Gotthard Panorama Express: Every bucket list points here.
Like the legendary Wilhelm Tell, this Swiss Lucerne to Lugano excursion really hits the mark for travelers in search of breathtaking scenery. This 5-hour trip starts with a spectacular 2 1/2-hour Lake Lucerne boat ride – by steamer -- before seamlessly connecting to Swiss scenic rail. This panoramic journey begins at Fluelen, winds its way through the impressive Reuss Valley, and ultimately climbs through the St. Gotthard range and through the Gotthard railway tunnel — a civil engineering marvel.
After the tunnel, travelers arrive in Ticino, and then travel through charming, quaint villages on the way to Bellinzona or Lugano. There’s even the option of doing the complete trip in the reverse direction.
Seating is available in First Class or Second Class and reservations are required for the entire journey. First Class guests receive a welcome package, including a meal voucher good in the restaurant and a multilingual travel guide and host during the summer season.
The Gotthard Panorama Express. It doesn’t just link central Switzerland to its Mediterranean-like south; it combines the best of scenic rail in Switzerland with heavenly water views.
It doesn’t just link central Switzerland to its Mediterranean-like south; it combines the best of scenic rail in Switzerland with heavenly water views.