12 days to Pontresina, Lugano and Lucerne

Bernina Express and Gotthard Panorama Express holiday featuring 3 delightful resorts

Alp Grüm
Lugano lakeside
Chapel Bridge, Lucerne
This is just one example of a multi centre holiday featuring the train journeys and resorts described. All holidays can be adapted to your own requirements - call 0800 619 1200 for help with your planning and for prices.


"An opportunity to experience 3 wonderfully contrasting Swiss experiences including the high Alps, the Italian border region and stunning Lake Lucerne"

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Day 1 - Arrive and explore Pontresina

Flight from the UK to Zurich airport with rail travel to Pontresina. Check in to your hotel for your 3 night stay.

Day 2-3 - Pontresina and the Upper Engadin

Pontresina is a quiet village set amidst beautiful scenery. From here you can fully explore the attractive valley and the mountain lakes of Sils and Silvaplana. You can also journey up into the high Engadin mountains for some fabulous walking trails with panoramic views. With plenty of mountain restaurants and FREE travel on the cable cars during the summer thanks to the Engadin Card, this is a wonderful start to your holiday.

Day 4 - Travel to Lugano on the Bernina Express

The Bernina Express journeys through the UNESCO protected landscape, over fantastic viaducts and bridges, with magnificent views of alpine forests and mountain peaks. You will cross the Italian border and change in Tirano to the Bernina Bus. Enjoy the views from your comfortable seat as you travel through the Italian countryside before crossing back into Switzerland and reaching lakeside Lugano.

Day 5-7 - Lugano and the Ticino region

With 4 nights in Lugano you’ll have plenty of time to soak up the Italian style atmosphere of this attractive lakeside resort. Your Swiss Travel Pass gives you free travel to explore the Ticino region – take a relaxing lake cruise or visit the town of Bellinzona which boasts three medieval castles. With your pass you can also enjoy discounts on the funiculars to Monte Brè and Monte San Salvatore – enjoy the stunning views over the lake and the wider region.

Day 8 - Travel to Lucerne on the Gotthard Panorama Express

A most enjoyable journey today. The comfortable train departs from Lugano and takes you slowly upwards 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. This makes for a relaxing, scenic cruise along the whole length of the glistening lake as you travel to Lucerne.

Day 9-11 - Lucerne and Central Switzerland for 4 nights

Lucerne is a charming, historic town which you can explore at your leisure. Your Swiss Travel Pass offers free cruises and free entry to many museums. You might also like to visit the regional mountains; the pass gives you free travel to Mount Rigi and the  Stanserhorn as well as a 50% reduction on the cable cars and mountain railways of Mount Pilatus. You are sure to enjoy the glorious views.

Day 12 - Last day

A last stroll along Lucerne’s lakeshore before you take the train to Zurich for your flight to the UK.



3 nights in Pontresina and 4 nights each in Lugano and Lucerne

Available June-October

Prices from £1,681 per person staying in 3 star hotels

Prices from £2,023 per person staying in 4 star hotels

1st class rail supplement £176. Half board prices on request.
Price shown is for an example itinerary. We can tailor make your holiday to your individual requirements.


Your holiday price includes

Booking Conditions
  • Scheduled return flights from Heathrow to Zurich inclusive of all airport taxes and security charges
  • 2nd class 15 day Swiss Travel Pass covering all rail journeys described and many more
  • 11 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation as described based on two people sharing
  • 2nd class reserved seats on the Bernina Express from Pontresina to Lugano
  • 1st class reserved seats on the Gotthard Panorama Express from Lugano to Lucerne
  • Engadin Card during the summer months offering FREE transport including mountain railways and cable cars around Pontresina
  • Ticino Ticket offering free bus and train travel around Lugano
  • Fully detailed itinerary sent with all tickets
  • Financial protection ATOL 3148
  • Financial protection ATOL 3148
The Swiss Travel Pass is valid on trains, scenic trains, PostBuses and most boats. Travel on mountain railways and cable cars is up to 50% reduction. Optional excursions may not operate year round, please check before booking

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Swiss Trail Pass

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

Gotthard Panorama Express at Wassen

Your scenic train journeys

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Build your own scenic itinerary

Landwasser Viaduct
Not quite the perfect holiday? We can tailor make it to suit you:
  • Change the direction of travel
  • Add extra nights in any of the resorts  
  • 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
  • Add more resorts - create a Grand Tour
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