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New year in Scenic Italy & Switzerland
Dates: 27th December – 03rd January
Arona, Zermatt-Matterhorn, Lago d’Orta, Madonna del Sasso, Lugano, Bellinzona, Como, Stresa, Isola dei Pescatori, Macugnaga, Monte Moro & Milan
Free visit to Milan
TUESDAY, 27TH DECEMBER
We meet at the airport at 10 am for our Air Malta flight departing to Milan Linate at 12.35 pm. Upon arrival at 2.25 pm we shall proceed to our 4-star Hotel Atlantic in Arona. Later we can join the tour leader for a familiarization walk.
WEDNESDAY, 28TH DECEMBER
After an early breakfast, we head for an optional full-day excursion, taking us for quite a long and rewarding scenic drive to Zermatt, a ski resort in Switzerland at the foot of Switzerland’s most famous mountain, the Matterhorn. We will first stop in Tasch where we take the train (extra) to Zermatt (a car-free zone). Upon arrival, we can see the main square and street which are full of shops. The climax in Zermatt is however the ride up the Klein Matterhorn by a 3-tier system of cable cars (extra & weather permitting) where we will visit Glacier Paradise. On our way, one can see a stupendous view of the Matterhorn making it a truly unique experience!
THURSDAY, 29TH DECEMBER
After breakfast, today join the leader on an optional full-day excursion to Orta and Madonna del Sasso. We will drive towards the quaint village of Orta, situated on Lago d’Orta. We will first go to Pella from where we will take a boat (extra) to Orta; there will be time for lunch (extra) and to roam around the narrow cobbled streets. We will then take the boat to make a short visit to the Island of San Giulio, and then continue our boat trip to Pella. From Pella, we can take a chu chu train (extra) to the Balcony of Lake Orta at the height of 638m, where the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rock (Madonna del Sasso) is situated.
FRIDAY, 30TH DECEMBER
After breakfast, we discover Switzerland on our optional full-day excursion, stopping in Lugano. Then, we proceed to an optional lake cruise (extra), after which we have some free time. In the early afternoon, we will proceed to Bellinzona, the capital city of southern Switzerland’s Ticino canton. It is known for its 3 medieval castles, including the hilltop Castelgrande, where we will have the opportunity to take an elevator to the top and enjoy views of the city and the surrounding Alps. SATURDAY, 31ST DECEMBER | After breakfast, we go for an optional excursion to Como where we can visit the cathedral and stroll along the lake shore, or even take a boat ride (extra) on Lake Como.
SUNDAY, 1ST JANUARY- HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Today, we have a late breakfast and a free morning. This will give us enough time to continue to explore Arona. Later, we will leave for a half-day optional excursion to Stresa nearby, the poshest lake resort on Lago Maggiore. A boat will take us around the Borromean Islands stopping on Isola dei Pescatori (boat included). We will later have enough time to explore Stresa.
MONDAY, 2ND JANUARY
Today our full-day optional excursion starts Macugnaga with a short stop to admire the statue of St. Charles Borromeo. Then we continue to drive up to Anzasca valley, plunged between the rugged mountains. Macugnaga nestles in the foot of Monte Rosa. The village itself is a cluster of typical alpine buildings. Upon arrival, we will take a cable car (extra & weather permitting) to Monte Moro with an elevation of 2868m for a fantastic view of Monte Rosa, a truly unforgettable experience.
TUESDAY, 3RD JANUARY
After breakfast, we check out of our rooms and we will head to Milan the capital of the Lombardy region. We will visit the Duomo (entrance extra), the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Castello Sforzesco and the Teatro la Scala from the exterior. We will then make our way to Milan Linate Airport for our Air Malta flight departing at 3.15 pm and arriving in Malta at 5.05 pm.
PRICE PER PERSON *SPECIAL PRICE
*€729 / €829 Adult in Triple
*€759 / €859 Adult in Twin
*€969 / €1069 Adult in Single
*€509 / €609 Child sharing with 2 adults
Lake View supplement €126 (per person)
Half Board (6 meals) €128
New Year’s Dinner (obligatory) incl. half a bottle of wine, half bottle of water and dessert €80
* Special price applies when all excursions are taken
Air Malta return flights to Milan Linate Airport
7 nights in 4-star Hotel Atlantic in Arona or similar
Rooms with private facilities & TV
Daily continental buffet breakfast
Return airport transfers
Free visit to Milan
Service of tour leader
Airport taxes & service charge
€50 / €25 Tasch Zermatt
€47 / €24 Orta/Lago D’Orta/Madonna del Sasso
€44 / €22 Lugano/Bellinzona
€35 / €18 Como
€46 / €23 Stresa/Isola dei Pescatori (boat incl.)
€45 / €23 Macugnaga
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
City tax of €2.10 per person per night is to be paid directly at the hotel
Train Taesch/Zermatt Adult €18/Child under 16 yrs €12/Child under 6 years free
Matterhorn cable car Adult €87/Child 9yrs to 15 yrs €44/up to 8 yrs* free
Orta Chu Chu Train & Lago D’Orta boat trip Adult €23/Child under 12 yrs €16
Lago di Lugano lake cruise Adult €29/ Child under 12 yrs €16
Lago di Como boat trip Adult €12/Child under 12 yrs €8
Macugnaga Belvedere cable car Adult €17/Child under 12 yrs €9/ Infant 0-2 yrs €1.00