French restaurant, a bustling café, and guests enjoy a champagne American style buffet breakfast. The hotel is opposite the main railway station, on the famous "Bahnhofstrasse".

Hotel Ariston Rome

Located in the centre of Rome, just a stone's throw from Termini Station, the Ariston Hotel provides a fantastic vantage point for exploring all the Italian capital has to offer. The hotel's colourful guestrooms are all decorated in a modern style, and come complete with LCD TVs, minibars and air conditioning.

The Inn At The Roman Forum

Located just a few steps from some of the oldest and most precious ruins in Rome, including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, this Inn is a proud member of the small luxury hotels of the world with a 5 star service. It boasts charming views of the Campidoglio, Palatin Hill, the Roman Forum and Venice Square.

The Inn At The Spanish Steps

The Inn at the Spanish Steps, located in Via Dei Condotti 85, is one of Rome's best-kept secrets. Member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the world is uniquely located on Rome's famed shopping street near Spanish Steps and and other famous monuments such as the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain.

Mascagni Hotel Rome

The Mascagni Rome is a beautiful hotel set within an Umbertine style palace. Decorated with elegant antiques, this hotel offers comfortable surroundings, personalised service and spacious rooms featuring high ceilings and plenty of natural light. The Mascagni features a fully licensed bar, charming lounge serving Italian snacks and a free Wi-Fi area. The Mascagni hotel is located just 5 minutes walk from the main train station and within easy reach of Rome's attractions such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Colosseum.

Hotel Dei Mellini Rome

Welcome to the wonderful world of Mellini, where every detail has been carefully put in place and where guests are surrounded by works of modern art made by artists from the Italian and Roman schools. Proud of being an independent Roman hotel! Our objective is to improve and grow by learning from our guests, from their needs and requests!

Morgana Hotel Rome

Situated just 200 yards from Rome's main Termini Station, the Morgana Hotel has the perfect location for anyone travelling in by train. The hotel's 108 rooms are traditionally decorated, and all come equipped with flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi internet access. Guests can make use of the fantastic transport links, and are free to use the gym in front of the hotel.

Hotel Athenaeum Florence

The Hotel Athenaeum Florence is a plush 4 star hotel comprised of 60 high quality rooms, gourmet restaurant, hotel bar, conference facilities, fitness room and even a billiard room. It's just a 10 minute walk from the magnificent Florence Cathedral and also within walking distance of the train station.

Hotel Botticelli Florence

The Boticelli Hotel in Florence is situated in the heart of the city, a stone’s throw from San Lorenzo Market and Santa Maria Novella train station, and just five minutes from the Accademia Gallery. The hotel boasts a rooftop terrace bar and original frescoes, with traditional Tuscan-style rooms, all featuring air conditioning, TVs and en suite bathrooms.

Grand Hotel Adriatico

The Grand Hotel Adriatico is a 4-star hotel located in a central and strategic position , a few steps from the Santa Maria Novella railway station, the fair district and the most interesting places of the city.

Starhotels Michelangelo Florence

As befits a hotel in beautiful Florence, our recently refurbished 4 star hotel in Florence city center pairs classic design with contemporary touches. Moments away you’ll discover the glittering River Arno and a kaleidoscope of inspiring sights.

Starhotels Anderson Milan

The Starhotels Anderson Milan is a centrally located, chic hotel featuring 106 contemporary rooms and suites. The stylish restaurant, Black serves excellent international cuisine as well as traditional Italian dishes. The sophisticated lounge bar is open every day until midnight perfect for a drink before dinner or after a day's sightseeing. The Starhotels Anderson is located directly opposite the main station, close to major attractions such as the Cathedral and La Scala opera house.

Starhotels Michelangelo Rome

Only a short walk from the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica, the Starhotels Michelangelo embodies all the qualities that make Rome unique: cosmopolitan style, classical grandeur and timeless appeal.
Located in the heart of Rome's Baroque splendour, it's hard to imagine a more central location.

Hilton Sorrento Palace

The Hilton Sorrento is a stunning hotel located overlooking Mount Vesuvius and the Sorrentine Peninsula. Rooms are spacious, modern and benefit from plenty of natural light. Take a dip in the Roman themed indoor pool or relax on the sun loungers by the beautiful outdoor pool surrounded by lemon groves. During the evening, dine in one of the three restaurants or simply enjoy the fantastic view of Mount Vesuvius from the lounge. The Hilton Sorrento Palace is just a 10 minute walk from the centre of Sorrento.

Bauer Palazzo Hotel Venice

Located in the heart of the city, a short distance from the city’s main attractions and designer shops, BAUER PALAZZO it’s the only hotel with two different styles and souls: the wing overlooking the Baroque church of Campo San Moisè with its art-deco inspired interiors has a distinctive urban vibe, while the rooms located in the authentic 18th century palazzo combine modern luxury with sumptuous hand crafted Venetian fittings and furnishings, offering a spectacular vantage point in Venice on the Grand Canal.

Ai Mori D Oriente

The Ai Mori d'Oriente Hotel is a historic hotel set in a palace which was once home to Turkish merchants, known as the 'Mori'. The hotel and bedrooms are decorated in an exotic Byzantine style throughout; the Ai Mori d'Oriente also has a bar and a relaxing reading room. The hotel is located in one of the quietest parts of the city called Cannaregio, within walking distance of all the main sights.

Bauer Palladio and Spa

The Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa is a boutique hotel made up of 38 bedrooms and 12 suites. Designed by the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, the hotel boasts a private garden, a luxury spa and spectacular views over the Venetian Lagoon. The hotel features spacious rooms with a historic decor, including fine Italian tapestries, fabrics and paintings. Other room features include access to Wi-Fi and a satellite TV service. The hotel is in a quiet setting on Giudecca Island, across the Lagoon from St Mark's Square only a short trip by a complimentary hotel water taxi.

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Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.