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Great Swiss Lakes

Through the heart of Switzerland by rail
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Mr D Williams  Fareham September 2018

As already mentioned, we couldn't praise Hotel Victoria enough!  The 4-course meals were out of this world and it was also lovely to come back at the of the day and enjoy an afternoon snack!  The trains ran like clockwork, the scenery was beautiful and we had a great time!

Mrs J Virden  Matlock September 2018

Highlight was the trip by boat, funicular & cable car up to Rigi - thank you for organising the perfect weather!

Mrs G Wallace  Sheffield September 2018

This was three holidays in one and your choice of locations was, as usual, perfect. Montreux felt like a seaside holiday, with the beautiful prom and gorgeous sunsets. Meiringen took us to the heart of the alps where we enjoyed peaceful scenery and breathtaking views. And Lucerne felt like a cultured city break. For those who like variety in their holidays, this is a sure winner. The upgrade to a suite in the Wildenmann in Lucerne with a private roof top terrace was the icing on the cake!

Mr D Wilson  York September 2018

From Luzern the bus - cablecar - rack railway - boat trip over Pilatus was the first highlight and well worth the expense (on a good day allow plenty of time to explore the routes around the summits).

From Meiringen we enjoyed the walk up the Aareschlucht, along winding roads to the head of the Reichenbach Falls, then down via the funicular railway. We also went up the Brienz Rothorn Bahn and climbed to the summit. The views were stunning all the way, but this also needs a clear day.

In Wengen we repeated a favourite route up the Mannlichen by cablecar, riding on the roof this time, followed by the walk to the summit (more thrilling views) and the walk down to Kleine Scheidegg. This time we caught the train back to Wengen due to ageing legs! 

We took the train, cablecar and train to Murren and up to Allmendhubel, then walked along the Mountain View walk back to Grutschalp. Another clear days gave excellent views all the way.

This combination of 3 centres was partly our own choice, but we found that the circuit worked very well for us, with no problems with travel between them. 

INNTRAVEL NOTE: Mr Wilson booked a 3-centre holiday, choosing Lucerne and Meiringen from our Great Swiss Lakes holiday and adding Wengen which normally follows Meiringen on our Across the Roof of Europe holiday.

Geoff and Alison  Reading June 2018
Just back from Great Swiss Lakes trip, which we really enjoyed for the scenery. Tip before you set off - go through the travel docs, not because Inntravel get them wrong (as if!) but the SwissCard doubling as arrival and departure ticket and half price pass while there makes it seem like something is missing. We planned to travel from UK by train - it is ok if you need to but if we were to go again we would fly to Geneva. The train journey only gets really interesting once you turn off the TGV line. The Golden Pass journeys really are spectacular - in its own way the Meiringen to Lucerne trip is as terrific as Montreux to Interlaken. The Hotel Victoria in Meiringen is just the type of gem of a hotel that Inntravel are so good at finding, making the stay there a pleasure in itself and not just a pit-stop to go off elsewhere. The restaurant is first class and the half board offering thoughtfully varied across our three day stay. Lovely place, lovely food, lovely people. The excursion to the Ballenburg open air museum made a nice day out: pretty, interesting and a stunning setting. Talking to the craft demonstrators was a highlight. The James Bond reference in the walk notes for the Aare Gorge in Meiringen is spot on - the Aareschlucht Ost 'station' might be the strangest place to catch a train ever. Lucerne tip: the lakeside walk, along the north shore is in the shade of trees and on a sunny weekend afternoon had glorious views of all the activity on the lake and the mountains beyond. Also there was an ice-cream stand. Lucerne itself is in a wonderful setting, but the town is a real tourist place, in contrast to many of the Inntravel destinations. A trip on the lake is great: we went across to Burgenstock where there is a funicular up the hill with great views back across the lake. You get a trip on the funky brand new catamaran, but the resort did not seem like somewhere we wanted to hang around. Great trip all round, and a special treat for Sherlock Holmes fans.
Andrew & Pam   May 2018

About 20 normal train rides, 8 cog railway rides (5 routes, 4 summits), 5 boat trips (2 by real steam boat), 3 cable car rides, 6 buses (4 in London on the way), 2 metro rides, and a gondola trip (No, not the Venetian kind). About 130 flowers identified, with a lot of help on two super flower walks (Rigi and Pilatus). Walks optional and scenic. Hotels very comfotable, splendid breakfasts, excellent evening meals where provided. Just our kind of holiday. Thanks.

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