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Great Swiss Lakes

Journey by rail through the heart of Switzerland
Holiday information
Nights: 7
Accommodation: one three-star hotel; two four-star hotels
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners
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This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided journey by rail & boat
  • glittering lakes & stunning Alpine backdrops
  • easy mountain access using the integrated Swiss transport system
  • rail journey on the Golden Pass line


Famed for its mountains, Switzerland is also a land of spectacular lakes. This journey, by paddle steamer, Golden Pass train and historic mountain cog railways, links the best of Lake Geneva –  vineyards, castles and historic towns – with the literal heart of Switzerland, where the confederation was founded – Lake Lucerne – via Lake Brienz and nearby Meiringen, home to spectacular gorges and mountains.

There is no more beautiful scenery or climate for summer travel than Switzerland presents.
Ulysses S Grant – former US President (1822-1885)

From Montreux – renowned for its jazz festival and with famous residents over the years as diverse as Byron and Charlie Chaplin – to the summit of Mount Pilatus near Lucerne, there’s something for everyone. Whether on a walk through the UNESCO-recognised Lavaux vineyards or sitting at a chestnut-shaded table on the terrace of the Hotel Victoria in Meiringen, gourmets can explore the finest local produce and traditions. Lovers of history shouldn’t miss the spectacularly set Château de Chillon on Lake Geneva, nor the exceptional Ballenberg open-air museum, with its extensive collection of vernacular architecture from all over Switzerland, as well as the beautiful city of Lucerne. And all this is never far from a breathtaking cable-car ride to a mountain top, for an eagle's-eye view of the summits and glittering waters far below.

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