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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.
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40 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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Queen of mountains round-trip from Lucerne

Queen of mountains round-trip from Lucerne

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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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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
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Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Best Swiss Experience

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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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Chocolate Tasting with Lake Trip and City Tour: The Ultimate Lucerne Experience

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Chocolate Tasting with Lake Trip and City Tour: The Ultimate Lucerne Experience

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This comprehensive 4-hour tour set against the backdrop of Lucerne Castle and the Swiss Alps allows you to cover the city by boat and foot, while tasting some of the best chocolate in the world. Shutterbugs will love the boat tour, which takes you past the famous Chapel Bridge and Lucerne’s distinct buildings. If a taste of chocolate isn’t enough, you have the option to extend tour and add on a chocolate-making workshop.
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  • 4 hours
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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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ALL TRANSPORT INCLUSIVE Mt. Pilatus Guided Golden Roundtrip Tour

ALL TRANSPORT INCLUSIVE Mt. Pilatus Guided Golden Roundtrip Tour

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Avoid the stress of being on overcrowded tours and enjoy a hassle-free small-group trip to Mt. Pilatus that’s limited to 14 travelers. Access spectacular panoramic views of Switzerland’s scenery, and the magnificent Lake Lucerne. It’ll be a stress-free day with all tickets and transport included, such as a cogwheel railway, a boat ride, and a gondola ride.
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  • 5 hours
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Luzern City Tour with Lake Cruise Small Group Tour from Luzern

Luzern City Tour with Lake Cruise Small Group Tour from Luzern

Experience the unique day tour within a small group to city of Luzern. You meet your tour guide in Luzern at the lake cruise pier 1, opposite the train station. Together you will make your way first to the world known wooden chapel bridge. Continue through the old town, passing along the « Kornmarkt », the « Spreuer bridge » to the « Schwanenplatz ». Walk along the lake shore to arrive at the «Lion monument». Your tourguide will tell you the story of this sculpture, before you continue to the St. Leodgar church. A short bus ride to the train station will take place, a stop at the concert hall will take place before, you will board one of the lake Lucerne boats for a cruise. The cruise will take approx. 1 hour. Enjoy the view to the Lucerne bay, the surrounding mountains and the scenery. You will arrive back in central Lucerne by boat. You can extend your stay at your own, or your tourguide leads you back to the train station in Luzern.
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  • 5 hours
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Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Small Group Tour from Luzern

Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Small Group Tour from Luzern

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The "Golden Round Trip" — a popular route for tourists — involves taking a boat from Lucerne across Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad, going up on the cogwheel railway, coming down on the aerial cableways and panorama gondolas, and taking a bus back to Lucerne with your private tourguide.  Mount Pilatus is a mountain massiv with several peaks, overlooking Lucerne. The top can be reached with the Pilatus Railway, the world's steepest cogwheel railway, from Alpnachstad, operating from May to November (depending on snow conditions) and the whole year with the aerial panorama gondolas and aerial cableways from Kriens.
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  • 7 hours
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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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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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Small Group Wine Tasting by Lake Lucerne in a Traditional Winery

Small Group Wine Tasting by Lake Lucerne in a Traditional Winery

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Lucerne, Switzerland sports a vibrant wine scene, set amid the area’s lakes and mountains. This tour starts with a 30-minute cruise on Lake Lucerne, or a scenic 15-minute bus ride, before trying four of the area’s most innovative wine blends. You’ll learn about the Old World traditions and new winemaking approaches. After the tour, you’ll head back to Lucerne, with the option of adding on a trip to the city’s castle or a walking tour.
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  • 2 hours
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Lake Lucerne Alps winter walking experience

Lake Lucerne Alps winter walking experience

Swiss Alps Winter experience for non-skiers Non-skiers can also enjoy the Swiss Alps to the fullest with a relaxing winter hiking tour through the beautiful winter landscape high over the Lake of Lucerne. Enjoy the views from the mountain over the lake with their contrasting colours. Hike the magnificent Winter wonderland at an altitude of 1600 meters in the heart of  Central Switzerland.  The marked winter hiking trail is situated well above the level of fog and makes shorter and longer walks in the sun and fresh air possible. Visitors have the choice between marked trails of varying length and difficulty.  Rent of snow shoes and Sledges is available at the cable car station (great fun for everyone) Add an optional 2 hrs Lucerne walking tour to your Swiss Alps experiences. We visit the Lion monument, Chapel bridge and Lucerne castle. 
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  • 7 hours
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Weekend Wine Tasting by Lake Lucerne

Weekend Wine Tasting by Lake Lucerne

Sip and swirl fine Swiss wine on this exclusive 1 hour Small Group Wine Tasting Tour by Lake Lucerne. Make your way from Lucerne in a 12 min lovely bus ride to the most traditional winery in the region through the breathtaking Swiss countryside and visit a traditional Swiss Vineyard tasting there wines. Settle into your seat and sample local blends as you learn the unique characteristics of each. A traditional Swiss cheese and delicious bread will be served alongside your tasting. Then head back to Lucerne among pretty alpine landscapes and impressive holiday Villages. We will meet at 09:20 to depart at 09:30 towards the Winery by the lake. This tasting is available just on Saturday at 9:30 to begin the tasting at 10:00. If you would like to book this tour privately on weekend or another day contact us or look for our private tasting in our company profile.
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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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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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$110.53
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Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Total Swiss Experience

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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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Best of Lucerne Walking Photography Tour

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Best of Lucerne Walking Photography Tour

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Surrounded by soaring peaks and shimmering lakes, pretty Lucerne is a photographer’s dream destination—but knowing the best spots for the finest photographs requires local knowledge. On this small-group tour, limited to 10 people, explore the streets and landmarks of Lucerne as your photographer guide helps you capture the city on camera. Along the way, snap top attractions including the medieval Chapel Bridge and the 14th century Museggmauer city walls.
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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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Luxurious Lake Lucerne Tour in a Private Motor Yacht

Luxurious Lake Lucerne Tour in a Private Motor Yacht

Experience one of the most spectacular cities in Central Switzerland by cruising Lake Lucerne in a historical motor Yacht built in 1926 and fully renovated in 2016. Combine luxury and history with family or friends. Swiss Alps are just around the corner from the picturesque city of Lucerne, just after 5-10 minutes you will be in the heart of nature. This is a 1 hour long unforgettable adventure, including drinks and snacks, to some of the most spectacular alpine landscapes in Switzerland. On this tour, you are going to see and enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of the magical Central alps right at the heart of Switzerland. Central Switzerland is an unmissable destination, whether it is for the crystal clear waters of Lake Lucerne or for the magnificent alpine landscapes, there is no doubt you will find a reason to include this region in your vacation plans. Add a wine tasting, as an optional extension, to your private Yacht tour to round up your Swiss experience!
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  • 1 hour
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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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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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Lucerne Fondue Winter Pleasure with Lake Trip and City Tour

Lucerne Fondue Winter Pleasure with Lake Trip and City Tour

Say cheese! and Pick your favourite cheese fondue from 100 variations! Learn about the history of Lucerne in a combined walking and boat tour led by a local guide for a small group, then experience the Swiss love affair with cheese on a mouth-watering Fondue Pleasure. Good food, well preserved history and great alpine views make for a fantastic combination on this amazing Swiss culinary and history adventure that showcases the very best of the local culinary arts (100 different fondue cheese types) . You'll also see the most iconic landmarks of the most beautiful Swiss city from the water and from the best panorama viewing points. We will also visit the Lion Monument and take a lift to Lucerne Castle to enjoy stunning Alpine Views! 
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Luzern City Tour with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Luzern

Luzern City Tour with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Luzern

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Explore the history and culture of one of the Swiss Alps’ most popular towns on this half-day Lucerne city tour with Lake Lucerne sightseeing boat trip. Follow a private guide along the banks of the Reuss River and choose your own route to take in the attractions of most interest. Delve into Lucerne’s historic Old Town, stroll along the city walls, and see the 16th-century houses for which Lucerne is famous. Then, take a sightseeing boat trip across Lake Lucerne and listen to commentary via audioguide.
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  • 4 hours
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$223.29
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