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ECHO Trails

Lucerne, Switzerland
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About ECHO Trails
ECHO Trails walking, hiking, biking & rail tours take you out of the city into breathtaking scenery and fresh Alpine air. Come along for a tour of jaw dropping alpine vistas, quaint villages and working farms, hear the story at historic places and enjoy the picturesque countryside. Our passion is to share the incredible beauty around Lucerne and in the central Switzerland area. ECHO Trails works in tandem with Switzerland's efficient public transportation system and depending on the tour, we use a combination of local buses, trains and/or boats for transfers to and from our end destination. ECHO Trails native English-speaking, guided half- or full-day walking, hiking, biking tours are tailor-made for you. There are half-day, full day walks, hikes, bike tours and rail tours to choose from. Even with limited time you can have a genuine Swiss outdoor experience. Average Day Tour size: 2 to 3 people. Average Rail Tour size: 14 to 16.
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Rebekalu wrote a review Oct 11
Johnson city27 contributions3 helpful votes
After working on a mountain railroad for some 21 years, I thought I knew about trains. The trains on this trip were such an unexpected treat. In over 15 days we rode 54 trains! Electric, luxury, steam, cable cars, funiculars, cog wheels both vertical and horizontal, almost every train on time! All of this with the grandeur and beauty of the Swiss country side all around us. Rene and Suzanne have crafted an exceptional tour through the Swiss Alps. With our “Swiss Pass” we rode trains, buses, and boats, First Class all the way. Our accommodations were exceptional also as we stayed in beautiful hotels often with exceptional views of mountains and the surrounding country side – our meals were delicious and carefully prepared and selected. We (Rebecca and Richard) highly recommend this trip!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from Rene W, Owner at ECHO Trails
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Rebecca & Richard, Many thanks for sharing your Swiss Alps Rail tour experiences. It's gratifying to know you enjoyed all the various Swiss public transportation segments including a few steam trains too. Wishing you many more adventurous and memorable trips. With best, René Welti
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tmmssm wrote a review Oct 8
Ponce Inlet, Florida7 contributions
What a wonderful experience! Each day was full of great weather, astounding views and interesting history while traveling by local train, ferry, city bus, funicular or cable car. Most days there were several changes of trains to navigate which only kept the days fun and interesting. Rene’s knowledgeable expertise in travel planning and execution was perfect. He and Suzanne were excellent guides who were easy to talk to and enjoy during the trip. They were like sheep dogs who kept us safe and on track. Rene’ consistently asked our group questions, listened and responded. Their choices for hotels and included dining were well beyond our expectations. Days were full of activity. Remember to pack your hiking boots and trekking poles. The only thing we would change would be to include one or two free afternoons to relax and enjoy the hotel and area shops.
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Response from Rene W, Owner at ECHO Trails
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Thomas, Thank you for sharing your Swiss Alps12-Day Rail experiences. We appreciate your feedback very much and now looking to tweak the itinerary so we include "more-free-time". Wishing you many more adventurous and memorable trips. With best, René Welti
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Janice wrote a review Oct 6
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This was a trip of a lifetime..we cannot say enough about the superb organization, the beautiful hotels with magnificent views of the Eiger and Matterhorn, the thrill of riding first class on Switzerland's amazing rail system, and a superb leader and knowledgable guide, Rene Welti. We saw a tremendous amount of Switzerland in our 12 days and were thrilled by perfect weather. The Alps are a very humbling experience, with their majesty and grandeur overwhelming. Adding to our experience was the lovely wife of Rene, Suzanne, who saw to it that all needs were met. We were impressed by the cleanliness everywhere we went and the respect the Swiss had for protection from spreading Covid 19. If given the chance this is a trip no one should miss. Words simply cannot do this experience justice. Our deepest thanks to Rene, Suzanne and Thomas.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Dear Janice, Thank you for sharing your Swiss Alps Rail tour experience. It's very satisfying to learn, you really enjoyed all the wonders of what Switzerland has to offer. Wishing you many more adventurous and enjoyable trips. With best, René Welti
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patriash wrote a review Sep 2021
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This was the best organized trip we’ve ever been on. We saw all of the sights that we had hoped to see and the guides were wonderful at adjusting to the needs/limitations of the group. The hotels and the meals were exceptional. Rene’s knowledge and personal experiences in Switzerland added a great deal to our enjoyment.
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Response from Rene W, Owner at ECHO Trails
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Pat, Thank you for sharing your Swiss Alps Rail tour experiences. Wishing you many more adventurous and memorable trips. With best, René Welti
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Jim wrote a review Sep 2021
San Diego, California1 contribution
Did a Lucerne half day city walking tour. First off, Lucerne is beautiful by itself and should be on everyone’s list. As for the guided tour with Denis, we found him to be very limited on knowledge and history. Literally stood in front of the oldest city Cathedral and when asked “when built?” he has no idea (it was 1633). Described the cathedral as “usual stuff, wood carving, gold, diamonds, etc” Seriously?? When passing what appeared to be a historic restaurant and inquired further, we were met with “its a typical restaurant”, with a few clicks with phone, discovered it boasts some of the oldest stained glass dating back to medieval times and one of the finest wine collections in all of Europe. We don’t have unrealistic expectations nor expect a guide to know every propriety, but in todays day and age, with info at your fingertips, basic knowledge and importantly, back stories that that make paying for a guide worthwhile are the starting point. Best advice, save your money and use Wikipedia.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from Rene W, Owner at ECHO Trails
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Dear Mary, Our mission is to exceed clients expectations. It’s very obvious we didn’t meet yours. Thank you for your time to share your tour experiences with me. The city tour refund check is in the mail to you. Based on your feedback we are now tweaking the Guide’s protocols to ensure we continue to receive an overall 98% Good to Excellent Trip Advisor rating review for all our tours. With best, René Welti
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