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  1. Switzerland
  2. Central Switzerland
  3. Lucerne
  4. Pilatus

From Lucerne: Private Pilatus Golden Round & Lake Cruise

Product ID: 207012
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Spend a day around Lucerne and on Mount Pilatus with a private tour guide. Enjoy a 1-hour boat trip from Lucerne to Alpnachstad, where you will change to the Pilatus Coghwheel Railway, the steepest cogwheel railway in the world.
About this activity
Duration 6 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, German

Pickup included

Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Lucerne.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Take a private tour conducted with just your party and tour guide
  • Take a boat tour on Lake Lucerne
  • Travel on world's steepest coghwheel railway
  • Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour at Mount Pilatus
Full description
You will begin your tour by meeting your tour guide at your hotel, before you make your way into central Lucerne. Close to the train station, you will board a boat to take a 1-hour cruise on Lake Lucerne. You can enjoy the views to the surrounding mountains and look back towards the city as the boat is departing.

After one hour you will arrive in Alpnachstad, where you will change onto the cogwheel railway. The Pilatus railway operates from May until October (depending on weather conditions, especially snow) and is the world's steepest cogwheel railway. The 35-minute journey will take you from 464 meters above sea level to the top of mount Pilatus (a total altitude of 2,128 meters). Once you arrive at the top, you will walk through the rock, where your tour guide will show you some hidden military objects. Alternatively, you can climb up the stairs to the panoramic platform and enjoy the surrounding scenery. Your tour guide will then take you through the gallery of dragons, where you will learn a myth about Mount Pilatus. 

After the sightseeing tour, you will have the chance to enjoy your lunch in one of the two restaurants, with your tour guide happy to accompany you. You will spend the remaining time according to your preference, before you begin your descent. A panoramic gondola will take you down to Fräkmüntegg, where you will change onto a 4-seat gondola. This section will take you above trees and meadows down to the suburb of Kriens. A 10-minutes walk from here will take place to the bus station, from where you will be in the city center in Lucerne. It is back in Lucerne where your tour will end, and your tour guide will lead you back to your hotel. 
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Local and professional guide for your party
  • All transportation fees for the boat, cogwheel railway, gondola and bus
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses during the tour

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Know before you go
• Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability of schedule, train seats and guides
• A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
• Children must be accompanied by an adult
• A moderate amount of walking is involved
• For wheelchair assistance, please contact before booking
• The boat and cogwheel railway will operate from May to October only (off season, the tour will be performed by traveling to Mount Pilatus both ways by gondola, with the tour finishing with a 1-hour tour on lake Lucerne by panoramic boat)
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Product ID: 207012