15 Day | Hidden Treasures Holiday

Charming scenic journeys off the beaten track, crossing the Alps not once but twice

Lötschberg Regio Express on the Kander-Viaduct
Locarno
Jesuit Church, Lucerne

This is one of our 'Three Centre Scenic Rail' holidays, offering you the chance to stay in three resorts which complement each other, and which are connected by scenic rail journeys.  There are plenty of day trips to enjoy - free or heavily discounted with your Swiss Travel Pass - or you could simply relax amidst the beautiful scenery. The holiday can be adapted in various ways to suit you, including upgrading your hotel room and adding more resorts and rail journeys.

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

 

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

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Day 1 - Arrive in Interlaken via the Luzern-Interlaken Express

Fly from the UK to Zurich in under 2 hours with rail travel to Lucerne and then join the Luzern-Interlaken Express to Interlaken. Welcome to your hotel and enjoy your first look round and get your bearings.

Day 2-5 - In and around the stunning Bernese Oberland

There is so much on offer here with your Swiss Travel Pass which you could use for free unlimited travel on the Lakes of Thun & Brienz. A favourite trip is a leisurely cruise from Interlaken to Brienz with a half price trip on the Brienzer Rothorn steam railway which has been chugging away since 1892. You can also travel for free to the alpine villages of Wengen and Grindelwald. From here, the mountain railways and cable cars are offered with up to 50% reduction, or a memorable visit to the Jungfraujoch is available at 25% reduction.

Day 6 - Travel on two lesser known but fabulous scenic journeys to Locarno

Depart Interlaken by rail to Spiez and join the Lötschberg Regio Express 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 7-9 - Enjoy the sunny Ticino region of Switzerland

Locarno is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the dolce vita with the famous Piazza Grande boutique shops and an inviting Mediterranean-style café culture. Your free Ticino Ticket gives you free travel on local transport including to the beautiful lakeside resort of Ascona. Historic Bellinzona with its famous three castles and Lugano with its fabulous lake promenade are also worth visiting.

Day 10 - Gotthard Panorama Express - a 1st class rail and boat journey to Lucerne

Your next adventure is at a leisurely pace on the Gotthard Panorama Express. This unforgettable journey starts in special panoramic 1st class coaches for the spectacular journey through the original Gotthard Tunnel before meandering down to Flüelen. Here you board the lake steamer on your 2½ hour cruise criss-crossing beautiful the beautiful lake all the way to the attractive town of Lucerne.

Day 11-14 - Lakeside Lucerne and the mountains of Central Switzerland

With your Swiss Travel Pass, Lucerne is perfectly placed to enjoy free travel around the dramatic scenery of Central Switzerland. A lake cruise is a great way to connect with your mountain trips. Also included free with your Swiss Travel Pass are the famous old cog railway or cable car to the stunning peak of Mount Rigi, the Stanserhorn open top deck cable car and the Stoos funicular, or trips further afield to Bern. Pilatus and other mountain railways and cable cars around Lake Lucerne are available at a 50% reduction

Day 15 - 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.

 

2024 Guide Prices

5 nights in Interlaken, 4 nights in Locarno and 5 nights in Lucerne

Available all year

(The official operating dates of the Gotthard Panorama Express are Tuesdays-Sundays April-October, however you can travel on the same route at other times. More details...)

Prices from £2,463 per person staying in 3 star hotels
Prices from £2,879 per person staying in 4 star hotels

Upgrade to 1st class Swiss Travel Pass from just £168 per person

Half board prices (except Interlaken): add from £201 per person (3 star) or from £447 per person (4 star)

 

Your holiday price includes

Booking Conditions
  • Scheduled return flights from London to Zurich including taxes and hold baggage (flights are available from around the UK, and also to Geneva airport)
  • 15 day Swiss Travel Pass covering all rail journeys described and many more (2nd class)
  • 14 nights’ hotel accommodation bed and breakfast as described based on two people sharing
  • Reserved seats on the Luzern-Interlaken Express (2nd class)
  • Lötschberg Regio Express, Centovalli Line and regional rail links Interlaken-Locarno (2nd class)
  • Regional rail travel Locarno-Bellinzona (2nd class)
  • 1st class travel on the Gotthard Panorama Express Bellinzona-Lucerne with reserved seats on the rail section
  • Ticino Ticket in Locarno offering free bus and train travel around the region
  • Personalised full detailed itinerary sent with all tickets
  • Financial protection ATOL 3148
The Swiss Travel Pass offers free travel on trains, scenic trains, PostBuses and most boats, with up to 50% discount for 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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Swiss Trail Pass
 

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

Viaduct at Intragna - Centovalli Line

Your scenic train journeys

You can discover more about these scenic routes by clicking below

 
 
 
 

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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
  • Bespoke prices available throughout 2024
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