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Swiss Mountain and Steam Railway Holiday

Furka Cog Railway

Swiss Cheese

No holes in this itinerary

Holiday date: Saturday, 19th August 2023
8 days for  £2489 per person
£4978 for two people sharing
Single supplement £450
Tour reference: SZ8/1
*Price, based on CHF 1.1 to the £. (see Booking Conditions for currency fluctuation clause)

Join us as we head for Switzerland and the beautiful Lake Lucerne. Mountain railways, historic paddle steamers and modern trains abound as we enjoy stunning scenery and amazing views in one of the most beautiful areas you could find.

Holiday Highlights

Switzerland – Inside Track style!
Mountain Railways and cable cars galore in the Lake Lucerne and Brienz Rothorn areas
Lucerne’s Verkehrshaus Transport Museum
Steam on the Brienz Rothorn and Furka Pass Cog Railways
Paddle Steamers on Lakes Lucerne and Brienz
Travel the route of the Glacier Express through Andermatt

The Tell Pass

During the tour, you will have a Tell Pass which covers much of the transportation we use and gives flexibility when options exist.

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday

We meet at St Pancras to board a lunchtime Eurostar for Paris, where we dine together in true Parisen style with our friends near the Gare de L’Est before heading by direct TGV to Colmar and our overnight stay at the Grand Hotel Bristol, an Inside Track favourite!

By Heikki Immonen, CC BY 3.0,
Day 2 - Sunday

We complete our journey to Lucerne by lunchtime, enjoying ever more spectacular scenery as we head into Switzerland. After a short familiarisation tour, the rest of the afternoon is spent at the splendid Verkehrshaus Transport Museum, home to full size planes, trains, automobiles and a paddle steamer and a bit – and much more!

Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 - Monday

We head for the heights today on the world’s steepest rack Railway, the Pilatusbahn, which is due to have new trains for the 2023 season. After time at the top enjoying amazing views over Lake Lucerne and beyond, we speed by modern trains to the far end of the lake for a leisurely full-length cruise back to base, pausing at the birthplace of the Swiss federation on the way!

Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 - Tuesday

Further up and further in, we board the Zentralbahn Engleberg Express and head by metre gauge to the top of the valley – and the top of the world up the Titlis by cable car – conventional and revolving – and pretty much guaranteed snow! Then, back to Stans and the Stanserhorn Funicular – the original 19th Century for the lower stage and the world’s first double deck, open top cable car to the top. More stunning views, right across to the Eiger range on a clear day, or back down into the valley and the Pilatus Aircraft factory – used as Goldfinger’s factory in the iconic film!

Meals: Breakfast
By Björn Söderqvist - originally posted to Flickr as Titlis Rotair, CC BY-SA 2.0,
Day 5 - Wednesday

It’s the Interlaken Express this morning – metre gauge and part cog railway over the Brùnig Pass through remote towns and villages before cruising back on Lake Brienz aboard an historic paddle steamer. Then a holiday highlight – steam up the Brienz Rothorn for unsurpassable views over the lake to the Eiger range of mountains. We return via exploring what’s afoot in Meiringen, where Sherlock Holmes seemed to meet his fate, then dine together before retracing our steps to Lucerne.

Meals: Breakfast
By Whgler - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Day 6 - Thursday

Another holiday highlight today – one of many! – as we meet ourselves coming back when we ride the route of the Glacier Express! Following the historic Gotthard Pass climb to Göschenen, literally cork-screwing around to climb the Alps. Here we switch to another metre gauge system and join the route of the Glacier Express at Andermatt to enjoy this high Alpine Valley and make our way through the modern Furka Tunnel. We then return over the old route on the Furka Pass Cog Railway by spectacular and very hard working cog steam! Our drive back to Lucerne takes in some of Switzerland most modern yet scenic roads (and a long tunnel!) along Lake Lucerne.

Meals: Breakfast
By Champer - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Day 7 - Friday

For our final day, the highlight of the holiday – and the ‘Queen of the Mountains’ – the Rigi! Actually a range of mountains, served now by 2 cog railways but once with a third, adhesion worked line along the range. Our flexible itinerary takes us by paddle steamer to Vitznau before ascending to the summit where there will be time to take in the unrivalled views in all directions. Then, options abound for exploring the Rigi range, including walking the track-bed of the adhesion worked line, taking a cable car to Weggis or just riding the Rigi rails before we all head back via the other cog line to Arth Goldau for a final meal together in Lucerne.

Meals: Breakfast
By Ttrainer - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Day 8 - Saturday

Homeward bound today, as we travel back to France and, via Paris, take the Eurostar home for a tea-time arrival back at St Pancras.


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Our Hotel(s)

4 Star

Grand Hotel Bristol, Colmar

This four star rated hotel is a firmly established Inside Track favourite, being ideally situated in medieval Colmar, opposite the station and within ten minutes of the lovely town centre.

All rooms are of a good quality, featuring all the usual amenities, and the hotel boasts a popular brasserie.

Features and Facilities

Free Wi-Fi
A desk
Flat-screen TV
Alarm Clock
A safe
Tea and Coffee making facilities
Private bathroom with bath or shower
Premium toiletries
3 Star

Des Alpes Hotel, Lucerne

New for 2023 to Inside Track, you don’t get better located than this historic hotel – overlooking one of the symbols of Lucerne, the Kapellbrùcke. This 3-star, locally run, establishment has been a hotel for over 100 years but the building dates back to the 16th century at least. All the rooms are in the historic buildings and feature all the expected facilities while the restaurant and breakfast room offer stunning views across the river. It is also conveniently located to explore the city centre restaurants and bars – there is even an English pub next door!

Features and Facilities

Free WiFi
Non-smoking rooms
Tea/coffee maker in all rooms
24-hour front desk
Private bathroom
Free toiletries
Flat-screen TV
Coffee house on site

What's included


All heritage railway rides
All public transport journeys, in standard class accommodation
Private coach transfers throughout the holiday


All entrances
Detailed itinerary/information pack
Services of courier throughout


Hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis

What's not included

Travel to/from the holiday start point
Personal holiday insurance
Other meals
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