Escorted, small-group itineraries provide unique opportunities to experience the best of a region, and will introduce you to authentic, local experiences to which you wouldn’t otherwise have access. From a road trip through the heart of Italy to a fairy-tale journey around Switzerland, these are some of the unforgettable highlights you can expect to find along the way.
You can’t travel to Tuscany and not sample its famous and beloved produce, and there’s no better way to do this than by indulging in a traditional Tuscan meal that’s been lovingly prepared by and generously shared with a local Tuscan family. This is just one of the culinary highlights you can expect to enjoy during a small group tour through the heart of Italy – you’ll also be able to treat yourself to freshly-caught seafood in a restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean, sample wines from the Piedmont region in a UNESCO World Heritage-listed wine cellar and sample a selection of truffle-based dishes in the Italian Lakes region.
You can also expect something special in your accommodation each night, from a hilltop, 18th-century palazzo near Bologna to a five-star hotel on a private island, located a short speedboat ride from the heart of Venice. Every detail is expertly designed to give you the most memorable taste of Italy.
Along the way, you’ll travel through some of Italy’s most incredible scenery – villages that cling to the cliffs of the Cinque Terre coastline, hilltop towns and the mountainous backdrop of the Piedmont region, and the breath-taking Lake Maggiore to name a few.
Be the star of your own fairy-tale as you travel through Switzerland in a small-group tour, soaking up sublime mountain scenery and storybook alpine villages along the way. Whether you’re travelling by horse-drawn carriage through the stunning Roseg Valley, passing half-timbered, medieval houses during a cruise on Lake Constance or crossing the Alps via the 55 tunnels and 196 bridges that make up the Bernina Express rail journey, every mile you cover will bring with it more of that amazing, chocolate-box scenery.
Expert artisans are responsible for some of Switzerland’s most iconic exports – you’ll have the opportunity to watch them at work, and come away with a fresh appreciation for the skills involved in the production of handcrafted knives and exquisite watches. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to get away from it all – hiking through the forests and meadows of the 5-Seenway (Five Lakes) Trail, gazing out across the vast basin of the Creux de Van or simply enjoying the views of Lake Neuchâtel from the private deck of your overwater pavilion.
Italy and Switzerland both offer amazing scenery, delectable food and wine experiences and unique cultural experiences. Travelling in a small group tour will give you the time to enjoy all that these countries have to offer – ask your personal travel manager for details.