The Swiss Holiday Company

Wilhelm Tell 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

A tale of two Switzerlands - Your Wilhelm Tell 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. While you enjoy your dish of the day in the first class restaurant, you can watch 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 air-conditioned, first class panorama cars of the Swiss Federal Railways. The trip continues through the awesome Reuss Valley with its deep ravines and precipitous cliffs. The world-famous Gotthard line swiftly climbs from 470m to about 1,100m to finally enter the 15km long Gotthard Tunnel, Europe's most important north/south gateway. Countless spiral and horseshoe tunnels, galleries and bridges testify to the remarkable achievements of the men who built this masterpiece of civil engineering

After the 10 minute tunnel passage, you'll 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!

Full details of the route

timetables and Prices

Plan your Wilhelm Express holiday

- Decide which two resorts - Lucerne with Lugano,Locarno or Ascona.
- Alternatively stay in Bellinzona the fortified old capital of Ticino.
- Choose the number of nights in each resort
- 3 or 4 star accommodation
- 1st or 2nd class travel

Choosing a third resort
The Wilhelm Tell Express can be combined with the Bernina Express or any third resort in Switzerland

Call 0844 901 1100 for help with your planning and for prices

Suggested two and multi centre holidays featuring the Wilhelm Tell Express

Additional days, higher grade accommodation and additional centres may be added to all suggested holidays


Enjoy a wonderful combination of the history, breathtaking scenery and the Italian love of life. A first class experience

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From the Mediterranean atmosphere of Ascona to the delightful lakeside resort of Weggis.

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Enjoy the lakeside resort of Lugano and the historical town of Lucerne.

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7 DAYS to Lucerne and Ascona with theWhilhelm Tell Express

From the lakeside resort of Lucerne to Ascona on the Lake Maggiore

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16 DAYS on the swiss grand tour featuring the goldenpass line, Wilhelm Tell Express, Centovalli Line and the Glacier Express

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

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Fast Baggage: Transfer your luggage between resorts

To help you enjoy your scenic rail journey between resorts, you can arrange 'Fast Baggage'. All you need to do is register your luggage 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 this service is 22 Sfrs per item which is payable locally.

For a Truly Personal Service 0844 901 1100