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Christmas on Lake Lucerne & the Glacier Express 2014

A Christmas rail holiday to the shores of Lake Lucerne in Switzerland

See in the exciting festive season on the shores of stunning Lake Lucerne. From our base in Hergiswil, we enjoy an excursion by rail to Lucerne, with its magnificent Chapel Bridge. We spend Christmas Day on our excursion to the summit of Mount Rigi, taking a mountain railway to the breathtaking views at the top. We also get to enjoy a fantastic scenic journey on the iconic Glacier Express on Boxing Day and the following day we absorb the festive atmosphere with a wonderful horse-drawn carriage ride in Engelberg. Celebrate in Lake Lucerne at Christmas for a truly magical holiday.

Tour highlights

  • Hergiswil
  • Lake Lucerne
  • Christmas Eve on Lake Lucerne
  • Traditional Christmas Eve dinner
  • Christmas Day excursion up Mount Rigi
  • Excursion to Engelberg including a horse-drawn sleigh ride
  • Journey on the Glacier Express
  • Swiss Half Fare Card
  • Days 1-2 - To Strasbourg and Hergiswil


    We depart St Pancras International, travelling on the high-speed Eurostar service to Paris. In the French capital we transfer between stations and continue on to Strasbourg, where we stay for the night at the 3* Ibis Strasbourg Gare. After time to perhaps explore the Christmas Markets, we leave Strasbourg on Day 2, and travel across the Swiss border via Basel to Hergiswil, on the edge of Lake Lucerne. Here we stay for the next five nights at the 4* Seehotel Pilatus, situated on the lake shore.

    Day 1 - Breakfast
    Day 2 - Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 3 - Lucerne on Christmas Eve


    It is just a short train journey from our base in Hergiswil to beautiful Lucerne, where we spend the day. A delightful city thanks to its attractive lakeside setting, historic buildings and variety of shops, Lucerne is a pleasure to explore. Why not visit the Chapel Bridge, or the famous Lion Monument? We return to the hotel in time for our traditional Christmas Eve dinner.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 4 - Mount Rigi on Christmas Day

    Mount Rigi Cogwheel Railway

    On Christmas Day our excursion takes us into the mountains surrounding Lake Lucerne. We begin by taking a boat cruise across Lake Lucerne to Vitznau, where we board the Mount Rigi Railway to Rigi's summit. We admire the magnificent views at Rigi's peak before descending on the opposite side of the mountain to Arth Goldau. From here we make the journey back to Hergiswil by local train. This evening, we enjoy dinner in the hotel.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 5 - The Glacier Express

    Glacier Express

    We embark on a morning departure today, as we travel to Chur to board the world-famous Glacier Express, affectionately known as the slowest 'express' train in the world. The train makes its way along the broad valley before it starts to climb through snowy pastures and woodland. The train then snakes and spirals its way towards the Oberalp Pass, the highest point of the route at 6,670 feet (2,033m), before it descends to Andermatt, where we leave the Glacier Express. We then take the beautiful pass that leads us back north once more to Lake Lucerne, where we return to Hergiswil.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 6 - Engelberg carriage ride

    Carriage ride

    We journey by train to the mountain resort of Engelberg, from where we enjoy a traditional horse-drawn carriage ride through the surrounding snowy scenery, below the glistening peaks of the Alps. Back in Engelberg, you are free.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Days 7-8 - Hergiswil to London


    We leave Hergiswil this morning, and travel by train to Mulhouse, where we stay at the 4* Mercure Mulhouse Centre. On Day 8 we take the high-speed TGV service to Paris, where we connect with the Eurostar back to London.

    Day 7 - Breakfast, dinner
    Day 8 - Breakfast
    These meals, where shown, are included in the price of your holiday.

  • Please note

    Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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Enjoy The Glacier Express and Lake Lucerne at Christmas

Lake Lucerne is the fourth largest lake in Switzerland with much of its shoreline comprised of towering mountains that rise directly out of the lake. Lucerne is a fascinating city located on the lakeside and has plenty of interesting sights for you to explore in your free time, such as the famous Lion Monument and the extraordinary Chapel Bridge made from wood. During your time at Lake Lucerne during Christmas time you can enjoy spectacular views across the lake and beyond.

One of the highlights of the tour is a day on board the Glacier Express, which journeys across the Alps through scenic valleys, charming meadows and delightful towns. Relax in comfort as you gaze at magnificent views from your carriage window. The Glacier Express travels through Switzerland from Chur and climbs the Oberalp Pass before descending in to Andermatt. The train has panorama carriages for great views of the passing scenery and also a restaurant car. Your Tour Manager is with you for the entire duration of your holiday to make sure that everything runs smoothly. Enjoy the Glacier Express and Lake Lucerne at Christmas time.


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