Vistas of Italy and Switzerland 2022

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From the grand elegance of Venice to the soul-stirring alpine villages of Switzerland - join us on a memory-making adventure that takes in time-honoured traditions, fascinating local culture and breathtaking railway journeys through some of the world's most enchanting scenery.

Highlights
  • Learn the traditions of authentic Italian cuisine with a cooking class in the Franciacorta region
  • Experience scenic train journeys on two of the great alpine railways: the Bernina Express and the Glacier Express
  • Observe a traditional mask decorating demonstration in the magnificent floating city of Venice
Destinations
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • Europe
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Small Group
  • 50 plus
  • Couples
  • Seniors
  • Singles
  • Sightseeing
  • Cultural
  • History
  • Photography
  • Rail

Location: Venice

Welcome to Venice – the magnificent floating city boasting unparalleled elegance, grandeur and romance. Meet your travel companions and Tour Leader at the hotel, before settling into a delicious welcome meal at a local restaurant. Salute!

Accommodation: Ca’ Gottardi (or similar)

Meals: Dinner

Location: Sirmione

After breakfast, we’ll acquaint ourselves with Venice’s maze-like backstreets on an orientation tour with our Tour Leader – then we’ll meet a local artisan and enjoy a traditional mask making demonstration. Enjoy some free time to indulge in la dolce vita (the sweet life), along the canal-lined streets and lavish piazzas – before we continue onwards to the resort town of Sirmione. Located on the southern bank of Lake Garda, we’ll have the evening to explore at our leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel Ideal (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Sirmione

This morning we’ll make our way to a local farmhouse – where we’ll be treated to a light lunch filled with fresh regional produce. Then: we’ll learn a fact or two on a walking tour of the quaint village of Borghetto. Running through the heart of this picturesque destination, is the mighty Mincio River – along which you’ll find many ancient watermills and riverside restaurants dishing up delicious tortellini. Upon returning to Sirmione, the evening is ours to spend relaxing at the hotel, enjoying the local hot springs or seeking out a waterfront restaurant for some fresh local cuisine.

Accommodation: Hotel Ideal (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch

Location: Lake Iseo

Today, our road will carry us to the Port of Sulzano where we’ll embark on a boat tour across Lake Iseo – docking at picturesque Carzano on the mountain island of Monte Isola. Enjoy some free time to explore this charming village and its lakeside cafes. Later, we’ll take the scenic route to Iseo – where we’ll round off the day with a relaxing evening at our hotel or seeking out some gastronomic delicacies in town.

Accommodation: The Iseo Lago Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Lake Iseo

Rolling hills, charming vineyards and authentic Italian cuisine are on the cards today. Our first stop will be a local farmhouse in the Franciacorta region, where a guided tour of a traditional wine cellar awaits. Continuing our gastronomic discovery, we’ll roll up our sleeves and get stuck into a rustic cooking class – where we’ll learn some regional culinary secrets. And then? It’s time to savour our creations and enjoy a wine tasting over lunch – before returning to Iseo for an evening spent relaxing at the hotel or exploring the array of local eateries.

Accommodation: The Iseo Lago Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch

Location: Pontresina

Today our path will lead us to Tirano, one of the prettiest towns along the Switzerland-Italy boundary. We’ll enjoy some free time to explore – before embarking on a spectacular tour highlight: the Bernina Express. One of the world’s most iconic railway journeys, our train will climb steadily into the Swiss Alps, with spectacular views of soaring mountain peaks and awe-inspiring glaciers in every direction. Our final stop of the day will be Pontresina, where we’ll be welcomed into Switzerland with an outlook of pristine scenery and warming local cuisine.

Accommodation: Hotel Schweizerhof Pontresina (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Interlaken

After feasting on a hearty breakfast, we’ll make our way to St Moritz – where we’ll board the famous Glacier Express train to Andermatt. Prepare for an experience unlike any other! Sit back and relax as we leisurely make our way through spiral tunnels, alpine villages and the Rhine Gorge – soaking up breathtaking panoramic views as we go. Upon arriving in Andermatt, we’ll board the mini-coach once again for the short journey to Interlaken. For dinner tonight, we’ll have an abundance of sumptuous local menus to choose from.

Accommodation: Hotel Carlton (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Interlaken

This morning we’ll continue to Brienz – where we’ll take a memorable journey along one of the oldest railways in Switzerland. Step back in time as we ride the chugging steam train to the top of the Brienzer Rothorn. From the top of the mountain, we’ll enjoy a light refreshment overlooking panoramic views over the Emmental Alps. Following that, we’ll travel back to Interlaken on a scenic paddle steamer cruise – before clinking glasses over one final dinner together. What a trip it’s been! Please note: During the summer season (June-October), we will visit the Brienzer Rothorn and enjoy a paddle steamer cruise as listed in the itinerary. In spring (March-May), we will take a cable car from Mürren to Schilthorn instead – with some free time to explore Mürren before we return to Interlaken.

Accommodation: Hotel Carlton (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner

Location: Zürich

For our last day together, we'll take a train journey to the quaint village of Lauterbrunnen. From here, we’ll continue to Lucerne – where an indulgent chocolate tasting awaits. We’ll have some free time to explore this lakeside city and enjoy lunch at our leisure – before moving on to our final destination of the tour: Zurich. We’ll go our separate ways upon arriving later this afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast

Included
  • Fully Guided
  • Guide
    -Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Transport
    -Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Entrance Fees
  • Accommodation

Not Included
  • International Travel
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  • Country Entry Visas
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  • Airport Transfers at Destination
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All listed entrance fees are included
Please check as per your country of origin
Yes, a maximum of 20Kg (Dimensions of Width, Length and depth equalling 158cm) plus one day bag on board
There is a small supplement varying per tour
We pride ourselves on adequate free time on tour
An understood ability to walk comfortably unassisted
This will vary per location, we pride ourselves on accommodation that speaks to the region we are staying in.
This will vary per location - we pride ourselves on accommodation that speaks to the region we are staying in.
At the passengers discretion
There is a Tour Leader and Driver on every departure
5* Vistas of Italy and Switzerland 2022
Good value for money, the tour included quite a few meals
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Date: 21-Jul-2019

4* Vistas of Italy and Switzerland 2022
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Date: 22-Jul-2019

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Touring with Back-Roads Touring

With more than 30 years’ experience in small group and tailor-made tours across the UK, Europe and Asia, Back-Roads Touring is truly the original Small Group Touring company.

With each tour capped at 18 passengers (14 for Asia tours), Back-Roads curates authentic, off-the-beaten-track travel experiences.

Catering for the mature traveller, Back-Roads has built up a brand rooted in expert local knowledge, sustainable tourism, culinary excellence and premium boutique accommodation.

Their award-winning tour leaders are committed to delivering the ‘Back-Roads difference’ whether that be dining with the group, offering the flexibility to change the itinerary, giving personal recommendations for lunch or bringing each destination to life with their insight and knowledge. Their Tour leaders are dedicated to delivering a truly authentic, personalised experience. The Back-Roads Difference inludes:

  • Small Groups of up to 18 passengers (14 for Asia)
  • Scenic Back Roads, avoiding Motorways
  • Premium Mini-Coach transportation
  • Handpicked Boutique Accommodation
  • Leisurely Paced Itineraries
  • Culinary Discoveries
  • Authentic Local Experiences

Back-Roads Touring was named Best Small Coach Holidays Company for 2015, 2016 and 2017 in the British Travel Awards and have been nominated for two awards in 2018.

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Start:Venice
Finish:Zurich
Group size:6 - 18
Suitable for: 13-0
Physical rating:Low
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Back-Roads with any specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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