Gotthard Panorama Express - An enchanting cruise and rail journey
A tranquil cruise the length of Lake Lucerne combined with a rail journey through the Gotthard Pass to Switzerland's Italian resorts
Please note - this scenic journey was formerly known as the Wilhelm Tell Express
Available at weekends April-May and daily June-October
Your Gotthard Panorama Express journey starts in Lucerne as you board a nostalgic paddle steamer or a salon motor vessel and cruise to Flüelen on Lake Lucerne in about 2½ hours. Watch as the sleepy bays, picturesque villages and historic landmarks such as the Rütli and Tellsplatte silently glide by.
In Flüelen, only a few steps away from the pier, you board the train for the rail section of your journey. There is a new, faster tunnel through the Alps, but this trip follows the original looping route and the original tunnel - which is much shorter, so you spend more time amongst the wonderful scenery. The trip takes you through the awesome Reuss Valley with its deep ravines and precipitous cliffs and onto the world-famous Gotthard line, which swiftly climbs from 470m to about 1,100m. Countless spiral and horseshoe tunnels, galleries and bridges testify to the remarkable achievements of the men who built this masterpiece of civil engineering
You'll soon arrive in the lovely Ticino region, where you travel through the Leventina Valley crossing breathtaking cantilevered bridges and passing charming villages on the way to Bellinzona. From here the next leg is to Locarno or Lugano - the choice is yours!
Please click here for a video showcasing the Gotthard Panorama Express.
We'll be pleased to create any Gotthard Panorama Express itinerary to suit you, incorporating your own selection of resorts, duration, hotels and excursions.
We can even help you build a Grand Tour, combining the Gotthard Panorama Express with other scenic rail routes such as the Bernina Express and Glacier Express.
Call 0800 619 1200 for help with your planning and for prices
Suggested two and multi centre holidays featuring the Gotthard Panorama Express
All holidays can be enjoyed in reverse order and extended
These suggested itineraries can be changed to fit your own requirements with higher grade hotels, upgraded rooms and additional centres.
8 DAYS LUCERNE AND LUGANO
Two delightful lakeside resorts, linked by the Gotthard Panorama Express
8 DAYS ST. MORITZ, ANDERMATT AND LUCERNE
Mountain grandeur, lakeside tranquillity and a number of scenic rail journeys including a trip on the Furka Line steam train.
11 DAYS LUCERNE, LOCARNO, BRIG AND ST. MORITZ
This is an incredible journey featuring 4 of the world class scenic rail journeys of Switzerland.
12 DAYs ASCONA, WEGGIS AND WENGEN
Small is beautiful! 3 outstanding lakes and mountains resorts with the Wilhelm Tell Express and the Luzern-Interlaken Express.
15 DAYS GRAND RAIL TOUR OF SWITZERLAND
A celebration of Switzerland's diverse and beautiful lakes and mountains scenery.
Express Luggage: Transfer your luggage between resorts
To help you enjoy your scenic rail journey between many resorts, you can arrange 'Express Luggage'. All you need to do is register your bags at the station before 9am and then collect it at your destination on the same day any time after 6pm. There are a few stations where your luggage will not be available until the following morning when we would recommend carrying an overnight bag with you.
The cost of each luggage transfer is £10 per item plus an additional charge of £24 regardless of the number of items of luggage.