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Trip Overview

Soak in the stunning scenery on this rail journey that takes you through Lucerne, Lugano and Milan. Enjoy spectacular mountain and lakeside views along with picturesque town squares in Lucerne. Take the scenic Gotthard Express from Lucerne to Lugano and learn the fascinating history and the legend of the Gotthard region while enjoying the striking scenery along the way. See what makes Lugano so special while being surrounded by the gorgeous Lake Lugano and the Lugano Prealps mountain range. Finally, take the short train journey to Milan and spend a night getting to know this vibrant city. There is so much to see on this scenic holiday, make sure you pack your camera!

Highlights

  • Discover beautiful Lucerne and indulge in some delicious Swiss delicacies
  • Travel to the top of Mount Rigi for some spectacular views
  • Ride on a historic paddle steamer across Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Fluelen
  • Take in the amazing Scenery of Gotthard Pass on the Gotthard Express
  • Relax in gorgeous Lakeside Lugano 

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Return flight from the UK to Lucerne (rail option available with overnight in Milan)
  • First class travel on paddle steamer boat and on Gotthard Express
  • Additional rail travel in standard class as per the itinerary
  • 2 nights' hotel stay with breakfast in Lucerne
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Lugano
  • 1 night hotel stay with breakfast in Milan
  • Mount Rigi day trip
  • Milan to UK flight
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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Railbookers UK Trading Ltd is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

TRIP ITINERARY

DAY 1 – THE UK TO ZURICH
Fly from the UK to Zurich, then take the train from the Zurich airport to Lucerne and check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. If you would prefer to take the train from London, via Paris and Basel to Lucerne, one of our Rail Experts can help you arrange this option. After getting settled, begin exploring all this stunning Central Switzerland city has to offer. The medieval Chapel Bridge is a great place to start as it is considered to be one of the oldest, covered wooden bridges in Europe. Lucerne is also full of picturesque town squares where you can relax, indulge in some Swiss delicacies and soak in the Swiss culture. (Overnight in Lucerne)

DAY 2 - LUCERNE/MOUNT RIGI
Today take a 1hr cruise on Lake Lucerne to Vitznau, then the oldest mountain cog railway in Europe 1800m up to Rigi Kulm. The railway carriages haven't changed much in 100yrs, and once at the top you get to enjoy some spectacular 360-degree views of as far afield as France and Germany on a clear day. There’s a gift shop and restaurant for lunch at the top, and between May and October you may even have the chance to take a stroll with a St Bernard dog, synonymous with the area. On your decent take another scenic cog railway to the town of Art-Goldau then a train back to Lucerne, or if you're feeling adventurous hop off at Rigi Kaltbad and take the cable car to Weggis from where there is a 15-minute walk to the boat cruise back to Lucerne. (Overnight in Lucerne) B
 

DAY 3 - LUCERNE TO LUGANO
After breakfast Enjoy a paddle cruiser ride across the gorgeous Lake Lucerne in route to Fluelen and relish in the amazing views of the snow-capped mountains along the way. Then you will board the scenic Gotthard Panorama Express for a lovely journey along the historic Gotthard railway line, where stunning scenery awaits. You’ll be treated to fascinating history and the legend of the Gotthard region along the way. There is also a photography coach on the train where you can take all the pictures you desire. On arrival in Lugano, check in for a two-night stay. (Overnight in Lugano) B
 

DAY 4 - LUGANO
Spend today getting to know Lugano. Located in Switzerland right on the Italian border, this city offers all the loveliness of Switzerland with a Mediterranean flair. Lugano Arte e Cultura, otherwise known as LAC, is the city’s cultural centre, and is full of local and cantonal art. If you are interested in architecture, visit Swissminiatur, an open-air museum that features over 120 1:125 scale models of the most famous buildings and monuments in Switzerland. The park also features 1,500 plants and over 10,000 flowers for your viewing pleasure! (Overnight in Lugano) B

DAY 5
Today, you will board the train from Lugano to Milan and on arrival, check-in at your hotel for an overnight stay. Spend the rest of the day discovering fashionable, vibrant Milan, perhaps visiting the Piazza Duomo in the heart of the city, or the Santa Maria delle Grazie, a classically beautiful Renaissance church. (Overnight in Milan) B

DAY 5 – END OF TOUR
After breakfast this morning, check out of your hotel and head to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively speak to your Sales Consultant about coming home by train. B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

Passports are required.

Hotel International Au Lac Hotel Lugano

Nestled in a prime location between the lakeside promenade and the lively restaurants, cafés and boutiques of Via Nassa, the International au Lac is a family-run property in a sensational location. The hotel was given the honorary distinction of “Historical hotel worthy of special mention” by UNESCO. The hotel’s rooms are individually decorated, all with a classic elegant style. Relax after sightseeing with a stroll through the garden or a dip in the outdoor pool. The hotel even boasts an exhibition about its 100 year history!

Romantik Wilden Mann Luzern

The Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann is a traditional hotel with 51 bedrooms and suites set over seven historic Lucerne townhouses. The hotel has two restaurants, fine dining in the Wilden Mann Stube, and the Burgerstube, serving regional Swiss cuisine. The hotel is located in the centre of Lucerne's old town, 200 metres from the famous Chapel Bridge and a few minutes walk to the train station.

Waldstaetterhof Lucerne

The Waldstaetterhof is a modern hotel located in the centre of Lucerne. The hotel offers 78 comfortable ensuite bedrooms all with Wi-Fi internet access and tea & coffee making facilities. There is also a restaurant serving Swiss regional and national specialities as well as a comfortable lounge area. The hotel is situated opposite the railway station in the centre of Lucerne, offering easy access to all of the city's main sights, attractions, bars and restaurants.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Railbookers UK Trading Ltd is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

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