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Switzerland Steam-Powered Six

See stunning Switzerland in style on our great steam powered railway holiday, based on the lakeshore of lovely Lake Lucerne. Cruise across three Swiss lakes the nostalgic way by paddle-steamer and experience three exhilarating steam train excursions in the Swiss mountains plus take a trip on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway!

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8 days from £2345



Saturday 29 June 2024

Saturday 21 September 2024



  • Your choice of First or Standard Class rail travel to Switzerland and return

  • 4-star hotel beside Lake Lucerne with leisure facilities and fabulous views

  • Excursion on the Rigi Railway on one of its rare days of steam

  • Steamboat ride across Lake Zurich from Rapperswil to Zurich with free time in Zurich

  • Discover the Pilatus Railway, Europe’s steepest cog railway

  • Travel across the stunning Brünig Pass by train to Brienz

  • Steam up the famous Brienzer Rothornbahn

  • Enjoy a steam excursion on the Furka Steam Railway

  • Cruise gently around Lake Lucerne by paddle-steamer


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 7 nights' bed, breakfast & evening meal

  • Local transport pass

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


Relax as we let the European train system transport us from the bustle of early morning London to Lucerne, then by local train to lakeside Hergiswil and our base at the Seehotel Pilatus. On arrival a welcome evening meal awaits at our hotel.



Our first adventure is to Europe’s first mountain railway! The Rigi Railway has been transporting visitors from all over the world to the top of Rigi Kulm since 1871. The Rigi was the preferred destination of writers and heads of state during the ‘Belle Epoque’ era between 1884 and 1914. Today is special, however, as it is one of the few days each year when steam locos from the early years of the railway haul vintage carriages to the top of the ‘Queen of the Mountains’.

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We take the train via Lucerne to Rapperswil on Lake Zurich. Here we board one of the Lake Zurich steamboats. Sit back and relax on our first gentle cruise along the scenic lake past prosperous villages to the city of Zurich itself. After some free time in Switzerland’s largest city, we return to Hergiswil by train.

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Today’s journey takes in one of Switzerland’s most scenic mainlines over the Brünig Pass from Lucerne to Brienz. Here we join the wonderful Brienzer Rothorn Railway, Switzerland’s oldest steam cog railway. It has climbed Rothorn Kulm since 1892 at incredible gradients and the thrilling ride leads to spectacular mountain scenery. Returning to the lakeside, we join a nostalgic steam paddler from Brienz to Interlaken where we re-join our train, once more navigating the Brünig Pass to Lucerne.

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Drama and thrills all the way today on the Pilatus Railway! This famous round trip provides the best of mountain railways from every angle. Let the world’s steepest cogwheel railway take you up through woods and tunnels, along flowery meadows, and rocky outcrops to the top of this rugged pre-Alpine peak. After free time at the summit, we travel by an aerial cable car and panorama gondola to Lucerne, Switzerland’s prettiest city.

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Transferring to Realp, we join the Furka Steam Cog Railway on an excursion high into the mountains to Oberwald along the original route of the Glacier Express, crossing viaducts, passing through tunnels and alpine meadows full of flowers. Marvel at the Rhone Glacier, viewed between snow-covered mountain peaks.

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Our final day on Lake Lucerne explores the serene lake, known locally as Vierwaldstättersee, by lake steamer. Relax on board as we criss-cross between idyllic lakeside villages on our way to Flüelen, before returning to Hergiswil.

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We return by train across Switzerland to Paris, changing stations for our Eurostar journey to London.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


Seehotel Pilatus, Hergiswil

This 4-star hotel stands directly at the lakeshore on lovely Lake Lucerne in the village of Hergiswil, just a short train journey from Lucerne itself, surrounded by majestic mountain views. The hotel was bought as a humble guest house in 1911 by ancestors of the Fuchs family, who still own and run the Seehotel. There have been many changes since 1911 and, whilst providing a relaxing base in a great location for all our excursions, the hotel also features a host of leisure facilities including a large indoor pool, jacuzzi, saunas, sun deck, and lakeside terrace.



From London St Pancras International:


Standard Class rail travel to / from Switzerland, including Standard Eurostar


Supplement for Premier Eurostar upgrade return


First Class rail travel to / from Switzerland, including Standard Premier Eurostar


Join & Leave at Hergiswil


Single Traveller Supplement


7 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

Eurostar and rail travel to and from Switzerland in the class of your choice

All excursions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage




Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address
Tour Base Tour Base (Join & Leave at Hotel)
London St Pancras Int London St Pancras Int (LNE)

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