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Italian Lakes & Swiss Mountains:
Criss-Crossing the Alps

Venice – Lake Maggiore – Zermatt – Lausanne – Zurich – Andermatt – Lake Garda

13 days | from EUR 2,039.00 pp in dbl-room*

A round-trip tour from Venice that includes not one but two inspiring Alpine tours on the way from Italy to Switzerland and back. Besides Europe's highest mountain, the Matterhorn, you will stop at three beautiful lakes: Lake Maggiore, Lake Geneva and Lake Garda. The tour could easily be amended to begin and end in Zurich.


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Day 1 to 3: Venezia

Accommodation:
A friendly B&B in the heart of Venice2 Nights | bed & breakfast

The small, charming B&B on a quiet square near the Rialto Bridge is known for its Oriental atmosphere and its enchanting courtyard. Each air-conditioned room features a specific colour scheme and is decorated with original furnishings, including rare items from the ownersown collection. Guests can relax in the courtyard with the ancient well, which in summer becomes a delightful garden with flowers, tables and a gazebo. Hosts Deborah and Amelia, mother and daughter, have created a warm and friendly atmosphere in which all aspects of hospitality are personally attended to. The two imigrants from California speak perfect English and are happy to provide information on local attractions. All major sites are within easy walking distance.

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Venezia
This centuries-old city has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Countless churches and palaces bear witness to the power and unsurpassed wealth of this small republic. The lagoon city was founded in northern Italy during the troubled times of the decline of the Roman Empire. The remains of the evangelist Mark were transferred to Venice in 829. The streams of pilgrims that followed gave the city much added importance. Since then the sacred symbol of the lion has been the city's coat of arms. Venetian troops later occupied eastern Italy and, in 1204, even Constantinople. At the height of its power Venice ruled the Mediterranean. The demise of the “serrenissima repubblica” began with the fall of Constantinople and the opening of the Western Hemisphere by Spain, Portugal and Holland. Venice's political importance declined after the Congress of Vienna and it was given to Austria. Returned to Italy in 1866, Venice has inspired generations of artists, writers and musicians. More than a city, it is a symbol of wealth and beauty as well as death and decay.

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Day 3 to 5: Cannobio

Rental car pick-up
Broker: Sunny Cars
Vehicle: Mietwagen Sunnycars
Rate: Sunnycars (Stand: 08.11.2018): BB – Skoda Fabia /AC/4dr oder ähnlich, All-in/FF
Location: Venedig Railwaystation

From Venezia to Cannobio384 km | 4 hours 30 minutes

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Accommodation:
A 15th century mansion in Cannobio2 Nights | bed & breakfast

The historical manor house sits in the medieval village of Cannobio, a resort on Lake Maggiore, a few kilometers south of the Swiss border. Following an extensive restoration it combines authentic medieval architecture with all the comforts of a modern hotel. Original frescoes, vaulted ceilings and massive century-old stone pillars are complemented by period furniture. The twelve rooms vary in color and decor. Some overlook the lake, others the car-free Old Town. The breakfast room seems to have emerged straight from the 18 century. The exclusive dining room on the first floor with an open fireplace provides the ideal setting for a relaxing evening over a glass or two of good wine.

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Day 5 to 7: Zermatt

Attractions:

Simplonpass
With an elevation of 2,005 meters, this pass connects the Rhône Valley in the Swiss canton of Wallis with the Val d'Ossola in the Italian province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. People have been using the pass since prehistoric times. It was even later used by Roman emperors. The influential merchant Kaspar von Stockalper built the first road here in the 17th century, which is now a hiking trail. The modern road through the pass follows Napoleon Bonaparte's route. At the top of the pass there is a hospice. Coming down the southern side, you will find the Mediterranean-looking town of Simplon and the the romantically wild Gondo Gorge with the majestic, glacier-covered Fletschhorn towering above it. 

Accommodation:
A colourful boutique hotel2 Nights | bed & breakfast

Red and zebra is the surprisingly attractive colour combination that greets guests to this tastefully decorated hotel, in which every room is different, and every room features a carefully coordinated colour scheme. As guests will happily discover, the entire property has been thoughtfully designed to please the body and soul, from the gourmet restaurant in the warm, wood-panelled dining room to the full three levels of swimming pool and spa facilities. The extraordinary hotel endeavours to make a stay there an instrinsic part of the Zermatt experience. And it succeeds.

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Day 7 and 8: Lausanne

Attractions:

Mürren
Mürren is situated in the heart of the Bernese Alps and faces the towering peaks of mounts Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The car-free town with a population of 450 is nestled on a sunny mountain terrace high above the spectacular Lauterbrunnen Valley, – one of Europe’s deepest valley lined by over 500 m steep limestone cliffs. Mürren can only be reached by a cable car system that continues in three more stages to the peak of Mount Schilthorn (2,970 m). On a clear day the view from the top extends to Mont Blanc in the south and the Black Forest in the north. The revolving restaurant on the summit was once used for a scene in a James Bond movie. A number of walking paths start from Mürren. A particularly scenic route leads from the Grütschalp via Winteregg to Mürren. The view of the surrounding mountain peaks is absolutely stunning on clear sunny afternoons.

Accommodation:
A port hotel in Lausanne1 Night | bed & breakfast

The family-run inn is ideally located on the shores of Lake Geneva. The interior of the 20 bedrooms is practical and comfortable. Guests can relax in the outdoor restaurant and enjoy the beautiful lakeside views, which are also offered by many of the bedrooms. The city centre of Lausanne is just a seven-minute walk away. The friendly hotel represents a rare find in this overly expensive city: A good value for the money. For the entire stay guests receive the Lausanne Transport Card.

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Day 8 and 9: Zürich

From Lausanne to Zürich237 km | 3 hours

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Accommodation:
A 16th century mansion in downtown Zurich1 Night | bed & breakfast

The small hotel in the centre of Zurich prides itself as an “oasis of tranquillity” in the heart of the city, and indeed the ability to relax in the secluded garden next to the Neptune fountain dating back to 1770 is one of the many features that set this property apart. The small hotel with 35 individually decorated bedrooms offers convenience and comfort on the highest level. Lovers of wine and gourmet cooking will appreciate the restaurant's market-fresh cuisine and exquisite wine cellar. The pleasant oasis in the bustling city is the ideal refuge after a hard day of sightseeing in the nearby Old Town.

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Day 9 to 11: Andermatt

From Zürich to Andermatt124 km | 2 hours

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Accommodation:
An Alpine hotel near St. Gotthard2 Nights | bed & breakfast

The hotel is situated near the historical DevilBridge on what for centuries was the main trading route across the Alps. Since completion of the Gotthard Road Tunnel in 1980, however, it has grown nearly as quiet in these parts as it was when Goethe stayed in Andermatt on his way to Italy over 200 years ago. The bedrooms in the traditional Swiss hotel are bright and comfortable. Regional Swiss specialities are served in the wood-panelled dining room called the

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Day 11 to 13: Gardone Riviera

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Ticino
Because of its warm climate, the southernmost canton of Switzerland is also called “sunroom”. Closed off to the north by the Gotthard massif, wine, figs, lemons and olives find perfect conditions over here. When after several waves of emigration Ticino was heavily depopulated in the early 20th century, painters, poets and anarchists tired of civilization discovered the paradisiac region around Lake Maggiore, among them Hermann Hesse. They were followed by tourists, attracted by the idyllic scenery and the 2,300 hours of sunshine a year. Around the Great Lakes lie the tourist centers of Ascona, Lugano and Locarno, which host several international music and film festivals. In a striking contrast to this rich and sophisticated holiday region are remote valleys such as Verzasca, Maggia- or Onsernone, whose wild chestnut forests, untamed rivers and magnificent rock formations are only accessible to hikers. Everywhere one comes across abandoned Rustici, stone houses built without mortar, which testify to narrow, squalid living conditions of previous generations in Ticino.

Accommodation:
A 15th century manor house2 Nights | bed & breakfast

The villa is a renovated 15th century manor house set on the green hillside that slopes steeply down to Lake Garda. The sensational views will make your stay unforgettable. The well-appointed rooms contain a delicate blend of works of art and antique furniture. The stone house stands in a magnificent park where both body and mind can relax. The 80,000 square meter park contains lush vegetation, broken here and there by natural water falls and gently shaded paths. A succession of small clearings, fruit trees, ornamental shrubs, flowers and aromatic herb gardens conveys a sense of peace and well-being.

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Day 13: Venezia

From Gardone Riviera206 km | 3 hours

Rental car drop-off
Location: Venice Airport


Additional Services

Sunny Cars Permit for Switzerland (payable on site)
We will inform Sunny Cars that your trip goes through Switzerland. Any fees which might incurre are payable directly at the location when hiring the car.
Climate Compensation
In order to compensate part of the CO2 emissions caused by your travels, we raise a voluntary donation, which is being transfered in its entirety to the Klima-Kollekte GmbH in Berlin or Wildlands South Africa. 

With your donation CO2-saving projects are supported; one example being solar cookers for Lesotho. Further information can be found at www.klima-kollekte.de and www.wildlands.co.za

If you wish to opt out of the Umfulana climate initiative, please note this on your booking form.


Vehicle

Company: Sunny Cars
Rate: Sunnycars (Stand: 08.11.2018): BB - Skoda Fabia /AC/4dr oder ähnlich, All-in/FF

Services


The cost is per person based on two people sharing a double room and includes accommodation and meals per itinerary.

from USD 2,319.00*
(from EUR 2,039.00)*




You can start this tour on any date.
Best Travel Time:
April–Sept.

Upon booking this tour you will receive:
» the names, addresses and telephone numbers of each accommodation
» Your vouchers
» detailed directions to each accommodation

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