Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
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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.
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In Brief

Location:
Luzern, Switzerland
Country:
Switzerland
Duration:
5 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Seasonal
May to November
Daily
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)
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Pass By: Lake Lucerne, Lucerne Switzerland

Meet your guide in central Lucerne in the early afternoon.

Stop At: Mount Pilatus, PILATUS-BAHNEN AG Schlossweg 1 Kriens, Lucerne 6010 Switzerland

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.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Lake Lucerne, Lucerne Switzerland

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.

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.

Duration: 1 hour

Inclusions

  • Guide
  • Cable-car ride (except during maintenance, check additional info)
  • Cogwheel train ride (early May to mid November)
  • Boat ride on Lake Lucerne (4 May to 20 October 2019) When the boat ride does not operate a lunch will be offered
  • Meal voucher in the event that the boat ride does not operate, exchangeable at Pilatus self-service restaurant
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Pilatus
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Lucerne

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

Departure Time

12:30 PM

Departure Point

Frankenstrasse 2, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • 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 22 to November 9 in 2018; 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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

A lovely tour. We went up by cable, and spent about 2-3 hours at the top and walked to the highest point. Beutiful views everywhere, then went to the restaurant for some nice Swiss wine. then we took the worlds steepest train to the bottom near the wharf. Then we went on boat tour of Lake Luzerne and were dropped off close to the tran station. It was a lovely day and we took a lot of photos. Highly recommendable
• Submitted 27 Nov 2019
The destination was amazing . We arrived at the top via two tram rides after a short bus ride from Lucerne.The first a 4 passenger sit down tram and the second a 51 passenger stand up tram. The views were amazing. Views from the top were amazing. The return was via the cog railway from the top then a boat ride on Lake Lucerne back to the city. While the destination was great I felt the guides were not very good. There was no commentary on the bus ride about what we were passing. The boat ride was beautiful but again no commentary on the sights we were passing on our way back.
• Submitted 21 Oct 2019
Amazing tour! We were fortunate to have good weather so the views from the mountain were fantastic. Our tour guide, Yolanda, did a great job of explaining the different steps of the tour and was always available for questions. The boat ride back to Lucerne was a lovely way to end the day.
• Submitted 14 Oct 2019
This Viator excursion offered everything we wanted for our first day on vacation in Lucerne, Switzerland!
• Submitted 19 Sep 2019
We last minute booked this and we LOVED it! We did MT Titlis the following day and while they were both awesome, we preferred the MT Pilatus tour for the spectacular views you get of Lake Lucerne. You also get to experience and see more of amazing Switzerland on this tour with the Cogwheel train and the Lake Lucerne cruise on the way back, whereas the MT Titlis tour is mainly about snow activities. How much you enjoy either tour will also depend on how much cloud cover you get - so if you have some flexibility with your itinerary, make sure you check the weather in the lead up.
• Submitted 12 Sep 2019
One of our favorites due to gorgeous scenery and variety of activities! The tour exceeded our expectations. We loved the ride up, the hiking up top (ask where trails along the mountain side are). Views are spectacular and the quick restaurant was perfect (grab and go and sit at picnic table outside.)On our hike, we could barely see cows below ;could hear their cowbells clearly like a symphony. All clinging different tones. Cool Cogwheel ride down-fun. Boat ride amazing! Do VIP if possible.
• Submitted 27 Aug 2019
Really excellent trip. Plenty of time to explore the mountain top and take in the spectacular views.
• Submitted 23 Aug 2019
This was the family highlight of our trip to Europe - would highly recommend. Tour guide was excellent to guide us up and down the mountain, sharing interesting insights along the way. 10 minute coach ride, 4-person gondola, 50-person gondola, cogswheel train down and steam ship back on Lake Lucerne. Pilatus was covered in clouds but cleared for a few minutes so we could enjoy the full view at the top. Wonderful views on way up and down. About 2 hours at the summit to explore. Great day all round.
• Submitted 23 Aug 2019
Excellent tour -well organised and enjoyed the variety of transport options. Great views albeit bit cloudy up top of Pilatus
• Submitted 19 Aug 2019
On August 12, 2019, it was rainy and cool but wetook the tour anyway. We made our reservations online in the U.S.,were given a confirmation number and a pick up time and told where to meet. We were picked up by a bus on time and taken to the place where we would get on the cable car to go up to Mt. Pilatus. The tour guide was organized and gave us all instructions on how the day would go. We did Cable Car, Cog Rail Car down the mountain, then boat ride of Lake Lucerne in that order. A very good day despite the cool gray weather...still very much worth the price. The scenery was spectacular in every direction even though it was a gray day. The clouds and mountains and greenery were breathtaking. I recommend it to all!
• Submitted 16 Aug 2019
Tour was outstanding. Experienced the various travel forms up and down the mountain. Gondolas (4 person and 2 person) up to Mt. Pilaus was breathtaking. Several hours of free time to explore and take photo shots was perfect. Cruising Lake Lucerne was very relaxing and equally scenic. Two comments I would make are, if you have motion sickness concerns, avoid sitting backwards as you go up in the Gondolas and down in the Cog Train cars and we wish Viator had secured boat passes so we could have sat on the upper deck of the ship.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2019
I highly recommend this trip to any visitor of Lucerne. Our guide (Monika) was extremely knowledgeable and was happily addressing any questions she was given. I was travelling alone, and she willingly (without me even asking) offered to take pictures of me. She was extremely timely and made sure the group was together moving from place to place. She gave us tips of what activities we should do at the top due to time constraints, and the boat ride back was very pleasant. One of the best parts of my trip!
• Submitted 30 Jul 2019
One of the best things one can do when in lucerne. It combines lots of experiences from riding on gondolas in the air enjoying a wonderful view from 2 thousand meters and a nostalgic way back in a boat Ralph, our guide was friendly, informative and humorous. Thanks for a wonderful afternoon!
• Submitted 29 Jul 2019
So many things to see and experience in Lucerne but the best was the sights at the top on Mt. Pilatus! A thrilling cable ride and then a steep gondala ride to get up 7,000 ft., stay as long as you want and then a cogwheel train to get back down. The day was not yet done though because there was a Paddlewheel boatride on the lake back to Lucerne included.
• Submitted 11 Jul 2019
This was a wonderful mountain experience. The accommodations were great, the tour guide was excellent. Everything as advertised - only better!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Very friendly tour guide Rolf who communicated well and made the tour run smoothly. You had enough time alone to do and see what you wanted. All parts of the tour were fun.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Tour went very smoothly with our guide providing info and guidance. Rolf was wonderful. We really enjoyed the different modes of transportation.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Great trip, super guide. I don't do many tours, preferring to explore independently. However, traveling with my parents and pre-teen children, we thought it would be fun. The tour did not disappoint. The train ride was excellent. Mt. Pilatus was foggy, but that's a risk at a top of the mountain.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This was a highlight of our trip to Luzern! Would definitely recommend this group tour. Lots of free time to explore at the top. Would take the long hike around the mountain - wear proper shoes, as it gets rugged. Very fun to ride the gondola, cog and boat.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
The tour was well organized, exactly what we expected. Mount Pilatus was amazing ! Just enough time to walk everywhere, then enjoy a coffee before going down the cog wheel train. Fabulous views ! There were heavy blankets available so my daughter was able to stay warm outside. The boat ride back to Lucerne was a nice way to end the tour. We came from Basel by train so we had enough time before the tour to walk around and then had time for dinner in Lucerne before heading back to Basel. Definitely worth the trip !
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This was a fun and absolutely beautiful trip. Our guide, Rolf, made everything easy and was very organized. It's a great balance of group travel but still allows for free time at the summit. From our meeting point to the return boat ride and everything in between...this was a wonderful 1/2 day excursion!!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Our guide Trudy met us on time and exactly where Viator told us to meet. Other than being unseasonably warm, the weather was perfect, which lead to spectacular views. The variety of this tour (two gondolas, a cog train, and a boat ride) makes it a very good value. I highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This was one of our highlights to Switzerland. The views were breathtaking from beginning to end. I would recommend this tour to anyone.
• Submitted 22 Oct 2018
This was a fun little trip Up the side of the mountain On a cable car Followed by Some pleasant hiking. Trip down on a cogwheel train And the boat ride Completed a fun day
• Submitted 09 Oct 2018

In Brief

Location:
Luzern, Switzerland
Country:
Switzerland
Duration:
5 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Seasonal
May to November
Daily
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)

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