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Gotthard Panorama Express

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Gotthard Panorama Express
Discover Switzerland’s varied landscape from the vibrant city of Lucerne set in a mountainous panorama to the sun-kissed town of Lugano during this 5-day rail and cruise package.
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Scenic rail journey and cruise from Lucerne to Lugano

Free time to explore Lucerne and Lugano

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.

This tour is available daily from 1 January to 20 December.

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2nd class rail tickets as per itinerary (Swiss Combi Card with half fare discount)
4-night accommodation in 3-star hotels
Daily breakfast
Seat reservation on the Gotthard Panorama Express including boat cruise
Free transport card


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Day 1

Arrive into Switzerland and transfer by rail to Lucerne.

Day 2

A full day to explore Lucerne at your leisure or take advantage of your half fare Swiss Transfer Combi Card and opt for a visit to Mount Pilatus or Rigi.

Day 3
Lucerne – Bellinzona – Lugano

From Lucerne, cruise to Flüelen, enjoying spectacular views of the mountain peaks and Lake Lucerne. Board the panorama carriage of the Gotthard Panorama Express to Bellinzona. Change trains and continue to Lugano.

Day 4

Day at leisure to explore Lugano or make use of your half fare Swiss card and take a boat cruise to the old fishing village of Gandria or the picturesque village of Mendrisio.

Day 5

Transfer by rail to a Swiss airport or border.


Additional information

Official language
French, Swiss - German, Italian, Romansh
4 nights
from AUD1,060
per person, twin share
1 January - 20 December 2020
Switzerland Brochure

Optional Extras

Upgrade on rail tickets is available 

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Important notes

Gotthard Panorama Express runs from Tuesday to Sunday (19 April - 20 October) and daily (30 March to 2 April). On all other days, the 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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