15 Days Four Lakes Scenic Rail Holiday

Includes stays in Montreux, Spiez, Locarno & Lucerne and several delightful scenic rail journeys

Treno Gottardo
Lake Geneva steam boat
Spiez chapel

This is a Swiss Travel Pass holiday which offers unlimited free travel for scenic day trips. It can be adapted in various ways to suit you, including adding more resorts and rail journeys. The Swiss Travel Pass also gives you up to 50% reductions on cable cars and mountain railways.

Please call 0800 619 1200 for help with planning or email us at info@swissholidayco.com


"These beautiful lakes surrounded by stunning mountains make an ideal holiday! With scenic railways including the GoldenPass Line, the new Treno Gottardo route and the Centovalli Line, you will see some of the very best sights in Switzerland"

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Call us on 0800 619 1200 or email us at info@swissholidayco.com

Day 1 - Arrive and explore Montreux

Flight from the UK to Zurich airport with rail travel to Montreux. Check in to your hotel for your 3 night stay and enjoy your first glimpse of Montreux

Day 2-3 - Free days in and around Montreux on the Swiss Riviera

Montreux is one of the oldest resorts in Switzerland, with cafés and a wonderful promenade which you can follow to romantic Chillon Castle. Your Swiss Travel Pass gives you free travel on the lake boats and mainline trains so you can visit Geneva for the day or Lausanne and the vienyards at Lavaux. The mountain railway to Les Rochers-de-Naye at 50% reduction is highly recommended for spectacular views.

Day 4 - Experience the GoldenPass Line to Spiez for 4 nights

As GoldenPass Line train leaves Lake Geneva behind, you’ll climb steadily, passing the beautiful countryside around Saanen and the alpine resort of Gstaad before you change trains in Zweisimmen. There are more scenic views of lush pastures and a gentle descent to Spiez on beautiful Lake Thun.

Day 5-7 - Explore the Bernese Oberland with your Swiss Travel Pass

Spiez is uniquely situated on Lake Thun for a leisurely cruise and waterside strolls. It also has rail connections to Bern, Interlaken and Lucerne. All these journeys can be enjoyed free with your Swiss Travel Pass or you can explore the Bernese mountains at a 50% discount. Spiez itself has a beautiful lakeside setting nestling among hills and vineyards with its own picturesque medieval castle.

Day 8 - Travel to Domodossola and enjoy the Centovalli Line to Locarno for 3 nights

From Spiez you travel on the Lötschberg route where you have the choice of an extra change in Brig and travelling on the old scenic route or taking an international train to Domodossola where you join the charming Centovalli Line to Locarno.

Day 9-10 - Explore the Ticino region and Locarno

Locarno is a resort where the Italian influence affects all aspects of life, from the architecture to what you eat. Situated on stunning Lake Maggiore, with the lakeside village of Ascona only a bus ride away, Locarno is also well placed for enjoying the mountains.

Your Ticino Ticket gives you free travel on local trains and buses helping you get the most out of your holiday. You could visit the region’s historical capital, Bellinzona, with three fabulous historic castles to explore or take a day to visit Lugano, now only 30 minutes away by train.

Day 11 - Scenic rail journey on the Treno Gottardo Line to Lucerne for 4 nights

The Treno Gottardo journey today heads towards the dramatic Gotthard Pass with slow looping tracks to Airolo where you leave the Ticino region through the 19th century tunnel. The train continues on to Central Switzerland, travelling down the beautiful Reuss valley and looping past Wassen Church three times. The descent continues to Lake Lucerne at Flüelen before a final section travelling around the water via Brunnen to Lucerne.

Day 12-14 - Lucerne and Central Switzerland

With your Swiss Travel Pass, Lucerne is the perfect spot from which to enjoy free travel around the dramatic scenery of Central Switzerland. You should make time for a lake cruise and the famous old cog railway to the stunning peak of Mount Rigi celebrating 150 years. The Stanserhorn open top deck cable car and the Stoos funicular are also included free with your Swiss Travel Pass along with trips further afield: Bern or Lake Constance on the German border. Mount Pilatus and other mountain railways and cable cars are available at a 50% reduction.

Day 15 - Last day

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


2022 Guide Prices

3 nights in Montreux, 4 nights in Spiez, 3 nights in Locarno and 4 nights in Lucerne

Available all year

Prices from £2,069 per person staying in 3 star hotels
Prices from £2,678 per person staying in 4 star hotels

1st class rail supplement £174. Half board prices: add £503 per person in 3 star hotels; £516 in 4 star hotels (except Montreux).


Your holiday price includes

Booking Conditions
  • Scheduled return flights from London to Zurich (flights available from around the UK)
  • 15 day 2nd class Swiss Travel Pass covering all rail journeys described and many more
  • 14 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation as described based on two people sharing
  • 2nd class reserved seats on the GoldenPass Line from Montreux to Spiez
  • Ticino Ticket offering free bus and train travel around the region
  • Fully detailed itinerary sent with all tickets
  • Financial protection ATOL 3148
The Swiss Travel Pass is valid on trains, PostBuses, boats (Swiss part of Lake Maggiore only), scenic trains and some mountain journeys as described. Travel on other mountain railways/cable cars is up to 50% reduction. Optional excursions may not operate year round. Call us on 0800 619 1200 or email us at info@swissholidayco.com

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Call us on 0800 619 1200 or email us at info@swissholidayco.com

Swiss Trail Pass

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

Views from Treno Gottardo near Wassen

Your scenic train journeys

You can discover more about these scenic routes by clicking below


Build your own scenic itinerary

Glacier Express on the Landwasser Viaduct
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
  • Bespoke prices available throughout 2022
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