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Gotthard Panorama

If this is the same trip I can highly recommend it. We travelled from Lucerne to Fluelen by boat... read more

Reviewed June 22, 2017
Shirley39
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Western Australia
A beautiful ride on a beautiful lake

We took the William Tell to Weggis and picked up the cog railway to Mt Rigi there. A great trip... read more

Reviewed May 8, 2017
hhstitches
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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Reviewed June 18, 2016

We had already booked regular train travel from Lucerne to Locarno, but hearing of the William Tell Express decided to upgrade. I was a little sceptical of the price premium, but in retrospect, taking into account the food vouchers for the boat and the souvenir penknife, you're not really paying too much for the panoramic coach and the commentary. The commentary not only covers the scenery, but also the great feat of 19th century engineering. I wonder about the economics of this line now that the Gotthard base tunnels are complete. Perhaps the days of the William Tell Express are numbered.
The old steamboat is another experience of bygone engineering, but if you just want to look at the scenery, the more modern ships on the route are more comfortable.

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank nottoogrumpy
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Reviewed June 16, 2016

We booked passage on the William Tell Express (in the gallery car) from Lugamo to Luzerne. It was pretty expensive, but the kind of activity you only do once in your life. We had two small girls with us (aged 3 and 11 months) and we really enjoyed the train ride. The boat was the highlight though. The food was surprisingly wonderful and it took us all the way across Lake Luzerne. Beautiful and memorable.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank P S
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Reviewed June 6, 2016

After spending 3 days in Lucerne in fabulous weather our trip on the boat and train was done in pouring rain, overcast and low clouds. This obviously spoied the views of the scenery in both the boat and the train. We started at Lucerne and travelled in a restored paddle steamer to Fluelen in just under 3 hours. The first class lounge was good with meals and drinks served (not part of ticket).
The train journey to Bellinzona was just over 1 1/2 hours in a first class panorama carriage. A guide did multilingual commentaries on points of interest, but if questions were asked in another language the special views could be passed by the time she switched to your own language.
It would be unfair to make any criticism of the views since the weather was so poor but this was our least favourite trip of the three, others being the Glacier Express and the Bernina Express.
The journey finished on a local train from Bellinzona to Lugano. Still an amazing route for a train line to be constructed with all the tunnels etc. Overall probably a bit disappointing even allowing for the weather.

Date of experience: May 2016
4  Thank GordonA
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Reviewed May 25, 2016

We were only a small group, so I could move about to take good pictures - although the weather as not good.
There was a guide, which was unexpected. I would have liked her to talk about William Tell more, but most of her talk was concerning the tunnels, new roads and the future.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank desaintjean
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Reviewed May 15, 2016

We rode on four of the panorama train rides in Switzerland, and this one was the only one that disappointed. It started with the boat ride, which was beautiful, but it was very windy and cold up on the deck. The train ride was mostly tunnels and not much view. Reservation was a hassle, too. We had to call Rail Europe to make a reservation because I couldn't find a way to do it online. Our seats were toward the end of the train, and we were mostly ignored by the guide. This is one train ride that you can probably skip. You can do the boat ride on Lake Luzern separately, which is covered by Swiss Travel Pass.

Date of experience: May 2016
3  Thank LA2NY
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