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Mount Pilatus Excursion from Lucerne

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Key Highlights

  • Take a cable-car ride to the mystical Mount Pilatus
  • Enjoy a typical Swiss food at a summit restaurant
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    06 May 17 - 19 Nov 17: Daily

    Duration

    Approx. 6 hours

    Start time

    12:30pm

    Meeting Point

    This tour starts from the Tourist Information Centre in Train Station of Lucerne, Zentralstrasse 5, in front of Mc Donald’s.
    From 1st January 2017, tour will depart from Starbucks Coffee, Pilatusstrasse 1, 6003 Lucene. Starbucks Coffee is across the street of Lucerne train station, in the same building as Hotel Monopol. The meeting point is inside the lounge of Starbucks Coffee and clear signposting will be provided. Click here for directions & map
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing

    Ending Point

    Tour ends at the Lucerne Tourist Information

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Enjoy the beauty of the snowy landscape of Switzerland with a trip to Mount Pilatus, a mountain shrouded in mystery and folklore. From the scenic town of Kriens, take a panorama gondola and cable-car to the summit of Mount Pilatus into a mystical, white winter paradise. Legend has it that kind dragons inhabited this mountain. Stroll up the Dragon Path, a winding and curvaceous path around the mountain affording a panoramic view of the alpine valley and the villages below.

    After reaching the top, take in the breathtaking scenery of the snow-capped Alps blending with the clear blue sky.

    Itinerary

    The tour starts from the Tourist Information Centre in Train Station of Lucerne, Zentralstrasse 5, across the street from Mc Donald’s. You will be picked up in an air-conditioned coach and taken to Kriens, accompanied by a multi-lingual guide speaking English, Spanish and German.

    Kriens is a municipality in the district of Lucerne, at the foot of Mount Pilatus. From Kriens, take a panorama gondola and cable-car ride (about 40 minutes) to the summit of Mount Pilatus, at an altitude of 2132 metres. From the top, enjoy magnificent views of the Alps, the surrounding mountains and lakes. 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-serving restaurant Bellevue. You are at leisure for about 1½ hours on Mount Pilatus to enjoy the scenery and take up short hikes.

    Menu:
    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 we include new: 1 Swiss chocolate biscuits bar.

    After the tour, take the cable-car back to Kriens. From Kriens, board your coach for a return journey to Lucerne. The tour ends at the Lucerne Tourist Information Center.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Transportation in air-conditioned coach
    • Multi-lingual guide (English, Spanish and German)
    • Panoramic gondola + aerial cable car "Dragon Ride" (except during revision: 23 Oct - 10 Nov 2017)
    • World’s steepest cogwheel railway (early May 2017 to 19 Nov 2017)
    • Boat ride on Lake Lucerne (06 May 2017 to 22 Oct 2017)
    • Lunch* instead of boat ride (23 Oct 17 to 19 Nov 17)

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

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

    Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time of the tour

    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, you have below options:
    Postponing the tour to another day
    Changing the booking to another mountain (generally no refund because the tour is fully guided)
    Not taking any tour and get full refund

    If the news is received AFTER the coach has left, you have below option:
    Changing the booking where you will be taken to another mountain (no refund, because the tour is fully guided)

    This tour is not available from 17th of November until 31st of March due to new building of the aerial cable car from Fräkmünttegg to Pilatus Kulm

    The Cogwheel train and boat operate from early May until October (depending on the snow conditions, prior/post this date the tour is held according winter program). The boat operates until late October.

    Service Information:
    01 Apr- 02 May: Roundtrip by aerial cable car, without boat cruise to Lucerne (lunch included as a compensation for boat cruise).
    03 May - 31 Aug: Roundtrip by aerial cable car and cogwheel train, boat cruise to Lucerne.
    01 Sept - 19 Oct: Roundtrip by cogwheel train and boat cruise to Lucerne.
    20 Oct - 16 Nov: Roundtrip by cogwheel train and public train to Lucerne (lunch included as compensation for boat cruise).

    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 haveYou will be accompanied by a multi-lingual guide on the tour, except on the way up and down Mount Pilatus and during your 1½ hours stay on top of the mountainThere 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 refundIn this upcoming winter season there is a lot going on at the top of this fascinating mountain. The infrastructure will be renovated and improved to offer in the future an even more exiting experience. Of course also the regular cable care revisions are programmed.