8 Day | Historic Route Across The Alps Holiday

Enjoy iconic Lake Lucerne with the sun-kissed Italian south of Switzerland

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne
Wassen on the Gotthard route

This is one of our 'Relaxing Two Centre' holidays, offering you the chance to stay in two resorts which complement each other, and which are connected by a scenic rail journey.  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, adding more resorts and rail journeys or changing the duration. This holiday is suggested as 8 days, but can easily be extended to a fortnight. 

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


"Visitors have been enjoying this journey across the Alps via the Gotthard Tunnel since 1882. The mountain scenery en route is spectacular. You will enjoy stays beside two lakes - Lucerne and Maggiore - and have the opportunity to compare the scenery of Central Switzerland with that of the Ticino region. "

Get your holiday quotation today

Contact us to book your holiday

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

Day 1 - Arrive and explore charming Lucerne

Fly from the UK to Zurich in under 2 hours with connecting rail travel to Lucerne. Welcome to your hotel for your 4 night stay and enjoy exploring the Old Town and lakeside.

Day 2-4 - Free days to enjoy the beautiful Old Town, lake and mountains

With your Swiss Travel Pass, Lucerne is perfectly placed to enjoy free travel around the dramatic scenery of Central Switzerland - a cruise on Lake Lucerne is a must, as this is without doubt one of the most beautiful lakes, whose shoreline is dotted with idyllic villages. Also included free with your Swiss Travel Pass are the famous old cog railway to the stunning peak of Mount Rigi, the Stanserhorn open top deck cable car, the Stoos funicular, and even a trip further afield to historic Bern. Mount Pilatus and other mountain railways and cable cars around Lake Lucerne are available at a 50% reduction.

Day 5 - Scenic rail journey on the Treno Gottardo line to Locarno

Your next adventure is at a leisurely pace on the Treno Gottardo Line which takes you around Lake Lucerne via Brunnen and Flüelen then heads up the Reuss valley with ever changing views towards the historic Gotthard Pass. The line loops three times past the church at Wassen to the original 19th century Gotthard tunnel after which you dramatically arrive in the beautiful Italian Ticino region of Switzerland. There is a slow looping decent to Bellinzona en route to Locarno on Lake Maggiore for 3 nights.

Day 6-7 - Enjoy la dolce vita in Locarno and the Ticino region

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, 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 Lugano, now only 30 minutes away by train. You can also enjoy a day trip to Domodossola on the fabulous Centovalli Line free with your Swiss Travel Pass.

Day 8 - Last day

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


2024 Guide Prices

4 nights in Lucerne and 3 nights in Locarno

Available all year

Prices from £1,395 per person staying in 3 star hotels
Prices from £1,717 per person staying in 4 star hotels

Upgrade to 1st class Swiss Travel Pass from just £192 per person

Half board prices: add from £303 per person (3 star) or from £351 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)
  • 8 day Swiss Travel Pass covering all rail journeys described and many more (2nd class)
  • 7 nights’ hotel accommodation bed and breakfast as described based on two people sharing
  • Treno Gottardo journey Lucerne-Locarno (2nd class)
  • Ticino Ticket offering free bus and train travel around the Ticino 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

Request your holiday quotation

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

Treno Gottardo

Your scenic train journey

You can discover more about this scenic route by clicking below


More holidays like this

Idyllic villages on the route of the Luzern-Interlaken Express

Take a look at our selection of scenic rail holidays across Switzerland

More holidays like this

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 2024
Request a scenic holiday quote