Mount Pilatus Summer Full-Day Tour from Zurich

Day Trips & Excursions in Lucerne
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Tour description

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.

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: SihlquaiJoin the tour at the Sihlquai Coach Terminal, Zürich. Travel over Albis Pass and along the shores of Lake Lucerne until arriving in Lucerne. Stop At: LuzernDisembark 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 minutesStop At: Mount Pilatus, LucerneYou'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 minutesStop At: Lake LucerneYour summer alpine adventures conclude with a picturesque boat ride across lovely Lake Lucerne before returning to Zurich where your tour ends.Duration: 1 hourPass By: SihlquaiAfter a enjoyable day, the guide will bring you back to Zürich.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.

What's included

  • 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

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified


  • Fully narrated tour
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water