France, Switzerland & Italy in 20 Days

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Paris, Magic of the Alps & Eternal Cities

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The perfect trip for those looking to uncover the diverse landscapes and cultural heritage of three of the most sought-after destinations in Europe!

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An unforgettable tour of Europe! Discover stylish Paris, cosmopolitan Zurich, charming Bern and idyllic Interlaken. From Zermatt, in the shadow of the Matterhorn, take the Glacier Express railway to luxurious St. Moritz. Relax in Bad Ragaz and enjoy the charms of Lucerne before heading to Rome to see the Colosseum. Finally, unearth the Renaissance heritage of Florence and the romance of Venice.

20 days trip including flights*

19 days and 18 nights in destination

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NYC - PAR

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NYC - PAR

Paris

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Paris

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Paris

5

ORY-ZRH

Zurich

6

Interlaken

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Zermatt

8

Zermatt

9

St. Moritz

10

Bad Ragaz

11

Zurich

12

ZRH-VCE

Venice Mestre

13

Venice Mestre

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Firenze

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Firenze

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Firenze

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Roma

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Roma

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Roma

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FCO - NYC

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: US - Night on board

Arrive at your US departure airport ready to board a flight to Paris. Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Paris

Touch down in the 'City of Light' and self-transfer to your hotel*. Paris is the capital of France and is well-known for its stylish streets, romantic architecture and captivating cultural sights. Spend the remainder of the day exploring the atmospheric avenues and bucket-list sights of Paris at your leisure. Overnight stay in Paris.

* Airport transfers are not included. You can book the optional transfer in the next step of the booking process.

3rd Day: Paris

Breakfast at the hotel. Discover Paris' most treasured sights today with a panoramic bus tour and Seine Cruise! Head to the meeting point to begin an innovative city tour on board a tour bus, equipped with a HistoPad interactive tablet, designed to bring the tour experience to life! See the Louvre, Effiel Tower, the lively neighborhood of Saint Germain des Prés and the Notre-Dame de Paris during the panoramic tour before heading to the immortal waters of the River Seine for a sightseeing cruise, the perfect way to experience the sights of Paris from a new perspective! Enjoy the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure. Perhaps go shopping for French couture or enjoy an evening of fine dining. Overnight stay in Paris. 

Included
Interactive Paris City Tour with Histopad
Included
Seine Cruise
4th Day: Paris

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in the eternal city of Paris. Why not visit the iconic Eiffel Tower, particularly beautiful when it is illuminated at nightfall, or catch a cabaret show at the legendary Moulin Rouge! Overnight stay in Paris. 

5th Day: Paris - Zurich

Breakfast at the hotel.* Bid farewell to Paris as it's time to discover the spectacular cities and landscapes of Switzerland! Self-Transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Zurich. Touch down in Zurich, famous as a global center of finance on the north shore of beautiful Lake Zurich. Transfer to the hotel, get settled in and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Zurich. 

* Depending on the flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast.

6th Day: Zurich - Bern - Thun - Interlaken

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a 2-hour walking tour of Zurich with a professional guide. Explore the atmospheric Old Town, see the 12th-century Grossmunster cathedral and stroll down bustling Bahnhofstrasse. Discover Paradeplatz, the 11th-century Fraumunster Church and stroll along the river banks at Limmatquai. Afterwards, set off for the Swiss capital of Bern, a small city known for its medieval old town. Upon arrival, enjoy a 2-hour guided city tour with a professional guide. Pass through the old town where you can admire the Zytglogge medieval clock tower, the beautiful Rose Garden and Parliament Square. See the Gothic-style Bern Cathedral and visit Bear Park, named after the brown bear which is the symbol of the city. Later on, pass through Thun before continuing to Interlaken, a traditional resort town in the mountainous Bernese Oberland region. Get settled at the hotel and enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery and charming alpine architecture. Overnight stay in Interlaken.

Included
Zurich City Tour
Included
Bern City Tour
7th Day: Interlaken - Zermatt

Breakfast at the hotel. Take a short panoramic tour with your driver through Interlaken this morning, one of Switzerland's most important resort towns. Later, transfer to Zermatt, in the shadow of the famous Matterhorn mountain! This car-free resort is a natural paradise where you can soak up the tranquillity of the Swiss mountains. Overnight stay in Zermatt.

 

8th Day: Zermatt

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in Zermatt. Admire the majestic silhouette of the Matterhorn or soak up the charming atmosphere of this Alpine town as you wander through its pretty streets, flanked by wooden architecture and chocolate-box style lodgings. One of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of the famous Matterhorn is to take the Gornergrat Cogwheel Railway, which reaches a maximum height of 3,100 metres above sea level for spectacular views of the mountain and surrounding scenery!* Overnight stay in Zermatt.

* Tickets for the Gornergrat Cogwheel Railway can be purchased at the destination. Timetables for the service are available locally. 

9th Day: Zermatt - St. Moritz by Glacier Express

Breakfast at the hotel. Prepare for an exciting day ahead as you set off on the famous Glacier Express, one of the most scenic train rides in the world! Journey through the inspiring landscapes of the Alps as you travel from Zermatt to St. Moritz, an unforgettable journey of around 7.5 hours. Pass through 91 tunnels, across 291 bridges and climb as high as 2033 meters as the Glacier Express crosses the Oberalp Pass. The journey includes a three-course meal and the panoramic windows ensure ample opportunities to kick back and take in the views! Arrive in St. Moritz and transfer to the hotel. St. Moritz is the most luxurious alpine resort in Switzerland so be sure to get out and explore the upmarket eateries and glamorous streets. Overnight stay in St. Moritz.

Included
Glacier Express
10th Day: St. Moritz - Davos - Klosters - Bad Ragaz

Breakfast at the hotel. Free morning to explore St. Moritz at your leisure, famous for hosting the Winter Olympics twice and one of the most prominent ski resorts in Europe. Afterwards, head off to Davos, the highest town in the Swiss Alps. Enjoy this unique town, famous for holding the annual World Economic Forum before heading to Klosters which has a more laid-back atmosphere and boasts plenty of pretty wooden Alpine architecture. Afterwards, head to Bad Ragaz, one of Switzerland's most famous spa resorts. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure. We recommend a visit to the Tamina Therme, a spa oasis that harnesses the healing properties of the thermal waters of Bad Ragaz. Overnight stay in Bad Ragaz.

11th Day: Bad Ragaz - Lucerne - Zurich

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave beautiful Bad Ragaz behind you today as you depart to Lucerne, an enchanting Swiss city filled with medieval architecture. Take in the views of Lake Lucerne and see St. Peter's Chapel, the Jesuit Church, the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge as you enjoy a 2-hour guided city tour, accompanied by a professional guide. Afterwards, continue your journey back to Zurich. On arrival, get settled at the hotel and enjoy your final evening in Switzerland. Overnight stay in Zurich.

Included
Guided Tour of Lucerne
12th Day: Zurich - Venice

Breakfast* at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for your flight to Venice. Arrive in the romantic city of Venice, transfer to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Built across more than 100 small islands, Venice is a pleasure to explore on foot as you get lost in the labyrinthine streets, stumbling across hidden cafes and cultural gems along the way. Get out and discover the plentiful delights on this eternal city, such as the immense Piazza San Marco. Overnight stay in Venice.

* Depending on the flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast.

13th Day: Venice

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on a guided walking tour through Venice to learn about the history, culture and artistic heritage of the city. Experience the best of the city and stop at a local bacaro, or tavern, to taste a traditional spritz (own expense), the perfect chance to understand a little more about Venetian culture. Stroll through the most emblematic neighborhoods, see Venice's famous markets and pay a visit to the iconic Rialto Bridge. Finally, take a motorboat back to the meeting point at Piazzale Roma, cruising along the Giudecca Canal and taking in the beautiful views of Giudecca Island and the Fondamenta delle Zattere. The rest of the day is at your leisure to continue discovering this unique city at your own pace perhaps enjoy a peaceful gondola ride through the atmospheric canals*. Overnight stay in Venice.

*Optional Gondola Ride Experience: One of the most famous characteristics of Venice is its historic gondolas and now you can be a part of this legacy yourself! Experience an unforgettable 30-minute gondola ride through the charming waterways of Venice including the iconic Grand Canal. The quintessential Venetian experience! Note: Please note that it is a shared gondola (up to five people for each one) so you might have to share it with other people.

Why not upgrade your trip with our Must-Sees of Italy package of 2 excursions available in the next step of the booking process!

Included
Guided Walking Tour of Venice
Optional
Pack of 2 Excursions: Must-sees of Italy
Optional
Gondola Ride in Venice
14th Day: Venice - Florence

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, make your own way to the train station to catch the Frecciarossa high-speed train to Florence. Arrive in Florence, the heart of the Italian Renaissance, and self-transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure to explore the city and keep enjoying the Italian cuisine in this gourmet paradise. Overnight stay in Florence.

15th Day: Florence

Breakfast at the hotel. Today head to the Historic Centre of Florence for a guided walking tour of Florence and discover the hidden secrets of the Tuscan capital. Start discovering Piazza Repubblica, one of the fanciest of the city, before heading to Loggia del Mercato Nuovo, a building where a local market takes place. Keep exploring the streets of Florence before arriving at the beautiful and well-known Ponte Vecchio, the most iconic bridge in the city and one of its main symbols. You will then walk through the Piazza della Signoria, the heart of Medieval Florence with the imposing Palazzo Vecchio. End the tour admiring Piazza San Giovanni, home to the impressive Florence Cathedral, with its iconic Brunelleschi cupola and the famous Giotto Belltower. Rest of the day at your leisure to continue exploring the captivating sights of Florence. Overnight stay in Florence.

Included
Guided Walking Tour of Florence
16th Day: Florence

Breakfast at the hotel. Full day at your leisure to enjoy your last day in the city. Florence's historical centre is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so why not take a stroll on your own to discover its hidden treasures. Overnight stay in Florence.

Optional Day Trip to Pisa: No trip to Italy is complete without a photo at the iconic leaning tower, so don't miss your chance to take a day trip to Pisa! Enjoy a guided walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli and its monuments and visit the spectacular Pisa Cathedral before spending time at the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa, learning all about the history of this University city along the way. 

Why not upgrade your trip with our Must-Sees of Italy package of 2 excursions available in the next step of the booking process!

Optional
Half-Day Tour to Pisa & The Leaning Tower
17th Day: Florence - Rome

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, self-transfer to Florence Santa Maria Novella station to catch the train to Roma Termini station. Arrive in Rome, the Italian capital, and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time, the remainder of the day is free to begin exploring this romantic, historic city. The evening is the most magical time of day in Rome when the streets take on an even more charming character. Overnight stay in Rome.

18th Day: Rome

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy a guided visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill, three of the main archaeological sites of the Eternal City. Learn about the history of this empire, from its birth to the gladiatorial fights in the Colosseum, and appreciate the preserved corners of ancient Rome in the Forum and the Palatine Hill. We recommend the optional Piazzas and Fountains of Rome excursion.* The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the historic streets of Rome and dine on delicious Italian cuisine! Overnight stay in Rome.

Optional Piazzas & Fountains of Rome Excursion: Take a pleasant walk through the artistic heart of Rome to visit its most symbolic piazzas and fountains! Visit Piazza Navona, the most elegant of all Rome squares and home to Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain. See the Church of San Luigi, the incredible Pantheon and the legendary Trevi Fountain, an icon of the city. Finally, pay a visit to the famous Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna, the most photogenic spot in the city!

Why not upgrade your trip with our Must-Sees of Italy package of 2 excursions available in the next step of the booking process!

Included
Walking Tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Optional
Piazzas & Fountains of Rome Excursion
19th Day: Rome

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a day at your leisure in Rome. Perhaps visit the Vatican, trace the footsteps of the greats in the ancient streets of the old city or simply indulge in some delicious Italian ice cream. However you choose to spend your day, Rome is sure to delight you with its old-world charm and unbeatable sights. We suggest taking the optional guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel or uncovering the secrets of authentic Italian cuisine with a pasta-making and tiramisu workshop!* Overnight stay in Rome.

Optional Skip-the-line Guided Tour of Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel: Explore the priceless treasures held within the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel! Visit the Pio Clementino Hall, Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere, Maps Gallery, Candelabra Gallery, Tapestries Gallery and the incredible Sistine Chapel. Afterwards, discover the incredible St. Peter’s Basilica and the atmospheric St. Peter’s Square, dominated by Michelangelo’s imposing Cupola!

Why not upgrade your trip with our Must-Sees of Italy package of 2 excursions available in the next step of the booking process!

Optional
Skip-the-line Guided Tour of Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel
20th Day: Rome - US

Breakfast* at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer by car from Rome to the airport for your return flight** back to the US. Arrive in the US and end your trip.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

** Depending on the return flight schedule, you may arrive in the US the next day and the total duration of the trip would be 21 days.

Accommodation: 18 Nights

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Included activity for day 3 in Paris

Duration 01:30h Approx.

Physical rating:

Light

Interactive Paris City Tour with Histopad

Set off on an innovative city tour on board a tour bus, equipped with a HistoPad interactive tablet, designed to bring the tour experience to life! See the Louvre, Effiel Tower, the lively neighborhood of Saint Germain des Prés and the Notre-Dame.

What's included: Guided bus tour with individual headsets (digital sound) Not included: Hotel pick up and drop off

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Included activity for day 3 in Paris

Duration 01:00h Approx.

Physical rating:

Light

Seine Cruise

Set sail on the immortal waters of the River Seine for a 1-hour sightseeing cruise, the perfect way to experience the sights of Paris from a new perspective!

What's included: Tickets for an hour-long cruise along the Seine Not included: Hotel pick up and drop off

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Included activity for day 6 in Zurich

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

Zurich City Tour

Set off on a 2-hour walking tour of Zurich with a professional guide. Explore the atmospheric Old Town, see the 12th-century Grossmunster cathedral and stroll down bustling Bahnhofstrasse. Discover Paradeplatz and the 11th-century Fraumunster Church.

What's included: professional guide

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Included activity for day 6 in Bern

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

Bern City Tour

Enjoy a 2-hour guided city tour with a professional guide. Pass through the old town where you can admire the Zytglogge medieval clock tower, the beautiful Rose Garden and Parliament Square. See the Gothic-style Bern Cathedral and visit Bear Park.

What's included: Professional guide

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 13

Pick up time: info at destination

Pack of 2 Excursions: Must-sees of Italy

Make the most of your time in Italy with this pack of two unmissable experiences: a Skip-the-line guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel and a gondola ride in Venice

What's included: Skip-the-line guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel & Gondola ride experience in Venice

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 13 in Venice

Duration 00:35h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

Gondola Ride in Venice

One of the most famous characteristics of Venice is its historic gondolas and now you can be a part of this legacy yourself! Experience an unforgettable 30-minute gondola ride through the charming waterways of Venice including the iconic Grand Canal.

What's included: 35 minute Gondola Ride Not included: Pick up and drop off, guide

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 16 in Florence

Duration 05:30h Approx.

Half-Day Tour to Pisa & The Leaning Tower

No trip to Italy is complete without a photo at the iconic leaning tower, so don't miss your chance to take a day trip to Pisa! Enjoy a guided walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli, visit the spectacular Pisa Cathedral and admire the famous Leaning Tower!

What's included: Round trip journey by GT Coach, expert multilingual escort, guided tour of Pisa and Piazza dei Miracoli with professional guide, admission fee to Pisa Cathedral. Not included: Hotel pick up and drop off, meals, drinks and any other service not mentioned in included

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 18 in Rome

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:15 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Piazzas & Fountains of Rome Excursion

Discover the most symbolic piazzas and fountains in Rome! Visit Piazza Navona, home to Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain and see the Pantheon and the legendary Trevi Fountain. Finally, pay a visit to the famous Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna.

What's included: Professional licensed guide, headsets, pick up service from centrally located hotels Not included: Drop off at hotels. Pick up from hotels not located in the downtown area.

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Paris, Paris - Zurich, Zurich - Venice, Rome - US.*
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  • Glacier Express Railway: Zermatt - St. Moritz in 2nd class & Domestic trains in Standard class: Venice Mestre - Florence - Rome.
  • 18 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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  • 18 breakfasts and three-course lunch board on the Glacier Express.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • Air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • English speaking driver in Switzerland
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Airport transfers in France, drinks*, tax**, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

*Drinks on board the Glacier Express train are not included. 

** Accommodation tax in Italy must be paid directly to the hotel (Approx. 6 € per room per night). For Switzerland, hotel city tax is not included and must be paid directly at the hotels during the check-out process.

Please note: Zermatt is a car-free resort. Therefore, on day 4, you will be dropped off at St. Niklaus Station in Zermatt and need to pay 10 CHF in cash per person on arrival for a short transfer in a licensed vehicle to the entrance of Zermatt village. 

* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

Airport transfers in France are not included. You can book the optional transfer in the next step of the booking process.

Please note:  Zermatt is a car-free resort. Therefore, on day 4, you will be dropped off at St. Niklaus Station in Zermatt and need to pay 10 CHF in cash per person on arrival for a short transfer in a licensed vehicle to the entrance of Zermatt village. 

Guide information Switzerland: To ensure you receive the best local experience and insights, you will have different local drivers in each of the destinations visited during this itinerary. You will not be accompanied by the same driver for the whole trip. Please note: This trip is not fully escorted. Although the included excursions are guided, you will not be accompanied by a guide throughout the entire trip.

New entry requirement in Switzerland: All international travelers before arriving in the country must fill out the following form if they do not have a COVID certificate from an EU or EFTA country or a third country connected to the EU Gateway: https://covidcertificate-form.admin.ch/foreign

Please note: the Italy and France part of this itinerary is an independent tour, not a group tour. It includes accommodation, some activities and some transfers, but you will not be accompanied by a guide throughout the entire trip, nor will you be traveling in a group.

  • Entry requirements
    Valid passport with a minimum of six months validity.
  • Visa
    No visa is required for tourist stays of up to 90 days.
  • Currency
    Euro.
  • Language
    French.
  • Electricity
    230 V. Adapter not required.
  • Health
    There are no mandatory vaccinations required.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 01:00.
  • Other useful information
    Taxis do not have a particular colour, however you can spot them at the station or in the street by their luminous lettering on the roof of the car.
  • Tourist Office website
    http://ee.france.fr/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

 

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