Witness sweeping views of the famous Swiss Alps and the spectacular lakes of northern Italy on an immersive adventure that seamlessly blends culture, nature, and history.

Highlights:

  • Enjoy a train ride to the picturesque Upper Engadine village of Zuoz and take a walking tour along its cobblestone main square and winding streets lined with brightly painted buildings.
  • From the Alpine village of St. Moritz, board a train to Tirano on the Bernina Express, which travels along one of Europe’s most impressively engineered rail routes.
  • Explore Tremezzo, then board a short cruise across famous Lake Como to idyllic Bellagio, known for the inspiration it has sparked in countless poets and writers around the world.
  • Visit the three lovely Borromean Islands—named after the family who has owned them since the 15th century—and admire the extensive botanical gardens of Madre and the peaceful fishing village of Isola dei Pescatori.
  • Spend an engaging day in Milan and gaze at Leonardo da Vinci’s famed The Last Supper in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, then visit the 14th-century Duomo and experience the world of opera at La Scala Museum.

Itinerary at a Glance

October 11 Depart for Zürich
October 12 Arrive in Zürich | Transfer to St. Moritz
October 13 St. Moritz | Zuoz
October 14 St. Moritz | Bernina Express | Tirano
October 15 St. Moritz
October 16 Stresa
October 17 Stresa | Borromean Islands
October 18 Milan
October 19 Stresa
October 20 Stresa | Transfer to Milan for return flight

Trip Scholar

Jennifer Scappettone

A poet, translator, and scholar, Jennifer Scappettone is also an associate professor of English, creative writing, Romance languages and literatures, and gender studies at the University of Chicago, where she teaches courses on modern and contemporary literature, architecture and urbanism, and the environmental humanities. She is the award-winning translator of Amelia Rosselli, a poet raised in exile from Fascist Italy between France, England, and the United States, and author of Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice, a study of the way a sinking city at the imagined edge of Europe arrested the modernist imagination. Scappettone’s most recent collection of poetry, addressing the impact of landfills on surrounding communities, is The Republic of Exit 43. As a perennial student of cities, lagoons, and mountains, she has led tours throughout Italy, England, and the United States for the past couple of decades.