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!
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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.
7 DAYs LUCERNE AND ASCONA
Travel from the lakeside resort of Lucerne to the warmth of Ascona on Lake Maggiore.
7 DAYs ASCONA AND WEGGIS
Experience two beautiful lakeside resorts - Italian style Ascona and peaceful Weggis.
8 DAYs Lucerne and Locarno
Enjoy a wonderful combination of history, breathtaking scenery and the Italian love of life.
8 DAYs LUCERNE AND LUGANO
The beauty of Central Switzerland combined with the warmth of the Ticino region.
11 DAYs ASCONA, WEGGIS AND WENGEN
Small is beautiful! 3 outstanding lakes and mountains resorts with the Wilhelm Tell Express and the Luzern-Interlaken Express.
16 DAYs swiss grand tour
This is an incredible journey featuring the world class scenic rail journeys of Switzerland.
17 DAYs GRAND Rail TOUR of switzerland
A celebration of Switzerland's diverse and beautiful lakes and mountains scenery.
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.