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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

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  • Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3885SW304BSL
Enjoy a day of Alpine adventure in Switzerland on this half-day, summer trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne. Begin your journey toward the skies with a 30-minute panoramic gondola ride to Fräkmüntegg, and then hop aboard the aerial cableway for your ascent to the summit of Mt Pilatus. Relax at your leisure on the peak or take a short hike to make the most of the stunning scenery below. Descend to Alpnachstad aboard the world's steepest cogwheel train and cruise out onto Lake Lucerne to admire the views from the water.

Highlights

  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Day trip (destination A to B)
Meet your guide in central Lucerne in the early afternoon and hop aboard your comfortable coach for the short journey to Kriens, at the foot of the imposing Mt Pilatus. On arrival, begin your ascent to the mountain’s lofty summit with a 30-minute panoramic gondola ride to the Fräkmüntegg terminus. Enjoy beautiful views over the rolling hills and lush pine forests below.

At Fräkmüntegg, hop aboard the aerial cableway — a spacious and modern cabin with panoramic windows designed to give the feeling of flight. Continue your climb to the summit at a dizzying altitude of 7,000 feet, and take in spectacular views over the Alpine peaks and lakes from your vantage point on the mountain.

During your free time atop Mt Pilatus, perhaps sit down to a high-altitude lunch among the peaks (own expense) or relax on the expansive sun terrace. Venture down the Dragon's Path and take the short hike around the summit to enjoy the amazing views.

Take the world's steepest cogwheel train down to Alpnachstad, descending past trickling mountain streams and sheer rock faces toward the verdant, green meadows below. On arrival, conclude your tour with a picturesque 1-hour boat ride across lovely Lake Lucerne and enjoy the spectacular scenery from an entirely different angle. Your tour finishes at the end of the cruise in Lucerne.

Please note: If you are traveling in late October, the aerial cable car could be canceled due to poor or unsafe weather conditions. If this is the case, you will travel up and down Mt Pilatus by cogwheel train.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Central Lucerne
Departure Time:
12:30pm
Duration:
5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes in at the end of the cruise in Lucerne

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Pricing information

Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

Inclusions:
  • Guide
  • Cable-car ride (except during maintenance)
  • Cogwheel train ride (early May to mid November)
  • Boat Ride on Lake Lucerne (early May to late October)
  • A complementary lunch in the event the boat ride does not operate
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants aged 0-5 years are free of charge but need to be registered on your booking
  • The cable car will be closed for maintenance from October 19 to November 6, 2015; the ascent and descent of Mt Pilatus will be by cog-wheel train during this time
  • The cable car operates subject to weather conditions. When the cable car does not operate, you will be transported up and down the mountain by cog-wheel train.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: rbruechle, November 2014

Tour was cancelled due to bad weather damaging the train tracks (and the gondola was closed), so we were upgraded to the Titlis tour at no extra charge. I highly recommend the Titlis tour, but was also sorry not to see Pilatus. Fortunately our hotel room overlooked Pilatus so we were not completely without the experience, but I would have liked to do the Golden Round Trip to and from Pilatus - perhaps another time.

Reviewed by: Danielle B, October 2014

We enjoyed our tour tremendously. We were glad we booked this trip as everything was taken care of for us.
We will definitely use Viator again when booking. Our tour guide was wonderful and very informative
This was the best way to see Pilatus!

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Tour code: 3885SW304BSL