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Italy & Switzerland Fly & Drive

Tour Details

8 Days

Independent Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Milan Malpensa, Milan Malpensa-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 6 nights accommodations
    • 1 night Como
    • 4 nights Lake Lucerne
    • 1 night Milan Malpensa
  • 7 day car rental: Economy Manual (Renault Clio or similar). Upgrade to other categories available
  • Car rental includes: Unlimited mileage, Third Party Liability Insurance (RCA), Collision Damage Waiver Reduction (C.D.R.), Theft Protection Reduction (T.P.R.), Airport charges, local taxes (VAT)
  • Breakfast daily

*Not Included:
Italian City Taxes (payable locally), car rental fees, Swiss motorway vignette, optional car rental insurance and parking in Italy & Switzerland.
Additional Information:
Drivers must be between the ages of 25 and 74 years old to rent a vehicle. A valid drivers license issued a minimum of 12 months prior to rental along with an international driving license is required for all renters.

The lead passenger will be the listed as the driver of the vehicle. Additional drivers may be added for an additional cost at the time of vehicle pickup.

Rental vehicle pickup is unavailable outside of pickup location office hours, make sure your flight arrives during this time and at least 1.5 hours prior to closing time. Click here for the list of hours per location.

CLICK HERE FOR VEHICLE OPTIONS

Is This Trip Right for You?

This independent program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. Driving duration can vary from 2 to 4 hours per day depending on route taken, hotel location, traffic, weather, road conditions, etc.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.

Starting prices shown are departing from New York / JFK. Prices vary depending on date and if you need a different departure city. Packages are offered year round but are subject to availability. All prices shown are per person based on 2 travelers.

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DAY 1, Tuesday,Depart for Italy

Please note that the following is a suggested itinerary. While the sites listed below may be visited independently, the package does not cover any applicable entrance or tour fees.
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DAY 2, Wednesday,Arrive in Milan, Drive to Como

Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Milan; pick up your reserved vehicle at the airport's Car Rental Facility and drive to the sparkling town of Como, a lakeside jewel! Remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy your new and glamorous surroundings Drive Time: 1 hour Distance: 36 miles* Overnight: Como
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DAY 3, Thursday,Drive from Como to Lucerne, Switzerland

Perhaps begin the day in this paradise with a scenic morning cruise on Lake Como to the exquisite village of Bellagio, named the "Pearl" of Lake Como. Nestled amidst cypress groves, its earthy-colored buildings climb up from the lakeside promenade. Be sure to wander along the narrow streets and alleyways lined with craft shops, boutiques and cafés or, visit some of the gorgeous gardens with manicured lawns and fountains at Villa Melzi or Villa Serbelloni. Then, opt to drive to Lucerne, Switzerland via the 10 mile long St. Gotthard Tunnel, linking the Italian speaking part of Switzerland, Ticino and the German side. If you’re feeling adventurous, alternatively take the exhilarating drive over the Gotthard Pass with its spectacular views and hairpin turns! Stunning views await you in Lucerne in the center of the Swiss Alps with its pristine lakeside setting and mountainous panoramas Drive Time: 3 hours Distance: 133 miles* Overnight: Lake Lucerne Meals: Breakfast
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DAY 4, Friday,Explore Lucerne and Mountain Peaks

Drive to Lucerne and spend a day getting acquainted with the town. Take a boat ride on a splendidly restored steamer that crisscrosses Lake Lucerne, stopping at tiny villages along the way or, walk the cobbled streets of the well-preserved medieval Altstadt (Old Town). Alternatively, visit one of the fantastic surrounding mountain peaks. At Mount Pilatus, you can ascend to the top on the world's steepest cogwheel railway that winds up through lush meadows and sparkling mountain streams to the summit of the mountain at nearly 7,000 feet. From the top, you’ll be enthralled by the splendid panorama of the lakes, countryside and surrounding hills before descending by aerial cableway and returning to Lucerne Drive Time: 1 hour Distance: 25 miles* Overnight: Lake Lucerne Meals: Breakfast
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DAY 5, Saturday ,Lucerne, Travel to Bern

This morning visit Lucerne again. You’ll be inspired at the sentimental Lion Monument, erected in memory of heroic Swiss guards who died during the French Revolution and the 14th century medieval Chapel Bridge, one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe, forming the centerpiece of Lucerne's townscape. Afterwards, consider a drive to stately Bern, Switzerland’s capital, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, a stroll through the Old Town is highlighted by the Bern Muenster Cathedral, with its stunning portal and depiction of the Last Judgment. On the hour, you can witness the parade of painted figures at the famous Clock Tower (Zytglogge) and take photos of the ornate fountains. Be sure to stop for a visit to Bear Park, symbol of the city, before heading back Drive Time: 1.5 hours Distance: 68 miles* Overnight: Lake Lucerne Meals: Breakfast
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DAY 6, Sunday,Drive from Lake Lucerne to Interlaken

Just a short drive from Lake Lucerne area is the international resort town of Interlaken, a nature lover’s paradise tucked in the valleys of the Bernese Alps. Here, you can see glittering Lakes Thun and Brienz and the dazzling pearly white mountains of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau looming large in the distance. The scenery here is dramatic and very spectacular! Interlaken, which translates to "between the lakes," has been a popular resort for over a hundred years, as evidenced by its grand old Victorian-style hotels. You can take the funicular railway to the summit of Harder Kulm or, enjoy a trip on the historic 100 year old railway up to Schynige Platte with its famous hiking trails. At the Old Town Square, visit the grand railway station for a glimpse of a quintessential Swiss Alpine façade or, continue on to Grindelwald, a picture-perfect charming example of a Swiss ski resort. Linger here to enjoy some of the town’s fine dining and cafes Drive Time: 1.5 hours Distance: 67 miles* Overnight: Lake Lucerne Meals: Breakfast
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DAY 7, Monday,Drive to Milan

Today, choose to spend the morning in Lucerne or begin your drive early to Milan, Italy. En route, perhaps visit the famous Benedictine Abbey of Einsiedeln that lies in the midst of a breathtaking landscape, a stop for pilgrims for over 1000 years. The Mercy Chapel, located in the monastery's church under a dome with frescoes, is where the famous Black Madonna is housed. In the metropolis of Milan, visit the grand Gothic Cathedral, The Duomo that lies in the heart of the city or, get tickets to see Milan's most famous mural, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper hidden away on a wall of the refectory adjoining the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie. Enjoy the city’s sparkling nightlife, and try the best Italian food in the world at one of Milan’s fine restaurants Drive Time: 3 hours Distance: 144 miles* Overnight: Milan Malpensa Area Meals: Breakfast
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DAY 8, Tuesday,Depart Italy

Drive to Milan Airport and return your vehicle at the car rental facility prior to your departure flight Drive Time: 10 minutes Distance: 1 mile* Meals: Breakfast
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Ibis Milano Malpensa Aeroporto – 3 Star

This tourist class hotel is about a 45 minute drive away from the city center of Milan. The hotel is a twenty-five minute drive away from the town of Legnano. The city center of Milan, the Milan Cathedral and the Brera Art Gallery are approximately a forty-five minute drive away. The Gallarate railway station is a fifteen minute drive away.
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See- und Seminarhotel FloraAlpina – 3 Star

This tourist class hotel is located on the shores of Lake Lucerne. The hotel is set on beautifully designed parkland and overlooks Lake Lucerne. Enjoy the hotel's panoramic terrace, massage services and outdoor spa area with seasonally open pool, jacuzzi, sauna and hot tubs.
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Ibis Como – 3 Star

This tourist class hotel is about a fifteen minute drive away from the city center of Como. The hotel is situated in the Grandate industrial area. The city center of Como, the Basilica of Sant'Abbondio and the Como Cathedral are about a fifteen minute drive away from the hotel.

Price shown are estimated prices from JFK, prices will vary depending on season and & departure city. Prices are per person. If traveler is under 13 please call in reservation. Subject to availability

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