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Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Enjoy the Swiss mountains and lakeside views on a day trip from Basel to Lucerne. With a private guide, you’ll travel by train to the idyllic lake city that’s loved for its alpine scenery. Take an hour-long cruise around Lake Lucerne, then travel up the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to the peak of Mt. Pilatus. After some time to explore the summit, you’ll return to Basel, enjoying gondola, bus, and train rides along the way.
  • Private day trip from Basel to Lucerne
  • Travel by train with a private guide, just for your group
  • See the sights of Lucerne from the water on an hour-long cruise
  • Look down at Lake Lucerne as you ascend Mt. Pilatus
  • Ride on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to the mountain summit
  • Descend the mountain on a gondola and soak up the valley views
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Ports

  • St. Johann cruies pier


Departure Time

8:30 AM
At 9:30am, you’ll meet your private guide at your hotel, and travel to the Basel train station for your train to Lucerne. After roughly an hour, you’ll arrive in the lakeside city, which is beloved for its endearing mountain views.

Take to the water for a 1-hour Lake Lucerne cruise, and soak up vistas of the lake and town against the backdrops of Mt. Rigi and Mt. Pilatus. Dock in Alpnachstad in time for a coffee (own expense), then board the Pilatus railway for a ride on one of the world’s steepest cogwheel railway lines.

In just over half an hour, you’ll ascend the summit of Mt. Pilatus, one of Switzerland’s most famous and dramatic peaks. Towering at some 6,981 feet (2,128 meters) above sea level, the summit is known for its sweeping vistas over the surrounding Alps.

Stroll around the summit area, and climb through the rocks to discover some little-known military artifacts around the peak. Or, use your time at the top to visit the panoramic viewing gallery. Relax over lunch at a mountain restaurant (own expense), then begin your descent with your guide.

Take the gondola to Fräkmüntegg and then Kriens. Here, you’ll board a bus to Lucerne, and then take an intercity train back to Basel. Your day trip ends at your Basel hotel in the early evening, around 5:30pm.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Lucerne
Stop At:  
Lake Lucerne
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Alpnachstad
Stop At:  
Pilatus Luzern
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Kriens
Pass By:  
Lucerne
Stop At:  
Chapel Bridge
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • a minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • children must be accompagnied by an adult
  • for wheelchair assistance - please contact us before booking
  • Please note: Boat and coghwheel railway will operate Mai to October only. Off season, the tour will be performed by travelling to mount Pilatus both ways by gondola, the tour will be finalized with a 1-hour tour on the lake Lucerne by panoramic boat after the return travel from mount Pilatus.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY SwissTravelGuide.ch

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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 Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel?
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 Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel.

Traveler Tips


  • "I highly recommend this trip if you are spending a day in Basel." See review

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Great trip!
jkbult1
, Nov 2019
Adrian was a great guide for our day to Pilatus. We had an excellent day and saw a lot on the tour. Fun taking so many modes of transportation. Switzerland is beautiful.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thank you for your feedback, we'll forward it to Mr. Adrian. Kind regards Mike Swisstravelguide.ch
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Great Day!!
Tony C
, Jun 2019
What a great way to spend a day, and with a great guide - Oskar. It starts with a nice train ride from Basel to Lucerne when Oskar gave us lots of information about Switzerland, it's history etc. We then had two gondola rides to get to the top of Pilatus: the first was a small four person gondola, and then the second was a 50 passenger gondola! When then enjoyed the sites from the top of the mountain and a light lunch. Then it was down the mountain on the cogwheel train - what a thrill - before our one hour boat ride on the lake. after a brief walk around Lucerne, we then headed back to Basel. I highly recommend this trip if you are spending a day in Basel.
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The trip from Basel to Lucerne and...
Bobc602
, Sep 2017
The trip from Basel to Lucerne and then to Mount Pilatus was very enjoyable. Our guide was friendly and very knowledgeable about the places we went to visit. The views from Mount Pilatus are spectacular. The two gondola rides down were peaceful with more lovely scenery. All in all it was a fun filled day.
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