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From Zurich: Private Pilatus Golden Round Trip & Lake Cruise

From Zurich: Private Pilatus Golden Round Trip & Lake Cruise

From US$ 486.48 per person

Spend a day discovering Luzern and Mt. Pilatus with your private tour guide. Enjoy a one-hour boat trip from Luzern to Alpnachstad and change to the Pilatus cogwheel railway as you marvel at breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding area.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
Pickup at your accommodation in Zürich.
Private group


  • Enjoy an intimate guided tour
  • Relax on a train ride from Zürich to Luzern
  • Marvel at nature during a boat tour on lake Lucerne
  • Travel on the world's steepest coghwheel railway
  • Take in views with a guided sightseeing tour at mount Pilatus
Full description
Start your day of adventure by meeting your friendly and informative guide at your hotel in Zürich. After a short meet and greet you will head with your guide to the closest train station, first stop, Lucerne.   Upon arrival in Lucerne, you will accompany your tour guide onto a boat. From here, setting off from the wharf, you will partake in a 1-hour boat cruise around Lake Lucerne, a truly scenic introduction to this magical city. Enjoy views of the surrounding mountains and the unique view of the city from the water. After your boat cruise, you will arrive in Alpnachstad where you will board 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. This 35-minute journey will see you traveling 464-meters above sea level to the top of Mt. Pilatus, where panoramic views await you.  Upon arrival at the top, you will be guided on a walking trip through the rock formation where you will see hidden military artifacts. Alternatively, you can climb up the stairs to the panoramic platform and enjoy the scenery around you. Your tour guide will take you through the gallery of the dragons and explain some of Pilatus' folklore. After your sightseeing tour, you will have the chance to enjoy your lunch in one of two restaurants. You will spend the remaining time in this location with the freedom to do as you please before you descend back to town. Before you leave Lucerne, you will also take a gondola ride down to Fräkmüntegg where you will soar above the trees and meadows to the suburb of Kriens. After this, you will catch transport back to your original starting destination. 
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Local and professional guide for your party only
  • All transportation fees for boat, cog wheel railway, gondola and bus
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses during the tour
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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  • 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 tourguide
  •  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 us before booking
  • Please note: Boat and cog wheel railway will operate May to October only. Offseason, the tour will be performed by traveling to mount Pilatus both ways by gondola, the tour will be finalized with a 1-hour tour on lake Lucerne by panoramic boat after the return travel from Mt. Pilatus 
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Product ID: 207021