12 Days Guided Swiss Rails & Trails Tour – Post Tour Itinerary

Guided Tour of Lake Como, Bellagio, Lugano, and more

Day #1

Instead of heading North to the Zürich airport, we train South through the recently built 57 km, world’s longest tunnel and arrive in Lugano in the Swiss-Italian speaking region.

In Lugano we will enjoy dinner at this outdoor Grotto with local specialties overlooking Lake Lugano and the villas.
We take a private boat to and from our Grotto spot.

Day #2

We explore Lake Como in Italy and depart Lugano with the local bus to Menaggio.
A public boat takes us to the pristine lakeside village of Varenna with time to explore on our own.

Afterwards we take the boat to the historic Bellagio, the Pearl of Lake Como.
It’s famous worldwide for its beautiful villas where we will have lunch in an outside terrace overlooking Lake Como.

The afternoon allows time to walk around Bellagio and with a 2 hour Lake Como boat ride we arrive late afternoon in Como.

There is time to visit the famous 14th century Duomo Cathedral and local Italian fashion stores before boarding our train back to Lugano.

Day #3

Lugano is such a charming place.

We leave the next day morning open for you to explore on your own.
You will find the lakeside panoramic walkways lined with beautiful flowers, sculptures, chestnut tree branches shading you from the sun.

Before boarding the scenic train over and through the historic Gotthard pass, we will stop by the local grocery store so everyone can choose their bag lunch of choice.

On the scenic Gotthard pass train ride over and through “ in tunnel switchbacks”, we hear about the strategic importance of this Gotthard pass to Switzerland’s existence and economic success

Once in Zürich, we will walk through the historic highlights of the Old Town and top our day with an early dinner overlooking the Limmat canal and Zürich’s Grossmunster Cathedral.
Zurich Limmat Canal - picture from unsplash by b-nw-b

Afterwards we will continue to the Zürich airport and walk to the Radison Blu hotel, check-in and collect the luggage that’s waiting for us.

Day #4

After breakfast on our final day, we have time to check out the airport retail stores for last minute souvenir purchases etc.
The airport check-in is within the building making the Zürich airport departure a hassle-free experience.

We wish you a bond farewell and safe travels.