Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich
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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich

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Stop At: Zürich, Bus Station, Ausstellungsstrasse 5, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

Join the tour at the Sihlquai Coach Terminal, Zürich. Travel over Albis Pass and along the shores of Lake Lucerne until arriving in Lucerne.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Lake Lucerne, Lucerne Switzerland

Disembark for a highlight tour of the city of Lucerne, stopping for a scenic photo stop en route at Lake Lucerne.

Pass By: Lion Monument, Denkmalstrasse 4, Lucerne 6006 Switzerland

Alternatively, the photo stop might be at the Lion Monument.

Pass By: Chapel Bridge, Kapellbruecke, Lucerne 6003 Switzerland

From the bus, you'll see Chapel Bridge.

Pass By: Jesuit Church, Lucerne, Bahnhofstrasse 11A, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland

And you'll pass by Jesuit Church.

Stop At: Old Town Lucerne, Lucerne Switzerland

You will have approximately one hour at your leisure to stroll Lucerne's beautiful Old Town.

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Mount Pilatus, PILATUS-BAHNEN AG Schlossweg 1 Kriens, Lucerne 6010 Switzerland

You'll then continue to Kriens and board a panoramic gondola and aerial cable car to the top of Mount Pilatus at 7000 feet (2132 meters). Enjoy an hour and a half at your leisure admiring breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and lakes. Venture down the Dragon's Path and make the short hike to the summit before descending Mount Pilatus to Alpnachstad by cog-wheel railway. At a gradient of 48% it is the world's steepest!

Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes

Stop At: Lake Lucerne, Lucerne Switzerland

Your summer alpine adventures conclude with a picturesque boat ride across lovely Lake Lucerne before returning to Zurich where your tour ends.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Zürich, Bus Station, Ausstellungsstrasse 5, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

After a enjoyable day, the guide will bring you back to Zürich.

The Golden Roundtrip (ascent by aerial cable car, descent by cogwheel train, return to Lucerne by boat) operates between early May and late October. Between late October and mid-November the aerial cable car is under maintenance. In this case you will travel up and down Mt. Pilatus by cogwheel train. The boat on Lake Lucerne operates from early May until late October - if you are traveling when the boat is no longer in operation you will return to Lucerne by train and receive a complimentary lunch instead.

Duration: 10 minutes

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  • Panorama drive to Lucerne with photo stop en route ( at Lake Lucerne or the Lion Monument)
  • Short introduction city tour of Lucerne
  • Panoramic gondola and aerial cable-car (except during maintenance)
  • Steepest cog-wheel railway in the world (from early May to mid November)
  • Boat ride on Lake Lucerne (from May 4 to October 20,2019)
  • Meal voucher in case the boat ride does not operate
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Time at leisure in Lucerne
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Pilatus
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Infants aged 0-5 travel free of charge but must be registered on your booking
  • Gondolas are in maintenance from October 22 to November 9, 2018
Samuel O
5 | 2019-10-01

This trip was wonderful. The company operated like clock work. The whole day was relaxing and wonderful. The weather was a bonus - perfectly sunny and cast a warm glow on everything. I would highly recommend this for everyone.

5 | 2019-09-30

It was our last day in Switzerland and one of the best. The itinerary was excellent with a nice variety of activities included. The bus trip was comfortable and our guide Denise provided excellent commentary of places we passed through. We really loved Mount Pilatus and the team, gondola and cog wheel rides! Wish we had time to do the alpine slide but biking around the peak was also fantastic.

Denise C
5 | 2019-09-16

Mt. Pilatus was beautiful! We were able to visit this wonderful area of Switzerland on a very sunny clear day. The tour guide was hard to understand. She spoke very good English however the noise of the group and the bus made it difficult to understand the things she was talking about.

Terrance A
4 | 2019-09-09

We enjoyed our day trip to Mount Pilatus. We went up the mountain by cable car and came down using the clog wheel tram; an interesting experience! We could see a lot of the surrounding mountains and valleys, but could not see the lake due to fog. We were glad that we made this trip.

Tracey E
5 | 2019-07-29

Whether it be strolling the streets, taking a ride in the cable cart, cog wheel train or relaxing in the boat this tour offers amazing views from start to finish. Christina’s knowledge of the history and key features of lecrune and mt Pilatus provides you with great insights throughout your journey. Conquer your fears of heights and book!

James S
5 | 2019-07-09

This trip was amazing. Bus through the countryside to Lucerne. Time to walk around that beautiful place. Then a rider up Mount Pilatus and time at the top. Then a beautiful railroad down the mountain to a ferry on Lake Lucerne. It was so incredibly well run. Our guide, Maude, was informed, funny, sweet, and made the day great. 10 out of 10 would do it again. It's worth every penny.

5 | 2018-09-10

Omg!! This was the best tour ever!!! A little bit of everything in this tour. We left this one for the last day and was great because it was very little walking!!! Mt pilatus is beautiful and the experience of riding up and the down on the incline train is great. Then finally a ferry ride down the lake was breathtaking. I would recommend tgis tour 100%

3 | 2018-09-02

Trudy, our tour guide, was not as good as previous guides on our tours. We took this same tour a few years back and the tour guide was excellent. Trudy did not communicate very well with the group in terms of logistics, nor did she provide the level of detail on historical facts that we received with our prior tour guide. Ernesto, the bus driver, seemed rather grumpy and unapproachable. Otherwise, the scenery was lovely.

5 | 2018-08-05

This was a great tour. The experience was definitely worth every cent. The tour guide was knowledgeable everything was explained clearly and every expectation was met and beyond. Would highly recommend this tour as not only do you get to see some great scenery the cable car and train ride was amazing and to finish off with a ferry ride was just the sugar on the top.

5 | 2018-07-15

We recomend this travel, due the fantastic service and beautiful places. Zurich and Lucern are extraordinary citis, however the cost for everything is too high.

5 | 2018-07-10

Our guide gave us great information throughout the entire bus ride. Enjoyed the day trip, however would have appreciated more time at Lucerne, because I felt rushed. Trip to Mount Pilatus was extraordinary. At first it was very cloudy but it cleared up and the views from up there were amazing. Enough time to go through the caves, have a quick bite to eat, stay on the panorama deck and even walk up higher through the stairs. Would highly recommend it. Also, the boat ride on Lake Lucerne was extraordinary. The trip down from Mount Pilatus to Lake Lucerne with the cogwheel train was magnificent.

5 | 2018-06-13

In Switzerland, any mountain with elevation above 3000 meters will be covered by snow year around. Pilatus's elevation is about 2000 meters, it is not too code at the top of the mountain. The view is fabulous. Tour is great. we took cable cars on the way up to the mountain and took train back to the bottom and then took cruise back to Lucern.

5 | 2018-05-30

It was so amazing! We got to visit the main attraction places from Lucerne to Mt. Pilatus.... and even visited Swiss Chocolate Shop..plenty of time shopping.... We got to ride the AERIAL GONDOLA, WORLD STEEPEST CABLE RIDE and BOAT RIDE across Lake Lucerne. I love this trip. Being on top of Mt. Pilatus is something I've only dreamt of doing and it became reality.

Janet L
5 | 2017-11-01

This tour was awesome! Very well organized and ran on time. I would have preferred a bit more free time during the city time and a bit less time at the top of the mountain. The cog train was fascinating and the boat ride beautiful!

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