Featured holiday Walking holiday at Lake Lucerne Switzerland

7 nights/8 days
This is a seven-night, self-guided walking holiday for individuals based on Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. Spend a week in the beautiful city of Lucerne – known affectionately as the City of Lights – whilst exploring the stunning lake and mountains. Fantastic walking routes are combined with journeys on cogwheel railways, aerial cable cars and even a steam train to achieve an unforgettable holiday to Lake Lucerne. Travel by air and rail, or by rail from London and back. Recommended for June to October.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Zurich return, economy, and return rail travel from Zurich airport to Lucerne
  • Tell Pass
  • Route notes for self-guided walking itineraries in Lake Lucerne
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Self-guided walking holiday at Lake Lucerne

Highlights

• 4 self-guided walking itineraries • Rigi Panorama Trail • Megger Forest • Mount Titlis • Brienzer Rothorn steam railway • Boat trip on Lake Lucerne • Pilatus Golden Round Trip • Tell Pass

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£2,340 by air and rail

£2,340 by rail

Holiday Code FHCH04

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers. Also possible is travel by train from London to Lucerne and back in standard class. First class upgrade possible including standard premier on the Eurostar from London to Paris return at £210 per person. Fly-rail first class supplement for rail travel in Switzerland £55 per person. Supplement for 5-star accommodation Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern £550 per person.

Self-guided walking holiday at Lake Lucerne

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£2,340 by air and rail

£2,340 by rail

Holiday Code FHCH04

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers. Also possible is travel by train from London to Lucerne and back in standard class. First class upgrade possible including standard premier on the Eurostar from London to Paris return at £210 per person. Fly-rail first class supplement for rail travel in Switzerland £55 per person. Supplement for 5-star accommodation Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern £550 per person.

Our prices include ● Scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Zurich return, economy
● Return rail travel from Zurich airport to Lucerne
● 7 nights’ bed and breakfast in a superior double room at the Wilden Mann in Lucerne
● Tell Pass for the duration of your stay
● Route notes for self-guided walking itineraries in Lake Lucerne
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Additional information Dates
Although this holiday can be arranged throughout the year, we recommend travelling between June and early October for the best trekking conditions.
Rail from UK
It is possible to travel by train from London to Lucerne and back.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£2,340 by air and rail

£2,340 by rail

Holiday Code FHCH04

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers. Also possible is travel by train from London to Lucerne and back in standard class. First class upgrade possible including standard premier on the Eurostar from London to Paris return at £210 per person. Fly-rail first class supplement for rail travel in Switzerland £55 per person. Supplement for 5-star accommodation Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern £550 per person.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Zurich return, economy
• Return rail travel from Zurich airport to Lucerne
• 7 nights’ bed and breakfast in a superior double room at the Wilden Mann in Lucerne
• Tell Pass for the duration of your stay
• Route notes for self-guided walking itineraries in Lake Lucerne
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Zurich several times a day. From here there are regular hourly direct services Zurich. Travel by rail from the UK starts with taking the Eurostar to Paris. Here you take the TGV-Lyria to Basel and change onto a direct service to Lucerne.

Additional information Dates
Although this holiday can be arranged throughout the year, we recommend travelling between June and early October for the best trekking conditions.
Rail from UK
It is possible to travel by train from London to Lucerne and back.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£2,340 by air and rail

£2,340 by rail

Holiday Code FHCH04

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers. Also possible is travel by train from London to Lucerne and back in standard class. First class upgrade possible including standard premier on the Eurostar from London to Paris return at £210 per person. Fly-rail first class supplement for rail travel in Switzerland £55 per person. Supplement for 5-star accommodation Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern £550 per person.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Zurich return, economy
• Return rail travel from Zurich airport to Lucerne
• 7 nights’ bed and breakfast in a superior double room at the Wilden Mann in Lucerne
• Tell Pass for the duration of your stay
• Route notes for self-guided walking itineraries in Lake Lucerne
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Zurich several times a day. From here there are regular hourly direct services Zurich. Travel by rail from the UK starts with taking the Eurostar to Paris. Here you take the TGV-Lyria to Basel and change onto a direct service to Lucerne.

Additional information Dates
Although this holiday can be arranged throughout the year, we recommend travelling between June and early October for the best trekking conditions.
Rail from UK
It is possible to travel by train from London to Lucerne and back.

Self-guided walking holiday at Lake Lucerne

Highlights of Lake Lucerne

Begin your exploration of the Lake Lucerne Region with the famous city itself. To get your bearings, wander along the river or lakeside, stopping first at the Chapel Bridge, Lucerne's main landmark and the most photographed monument in Switzerland. This bridge gets its name from St Peter's Chapel, which stands nearby, and was built in the early 14th century, making it a true testament to its ingenious structure. The Water Tower that stands partway along the bridge once formed part of the city walls, and has served a number of functions, including that of an archive, prison, and torture chamber. Also part of the city's fortifications is the Spreuer Bridge, which, again, stretches across the Reuss, but with an unusual ochre design characterised by the small red turrets attached above the bridge's supports. The so-called ‘Water Spike,' which regulates the water level in the Reuss River, is recognised for being a truly unique sight, due to the specificities of its engineering. For more stunning, historical structures, visit the 17th century Jesuit Church, with its grand, regal Baroque façade, which was the first large sacral church to be built in Switzerland. High above the city is the Musegg Wall. Built in the late 14th century, the wall remains remarkably well preserved, as do the nine towers, of which three are open to the public. For a taste of traditional Swiss life, visit one of the historical squares hidden down the city streets and enjoy a light lunch or drink in one of the cafes. The Town Hall and Pfistern Guildhall, which is artfully painted, are situated on the Kornmarkt Square; the Hirschenplatz Square is named after an inn that dates back to medieval times; and the Weinmarkt Square is the site on which Lucerne swore its federal oath with Schwyz, Uri, and Unterwalden in the early 14th century.

Cultural highlights of Lake Lucerne

Lucerne is home to a variety of museums and galleries, including the KKL Luzern, the Rosengart Collection of works by Picasso and Klee, the Wagner Museum in Tribschen, and the most well-known of them all, the Swiss Museum of Transport. Once you have explored Lucerne's streets, restaurants, and shops, finish your tour with a visit to the Dying Lion of Lucerne. Commemorating the deaths of the Swiss mercenaries at the attack on the Tuileries at the end of the 18th century, this monument is one of the most moving in Europe. Follow the northern shore of the lake to the picturesque villages of Weggis and Vitznau. Weggis is recognisable from the water by the red-topped church spire at the village's highest point. The scattered houses in both are surrounded by green lawns, clusters of evergreen trees, and gently rising slopes. The Wilhelm Tell Express will take you by boat from Lucerne across the river to Fluelen, passing the iconic spots that feature in the legend of Wilhelm Tell, the best known folk character in Switzerland and the Swiss National Hero of Liberty. The meadows in Rutli, for example, are the setting of Friedrich Schiller's recounting of Tell's tale, and Tell's Chapel in Sisikon is built upon Tell's Slab, where he famously jumped from the bailiff's boat before pushing them back into the storm. Further inland, in the neighbouring cantons that claim sections of Lake Lucerne's shores, are several picturesque towns and villages with their own individual character. The town of Schwyz, in the canton of the same name, provides both a valuable connection with the cities and towns to the east of Lake Lucerne and an equally valuable insight into the traditions and atmospheres of small towns that have retained much of their historical air. The most popular and interesting part of this town, which is mainly characterised by its peaceful streets of chalet-style buildings, is the Hauptplatz. Here, you can admire the painted façade of the Town Hall while enjoying some food at the restaurant of the Hotel Wysses Rossli. Those looking to explore the landscape on foot or by cable car should head towards the two main peaks of the Lucerne area: Pilatus and Rigi. The former was once reputedly the home of a dragon and is now believed to be the final resting place of Pontius Pilatus, but most remarkable are the views across 73 Alpine peaks that can be appreciated from the top. Rigi is known as Queen of the Mountains, from the summit of which you can see 13 lakes, the entire Swiss Mittelland, and the borders into Germany and France. A cable car up to Rigi can be taken from Weggis. To enjoy the scenery by rail, take the funicular railway from Stoos to Fronalpstock or vice versa, the track of which is the world's steepest. Once on the mountainsides, you are at your leisure to embark on cycling tours and hiking tours to unveil the waterfalls and mountain streams, to take a once-in-a-lifetime skydiving or paragliding trip, or to take your time with a round of golf. The range of places and activities that surround Lake Lucerne is given its diversity by the stunning landscape, and by the coming together of so many cantons, each with their own unique culture. We would recommend staying long enough to try a little of everything to truly make the most of this fantastic and inspiring region.

Festivals in Lake Lucerne

Lucerne prides itself on being a city of festivals, a title that it lives up to through its blend of music, food, and theatrical celebrations. The biggest of these is without a doubt the Lucerne Carnival. Beginning on Fat Thursday before Lent begins, the carnival features three massive parades with masks, costumes, bonfires, and displays by the various societies in the area. Music festivals in Lucerne also include the World Band Festival at the end of September, the Lucerne Blues Festival at the beginning of November, the Lucerne Festival at the Piano in mid to late November, the two Lucerne Festivals (at Easter and in summer) which focus on classical music, and the Blue Balls music and art festival in late July. Sports enthusiasts might want to plan their visit in time with the Lucerne Regatta, on the 7th to 9th July 2017, and the Athletics Meeting, also in July.

Gastronomy in Lake Lucerne

The food around Lake Lucerne, like its history, is made diverse by the numerous cantons. Visitors can enjoy high-class gourmet food in stylish modern restaurants, or can enjoy traditional delicacies in smaller, family-run establishments. One example of a popular local dish is the Lozarner Churgelipastete, which comprises of veal and mushrooms cooked inside a puff-pastry casing. Those with a sweet tooth might wish to try the pear bread. To try some Swiss Alpine cheese, we would recommend ordering either the raclette or the fondue, as these are possibly the most typically Swiss dishes available. Finish off your culinary tour of Lucerne with some of the famous Swiss chocolate made by a local chocolatier.

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