8 Days Hidden Treasures Scenic Rail Journeys

Delightful journeys to Interlaken, Locarno and Lucerne

Interlaken
Locarno promenade
Lucerne's lakefront

This is a Swiss Travel Pass holiday which offers the 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. 

 

"This holiday offers 4 scenic journeys on the Luzern-Interlaken Express, Lötschberg & Centovalli Lines and the Gotthard Panorama Express and resorts close to 4 of the most beautiful lakes."

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Day 1 - Arrive in Interlaken for 2 nights via the Luzern-Interlaken Express

Flight from the UK to Zurich airport with rail travel to Lucerne to join the Luzern-Interlaken Express.

Check in to your hotel and enjoy your first look round Interlaken and get your bearings.

Day 2 - In and around the Bernese Oberland

With your Swiss Travel Pass you can enjoy free travel on a cruise around the two lakes of Thun and Brienz and travel into the stunning Jungfrau mountains at Wengen, Mürren or Grindelwald. You may like to consider a trip to the Schynige PlatteSchilthorn or Harder Kulm - Interlaken’s own special mountain. The discount is 25% to Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe.

Day 3 - Travel on two lesser known scenic journeys to Locarno for 2 nights

Depart Interlaken by rail to Spiez and join the Lötschberg Line to Brig on the old, looping route via Kandersteg. Onward travel is by international train to Domodossola in Italy where you board the charming Centovalli Line to Locarno. Although there are three changes on this route it is well worthwhile to enjoy the changing scenery.

Day 4 - Enjoy the Ticino region of Switzerland

Situated on the shore of Lake Maggiore and enjoying the balmy sunshine, Locarno really is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the dolce vita. As well as the sparkling lake, visitors are treated to beautiful views of the green foothills of the southern Alps. The famous Piazza Grande offers boutique shops and an inviting Mediterranean-style café culture. The Swiss Travel Pass gives you free cruises (on the Swiss part of the lake), or travel to Bellinzona and its famous castles.

Day 5 - Gotthard Panorama Express - a 1st class rail and boat journey to Lucerne for 3 nights

Firstly travel to Bellinzona to join the 1st class panoramic carriages of the Gotthard Panorama Express, which then takes 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 historic Lucerne.

Day 6-7 - 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 lake cruises and the famous 150 year old cog railway to the stunning peak of Mount Rigi. The Stanserhorn open top deck cable car and Klewenalp are also free with your Swiss Travel Pass. Pilatus and other mountain railways and cable cars are available at a 50% reduction.

Day 8 - 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 to the UK.

 

Prices

2 nights each in Interlaken and Locarno and 3 nights in Lucerne

Available April-October

Prices from £1,311 per person staying in 3 star hotels

Prices from £1,542 per person staying in 4 star hotels

1st class rail supplement £166.  Half board prices: add £162 per person in 3 star hotels (except Locarno); £303 in 4 star hotels

 

Your holiday price includes

Booking Conditions
  • Scheduled return flights from Heathrow to Zurich (flights available from around the UK)
  • 8 day 2nd class Swiss Travel Pass covering all rail journeys described and many more
  • 7 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation as described based on two people sharing
  • 2nd class reserved seats on the Luzern-Interlaken Express. 1st class travel on the Gotthard Panorama Express, with reserved seats on the rail section
  • Fully detailed itinerary sent with all tickets
  • Financial protection ATOL 3148
The Swiss Travel Pass is valid on trains, PostBuses, boats, 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.
 

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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

Gotthard Panorama Express at Wassen

Your scenic train journeys

You can discover more about these scenic routes by clicking below

 
 
 
 

Enjoy a short video of this itinerary


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 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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