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Floral blossoms enhancing the tranquil landscape of Ticino.

Ticino Gastronomy Explorer

Floral blossoms enhancing the tranquil landscape of Ticino.
Fill your palate with the Swiss - Italian taste of Ticino. Enjoy a gourmet feast at Grotto America and take part in a fabulous Risotto Workshop Experience after a scenic cruise on Lake Lugano.
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2-hour scenic journey from Locarno to Domodossola with Centovalli Railway.

Cook and cruise excursion including a fabulous Risotto Workshop Experience.

Unforgettable gourmet experience at Grotto America.

Lugano lake cruise and excursion to Cardada Cimmeta.

La Dolce Vita drenched in sumptuous Swiss flair - Ticino combines the best of Italy and Switzerland in its stretch of sub-tropical parks and gardens lying against a backdrop snow-capped mountain peaks. Glowing camellias, breezy palm trees, scenic piazzas, tropical alleyways - Ticino becomes the place to be when your desire for the sunny southern vibe suddenly kicks in.  You'll surely love the view from the lush Cardada Cimetta, the Mediterranean soul of the Swiss but you'll find the gourmet experience at Grotto America no less spectacular. The posh eateries in Ascona are simply irresistible but many travellers swear by a certain variant of Italian style gelati. Turn up your Ticino experience with a fabulous Risotto Workshop in Lugano and a visit to the Verzasca Valley, the pulsing green heart of Italian-inspired Ticino.

Tour departs daily from April to October 2020.

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5-night accommodation in a 3-star hotel
2nd class rail travel as per itinerary
5 breakfasts
Cook and Cruise excursion with English speaking guide
Excursion to Cardada Cimetta
Lake cruise on Lake Lugano


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Day 1
Zürich - Lugano

Upon arrival, transfer via rail from Zürich Airport to Lugano and make your way to the hotel. This afternoon, you will enjoy a short guided introduction tour. Following the tour, cross the lake by boat to a local restaurant to take part in a fabulous Risotto Workshop Experience.

Day 2

Today, you’ll have a tour of the lake stopping at the villages of Gandria, Cantine di Gandria and Melide. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure.

Day 3
Locarno – Cardada Cimetta

Using your included Ticino Ticket, transfer to Locarno. Upon arrival, make your own way to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a gourmet experience at Grotto America.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4

After breakfast, travel to Ascona using your Ticino Ticket. Spend the day at your leisure discovering this romantic city before returning to Locarno in the late afternoon.

Day 5
Verzasca Valley

Today, you'll venture to the Verzasca Valley. One of the most spectacular settings in the valley is the Ponte dei Salti, a romantic bridge. Take a panoramic trip through nostalgia and romanticism on a 2-hour journey from Locarno to Domodossola with the Centovalli Railway.

Day 6

Tour ends after breakfast at your hotel.


Additional information

Official language
French, Swiss - German, Italian, Romansh
5 nights
from AUD1,888
per person, twin share
Zurich (Daily)
01 April - 31 October 2020
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