Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip From Zurich

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  • Duration: 9 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Best of Switzerland Tours AG, Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

For a full day of alpine summer splendor, make for the mountains on this guided roundtrip from Zurich to central Switzerland's Mount Pilatus. Your full day guided tour includes a gondola and aerial cable car ride, the world's steepest cog-wheel railway and a cruise on Lake lucerne.

Highlights

Fully narrated tour

Enjoy fantastic aerial views

Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

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Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Sihlquai

Join the tour at the Sihlquai Coach Terminal, Zrich. Travel over Albis Pass and along the shores of Lake lucerne until arriving in Lucerne.

Stop At: Luzern

Disembark for a highlight tour of the city, stop for a scenic photo stop en route either at Lake lucerne or Lion Monument and also see Chapel Bridge and Jesuit Church from the coach. Afterwards you will have approximately one hour at your leisure to stroll Lucerne's beautiful Old town.

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Mount Pilatus, Lucerne

You'll then continue to Kriens and board a panoramic gondola and aerial cable car to the top of Mount Pilatus at 7000 feet (2132 meters). Enjoy an hour and a half at your leisure admiring breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and lakes. Venture down the Dragon's Path and make the short hike to the summit before descending Mount Pilatus to Alpnachstad by cog-wheel railway. At a gradient of 48% it is the world's steepest!

Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes

Stop At: Lake Lucerne

Your summer alpine adventures conclude with a picturesque boat ride across lovely Lake Lucerne before returning to Zurich where your tour ends.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Sihlquai

After a enjoyable day, the guide will bring you back to Zrich.
The Golden Roundtrip (ascent by aerial cable car, descent by cogwheel train, return to Lucerne by boat) operates between early May and late October. Between late October and mid-November the aerial cable car is under maintenance. In this case you will travel up and down Mt. Pilatus by cogwheel train. The boat on Lake Lucerne operates from early May until late October - if you are traveling when the boat is no longer in operation you will return to Lucerne by train and receive a complimentary lunch instead.

Itinerary:

The Golden Roundtrip (ascent by aerial cable car, descent by cogwheel train, return to Lucerne by boat) operates between early May and late October. Between late October and mid-November the aerial cable car is under maintenance. In this case you will travel up and down Mt. Pilatus by cogwheel train. The boat on Lake Lucerne operates from early May until late October - if you are traveling when the boat is no longer in operation you will return to Lucerne by train and receive a complimentary lunch instead.

Inclusions

Panorama drive to Lucerne with photo stop en route ( at Lake Lucerne or the Lion Monument)

Short introduction city tour of Lucerne

Panoramic gondola and aerial cable-car (except during maintenance)

Steepest cog-wheel railway in the world (from early May to mid November)

Boat ride on Lake Lucerne (from May 4 to October 20,2019)

Meal voucher in case the boat ride does not operate

Air-conditioned vehicle

Time at leisure in Lucerne

Entry/Admission - Mount Pilatus

Exclusions

Gratuities

Hotel pick-up and drop off

Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability

Infants aged 0-5 travel free of charge but must be registered on your booking

Gondolas are in maintenance from October 22 to November 9, 2018

Traveler Reviews

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  • 14-Nov-2019

    Have bird eyes view of Mount Pilatus. The tour is so good to have different kinds of transportation up/down to mountain. The tour also includes the ferry... so good

  • 29-Oct-2019

    Right from the start our trip met or exceeded our (group of 16) expectations. Once out of the city we traveled through gorgeous countryside and small Swiss Villages. Our guide shared interesting information along the way and we stopped for photo opportunities also. Once we arrived at Mt Pilatus the experience and views became breathtaking. The gondola and tram rides up were exciting for some in my group who have never ridden on a gondola/tram and on this particular day we broke through a cloud cover as we took the tram to the top of Mt Pilatus, a photographer’s paradise. Many of us climbed the trail to the very top while others stayed at the restaurant/top station. The facilities allowed everyone to have a wonderful experience. The cog train down was fun and just added to everyone’s enjoyment. Added to an already great experience was the boat ride on lake Lucerne which in itself was a beautiful experience. The whole trip was well worth the cost. Our group later in the week took a Viking Cruise and had a great experience, but most put Mt Pilatus as one of their favorite days on our vacation.

  • 01-Oct-2019

    This trip was wonderful. The company operated like clock work. The whole day was relaxing and wonderful. The weather was a bonus - perfectly sunny and cast a warm glow on everything. I would highly recommend this for everyone.

  • 30-Sep-2019

    It was our last day in Switzerland and one of the best. The itinerary was excellent with a nice variety of activities included. The bus trip was comfortable and our guide Denise provided excellent commentary of places we passed through. We really loved Mount Pilatus and the team, gondola and cog wheel rides! Wish we had time to do the alpine slide but biking around the peak was also fantastic.

  • 17-Sep-2019

    My wife pushed me to do this on the last day of a business trip, and I am very glad she did. This is a great way to get out of Zurich and see some countryside and pack in a couple of different activities into a single day. Guide describes many interesting details of the scenery and the cantons while the bus drives on hilly roads through the countryside to Rigi Mountain to drop off people on that trip. Then short drive to Lucerne. Decent amount of time to walk around the old town in Lucerne. Can eat, shop, or just admire the scenery and architecture. Many good photo op spots for urban pictures but with features that are unmistakably European. Then short ride to the first gondola. Four person "ski lift" enclosed cabin. You can see the people hiking and hear the cow bells of the cows grazing underneath. Then into the 55 person big gondola for the ascent to the summit. Quite crowded to get 55 in, but tolerable. Then you reach the summit of Mt Pilatus, and if the sun in shining it is glorious. can see several 3000 meter peaks as well as Lake Lucerne below. Three different short paths to walk to get view from different angles / sides. Each takes 10 -20 minutes so in your 90 minutes on the summit you have time to do all 3. Or grab a bit to eat and drink, there are several options in the 2 hotels on the summit or on the large outdoor space. Then cog wheel train down very steep route. Quite an exhilarating experience. More great views. More cow with cowbells. Then quick hop through tunnel under the road and get onto high speed boat on lake Lucerne. In good weather the breeze feels great and there is nice scenery. Then bus takes fast motorway back to Zurich. Fabulous day in Switzerland.

  • 16-Sep-2019

    Mt. Pilatus was beautiful! We were able to visit this wonderful area of Switzerland on a very sunny clear day. The tour guide was hard to understand. She spoke very good English however the noise of the group and the bus made it difficult to understand the things she was talking about.

  • 09-Sep-2019

    We enjoyed our day trip to Mount Pilatus. We went up the mountain by cable car and came down using the clog wheel tram; an interesting experience! We could see a lot of the surrounding mountains and valleys, but could not see the lake due to fog. We were glad that we made this trip.

  • 07-Aug-2019

    Awesome place to visit. Tour guide coordinated very well though sometimes felt little pushed (may be our bus was crowded or rather full). Bus, awesome train rides and river cruise to end. What a way to see this beautiful place. Host was good; no complaints. Probably need some time to have some lunch but quite a few people got some 'take away' to eat in leisure time. Worth every dollar for the ride to Pilatus !!!!

  • 29-Jul-2019

    Whether it be strolling the streets, taking a ride in the cable cart, cog wheel train or relaxing in the boat this tour offers amazing views from start to finish. Christina’s knowledge of the history and key features of lecrune and mt Pilatus provides you with great insights throughout your journey. Conquer your fears of heights and book!

  • 09-Jul-2019

    This trip was amazing. Bus through the countryside to Lucerne. Time to walk around that beautiful place. Then a rider up Mount Pilatus and time at the top. Then a beautiful railroad down the mountain to a ferry on Lake Lucerne. It was so incredibly well run. Our guide, Maude, was informed, funny, sweet, and made the day great. 10 out of 10 would do it again. It's worth every penny.

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