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Alpine Lakes & Scenic Trains

featuring a cruise on Lake Maggiore and scenic trains in Switzerland & Italy
9 DAYS
$4,549 pp*
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Climb aboard legendary Alpine railways and set out on a journey across the captivating Alpine landscapes of Switzerland and Italy. Ride 3 legendary train routes – the GoldenPass Panoramic Train, the Glacier Express, and the Bernina Pass Train. Explore Lucerne, the "Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Relax in some of Europe’s most stunning and exclusive resort villages, including Zermatt, St Moritz and Lake Maggiore, Italy. Spend time at a family-owned farm where you sample their handmade cheeses paired with local wine. Cruise across one of the world’s most scenic lakes – Lago Maggiore. Across 2 countries, pass by towering mountain landscapes and discover quaint villages.

Your Tour Includes
  • 4 Handpicked Accommodations
  • 11 Meals
  • 2 Choice on Tour Options
Included Highlights
  • Lucerne
  • GoldenPass Train
  • Zermatt
  • Choice on Tour

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Your Tour at a Glance

Stay

9 Days

8 Nights


Meals

11 Meals

7 Breakfasts

1 Lunches

3 Dinners


Activity

2 - Moderate

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Pre Night: Hotel Astoria Lucerne
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Hotel Astoria Lucerne

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Hotel Alex

Nights 3-4

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Trip Reviews

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Overall Trip Rating
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    Everything was great. ….
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    4star
    Thought the 7 hour train ride was quite long - views were fabulous though
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    The trip was beautiful! I would highly recommend adding the train ride up to the Madahorn to the agenda as it was the best part of the trip. The 7 hour bus ride was a bit long and would have been more fun to break it up a bit and see something else instead of sitting that long. Other than that, it was wonderful!
    Sandra Mountz
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    Loved the trip-would do it again
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    3star
    Too much land covered in a short amount of time. I would have liked to spend more time in Zermatt.
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    4star
    To much time spent on buses in small seats. Tour manager kept walking too fast leaving some couples behind on our walking tours. Spectacular scenery.
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    4star
    We had a fantastic Tour Manager. The hotel in Lucerne, the Astoria, was not up to standards, due to a club on the top floor that had loud music with an intense bass until 4am. Very unsatisfactory. More time at Montreal would have been nice. The Hotel Alex was exceptional.
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    The gondola ride to the top of the alps was awe inspiring. The hotels were very nice and clean. One had beautiful views of the lake. The food, the wine the people. It was just such a great experience.
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    Informative, good pace, great tour manager
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    Nice amount of free time. Great restaurants. Guide was great
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    4star
    This was supposed to be my dream trip of traveling by train - especially the Glacier Express - across Switzerland. Prior to my departure, I began trying to contact Collette about the possibility of upgrading my Glacier Express ticket to Excellence Class. My travel agent also contacted Collette. I was told our tickets were for 2nd class - with no option to change. I was so disappointed. Sitting 2 X 2 with a couple who talked incessantly about their careers, trips, money, etc. for eight hours was a bit overwhelming. We didn’t have much room for our feet. The meal was good. I did, however, have my earphones playing beautiful Swiss music in my ear. Thank goodness for that perk. Prior to my Collette trip, I had dreamed of sitting on the train for eight hours, just enjoying looking at the beautiful scenery, in my own dream world. As I said - the Glacier Express was supposed to be the highlight of the trip. Then - to top it off - when I boarded the Bernina Pass, the same couple sat with me on that two-hour journey. I must confess, I think I might have been a little rude because I only wanted to view the scenery - not listen to the ‘braggarts!’ The other train ride from Gstaad to Montreux was also less than enjoyable. As I understand, a group of school children were sitting in our tour group’s car, so as the train made it’s very short stop, we had to hurriedly cram into whatever seats we could find in another car. I understand - Collette has very little control over the actual train rides. BUT this was advertised as ‘Scenic Trains,’ and I wanted to enjoy the scenery in quiet wonder. I am disappointed. I have traveled with Collette many, many times - and actually have more Collette trips already scheduled. This is one of the first times that I am really complaining about the packaging of the tour. Please take this under advisement, because I would imagine that other Collette travelers would welcome traveling in Excellence Class rather than Class 2.
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    5star
    From booking through the tour itself, the entire process was very well organized. The Collette customer service team is the best and all aspects of the tour met or exceeded my expectations.
    Thomas Gannon
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    It's so wonderful to travel with trust that all my needs are met. My only requirement was to enjoy. Who could ask for more.
    Judith Haggerty
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    Beautiful scenery while on the train Winery trip
    Veena Girdhar
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    Beautiful scenery and wonderful people. Tour guide very knowledgeable.
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    Loved the town of Zermatt. The Matterhorn was awesome
    Mae Bomnskie
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    The entire tour was amazing
    Jamie Shashack
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    Well organized and efficiently run.
    Joanne Gallo
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    Beautiful tour, scenery was great! Tour guide was very helpful.
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    4star
    The train rides were exceptional!
    Willa Jackson
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    5star
    Loved all the cities and places visited. My favorites were Luzerne and Zermatt. Especially liked the stop at Mt. Pilatus just outside Luzerne. Train travel was comfortable and quite scenic.
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  • Trip Rating:
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    Great trip with lots of things to do. Enjoyed the ability to get out and tour on my own pace.
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    5star
    The trains were spectacular; the views breathtaking. The tour's pace was the best mix of group and free time; I never felt rushed. See you next time!
    Denise Gelfand
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    Hotel room in Lucerne was a little small and the bus seating a little cramped.
    Philip Gayari
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    4star
    Disappointed in the room size in Lucerne and the tight conditions on the bus.
    Eileen Gayari
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    5star
    Really enjoyed the tour. Best part was the cruise of Lake Como.
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    2star
    Wonderful trip inspire of the guide
    Emmett Guest
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    3star
    The tour was good . Trip via cable car up the mountain was beautiful
    Christine La Torre
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Our first room overlooked a construction sight. The next 2 hotels were5 stars. The optional train ride to the Matterhorn was awesome. The Glacier Express though a little too long was relaxing and the scenery was non stop
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    All aspects of or tour were well-planned and well-managed, our guide was excellent as were the hotels we stayed in.
    William Lively
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  • Trip Rating:
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    I enjoyed the trip very much. The Matterhorn was incredibly beautiful! Will definitely recommend Collette.
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  • Trip Rating:
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    The tour guide was excellent and made the trip a great experience.
    Larry Lijewski
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    Seeing the matterhorn and great weather
    Carol Lijewski
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    Trains to all locations plus Italy tour in small village
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    The top of the Matterhorn
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    4star
    The train tours were excellent. The Matterhorn was unforgettable. The Swiss countryside was beautiful If you would like more details on the tour guide, please let me know
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Seeing the Mattahorn from your hotel balcony was breath-taking. The train rides were scenic and each day top with the last with the Bernina Train ride the best of all. Could not sit with so many views to photograph.
    Jane Loupos
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    5star
    The train rides can be long, but what beautiful scenery- mountains, valleys, glaciers, quaint villages. Loved Zermott. Fun walking street and what views of the Matterhorn. Unbelievably clean, safe and friendly.
    Michael Miller
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    Mt. Pilatus Gornergrat - Zermatt
    Joanne Richards
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    The tour surpassed my expectations! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made it an enjoyable experience for all. I can’t think of one time when we were not impressed by the beauty of the country side.
    Thomas Hayes
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    I loved the free time to explore and the excursions each day.
    Marcia Fisher
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    5star
    The tour exceeded our expectations. Lovely hotels, great food, stunning scenery, and wonderful memories
    Elizabeth Anton
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    5star
    We enjoyed both the optional excursions, and the included events. I really enjoyed all the train trips that were part of this package, and the group with which we traveled was very friendly and prompt. The side trip to Oira to meet Mario was a definite highlight.
    David R
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    5star
    I enjoyed the itinerary the scenery and the food Plus the companionship of my fellow travelers . Our Tour guide and Driver were the best ever.
    Marjorie Courtney
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    The Matterhorn! Such an amazing day!
    Cynthia Stonecipher
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Lucerne and Zermatt were beautiful. We did the optional excursions to the top of Mt. Pilatus in Lucerne and Gornergrat in Zermatt and we'd highly recommend both.
    Carole Prest
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    It is worth every star given.
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    1star
    Riding the trains through the Alps was memorable. The stay in Stressa was fantastic and was a dream-come-true to express the Italian Lakes.
    Elyse Sporkin
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    There was a good mixture of travel on the bus, train, and boat rides. We especially liked the train ride through the mountain past the glacier.
    James Norris
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    No favorites. Began in Lucerne, which was awesome, and every day kept getting better and better. Really enjoyed Zermatt, and Glacier Express, and glacier.
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    5star
    Switzerland was amazing. Como was disappointing
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    5star
    Beautiful people, amazing views!
    Wendy Legere
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    5star
    All of it was, can't say there was one bad thing about it
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    1star
    Scenery and people. matterhorn.
    Debra Johnston
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    optional train ride to top of mountain in Lucern
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    Zermatt and the glacier paradise
    Lesley Mchugh
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    5star
    Loved the trips up the mountain. Train rides were fun and scenic. The all day train trip was too long. Lake Como ferry was fun but we had to turn in our earphones in Switzerland and couldn't hear any narrative from our guide. Overall we loved it and would do it again!
    Sandra Sheppard
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    4star
    There were so many memorable experiences that it's difficult to choose. No doubt, The Mount Pilatus tour was one of the highlights.
    Keith Winters
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    5star
    The train excursions through Switzerland were unforgettable.
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    Hard to pick one thing. All was so good
    Judith Boldt
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    5star
    wonderful scenery, European trains are clean, quiet and on time. Loved the gondola rides and getting so close to the glaciers.
    Donna Nelson
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    5star
    Each stop was well planned and very well coordinated.
    William Unger
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Definitely worth the money
    Debra Unger
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Good hotels and itinerary
    Jeevajothie Karthigesan
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    5star
    Everything on the tour was great
    Emanuel Bachman
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Loved Lucerne best, Lakes Como and Maggiore a close second. Unfortunate rain in Zermatt and could barely see the Matterhorn, but Hotel Alex was my favorite hotel/resort of the trip.
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    Traveling through Alps on trains
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    Great tour guide. Loved Zermatt.
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    Shopping and tour at Zermatt. We liked the village.
    Rosalyn Kolb
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    Zermatt was a favorite place.
    Grace George
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    4star
    Really liked the glacier!
    Daniel Sherman
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Overall, a wonderful tour. Great manager and group. Only request would be to have a nicer hotel in Lucerne. And maybe a nicer get together for the group in the beginning of the tour. The restaurant at the hotel was just ok. Something a little more special to start off the tour on a good note!
    Sandra Mccarthy
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Our guide, Cinthya ! She was fantastic.
    Charles Lombardo
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The tour was beautiful and just as stated - lakes and trains. My favorite city was Zermatt although Lucerne was a close second. Everyone we encountered was friendly. Aside from getting close to the Matterhorn, the food is really something to rave about.
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    The trip up Mt. Pilatus was most enjoyable!
    Michael Gingerich
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    Great tour of the Swiss and Italian Alps
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    All of it. it was a beautiful tour,
    James Dowling
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    We got what we paid for and more. Truly a great experience.
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    great hotels, perfect itinery
    John Conroy
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    4star
    Tour guide could have made this trip excellent, but because he was not very informative, unless you asked a question, most times it was a quite bus ride. He did get a little better towards then end....BUT
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    When looking for a tour of Switzerland, the Glacier Express and Zermatt had to be on the itinerary. Seeing the Matterhorn on a clear day in Zermatt was truly a highlight.
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    3star
    See first response. Final dinner was amazing...all other group dinners were a disappointment.
    Kathleen Hinkley
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Seeing the Matterhorn and also one day it snowed while we were on the train. Also Isle Bella--don't miss it! Zermatt--well perfection.
    Frances Hatton
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    Great scenery. My favorite was a special trip up to Gornergrat. The Bernini Pass by train on a SNOWY day was also wonderful.
    Elizabeth Ford
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    5star
    Very good mix of free and organized time
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    5star
    Tour guide was fantastic. She kept us moving and on time providing lots of info and many great comments about the area and sights. The Alps were beautiful and the weather was great. The tour ended too soon.
    Douglas Gausman
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    5star
    Loved Lake Lucerne and Lake Maggiero - scenery was spectacular and tour director was extremely knowledgeable about everything. I think she made the trip the success it was *Personal details removed by Feefo*. Would love to travel with her again.
    Agnes Grounard
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    5star
    Just had a very pleasant vacation
    Daniel Grounard
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    4star
    Skiing in zermatt was very memorable
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    3star
    Beautiful scenery and interesting tour. Average hotel accommodations but below average dinner meals.
    Wayne Ashenberg
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    4star
    Train ride to St Moritz too many hours, beautiful scenery. Matterhorn is a must see, best part of the trip.
    David Hammond
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    3star
    There is room for improvement in the quality of food.
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    4star
    Going to the top of the Matterhorn, and then at Lake Maggiiore, Isola Bella gardens, and Bottromeo castle. This definitely should be included in the trip.
    Sandra Cabral
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    well organized tour and interesting sights
    George Burkett
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    3star
    Most of the tour was enjoyable.. Travel train to Italy from St. Moritz was too long. Could have used more free time in St. Moritz. Disappointed in hotel in Zermatt ( back room without flowered balcony as most rooms had ). Guide and driver were excellent. Wine sampling in Italy was great as well. Disappointed with very limited wine at dinner in Switzerland ( compared to Spanish trip we took last year with Collette ). Included dinners were ok but nothing special.
    Gerard Dillmann
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    5star
    Wonderful itinerary. Great guide. Countries were beautiful.
    Arthur Mcquillan
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    Not enough time to shop for souvenirs; Gondola ride to glacier (an add on for this trip our guide said) was great and the old city of Oira (spelling?) was fabulous. Mount Pilatus was good as was the Matterhorn. I can't say enough positive about our tour guide Jan. His command of languages was awe inspiring and he was affable all the while. The best tour manager we have ever had by far! We've been on at least six tours.
    Bebe
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Lots of extra's popped into the tour, so we kept busy most of the time. Lucerne was a peaceful and beautiful start for a tour with majestic views. Vast views on train journeys, and opportunities to get up close to the scenery. Lots of Kodak moments!
    Tessa
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    5star
    An excellent Italian coach driver. There was a round of applause when he reached the bottom of a steep pass. The mountains, lakes and glaciers were stunning. The tour manager took two group photos but I didn't receive them.
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    5star
    The overall trip was great and we really enjoyed the trains and Zermatt.
    Dennis
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    4star
    Tour was great except for tour guide who confused a lot of people and thought she was funny when on the mike. I will say she was very knowledgeable about the Switzerland.
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    I loved the stop at the glacier outside of St. Moritz. It reminded me of how much I love snow.
    Betty
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    Traveling high up into Alps on cog railway and descending via the gondola!! Magnificent scenery!!
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    Lucerne stay was definitely a highlight. Lago Maggiore dinner on Isola dei Pescatori was delightful. The village of Oira was also unforgettable.
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    Seeing the Matterhorn from my hotel room window!
    Glenda
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