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Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee) Tours

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Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee)
Located at the heart of Bernese Oberland and surrounded by the famous peaks of Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus, Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee) is one of Central Switzerland’s most photographed natural wonders and the country’s fourth largest lake. Whether you’re soaring overhead in a cable car, cruising the lake itself, or visiting waterfront villages such as Weggis and Gersau, Lake Lucerne is mesmerizing from all angles.

The Basics
Lucerne city tours will take you to the lake’s most memorable viewpoint: looking out over the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke) from the shore of Old Town. Alternatively, enjoy a hike around the lakeside villas; take the Golden round trip and travel by boat, cogwheel railway, and aerial cableway to the most spectacular viewpoints on Mount Pilatus; or gaze down over Lucerne from the summit of Mount Rigi.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • It can get chilly on the mountaintops or out on the lake even in the summer, so bring some warm clothes.
  • Many boat tours and trains are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check with the operator in advance.

How to Get There
Lake Lucerne is located in Central Switzerland, 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Zurich, or roughly 45 minutes by train. Trains run regularly from Zurich to the city of Lucerne, located on the lake’s northwest shore. Daily ferries run between Lucerne city and Fluelen at the southeast tip of the lake, taking about three hours one way and stopping at lakeside towns such as Vitznau, Beckenried, and Brunnen. You can also travel to different lakeside attractions on a sightseeing boat tour. 

When to Get There
Lake Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s top vacation destinations. Summer (July through August) and Christmas are the most popular times to visit. While summer visitors come to hike in the Alps and enjoy boat cruises on the lake, winter travelers can hit the nearby ski slopes or visit the Lucerne Christmas Market.

Day Trips in the Lake Lucerne Region 
Once you’ve scaled the summit of Mount Rigi and ridden the world’s steepest cog railway to the top of Mount Pilatus, brave a ride to the “Top of Europe” at Jungfraujoch or hike the notorious Eiger Trail around the North Face of Eiger Mountain. You could also visit the alpine village of Engelberg and take in the views from Mount Titlis, ride the open-air cable car to the top of Mount Stanserhorn, or take a ride on the Golden Pass Scenic Train.
Address: Lucerne, Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland
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39 Tours and Activities to Experience Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee)

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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

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Spend an afternoon in the Swiss Alps during this seasonal trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne. Your 5.5-hour round-trip journey includes a 30-minute panoramic gondola ride from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg terminus plus an ascent by aerial cableway to the peak of Mt Pilatus. After free time at the summit, take the world's steepest cogwheel train down to Alpnachstad, where you’ll board a boat for a 1-hour scenic cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne. Enjoy commentary from your guide and coach transport from Lucerne.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$146.85
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Lake Lucerne Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise

Lake Lucerne Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise

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Whether you’re short on time or simply wish to view the snowy Swiss Alps from the water, this 60-minute yacht cruise on Lake Lucerne is your ticket. Relax on the main or upper deck of the spacious 161-foot (49-meter) vessel while you listen to commentary about the majestic sights via your audio headset. With an expert captain at the helm, you’ll motor past forested hillsides and verdant meadows nestled against looming mountain peaks. Purchase drinks and snacks from the onboard bar, and select from multiple departure times.
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  • 1 hour
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$30.44
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Independent Rigi Tour from Lucerne With Cruise

Independent Rigi Tour from Lucerne With Cruise

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Take your Swiss Alps adventure to new heights on this independent day trip to Mt Rigi. Explore this breathtaking destination at your own pace, starting with a boat cruise from Lucerne. Use your pre-booked tickets and provided timetables to plan the cogwheel train and aerial cable car portions of your tour. You’ll take the railway up Rigi Kulm for two or five hours of free time at the summit, depending on which option you select. Then enjoy more postcard-worthy views en route to Weggis before the return boat ride to Lucerne.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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$135.28
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$135.28
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Lake Lucerne Castles and Villas Tour

Lake Lucerne Castles and Villas Tour

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Check out the elegant villas and castles of Lucerne with this half-day walking tour, and take in sweeping views of the lake and the mountains that frame it. In a group, you'll stroll from Meggen to St. Charles Hall, past Schloss Neuhabsburg and onto Schloss Meggenhorn, a palatial estate fashioned like a French chateau. The tour is packed with tales of the castles' famous residents -- from Habsburg rulers to German royalty to Russian financiers -- and includes a refreshment stop at the Hotel Hermitage on the lake.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$254.38
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Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Best Swiss Experience

Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Best Swiss Experience

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Home to medieval architecture and spectacular lakeside scenery, Lucerne is widely considered the jewel in Switzerland’s crown. On this tour, explore Lucerne and surrounds by foot and by boat, and see the best of the city in one day. With your guide to lead the way, hit top attractions including the Chapel Bridge and Lucerne Castle, and gain insight into centuries of colorful Swiss history. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
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  • 3 hours
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$114.91
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Half-Day Lake Lucerne Country Walk

Half-Day Lake Lucerne Country Walk

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Time-limited travellers can gain an overview of Lucerne’s Alpine surrounds on this half-day tour of the Kastanienbaum peninsula. Spend a few hours immersed in the lakeshore landscape, passing farms, chalets, and forests as you ascend to a height of 600 meters (2000 feet) for panoramic views of the lake and mountains beyond. Round-trip transfer by public bus with guided accompaniment ensures an authentic Lucerne experience.
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  • 4 hours
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$202.35
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$202.35
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1-Hour Catamaran Cruise on Lake Lucerne

1-Hour Catamaran Cruise on Lake Lucerne

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Sometimes there simply isn't enough time to spend an entire day on magnificent Lake Lucerne, but for those moments we are pleased to offer convenient short cruises. These still allow you to enjoy the best of the lake and get a feel for the fantastic mountain landscape in the heart of the Swiss Alps. We recommend the round-trip journey from Lucerne to Kehrsiten-Bürgenstock and back aboard our elegant catamaran. Just stay on the ship when it docks at the Kehrsiten-Bürgenstock pier, for the immediate return to Lucerne. Snacks and drinks can be purchased at a vending machine on board.
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  • 53 minutes
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Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Luzern

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

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Delve deep into the Swiss countryside and admire the spectacular mountain scenery on this private Mt Pilatus tour from Lucerne. Hop aboard your boat on Lake Lucerne with a private guide and enjoy a relaxing 1-hour cruise on the tranquil waters. Admire panoramic views over the shoreline and peaks on route to Alpnachstad. Then, take the steep cog-wheel railway to the summit of Mt Pilatus at a dizzying 6,981 feet (2,128 meters) above sea level. After free time at the top, descend through Fräkmüntegg and Kriens then return to Lucerne.
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  • 7 hours
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$337.07
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Private Wine Tasting Tour by Lake Lucerne in a Traditional Winery

Private Wine Tasting Tour by Lake Lucerne in a Traditional Winery

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Nestled in the foothills of the Swiss Alps, Lucerne is surrounded by soaring peaks and fertile vineyards, where diverse grape varietals thrive in the sun-soaked earth. On this wine-tasting tour, visit Lucerne and the Kastanienbaum region’s vineyards and winemakers, and sample the delicate wines in production accompanied by Swiss cheeses and fresh bread. With your guide on hand to capture your day on camera, travel by boat, bus, and gondola, and see the best of Lucerne in one day.
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  • 3 hours
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$1,387.49
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Swiss Knife Valley Bike Tour & Lake Lucerne Cruise

Swiss Knife Valley Bike Tour & Lake Lucerne Cruise

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Hop on an e-bike to explore the Swiss Knife Valley, a scenic region near Lake Lucerne that's also the home of the famous Victorinox pocketknives. With a private guide and an e-bike, you'll pedal with ease on a 24-mile (40-km) route along off-road trails and through forests and farmland. Hear the story of Swiss legend William Tell at Hohle Gasse, assemble your own Swiss Army knife at the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Visitor Center, then return to Lucerne for a 2-hour boat cruise on the lake.
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  • 9 hours
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$474.07
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Paragliding Tandemflight Engelberg - Lucerne

Paragliding Tandemflight Engelberg - Lucerne

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Take in panoramic views over the Swiss Alps from the air on this up to 2-hour tandem paragliding adventure in Engelberg. Following a safety briefing, pull on your paragliding harness and take to the skies with a tandem instructor. During your up to 60-minute flight, take in spectacular views of shimmering Lake Lucerne and Engelberg’s peaks and valleys. Enjoy thrilling spins and turns through the air or glide through the skies in comfort — how you enjoy your flight in up to you.
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  • 2 hours
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$225.47
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Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Total Swiss Experience

Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Total Swiss Experience

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Surrounded by soaring Alpine peaks and the shimmering waters of Lake Lucerne, beautiful Lucerne is widely considered the jewel in Switzerland’s crown. On this tour, explore the city and Lake Lucerne on foot and by sightseeing boat, with your photographer guide on hand to capture your day’s adventures on camera. Pose for photos at top attractions including the Chapel Bridge, and ensure your whole group features in your holiday snaps.
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  • 3 hours
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Private nostalgic boat tour on Lake Lucerne, also only transfer possible

Private nostalgic boat tour on Lake Lucerne, also only transfer possible

Meet your captain and enjoy a private tour on Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee). A very elegant and refurbished nostalgic boat from 1926 will take you to hidden wonderful bays and if you wish also to restaurants you can reach only by boat. Enjoy the views of mountains and beautiful nature. Make lifetime memories in Central Switzerland with your dear ones. 1 - 12 persons. Don't forget your camera! We also can arrange for a Sushi meal on board. Just let us know and we will send you an offer. A professional guide is optional and can be booked on request (CHF 240.00 for two hours).
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  • 2 hours
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$1,734.37
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Fly above the Swiss Alps and Lucerne with a local pilot

Fly above the Swiss Alps and Lucerne with a local pilot

Go on an unforgettable adventure and discover the beauty of Lucerne and Swiss Alps in the most unique way... from a private micro plane! Your pilot is key to this adventure. They are sharing the flights' direct cost, not making a profit. They just love to fly and want you to understand their passion for aviation. So be sure to meet your pilot directly at the airfield provided. ++Confirm weather conditions with your pilot before++ --> Access a local airfield --> Discuss the flight route together with your pilot --> Pre-flight check --> Up you go, enjoy the view from a whole new perspective! The flight can depart between 9-17h, depending on the availability of the pilot, aircraft, and weather. Please let us know your flexible hours/days upon booking, and make sure that you've been in touch with us beforehand!
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  • 1 hour
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$191.91
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Tandem Flight Zurich-Engelberg

Tandem Flight Zurich-Engelberg

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With us you will live a unique experience of paragliding, you will positively remember for a lifetime. Fly with us through the beautiful foothills of the Alps around central switzerland . We are an international team of pilots with a lot of flying experience. Our top priorities are safety, trust and the well-being of our passargers for you an unforgettable flight experience. We fly from the best fleing spots in Switzerland, e.g. Engelberg (Brunni & Führenalp); Engelbergertal; Niderbauen (Emmetten); Mount Pilatus (Lucerne), Zug (Zugerberg), Zurich (Uetliberg-Albispass).
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  • 2 hours
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$210.81
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$210.81

Hidden Secrets by Electric Cargo Bike

Hidden Secrets by Electric Cargo Bike

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Hop on board the only electric cargo bike tour in Switzerland! A unique and fun way to explore areas of Lucerne often missed by the tourists. While you cruise outside the city limits, taking in the breathtaking scenery that the country is famous for, you’ll get an insider’s view of the local way of life. On this small-group tour, you’re ensured a familiar and relaxed atmosphere, giving you time to interact with the guide and ask any questions about the people and the culture. This is the perfect tour for everyone, including families with younger kids, and we are proud to say it’s one of the best things to do in Lucerne.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$111.61
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$111.61

Hidden Secrets by Electric Cargo Bike

Hidden Secrets by Electric Cargo Bike

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Hop on board the only electric cargo bike tour in Switzerland! A unique and fun way to explore areas of Lucerne often missed by the tourists. While you cruise outside the city limits, taking in the breathtaking scenery that the country is famous for, you’ll get an insider’s view of the local way of life. On this small-group tour, you’re ensured a familiar and relaxed atmosphere, giving you time to interact with the guide and ask any questions about the people and the culture. This is the perfect tour for everyone, including families with younger kids, and we are proud to say it’s one of the best things to do in Lucerne.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$111.61
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Private Full-day Guided Hike from Lucerne

Private Full-day Guided Hike from Lucerne

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One of the best off-the-beaten track hikes in Central Switzerland. Avoid Tourists areas, discover Switzerland like a local. Enjoy beautiful views over lake Lucerne and get the chance to discover Switzerland hidden gems. Our guide will accompany you through this unique journey and you will get to know about the local culture and heritage of this beautiful country. Total hiking time is between 2 to 3 hours and is totally customisable with your guide. Everyone is welcome as well as all ages.
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  • 8 hours
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$520.31
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Private Tour to Mount Rigi and Lake Lucerne

Private Tour to Mount Rigi and Lake Lucerne

On this tour you will get to see a beautiful panoramic view from Mount Rigi over Lake Lucerne, Lake Zug and the Alps of Central Switzerland. With a bit of (weather) luck, there's even a chance to see the Schwarzwald Mountains in Germany. Switzerland has been European Champion for many years - in terms of distance traveled by train by its residents. Public transports in Switzerland are very comfortable and reliable, that's why many Swiss people move around the country using public transports. On this tour you will also get the experience of using one of the best railway networks in the world.
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  • 8 hours
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$246.89
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Mount Rigi Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

Mount Rigi Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

Explore Mt. Rigi on a fully guided majestic roundtrip from Lucerne! Experience different means of transportation on a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne, a memorable ride with Europe’s first ever mountain railway and an aerial cable car. Take in the stunning 360-degree panoramic view of the Swiss Alps and opt for one of the many hiking trails against a vast mountain backdrop.
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  • 7 hours
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$133.00
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Mt. Rigi Private Hike

Mt. Rigi Private Hike

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Locals agree that Mt Rigi is one of Switzerland’s most favorite places for hiking Mount Rigi, also known as the “Queen of the Mountains”, is THE mountain peak where Swiss alpine tourism began over 200 years ago. It may not be as high as its opposite peak, Mt Pilatus, but a round trip to the summit of Mt Rigi and a hike along its ridge path with spectacular views is always worth the trip. Highlights of this tour: 2-3 hours of easy walking on marked trails with panoramic views over the Alps and lakes Light outdoor grill lunch (Vegetarians – please warn us in advance!) 4 types of public transportation – local train, cogwheel railway, aerial cableway and and boat Option to include time at the Rigi Kaltbad Mineral Spa Bath indoor/outdoor facilities.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$427.81
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Mount Bürgenstock Independent Tour from Lucerne

Mount Bürgenstock Independent Tour from Lucerne

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Nestled on the shores of Lake Lucerne, Mt. Bürgenstock stands at a dizzying 3,658 feet (1,115 meters) above sea level—with spectacular views across the surrounding Alpine scenery. On this tour, choose the start time to suit your preferences and reach the peak with ease—with round-trip ferry and funicular travel from Lucerne included. All your travel logistics are covered, so you’re free to relax and soak up the spectacular lake and mountain scenery.
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  • 2 to 12 hours
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$66.74
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ALL TRANSPORT INCLUSIVE Mt. Rigi Guided round trip from Luzern

ALL TRANSPORT INCLUSIVE Mt. Rigi Guided round trip from Luzern

Mt Rigi is located 5000 thousand feet above sea level affording you some of the best views from the lake and the mountains of the region. The tour will start at the pier where you will set sail for a little over an hour on the Vierwaldstättersee. Upon arrival at the quaint lakeside village of Vitznau, you will board the comfortable mountain train and ascend to the top. After some time at leisure yo will initiate your descend to the base of the mountain. You will return to Lucerne on the modern railway system. Chosen for its beauty by poets and royals alike, Mt. Rigi is also a great alternative for those who want to enjoy the stunning panoramic view of the Swiss Alps, without facing the thrill of mountain gondolas. We do NOT herd people on crowded tours simultaneously running in three languages. Join us for a tailored travel experience designed for small groups. Your guide will share insights into the history of this area, as well as all things Swiss.
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  • 5 hours
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$341.10
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$341.10
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Mount Pilatus Photography Day Tour

Mount Pilatus Photography Day Tour

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Frame Switzerland’s rugged mountain scenery through the lens of your camera on this 7-hour Mt Pilatus photography tour. Travel around the peaks and valleys of Mt Pilatus by boat, cable car, cog-wheel railway and gondola with a guide and enjoy panoramic views over the breathtaking scenery. Cruise on Lake Lucerne as your guide explains the best techniques to capture the views on camera, then climb to soaring peaks for aerial views over the surrounding landscape. Along the way, pick up handy tips to improve your photography skills.
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  • 7 hours
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$620.03
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What's the best way to experience Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee)?