Italian Lakes and Bernina Express Tour with a Mediterranean Cruise

Taking in the spectacular views as we navigate tunnels and bridges aboard the world-famous Bernina Express.

Members from: $8,345 P.P Twin ShareNon-members from: $8,515 P.P Twin ShareSolo traveller from: $12,231

  • Type

    Escorted Touring

  • Destination

    United Kingdom & Europe

  • Supplier

    Titan Travel

  • Booking Code


  • Departs

    16 September 2025


  • 35 meals
    15 breakfasts l 9 lunches l11 dinners

  • Oosterdam Cruise - Officially christened in 2003 by Her Dutch Royal Highness, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, the Oosterdam is the second in Holland America Line's series of Vista-class ships.

  • Accommodation - 5 nights in hotels and 10 nights cruise on Oosterdam

  • Transport - Travel in destination by coach

  • 4 excursions & visits
    Boat tour to visit the Borromean Islands
    Visit to the chocolate factory in Tessin
    Bernina Express journey (St Moritz to Tirano)
    Boat tour on Lake Garda

  • Experts - Titan tour manager

  • Porterage - Services included

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Taking in the spectacular views as we navigate tunnels and bridges aboard the world-famous Bernina Express.

The romance of the Italian lakes. The thrill of the Swiss Alps. The legends of the ancient world. This cruise and tour holiday is a whirlwind of cultures that will take you to Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, Greece and Turkey. You’ll take to the waters of Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda, glide through snow-capped peaks on the Bernina Express before embarking on a Mediterranean cruise. Discover UNESCO-listed Ephesus, the stunning Croatian coastline and in Istanbul, you’ll enjoy an overnight stay to make the most of your visit.


  1. Day 1

    Day 1 - Lake Maggiore

    Join your tour group at the hotel.

    Hotel Splendid, Lake Maggiore (4-star)

  2. Day 2

    Day 2 - Lake Maggiore

    Lake Maggiore is edged by charming towns with twisting cobbled streets and family-run trattoria. It’s backed by prominent snow-capped peaks in every direction. Its wind-ruffled waters are dotted with three tiny islands, the Borromean Islands, and today we’ll explore each of them. Isola Bella (beautiful island) lives up to its name with the dominating 17th-century Palazzo Borromeo and sprawling gardens. Isola Madre is noted for its beautiful botanical gardens, rich in rare plants. Then we’ll enjoy some free time on picturesque Isola dei Pescatori.

    Hotel Splendid, Lake Maggiore (4-star)

    Today includes…

    Excursions & visits: Boat tour to visit the Borromean Islands (all day)

  3. Day 3

    Day 3 - Lugano - Celerina

    We leave Italy behind and head for the soaring alpine peaks and timber villages of Switzerland. We’ll learn about the sweetest of Swiss traditions at a chocolate factory - there’ll be plenty of opportunity for a tasting, too. We arrive at lakeside Lugano, where the maze of cobblestoned streets untangle by the tranquil lakeshore to reveal a long, flowery promenade fringed with waterside eateries and cafés. The Mediterranean-style squares and vast parkland are a delight to explore. We then continue to Celerina this afternoon, set in beautiful Swiss Alpine scenery.

    Cresta Palace Celerina, St Moritz (4-star)

    Today includes…

    Excursions & visits: Visit to the chocolate factory in Tessin (morning)

  4. Day 4

    Day 4 - Bernina Express - Lake Garda

    An ‘express’ train ride doesn’t usually conjure images of gentle journeys through snow-covered peaks, admired through panoramic windows. But the Bernina Express is not your usual express train journey. You’ll wind through the magnificent Swiss Alps, from St Moritz to Tirano in Italy, crossing 196 bridges and climbing the incredible Brusio Spiral Viaduct. On arrival in Tirano, we transfer to our hotel in Lake Garda and our hotel for the next two nights.

    Hotel Caesius Thermae & Spa Resort, Lake Garda (4-star)

    Today includes…

    Excursions & visits: Bernina Express journey from St Moritz to Tirano (afternoon)

  5. Day 5

    Day 5 - Lake Garda - Sirmione

    Visitors have been captivated by the beauty of Lake Garda for centuries - and it’s easy to see why. The largest of Italy’s lakes, the north offers mesmerising views of the Alps tumbling into the lake’s waters and its shoreline is a mix of waterside towns and cliff-hanging villages. The south is splendid with sprawling vineyards and olive groves - and some of the lake’s prettiest towns, not least of which is Sirmione. We’ll take to the crystal-clear waters this morning for a cruise on the lake and spend some time exploring Sirmione. Here, the medieval Rocca Scaligera looms over the charming twists of the old town. It was originally a Roman fortification, but it was rebuilt in the 13th century and affords beautiful views of Sirmione from the tower.

    Hotel Caesius Thermae & Spa Resort, Lake Garda (4-star)

    Today includes…

    Excursions & visits: Boat tour on Lake Garda (all day)

  6. Day 6

    Day 6 - Lake Garda - Trieste

    We journey to the port city of Trieste to embark our ship, with time to settle in and familiarise with your splendid surroundings on board before dinner this evening.

    Oosterdam (4-star)

  7. Day 7

    Day 7 - Rijeka, Croatia

    From Rijeka you can reach a number of Croatian gems, including the town of Pula, where you’ll find over 3,000 years of history including its impressive 1st-century Roman amphitheatre. Or maybe head to the island of Krk often called the Golden Island for its sparkling sandy beaches. If you’d prefer to enjoy Rijeka itself, this bustling port city has many streets and avenues to explore, lined with 18th-century homes and several beautiful churches.

    Oosterdam (4-star)

  8. Day 8

    Day 8 - Korcula

    Korcula is a true gem of Dalmatia. Steeped in history, dense pine forests and glorious little towns, this island has it all. In Korcula Town, the Adriatic Sea laps at the shore on three sides and sprawling groves of palms and evergreens border the other. You may feel as though you’ve awoken in a Croatian paradise this morning. Korcula Old Town is the island’s treasured highlight. Its stone architecture and historic ambience are reminiscent of the one-time Venetian rule with towered gates, lion statues, magnificent palazzos and elaborate stonework decorating the streets. You’ll feel completely transported as you wander the walkways here. Ship to shore tender service.

    Oosterdam (4-star)

  9. Day 9

    Day 9 - At sea

    A day at leisure to explore all the facilities on board.

    Oosterdam (4-star)

  10. Day 10

    Day 10 - Thira (Santorini), Greece

    The jewel in the crown of the Cyclades islands, Santorini is world famous for its whitewashed towns and breathtaking sunsets. You can choose to explore its archaeological treasures at ancient Akrotiri, spend time swimming in the crystal-clear waters of Perissa Beach, or for stunning views do a bit of volcano hiking.

    Oosterdam (4-star)

  11. Day 11

    Day 11 - Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

    Ephesus is one of the most legendary cities of the ancient world. It is the grandest and best-preserved of Turkey’s ancient cities. St Paul preached in its Great Theatre and even today the façade of the Celsus Library still stands, as a testament to the city’s one-time role as a centre of learning and culture.

    Oosterdam (4-star)

  12. Day 12

    Day 12 - Mykonos, Greece

    Once a favourite holiday destination of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Mykonos has been associated with wealthy jetsetters for decades. But glitz and glamour aside, this island is teeming with Greek charm. A walk around Mykonos Town will capture your heart. It’s a maze of whitewashed buildings with blue doorways and draping pink bougainvillea. The iconic windmills stand tall, the swathes of beach are golden and inviting and the dolmades are fresh and delicious. You might like to get a flavour of the whole island on a panoramic tour taking in Ioannis, Ornos, Kalafatis and ending in Ano Mera, perhaps the most traditional of the island’s villages. We sail early afternoon. Ship to shore tender service.

    Oosterdam (4-star)

  13. Day 13

    Day 13 - Istanbul, Turkey (overnight)

    We sail into Turkey’s capital to discover the sights and sounds of this magnificent city. Travel back thousands of years at the Sultanahmet Meydani, once the sporting and social heart of Constantinople; admire the incredible tiles adorning the Blue Mosque; and gaze up at the domes and minarets of UNESCO-listed Hagia Sophia. The colourful Grand Bazaar is also a must-see. With almost 4,000 shops of antiques, carpets, jewellery and more, it’s the biggest souk in the world. After all the browsing, perhaps call in at one of the bazaar’s historic coffee roasters for a cup of authentic Turkish coffee, prepared and poured the traditional way. We’ll dock overnight, so there’s plenty of time to explore.

    Oosterdam (4-star)

  14. Day 14

    Day 14 - Istanbul - Cruising the Dardanelles

    On the far northwest coast of Turkey, the 60km-long Dardanelles divides the continents of Europe and Asia. This historic waterway once acted as a strategic gateway for both shipping trade and military to Istanbul and the Black Sea region. We’ll depart Istanbul to enjoy an afternoon of scenic cruising.

    Oosterdam (4-star)

  15. Day 15

    Day 15 - Piraeus (Athens), Greece (overnight)

    No modern metropolis is more steeped in myth and legend than Athens, and Piraeus is our gateway to the wonders that await. The heritage of the city is still very much alive for modern visitors sightseeing in Athens. Ancient stadiums and temples dwell alongside apartment blocks. Modern performances are staged in the marble amphitheatres where Greek drama was born. Millennia-old monuments are scattered in the archaeological park that circles the Acropolis. Wandering the streets and taking it all in is a pinch-me experience.

    Oosterdam (4-star)

  16. Day 16

    Day 16 - Athens

    Say goodbye to your tour group for your onward travel.


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AU$450 deposit per person is required to secure this tour. In many destinations in Italy, a room tax of between €1-5 per person per night (subject to change), is payable directly to the hotel on check-out.