The Swiss Cheese
Wednesday, 22nd July

Switzerland Steam Railway Holiday

Wednesday, 22nd July
7days/6nights
Price: £2589
Here it is! Inside Track’s first foray into Switzerland. From a single base in lovely Lucerne our mountainous itinerary will sweep you along the lakes, up the mountains and along the valleys through some of the most amazing scenery in Europe.

Outline Itinerary

Wednesday

We are off! A morning Eurostar from St Pancras takes us in Standard Premium comfort to Paris from where we stroll around the corner to Gare d’Est. Our onward travel from here is in First Class via Strasbourg and Basel, arriving in Lucerne by about 20.00. After check-in there will be a “welcome” dinner at the hotel.

Thursday

We reach for the sky – and just about make it there! – today with the first of the Peaks in the Lake Lucerne area – the Pilatus. Making our journey to the top and back by the world’s steepest cog railway, the Pilatus Bahn, then our first boat trip on Lake Lucerne itself as we make our way back to Lucerne’s own super Transport Museum, with its fantastic collection of cars, boats, planes – and, of course, railway exhibits!

Friday

Mountains galore today, as we head for the hills on the metre gauge Zentralbahn to Engleberg. You can stay in the town, but, if you have a head for heights, we’ll head for the Titlis Cable Cars, including the world’s first revolving cable car, to the very peak of the mountains north of the Susten Pass. Then it is on to another famous peak – the Stanserhorn, with its vintage funicular for the lower peaks and amazing double deck, open top cable car to the summit!

Saturday

Today, the Game’s Afoot for a unique day of mountains, steam, ships and Swiss surprises! We complete the Zentralbahn network over their ‘mainline’ climbing the Brünig Pass, engaging the trains cog wheel for the steepest parts, to take the famous Brienz Rothorn Steam Cog Railway to the summit with its stunning views across Lake Brienz to the Eiger. Back at the lakeside, we take the boat to Interlaken, then train back to deduce some of the attractions of Meiringen, where a certain famous detective appeared to meet his fate! We dine together locally before taking the journey back to Lucerne at the end of a full and varied day!

Sunday

Underground and overground, we go ‘round in circles’ today to reach the heights of the world’s highest Lighthouse and tunnel our way to more steam! Using standard and metre gauge trains, we make our way up the Gotthard Pass via the famous corkscrew line, then, in the heart of ski-ing country, change to travel the route of the Glacier Express, turn around at the Lighthouse and make our way through a modern tunnel to travel back by lovely steam on the Furka Pass Railway, taking the old line past a glacier. Coach, funicular and boat combine to return us to Lucerne after an unforgettable day amongst (and inside!) the mountains!

Monday

A real Inside Track favourite as our finale! A Lake Lucerne paddle steamer takes us to spend a day on the Rigi, doing the two surviving railways on the mountain range and offering options to get the most out of the day, including a chance to walk the trackbed of the third railway (oh yes, there used be another one!), or take a cable car down the mountain for another cruise and another chance to ascend by the Rigibahn. We all share a final evening meal together back in Lucerne.

Tuesday

Time to head for home and we are going to do it in style as befits this special holiday. First class via Basel and Strasbourg to Paris and then Standard Premier on the Eurostar with drinks and a light meal served at seat. A lovely way to round off a lovely holiday and a reasonable arrival time back in London – should be about 19.40. So – mountains galore, boats, chance to look at some planes, cable cars, funiculars and of course plenty of trains, and a good slice of steam – what better way to get a real taste of Switzerland from a single base…….let’s have some fun!

Our Hotel

The Ameron Luzern Flora Hotel
What a top notch hotel this is! Just a stone’s throw from the railway station and lakeside this recently renovated four star hotel will be our home from home for all six nights. There is a restaurant and bar on the ground floor as well as a sauna and steam bath. All rooms are, of course, en suite and come with complimentary water and a coffee machine. All rooms for double occupation are of a twin bed configuration (hint…..push together to form a double!), and singles are singles!

Special note:

During our time in Switzerland you will be issued with a standard class Tell Pass covering all rail travel in the area we are in. This provides complete flexibility should you, for any reason, want to deviate from the planned itinerary. We did consider first class Swiss passes but on many trains there would not be sufficient capacity for all of us and standard class is excellent in any case.

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Switzerland Steam Railway Holiday
Tour Reference: SC7/1
Wednesday, 22nd July
7days/6nights
£2589
This outstanding holiday is on a dinner (half of the nights), bed (all of the nights) & breakfast (every morning) basis for at the amazingly reasonable price of £2589.00 based on CHF1.2 to the £ – Single Supplement £450.00

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