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Classic Gotthard Panorama Route

Classic Gotthard Panorama Route

4 nights from
AU$910 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Rail
  • Travel From
    01 Jan 2019
  • Travel Until
    20 Dec 2019
4 nights from
AU$910 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Rail
  • Travel From
    01 Jan 2019
  • Travel Until
    20 Dec 2019
Description 
  • Package Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 4-night accommodation in selected hotel categoryInclusionInclusion Free transport card for selected local buses and trams in LucerneInclusionInclusion Seat reservation on the Gotthard Panorama Express including boat cruiseInclusionInclusion Rail tickets in 2nd or 1st class as per itinerary (Swiss Card included - half fare discount)InclusionInclusion Ticino transport ticketMealMeal Daily breakfast

Summary

An unforgettable Swiss experience awaits you aboard the Gotthard Panorama Express. Our 5-day rail package will take you to the most scenic parts of Switzerland. Your journey starts with a transfer to Lucerne. Located in central Switzerland and on the shores of Lake Lucerne, the city is an ideal base to other destinations. Explore the medieval Chapel Bridge, the oldest covered bridge in Europe and other well-preserved buildings and churches. From Lucerne, board a boat and enjoy a scenic cruise to Flüelen, a charming village located at the southern end of Urnersee Lake. Then, walk to the train station and board the famous Gotthard Panorama Express. This train connects two of the most beautiful parts of Switzerland. Get you camera ready as you pass by the most spectacular views of the country until you reach Lugano. Lugano is a beautiful lakeside city located in southern Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Ticino region.

Inclusions

  • Rail tickets 2nd and 1st class for rail travel as per itinerary (Swiss Card included - half fare discount)
  • 4-night accommodation in selected hotel category, Standard Room
  • Daily breakfast
  • Local taxes
  • Seat reservation on the Gotthard Panorama Express including boat cruise
  • Free transport card for selected local buses and trams in Lucerne
  • Ticino transport ticket
  • Souvenir gifts in selected locations
  • Detailed itinerary and travel documentation

Optional Extras

  • Guided walking tour of Lucerne
  • Mount Titlis - Guided Sightseeing tour or unescorted mountain excursion
  • Stanserhorn – Unescorted mountain excursion
  • Mount Rigi - Unescorted mountain excursion

Exclusions

  • Meals other than those specified in the itinerary or list of inclusions
  • Personal expenses

Itinerary

Day 1, Arrival in Switzerland – Lucerne
Arrival in Switzerland. Rail transfer to Lucerne. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at your hotel in Lucerne.

Day 2, Lucerne
Breakfast at your hotel. Full day at leisure. Take a stroll through the lovely old part of the town and cross the river Reuss via the famous Chapel Bridge - one of Lucerne’s historic gems. Visit the Gletschergarten, the Transport Museum or plan an excursion to one of the famous mountains in the region – Mt. Pilatus, Rigi or Stanserhorn. We recommend pre-booking optional excursions.

Overnight at your hotel in Lucerne.

Day 3, Lucerne – Lugano (Gotthard Panorama Express)
Breakfast at your hotel. Check-in at Lucerne landing quay and receive your information pack before boarding the boat for the cruise to Flüelen. Lean back and enjoy the spectacular views of mountain peaks reflected in the crystal blue waters of Lake Lucerne. A light meal is served on board the ship. In Flüelen, walk the short distance to the train station and take your seats in the Gotthard Panorama Express. The world famous Gotthard line swiftly climbs from 470 to about 1100 meters above sea level to finally enter the 15 kilometre long Gotthard tunnel – Europe’s most important North/South gateway. After 10 minutes tunnel passage, you will arrive in the Mediterranean climate of Switzerland’s Italian speaking canton of Ticino. In the Leventina Valley, the Gotthard Express crosses breathtaking bridges and passes charming villages on its way to Bellinzona. Arrival time is early evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Lugano.

Day 4, Lugano
Breakfast at hotel. Explore the beautiful lakeside of Lugano or indulge in some shopping in the old town centre. Alternatively make use of your included half fare card and take a boat cruise to the old fishing village of Gandria or the picturesque village of Mendrisio.

Overnight at your hotel in Lugano.

Day 5, Departure
Breakfast at hotel. Departure rail transfer to airport or Swiss/Italian border of continuation of your journey.

Note: This itinerary also runs in reverse direction.

Important Notes

  • Itinerary bookable in reverse.
  • Extension nights available.
  • Combinable with other arrangements (pre-/post extensions).
  • Gotthard Panorama Express runs Tue to Sun only 19th April- 20th October & daily 30th March – 2nd April.
  • On all other days train follows the same route (no panorama carriage) with additional change in Eestfeld and lake cruise by motor ship instead of steamship.

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Switzerland Travel Connection offers you a wide-range of comfortable accommodation across the different cities and towns of Switzerland. From standard 3-star to luxury 5-star hotels, we've got your Swiss accommodation covered. We offer small to medium sized, sometimes family-run, often centrally located and close to train stations. They are chosen for their charm and style, Swiss hospitality and the relationship built with them over time. Choose from our handpicked accommodation Basel, Bern, Lucerne, Interlaken, Lugano, Montreux and Zurich.

 
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