This seven night rail holiday gives you plenty of time to explore and enjoy the Lake Lucerne region, taking in the highlights of the village of Weggis, the city of Lucerne, the lake itself, and exploring the rail- and cable-ways that take you up to Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus.We recommend travelling to Switzerland by train from London to Zurich, and then on to Weggis, though return flights from the UK with rail travel in Switzerland can also be arranged. Your destination is Weggis on the banks of Lake Lucerne, a peaceful, historic village that was a favourite of Mark Twain’s. Further along the shore, the city of Lucerne is one of the most beautiful in Switzerland: overlooking the stunning lake, and populated by colourful and quirky townhouses. Historic monuments, key to Switzerland’s heritage, stand in the lake and river waters, on the green terraces of the mountainsides, and emerge proudly from the city streets. Outside the city, vantage points that grant sweeping panoramas across the water and mountains are waiting to be discovered. Use your Swiss rail pass to travel around the lake to villages and towns such as Sisikon, Fluelen, Brunnen, and Schwyz, and to take in the views across the many phenomenal sights of natural beauty, including the alpine meadows at Rutli, and Rigi, the Queen of the Mountains. Click here to download a full PDF itinerary.Day-by-day summaryDAY ONEArrive into Zurich by rail or air on your first day. If you are travelling by rail, leave in the early morning for a train via Paris, or slightly later for a break of a few hours in Basel, reaching Zurich in the late afternoon or early evening respectively. You change platforms here for the train to Lucerne and make the final leg of your journey by boat across the lake to Weggis.DAYS TWO TO SEVENSpend seven nights enjoying the highlights of Weggis and Lucerne, first making the most of your three day rail pass to explore the surrounding area.DAY EIGHTOn your eighth day, you board a morning boat back to Lucerne to catch your train to Basel. An onwards connection takes you to Paris where you arrive around half-past three. Join the Eurostar and arrive back into London in the early evening. Choice of hotelsHotel Park Weggis – 5 starPricesBy rail from the UK, from £1,960 per person with standard class rail travel for the duration of your holiday. Upgrade to first class from £370 per personBy air from the UK to Zurich, from £1,890 per person with standard class rail travel within Switzerland. Upgrade to first class from £200 per personWhat’s included:Rail travel London to Switzerland via Paris in standard/ second class (first class can be booked at a supplement) return, or scheduled return flights from the UK to Zurich3 days Swiss rail pass for travel on 3 consecutive days7 nights’ bed and breakfast in your resort hotelWhat’s not included:Transfers in ParisTransfers in Switzerland station to hotel unless offered by your hotelOptional extensions:Combine this holiday with one of our Iconic Swiss Rail Journeys or another long stay in a different part of the country.
The village of Weggis sits low on the banks of Lake Lucerne, sheltered by one of the large rocky outcrops. At just 435m above sea level, Weggis has the benefits of both proximity to the lakeside and stunning alpine views. Crowned by a white-washed church with stone tower and striking red spire, this small cluster of houses is home to a population of under 5,000, which makes Weggis the perfect peaceful, scenic destination on the banks of Lake Lucerne. A warm climate, afforded by the low altitude, and its place on the so-called Swiss Riviera, identifies Weggis as a summer holiday retreat. The region of Lucerne outside the village is rich with cultural and natural interest, thus suiting sports enthusiasts as well as those looking for a quiet, relaxing break. Browse the range of activities listed below to see just how varied this area is.Places of interest in Weggis:• Panoramic cableway from Weggis to Rigi Kaltbad at 1450m above sea level• Rigibahn – this rack railway leads up from Rigi Kaltbad to Rigi-Kulm; once at the summit, you can see 13 lakes, the entire Swiss Mittelland, and the French and German borders• Quay – lined with colourful flowers and an idyllic promenade• Paddlewheel steamers on Lake Lucerne• Kurplatz – musicians play on this picturesque square every day in the summer, bar Mondays• Mark Twain Trail – stretches across 12km from Weggis to Rigi Kulm• Cruise to Lucerne – taking 45 minutes• Rose Festival – originating in 1926, the Rose Festival offers authentic food stalls and entertainment in JulyPlaces of interest around Weggis:• Rigi Mountain – known affectionately as ‘Queen of the Mountains;’ the summit is popular for watching the sunrise• Mount Pilatus – accessible via a thrilling rack railway, this is reputedly the final resting place of Pontius Pilatus and the mythical former home of a dragon; from the top, you can see 73 alpine peaks• Stanserhorn – a hiking excursion, or funicular railway and cable car ride, takes you up to the summit from Stans, from where you can see the Jungfrau, Mount Titlis, and the northern hills and lakes• Chapel Bridge, Lucerne – the most iconic monument in the area, and the most photographed in Switzerland; it was named after St Peter’s Chapel. Visit also the Water Tower that marks the bridge’s sharp corner• Spreuer Bridge, Lucerne – an ochre-coloured bridge that also crosses the Reuss River, and has miniature red turrets• Jesuit Church, Lucerne – an imposing baroque church built on the water’s edge in the 17th century with iconic turquoise droplet-shaped domes• Musegg Wall, Lucerne – built in the 14th century, nine of the city’s original defensive towers remain; three of which are open to the public• Historic squares, Lucerne – in particular, visit the Kornmarkt Square, home to the Pfistern Guildhall, and the Weinmarkt Square, where Lucerne swore a federal oath with its neighbouring cantons in the 14th century• Dying Lion Monument, Lucerne – one of the most moving memorials in Lucerne, this rock carving commemorates those who lost their lives in the attack on the Tuileries at the end of the 18th century• Lucerne art galleries – visit the Rosengart Collection of works by Picasso and Klee, the Wagner Collection in Tribschen, and the KKL Luzern• Wilhelm Tell Express steamboat or salon motorboat – departing from the Swiss Transport Museum in Lucerne, this boat takes you to the most important points in the legendary story of the Swiss National Hero of Liberty: Tell’s Slab and Tell’s Chapel in Sisikon and the Rutli Meadows• Fluelen – a riverside, picturesque town with mountainside churches and a pretty marina promenade; Fluelen also marks the end of the Wilhelm Tell Express boat ride• Funicular Railway from Stoos to Fronalpstock – this is the steepest railway track in the worldLocal sports:• Kayaking• Swimming by the promenade in Weggis• Para-gliding off Mount Pilatus• Hot air ballooning on Mount Pilatus• Hiking• Cycling – bike rentals are available in Weggis• Fishing – permits can be acquired from the Weggis tourism office• Sailing, water-skiing, river-rafting, and windsurfing in BrunnenThe abundance of available activities, from cultural and historic tours to water sports and hiking, will ensure that each of your days in the Lake Lucerne area is unique and memorable. This seven night rail holiday allows you to make the most of this variety and get to know the region in-depth.Click here to download a full PDF itinerary.
As part of this single centre rail touring holiday, we include a seven night stay at the Hotel Park Weggis. Other options in the Lake Lucerne area are available on request, and additional nights can be added here or in other destinations.Hotel Park WeggisThe five star Hotel Park Weggis stands on the banks of Lake Lucerne, just 30 minutes from Lucerne and Zurich. Emerging from plumes of lush green and purple trees, the white building possesses all the majesty and grandeur of a traditional Swiss chalet, chateau, or palace. Dormer windows in the peaked black roof and a single turret create a distinctive silhouette. The opulence of the property continues inside. Guests can enjoy delicious gourmet Swiss dinners on the terrace or veranda of the Sparks Restaurant after spending a few hours relaxing on the private, tiered, beach-esque lakeside. Atmospheric evening strolls can be had in the Japanese gardens or around the town of Weggis, taking in the sight of the sunset across the water. The guestrooms are blessed with a regal touch, as lightly patterned wallpaper is met with rich, textured fabrics and high ceilings. The Mark Twain two-bedroom suites have a warm, neutral palette, and a living area lit by dormer windows and separated from the bed by a floor-to-ceiling curtain for added privacy and cosiness. Alternatively, the Adara Suites and multi-level Rachmaninoff Suites offer a bold, modern style focused on monochromatic furnishings, polished wood, and signature bursts of red. An added lashing of glamour and authenticity comes with the wine cellar and Lalique Caviar Bar. Hotel guests can sample a wide selection of local and national wines under the curved brick ceiling of the cellar, beside the wine racks. Lalique Caviar Bar serves innovative caviar creations as well as cigars and Scotch whiskies, all alongside beautifully crafted glassware. Indulge further in a range of refined treatments in one of the six Spa cottages, named after precious gems, which cluster around a covered outdoor pool. Sparkling Wellness experts will craft an individual treatment plan for each guest, within the privacy of your cottage, each of which has its own whirlpool topped with petals, sauna, Roman steam room, and invigorating power shower. Hotel Park Weggis lives up to its title as ‘the Sparkling Resort,’ and is well-suited to those embarking on a rail touring holiday around Switzerland, as well as those looking for a longer, lakeside break.Click here to find out more about the Hotel Park Weggis. Click here to download a full PDF itinerary.
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