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Mt. Pilatus and Lucerne Winter Day Trip from Zurich

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Mt. Pilatus and Lucerne Winter Day Trip from Zurich

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icon9 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Delve into the winter wonderland of Mount Pilatus on a full-day tour of the majestic Alpine landscape from Zurich. Relish the convenience of round-trip transportation by luxury coach and receive a fascinating introduction to the history and geology of the region from your erudite guide. Discover the impressive sights of Lucerne on a guided walking tour; ascend to the summit of Mount Pilatus on an aerial cable car gondola; and enjoy a traditional Swiss lunch in a rustic restaurant.
  • Winter day trip from Zurich to Mt. Pilatus
  • Guided city tour of Lucerne
  • Ride an aerial cable car gondola to the top of Mt. Pilatus and back down
  • Lunch is included
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Panorama drive to Lucerne with photo stop en route (at Lake Lucerne or the Lion Monument)
Short city tour with main sights of Lucerne
Ride up and down Mt. Pilatus by panorama gondola and aerial cable car (except during maintenance)
Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional guide (partly guided)
Lunch voucher is provided (Value CHF 20 adult/CHF 10 child age 6-15)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Hotel pick-up and drop off

Departure Point

Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

The official departure point for all tours departing from Zürich is Sihlquai Bus Terminal, close to Zürich’s main train station (Zürich HB). Please check in at least 15 minutes prior to tour start at the white ticket office marked with “Best of Switzerland Tours” or “City Tours & Excursions”.

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Greet your guide at the Sihlquai Coach Terminal in central Zurich and climb aboard a comfortable, climate-controlled coach for the scenic journey along the shores of Lake Lucerne. On arrival in the pretty city, embark on a short guided tour of Lucerne with your knowledgeable guide and see important monuments like Chapel Bridge and the grand Town Hall.

Travel onward to Kriens and climb aboard a panoramic aerial cable car for a ride that ascends to 7,000 feet (2,132 meters) above sea level. Absorb the unique atmosphere of Mount Pilatus, a mythical paradise shrouded in legend and history; hear colorful tales of the dragons reputed to have lived on the mountain, and then take the serpentine Dragon Path to enjoy more stunning Alpine views.

Feast on a traditional Swiss lunch in one of the restaurants of Mt. Pilatus and descend the mountain on the cable car. Rejoin your coach transfer and relax during the scenic journey back to Zurich, where the tour concludes.

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.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Zurich
The guide will pick you up at the Sihlquai Coach Terminal, Zürich to start your journey to central Switzerland.
Stop At:  
Lucerne
Enjoy a scenic journey to central Switzerland. While you entering Lucerne, the guide will point out the main sights in Lucerne. Discover this beautiful city during you leisure time of approximately 50 minutes.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Pilatus Luzern
You'll then continue to Kriens, where a panoramic aerial cable car gondola transports you up to 7'000 feet (2'132 meters) to the white mythical paradise of Mount Pilatus.
Stop At:  
Pilatus Luzern
According to legend, kind dragons used to inhabit the mountain! Set about discovering the weaving Dragon Path and take in the spectacular alpine vistas. Over lunch, marvel at the breathtaking alpine views. Afterwards, take the cable car back down the mountain before rejoining your guide for your coach transfer back to Zurich. 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.
Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Lucerne
You will meet up with your tour guide again in Lucerne for the return journey to bring you back to Zurich.
Pass By:  
Zurich
After a great day, you will be dropped off at the same place, where you have started the tour.
  • 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
  • Confirmation for this product will be received at time of booking
  • Infants travel free of charge but need to be registered on your booking
  • Partially guided tour. This tour is accompanied by a tour guide from Zurich to Kriens (valley station cable car) and again from Lucerne to Zurich. The part on Mt. Pilatus and back to Lucerne is unguided. All the necessary information and schedules will be provided.
  • From end of October to early November, the round-trip up and down Mt Pilatus will be by cogwheel train due to cable car maintenance
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Best of Switzerland Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Mt. Pilatus and Lucerne Winter Day Trip from Zurich?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Mt. Pilatus and Lucerne Winter Day Trip from Zurich.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Mt. Pilatus and Lucerne Winter Day Trip from Zurich?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Mt. Pilatus and Lucerne Winter Day Trip from Zurich.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mt. Pilatus and Lucerne Winter Day Trip from Zurich?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Mt. Pilatus and Lucerne Winter Day Trip from Zurich.

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Patrick_S
, Feb 2020
I loved the Mountain View’s from the top of Mt. Pilatus. Also the historic buildings and views of the alps from Lucerne were incredible.
star-5
Great place to visit for a day trip from Zurich
Andres_H
, Jan 2020
Great spanish and english day trip. The place and the views are awesome. The guide tour was very friendly and all the instructions were very clear.
star-5
Really good tour, enjoyable. Had...
Charanjit_M
, Feb 2017
Really good tour, enjoyable. Had beautiful weather and the cable car ride was fantastic
star-3
Not much to enjoy at top of the...
MOHAMMADKHALID_P
, Jun 2016
Not much to enjoy at top of the glacier, but cable car journey to the glacier is fantastic. If you are asian you may not like the taste of complimentory lunch. If you want to select between mt pilatus and mt titlis, i suggest to opt for mount titlis which have many places to enjoy including sledging
star-4
The tour was great and almost worth...
Nitasha
, May 2015
The tour was great and almost worth the cost. I got free upgrade to Mt Titalus tour as I was the only one who booked this. The tour guide was amazingly polite and knew a lot. The tour begins at Zurich so you get snip it's of things along your journey. The drive by itself is amazing and beautiful.
star-4
Lucern is beautiful and fun to wonder...
Megan C
, Feb 2014
Lucern is beautiful and fun to wonder around. Mt. Pilatus was beautiful!
star-4
The tour was everything that we...
Pieta S
, Jan 2014
The tour was everything that we wanted in a day trip - prompt departure, clean coach, knowledgeable guide. Our only suggestion would be to allow more time in Lucerne.
star-5
This tour is amazing the view from...
Nelson R
, Nov 2013
This tour is amazing the view from the top is unique. The only thing missing was on the lift. During our time there the aerial cableway was closed but the cogwheel railway is not bad! The meal included is not really good, the drinks are not included! But just the experience at the top and the small tour to Luzerne really worths it!!!
star-4
The tour was very scenic, and our...
Carla B
, Mar 2013
The tour was very scenic, and our guide very knowledgeable. The majority of our group was touring Lucerne and Titlis. Did not realize till boarding my family was going to be dropped off at Mtn Pilatus mid tour. So we were given tickets for gondola, lunch, and bus pass to get back to Lucerne on our own and meet the group. It all went well, but if I were traveling by myself or with one other person may have been more anxious. Overall the tour was very beautiful.
star-5
A perfectly organized day that exceeded...
Richard S
, Feb 2013
A perfectly organized day that exceeded our expectations.

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