The Swiss Holiday Company

8 day holiday to Lucerne & Lugano with the Gotthard Panorama Express The beauty of Central Switzerland combined with the warmth of the Ticino region

A tranquil cruise on Lake Lucerne to Flüelen where you board the first class panoramic train for your spectacular journey to Ticino

Your holiday includes a Swiss Travel Pass, covering the rail journeys below as well as many scenic excursions  


This is just one example of a scenic rail holiday with Lucerne and Lugano.  All holidays can be adapted to your own requirements - call 0800 619 1200 for help with your planning and prices.

Day 1. Arrive and explore Lucerne with all that you expect from a Swiss holiday

Flight from the UK to Zurich airport with rail travel to Lucerne. Check in to your hotel for your 4 night stay and enjoy your first look around Lucerne.

Days 2-4. In and around Central Switzerland

Lucerne encapsulates all that you expect from a Swiss holiday – an Old Town with a cuckoo clock feel, beautifully preserved buildings featuring their original painted façades and a sparkling blue lake. You will enjoy a cruise along the length of Lake Lucerne with your Gotthard Panorama Express journey to Lugano so you may choose to focus on the Lucerne mountains during your stay here. With your Swiss Travel Pass, you should make time to explore the mountains including the famous old cog railway to the stunning peak of Mount Rigi and the glorious unique cable car to Stanserhorn with an open air upper deck!. Alternative trips further afield: Bern, Interlaken, or Lake Constance on the German border! Other mountain railways and cable cars are available at a 50% reduction.

Day 5. Gotthard Panorama Express to Lugano

This unforgettable journey starts with a 2½ hour cruise on a vintage paddle steamer or saloon motor vessel, while taking in the beautiful sights of Lake Lucerne all the way to Flüelen. Lunch can be pre-booked onboard, please ask us for prices. You’ll then join your train for some of the highlights of a spectacular journey past the Devil’s Bridge and through the original Gotthard Tunnel before meandering down into the Ticino region and the town of Lugano for the next 3 nights.

Days 6-7. Experience Italian Switzerland: culture, language and an abundance of Italian restaurants

In Lugano, the Italian influence affects all aspects of life from the architecture to what you eat, and of course the shopping. Situated on stunning Lake Lugano, you can use your Swiss Travel Pass for a lake cruise to one of the idyllic villages along the shoreline such as Gandria or Morcote, which make great spots for lunch. The town is also well placed for enjoying the mountains of the Ticino region - your Pass covers travel to the base stations and there are discounts for the mountain railways and funiculars up to the great views of Monte Brè, Monte San Salvatore and others. The historic town of Bellinzona is well worth a visit, with three medieval castles demonstrating the historical importance of the town.

Day 8. Last day

Time for a last look around Lugano before you take the train to Zurich airport for your flight to the UK. 

Lucerne-Lugano on the Gotthard Panorama Express



4 nights in Lucerne & 3 nights in Lugano:

  • Prices from £1,149 per person staying in 3 star hotels
  • Prices from £1,493 per person staying in 4 star hotels
1st class rail supplement £166 and half board prices on request.
Price shown is for an example itinerary. We can tailor make your holiday to your individual requirements.


view booking conditions
  • Scheduled return flights from London to Zurich (flights are available from around the UK)
  • 8 day 2nd class Swiss Travel Pass covering all rail journeys described and many more
  • 7 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation as described based on two people sharing
  • 2nd class reserved seats on the Gotthard Panorama Express from Lucerne to Lugano
  • Ticino Ticket offering FREE transport including bus and rail transport across the region
  • Full detailed itinerary sent with all tickets
  • Financial protection ATOL 3148. Booking conditions apply
     The Swiss Travel Pass is valid on trains, PostBuses, boats and scenic trains. Travel on mountain railways and cable cars are up to 50% reduction.

Build your own scenic rail itinerary

Request a quote here or call us to build your perfect holiday

Not quite the perfect holiday? We can tailor make it to suit you:

  • Change the direction of travel
  • Add extra nights in any of the resorts  
  • Add on excursions to explore the lakes and mountains
  • Include dinner on a half board  
  • 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


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