Italian Switzerland - Ticino and the Milan Lakes
6 days, 5 nights: Experience the charm of Italy and the quality of Switzerland simultaneously! Ticino is the only region of Switzerland located entirely south of the Alps. Italian is the official language, and Mediterranean flair and culture uniquely blends with alpine characteristics, and history. Ticino is undiscovered gem just north of Milan offers world class food and wine, beautiful lakes, and spectacular views. The best way to enjoy the region's natural beauty is along it's sophisticated network of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Breathtaking adventures during the day are rewarded with fine Swiss-Italian meals and the best local wines. Live it up with this unique ProActive vacation!
Highlights Include: - Ticino's palm lined Riviera on the shores of Lakes Maggiore and Lugano - Make your own cheese at an authentic Swiss cheese farm - Discover Ticino's abundance of mountains, alpine valleys, and pristine waterfalls - Visit UNESCO protected castles
The Best of Italian Switzerland
Experience a more intimate cultural experience by walking, biking, and hiking around Ticino's beautiful lakes and mountains. It's truly an adventure you won't forget!
All of our ProActive trips are all-inclusive (except airfare) and include: • All accommodations • Breakfast and Dinner each day • Transportation • 2-3 full-time ProActive trip leaders during your entire stay • All activities (cultural and sporting), as well as entrance to any museums, vineyards, or any other points of interest • Luggage service throughout your trip • Over-the-top spoiling and pampering of you and your travel companions by our fun and insightful ProActive trip leaders • Other miscellaneous activities and services
Once you begin your ProActive vacation, you can rest assured that there will be no surprise expenses (except for the postcards and souvenirs for your jealous friends back home of course!)
Day 1: Arrival to Paradise
Arrive in Ticino from Milan or Zurich International airports – Visit Locarno’s Italian piazza and the beautiful shores of Lake Maggiore on our bike or walking circuit, the “Terreni alla Maggia” – Stop at the Tereni all Maggia farm for cheese and wine tasting – Discover the picture perfect lakeside village of Ascona and its sun drenched water front walk, lined with cafes and intersected by narrow passages leading to boutiques, and fine restaurants - Dinner at an authentic Pizzeria
Day 2: Maggia Valley
Discover the stunning Maggia Valley either by our bike or hiking circuit, passing by 15th century stone hamlets, bridges, thundering waterfalls, and turquoise clear mountain streams – Enjoy a rustic Swiss-Italian lunch under the 250 foot tall waterfall in Foroglio – Enjoy swimming and sunbathing crystal clear alpine waters of the Maggia River – Dinner at a local restaurant to enjoy the Dolce Vita!
Day 3: Gotthard Pass and Dairy Farm
Take the scenic mountain train to the village of Airolo at the foot of the famous Gotthard Pass – Walk or bike to the Gotthard Dairy cheese farm where you will learn traditional methods of Swiss cheese making and even make your own cheese – Enjoy a walking or biking circuit of “Biasca Airolo” along the Leventina Valley and Ticino’s highest mountains and waterfalls - Enjoy an unforgettable lunch at the “Grotto due ponti” – Return by train before indulging in fine Mediterranean cuisine for dinner
Day 4: Bellinzona
Take the scenic train to Bellinzona, the capital of Ticino and visit its UNESCO World Heritage Site castles, stunningly positioned against alpine backdrops – Take the train to Lugano, Ticino’s largest and fanciest city and explore the city and the beautiful shores of Lake Lugano – Tranfer by train to Milan and spend the night in Milan
Day 5: Milano
Tour Milan’s famous galleries - Explore the pedestrian friendly shopping district, known at the “World Capital of Fashion” – Catch a glimpse of the snow covered alps and the city below from the top of the Duomo Cathedral – Enjoy Italian cuisine at its finest
Day 6: Departure or optional extension tours!
Morning transfer back to Milan or Zurich international airports - Option for extension tours to Venice, Tuscany, Cinque Terre, and more!
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