The Swiss Holiday Company

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 Tuesday-Sunday 21 April-14 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!

The journey can also be enjoyed in the opposite direction. 

Please click here for a video showcasing the Gotthard Panorama Express. 

Route of the Gotthard Panorama Express

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Timetables and prices

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.  


Two delightful lakeside resorts, linked by the Gotthard Panorama Express

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Mountain grandeur, lakeside tranquillity and a number of scenic rail journeys including a trip on the Furka Line steam train.

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This is an incredible journey featuring 4 of the world class scenic rail journeys of Switzerland. 

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Small is beautiful! 3 outstanding lakes and mountains resorts with the Gotthard Panorama Express and the Luzern-Interlaken Express.
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A celebration of Switzerland's diverse and beautiful lakes and mountains scenery.

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Build your own scenic rail itinerary

Request a quote here or call us to build your perfect holiday
  • Choose your scenic rail journey
  • Decide which resorts you would like to visit
  • Consider how many nights to be spent in each resort
  • Choose 3 or 4 star hotels
  • Add on excursions to explore the lakes and mountains
  • Include dinner on a half board basis
  • Upgrade your hotel room for even more beautiful views
  • Upgrade to 1st class rail for extra comfort
  • Add additional resorts - create your own Grand Tour

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.

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