Thrill to the majestic beauty of the Alps on this magical vacation through Northern Italy and Switzerland! Drive along gorgeous Alpine passes, take a boat cruise on serene Lake Como and be astonished by the Matterhorn's powerful presence. Whether you're zip lining, pasta-making or simply relaxing in one of the luxury hotels, be surrounded by mountains, glaciers, lakes and woods of such awe-inspiring beauty that you can barely believe your eyes!
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If you are a U.S. citizen, you will need a valid passport to enter Italy and Switzerland and return to the United States. Your passport must be valid six months beyond your intended stay and have 1-2 blank pages remaining. Allow yourself sufficient time to have your application processed if you are applying for a new passport or renewing an expired passport. Refer to the U.S. Department of State for further details.
In addition, Guests 17 years of age or younger may be required to show additional documentation when traveling with a single parent.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with the Italian Embassy and the Swiss Embassy for information on documentation requirements.
You can apply for a passport and/or visa through CIBT, Inc., a third party travel document company servicing the travel industry (not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company). Learn more or call CIBT at (800) 406-1523. Be sure to mention Adventures by Disney, account #55134, for special pricing options.
PLEASE NOTE: ADDITIONAL CHARGES WILL APPLY FOR TELEPHONE CALLS made to access CIBT specialists.
- What to PackExpanded
Please limit your baggage to one piece of luggage per person plus one carry-on. Due to frequent security changes, we recommend that you check with your air carrier as well as with the Transportation Security Administration for current restrictions.
Since a majority of your adventure will take place outdoors, attire for your adventure should be casual and comfortable. No sports jacket or cocktail dresses are required. The following is a list of clothing and other items you may want to bring:
Clothing • T-shirts (short and long-sleeved) • Collared shirts • Jeans or long pants • Dress/skirt (optional) • Shorts • Lightweight rain jacket • Hat/visor/sun hat • Swimsuits • Sturdy-soled, close-toed shoes • Sandals • Warm sweater when traveling
during May or September
Miscellaneous • Passport • Valid photo ID • Medication • Camera/video camera • Sunglasses • Sunscreen • Small travel umbrella • Extra batteries • Electrical adapters/chargers • Cell phone charger
- Hairdryers are available at all hotels.
Stresa is situated on the west side of Lake Maggiore on the slopes of Mount Mottarone, looking out over the Borromeo islands. Average temperatures in Stresa and the surrounding region range from 28°- 82°F (-2.2 to 27.5°C). Rainfall in Stresa varies from 5.5 to 20 inches per month (141 to 507 mm). Summers can be hot and humid during the day, with temperatures rising above 86°F during August. However, evenings tend to be on the cool side so be sure to bring a sweater.
Winters are moderately cold, while summers tend to be relatively hot and sunny. In July, temperatures typically range between 59°F (15°C) and 86°F (30°C). The wettest time of year is from June to August. Temperatures rarely drop below 41ºF (5ºC) in the entire country, with the exception of the highest elevations and a few days in January, where temperatures may dip to as low as 14°F (-10°C). Overall, the mountainous topography makes it common to move from a cold, cloudy and rainy landscape to a beautiful clear blue sky with hot sun in just a few minutes.
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- Arrival/Departure InformationExpanded
After arriving at Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP), you may pass through Immigration and Passport Control. This is dependent on your departure city and where your flight connections were. Follow airport signage to Baggage Claim. Retrieve your luggage and exit the Baggage Claim area by passing through Customs and then into the main terminal. As soon as you arrive in the Arrivals Hall of the terminal, look for a representative holding an orange Adventures by Disney sign. This representative is available to assist you with your luggage and will escort you to your prearranged ground transportation to your hotel. At the end of the adventure, you will fly out of Zurich Airport (ZRH) for your return flight home. Your flight is expected to depart no earlier than 10:00 AM.
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The unit of currency in Italy is the Euro (EUR), and the Swiss Franc (CHF) is used in Switzerland. U.S. dollars are not accepted at hotels, shops or restaurants, but ATM machines are available in most places. Most hotels and restaurants accept major credit cards or debit cards. Your Adventure Guide can help you with any local currency issues that may arise.
Adventure Guide Gratuities
Gratuities for your Adventure Guides are not included. Based on the quality of service you have received, we suggest the following gratuity guidelines. Please note that this is for each member of your traveling party, per Adventure Guide, per day.
Per Adult/Child/Per Adventure Guide/Per Day—$8 - $11 USD
• For an 8-day adventure, the Adventure Guide gratuity per Guest, per Adventure Guide: $64 - $88 USD.
• A family of 4 for an 8-day adventure: $256 - $352 USD per Adventure Guide.
For two guides, this is a total of $512 - $704 USD.
The Adventure Guides gratuity can be paid in U.S dollars, local currency, travelers' checks or PayPal. Please check with your Adventure Guide if they accept PayPal.
All Other Gratuities
Gratuities have been taken care of on your behalf for all services included in the itinerary. There is no need for you to worry about tipping the bellmen, housekeepers, waiters, drivers and local experts.
While we take care of transportation to all itinerary destinations, here are some helpful transportation tips for time on your own.
Accommodations have been arranged so that anything you may need while in Stresa is situated within walking distance via pedestrian streets, some of which are cobblestone. If additional transportation needs arise, your Adventure Guide can provide assistance.
When traveling in Switzerland, it's best to avoid Swiss roads and opt for the wonderfully punctual and ultra-efficient rail system. You can buy tickets at any of the numerous kiosks, most of which accept cash or credit and give information in many different languages. Helpful ticket sales people will give you a copy of your itinerary, which includes information like transfer stations, time of transfer and which car to enter. To get to more remote places not on the rail-line, take a "postbus," which is integrated into the rail system.
While the primary language of Italy is Italian and the primary language of central Switzerland is German, most people from both countries speak some English. Your Adventure Guide can help you with any language barriers.
The following is a list of words and phrases you may want to use during your trip to Switzerland:
English German Pronunciation Hello Guten tag goo-ten-tahg Goodbye Auf wiedersehen owf-vee-da-zane Good morning Guten morgen goo-ten mor-gen Good evening Guten abend goo-ten ah-bend Yes Ja Yah No Nein nine Adventure Abenteuer ah-ben-toy-yoor
The following is a list of words and phrases you may want to use during your trip to Italy:
English Italian Pronunciation Hello/Good Morning Ciao chow Goodbye Arrivederci a-reev-a-der-chee Good evening Buona Sera bona-sera Goodnight Buona Notte bona-notteh Yes Sí see No No no Adventure Aventura ah-ven-toor-a
- How do I book my Adventures by Disney vacation?Expanded
To book your vacation, please call our Reservation Center at (800) 543-0865† and speak with a Vacationista or contact your Travel Agent.
If you are outside the U.S., please call (866) 983-7872† and speak with a Vacationista or contact your travel agent.
- Do I need vaccinations to travel to this country?Expanded
If you are a U.S. citizen, you do not need vaccinations to travel to Italy or Switzerland. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check your local requirements on vaccinations for travel to Italy and Switzerland.
- What airport do I fly into and out of?Expanded
ARRIVAL: You will fly into Malpensa Airport (MXP) in Milan on your arrival day. Your flight should arrive prior to 2:30 PM
DEPARTURE: At the end of the adventure, you will fly out of Zurich Airport (ZRH) for your return flight home. You can depart any time after 10:00 AM.
- Are transfers included if I arrive or depart from different locations or at different times from the itinerary?Expanded
No. Transfers are only included from the specified arrival/departure airports and hotels. For the Italy & Switzerland trip, transfers are included from Malpensa International Airport (MXP) in Milan to the Regina Palace Hotel on your arrival day. On your departure day, transfers are included from Hotel Luzern Schweizerhof to the Zurich Airport (ZRH).
- Can I extend my vacation beyond the Adventures by Disney itinerary?Expanded
Yes, you may stay in Italy before or Switzerland after our itinerary. Extended stays are available at special rates if booked through Adventures by Disney Travel Services, Inc. in conjunction with a land package and cannot be combined with any other offer. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† for further information.
- How will our group travel between destinations?Expanded
Your group will travel by motor coach between destinations in Italy and Switzerland. In Switzerland you will travel by train to the town of Zermatt, where no cars are allowed.
- How strenuous are the activities?Expanded
While in Switzerland, the altitude ranges from 5,276 feet (1,608 meters) above sea level to just over 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) above sea level.
Most of the trip occurs at 5,000 feet. However, the altitude rises as high as 7,500 feet for a short coach ride on the Simplon Pass.
The trip includes a canopy zip lining experience (size restrictions apply) and a gentle bike ride on a paved path. While nearly all of the trip's featured activities are gentle if enjoyed separately, the full range of activities requires a moderate amount of stamina in order to get the most out of your vacation.
- What ages are appropriate for this adventure?Expanded
While we welcome children ages 4 and up on our Italy & Switzerland trip, we recommend that children be at least 6 years old at the time of travel. This is based on several factors, such as flight time and jet lag, time zone differences in the destination, duration of the vacation, extended hours of daily activity programming, number of internal transports between experiences, potential for extreme temperatures in the summer months, and amount of physical activity (e.g., walking, biking, and zip lining). Because each child is different, call a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† to discuss whether this is the right trip for your kids.
- What types of meals are served on this Adventures by Disney Trip?Expanded
Typically, breakfast is served each morning in buffet style and offers a variety of dishes. Dinners and lunches usually include fish, meat, and pasta or rice entrées; vegetables and salad; and desserts and fruit. Some included meals on this trip are served buffet style while others offer a limited-choice menu. Given the nature of group travel, we regret that á la carte menu choices may not always be available. Children-friendly choices are available at all meals. Menu items are subject to change due to the availability and seasonality of foods. In order to allow you and your family time to enjoy meals by yourselves, there are a few meals that are not included in the itinerary. These meals have been planned in locations where you have many dining options available. If you have any questions or concerns about dining at any time during your vacation, your Adventure Guides will be happy to assist you.
- Is alcohol included with meals?Expanded
Alcoholic beverages are typically not included with your scheduled meals. However, you may purchase them at your own expense.
- Can you accommodate special dietary needs?Expanded
Adventures by Disney will make a reasonable effort to accommodate some special dietary needs at no additional charge. Unfortunately, we may not be able to accommodate all special dietary needs requested. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† in advance of your departure to advise us of your needs.
- Is this itinerary appropriate for travelers with special needs?Expanded
Please note that this vacation includes activities that present certain challenges to Guests with special needs. It is strongly recommended that persons requiring assistance be accompanied by a companion who is capable of, and solely responsible for, providing assistance. Neither Adventures by Disney nor its suppliers may physically lift or assist Guests onto transportation vehicles. Contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† to discuss your needs.
- What if Adventures by Disney cancels the adventure prior to departure?Expanded
We will make every reasonable effort to operate the vacations as advertised; however, we reserve the right to curtail or modify the itinerary, or to substitute activities, hotels, meals or transportation as we deem necessary. We further reserve the right to reduce the number of Adventure Guides to one, and to modify other services to accommodate a smaller group, if a minimum number of Guests is not reached. Similarly, we may marginally exceed the stated group maximum size if necessary to accommodate a family. Please also note that during certain holidays and peak periods, some activities may be disrupted or unavailable. None of these modifications or changes shall affect the land package price. We reserve the right to cancel a trip at any time prior to its commencement for any reason, such as if there are too few Guests, or if the quality of the trip or the safety of the Guests would, in our opinion, be compromised, such as may result from unforeseen circumstances (acts of God) or other circumstances beyond our reasonable control. If we cancel your trip prior to its commencement because there are too few Guests: (i) we will attempt to re-book you on another departure of the same itinerary, subject to availability, and we will bear any reasonable airline re-booking charges; however, if we are unable to rebook you, we will issue a full refund of your land package price and Plan (unless you have filed a claim); and (ii) if you booked airfare through us, we will issue a full refund of your airfare; and (iii) if you did not book airfare through us, we will reimburse you for your reasonable out-of-pocket (subject to proof) airline cancellation charges or, in the case of bookings using frequent flier miles, a reasonable cancellation service fee, provided you have exercised best efforts to mitigate such charges/fees; and (iv) the aforesaid payments and/or rebooking by us shall constitute a full settlement.
- Is travel insurance available?Expanded
Yes, you can protect your vacation investment by adding the Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan to your reservation.
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