Classic Gotthard Panorama Express

5 days / unescorted

From £679
Lugano - Lucerne

The Gotthard Panorama Express links two of Switzerland’s most attractive regions: Central Switzerland and Ticino. It starts in Italian-speaking Lugano with its Mediterranean climate, palm trees and glittering blue lakes. After journeying by train to Flüelen, enjoy an unforgettable cruise aboard a vintage paddle steamer as you glide into Lucerne.

Key facts

- Lake Lucerne
- Rütli Meadow
- Schiller Stone
- Bellinzona/Lugano - Mediterranean Switzerland


Day 1: Arrive in Lugano
Arrive in Switzerland; onward rail transfer to Lugano. This charming city lies in the bay of a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. The town piazzas, and blooming flowers in the lakeside Belvedere Gardens invite you to relax and unwind. Overnight in Lugano.

Day 2: Lugano - day at leisure
Lugano is all about its Mediterranean climate and food. Why not take the boat (supplement payable locally) across the lake to one of the beautiful rustic grottos along the lake shore. Situated above the lake surrounded by lush forests, serving rustic Swiss-Italian food they make for a perfect lunch time break. Take a leisurely stroll to the Customs Museum and place one foot on Italian soil before taking the next boat across to the picturesque fishing village of Gandria. Explore the winding, cobbled streets before returning by boat to Lugano. Overnight in Lugano.

Day 3: Lugano - Lucerne (Gotthard Panorama Express)
Breakfast at your hotel. Travel along the old Gotthard Route from the Mediterranean south to the traditional heart of Switzerland, finishing with a lake cruise across Lake Lucerne. From Lugano by train via Bellinzona and on through the 15km long ‘old’ Gotthard tunnel and then down to Flüelen. End your journey with a leisurely cruise on board one of Lake Lucerne’s vintage paddle steamers for a panoramic 2½h cruise. Take in the amazing scenery all around you, from the imposing mountain peaks to the forest covered shores, all reflected in the crystal clear water. Overnight in Lucerne

Day 4: Lucerne - day at leisure
Lucerne is one of the top destinations in Switzerland offering a picturesque old town with painted facades, a beautiful lakeside setting for leisurely strolls and plenty of mountain excursions to choose from. Take advantage of your included half fare card offering 50% of Mount Pilatus, Mount Rigi, Stanserhorn or Mount Titlis. Alternatively stay in the city and explore with a guided city tour or visit some of the outstanding art collections. Overnight in Lucerne.

Day 5: Departure
Before you depart Lucerne, be sure to take a final walk around its attractions including its fully restored Chapel Bridge, its souvenirs and watch shops, all the while soaking up the beautiful lakeside setting. Departure by rail transfer to airport or Swiss/Italian border.

Accommodation description

You will be accommodated in centrally located hotels, within easy walking distance to the railway station and amenities.

Room facilities
- All rooms with shower or bath
- WC
- TV
- Radio
- Telephone

Dates & Prices

Departures: Gotthard Panorama Express runs 03 Jul - 15 Sep and at weekends 14 Apr - 23 Oct. Outside these dates, enjoy a journey on the same route but on one of the regional trains.

STANDARD (STD) | *** Hotels, 2nd class rail
- From £679 per adult sharing twin/double room
- Single supplement from £96 for 4 nights

SUPERIOR (SUP) | **** Hotels, 1st class rail

- From £892 per adult sharing twin/double room
- Single supplement from £178 for 4 nights

DELUXE (DEL) | ***** Hotels, 1st class rail

- From £1142 per adult sharing twin/double room
- Single supplement from £463 for 4 nights

Price includes:

Return flights from UK to Switzerland in economy class including 1 piece of hold luggage and all taxes, rail travel in 2nd or 1st class as per programme, including Half Fare Card, 4 nights' accommodation in selected category, local taxes, daily breakfast, seat reservation (if applicable) on Gotthard Panorama Express, souvenir gift and travel documentation

Optional extras:
- Upgrade to 1st class rail: £54 per person

Optional excursions:

- Folkore Evening, Lucerne: £66 per person
- Guided City Walk Lucerne: £14 per person

Payment by credit card:
A transaction fee of 1.6% up to a maximum of £20 will apply when paying by credit card. A transaction fee of 2.2% up to a maximum of £20 will apply when paying by AMEX (Diners Card cannot be accepted). No charge will be made for debit cards.