In Italy- April/May and October/November are pleasantly warm. June/September are the hottest months. Showers are common in Autumn.
In Switzerland- Summers are generally warm, or even hot, with a three-month period when rain rarely falls. When it does rain in this season, it is heavy and often accompanied by thunder. There are as much as eleven to twelve hours' sunshine a day in summer, but as with anywhere in mainland Europe it can occasionally be cold and wet. Early and late summer is generally the best times to visit this region.
Religion –Roman Catholic
Language- Italian and German
Time difference- +1 GMT
The following are essential: good quality waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket, comfortable walking trousers, shorts, warm hat and gloves, sunhat, sunglasses and high factor sun-cream.
FootwearComfy shoes or trainers in city and We recommend walking boots with proper ankle support and good tread. Make sure that your boots are worn-in and comfortable before the start of the trip. We recommend that you wear/carry your walking boots as hand luggage on the international flight. Should your luggage be delayed, your well broken in boots will be irreplaceable. Trainers or trekking sandals are useful for relaxing in the evening.
At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided.
Food and drink
The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.
Lunch- $ 16 Dinner- $20-$29
Local Currency- Euro
Where to exchange- Exchange is strongly recommended before you travel
ATM availability- widespread
Visa and Passport Information
China: A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travelling.
It is a condition of booking with us that you have adequate valid travel insurance.