7 days Glaciers & Palm Trees - a defined scenic rail itinerary

St. Moritz, Lugano and Lucerne with the Bernina Express and Gotthard Panorama Express

St. Moritz
Lugano lakeside
Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

This is a 'defined scenic rail itinerary' holiday which offers great value for money. It can be adapted in various ways to suit you, however, we cannot change the resorts shown in the itinerary. The holidays include a Half Fare Card which gives you up to 50% reductions on excursions.

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"Featuring two spectacular scenic rail journeys and a selection of resorts which showcase the fantastic diversity of Switzerland's natural beauty, including the soaring Alps and two sparkling lakes."

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Day 1 - Arrive and explore St. Moritz for 2 nights

Flight from the UK to Zurich with rail travel to St. Moritz. Your scenic journey starts at Chur as you travel on the route of the Glacier Express and the World Heritage Line to St. Moritz.

Day 2 - Enjoy the high Alps of the upper Engadin valley

During the summer months you benefit from the Engadin Card which gives you free travel on the cable cars, funicular railways and local buses and trains in the area including the local cable car from St. Moritz to Piz Nair at a thrilling 3,057m.

Day 3 - Bernina Express to Lugano for 2 nights

The Bernina Express offers magnificent views of alpine forests and mountain peaks on the World Heritage Line as you travel towards the Italian border to Tirano. After time for a quick lunch, board the Bernina Bus for a journey through Italian countryside. You’ll cross back into Switzerland and catch your first glimpse of lakeside Lugano. There will be time for an evening stroll along the stunning lake shore.

Day 4 - Lugano, the Italian Ticino region of Switzerland

Soak up the Italian style atmosphere of this attractive lakeside resort of Lugano. Your Ticino Ticket gives you free travel on the region’s buses and trains to explore the area. You can even visit the medieval town of Bellinzona, which boasts three medieval castles which are protected by UNESCO. There are also discounts on the funiculars to visit the local mountains.

Day 5 - Gotthard Panorama Express - a 1st class rail and boat journey to Lucerne for 2 nights

Take another look around the elegant town of Lugano before starting your most enjoyable journey on the Gotthard Panorama Express to Lucerne. The 1st class panoramic carriages take you slowly upwards via the old Gotthard tunnel on looping mountain tracks, with some fabulous scenery to enjoy. On arrival in Flüelen in Central Switzerland you leave the train and join the paddle steamer or motor boat on the 1st class upper deck, for a scenic cruise along the whole length of the lake to Lucerne.

Day 6 - Free day in and around Lucerne

A day to explore the historic town of Lucerne at your leisure. Why not visit beautiful Mount Rigi, with a great choice of walking trails, restaurants and fantastic views over the lake, or travel to other regional mountains such as Pilatus, Stanserhorn and even the mighty Mount Titlis.

Day 7 - Last day

The one hour train journey to Zurich airport allows you time for a last look around and perhaps lunch in Lucerne before your flight back to the UK.



2 nights each in St. Moritz, Lugano and Lucerne

Available May-October

Prices from £996 per person staying in 3 star hotels

Prices from £1,335 per person staying in 4 star hotels

1st class rail supplement £31. Half board prices on request.
Switch to a Swiss Travel Pass with full flexibility to add resorts or change the routing for £123 (2nd class).

Prices shown are guides for 2020 travel and will be similar for 2021


Your holiday price includes

Booking Conditions
  • Scheduled return flights from London to Zurich (flights are available from around the UK)
  • 2nd class rail travel covering the rail journeys described. 1st class on the Gotthard Panorama Express
  • 6 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation as described based on two people sharing
  • 2nd class reserved seats on the Bernina Express and 1st class on the Gotthard Panoramic Express
  • Half Fare Card which entitles you to half or reduced price travel on all the excursions mentioned
  • Engadin Card during the summer months offering FREE transport including mountain railways and cable cars around St. Moritz
  • Ticino Ticket offering free rail and bus travel and discounts on boats and mountain journeys
  • Fully detailed itinerary sent with all tickets
  • Financial protection ATOL 3148
The Half Fare Card is valid on trains, scenic trains, PostBuses and most boats, mountain railways and cable cars. Optional excursions may not operate year round, please check before booking.

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Not quite the perfect holiday? We can tailor make it to suit you:
  • Change the direction of travel
  • Add extra nights along the way 
  • Add on lakes & mountains excursions
  • Include dinner on a half board basis
  • Upgrade to superior hotel rooms
  • Upgrade to 1st class rail for extra comfort
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