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The Big Five versus the Stoosbahn

The Big Five versus the Stoosbahn

One of Railtrail's most popular Swiss rail holidays features five completely unique mountain railroad excursions - the Pilatus Railway, the Rigi Railway, the Stanserhorn, the Titlis cable car and the Hammetschwand Lift…plus the world's steepest funicular railway the new Stoosbahn! Experience six of the best Swiss rail journeys from our base overlooking stunning Lake Lucerne!

8 Days From £1599

 

DEPARTS

Saturday 6 June 2020

Saturday 26 September 2020

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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, Europe’s first mountain railway

  • Breathtaking ride on the Titlis Rotair Cable Car, the world’s first revolving gondola

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

  • Experience traditional and modern technology at the Stanserhorn

  • Enjoy incredible views at the Hammetschwand Lift, the world’s highest outdoor rock lift

  • Visit to the new Stoosbahn, the world’s steepest funicular railway

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening

  • Local transport pass

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

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.

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DAY 2

Our first adventure begins with a rail journey around the lake to Stans. Here we join the Stanserhorn, firstly enjoying the timber carriages of the nostalgic funicular railway dating from 1893, before continuing on the world's first cabrio cable car, whose top deck has no roof. Enjoy the lakes and mountains stunning scenery through the panoramic windows of the lower deck or feel the wind in your hair on the sun deck, with nothing but the sky above.

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DAY 3

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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DAY 4

Feel free to enjoy a day at leisure in the hotel's leisure facilities or maybe visit Lucerne. Alternatively, join our Tour Manager on an included visit to the new Stoosbahn, the world's steepest funicular railway. The distinctive barrel-shaped carriages combat a height difference of 744 metres over 1.7km of track, with a maximum gradient of 110%.

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DAY 5

A pretty unique experience awaits today, as we travel from Hergiswil to Stanstad. From here a short bus journey takes us up to Bürgenstock. We enjoy the fresh mountain air on a breathtaking mountain walk to the Hammetschwand Lift, the highest outdoor rock lift in the world. For over 100 years the elevator has taken passengers up 153 metres in one minute, enjoying lakes and mountain views. Enjoy the stunning views from the restaurant at the summit before we make the return journey

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DAY 6

See steep rocky walls, deep glacial crevasses and snowcovered mountain summits glide past as 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 as you soar to the mountain station at an altitude of over 3,000 metres above sea level.

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DAY 7

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. The Rigi was the preferred destination of writers and heads of state during the 'Belle Epoque' era between 1884 and 1914. Mark Twain, Tolstoy and Goethe all enthused about the beautiful views and even Queen Victoria wrote that, "We are amused!" Enjoy the 'Queen of the Mountains' for yourself on our fantastic final mountain adventure.

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DAY 8

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

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTEL

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.

 

FARES

From London St Pancras International:

 

Standard Class rail travel

to / from Switzerland, including Standard Eurostar

£1599

First Class rail travel

to / from Switzerland, including Standard Premier Eurostar

£1899

Single Traveller Supplement

£179



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

Hotel Porterage

 

GUARANTEED FARE

 

 

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

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

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