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Discover Verona, the riverside city of Shakespearean romance, in style via France, Switzerland and Austria. Travel through Zurich, Lugano and Innsbruck as you take to the rails, and admire breathtaking Alpine scenery with a journey on the Bernina Express.

Highlights

  • Take the scenic route to Italy through France, Switzerland and Austria
  • Take in awe-inspiring mountain scenery as you traverse two stunning Alpine passes
  • Catch the Bernina Bus and panoramic Bernina Express train, one of the most scenic trains in Europe!
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed centre of fair Verona

Package includes:

  • Rail travel in standard class throughout
  • 1 night hotel stay with breakfast in Zurich
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Lugano
  • 1 night hotel stay with breakfast in Chur
  • 1 night hotel stay with breakfast in Innsbruck
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Verona
  • 2hr walking tour of Verona
  • 3 Day Swiss Pass Standard Class
  • Bernina Express and Bernina Bus Reservation

Disclaimer:

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.

Daily Itinerary: 

DAY 1 – ARRIVE IN ZURICH
Welcome to Zurich! On arrival, check in at your hotel for an overnight stay. Situated on the River Limmat, where it flows into Lake Zürich from the North shore, Zurich is a dazzling city of culture and art, with over 50 museums in the city alone! (Overnight in Zurich)

DAY 2 - ZURICH TO LUGANO
Spend the morning in Zurich before catching the train to Lugano. The journey will take you through some of Switzerland's most breathtaking scenery as it passes through Zug, Arth-Goldau, Gotthard and Bellinzona before descending into the Italian speaking Swiss Canton of Ticino. On arrival in Lugano, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. (Overnight in Lugano) B

DAY 3 - LUGANO
Spend the day exploring one of Switzerland's loveliest areas. Lugano has plenty to offer, from designer boutiques to historic churches and some great museums. Visit the Museo Cantonale d'Arte featuring works by Renoir, Degas and Kandinsky amongst others or take a look at San Lorenzo Cathedral, built in the Middle Ages and featuring beautiful frescoes and Gothic artefacts. Out of town, why not take a funicular up to one of Lake Lugano's peaks such as Monte San Salvatore or Monte Bré both of which offer fabulous views of the area. (Overnight in Lugano) B

DAY 4 - LUGANO TO CHUR BY BERNINA BUS AND BERNINA EXPRESS
After an early breakfast head to catch the Bernina Bus, which will treat you to marvelous Alpine scenery as it takes you from Lugano to Tirano. From here, board the gleaming red carriages of the Bernina Express, whose panoramic windows offer vantage points of picture perfect scenery. Ride over the spectacular Landwasser Viaduct, an hour from St Moritz and just outside the village of Filisur, travel through sheer rock gorges and switch-back tunnels, alongside tranquil mountain streams and glaciers before arriving in Chur, where you will check in to your hotel for an overnight stay. (Overnight in Chur) B

DAY 5 - CHUR TO INNSBRUCK
This morning you will leave your hotel to travel to Innsbruck, in Austria, just over 3 hours away. Innsbruck is reached via spectacular Alpine scenery, the Arlberg Pass, and mountain meadows where you will be delighted round every twist and turn of the tracks. On arrival, check in at your hotel for an overnight stay. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Innsbruck has gained a reputation as an impressive Austrian holiday destination due to its fantastic winter sporting events and impressive historical monuments. Visit the Hofkirche Innsbruck or the Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof), both popular landmarks dedicated to Maximilian I, before indulging in some local cuisine. (Overnight in Innsbruck) B

DAY 6 - INNSBRUCK TO VERONA
After breakfast, take the train from Innsbruck through the Alps via the Brenner Pass route. This scenic journey takes you through Alpine meadows and past snowy peaks before skirting around Lake Garda and arriving into Verona. Truly, this is one of Europe's most spectacularly scenic rail journeys! On arrival in Verona, check in at your hotel for a two night stay. Full of magic from the glory days of the Roman Empire, Verona is an Italian gem, with stunning architecture, fine Italian food and Shakespearian romance. Explore the ancient amphitheatre, constructed in 30 AD and still home to many musical and theatre productions. Speak to your Travel Consultant about booking tickets to the Opera while you are here! (Overnight in Verona) B

DAY 7 - VERONA
Spend the day exploring the heart of Verona on a 2hr small group walking tour. The UNESCO World Heritage listed centre is packed with medieval and Renaissance architecture. Visit the Romeo and Juliet balcony and marvel at the superb Basilica of San Zeno with its distinctive Veronese layering of brick and white stone. Verona also boasts plenty of lovely piazzas, perfect for people watching, al fresco dining and strolling through, gelato in hand, come the evening. (Overnight in Verona) B

DAY 8 - DEPART VERONA
After breakfast this morning, check out of your hotel and continue with your travels. If you wish to extend your vacation, perhaps with an additional day in a different city, one of our Rail Specialists will be happy to assist you with the details. B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

DISCLAIMER:

Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. 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. Railbookers UK Trading Ltd is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

AC Hotel Innsbruck

The Hilton Innsbruck is a modern hotel with 176 contemporary bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and steam room, and the Casino Innsbruck is connected to the hotel. The hotel is close to the train station and a short walk from the old town area of Innsbruck.

ABC Hotel Chur

The ABC Chur is a modern boutique hotel with 40 comfortable and contemporary bedrooms. There is a cosy lobby bar where you can enjoy a night-cap in the evening, as well as a spa-lounge with a fitness centre, sauna and steam bath. The hotel is close to the main railway station, in the centre of Chur.

Romantik Hotel Stern Chur

The Romantik Hotel Stern is a historic hotel with 64 comfortable and modern bedrooms. The hotel has a traditional Swiss restaurant called the Buendner Stube which offers a menu of seasonal dishes from locally sourced produce. The hotel is situated in the centre of Chur, close to the Old Town.

Hotel International Au Lac Hotel Lugano

Nestled in a prime location between the lakeside promenade and the lively restaurants, cafés and boutiques of Via Nassa, the International au Lac is a family-run property in a sensational location. The hotel was given the honorary distinction of “Historical hotel worthy of special mention” by UNESCO. The hotel’s rooms are individually decorated, all with a classic elegant style. Relax after sightseeing with a stroll through the garden or a dip in the outdoor pool. The hotel even boasts an exhibition about its 100 year history!

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!

Italia Hotel Verona

The Italia Hotel in Verona is situated in a quaint, quiet corner of the city, just a 15 minute stroll from Juliet’s Balcony and the central Piazza delle Erbe. The hotel’s well-appointed guestrooms come complete with satellite TV, air conditioning and all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. Guests can enjoy a cocktail in the terrace garden after a long day of sightseeing!

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Disclaimer:

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.

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