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Gotthard Panorama Express

Known as the William Tell Express until 2016, the Gotthard Panorama Express has been serving Swiss travelers for many years. The journey is as historic as it is scenic and as unique as it is impressive. Travelers begin their expedition lakeside in the beautiful city of Lucerne. Dramatic peaks of the Swiss Alps envelop the shores, and charming old buildings dot the surrounding landscape. But as the route proceeds south over the next 5 1/2 hours, the views change entirely. By the end of the line in Lugano, the alpine forests are replaced by palm trees, and passengers may question whether they are still in Switzerland at all. This trip is a showcase of the diversity the country has to offer.

Views of the beautiful Reuss Valley surround the tracks as the train begins its journey toward Lugano. Watch as the wide valley eventually narrows and as the views repeat themselves as the train winds through corkscrew curves to gain elevation.

Lush vineyards and lovely old buildings dating back to the Middle Ages dot the landscape as the train enters Giornico in Italian-speaking Switzerland. Enjoy stunning views as the train meanders through the Riviera Valley and the castles of Bellinzona emerge in the distance. These 15th-century castles - the Castelgrande, Montebello, and Sasso Corbaro - make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The most modern way to traverse a tunnel that has been serving Swiss travelers since the 1880s, the Gotthard Panorama Express offers an experience that is not easily forgotten.

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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland - An Escorted Experience
14/Jun
Karen
5 stars
“The structure of this tour was quite different from other tours I have taken. Once I realized that Paul was not going to give us recommendations of any sort, I accepted his role. Switzerland is a most beautiful country and we were able to enjoy the scenery from the comfort of the trains we took. I will recommend this tour to others. Thank you for a great vacation.
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Highlights of Switzerland & Italy by Rail
26/May
DARIA HELENE SCHMIDT
5 stars
“What a great experience! The travel (rail and boat) went so smoothly and hotels in Zurich, Lucerne, Como, Florence and Rome were certainly what I expected for 4-star (with the exception being tired and worn hallways and staircase areas at our hotel in Rome - but the outdoor terrace there was a delightful bonus!). Ours was a mostly independent itinerary. We did a wine tasting and Academy tour in Florence and a night tour and Vatican City tour in Rome. I would HIGHLY recommend VBR. We will likely do Switzerland again - Lucerne was so delightful.
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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
8/Jun
Jean Lazaroo
4 stars
“All rail and hotel bookings worked well. However, the tour was a little too long. Two of the hotels were not up to standard, namely Hotel Reine Victoria, St Moritz (tired and shabby, room smelled of stale cigarette smoke) and Hotel Wilden Mann, Luzern (faded non-matching furnishings, cold room which staff declined to address). The latter also tried putting me in a claustrophobic box of a room which I steadfastly refused. It was tiny with low ceilings and heavy drapes. I was offered another room which was small but more comfortable. I understand it is an ancient hotel and attempts have been made to retain the characteristics of the combination of seven 500 year old houses but surely, the guests' comfort should be paramount.
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