ITALY with SWISS
Italy officially the Italian Republic, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Southern Europe. To the north, it borders France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia along the Alps. To the south, it consists of the entirety of the Italian Peninsula, Sicily, Sardinia–the two largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea–and many other smaller islands. The independent states of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within Italy, while Campione d’Italia is an Italian exclave in Switzerland. The territory of Italy covers some 301,338 km2 (116,347 sq mi) and is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. With 60.8 million inhabitants, it is the fifth most populous country in Europe, and the 23rd most populous in the world.
Rome, the capital of Italy, has for centuries been a political and religious centre of Western civilisation as the capital of the Roman Empire and site of the Holy See. After the decline of the Roman Empire, Italy endured numerous invasions by foreign peoples, from Germanic tribes such as the Lombards and Ostrogoths, to the Byzantines and later, the Normans, among others. Centuries later, Italy became the birthplace of Maritime republics and the Renaissance. Through much of its post-Roman history, Italy was fragmented into numerous city and regional states (such as the Republic of Venice and the Church State), but was unified in 1861. In the late 19th century, through World War I, and to World War II, Italy possessed a colonial empire.
Modern Italy is a democratic republic. It has been ranked as the world’s 24th most-developed country and its Quality-of-life Index has been ranked in the world’s top ten in 2005. Italy enjoys a very high standard of living, and has a high GDP per capita. It is a founding member of what is now the European Union and part of the Eurozone. Italy is also a member of the G8, G20 and NATO. It has the world’s third-largest gold reserves, eighth-largest nominal GDP, tenth highest GDP (PPP) and the sixth highest government budget in the world. It is also a member state of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Trade Organization, the Council of Europe, the Western European Union and the United Nations. Italy has the world’s ninth-largest defence budget and shares NATO’s nuclear weapons.
Italy plays a prominent role in European and global military, cultural and diplomatic affairs. The country’s European political, social and economic influence make it a major regional power. The country has a high public education level and is a highly globalised nation.
Thanks to the great longitudinal extension of the peninsula and the mostly mountainous internal conformation, the climate of Italy is highly diverse. In most of the inland northern and central regions, the climate ranges from humid subtropical to humid continental and oceanic. In particular, the climate of the Po valley geographical region is mostly continental, with harsh winters and hot summers. The coastal areas of Liguria, Tuscany and most of the South generally fit the Mediterranean climate stereotype (Köppen climate classification Csa). Conditions on peninsular coastal areas can be very different from the interior’s higher ground and valleys, particularly during the winter months when the higher altitudes tend to be cold, wet, and often snowy. The coastal regions have mild winters and warm and generally dry summers, although lowland valleys can be quite hot in summer. Average winter temperatures vary from 0 °C (32 °F) on the Alps to 12 °C (54 °F) in Sicily, like so the average summer temperatures range from 20 °C (68 °F) to over 30 °C (86 °F).
Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation (Latin: Confoederatio Helvetica, hence its abbreviation CH), is a federal republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities. The country is situated in western Europe,[note 4] where it is bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east.
Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, spanning an area of 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi). While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately 8 million people is concentrated mostly on the Plateau, where the largest cities are to be found. Among them are the two global cities and economic centres of Zurich and Geneva. The Swiss Confederation has a long history of armed neutrality—it has not been in a state of war internationally since 1815—and did not join the United Nations until 2002. It pursues, however, an active foreign policy and is frequently involved in peace-building processes around the world.Switzerland is also the birthplace of the Red Cross and home to a large number of international organizations, including the second largest UN office. On the European level, it is a founding member of the European Free Trade Association and is part of the Schengen Area – although it is notably not a member of the European Union, nor the European Economic Area.
Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the world by per capita gross domestic product, and has the highest wealth per adult (financial and non-financial assets) of any country in the world. Zurich and Geneva have respectively been ranked as the cities with the second and eighth highest quality of life in the world.It has the world’s nineteenth largest economy by nominal GDP and the thirty-sixth largest by purchasing power parity. It is the twentieth largest exporter and eighteenth largest importer of goods.
Switzerland comprises three main linguistic and cultural regions: German, French, and Italian, to which the Romansh-speaking valleys are added. The Swiss, therefore, though predominantly German-speaking, do not form a nation in the sense of a common ethnic or linguistic identity. The strong sense of belonging to the country is founded on the common historical background, shared values (federalism and direct democracy) and Alpine symbolism. The establishment of the Swiss Confederation is traditionally dated to 1 August 1291; Swiss National Day is celebrated on the anniversary.
The Swiss climate is generally temperate, but can vary greatly between the localities, from glacial conditions on the mountaintops to the often pleasant near Mediterranean climate at Switzerland’s southern tip. There are some valley areas in the southern part of Switzerland where some cold-hardy palm trees are found. Summers tend to be warm and humid at times with periodic rainfall so they are ideal for pastures and grazing. The less humid winters in the mountains may see long intervals of stable conditions for weeks, while the lower lands tend to suffer from inversion, during these periods, thus seeing no sun for weeks.
A weather phenomenon known as the föhn (with an identical effect to the chinook wind) can occur at all times of the year and is characterised by an unexpectedly warm wind, bringing air of very low relative humidity to the north of the Alps during rainfall periods on the southern face of the Alps. This works both ways across the alps but is more efficient if blowing from the south due to the steeper step for oncoming wind from the south. Valleys running south to north trigger the best effect. The driest conditions persist in all inner alpine valleys that receive less rain because arriving clouds lose a lot of their content while crossing the mountains before reaching these areas. Large alpine areas such as Graubünden remain drier than pre-alpine areas and as in the main valley of the Valais wine grapes are grown there.
The wettest conditions persist in the high Alps and in the Ticino canton which has much sun yet heavy bursts of rain from time to time. Precipitation tends to be spread moderately throughout the year with a peak in summer. Autumn is the driest season, winter receives less precipitation than summer, yet the weather patterns in Switzerland are not in a stable climate system and can be variable from year to year with no strict and predictable periods.
2N Rome – 1N Florence – 2N Venice – 2N Interlaken – 2N Lucerne
Arrive at Rome airport & proceed to hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure. Overnight in Rome. Optional: Take a Dinner cruise along Tiber River-Combine the beauty of Rome by night with a taste of Italian Food,while background music entertainsyou on board a cruise along the river Tiber at an additional cost
Rome – Ancient Rome Including Visit to the Colosseum
Today proceed to visit Ancient Rome Including Visit to the Colosseum. This half day tour focuses on some of the major sights of ancient Rome, including the Colosseum and the great Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Overnight in Rome.(B)
Rome – Florence (Approx 1 hr 35 mins)
Proceed to train station to catch an early morning train for Florence. On arrival at Florence, transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure for own activities. Overnight in Florence.(B) Optional :You can enjoy your visit to take in some wonderful to the historic town of Pisa, most famous for its curious Leaning Tower at an additional cost.
Florence – Venice (Approx 2 hrs) – Gondola Serenade
Proceed to train station to catch an morning train for Venice. On arrival at Venice,transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure. Later enjoy a romantic Gondola Ride.Overnight in Venice. (B)
Venice – Morning City Tour on Foot
Proceed for morning city tour on foot. A walking tour which offers a short historical and artistic introduction to the city of Venice including entrance to the Doge’s Palace. Overnight at Venice. (B) Optional : Half Day to Murano, Burano & Torcello. Sail to Murano to see how the beautiful coloured glass is made, then on to the pretty islands of Burano and Torcello.
Venice – Milan (Approx – 2 ½ hrs) – Interlaken (Approx – 3 ½ hrs)
Today early morning proceed to Venice Mestre Sttion to board the train to Milan. Arrive at Milan Centrale Station where you will have to wait for some time to board your connecting train to Interlaken. On arrival in interlaken trasfer to hotel on your own. Evening is at leisure.Overnight stay in Interlaken. (B)
Interlaken – Jungfraujoch – Interlaken
Today proceed to the station to board the train to Kleine Scheidegg via Lauterbrunnen. The famous Jungfrau railway takes you to the highest station in Europe (journey time approx. 1 hrs). Be ready to get mesmerized by the captivating beauty of the snow clad peaks of Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe (3’454 m/11’333 ft). Return to Interlaken.Overnight in Interlaken.(B)
Interlaken – Lucerne (Approx 2 hrs)
Today morning board the train for Lucerne. Arrive at Lucerne and proceed to your hotel.Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Lucerne. (B) Optional: One can enjoy a guided walking tour to visit the discover local sights or one can enjoy boatride on Lake Lucerne at an additional cost
Lucerne – Mt Titlis – Lucerne
Today proceed to Engelberg by train and experience the world’s first revolving cable car – Titlis Rotair Gondola to reach Mt Titlis. Overnight in Lucerne. (B) Optional: One can enjoy various activities on Mount Titlis at an additional cost
Lucerne – Zurich (Approx 1 hr) – Hometown
Proceed to Zurich airport to board flight to next destination or to hometown with lots of memories to cherish for a life time. (B) Tour Concludes!
Price / Inclusion
|PRICE FROM||EURO STANDARD||EURO FIRST||EURO SUPERIOR|
|Adult (Sharing 2)||€ 1921||€ 2357||€ 3504|
|Child with Bed||€ 1440||€ 1768||€ 2628|
|Infants 0-23 Months||€ 864||€ 1061||€ 1577|
|Single Traveler||€ 2497||€ 3065||€ 4555|
|CITY NAME||HOTEL NAME||HOTEL NAME||HOTEL NAME|
|LUCERNE||WALDSTAETTERHOF/DRIE KONIGE||CONTINENTAL PARK/ FLORA/ MONOPOL||SCHWEIZERHOF/PALACE|
|INTERLAKEN||CITY OBERLAND/PARK MATTENHOF||DU NORD / KREBS/ METROPOL||LINDER GRAND BEAU RIVAGE|
|ROME||SAN MARCO/CAMELIA||COSMOPOLITIA/DIANA/ SAVOY||ST REGIS/RADISSOB BLU ES/ D'INGHILTERA|
|FLORENCE||ASCOT/MACHIAVELLI PALACE/REX||BERCHIELLI/DIPLOMAT/ EMBASSY||HELVETIA AND BRISTOL/ MONTEBELLO SPLENDID|
|VENICE||MALIBRAN/TRIESTE OR SIMILAR||RIALTO/DUODO OR SIMILAR||METROPOLE OR SIMILAR|
- 09 nights accommodation with breakfast in suggested or similar hotels
- 5 days in 1 month-Swiss Flexi pass (saver 2nd class)
- Rome – Florence, Florence – Venice, Venice – Milan and Milan – Interlaken sector tickets on 2nd Class
- Ancient Rome including visit to the Colosseum on Seat in Coach Basis Gondola Ride in Venice
- Venice Morning City Tour on Foot
- Excursion to Mt Jungfraujoch, Mt Titlis in conjunction with Swiss Pass
- Airfares and Taxes/Internal Airfares if any All Optional Tours
- All transfers from Airport/Station-Hotel or vice versa
- Visa & Insurance fees. Any other meals other than specified above.
- Any other sightseeing other than mentioned above.
- Any item of personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls etc
- All entrance fees and excursions not mentioned above.
- 1 EURO = INR 70.
- The prevailing Rate of Exchange of the day of payment will be applicable.
- Approxi Return Economy Airfare Per Person Ex Mumbai Rs 39000;Ex Delhi Rs 40000 ;ExBangalore Rs 40000,Ex Hyderabad Rs 42000 ; Ex Ahmedabad Rs 42000 ;Ex Kolkata Rs 39000 on Emirates
- We are not holding any air seats and hotel bookings at this point of time.
- Kindly note that drivers are not guides.
- Itineraries are subject to change.
- For security deposit, credit card copy is needed at the time of hotel check in
- International hotel check in is 1400hrs and checkout would be 1200hrs.
- Early check in and late check out subject to availability
- Confirmation of Hotels and other services is subject to availability.
- Alternate room category, hotels and air bookings may attract extra cost.
- Convention Period, High season, Festivals or Fairs.
- Surcharge may be applicable
- The passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure
Itinerary : ITALY SWISS 10 Days