Lake Lucerne Walking Holiday
- 8 Days
- From £899
- Train travel to Lucerne and back to the UK at the end of your holiday
- Lovely mountain resorts in the Lucerne Region
- Scenic cableways connecting hiking trails
- A night in the cultural city of Basel on the way home
- Decide when you would like to travel
- Adapt the route to suit your plans
- Upgrade hotels and rail journeys
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- Standard class rail travel with seat reservations, where required
- 6 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Half fare card for additional rail travel in Switzerland
- Cable car rides from Dallenwil to Niederrickenbach and Niederrickenbach to Emmetten
- Boat crossing from Rütli to Brunnen
- Luggage transfers between hotels – Lucerne to Küssnacht am Rigi
- Detailed itinerary and travel documentation for walks
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets and hotel vouchers
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
PLEASE NOTE: This holiday runs daily between 2 May and 18 October 2020
Take the train from London St Pancras across the English Channel to Paris and then connect onto a TGV Lyria service to Basel on the Swiss border. From here, it’s a short journey south to Lucerne. On arrival, check in at the Waldstatterhof Hotel (or similar) where your hiking documentation will be waiting.
You have a free evening in Lucerne. Perhaps wander around the Old Town area of the city, with its tempting bars and restaurants, or take a walk along the lakefront promenade, looking out for the Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast in preparation for today’s hike, which will be around 13.5 miles, including some quite steep ascents. You can shorten the walk by jumping on the train at one of the stops along the way.
The route of the walk takes you via the Horw Peninsula to Mount Pilatus. There’s a steep passage over the Renggpass, which was the only overland route to Obwalden in the 1860s, before the construction of the Brunigstrasse. Arrive into Alpnachstad and check in for an overnight stay at the Landgasthof Schlussel (or similar).
Catch a bus this morning to Dallenwil and then continue by cablecar up to Niederrickenbach. From here, you have a stunning 9.5 mile walk along the ‘wildlife path’ flanking the Schwalmis and Oberbauen mountains. The walk takes you to Niderbauen where you catch another cable car down into the village of Emmetten. Here, check in at the Seeblick Höhenhotel (or similar) for your overnight stay.
There’s more descent than ascent today as you head down to the shores of Lake Lucerne and through the shaded gorge on the Urnersee Lake. Continue along the road bordering the lake and then climb up through the pretty Risletenschlucht gorge.
Take the beautiful pathway to Volligen and on to Rütli. Your walk today is around 7 miles. Once in Rütli, you’ll catch a boat across the Urnersee lake to Brunnen and check in for an overnight stay at the Hotel Schmid & Alfa (or similar).
After breakfast at your hotel, it’s time to get back into your walking boots and take a stunning cable car up to Mount Urmiberg. You might like to stop for coffee with a view at the top station before starting your 10 mile hike via the Gätterlipass towards Rigi Kaltbad.
On arrival, check in for an overnight stay with panoramic views at the Hotel Rigi Kaltbad (or similar). The village of Rigi Kaltbad is a mountain resort sitting on a sunny terrace at a height of 4,700 feet above sea level.
Another spectacular walk today takes you on a steep descent towards Seebodenalp, one of the most breathtaking viewpoints in the Swiss Alps. There’s a mountain hut where you can take a break if you would like before you continue to Küssnacht am Rigi. The total walking distance today is around 7 miles. In Küssnacht, you have an overnight stay at the Frohsinn Hotel (or similar).
Leave the village of Küssnacht today and take a train back to Basel via Lucerne. Here, you have an overnight stop at the Hotel Gaia (or similar) to break your journey back to London.
Basel is one of Switzerland’s less visited cities, straddling the River Rhine as well as three different country borders. There’s a beautiful old town area here as well as some world-class museums and plenty of opportunities to enjoy Swiss cuisine and delicious local wines which you won’t find at home.
Spend another morning in Basel before returning to the station and catching a high-speed TGV service back to Paris. Connect to the Gare du Nord for your Eurostar journey back to the UK.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
Conveniently located just 5 minutes’ walk from Lucerne’s main station, the Waldstaetterhof is the perfect base for a stay in this lakeside city. Bedrooms are spacious and furnished in a classic style with flat-screen TVs and tea & coffee making facilities. You can also enjoy a delicious menu of local and international dishes in the hotel’s on site restaurant.
The Landgasthof Schlüssel is a family-run hotel which dates back to 1814. Bedrooms are furnished in an ‘alpine chic’ style with en suite facilities, free Wi-Fi internet access, TV, hairdryer and mountain views. Guests can enjoy hearty Swiss cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant including home-made spätzli (pasta) and fondue.
The Hotel Seeblick is perched in the foothills overlooking Lake Lucerne, with panoramic views over the surrounding area. Bedrooms come with a view of the lake or mountains and there is also an indoor pool, a gym and a restaurant serving a seasonal menu of dishes. During the summer, guests can also use the village tennis court at no extra charge.
Situated in the traditional Alpine village of Brunnen, the Hotel Schmid + Alfa is located in a prime position on the banks of Lake Lucerne. The bedrooms at the hotel are spread between two historic buildings and boast flat-screen TVs with cable channels, Wi-Fi access and lovely views. In the summer months, guests can enjoy a meal on the terrace overlooking the lake.
The Rigi Kaltbad Swiss Quality Hotel occupies a spectacular location in the mountains above Lake Lucerne. Among the facilities on offer are three restaurants, an indoor and outdoor pool and a spa area with gym, hot tub, sauna, steam bath and sun bed. All bedrooms come with en suite bathrooms, free Wi-Fi access and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. The local train and cable car station of the car-free village of Rigi Kaltbad are a short walk away.
Situated between Lake Zug and Lake Lucerne, the Hotel Frohsinn occupies a location in the heart of the pretty village of Küssnacht. Modern bedrooms at the hotel feature spacious, modern bathrooms and free Wi-Fi internet access. All bedrooms at the Hotel Frohsinn are soundproofed and feature a minibar. The onsite restaurant serves traditional Swiss and modern dishes.
The Gaia is a family-run hotel with an historic façade and contemporary interior, located opposite the main SBB station. There are 86 non-smoking bedrooms, all with free Wi-Fi and a complimentary minibar. Guests can also make use of the hotel’s relaxing spa area and welcoming bar.