Cosmos

Tour: 6020 - 2013 (6020) - 2013 / 2014


TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

St. John Cloister "Meet the local guide at the "butia" (convent shop) for a tour of the convent of Mustair (church and museum).The Convent of Saint John is an ancient Benedictine monastery and, by reason of its exceptionally well-preserved heritage of Carolingian art, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. It is believed that the abbey was established ca. 780 by a bishop of Chur, perhaps under orders from Charlemagne.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person


Lake Cruise & Dinner Join a boat trip on the Gulf of Lugano, passing Grandia, Campione d'Italia, an italian enclave with its famous Casino. Then proceed to a typical "grotto" restaurant on the lake side where you can taste some specialities of the Ticinese cuisine whilst enjoying a spectacular view of illuminated Lugano by Night.

Approximate value: €60 EUR per person


Boat Trip to Isola Bella Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy and the largest lake of the Canton of Ticino, Switzerland with a mild climate both in summer and winter producing Mediterranean vegetation. Embark on a boat in Baveno and after cruising past the Isola Pescatori you sail on to Isola Bella, which is the most famous of the Borromean Islands. Once a small fishing village it was transformed and is now famous for the Palazzo and its gardens. You will have a guided visit of this Borromeo family home, which offers visitors an elegant setting and contains priceless works of art. After the visit of the Palace there will be time to wander around the stunning gardens which form an extraordinary flowering monument laid out over a series of ornate and overlapping terraces. There is a classical example of a 17th century "Italian garden" with many rare and exotic plants. Rejoin the boat and sail to Stresa where upon disembarkation you will travel back to the overnight hotel by coach.

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person


Gornergrat Europe's highest mountain railway takes you to the Gornergrat (10,132 feet) in 40 minutes. The incomparable panoramic views embrace some of Switzerland's loftiest peaks, including the world-famous Matterhorn. Once the Gornergrat is reached you can have an incomparable panoramic view set against a forest of larches and firs.

Approximate value: €68 EUR per person


Wonders of Geneva Start this tour of Geneva with a coach drive through the International part of the city known as the centre of the world's peacemaking organizations. You will have the chance to see the main tourist attractions of the city like the Fountain and the wonderful Flower clock. Later get a taste of Geneva's history into the Old Town with your guide on a walking tour.

Approximate value: €25 EUR per person


Scenic Lake Cruise An hour's guided cruise on the most beautiful lake in Switzerland gives you an introduction to this lovely city from a completely different aspect. With its many bays, it offers superb panoramas of the surrounding landscape. The cruise is operated on a comfortable private covered boat and a commentary will be given by one of the crew staff who will explain the history of all the enchanting villages and you will learn some interesting stories of the Swiss History.

Approximate value: €25 EUR per person


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