Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne

Kapellbrücke, Lucerne
Lake Lucerne - © Alan Heywood
Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne with Pilatus in background - © Alan Heywood
Lucerne paddlesteamer leaving city quayside - © Alan Heywood
Rigi - © Alan Heywood
Lake Lucerne - © Alan Heywood
Sisikon, Lake Lucerne - © Alan Heywood
Rigi Bahn - © swiss-image.ch

Holiday Highlights

  • Ascent of two mountains by train (Rigi and Pilatus)
  • Three lake cruises (Vitznau, Alpnachstad and Flüelen)
  • Brünig and Gotthard Passes by train
  • The historic city of Lucerne
  • 8 Days from £1,695pp
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Tour Dates:
Saturday 13 June to Saturday 20 June 2020

Lucerne boasts glorious Alpine scenery and is an ideal destination for a rail holiday. This tour has a variety of escorted excursions to enjoy from our base on the glistening shores of Lake Lucerne.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – London to Aachen

We depart by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels and connect to a high speed train for Aachen. We have a short walk to our hotel where dinner is included.

Day 2 – To Lucerne

Leaving Aachen after breakfast we follow the classis route alongside the river Rhine as it heads south to Basle, then onwards to the beautiful city of Lucerne. Lucerne’s ‘old town’ with its spired, turreted buildings that depict the story book image of a Swiss town, can be reached by the iconic Kapellbrücke which is just minutes from our hotel.

Day 3 – Explore the Rigi by Boat and Train

After a morning at leisure in Lucerne, enjoy an afternoon boat trip on the lake to Vitznau to take the mountain rack railway ascent of the Rigi. We then return via Arth Goldau and main line train to Lucerne.

Day 4 – Interlaken

A relaxing two hour train journey over the Brünig Pass, through beautiful mountain and lake scenery, brings us to the famous resort of Interlaken where there is time to explore.

Day 5 – Pilatus

No holiday to Lucerne is complete without one of our favourite Alpine excursions. We begin by taking a lake steamer to Alpnachstad, then travel by mountain railway to Pilatus’ summit. Our descent is by cable car to Kriens and we return to Lucerne by trolleybus.

Day 6 – The Gotthard Pass

Today begins with an enjoyable 3-hour cruise on a Lake Lucerne paddle steamer along the lake to Flüelen. We then travel by train up the famous Gotthard route with its amazing hairpins to Göschenen. Finally, board the rack railway to travel up through the Schöllenen Gorge to the resort of Andermatt. Return to Lucerne by train.

Day 7 – Cologne

By main line train to Basle where we change for our service to Cologne, following the Rhine route once more.

Day 8 – Homeward Bound

Travel by high speed train to Brussels before boarding Eurostar back to London St Pancras, arriving early afternoon.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Ibis Hotel Aachen am Marschiertor, Aachen

Hotel Waldstätterhof, Lucerne

ibis Köln am Dom, Cologne

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Rail travel as specified in standard class
  • Seat reservations on international outward and return journeys and, where available, in Switzerland
  • Tell Pass for unlimited travel within the Lake Lucerne region (includes mountain railways and lake steamers)
  • Excursions as specified
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Welcome dinner
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £1,695
Single room supplement: £240
Deposit for this holiday: £100

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