Italy - Rome and the Swiss Alps

Escorted 14 Day European Tour

Highlights:

  • Rome, Italy
  • Vatican City
  • Florence, Italy
  • Pisa, Italy
  • Bologna, Italy
  • Venice, Italy
  • Milan, Italy
  • Matterhorn, Italy
  • Mont Blanc, Italy
  • Geneva, Switzerland

Day 1: Arrival in Rome, Italy

Rome is the capital of Italy with it's sprawling and cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.

We will pick you up at the airport in Rome. Depending on your flight, the first day will be to introduce you to Rome's metro and bus systems and enjoy a stroll soaking up the historical neighborhood and surroundings. We will meet in the hotel lobby to discuss our plans for your vacation. You will enjoy dinner in the evening at a local restaurant and the rest of the evening will be your free time to relax or go out for a casual walk in the historical city of Rome.

Day 2: Rome, Italy

After breakfast, you will enjoy the day on a hop-on-hop-off bus that covers the city's major attractions and allows you to plan your sightseeing adventures. You may hop on and hop off at any of the designated stops for sightseeing, shopping, and dining. While on board you will learn about Rome’s history with the help of audio commentary available in 8 languages.

You will see the Colosseum, Palatine & Palatine Museum, Roman Forum, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps and many more historical sights. You will also visit St Peter's Basilica, St Peter's Square, Vatican Museums & Courtyards, Sistine Chapel and the Castle of the Holy Angel (Castel St. Angelo). We will get off the bus and tour each site listed on the itinerary. 

You will have the front of the line privileges for the Colosseum, Palatine & Palatine Museum, Roman Forum, Sistine Chapel and the Vatican museums. Later, you will enjoy a dinner and the rest of the evening will be time for you to relax.

Day 3: Vatican City

Today you will spend the day at the Vatican City. You will tour St Peter's Basilica, St Peter's Square, Vatican Museums & Courtyards, Sistine Chapel and the Castle of the Holy Angel (Castel St. Angelo).

St. Peter's Basilica is considered to be one of the largest buildings in the world with an area of over 15,000 sq. meters. The inner capacity of St. Peter’s Basilica can accommodate up to 60,000 people. The dome of St. Peter's Basilica can be reached in about 537 steps and is the largest self-supporting building made from brick in the world. The internal diameter of the dome is 42,34 meters and is carried by 4 pentagonal pillars. From the dome, you can enjoy a beautiful view of Rome and of the Vatican.

The Sistine Chapel in the Vatican is one of the top attractions to see in Rome! This Sistine Chapel was built from 1475 until 1483 under the command of Pope Sixtus IV, the namesake of the chapel.

There are 14 different museums that are a part of the Vatican in Rome. The collection includes classical antiquities, pieces from the Orient, as wells as Etruscan-Italian and Early Christian and Middle Age Art. Artworks from artists like Raffael, DaVinci and Michelangelo are displayed in the museums.

The Castle of the Holy Angel is one of the top sights to see in Rome. Formerly it was built to be an imperial mausoleum, but it served to be a portion of the city wall and also as a fortress for some time. Later it was converted into a prison and also a place of refuge. Today, the Castle of the Holy Angel serves as a national museum. In the evening, you will enjoy dinner and the rest of the evening will be yours to relax.

Day 4: Florence, Italy

Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region andis home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. During the Renaissance period, the city of Florence was at the height of its powers, talented artists such as Brunelleschi and Michelangelo left their mark with magnificent buildings and artwork.

You will enjoy a 2 hour walking tour with an experienced guide that will begin at Santa Maria Novella Church, passing along to the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio and completing the tour at Palazzo Pitti. After dinner will be your free time to relax or go out for a casual walk in beautiful Florence and enjoy some amazing pastries.

Day 5: Pisa, Italy

With any trip to Italy, one must visit Pisa which is known worldwide for its leaning tower. Construction of the Tower of Pisa, which stands 180 feet in height, was completed in 1372. Due to its faulty foundation on unstable soil, the tower leans precariously more than 14 feet out of line. You will visit the Cathedral Square, Campo Santo, and the Pisa Baptistery and then you will have free time to explore the area and enjoy local pizza and pasta! Later in the evening, you will enjoy a dinner and the rest of the evening will be yours to relax.

Day 6: Venice, Italy

Venice is located in northeastern Italy sited on a group of 117 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. It has no roads, just canals,  including the Grand Canal thoroughfare lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs. Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting and is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world for its celebrated art and architecture. With all of the sites and things to see and do, you will have 2 days sightseeing in the beautiful city. All travels in Venice are either by walking or by water bus. Later that day, you will enjoy a dinner and the rest of the evening will be yours to relax or have a drink at a local tavern.

Italy - Rome and Swiss Alps Escorted 14 Day Tour of Europe:

Cost:   Adults / $3,495*

            Students (ages 6-12) / $1,795

            Children 5 and under / Free

*Based on Double Adult Occupancy.

Children under the age of 12 are required to share a room with an accompanying adult. There is a maximum of 2 children with 2 adults.

The tour includes:

  • All ground transportation from flight arrival in Rome and to flight departure from Geneva.
  • Tour in private auto/minibus, with transportation to and from all tours and restaurants on the itinerary.
  • All accommodations are in a clean comfortable hotel, bed & breakfast or country inn. (European 3-5 star standards) located in central locations and with private bathrooms.
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner each evening with two free drinks (beer, wine, soda, juice or water only)
  • Free beer, wine, schnapps and non-alcoholic beverages served while traveling between cities and tours.
  • Entry and tour fees of all sights mentioned in the itinerary

The tour does NOT include:

  • Airfare to and from Italy/Switzerland
  • Meals other than those indicated in the itinerary
  • Beverages other than those indicated in the itinerary
  • Free time transportation or sightseeing
  • Personal expenses for shopping, etc. 

Optional tours:

We have handpicked our tours to give you the must see sites with a relaxed and enjoyable vacation. We understand that some people have different interest than others. We will try to accommodate special requests such as a special tour, a historical site, a river cruise or just a special dinner. Please feel free to contact us.

Day 7: Venice, Italy

After breakfast you will take a 2.5 hour walking tour of the city with an experienced guide. Sights will include The Grand Canal, St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica, The Bridge of Sighs, Doge's Palace and Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute just to name a few. You will have a chance to ride on a true Italian Gondola, which was once the main form of transportation through the canals of Venice. After the tour will be free time to walk the streets of Venice and shop if you wish. You will meet in the evening and enjoy dinner and the rest of the evening will be yours to relax.

Day 8: Milan, Italy

Milan is a global capital of fashion and design. Home to the national stock exchange, it’s a financial hub also known for its high-end restaurants and shops. The Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, housing Leonardo da Vinci’s mural “The Last Supper,” testify to centuries of art and culture.

You will take a 2.5 hour walking tour of the city with an experienced guide which starts at San Babila Square. On the tour, you will see the Merchants Square, Scala Theatre, Duomo of Milan, Palazzo Carmagnola, Via Montenapoleone and the Sforza Castle to name a few and will conclude at Cadorna Square. After dinner will be your free time to relax.

Day 9: Matterhorn, Italy

The Matterhorn is a mountain located in the Alps between Italy and Switzerland. It is known as a symmetrical peak that is shaped like a pyramid which summit is 14,692 feet (4,478 meters), making it one of the highest summits in the European Alps, making it the sixth highest peak in the Alps. The Matterhorn is an isolated mountain and with the great height of it's peak, the weather changes rapidly. The mountain has very steep faces which prone to banner clouds formations.

While here, you will experience the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. The cable car will carry you to the highest viewing platform in the Alps at 12,739 feet (3883 meters) above sea level! You will enjoy a 360 degree panoramic view of over 38 mountain peaks and 14 glaciers in the Italian, French and Swiss Alps! We will stay and tour in the beautiful old village of  Zermatt. Enjoy the beauty of the hotels, stores and barns which are up to 500 years old. You will tour the Matterhorn museum and immerse yourself into the past. See how the people lived in Zermatt in the 19th century. Wake up early to see the magical sunrise on the Matterhorn. Catch the first rays which gradually work their way down the east face of the mountain. Later in the day, you will enjoy dinner and the rest of the evening will be yours to relax.


Day 10: Mont Blanc, Italy

Mont Blanc, meaning "White Mountain" is the highest mountain in the Alps and the highest in Europe at 15,774 feet (4,808 meters)! The summit of this mountain is a thick perennial ice and snow based whose thickness varies.

Here you will experience the Skyway, you will be immersed in a breathtaking cable car ride that has 360 degree rotating cabins. From the cable car base station, the Skyway Monte Bianco rises to a mid-way station at Pavillon Du Mont-Frety at an altitude of 7,130 feet (2,173 meters). It takes six minutes to reach this point, during which time the cabin make one complete rotation, giving visitors all-round views into the Aosta valley, as well as improved access to the Italian side of the Mont Blanc massif. The half-way station of the Pavillon contains a restaurant and conference center, plus one of the highest botanical gardens in the region, containing some 900 alpine plant species., as well as access to a network of trails. Visitors can continue upwards via a second cable car which also slowly revolves, and takes ten minutes to reachPunta Helbronner (known as the Eagles Nest) at an altitude of 11,371 feet (3,466 meters). Tourist facilities and scenic viewpoints provide close views of Mont Blanc, and views of the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, and Gran Paradiso. We will stay in the beautiful mountainside town of Courmayeur where you will enjoy dinner and the rest of the evening will be yours to relax.

Day 11: Mont Blanc, Italy

Your second day at Mont Blanc will be a day of relaxations. If the weather permits, take a paddle boat or canoe on the lake. Feeling adventurous, try river rafting down a category 3 river!

You will meet in the evening and enjoy dinner and the rest of the evening will be yours to relax.

Day 12: Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva is a city in Switzerland that lies at the southern tip of expansive Lake Geneva. Surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains, the city has views of dramatic Mont Blanc. The headquarters of Europe’s United Nations and the Red Cross, it’s a global hub for diplomacy and banking.  You will have two days in Geneva.

The first day you will have 2 hour walking tour where you will visit the Place Neuve, St Peter’s Cathedral, Reformation Wall, City Hall, ICRC First Headquarters, Place du Molard, Jet d'Eau, and the Flower Clock. Then you will visit the Natural History Museum, an excellent museum for kids and adults to see birds, reptiles, and animals from around the world. Later in the day, you will take the cable car up Mont Saleve, a charming mountain with beautiful views of the Geneva basin and the Haute Savoie Mountains. After dinner will be your free time to relax or go out for a casual walk in Geneva.

Day 13: Geneva, Switerland

On your second day, we will travel to Montreux and tour the Chillon Castle. A medieval fortress on an island castle located on the shores of Lake Geneva listed as "Switzerland's most visited historic monument". Then a short drive down the road your will tour Aigle Castle and wine museum. Located inthe heart of Aigle’s vineyards, this 12th Century château stands out above all due to its unique location at the foot of the Vaud Alps. After the short drive back, you will enjoy your farewell dinner and then enjoy the rest of the evening in Geneva.

Day 14: Departure from Geneva, Switzerland

After breakfast at your hotel, we will be happy to take you to the airport for your departure or you can continue your vacation in Europe.