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Central Switzerland Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended Central Switzerland Cruises & boat tours

From Milan: Lake Como, St. Moritz & Bernina Train Day Trip

1. From Milan: Lake Como, St. Moritz & Bernina Train Day Trip

Board a luxury coach and head to the historic town of Lecco before making your way to the shores of Lake Como. Board a private boat and cruise across the calm water just after sunrise. During the cruise, enjoy the view of picturesque villages like Bellagio and Varenna and of some famous villas. Continue to St. Moritz by coach and get stunning views of the valleys and breathtaking landscapes like Chiavenna and Bregaglia. Pass through the Alpine valleys of Graubünden and the dramatic Maloja Pass through the Swiss Alps. Arrive in St Moritz and get some free time to explore and enjoy lunch or a snack at your own pace. Browse the upscale fashion stores, go for a promenade along the lake or sip a hot chocolate in one of the village cafés. Then, board the Bernina Red Train and take a breathtaking ride along one of the most beautiful rail routes in the world. Arrive at the village of Tirano to cross the Valtellina on the way back to Milan.

Geneva: 50-Minute Lake Geneva Cruise

2. Geneva: 50-Minute Lake Geneva Cruise

Explore Geneva and its stunning lake from a unique perspective on a sightseeing cruise. Admire the beauty of the Mont-Blanc mountain, the surrounding Swiss Alps, and other landmarks while hearing the places from the audio guide. You will receive the download instructions after booking the tour. Begin your tour from the Pierres du Niton, cruising towards the Pointe à la Bise. Peer at the famous Jet d’Eau fountain in the city, famous for Mont-Blanc mountain, the surrounding Swiss Alps, and famous buildings, such as the UN. Pass by elegantly manicured gardens that line the shores of the lake, as well as the stunning surrounding flora and fauna, before heading back to the dock from which you departed. Download the cruise app with all relevant information on the spot, in a free WiFi area. Hear about every landmark you pass by and learn key facts about them through the audioguide.

Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Cable Car, Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

3. Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Cable Car, Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

Embark on a day trip from Lucerne and ascend Mount Pilatus by cable car. Go on a hike and kick pack on the panorama terrace, descended the mountain by cogwheel railway, and complete your experience with a return journey by boat. Depart Lucerne and relax aboard a comfortable coach on the drive to Kriens. Then, climb aboard the panoramic gondolas and journey to Fräkmüntegg to board the aerial Dragon Ride cable car up the mountain. Get magnificent views of the snow-capped peaks from the panoramic windows. Arrive at the top of Mt. Pilatus, 2,132 meters above sea level and feel like a bird as you survey your surroundings. Hike to the summit or venture down the Dragon Trail where dragons with healing powers were thought to live in the Middle Ages. Relax on the panoramic terrace and take in the magnificent vistas of the mountains and lakes. Eat at one of the restaurants to enjoy lunch on top of the world. Get ready for the ride of a lifetime as you descend the mountain on the world's steepest cogwheel railway. Arrive in Alpnachstad to embark on a one-hour cruise back to Lucerne on the beautiful "Lake of the 4 Cantons" (only during summer).

Zürich: City Tour, Cruise, and Lindt Home of Chocolate Visit

4. Zürich: City Tour, Cruise, and Lindt Home of Chocolate Visit

Climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and enjoy a scenic drive through the Zürichberg district with views of the city, the lake, and the Alps. See the highlights of Zürich, such as the castle-like National Museum, the shopping avenue of Bahnhofstrasse, and the famous financial district. Stop at the picturesque harbor of Enge and enjoy the beautiful vistas of the crystal-clear Lake Zürich. Continue past the Zürich Opera House and go into the Zürichberg district. Admire numerous mansions that reflect the glorious past, and take in the panoramas of the lake and the snow-covered Alps before going to the university quarter. See buildings such as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZürich) and the Zürich Museum of Art. Enter the Old Town to learn Zürich's history during an entertaining stroll through the medieval streets. See the patriarchal guild houses, Zürich Town Hall, and Europe's largest clock face on the Romanesque church of St. Peter. See the imposing cathedral of Grossmünster, and look at the Fraumünster church, whose stained-glass windows are by Marc Chagall. Take a 30-minute boat cruise on the pristine waters of Lake Zürich, then stroll along the shore to the newly-opened Lindt Home of Chocolate. See the world’s tallest free-standing chocolate fountain and join an audio-guided tour of the museum, followed by an unlimited chocolate tasting. Browse the gift shop before returning to Zurich Main Station. Ride the trolleybus and tramway to get familiar with Zurich's public transportation system. While your tour ends here, your 24-hour ticket allows you to continue exploring the town like a local and make use of public transportation.

Neuhausen am Rheinfall: 30-Minute Rhine Falls Boat Tour

5. Neuhausen am Rheinfall: 30-Minute Rhine Falls Boat Tour

Enjoy a 30-minute boat tour to Rhine Falls in Neuhausen am Reinfall. Relax on the boat and admire the landscape and scenery, see if you can spot any wildlife, and listen to the roar of the falls. Float along the calm waters, along the "Rheinish Amazon", all the way up to the German border. Learn about the history of the landscape and the native beaver, and admire the beautiful local scenery. Travel back upstream, where you will experience the thundering Rhine Falls up close as a glorious finale and marvel at one of the most powerful waterfalls in all of Europe.

From Montreux: 2-Hour Riviera Cruise

6. From Montreux: 2-Hour Riviera Cruise

Depart from the pier in Montreux on a historic paddle steamer. Sail along Lake Geneva towards Chillon Castle, the most visited historic monument in Switzerland. Continue sailing past the charming towns of Villeneuve, Le Bouveret, and St Gingolph. Sail by the town of Vevey, and admire the views of the famous Lavaux vineyards. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the French and Swiss Alps, before returning to Montreux.

Lucerne: Lake Lucerne 1st Class Cruise with Gourmet Lunch

7. Lucerne: Lake Lucerne 1st Class Cruise with Gourmet Lunch

Board the ship at lunchtime and embark on a relaxing First Class cruise on Lake Lucerne to Vitznau or Küssnacht and back. Admire the stunning views of the lake and its surrounding landscape as you sit down to savor a delicious meal on board. Choose between a set vegetarian or non-vegetarian 3-course menu. Please refer to the gallery for the menu. Enjoy 1 mineral water and 1 coffee or tea per person included in the price. Additional drinks can be purchased on board. Indulge in freshly cooked dishes that are prepared with regional products. From the end of May until the beginning of autumn, the roundtrip will take you to Küssnacht am Rigi and back to Lucerne. This tour takes 1 hour and 50 minutes and can easily be combined with other activities in the city. October 17, 2022 – May 26, 2023 and September 11 – October 22, 2023 • Lunch cruise on a motor vessel • 11:30 AM - Board the ship at Pier 1 • 12:00 - 1:47 PM - Cruise from Lucerne to Vitznau (and back) May 27 – September 10, 2023 • Lunch cruise on a motor vessel • 11:30 AM - Board the ship at Pier 3 • 12:00 - 1:47 PM - Cruise from Lucerne to Küssnacht am Rigi (and back)

From Interlaken: Night Sledding

8. From Interlaken: Night Sledding

Discover the Swiss Alps on a thrilling nighttime sledding experience. Wind through the woods, cross alpine meadows, and pass majestic frozen waters as you sled. Meet your instructor in Interlaken and head up into the Swiss Alps. Receive a thorough safety briefing before beginning your adventure. Follow your guide along a moonlit sled path, marveling at the beauty of the Swiss Alps and feeling your heart race with adrenaline. If you need waterproof clothes or hiking boots, the rental shop can provide everything you need for a comfortable ride down the mountain (not included).

From Como: Lugano, Bellagio and Cruise Experience

9. From Como: Lugano, Bellagio and Cruise Experience

Explore the beautiful lakes and villages of Switzerland and Italy from Como with a guide. Marvel at the small village of Cadenabbia, enjoy a cruise to Bellagio, and soak in the panoramic views of Lake Como on a full-day tour. After departing from Como, travel in a comfortable coach to the Swiss town of Lugano where you will have some free time to visit the picturesque city center and taste some Swiss Chocolate. Purchase lunch at an extra cost, then head to the small village of Cadenabbia, where both Queen Victoria of England and Zar Nicholas of Russia were frequent visitors. From there, take a panoramic cruise to reach Bellagio, also known as the “Pearl of Lake Como”. Disembarking in Bellagio, enjoy some free time to soak up the laid-back atmosphere of this idyllic and relaxing place. Later, board a ferry boat and get the opportunity to see the incredible Lake Como from a different perspective. During the cruise, take your time to look around and see the harmony between nature and architecture as you drift past villas with their beauteous gardens amongst untouched nature.

Lausanne: 3-Hour Riviera and Lavaux Region Cruise

10. Lausanne: 3-Hour Riviera and Lavaux Region Cruise

Depart from Lausanne Ouchy on a historic paddle steamer for a 3-hour circular cruise. As you travel, observe the most beautiful part of Lake Geneva on your left, which is complete with stunning views over the UNESCO-listed Lavaux Vineyards. Throughout your trip you can admire both the Swiss and French Alps, and your approach by boat to Chillon Castle provides you with a unique view over this landmark of the region. The boat will also make short stops in Montreux and Vevey to allow you to discover the Riviera region. At lunchtime you will be welcome to dine onboard (please book your table in advance), before you return back to Lausanne at the conclusion of your relaxing boat trip.

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based on 319 reviews

The tour was well organised and the guide- Olga was very informative and professional. We were 14 guests in the group, the van was clean and comfortable and the driver Constantine was very good. Despite the cold and foggy conditions I still enjoyed the experience and the scenery. I realise that in the summer everything would have had a different perspective but I still thoroughly enjoyed the commentary and the history of the places we visited.

Amazing trip, some of the most beautiful sights in Northern Italy/Switzerland. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and was able to explain everything in English, Spanish and Italian. Would love to even go again in another time of year to see the different seasons

The excursion goes through very beautiful places, although it lasts many hours it is enjoyable. The impressive train ride. In addition, Franco was a charming, friendly and very nice guide...you couldn't ask for more...a 10...

Best experience ever!!! Lovely boat trip in the lake! The Bernina train journey was unforgetable!! Highly recommend it!

Frank, our tour guide, was so nice! The whole experience is a must.