Discover two stunning Swiss regions linked by the Gotthard Panorama Express. Cruise across Lake Lucerne on a paddle steamer before exploring the historical Gotthard route by train to the Mediterranean region of Ticino and the stunning resort of Ascona on the north shore of Lake Maggiore. Passing many cultural highlights such as the Gotthard tunnel, historical Rütli Meadow, birthplace of the Swiss Confederation in 1291, as well as the Schiller Stone and Tell Chapel,
this tour offers a truly captivating journey.
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- Return scheduled flights from the UK to Zurich (see individual resort pages for flight information)
- 2nd class scenic rail transfers throughout
- 1st class reserved seats on the Gotthard Panorama train
(free seating on the paddle steamer)
- Walking tour of Lucerne
- 1 hr taster cruise on Panorama Yacht 'SAPHIR'
- Full day bus journey to Verzasca Valley
- Travel on local bus network in Lucerne (to Zone 10)
- Transport on regional trains and buses in Ticino
- 10 or 11 nights half board in 4 star hotels
- Services of an Inghams Rep in Lucerne
Optional Upgrade to 1st class travel throughout for £49
Day 1 (Wednesday or Saturday)
Arrive and take the scenic rail transfer from Zurich airport to Lucerne (approx. 1 hour). Meet your Inghams Representative.
Day 2 (Thursday or Sunday)
Morning at leisure. In the afternoon join the hour cruise on Panorama Yacht 'SAPHIR' for a round trip with audio guide.
Day 3 (Friday or Monday)
Take an optional full day excursion to the Swiss Museum of Transport - Switzerland’s most popular attraction. Alternatively, take an optional train journey to Meiringen to visit the Reichenbach Falls, famous for its place in the ultimate 'The Final Problem' Sherlock Holmes episode (Please note: 30 minutes’ steep hike or short cable-car ride involved).
Day 4 (Saturday or Tuesday)
Enjoy a walking tour of Lucerne and its Old Town with its hidden alleys and town square. In the afternoon, take an optional boat journey to Bürgenstock with its famous Hammetschwand Lift which gives access
to stunning views.
Day 5 (Sunday or Wednesday)
At leisure in Lucerne.
Day 6 (Monday or Thursday)
Lucerne’s hiking area is opened up by the great value Tell Pass and choose from hundreds of included transport options. Perhaps take the boat to beautiful Weggis and see why Mark Twain’s described it as the 'loveliest place' he had ever visited. Access Mount Rigi and take a stroll along the Panorama trail which starts at Kaltbad and follows the former railway line to Rigi Scheidegg. Return by cable-car to Goldau and back to Lucerne by train.
Day 7 (Tuesday or Friday)
A half day optional excursion in the afternoon at Mount Pilatus. Stroll along panoramic paths and return back to Lucerne.
Day 8 (Wednesday or Saturday)
The crowning highlight of your holiday, a full day excursion on board the famous ‘Gotthard Panorama Express’ paddle steamer and train for your transfer to the town of Ascona for a 3 or 4 night stay (approx. 5 hours, change of train required). This journey takes you on three different
sections, first on board a historical paddle steamer to Flüelen and then past mountain scenery and impressive railway engineering of the famous Gotthard railway on to the Mediterranean climate of Ticino.
Day 9 (Thursday or Sunday)
Morning at leisure. In the afternoon we recommend an optional half day visit to the Brissago Islands and its botanical gardens with over 1,500 species of sub-tropical plants.
Day 10 (Friday or Monday)
Full day optional bus journey to Verzasca Valley and the village of Valle Verzasca in Lavertezzo with its baroque stone buildings and double arch stone bridge. Take a stroll beside the stream and spot Alpine flowers.
Day 11 (Saturday or Tuesday)
Guests staying 10 nights depart to Zurich airport (approx. 3¼ hours). 11 night guests have an extra day in Ascona. Take a ride up the San Salvatore Funicular from Lugano and take in the 360° views after a short walk to the top. In the afternoon, explore the town of Lugano with its distinctive Italian flair.
Day 12 (Wednesday)
Guests staying 11 nights transfer to Zurich airport (approx. 3¼ hours) for your flight home or extend your holiday with an extra 3-4 nights in Ascona.
Please note: This is an independent rail holiday and guests are free to
choose their itinerary in each resort, this is only a suggested itinerary
and excursions marked ‘optional’ are not included in the price of your
holiday. An Inghams Representative is based in each resort and will
provide advice and offer optional excursions and walking passes.
Don’t miss these highlights:
- Cabrio open-top cable-car above near Lucerne
- Chairlift to Fronalpstock from Stoos, Lake Lucerne
- The typical Ticino scenery of Verzasca Valley
- Brissago island botanical gardens Lake Maggiore
- The cobbled streets of Ascona's old town
Dep Wed (10 nights) or Sat (11 nights)
Lucerne Hotel Montana ****
Ascona Hotel Casa Berno ****
Plus optional 3 or 4 days in Ascona
Hotel Casa Berno ****
10 night holiday depart Wednesday:
7 nights in Lucerne; 3 nights in Ascona
11 night holiday depart Saturday:
7 nights in Lucerne; 4 nights in Ascona
14 night holiday: Add Casa Berno in Ascona
3 or 4 nights from £230
|Prices per person (£)||Gotthard Panorama Express|
| 2018||Lucerne / Ascona||Lucerne / Ascona|
| ||4 Star Hotels||4 Star Hotels|
|Board||Half Board||Half Board|
|No. of nights||10/11||14 (Wed) / 14 (Sat)|
£1,699 / £1,839
£1,729 / £1,869
£1,759 / £1,879
£1,739 / £1,859
£1,749 / £1,869
£2,089 / £2,089
£2,119 / £2,179
£2,149 / £2,149
£2,149 / £2,129
£2,139 / £2,139
|Supplements per person per holiday|
PB or PS incl.
Upgrade Balc Lake View (Lucerne), Panorama Room (Ascona) (10 nts) £280 (11 nts) £297
Single (10 nts) £340 (11 nts) £429
PB or PS incl.
Upgrade Balc Lake View (Lucerne), Panorama Room (Ascona) £346
Sgl=Single, PB=Bath, PS=Shower, Balc=Balcony, SLV=Side Lake View, SF=South-facing, incl=included.
Prices include flights, transfers, the relevant nights' accommodation and meals as indicated. All prices shown are correct at time of going on the website but may vary up or down; correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.
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