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!

Route of the Wilhelm Tell Express

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Timetables and prices

We'll be pleased to create any Wilhelm Tell 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 Wilhelm Tell 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 Wilhelm Tell 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.  


Travel from the lakeside resort of Lucerne to the warmth of Ascona on Lake Maggiore.

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Experience two beautiful lakeside resorts - Italian style Ascona and peaceful Weggis.

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8 DAYs Lucerne and Locarno  

Enjoy a wonderful combination of history, breathtaking scenery and the Italian love of life. 

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The beauty of Central Switzerland combined with the warmth of the Ticino region.

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Small is beautiful! 3 outstanding lakes and mountains resorts with the Wilhelm Tell Express and the Luzern-Interlaken Express.
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16 DAYs swiss grand tour  

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

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17 DAYs GRAND Rail TOUR of switzerland  

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

Fast Baggage: Transfer your luggage between resorts

To help you enjoy your scenic rail journey between many 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 each luggage transfer is £9 per item plus an additional charge of £21 regardless of the number of items of luggage.

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