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Lake Lucerne - A Swiss New YearItinerary

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    • Longer walks and steps may be involved on this day Longer walks and steps may be involved on this day
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    1 Fly to Zurich

    Fly to Zurich

    Morning: meet your One Traveller representative and your fellow travellers at Heathrow Airport before boarding the flight to Zurich. On arrival your Tour Manager will organise the onward coach to take you to the Hotel Waldstätterhof for your five-night stay.

    Evening: after a chance to settle in and relax there will be a hosted welcome drinks reception followed by a three-course evening meal with included drinks.

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    2 Glacier Express

    Glacier Express

    Morning: drive to Andermatt via Altdorf, stopping at the William Tell monument (the very site of the famous apple shoot). Join the Glacier Express in first-class panorama carriages for a two-and-a-half-hour scenic ride on the world’s slowest express train - an amazing journey winding through spectacular alpine scenery.

    Afternoon: enjoy an included light lunch as the dramatic scenery passes by. The journey finishes in Chur where you will meet your coach and return via Meienfeld, setting of the story Heidi.

    Evening: dinner with drinks in the hotel.

    Breakfast Dinner Drink Longer walks and steps may be involved on this day

    3 Lucerne

    Lucerne

    Morning: located one hour’s scenic drive along the lakeshore is the ‘Lion city’ of Lucerne. You will visit the Lion Monument before a short fascinating guided walking tour which will take in the city walls and the famous Chapel Bridge.

    Afternoon: your guide will recommend the best places to have lunch (at own cost). There will be free time before returning to the hotel to relax and change for dinner.

    Evening: dinner with drinks in the hotel.

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    4 New Year’s Eve – Lake cruise & Mt Rigi Cog Railway

    New Year’s Eve – Lake cruise & Mt Rigi Cog Railway

    Morning: take a boat trip on Lake Lucerne, which is an experience in itself, to the Mt. Rigi Cog Railway, which has been taking visitors up the ‘Queen of the Mountains’ from Vitznau since 1871. At Rigi Kulm you'll find a majestic 360° panorama (hopefully) with views of the Swiss plateau and as far as the Black Forest, the Vosges mountains and the ring of mountains from the Glarus Alps to the Bernese Alps. 

    Afternoon: journey back down by cogwheel railway to Rigi Kaltbad, and from there travel by aerial cable car to Weggis before travelling by coach to the hotel.

    Evening: New Year’s Eve gala dinner, in the beautifully decorated salon with round tables for eight to ten people. After a welcome by the hotel manager, festivities will begin: lavish hors d’oeuvres buffet, main course with ceremonial chefs’ procession, then an exquisite devilish dessert buffet, decorated with ice and food sculptures and fruit carvings. The band will play between courses and well into the night. A fireworks display shortly after midnight will herald in the New Year, when the sounds of the fireworks dramatically ricochet across the mountains.

    All house wines, beer, juices, soft drinks, tea and coffee are included throughout the evening and into the wee hours! A glass of Champagne will also be served at midnight.

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    5 Engelberg

    Engelberg

    Morning: a later start today, Engelberg is the home of the ski jump championships and a monastery famous for its own cheese. Why not enjoy a cheese fondue or a horse and sleigh ride or perhaps take the ride to the top of  Mt. Titlis (over 10,000 ft) via the panoramic rotating cable car (at extra cost), for an unsurpassable panorama.

    Afternoon: return to the hotel to enjoy your resort, relax and refresh.

    Evening: farewell drinks reception followed by dinner with included drinks.

    Breakfast

    6 Europe’s Steepest funicular and flight home

    Europe’s Steepest funicular and flight home

    Morning: running from the valley floor in the town of Schwyz the Stoosbahn was 14 years in the making and has been praised for its revolutionary design, with four cylindrical cabins that adjust to changes in gradient so the floor is always level.

    Afternoon: continue to Zurich Airport for the return flight to the U.K.