8 Days Lucerne/Appenzell - A Defined Scenic Rail Itinerary

Explore the highlights of Eastern Switzerland and scenic Lake Lucerne

Lucerne's lakefront
Gondola ride to Pilatus
Aescher hostelry, Appenzellerland

This is a 'defined scenic rail itinerary' holiday which offers great value for money. It can be adapted in various ways to suit you, however, we cannot change the resorts shown in the itinerary. The holiday includes a Half Fare Card which gives you up to 50% reductions on excursions. 

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"The Pre-Alpine Express connects vibrant Lucerne with the tranquillity of Appenzell; a perfect two centre holiday. As part of your journey, you can cruise along the river from Stein am Rhein to Schaffhausen."

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Day 1 - Arrive and start to explore Lucerne for 3 nights
Flight from the UK to Zurich airport with rail travel to Lucerne. Check in to your hotel and enjoy your first look around Lucerne.
Day 2-3 - Lucerne and Central Switzerland
Lucerne, with its beautiful Old Town and lake is the perfect spot from which to explore the dramatic scenery of Central Switzerland. You should make time to cruise the lake and for the famous old cog railways to the stunning peak of Mount Rigi. Other recommendations include Mount Pilatus and the Stanserhorn.
Day 4 - Pre-Alpine Express from Lucerne to St. Gallen and on to Appenzell for 3 nights
Leave the delights of Lucerne on this appealing journey on board Pre-Alpine Express (also known as Voralpen Express). You’ll cross Lake Zurich to Rapperswil and enjoy the rolling hills, pristine villages and the Sitter Viaduct en route to St. Gallen. Change here to the charming local line to Appenzell for the last 30 minutes of your journey.
Day 5-6 - Appenzell and its fabulous landscapes
This delightful small town has a beautiful old centre with many buildings which are ornately decorated with frescoes and date back to the 16th century. You benefit from the Appenzeller Card, allowing you to explore the countryside around Appenzell for free. This walker's paradise has a number of local cable cars taking you to stunning alpine beauty spots.
Day 8 - Last day
Zurich airport is less than an hour away leaving you time to enjoy a wander around the interesting town of Schaffhausen before your flight back to the UK.
Day 7 - Travel via St. Gallen to Schaffhausen for 1 night

You have a choice of travel options as your route takes you via the historic village of Stein am Rhein where you can either stop off to look round or even change to a 1 hour 15 river cruise (April to October) to Schaffhausen. If you travel in the morning you can visit the Rhine Falls, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, which is just a few minutes away from Schaffhausen by bus or train.


2022 Guide Prices

3 nights each in Lucerne and Appenzell and 1 night in Schaffhausen

Available all year

Prices from £1,068 per person staying in 3 star hotels
Prices from £1,279 per person staying in 4 star hotels

1st class rail supplement £39. Include half board in Lucerne & Appenzell £259 (3 star hotels) or £315 (4 star).

Switch to a Swiss Travel Pass to include excursions by rail, boat and bus, with up to 50% discount on cable cars for £121 2nd class or £175 1st class.


Your holiday price includes

Booking Conditions
  • Scheduled return flights from London to Zurich (flights available from around the UK)
  • 2nd class rail travel from Zurich airport to Lucerne and Schaffhausen to Zurich airport
  • 7 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation as described based on two people sharing
  • 2nd class rail travel between your resorts as described
  • Appenzeller Card with free local and mountain travel
  • Half Fare Card which entitles you to half or reduced price travel on all the excursions mentioned
  • Fully detailed itinerary sent with all tickets
  • Financial protection ATOL 3148
The Half Fare Card is valid on trains, scenic trains, PostBuses and most boats, mountain railways and cable cars. Optional excursions may not operate year round, please check before booking. Call us on 0800 619 1200 or email us at info@swissholidayco.com

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Sitter Viaduct, Pre-Alpine Express

Your scenic train journey

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Planning your holiday 2022

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  • Decide where you would like to stay
  • 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
  • Plan visits with your Half Fare Card
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