Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne
- 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
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.
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.
Ibis Hotel Aachen am Marschiertor, Aachen
Hotel Waldstätterhof, Lucerne
ibis Köln am Dom, Cologne
Please note - hotels can be subject to change
- 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
|Single room supplement:||£240|
|Deposit for this holiday:||£100|
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