Combine a stay at the heart of Central Switzerland on the Mount Rigi, the queen of the mountains and enjoy wellness for your body and soul. Travel through moments in time witnessing sights of early Switzerland on this route steeped in history, passing mystical coves and picturesque countryside towards the city of palm trees to experience the cultural centre of Mediterranean Ticino on this 5-day tour.
Cruise the crystal lake
Lake Lucerne Cruise
Europe's first mountain railway
Relax and unwind high above the clouds
Rigi Kaltbad Hotel
The Gotthard Panorama Express
Countryside to palm trees on this
Itinerary – Mount Rigi with the Gotthard Panorama Express
Flight or rail from the UK to Zürich and 2nd class rail transfer Lucerne. Board the vintage paddle steamer for a panoramic lake cruise on Lake Lucerne to Vitznau. Take in the amazing scenery all around you, from the imposing mountain peaks to the forest covered shores. Ride Europe’s first cogwheel railway to Rigi Kaltbad-First where your accommodation is a short walk away. Breathe the fresh alpine air and admire the stunning views over Lake Lucerne high above the clouds in this tranquil location.
Enjoy a full day in the mountains or relax and unwind in the warm waters from Rigi’s mineral springs. Soak up the breath-taking panoramic view from the outdoor pool. Later, the magnificent alpine flora and can be explored on foot or take a traditional horse-drawn carriage ride from Kaltbad to First.
Breakfast at your hotel. Travel along the old Gotthard Route from Fluelento to the Mediterranean south of Switzerland. Travel through the 15km long ‘old’ Gotthard tunnel – Europe’s most important North/South gateway. Cross breath-taking bridges and pass charming villages on route to Bellinzona – the capital of Ticino.
Lugano is all about its Mediterranean climate and food. The squares and arcades of this historic centre, the camellias and magnolias in the Belvedere Gardens by the lakeside invite you to relax and indulge. Take the boat (supplement payable locally) across the lake to one of the beautiful rustic grottos along the lake shore. Most are situated above the lake surrounded by lush forests, serving rustic Swiss-Italian food. Take a stroll to the Customs Museum and place one foot on Italian soil before taking the next boat across to the picturesque fishing village of Gandria. Explore the winding, cobbled streets before returning by boat to Lugano.
Before you depart Lugano be sure to take a final walk around its attractions and soak up the beautiful lakeside setting. Departure by rail transfer to airport or Swiss/Italian border.
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Daily Departures Gotthard Panorama Express runs daily 21 Apr – 14 Oct except Mondays.
Upgrade to 1st class rail
- Return flights from UK to Switzerland in economy class including 1 piece of hold luggage and all taxes
- Rail travel in 2nd or 1st class as per programme, incl. half-fare card
- 4 nights’ accommodation in selected category
- Daily breakfast
- Local taxes
- Access to Rigi Kaltbad Hotel Spa
- Mount Rigi horse carriage ride
- Seat reservation (if applicable) on Gotthard Panorama Express
- Souvenir gift
- Digital Swiss Coupon Pass
- Travel documentation