ESSENTIAL ITALY, switzerland, & france


A journey starting in charming Venice, on to Lake Como, then top of Europe, on to Lausanne, through Burgundy wine country, ending with a grand finale in the city of lights, Paris.

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  • Limited to 22 guests.
  • From $5,995. Prices are based on double occupancy.
  • Single supplement: $1,399.

May 29-June 8, 2023

August 29-Sept 8, 2023

Day 1: Arrive in Venice, Italy

  • Your welcome briefing will be held canal-side close to your host hotel followed by a stroll around Murano to a traditional Venetian welcome dinner.
  • Hyatt Centric Murano Venice 4*

  • Meals included: Dinner 

Day 2: Venice

  • Your trusted Venice guide will meet you for an early breakfast and then show you all that Venice has to offer.
  • Spend the morning visiting Gallerie dell’Accademia, Doge Palace, Saint Mark’s Basilica and the San Marco Campanile followed by a trip across the Rialto bridge with Cicchetti and wine for lunch.
  • In the afternoon, head back to Murano to visit the famous glass factory.
  • Hyatt Centric Murano Venice 4*

  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3: Venice to Lake Como

  • After breakfast, start your journey to Lake Como. Revel in a European train trip through the Italian countryside and arrive in Varenna right on lake Como in the early afternoon.
  • After settling in, you’ll take a 15 minute boat ride to Bellagio where you’ll enjoy dinner.

  • Hotel Olviedo 3* or Hotel Royal Victoria 4*

  • Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 4: Lake Como

  • Start with a boat ride to visit to the famous Villa Carlotta and Villa del Balbianello.
  • After another picturesque lunch, you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore the lake on your own, do some shopping or just enjoy the pool.
  • Hotel Olviedo 3* or Hotel Royal Victoria 4*
  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 5: Como to Lauterbrunnen

  • After your last Italian breakfast you can join a walking tour of Varenna to visit St. George’s Church and Villa Monastero and its lovely gardens.
  • You also have the option to spend the morning by the pool or do some last minute shopping on your own.
  • In the afternoon, board your coach to head through the breathtaking mountains into Switzerland. Arrive in Lauterbrunnen and your friends at Hotel Silberhorn will welcome you with a traditional dinner, a Maxa Tours favorite.
  • Hotel Silberhorn 3*
  • Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6: Top of Europe to Lausanne

  • Ascend to the top of Europe in the early morning light via the highest railway in Europe that goes up to 11,332 feet.
  • Delight in the breathtaking views before heading back to the hotel for check-out and departure to Lausanne where you’ll arrive in the afternoon.
  • Hotel Continental 4* or Hôtel Agora Swiss Night by Fassbind 4*
  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 7: Lausanne to Burgundy

  • Enjoy a guided tour around Lausanne, including the Olympic Museum and Musée de l’Elysée.
  • Have lunch on the lake before heading to France via High Speed Rail in the afternoon.
  • After a thrilling 2-hour train journey at 220 mph, you’ll arrive into Dijon, the gateway to Burgundy.

  • Arrive into Burgundy just in time for dinner.
  • Rôtisserie du Chambertin 4* or Hôtel Mercure Beaune Centre 4*

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8: Burgundy

  • Start the morning with a visit to l’Hotel Dieu, an old hospital in the center of Beaune followed by a guided visit and wine tasting at Oenothèque Joseph Drouhin.
  • You’ll have a late lunch followed by another wine tasting, the late afternoon and evening are on your own.
  • Rôtisserie du Chambertin 4* or Hôtel Mercure Beaune Centre 4*

  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 9: Burgundy to Paris

  • In the morning, get on the high speed train bound for Paris.
  • Upon arrival, take a walk through the Latin Quarter and enjoy a guided tour of the Louvre in the afternoon. 
  • Hôtel Mercure Paris Notre-Dame Saint-Germain-des-Prés 4*
  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 10: Paris

  • No visit to Paris is complete without a visit to the Eiffel tower. You’ll get there early to beat the crowds and enjoy the view. After, take a stroll down the Champs-Élysées and climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Spend the afternoon shopping or people-watching at one of the many cafes of Paris.
  • In the evening, climb to the top of the stairs and visit Sacré-Cœur. After visiting the Basilica, enjoy the breathtaking views before enjoying a farewell dinner
  • Hôtel Mercure Paris Notre-Dame Saint-Germain-des-Prés 4*
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 11: Paris

  • Enjoy a leisurely last breakfast, before starting your journey back home. 


* Restaurants and Hotels are subject to change to equal or better


When you let The Original Savvy Traveler arrange your trip through Europe, you are guaranteed peace of mind. Rudy Maxa’s team provides personal service and assistance from booking all the way through your journey.

What’s included:


  • Welcome package with luggage tags.
  • A 15-minute concierge call to prepare you for your journey.
  • Smaller groups with a maximum of 22 guests.
  • Rudy Maxa’s expert team lead by his Tour Director will make your trip carefree. In addition to the team traveling with you, local tour guides with extensive knowledge will show you around at select destinations. 
  • Choose excursions included in the program or enjoy the freedom to explore on your own.
  • Optional airport arrival meet and greet with transportation to the first host hotel (additional fee required).
  • Handpicked hotels inspected and approved by Rudy Maxa’s Team.
  • Breakfast daily, and meals included per program.
  • Luggage Butler Service available for an additional fee.
  • Transportation between destinations per the itinerary.