8 Days Lucerne & Locarno With New Treno Gottardo

Travel the historic Gotthard route along lakes and across high mountains to the sun-kissed corner of Switzerland

Wassen on the Gotthard route
Jesuit Church, Lucerne
Cruise to the Brissago Islands, Lake Maggiore

This is a Half Fare Card holiday which offers the ultimate flexibility. It can be adapted in various ways to suit you, including adding more resorts and rail journeys and changing the duration. The Half Fare Card gives you up to 50% reductions on excursions.

Please call 0800 619 1200 for help with planning or email us at info@swissholidayco.com


"A new way to enjoy the fabulous scenery of the Gotthard route through the Alps, combined with a 4 night stay in lakeside Lucerne and 3 nights in Locarno beside Lake Maggiore "

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Call us on 0800 619 1200 or email us at info@swissholidayco.com

Day 1 - Arrive and explore charming Lucerne

Flight from the UK to Zurich airport with rail travel to Lucerne. Check in to your hotel for your 4 night stay and enjoy your first glimpse of Lucerne.

Day 2-4 - Explore Lucerne and Central Switzerland

Lucerne is the perfect spot from which to explore the dramatic scenery of Central Switzerland. It boasts an Old Town with a cuckoo clock feel and beautifully preserved buildings featuring their original painted façades. A cruise on Lake Lucerne is a must, without doubt one of the most beautiful lakes with a shoreline dotted with idyllic villages. The mountains are also close by enjoy the famous old cog railway to the stunning peak of Mount Rigi which is celebrating its 150th birthday in 2021. Other recommendations include Mount Pilatus, the Stanserhorn open top cable car and Mount Titlis which is reached via Engelberg.

Day 5 - Scenic rail journey on the Treno Gottardo Line to Locarno

This new scenic route around Lake Lucerne via Brunnen and Flüelen then heads up the Reuss valley with ever changing views towards the historic Gotthard Pass. The line loops three times past the church at Wassen to the original 19th century Gotthard tunnel after which you dramatically arrive in the beautiful Italian Ticino region of Switzerland. There is a slow looping decent to Bellinzona en route to Locarno on Lake Maggiore for 3 nights.

Day 6-7 - Locarno and the Ticino region

Locarno is a resort where the Italian influence affects all aspects of life, from the architecture to what you eat. Situated on stunning Lake Maggiore, with the lakeside village of Ascona only a bus ride away, the town is also well placed for enjoying the mountains.

Your Ticino Ticket gives you free travel on local trains and buses helping you get the most out of your holiday. You could visit the region’s historical capital, Bellinzona, with three fabulous historic castles to explore or take a day to visit Lugano, now only 30 minutes away by train.

Day 8 - Last day

Time for a last look around Locarno before you take the train back to Zurich airport for your flight to the UK.



4 nights in Lucerne and 3 nights in Locarno

Available all year

Prices from £1,084 per person staying in 3 star hotels
Prices from £1,413 per person staying in 4 star hotels

1st class rail supplement £65. Half board prices: add £117 per person in 3 star hotels (Lucerne only); £318 in 4 star hotels.

Switch to a Swiss Travel Pass to include excursions by rail, boat and bus, with up to 50% discount on cable cars for £156 2nd class or £273 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 Zurich airport to Lucerne and Locarno to Zurich airport
  • 7 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation as described based on two people sharing
  • 2nd class travel Lucerne-Locarno as described on the Treno Gottardo
  • Ticino Ticket offering free bus and train travel around the region
  • Half Fare Card giving you half or reduced price on all 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 (Swiss part of Lake Maggiore only), 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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Treno Gottardo

Your scenic train journey

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Build your own scenic itinerary

Glacier Express on the Landwasser Viaduct
Not quite the perfect holiday? We can tailor make it to suit you:
  • Change the direction of travel
  • Add extra nights along the way
  • Add on lakes & mountains excursions
  • Include dinner on a half board basis
  • Upgrade to superior hotel rooms
  • Upgrade to 1st class rail for extra comfort
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