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Tuscan region to Lake Como to Switzerland

I am looking to do an on land tour that includes northern Italy , lake Cuomo and either starting or ending in Switzerland. If anyone has done this please HELP! In the Tuscan region we would like to spend a few days in the wine country, Siena, Cinque Terre , and anything that you think we should see. Then go towards Lake Como . From what I have read the train is the way to go..but still not sure. Then from here to seeing the Alps. What are the must sees?

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Your questions are most likely already answered if you check under each country's section here on the forum. There's a wealth of info here at your fingertips.
Have a great trip !

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There is no one Rick Steves guided or My Way tour that covers all your wish list.

Best of Italy - starts in Varenna on Lake Como, then on to the Dolomites, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, Siena, Umbria and ends in Rome
https://www.ricksteves.com/tours/italy/best-italy

My Way Alpine Europe - starts in Salzburg, drops down to Italy for a couple of nights in the Dolomites, then goes to Germany, Switzerland and French Alps

https://www.ricksteves.com/tours/europe/my-way-alpine

The classic RS 21 day Best of Europe tour starts in Netherlands, comes down thru Germany, into Italy including Venice, Florence, Rome and Cinque Terre, then up to Switzerland and finishes in France. It does not do Lake Como.

https://www.ricksteves.com/tours/europe/europe-21-days

You can do this on your own via train (yes that is the best way to go until you want to do wineries and then maybe rent a car or do day tours from Florence or somewhere) or you can do some via Rick Steves tour and then add days on in an area that is not covered by tours. Or you can consider doing 2 tours back to back, hahaha!