8 Days Gotthard Panorama Express With Idyllic Lakes

Enjoy Lucerne and Lugano, both highly recommend resorts in glorious lakeside settings

Rütli  Meadow, Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

This is a Half Fare Card holiday which offers the ultimate flexibility. It can be adapted in various ways to suit you, including adding more resorts and rail journeys and changing the duration. The Half Fare Card gives you up to 50% reductions on excursions.

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


"A journey on the original Gotthard route showing Switzerlandâ??s contrasting regions and beautiful lakeside resorts. Enjoy a cruise along the length of Lake Lucerne followed by a journey on panoramic train on the looping track through the mountains - 1st class all the way"

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

Day 1 - Arrive and explore
Flight from the UK to Zurich airport with rail travel to your first resort.Check in to your hotel for your 4 night stay and enjoy your first look around Lucerne.
Day 2-4 - Lucerne and Central Switzerland

Lucerne is the perfect spot from which to explore the dramatic scenery of Central Switzerland.It boasts an Old Town with a cuckoo clock feel and beautifully preserved buildings featuring their original painted façades. You will enjoy a cruise along the length of Lake Lucerne as part of your Gotthard Panorama Express journey, so during your stay you could focus on the mountains and enjoy the famous old cog railway to the stunning peak of Mount Rigi which is celebrating its 150th birthday in 2021. Other recommendations include Mount Pilatus, the Stanserhorn open top cable car and Mount Titlis which is reached via Engelberg.

Day 5 - Gotthard Panorama Express to Lugano
This unforgettable journey starts with a 2½ hour cruise on a vintage paddle steamer or saloon motor vessel, while taking in the beautiful sights of Lake Lucerne all the way to Flüelen. Lunch can be pre-booked onboard, please ask us for prices. You’ll then join your train for some of the highlights of a spectacular journey past the Devil’s Bridge and through the original Gotthard Tunnel before meandering down into the Ticino region and the town of Lugano for the next 3 nights.
Day 6-7 - Lugano and the Ticino region
Lugano is a resort where the Italian influence affects all aspects of life, from the architecture to what you eat, and of course the shopping. Situated on stunning Lake Lugano, the town 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 Locarno and Lake Maggiore, now only 30 minutes away by train.
Day 8 - Last day
Time for a last look around Lugano before you take the train to Zurich airport for your flight to the UK. 


4 nights in Lucerne and 3 nights in Lugano

Available April-October

Prices from £1,168 per person staying in 3 star hotels
Prices from £1,438 per person staying in 4 star hotels

1st class rail supplement £43. Half board prices: add £216 per person in 3 star hotels; £365 in 4 star hotels.

Switch to a Swiss Travel Pass to include excursions by rail, boat and bus, with up to 50% discount on cable cars for £177 2nd class or £343 1st class


Your holiday price includes

Booking Conditions
  • Scheduled return flights from London to Zurich (flights available from around the UK)
  • 2nd class rail travel Zurich airport to Lucerne and Lugano to Zurich airport
  • 7 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation as described based on two people sharing
  • 1st class boat/rail travel between your resorts as described with reserved seats on the rail section of the Gotthard Panorama Express
  • Ticino Ticket offering free bus and train travel around the region
  • Half Fare Card giving you half or reduced price on all excursions mentioned
  • 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. 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

Wattinger Curve on the Gotthard Panorama Express

Your scenic train journey

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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
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