Swiss Mountains, Italian Lakes & the Gotthard Panorama Express 2020

The highlight of our twin centre Switzerland and Italy tour is a scenic trip on the Gotthard Panorama Express (formerly known as the Wilhelm Tell Express) incorporating a lake steamer and train journey. The tour includes Switzerland with its dramatic mountains and Lake Maggiore with its Italian Mediterranean feel.
Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel before dinner.

Day 2 Mount Pilatus Railway & Lucerne
After breakfast we take a journey to Alpnachstad where we join the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. Mount Pilatus is the emblem of central Switzerland and it is to Pilatus Kulm, that our little train is heading for, as it winds its way up a 48 degree climb, through lush meadows carpeted with alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces. When we reach the awe- inspiring summit we see the spectacular views over Lake Lucerne and its town, as well as the Central and Bernese Alps. Our wondrous journey does not finish here as we continue by cable car down to Kriens, where we re-join our coach to Lucerne. Lucerne is one of the world’s prettiest cities and here we enjoy time at leisure to discover attractions such as the world famous Chapel Bridge and Water Tower, the Lion Monument and many other sites of interest.

Day 3 Gotthard Panorama Express & Stresa
Leaving our hotel this morning, we make our way to Lucerne from where we join the Gotthard Panorama Express historic steamer*. Our 2½ hour cruise takes us past picturesque villages and sleepy bays, as we make our way to Fluelen. It is here we disembark and board our train. Travelling through the Reuss Valley on the world famous Gotthard Line, we swiftly climb from 470m to 1100m towards Goschenen, taking us through the 15km tunnel where we emerge to the wonderful scenery of southern Switzerland. We continue our journey crossing breathtaking bridges and passing charming villages until we reach Locarno. Here we disembark and re-join our coach as we make our way into Italy and along the shores of Lake Maggiore where we arrive at our second hotel. *Steamer may sometimes be replaced by a modern style boat.

Day 4 Stresa Driver’s Day Off
We have a full day at leisure today to enjoy the beautiful resort of Stresa. With panoramic views across the lake, botanical gardens, churches and shops, there is much to do. A short boat trip to the Borromean Islands is highly recommended.

Day 5 Villa Carlotta & Lake Como
After breakfast, we travel east to Lake Como, where we will spend the day exploring the prettiest lake in northern Italy. Its breath-taking mountains provide a stunning backdrop to the magnificent gardens with their vast array of colour. We visit Villa Carlotta with its beautiful art collections and splendid botanical gardens before taking a return ferry to the ‘jewel’ of Lake Como, Bellagio. This lovely historic village is teeming with character and boasts a fine selection of unique shops and lakeside cafés offering fabulous views.

Day 6 Departure
After breakfast we begin our journey home.

Bellevue Hotel

Seelisberg, Switzerland
AAA Double for Single Occupancy
This friendly 3 star hotel is situated on the edge of the village of Seelisberg, only 10km from the motorway. The chalet style complex boasts spectacular panoramic lake and mountain views. There is a lift in the main building but not in the annexe building. The 70 bedrooms are bright and furnished in a typical chalet style and all contain a TV and hairdryer. There is a charming traditional bar and a large restaurant with views over the lake, as well as an outside terrace which boasts breathtaking views. There is also a small sauna and gym as well as a tennis court. • Ground floor rooms • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is off-site & free of charge

Hotel Milan Speranza au Lac

Stresa, Lake Maggiore
AAA+ Central Location Lake Location
Located on the edge of Stresa’s historic centre with its shops and bars and just a stone’s throw from the lakefront and boat stop, the 4 star Milan Speranza au Lac is a charming, traditional hotel with a wonderful ambience. The 164 bedrooms vary in size due to the historic nature of the building and all are equipped with a TV and hairdryer. The elegant restaurant serves very good cuisine with friendly and professional service. There is a lovely bar on the first floor in which customers can enjoy an evening drink and chat amongst friends. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Coach parking is off-site & chargeable

Hotel Bellevue

Seelisberg, Switzerland

Hotel Milan Speranza au Lac

Stresa, Italy
5 Nights Half Board
2020 Twin from £659pp
Single Supplement from £114
Selected Dates Only
Based on Friday arrivals

• Return short sea crossing
2 Nights Half Board at Bellevue Hotel
• Porterage
• Choice of main & tea/coffee after dinner
• One way rail journey (Alpnachstad - Mount Pilatus)
• One way cable car journey (Mount Pilatus - Kriens)
• 2½ hour lake cruise (Lucerne - Fluelen)
• One way train journey (Fluelen - Locarno)
3 Nights Half Board at Hotel Milan Speranza au Lac
• Porterage & welcome house aperitif
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Villa Carlotta
• Return ferry crossing (Tremezzo - Bellagio)
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