12 Day | Sunny Lakes & Dramatic Mountains Holiday

Enjoy Italian style, a beautiful lakeside village and the sweet mountain air of the Alps

Change from lake to train at Flüelen on the Gotthard Panorama Express
Lugano lakeside
Wengen views

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, adding more resorts and rail journeys or changing the duration. This holiday is suggested as 12 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


"Experience Italian style in Lugano, a quiet Swiss lakeside village in Central Switzerland and the sweet mountain air of the high Alps. Travel between resorts on the Gotthard Panorama Express and Luzern-Interlaken Express"

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

Day 1 - Arrive and explore the lakeside resort of Lugano

Flight from the UK to Zurich in under 2 hours with connecting rail travel to Lugano. Welcome to your hotel for your 3 night stay and enjoy your first taste of the Italian way of life in the Ticino region of Switzerland.

Day 2-3 - Enjoy the warmth of southern Switzerland

Soak up the Italian atmosphere of this attractive lakeside resort. Your Ticino Ticket gives you free travel on the region’s buses and trains to explore the area. You can even visit the medieval town of Bellinzona, which boasts three medieval castles. There are also discounts on the funiculars to visit the local mountains. Your Swiss Travel Pass gives you free travel further afield – enjoy a journey on the Centovalli Line and lunch in Domodossola.

Day 4 - Travel 1st class on the Gotthard Panorama Express to Weggis

Your next adventure is at a leisurely pace on the Gotthard Panorama Express. This unforgettable journey starts in special panoramic 1st class rail coaches for the spectacular journey through the original Gotthard Tunnel before meandering down to Flüelen. Here you board the lake steamer on your 2 hour cruise criss-crossing beautiful Lake Lucerne all the way to the attractive lakeside village of Weggis.

Day 5-7 - Tranquil Weggis and the mountains of Central Switzerland

The delightful lakeside resort of Weggis is a peaceful village nestling below Mount Rigi. Your Swiss Travel Pass is a real bonus as it includes free and unlimited travel on the regular lake boats to explore the region including Lucerne’s beautiful Old Town. Travel to the scenic mountains of Rigi and Stanserhorn is also included and other cog railways and cable cars such as Pilatus are at 50% reduction.

Day 8 - Travel to Wengen, including the scenic Luzern-Interlaken Express journey

The day starts with a boat journey to Lucerne to connect with the panoramic coaches of the Luzern-Interlaken Express which offer wonderful views on this two hour journey over the Brünig Pass to Interlaken. Here, you board the local trains to Lauterbrunnen and then Wengen for 4 nights.

Day 9-11 - Discover Wengen and the Jungfrau mountains

Wengen is an idyllic car free mountain village perched on a sun soaked terrace with spectacular views to the high Alps and easy access into the high mountains. Your Swiss Travel Pass gives you free rail travel back to Interlaken and its two lovely lakes as well as rail travel to Grindelwald and Mürren. Mountain transport, for which your pass gives a 50% discount, takes you directly into the Alps at Männlichen or Kleine Scheidegg for stunning scenery and spectacular walks. Travel up to the famous Jungfraujoch with a 25% reduction.

Day 12 - Last day

After a last look around at the village, take the train back to Zurich airport for your flight to the UK.


2024 Guide Prices (please ask us for 2025 prices)

3 nights in Lugano, 4 nights in Weggis and 4 nights in Wengen

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...  Please also note that Interlaken may replace Wengen at certain periods).

Prices from £1,770 per person staying in 3 star hotels
Prices from £1,911 per person staying in 4 star hotels

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

Half board prices: add from £300 per person (3 star) or from £677 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)
  • 15 day Swiss Travel Pass covering all rail journeys described and many more (2nd class)
  • 11 nights’ hotel accommodation bed and breakfast as described based on two people sharing
  • 1st class lake steamer and rail travel on the Gotthard Panorama Express Lugano-Weggis with reserved seats on the train section
  • Boat travel Weggis-Lucerne and reserved seats on the Luzern-Interlaken Express (2nd class)
  • Regional rail travel Interlaken-Wengen (2nd class)
  • Ticino Ticket in Lugano 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

Luzern-Interlaken Express

Your scenic train journeys

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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 2024 & 2025
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