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Swiss & Italian Mountains and Lakes

10 Days / 9 Nights

Geneva, Lucerne, Lugano, Lake Como

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Could there be anything more breathtaking than exploring some of Switzerland and Italy's most beautiful lakes, amidst stunning alpine scenery? This customizable 10-day tour begins on the shores of Lake Geneva, then continues to Lucerne and Lugano, before crossing the border into Italy with a final stop at Lake Como.

This itinerary is completely customizable. You can add more nights, and any of our many destinations in Italy, Switzerland, and other neighboring countries. Add on some time in Zurich, Milan, Italy's Dolomites region, and many more. Choose from a wide selection of activities and day trips to make this tour your own.

One of our team members in the region will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival, we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambiance.
Route for Geneva, Lucerne, Lugano, Lake Como tour

2 Nights in Geneva

2 Nights in Geneva

3 days in Geneva
3 days in Geneva

2 Nights in Geneva

Switzerland's second city and main French-speaking metropolis, this proud "Protestant Rome" was once John Calvin's capital, but is now famous as the eminently livable "Capital of Peace." A cosmopolitan center of global diplomacy from the Red Cross to much of the UN, Geneva is the scenic spot where the Rhone leaves Lake Geneva. The watchmaker's Mecca, Geneva offers impressive shopping and fine dining, but one of the best activities is free: walking through the Old Town and by the lake. Most of the city is reminiscent of France (which nearly surrounds it) although the more bohemian Carouge district draws plenty of locals thanks to its Mediterranean atmosphere. An hour's drive away, Mont Blanc (the Alps' highest peak) is easy to spot.

Switzerland's second city and main French-speaking metropolis, this proud "Protestant Rome" was once John Calvin's capital, but is now famous as the eminently livable "Capital of Peace." A cosmopolitan center of global diplomacy from the Red Cross to much of the UN, Geneva is the scenic spot where the Rhone leaves Lake Geneva. The watchmaker's Mecca, Geneva offers impressive shopping and fine dining, but one of the best activities is free: walking through the Old Town and by the lake. Most of the city is reminiscent of France (which nearly surrounds it) although the more bohemian Carouge district draws plenty of locals thanks to its Mediterranean atmosphere. An hour's drive away, Mont Blanc (the Alps' highest peak) is easy to spot.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Geneva

Upon arriving to Geneva's airport, a driver will pick you up and take you to your accommodations.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Geneva

Geneva Old Town Private Walking Tour

Explore the Protestant Rome

Included in your vacation package price.

By captivated by the charm and prosperity of Geneva on a private walking tour through its Old Town. You'll discover the history of this border town, and the similarities in culture and differences in religious history with France. Your private guide will reveal the city's secrets and must-know facts and tips.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Traveling to Lucerne by Train

Today you're off to Lugano. Your driver will pick you up from your accommodations and take you to the local train station. As there are no direct trains, you will need to change trains at least once. We have included second class train tickets, but you can upgrade to first class for an extra fee. The journey generally takes about five hours.

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Lucerne by Private Transfer
Lucerne by Private Transfer

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We also offer the following excursions in Geneva

An evening off the coast - the Captain's Table Gastronomy Cruise
Easy3 hours
Chamonix Private Tour
Moderate9 hours
Geneva Group Sightseeing Cruise
Easy1 hour
Gruyere Private Day Trip - Cheese & Chocolate Tour
Moderate9 hours

3 Nights in Lucerne

3 Nights in Lucerne

4 days in Lucerne
4 days in Lucerne

3 Nights in Lucerne

If you only have time for one spot in central Switzerland, make it Lucerne. This charming lakeside town offers a memorable mountain panorama. The town's standout landmark is the 12th century Chapel Bridge (Europe's oldest covered bridge), which runs past the unique octagonal Water Tower. Visitors also tend to make a beeline for the Lion Monument, carved into a cliff, which commemorates the Swiss Guards who sacrificed their lives for the royal family during the French Revolution. Make sure to stop by the lesser-known covered Spreuer Bridge, with its Danse Macabre plaques. If you're fond of classical music, you're more than in luck, as the city offers frequent performances.

If you only have time for one spot in central Switzerland, make it Lucerne. This charming lakeside town offers a memorable mountain panorama. The town's standout landmark is the 12th century Chapel Bridge (Europe's oldest covered bridge), which runs past the unique octagonal Water Tower. Visitors also tend to make a beeline for the Lion Monument, carved into a cliff, which commemorates the Swiss Guards who sacrificed their lives for the royal family during the French Revolution. Make sure to stop by the lesser-known covered Spreuer Bridge, with its Danse Macabre plaques. If you're fond of classical music, you're more than in luck, as the city offers frequent performances.

Day 3

Day 3 - Arrival in Lucerne

Upon your arrival to Lucerne's main train station, we'll arrange for a driver to pick you up and take you to your accommodations.

Day 4

Day 4 - Your First Full Day in Lucerne

Lucerne Group Walking Tour

Put On Your Walking Shoes

Included in your vacation package price.

Lucerne, with its well-preserved medieval core, refined historic buildings, and unique atmosphere, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Switzerland. We invite you to experience stunning sights and many fascinating aspects of this beautiful lakeside town. Learn humorous and important facts alike about Lucerne's history, and the everyday lives of its people. You'll discover hidden alleys, visit bustling town squares, and see the city's highlights.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Day 5

Day 5 - Your Second Full Day in Lucerne

Swiss Variety

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Lucerne's gastronomy is very diverse. Imaginatively presented traditional food, gourmet restaurants, excellent wine, cheese fondue, chocolate... and fish! Swiss cuisine thoughtfully combines dishes of neighboring countries in unique ways. Should you long for a good snack or a light lunch, make sure to drop by The Urban Farm behind the Musegg Wall or at the Rathaus Brauerei, a brewhouse offering traditional dishes. Seeburghof is a winery within the city limits, producing organic wines, offering tastings in an unparalleled ambience. A fine dinner along the lake is a great farewell from Lucerne.

City and Fondue Private TukTuk Tour

City and Fondue Private TukTuk Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Discover Lucerne by electric tuktuk and experience the city as the locals do, with one of them as your chauffeur and guide. Be taken from the charming Old Town to the shopping district, on to Switzerland’s most famous wooden bridge, the Chapel Bridge. Have your chauffeur let you in on Lucerne’s secrets, and discover Lucerne's diversity. This tour is not only about sightseeing, as you will also stop at the Falken Fondue House to try delicious fondue, with bread, potatoes and Swiss wine.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour 30 minutes

Lake Lucerne Private Tour

Lake Lucerne Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Discover the beauty and history of the famous Vierwaldstättersee (Lake Lucerne) region and Lucerne itself. This tour will show you the heart of Switzerland and give you the opportunity to do some walking in the mountains around the lake, taking in stunning views of the area, visit Switzerland's prize gem and visit either a cheese, chocolate, or penknife factory.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 9 hours

Chocolate, Mountains, and Medieval Towns Private Tour

Chocolate, Mountains, and Medieval Towns Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Switzerland may seem to be small but it has seemingly countless great places to visit. This busy day will show you the spectacular highlights of the country's northern parts. From breathtaking mountain peaks to the grand, powerful waterfall, and a historical medieval Laufen Castle, among other places. This tour really is packed with excitement!


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 9 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Traveling to Lugano by Train

Is the Gotthard Panoramic Express on your bucket list? Now is the opportunity to tick it off! Travel from Lucerne to Fluelen on a historical steamboat and sail across magical Lake Lucerne. After your boat ride to Fluelen you will change to the historical Gotthard panoramic express. The historical Gotthard Express will take you across the breathtaking Swiss Mountains and Valleys. We included second-class tickets with seat reservations for you and we can arrange the first or excellence class for an additional fee. The journey is about 6 hours, but with these breathtaking views, time will certainly fly by.

Lugano by the Gotthard Panoramic Express (boat ride & panoramic train)

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Lugano by Private Transfer
Lugano by Private Transfer

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Lucerne

Bernese Oberland Pick and Mix Private Tour
Moderate9 hours
Bernese Oberland and Jungfrau Private Tour
Moderate9 hours
Lake Lucerne Lunch Cruise
Easy2 hours
Lucerne Private Walking Tour
Light2 hours

1 Night in Lugano

1 Night in Lugano

2 days in Lugano
2 days in Lugano

1 Night in Lugano

The largest Italian city outside Italy, Lugano has been rivals with pricier neighbor Como for centuries. This border city (1/3 of its eponymous lake is Italian) is a charming exemplar of the architecture its southern neighbor is known for. Its palm trees complete the illusion of being somewhere else. Stroll the picturesque boulevards, and enjoy this city's excellent shopping, then venture beyond. Staying at a hotel in Lugano gives you a pass good for free public transportation throughout the surrounding Italian-speaking Ticino canton, including the network of ferries crisscrossing Lake Lugano. A classic activity is to ride a boat (as part of a cruise, or on your own) to one of the "grottos" across the lake, then tuck into one of the authentic rural meals these picturesque restaurants specialize in.

The largest Italian city outside Italy, Lugano has been rivals with pricier neighbor Como for centuries. This border city (1/3 of its eponymous lake is Italian) is a charming exemplar of the architecture its southern neighbor is known for. Its palm trees complete the illusion of being somewhere else. Stroll the picturesque boulevards, and enjoy this city's excellent shopping, then venture beyond. Staying at a hotel in Lugano gives you a pass good for free public transportation throughout the surrounding Italian-speaking Ticino canton, including the network of ferries crisscrossing Lake Lugano. A classic activity is to ride a boat (as part of a cruise, or on your own) to one of the "grottos" across the lake, then tuck into one of the authentic rural meals these picturesque restaurants specialize in.

Day 6

Day 6 - Arrival in Lugano

Upon your arrival to Lugano's main train station, we'll arrange for a driver to pick you up and take you to your accommodations.

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Lake Como by Private Transfer

Private City Tour with Wine and Gelato Tasting

A City for All Seasons

Included in your vacation package price.

Discover Lugano by strolling around its beautiful streets and squares, while hearing charming stories from your guide. You'll make stops along the way to taste famous local wines, snacks, and gelato.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours 30 minutes

Today you'll make your way to Lake Como. Our driver will pick you up from your accommodations in Lugano and take you directly to your accommodations in Italy, which should take about 40 minutes.

We also offer the following excursions in Lugano

Bellinzona Three Castles Private Half Day Hike
Moderate4 hours
Bike and Cook Private E-bike Tour
Moderate6 hours
Castelgrande and Bellinzona Private Half Day Trip
Easy4 hours
Ciambella Private Workshop
Light2 hours

3 Nights in Lake Como

3 Nights in Lake Como

4 days in Lake Como
4 days in Lake Como

3 Nights in Lake Como

While today it might be best known as a summer retreat for Hollywood film stars like George Clooney, Lake Como has actually been famous since the age of the Roman empire. In fact the seminal historians Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger were natives of Como. The lake gained international acclaim between the 18th and the 19th centuries, first with the triumph of the so-called “villa civilization,” and then with the development of the tourist elite and international celebrities. As a result, Lake Como became an obligatory stop for travelers and writers visiting Italy. The long list of those who have written about the lake include Bourget, De Musset, Longfellow, Stendhal and Flaubert.

While today it might be best known as a summer retreat for Hollywood film stars like George Clooney, Lake Como has actually been famous since the age of the Roman empire. In fact the seminal historians Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger were natives of Como. The lake gained international acclaim between the 18th and the 19th centuries, first with the triumph of the so-called “villa civilization,” and then with the development of the tourist elite and international celebrities. As a result, Lake Como became an obligatory stop for travelers and writers visiting Italy. The long list of those who have written about the lake include Bourget, De Musset, Longfellow, Stendhal and Flaubert.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Lake Como

Our driver will be waiting for you at the platform to take you to your accommodation by Lake Como.

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Lake Como

Best of Como Lakeside Private Driving Tour (from Como Town)

Lakeside Wonders

Included in your vacation package price.

Getting driven around Lake Como by a local is the easiest way to make sure you're catching all the highlights. Starting out from, Como you'll see the lakefront Villa d'Este, George Clooney's villa at Laglio, the ancient port of Brenno - and that's just the first three stops. You'll have time for a lunch break along the way and your driver will take you to one of his favorite spots. During the day some optional detours require water taxis or ferries. As these need to be paid on the spot, we can't include these in the cost of the day trip. If you choose to go inside some of the villas and museums, entrance fees will also need to be paid in person.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 8 Hours

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Lake Como

Winery and Gourmet Private Tour (from Como town)

A Gourmet Day on the Northern Shores of Lake Como

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

For those interested in the many tasty traditional delicacies and robust wines from this region, we recommend a tour with an expert local guide combining tastings with a visit to the less-frequented (but truly magnificent) northern shores of Lake Como.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 8 hours

Day 10

Day 10 - Departure Day

Sadly your Italian adventure is over and it's time to say arrivederci, for you'll surely be back! We will arrange for a driver to take you from your accommodation on Lake Como to Milan's Malpensa airport in plenty of time for your departing flight.

We also offer the following excursions in Lake Como

Bellagio E-Bike and Eat Group Tour
Moderate3 hours
Bellagio Small Group Walking Tour
Light2,5 hours
Como Small Group Food Tour
Light2.5 hours
Lake Maggiore Private Day Trip (from Como Town)
Light8 hours
What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Geneva

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Geneva Airport Transfer
Geneva Old Town Private Walking Tour
Geneva Train Station Transfer
Geneva - Lugano Train

Lucerne

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Lucerne Train Station Transfer
Lucerne Group Walking Tour
Lucerne Train Station Transfer
Lucerne - Lugano by the Gotthard Panoramic Express (Boat & Train Combination)

Lugano

1 Night Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Lugano Train Station Transfer
Private City Tour with Wine and Gelato Tasting
Lugano - Como Private Transfer

Lake Como

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Como Train Station Transfer to/from Bellagio
Best of Como Lakeside Private Driving Tour (from Como Town)
Bellagio - Milan Malpensa Airport Private Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.
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