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Lucerne and Mount Pilatus - Tour from Zurich

US$ 161.83 US$ 152.67 Price per person from View price guide

Highlights

  • See the picturesque town of Lucerne
  • Breath-taking panoramic views of the Alps
  • Aerial gondola, aerial cableway, and boat rides
  • Stand at the summit of Switzerland's Mt Pilatus

Overview

Enjoy a day-long trip to the charming Swiss village of Lucerne and nearby Mt Pilatus! In addition to a tour of the town and a scenic coach ride, you'll take a gondola and aerial cableway ride to the summit of Mt Pilatus.

Standing at just over 2100 metres tall, the view from the mountain offers breath-taking panoramas of the famous Alps and great photo opportunities. Coupled with the relaxing atmosphere of Lucerne, this trip is a perfect mix of outdoor adventure and leisurely fun.

Itinerary

Your coach will pick you up from Sihlquai bus parking (which is near Zurich main train station). A multilingual guide who speaks English, Spanish, and German will accompany you for most of your trip.

After a scenic coach ride through the Swiss countryside and along the shore of the Lake of the Four Cantons, you'll arrive in Lucerne. Your guide will give a brief tour of this picturesque little town, culminating in a visit to the town's famous Lion Monument. You'll then be free to explore the town as you wish for a little while.

Next, you'll take a short trip to Kriens, where you'll hop on first an aerial gondola and then an aerial cableway on your way to the top of Mt Pilatus. This thirty minute ride through the clouds allows for beautiful panoramas of the Swiss Alps.

Your visit to Mt Pilatus includes lots of leisure time, perfect for dining at one of the mountain's restaurants, hiking to the summit, or simply enjoying the wonderful view of Switzerland's snowy peaks.

The descent from Mt Pilatus will take you back through the beautiful landscape of the Alps via the world's steepest cogwheel railway. Your train ride will end at Alpnachstad, from which you'll then take an hour-long boat ride back to Lucerne. From Lucerne, a coach will take you safely back to the trip's starting point in Zurich.

During summer:
The tour includes time at leisure for lunch (optional) or to hike to the summit and enjoy the breathtaking view over the Swiss Alps and the lake. Descent on the world's steepest cogwheel railway to Alpnachstad, followed by a lovely boat ride to Lucerne.

During winter:
Take the Dragon Path, an easy stroll through the rock gallery on Mount Pilatus. Lunch will be now on Top of Mt. Pilatus at the self-service restaurant Bellevue. You are at leisure for about two and a half hours on Mount Pilatus to enjoy the scenery and take up short hikes.

There are 3 choices for lunch during this tour
Menu 1: Swiss alpine cheese pasta called “Älplermagronen”.
Menu 2: Swiss sausage and Rösti (potato dish)
Menu 3: Asian vegetarian dish with rice and vegetables
Additionally for all three choices you will receive 1 Swiss chocolate biscuit bar.

After the tour, take the cable-car back to Kriens. From Kriens, board your coach for a return journey to Zurich. The tour ends at Sihlquai bus parking (which is near Zurich main train station).

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Reviews

The tour Lucerne and Mount Pilatus is not something to miss. We had amazing time, breathtaking view, scenic. It was beautiful experience that I can nerver forget. Tour was... Amandeep S Mahal

I thoroughly enjoyed this full day tour and would highly recommend it to anyone. Excellent value for money. It was extremely well organised, provided me with the opportunity to... Ms Pamela J Watson

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Daily

Duration

Approx. 9½ hours

Start time

Start Time: 0930h (09:30am)
Duration: Approx. 9½ hours

Meeting point

This tour starts from the Sihlquai bus parking (near Zurich main train station). This bus parking can also be reached by tram / streetcar number 17.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

Ending point

The tour ends at Sihlquai bus parking (which is near Zurich main train station).

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Inclusions

  • Transportation in air-conditioned coach
  • Multilingual guide (English, Spanish and German), (no guide up/down the mountain)
  • Panorama gondola and cable-car ride to Mount Pilatus (Apr - Aug)
  • Cogwheel railway roundtrip and boat ride (05 May - 21 Oct)
  • Lunch at the self-service restaurant Bellevue (in Winter season only)

Exclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off

Do/Dont's

Carry warm clothes, sun glasses and a pair of sturdy shoes

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Please note

Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

This tour requires a minimum of 5 passengers to operate; there is a possibility that this tour may be cancelled after confirmation if minimum numbers are not met. Should this be necessary, you will be offered an alternate departure date or a full refund.

During winters if a mountain has to close the cable cars/cogwheel trains because of bad weather, there are two possible situations:

If the news is received BEFORE the coach has left for the tour, your options are:
• Postponing the tour to another day
• Changing the booking to another mountain (generally no refund because the tour is fully guided)
• Spending the whole day in Lucerne (in this case refund will be paid)
• Not taking any tour and getting full refund

If the news is received AFTER the coach has already left, your options are:
• Changing the booking and going to another mountain (generally no refund, because the tour is fully guided)
• Spending the whole day in Lucerne (in this case refund will be paid)

From 17 Nov 2014 A new aerial cable car will be built from Fräkmünttegg to Pilatus Kulm. Therefore it will not be
possible to access the summit. The aerial cable car bring our mutual guests to “Fräkmüntegg” (located 2/3 of the way up to the
top) where the following, included services will be available
• Lunch + typical dessert in the Alpine Lodge Restaurant with three (3) different meals* to choose from
• SNOW & FUN ACTIVITIES for the ultimate Winter-Adventure! (weather and snow conditions permitting)
Choose of: fun bob, sledge or air board (incl. the use of the sledge-lift)
* Meal-Choice for Mt. Pilatus:
Menu 1: Swiss alpine cheese pasta
Menu 2: Swiss sausage and Rösti (potato dish)
Menu 3: Asian vegetarian dish with rice
+ as from 17th of Nov: Dessert
Apple Strudel with Ice Cream
or Chocolate Cake

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • You will be accompanied by a multi-lingual guide on the tour, except on the way up and down Mount Pilatus and during your 2 ½ hours stay on top of the mountain.
  • This tour requires a minimum of 5 passengers to operate. There is a possibility that this tour may be cancelled after confirmation if minimum numbers are not met. Should this be necessary you will be offered an alternate departure date or a full refund.
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Cancellation policy

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