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Treasures of Switzerland and Italy

Zurich Lucerne Lugano Milan Venice Rome

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Trip Overview

Discover two of Europe’s most popular and exciting countries: Switzerland and Italy on this nine-day train journey. These countries are crowd-pleasers for all the right reasons – gorgeous landscapes, impressive dining scenes, fascinating history, and easy accessibility by train. Lucky for you, Switzerland and Italy are neighbors, and they’re iconic cities are perfect for exploring by rail. This is the ultimate itinerary if you want to explore the treasures of these two countries.


  • Explore the gateway to central Switzerland in Lucerne
  • Enjoy the Mediterranean flair and lakeside experiences in Lugano
  • Visit the Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral in Milan
  • Tour Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice
  • Embrace the Eternal City’s history and culture in Rome


  • Rail travel as per itinerary
  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast in Lucerne
  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast in Lugano
  • 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Milan
  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast in Venice
  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast in Rome
  • 4-day Swiss Pass
  • Mount Rigi Day Trip
  • Walking tour in Venice with admission to Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour in Rome
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Why Not...

Extend your trip or try this package in reverse. Call a Rail Expert for details.


Prices are per person and 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.

After arriving into Zurich, you’ll take a direct train to Lucerne, known as the gateway to central Switzerland. This stunning town boasts delicious food, friendly locals, sunny plazas, waterfront promenades, and unforgettable countryside and mountain views. There’s a reason this city of lights wins over so many travellers’ hearts. (Overnight in Lucerne)

Today take a 1hr cruise on Lake Lucerne to Vitznau, then the oldest mountain cog railway in Europe 1800m up to Rigi Kulm.  The railway carriages haven't changed much in 100yrs, and once at the top you get to enjoy some spectacular 360-degree views of as far afield as France and Germany on a clear day. There’s a gift shop and restaurant for lunch at the top, and between May and October you may even have the chance to take a stroll with a St Bernard dog, synonymous with the area.  On your decent take another scenic cog railway to the town of Art-Goldau then a train back to Lucerne, or if you're feeling adventurous hop off at Rigi Kaltbad and take the cable car to Weggis from where there is a 15-minute walk to the boat cruise back to Lucerne.  (Overnight in Lucerne) B

Embark on a scenic train ride from Lucerne to Lugano on the Gotthard Pass via a train change in Erstfeld. You’ll be treated to beautiful scenery along the way. (Overnight in Lugano) B

Spend today getting to know Lugano. Located in Switzerland right on the Italian border, this city offers all the loveliness of Switzerland with a Mediterranean flair. Why not use your Swiss Pass to take a cruise on Lake Lugano or catch a ride to the top of San Salvatore in the Lepontine Alps? (Overnight in Lugano) B

Travel by train to fashionable Milan. Spend the rest of the day discovering the city. Visit the Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral in the heart of the city or the Santa Maria delle Grazie, a classically beautiful Renaissance church. Milan is also home to the Last Supper and the majestic La Scala Opera house. (Overnight in Milan) B

Catch a Trenitalia train directly to Venice. Set out to acquaint yourself with the classic Italian city. Stroll down the banks of the shimmering canals and discover the magnificent architecture that lines the cobbled streets and square. Come the evening, relax at an outdoor trattoria by the sparkling lagoon (Overnight in Venice) B

Discover the city's hidden gems and highlights on a walking tour, and take an iconic, relaxing gondola ride on your own. You will also have skip-the-line access to Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica, two of the city's most popular monuments. (Overnight in Venice) B

Board Trenitalia once more to Rome and begin admiring the Eternal City’s allure. Italy's capital boasts a wealth of history on every street, which you'll be able to explore at your own leisure with your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. (Overnight in Rome) B

Continue using your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to explore all the history and wonder of the city. See the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, and many more popular landmarks and attractions. (Overnight in Rome) B

Check out of your hotel and continue with your onward travels. B


LUGANODANTE Swiss Quality Hotel

No stress: everything you need is within easy reach, since we are located in the very heart of downtown Lugano. Reaching Hotel Lugano Dante is easy and convenient by any means of transport.

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!

The Grand Hotel Europe

The Grand Hotel Europe

The Grand Hotel Europe, built in 1872, combines a grand past with a contemporary outlook and is distinguished by its subtle elegance, attentive service and warm hospitality.

Romantik Wilden Mann Luzern

The Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann is a traditional hotel with 51 bedrooms and suites set over seven historic Lucerne townhouses. The hotel has two restaurants, fine dining in the Wilden Mann Stube, and the Burgerstube, serving regional Swiss cuisine. The hotel is located in the centre of Lucerne's old town, 200 metres from the famous Chapel Bridge and a few minutes walk to the train station.

Waldstaetterhof Lucerne

The Waldstaetterhof is a modern hotel located in the centre of Lucerne. The hotel offers 78 comfortable ensuite bedrooms all with Wi-Fi internet access and tea & coffee making facilities. There is also a restaurant serving Swiss regional and national specialities as well as a comfortable lounge area. The hotel is situated opposite the railway station in the centre of Lucerne, offering easy access to all of the city's main sights, attractions, bars and restaurants.

Santa Chiara Hotel

The area of Piazzale Roma is a meeting point of two worlds, Venice and the mainland, and the Santa Chiara hotel is the synthesis of this meeting: its one door in the street and another one on the water.

When you enter in the main building, you discover the interior décor in Venetian stylewith a touch of modernity: the attention is captured by the Murano glass chandeliers, precious fabrics and operas of Venetian artists.

Hotel Ariston Rome

Located in the centre of Rome, just a stone's throw from Termini Station, the Ariston Hotel provides a fantastic vantage point for exploring all the Italian capital has to offer. The hotel's colourful guestrooms are all decorated in a modern style, and come complete with LCD TVs, minibars and air conditioning.

The Inn At The Roman Forum

Located just a few steps from some of the oldest and most precious ruins in Rome, including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, this Inn is a proud member of the small luxury hotels of the world with a 5 star service. It boasts charming views of the Campidoglio, Palatin Hill, the Roman Forum and Venice Square.

The Inn At The Spanish Steps

The Inn at the Spanish Steps, located in Via Dei Condotti 85, is one of Rome's best-kept secrets. Member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the world is uniquely located on Rome's famed shopping street near Spanish Steps and and other famous monuments such as the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain.

Kolbe Hotel Rome

With all the major sites of historic interest at only a short walk away, the Kolbe Hotel Rome will make you feel not only surrounded by but truly immersed into the magnificence of ancient Rome.

Mascagni Hotel Rome

The Mascagni Rome is a beautiful hotel set within an Umbertine style palace. Decorated with elegant antiques, this hotel offers comfortable surroundings, personalised service and spacious rooms featuring high ceilings and plenty of natural light. The Mascagni features a fully licensed bar, charming lounge serving Italian snacks and a free Wi-Fi area. The Mascagni hotel is located just 5 minutes walk from the main train station and within easy reach of Rome's attractions such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Colosseum.

Hotel Dei Mellini Rome

Welcome to the wonderful world of Mellini, where every detail has been carefully put in place and where guests are surrounded by works of modern art made by artists from the Italian and Roman schools. Proud of being an independent Roman hotel! Our objective is to improve and grow by learning from our guests, from their needs and requests!

Morgana Hotel Rome

Situated just 200 yards from Rome's main Termini Station, the Morgana Hotel has the perfect location for anyone travelling in by train. The hotel's 108 rooms are traditionally decorated, and all come equipped with flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi internet access. Guests can make use of the fantastic transport links, and are free to use the gym in front of the hotel.

Locanda Vivaldi

Hotel Locanda Vivaldi was inaugurated at the end of 1999, after painstaking and long restructuring works on the building adjacent to the Church of Pietà.

In 1703 Antonio Vivaldi was ordained a priest and started to work as a violin teacher in the Pietà conservatory, where he remained until 1740.

Starhotels Anderson Milan

The Starhotels Anderson Milan is a centrally located, chic hotel featuring 106 contemporary rooms and suites. The stylish restaurant, Black serves excellent international cuisine as well as traditional Italian dishes. The sophisticated lounge bar is open every day until midnight perfect for a drink before dinner or after a day's sightseeing. The Starhotels Anderson is located directly opposite the main station, close to major attractions such as the Cathedral and La Scala opera house.

Bauer Palazzo Hotel Venice

Located in the heart of the city, a short distance from the city’s main attractions and designer shops, BAUER PALAZZO it’s the only hotel with two different styles and souls: the wing overlooking the Baroque church of Campo San Moisè with its art-deco inspired interiors has a distinctive urban vibe, while the rooms located in the authentic 18th century palazzo combine modern luxury with sumptuous hand crafted Venetian fittings and furnishings, offering a spectacular vantage point in Venice on the Grand Canal.

Ai Mori D Oriente

The Ai Mori d'Oriente Hotel is a historic hotel set in a palace which was once home to Turkish merchants, known as the 'Mori'. The hotel and bedrooms are decorated in an exotic Byzantine style throughout; the Ai Mori d'Oriente also has a bar and a relaxing reading room. The hotel is located in one of the quietest parts of the city called Cannaregio, within walking distance of all the main sights.

Bauer Palladio and Spa

The Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa is a boutique hotel made up of 38 bedrooms and 12 suites. Designed by the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, the hotel boasts a private garden, a luxury spa and spectacular views over the Venetian Lagoon. The hotel features spacious rooms with a historic decor, including fine Italian tapestries, fabrics and paintings. Other room features include access to Wi-Fi and a satellite TV service. The hotel is in a quiet setting on Giudecca Island, across the Lagoon from St Mark's Square only a short trip by a complimentary hotel water taxi.

Hotel Palazzo Stern

The hotel has a Terrace / Garden on the ground floor, facing the Grand Canal (90 square meters big) and a terrace on the roof with a Jacuzzi bat tub.

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Prices are per person and 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.