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  1. Switzerland
  2. Canton Basel
  3. Basel
  4. Pilatus

From Basel: Private Pilatus Golden Tour with Lake Cruise

Product ID: 206991
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Spend a day around Luzern and on Mount Pilatus. Enjoy a 1-hour boat trip from Luzern to Alpnachstad then board the Pilatus cogwheel railway, which is the steepest cogwheel railway in the world.
About this activity
Duration 8 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, German

Pickup included

At your accommodation in Basel or at the cruise terminal.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Select participants, date and language:



  • Take a stunning train ride between Basel and Luzern
  • Go on a boat tour of Lake Lucerne
  • Travel on the steepest cogwheel railway in the world
  • Join a guided sightseeing tour of Mount Pilatus
Full description
Start your tour with pickup at your accommodation and make your way to the train station in Basel. An intercity train will take you in 1 hour to central Lucerne, where you'll board a boat for a 1-hour cruise on Lake Lucerne. Enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains and and the waterfront of the city. 

Arrive in Alpnachstad, where you'll switch to the cogwheel railway. The Pilatus railway operates between May and October and is the world's steepest cogwheel railway. The 35-minute journey takes you from 464 meters above sea level to the top of Mount Pilatus, at 2128 meters above sea level. At the top, your tour guide will show you some hidden military objects. Alternatively, you can climb up the stairs to the panoramic platform and enjoy the vast scenery. Your tour guide will take you through the gallery of dragons and tell you a myth about Mount Pilatus. 

After the sightseeing tour, enjoy lunch in one of the two restaurants, where your tour guide will happily join you. Afterwards, take some free time to spend as you wish before you begin your descent. A panoramic gondola will take you down to Fräkmüntegg, where you will change to the 4-seat gondola. This section takes you above trees and meadows and down to the suburb Kriens. Head back to central Lucerne for your return trip back to Basel on an intercity train. Once back in Basel, your tour guide will accompany you to your accommodation. 
  • Local professional guide
  • All transportation fees for the boat, cogwheel railway, gondola, and bus
  • All taxes, fees, and handling charges
What’s Not Included
  • Food or drink
  • Personal expenses

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Know before you go
• You will receive confirmation within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability of schedule, train seats, and tour guide
• There is a minimum of 2 people per booking
• Children must be accompanied by an adult
• Please contact the supplier regarding wheelchair assistance before booking
• Please note that a moderate amount of walking is involved
• Please note that the boat and cogwheel railway operate between May and October
• Between November and April, you will travel up and down Mount Pilatus by gondola and the tour concludes with a 1-hour tour on Lake Lucerne
Organized by

Swiss Travel Guide

Product ID: 206991