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Tour 9

Switzerland's Luzern and Lugano featuring the Wilhelm Tell Panoramic Ship and Train

TOUR SUMMARY

 SPLENDORS OF EUROPE offers this one week luxury escorted tour to Switzerland featuring Luzern and Lugano.  This is a small group  tour of Switzerland that includes walking tours and excursions which highlight Switzerland's lakes, mountains, history, architecture, art, castles, churches, medieval towns and museums.   This tour has a regional focus and provides in-depth cultural  and grand gourmet culinary experiences.  Two professional escorts ensure that everyone in our small group of 12 or less has a rewarding personal experience.  Travel in Switzerland is by first class panoramic train, cogwheel mountain train and luxury lake steamer.  The famous Wilhelm Tell Express luxury lake steamer and panoramic train service is enjoyed between Luzern and Lugano on this tour.  This tour includes visits to all the best sights near Luzern and Lugano.  Travel to the exquisite Alps and Lake Luzern and Lake Lugano regions of Switzerland with SPLENDORS OF EUROPE and youll enjoy scenery like a beautiful oil painting daily.  You'll have the best vacation trip ever.  Visit the hotel, restaurant, and tour photo galleries at the end of this page.

Switzerland offers great beauty and diversity in a small country.  Sleepy Alpine hamlets, medieval walled towns, and sophisticated resorts, are all just minutes from the impressive beauty of the Alps with their snow peaked mountains, picturesque valleys, and clear Alpine lakes.  On this tour youll explore both Central Switzerland and the southern Ticino Region.  You will visit the medieval town of Luzern and the old world resort town of Lugano. Stunning views are a daily experience on this tour.

Youll enjoy first class service aboard the famous Wilhelm Tell Express between Luzern and Lugano.  We travel aboard a classic lake steamer the length of Lake Luzern one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.  We also travel aboard the panoramic train over perhaps the most spectacular rail track in the world featuring dozens of dramatic bridges and tunnels.  We take scenic Alpine trains and cable cars to mountain summits near Luzern, and Lugano, all with unique breathtaking views.  Youll also enjoy irresistible gourmet cuisine and luxury world class hotels with incredible service and ambiance.

 

Luxury escorted tour of Luzern Switzerland

LUZERN

Luzern enjoys a privileged location at the head of beautiful Lake Luzern.  The jagged mountains that surround the lake provide a dramatic backdrop to the city.  Luzern is a romantic city of style, culture, and history.  It is full of architectural and cultural gems waiting to be discovered.  Wooden covered bridges, medieval watchtowers, baroque churches and a story book castle punctuate the landscape.

Luxury escorted tour of Lugano Switzerland

LUGANO

Located in the Ticino region of southern Switzerland, Lugano benefits from its southern facing exposure and proximity to Italy.  Long a resort town, Lugano is known as Rio of the old world.  Here Swiss efficiency combines with Italian style to create an exceedingly graceful environment.  This location has it all, a beautiful lake, dramatic mountains, a temperate climate and an architectural style that evokes the leisure life style of the old word aristocracy.  Here you will explore lovely gardens, palatial villas, exceptional museums and lovely baroque churches.

WHATS INCLUDED

1. All of "Our Special Features and Qualities" listed in the table of contents

2. Airport greeting and transfers from Zurich International Airport.

3. Ground transportation throughout your tour including first class panoramic train.

4. Two Professional Escorts

5. Seven nights in deluxe character hotels. See the "Tour 9 Hotel Photo Gallery" at the bottom of this page.

6. All hotel taxes and gratuities

7. Award winning dinning.  See our "Gallery of Restaurants" at the bottom of this page.

8. Seven Breakfasts

9. Seven Delicious lunches

10. Five Gourmet dinners

11. Caf refreshments

12. Beverages, mineral water, coffee, and dessert with all dinners

13. All restaurant gratuities

14. Admission with choice of escorted or self discovery visits to approximately 30 sites including the following:

15. Interactive discussions with authentic local experts

9 Day Itinerary

SATURDAY - International flight to Zurich Switzerland

walking tour in Luzern Switzerland

 

SUNDAY - Arrive Zurich International Airport, Arrive Luzern

Your escort greets you at the airport and gets you on your way to the hotel.  We make the pleasant one hour trip to Luzern and check into our luxury hotel with a view of Luzern, and award winning restaurant. Depending on your arrival time, lunch is enjoyed in our hotel or in town. 

Relax with a stroll along the lake and river this afternoon. This evening we enjoy welcome cocktails at our hotel before a fine dinner. Each evening your escorts can assist you with information about evening entertainment opportunities. L+D

 

 

 

MONDAY - Discover Luzern.

Breakfast welcomes us each morning in our hotel. Today we take a walking tour of old town Luzern. We start at the romantic 14th century covered Chapel Bridge with its medieval stone tower.

Luzern Switzerland

Nearby we see the Altes Rathaus or old town hall built in 1599 and still in use today.

Next we visit the beautiful 17th century Am Rhyn House with its fine Picasso collection. We visit the Kornmarket a medieval square once home to the grain market. We walk through the Weinmarket with its splendid fountain squares and frescoed buildings. We walk across the Spreuerbrucke, another romantic covered wooden bridge from 1408 decorated with many medieval paintings.

Luzern Switzerland

 

Next we visit the Franciscan Church with its rich wooden carvings and the vast Jesuit Church with its perfectly restored rococo interior.

We continue our walk along the river Reuss to the Culture and Congress Center at the edge of the Lake. Its a modern glass and steel architectural masterpiece.

We enjoy a wonderful two hour lunch cruise on Lake Luzern aboard a classic steamer.  From our ship, we enjoy the spectacular mountains with scenery like an oil painting that came to life.

This afternoon we visit more of Luzern starting with a visit to the Hofkirche, a monastery from 750 rebuilt in the Renaissance style after a fire in 1633. Inside well see one of Switzerlands finest pipe organs.  Our next stop is the Bourbaki-Panorama. This is a large wraparound panoramic painting from the 19th century. It depicts grand scenes from the Franco-Prussian War.  Next we see the Lion Monument, a tribute to 760 Swiss soldiers who died defending Louis XVI in Paris during the French revolution.

Lion Monument Luzern Switzerland

We stop and rest in the peaceful Glacier Garden carved and polished during the Ice Age.

Our last stop today is the Zytturm a clock tower from 1400 and one of the remaining nine remaining towers that formed the old town wall.

Theres time to relax, go shopping, or explore more of Luzern.

Tonight we delight in an elegant gourmet dinner celebrating our visit to Luzern. B+L+D

 

TUESDAY - Discover Luzern and its environs. Luzern walking tour

Today we take the dramatic cable car excursion to 6,953 foot high Mount Pilatus. Here we enjoy refreshments on the summit with sensational views of Luzern and the lake below.Mt Pilatus excursion into the Alps with Lake Luzern below

After our Alpine expedition, well enjoy a caf style lunch in town.

This afternoon choose between exploring more of Luzern on you own, a shopping tour with your escorts, or a visit to the Swiss Transport Museum.

Dinner is at your leisure this evening with many fine restaurants to choose from. B+L

 

WEDNESDAY - Luzern to Lugano on the William Tell express.

After a morning of leisure, we board our lake steamer for the lovely cruise across Lake Luzern. Wilhelm Tell lake steamer service across Lake Luzern Switzerland

On board, we enjoy a three course lunch in a beautiful dining salon while gazing in amazement at the mountains that tumble down into the lake. This dramatic scenery has inspired many an artist and Poet.

We disembark in Fluelen, home of the Wilhelm Tell legend. Here we board the first class panorama cars of the Wilhelm Tell Express Train.

From our comfortable seats we enjoy the view as we enter the awesome Reuss Valley with its deep ravines and precipitous cliffs. We pass over numerous spiral and horseshoe tunnels, galleries and bridges as the train climbs to 1100 meters before entering the famous Gotthard Tunnel. View of Lake Lugano SwitzerlandAfter the Gotthard we enter the Leventia Valley where we cross more breathtaking bridges and passes before we arrive at the lake side resort town of Lugano.

Only a few miles from Italy this Swiss town enjoys the efficiency of Switzerland and the tasteful style of Italian aristocracy.

We check into our wonderful Hotel. Dinner is enjoyed on the terrace over looking the Lake. B+L+D

 

THURSDAY - Discover Lugano.

Today we take a pleasant walking tour of Lugano. We start with the Piazza della Riforma, the caf tabled social center of Lugano.

Walking tour of Lugano

We then visit the Cathedral di San Lorenzo with its Renaissance faade and rich baroque and frescoed interior. Next we visit Tassino Park with splendid views overlooking the lake and a lovely rose garden.

We also visit the 15th century Church of St Mary of the Angels with its extraordinary 1529 frescoes by Bernardino Luini. Nearby we enjoy the lovely lake side Belvedere Gardens, with its sculptures and wonderful palms and beautifully flowering plants.  We take the romantic Waterfront Promenade under the lime and palm trees taking in the wonderful views.

We relax and savor lunch with a view at the terrace of the Panoramico.

This afternoon we visit the beautiful Villa Ciani and its Fine Arts Museum.   Civico Park is enjoyed with its exotic plants and 1000 varieties of roses and aviary. Its a lovely place to sit and enjoy the ambiance.

Tonight we enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants that offer terrace dining with views of the lake. B+L+D

 

FRIDAY Villa Favorita and the Olive Park and Mount Bre

Today we visit the splendid 16th century Villa Favorita. Here we see the exceptional art collection of Baron von Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Walking tour of Lugano Switzerland

We stroll through the villa gardens and then we visit the adjacent Olive Park. Its an idyllic landscape of silvery olive trees, cypress, laurel and rosemary on the lower slopes of Monte Bre.

Next we take the funicular to the summit of Monte Bre for wonderful views of Lugano, the lake and the mountains beyond. Here we visit to the mountain top village of Br.

This afternoon we make our way back to Lugano where you are at your leisure to enjoy this privileged town.

Dinner is enjoyed at you leisure tonight in Lugano. B+L

 

SATURDAY Return trip to Zurich by Scenic Train and Lake Steamer. Luxury Wilhelm Tell lake steamer enjoyed on the tour

Today we make the scenic Journey back to Zurich. We enjoy the views from our  scenic train now in the opposite direction.  We board our beautiful lake steamer in Fluelen.

Lunch is savored on board and so is the splendid view.  We arrive in Luzern where we board the train to Zurich. On board dining enjoyed on the Wilhelm Tell steamer across Lake Lucern

 

 

 

 

 

In Zurich, we check into our conveniently located hotel. There is time for exploring and shopping in the old part of town before dinner.

After cocktails, dinner is enjoyed at one of Zurichs exceptional restaurants where we regale about our wonderful adventure in Switzerland.

After dinner why not enjoy a stroll through old town and along the river and lake. B+L+D

Zurich Switzerland

 

SUNDAY - Transfer to ZURICH International Airport and your return flight home or extend your stay in Europe with the next tour.  B

 

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INCLUDED SITE VISITS AND EXCURSIONS

1. Chteau Gutsch

2. Walking tour of Luzern

3. Am Rhyn House

4. Franciscan Church

5. Jesuit Church

6. Lunch cruise on Lake Luzern

7. Hofkirche Collegiate Church

8. Lion Monument

9. Cable car excursion to Mount Pilatus

10. Choice of Shopping Visit to the Swiss Transport Museum

11. Wilhelm Tell Express Cruise from Luzern to Fluelen

12. Panoramic train from Fluelen to Lugano

13. Lugano walking Tour

14. Piazza della Riforma

15. Cathedral di San Lorenzo

16. Tassino Park

17. 15th century Church of St Mary of the Angels

18. Belvedere Gardens

19. Lugano Waterfront Promenade

20. Quartiere Maghetti

21. Civico Park

22. Villa Ciani and the Museum Civico di Belle Arti

23. Lido beach and pool

24. Villa Favorita and art collection

25. Olive Park

26. Funicular excursion to the summit of Monte Bre

27. Panoramic train from Lugano to Fluelen

28. Classic Lake Steamer cruise with lunch from Fluelen to Luzern

29. Evening in Zurich

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