5 Days / 4 Nights
Lugano – Luzernlong
The Gotthard Panorama Express links two of Switzerland's most attractive regions: Central Switzerland and Ticino. It starts in Italian- speaking Lugano with its Mediterranean climate, palm trees and glittering blue lakes. After taking the train to Fluelen, enjoy an unforgettable cruise aboard a vintage paddle steamer as you glide into Luzern, the most central part of Switzerland.
Day 1: Arrival in Lugano
Arrive in Switzerland; onward rail transfer to Lugano. This charming city lies in the bay of a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. The town piazzas, and blooming flowers in the lakeside Belvedere Gardens invite you to relax and unwind. Overnight in Lugano.
Day 2: Explore Lugano
Lugano, the largest town in the holiday region of Ticino, is a town of parks and flowers, villas and sacred buildings. Why not take the boat across the lake to the picturesque fishing village of Gandria and have lunch at one of the beautiful rustic grottos Explore the winding, cobbled streets before returning by boat to Lugano (extra costs apply). Overnight in Lugano.
Day 3: Gotthard Panorama Express
Travel along the old Gotthard Route from the Mediterranean south to the traditional heart of Switzerland, finishing with a lake cruise across Lake Lucerne. From Lugano by train via Bellinzona and on through the 15 km Luzernlong “old” Gotthard tunnel and then down to Fluelen. End your journey with a leisurely cruise on board one of Lake Lucerne's vintage paddle steamers for a panoramic 2½ h cruise. Take in the amazing scenery all around you, from the imposing mountain peaks to the forest covered shores, all reflected in the crystal clear water. Overnight in Luzern.
Day 4: Explore Luzern
Luzern, the gateway to central Switzerland, is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Thanks to its beautiful lakeside setting and the nearby mountains excursion of Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn, the town is a popular destination for many individuals. Overnight in Luzern.
Day 5: Departure from Luzern
Before you depart from Luzern, be sure to take a final walk around its attractions including its fully restored Chapel Bridge, its souvenirs and watch shops. Departure by rail transfer to airport or Swiss/Italian border.