Alpines and Lakes of Southern Switzerland
8 days from £1,849 per person
Breathe in the Swiss mountain air and enjoy dazzling panoramas. Hop on the train with a Ticino Ticket and soak in the atmosphere of gorgeous lakeside towns doused with Mediterranean flair. Get lost in cobbled lanes and relax in sun-filled piazzas. The Alps are a constant presence, so enjoy the scenery with a glass of Chianti and a slice of pizza.
Your holiday includes:
3 excursions and visits
- Cruise to Grotto Descanso and cooking class
- Visit to Monte Generoso via steam train and Morcote
- Excursion to Lake Maggiore and a ride on the Centovalli Railway
- 7 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International flights. Prices are based on return flights with easyJet from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 11 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 2-8) 1 lunch (day 2) 3 dinners (days 1, 4 and 7)
- Portable audio headset system on guided tours
- Free travel within the Canton of Ticino region at your own pace, with the Ticino Ticket
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
UK - Milan - Locarno
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Milan. On arrival, we’ll transfer to Locarno. Relax in the peaceful surroundings with a welcome drink.
Hotel Belvedere, Locarno (4-star)
Today is for exploring, cooking and eating! Take a short train journey from Locarno to the Monte Carlo of Switzerland - Lugano. We’ll enjoy the stunning views across the glacial lake, then hop onto a private boat to a lakeside restaurant Grotto Descanso. Soak in the atmosphere and then learn how to cook traditional risotto. After enjoying the results for lunch, you have the afternoon to explore Lugano at your leisure. Wander the cobbled streets and marvel at the stunning San Lorenzo cathedral, explore the Civico-Ciani parkland, and take the funicular to the top of Monte Brè, where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic vistas across the valley.
Today is for exploring at leisure. Your Ticino Ticket allows you to take public transport across the region - the Canton of Ticino, and offers discounts on many tourist attractions. Take your time to wander the charming streets and discover pastel-coloured mansions. Or wander along the palm-fringed promenades of Ascona and Brissago. Find another rustic grotto for a spot of lunch and afterwards, grab yourself a gelato and people watch in the many historic piazzas.
Monte Generoso - Morcote
We’ll board a small steam locomotive that travels a 9km stretch through the breathtaking scenery, then a boat to the village of Capolago, before taking another train up to the summit of Monte Generoso, 1,701m above sea level. Enjoy 360-degree views across Ticino and beyond. You’ll have ample time to stroll, take photos and enjoy a leisurely lunch. After descending, we’ll take a coach to Morcote - once voted the most beautiful village in Switzerland. Wander this hillside fishing village and the maze of narrow cobbled lanes, as well as the majestic botanical gardens.
A day at leisure. You may want to take the train to the capital Bellinzona, where you can feast your eyes on epic alpine scenery and explore three imposing medieval castles that are one of only 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Switzerland.
Stresa - Domodossola
Today we’ll be crossing over the border into Italy via boat and train. Be amazed by the beauty of magnificent lake towns around Lake Maggiore, before taking a train to the ancient city of Domodossola. Then reach dizzying heights in the soaring mountains with a ride on the historic Centovalli Railway. The dinky train trundles across 83 bridges and through 34 tunnels, with spell-binding views across waterfalls, valleys, forests and snow-capped mountains as we head back to Locarno for the evening.
With another day of leisure, why not take the funicular conveniently located right next to your hotel to the Sacred Mount Madonna del Sasso. It’s one of the most important religious and historical sites in the canton of Ticino, and the views over Locarno are amazing.
Day 8 Locarno - Milan - UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.