Golden Age of Steam holiday

8 days in beautiful Switzerland including steam journeys by rail and boat

 

Switzerland was one of the first countries to pioneer steam travel in its scenic lakes and mountains regions. Boats and railways – some of which are over 100 years old - have been lovingly restored, giving you the opportunity to explore some of the most picturesque settings by steam.

Available June-October, with 3 nights in Interlaken, 2 nights in Andermatt and 2 nights in Lucerne

Day 1 - Arrive and explore Interlaken

Travel from UK to Zurich with rail travel to Interlaken in the heart of the Bernese Oberland.

Check in to your hotel for 3 nights and take your first look around the town.

Day 1 - Arrive and explore Interlaken

Travel from UK to Zurich with rail travel to Interlaken in the heart of the Bernese Oberland.

Check in to your hotel for 3 nights and take your first look around the town.

 
Day 2 - Lake Brienz steam journey

For pure romance, it is hard to beat a cruise across the waters of Lake Brienz on the historic paddle steamer Lötschberg, leaving at 11.07 from Interlaken with time for lunch on board before arriving back in Interlaken around 2 pm.

Use your Swiss Travel Pass for discounted travel on the short funicular ride to beautiful Harder Kulm with its stunning views.

Day 2 - Lake Brienz steam journey

For pure romance, it is hard to beat a cruise across the waters of Lake Brienz on the historic paddle steamer Lötschberg, leaving at 11.07 from Interlaken with time for lunch on board before arriving back in Interlaken around 2 pm.

Use your Swiss Travel Pass for discounted travel on the short funicular ride to beautiful Harder Kulm with its stunning views.

 
Day 3 - Brienzer Rothorn steam train

A trip on the Brienzer Rothorn steam train is another highlight. After a short train journey to Brienz the nostalgic steam train chugs and smokes as it takes you on a one hour journey to Brienzer Rothorn.

The Alpine Lodge is close by for refreshments and an easily manageable walk takes you to the Rothorn summit at 2,350m.

Day 3 - Brienzer Rothorn steam train

A trip on the Brienzer Rothorn steam train is another highlight. After a short train journey to Brienz the nostalgic steam train chugs and smokes as it takes you on a one hour journey to Brienzer Rothorn.

The Alpine Lodge is close by for refreshments and an easily manageable walk takes you to the Rothorn summit at 2,350m.

 
Day 4 - Picturesque journey to Andermatt

Travel to Andermatt on an interesting route via Spiez and Brig (around 3½ hours) with an option of taking the boat via Thun and Brig (around 5 hours).

Andermatt is a charming high alpine resort used as a base for many alpine walkers. Enjoy a 2 night stay here and enjoy the amazing scenery.

Day 4 - Picturesque journey to Andermatt

Travel to Andermatt on an interesting route via Spiez and Brig (around 3½ hours) with an option of taking the boat via Thun and Brig (around 5 hours).

Andermatt is a charming high alpine resort used as a base for many alpine walkers. Enjoy a 2 night stay here and enjoy the amazing scenery.

 
Day 5 - Furka steam railway

Connect by local train to the Furka Line steam train at Realp. This spectacular return journey travels along the original route of the Glacier Express, with alpine views. The steam train runs to Gletsch, with the last stretch to Oberwald hauled by a diesel engine.

Please note that the Furka train runs Fri-Sun during June and September-October and daily July-August.

Day 5 - Furka steam railway

Connect by local train to the Furka Line steam train at Realp. This spectacular return journey travels along the original route of the Glacier Express, with alpine views. The steam train runs to Gletsch, with the last stretch to Oberwald hauled by a diesel engine.

Please note that the Furka train runs Fri-Sun during June and September-October and daily July-August.

 
Day 6 - Steam cruise on Lake Lucerne

A lovely journey following the route of the old Gotthard rail line to Flüelen, before a relaxing paddle steamer journey of 2¾ hours on the beautiful lake. Lunch can be taken on board as you glide along to Lucerne.

Upon arrival you can check in to your Lucerne hotel for your 2 night stay and start to explore this historic town.

Day 6 - Steam cruise on Lake Lucerne

A lovely journey following the route of the old Gotthard rail line to Flüelen, before a relaxing paddle steamer journey of 2¾ hours on the beautiful lake. Lunch can be taken on board as you glide along to Lucerne.

Upon arrival you can check in to your Lucerne hotel for your 2 night stay and start to explore this historic town.

 
Day 7 - Visit Mount Pilatus

For your last trip we suggest the world's steepest cog railway to the summit of Mount Pilatus.

This spectacular trip can be arranged by boat to Alpnachstad, cog railway to Pilatus and return by cable car. There is a choice of restaurants for refreshments throughout your day.

Day 7 - Visit Mount Pilatus

For your last trip we suggest the world's steepest cog railway to the summit of Mount Pilatus.

This spectacular trip can be arranged by boat to Alpnachstad, cog railway to Pilatus and return by cable car. There is a choice of restaurants for refreshments throughout your day.

 
Day 8 - Last day

Time for a last look at Lucerne - maybe a coffee by the water or a browse amongst the shops for souvenirs.

Take the 1 hour train journey to Zurich for your flight back to UK.

Day 8 - Last day

Time for a last look at Lucerne - maybe a coffee by the water or a browse amongst the shops for souvenirs.

Take the 1 hour train journey to Zurich for your flight back to UK.

 
Your holiday price

3 nights in Interlaken, 2 nights in Andermatt and 2 nights in Lucerne

Prices from £1,422 per person

1st class rail supplement and half board prices on request.
Price shown is for an example itinerary. We can tailor make your holiday to your individual requirements including additional nights and upgrading hotels.


Your price includes

  • Scheduled flights from Heathrow to Zurich with SWISS inclusive of all airport taxes and security charges
  • Return 2nd class rail travel from Zurich airport to Interlaken and from Lucerne to Zurich airport
  • 7 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation in a twin/double room based on 2 people sharing
  • Lake cruises in 2nd class as described
  • 2nd class seats on the Brienzer Rothorn train
  • 2nd class rail travel on the Furka Line
  • 2nd class travel to Pilatus as described
  • Swiss Travel Pass covering free travel on most trains, PostBuses and boats and reduced price for mountain transport
  • Full detailed itinerary sent with all tickets
  • Financial protection ATOL 3148. Booking conditions apply

Please note: lunches described are not included in the price

View our booking conditions here.

Your holiday price

3 nights in Interlaken, 2 nights in Andermatt and 2 nights in Lucerne

Prices from £1,422 per person

1st class rail supplement and half board prices on request.
Price shown is for an example itinerary. We can tailor make your holiday to your individual requirements including additional nights and upgrading hotels.


Your price includes

  • Scheduled flights from Heathrow to Zurich with SWISS inclusive of all airport taxes and security charges
  • Return 2nd class rail travel from Zurich airport to Interlaken and from Lucerne to Zurich airport
  • 7 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation in a twin/double room based on 2 people sharing
  • Lake cruises in 2nd class as described
  • 2nd class seats on the Brienzer Rothorn train
  • 2nd class rail travel on the Furka Line
  • 2nd class travel to Pilatus as described
  • Swiss Travel Pass covering free travel on most trains, PostBuses and boats and reduced price for mountain transport
  • Full detailed itinerary sent with all tickets
  • Financial protection ATOL 3148. Booking conditions apply

Please note: lunches described are not included in the price

View our booking conditions here.

 

More fantastic excursions during your stay

The Bernese Oberland and the Central Switzerland region have a huge amount of unforgettable lakes and mountains excursions to enjoy during your holiday. Find more details here:

Bernese Oberland

Central Switzerland

Another tempting holiday idea

Take a look at our Food Lovers' Indulgence holiday, including including stays in Lucerne and Vevey, wine tasting in the Lavaux region and delightful gourmet dinners.

Scenic rail holidays

Ask us about the Swiss scenic rail journeys - a great way of combining resorts to create your own two or multi centre holiday
Glacier Express
Bernina Express
GoldenPass Line
Gotthard Panorama Express

Planning your holiday

Call 0800 619 1200
  • Decide which resorts you would like to visit
  • Choose your scenic journeys
  • 1st or 2nd class rail travel in Switzerland
  • How many nights in each resort
  • Decide on bed & breakfast or half board
  • 3, 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation
  • Choose where to visit with your Half Fare Card
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