In the lead-up to Lent Lucerne bursts alive with the sights, sounds and colour of the Fasnacht festival, with three large parades climaxing on Shrove Tuesday. Combine Lucerne's Carnival celebrations with our fabulous wintry rail excursions, including a couple that feature nowhere else in the Railtrail programme on yet another rail tour that you simply won't find anywhere else.
Wednesday 7th February 2018
Your choice of First or Standard Class rail travel to Switzerland and return
4* hotel beside Lake Lucerne with leisure facilities and fabulous views
Experience Fasnacht in Lucerne with three parades
Excursion on the Rigi Railway, Europes first mountain railway
Breathtaking ride on the Titlis Rotair Cable Car, the worlds first revolving gondola
Enjoy the reopened Bürgenstock Funicular a Railtrail first!
Wonderfully scenic journey to Meiringen across the Brünig Pass
Take the cable cars from Meiringen Hasliberg to Alpentower another Railtrail first!
Soar up Mount Pilatus on the local cable cars
Relax on Lake Lucernes steamers
Local Transport Pass offering freedom to explore Lucerne on your free day
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 by Lake Lucerne and the Seehotel Pilatus, where a welcome evening meal awaits at our hotel.D
A morning at leisure in Hergiswil allows you the opportunity to relax and unwind by lovely Lake Lucerne and maybe take full advantage of the hotel's leisure facilities. In the afternoon we make the short trip to Lucerne for our first parade. Today is known locally as 'Dirty Thursday', today's parade is known as the 'Fritschi Parade' and dates back to the 15th century.B, D
The Snow Express train leaves the shores of Lake Lucerne, heading into the Engelberg Valley through delightful villages nestling at the foot of increasingly steep and lofty mountains. From Engelberg we ascend Mount Titlis on the world's first revolving gondola - the 'Titlis Rotair'. The gondola rotates a full 360 degrees during its ascent, providing breathtakingly beautiful panoramas of as you soar to the mountain station at an altitude of over 3,000 metres above sea level.B, D
Blow those cobwebs away on Europe's first mountain railway! The Rigi Railway, has been transporting visitors from all over the world to the top of the 'Queen of the Mountains' since 1871.B, D
Today features one of Switzerland's most scenic railways, the Golden Pass Line from Lucerne through classic alpine scenery high over the Brünig Pass to Meiringen. From here we take to the cable cars, soaring to the summit station of Alpentower at 2,500 metres for Railtrail's first visit.B, D
Another Railtrail first awaits today as we sail across Lake Lucerne to Kehrsiten to join the Bürgenstock Funicular Railway. The 5* Bürgenstock Resort at the summit has been closed for some time for refurbishment, which has meant that the funicular has been out of bounds too. As the resort reopens in 2017, we finally have the opportunity to offer this new excursion on a railway dating all the way back to 1888. In the afternoon we take in Lucerne's Fat Monday Parade, climaxing with its famous frog float.B, D
Our final mountain excursion uses the local cable cars to soar up Mount Pilatus, before our final evening in Lucerne features the Fasnacht festival's crowning glory, the Shrove Tuesday parade, with light shows and big bands playing their hearts out in a true spectacle as Lucerne's inhabitants let their hair down before Lent.B, D
We return by train across Switzerland to Paris, changing stations for our Eurostar journey to London.B
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
First Class rail travel
to / from Switzerland, including Standard Premier Eurostar
Single Traveller Supplement
7 nights' bed, breakfast & evening meal
Eurostar and rail travel to and from Switzerland in the class of your choice
Local Transport Ticket
All excursions as detailed
Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager
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