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Golden Round Trip from Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Tour

1. Golden Round Trip from Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Tour

Your 4.5-hour tour begins at the train station in Lucerne, where you’ll board a bus for a 15-minute ride to Kriens. In Kriens you’ll pick up your ticket for the rest of the tour. Head to the 4-seat Panorama Gondola to ascend to the mid-way station at Krienseregg. In another 15 minutes you’ll reach Fräkmüntegg. Finish the journey to the summit of Mount Pilatus on a thrilling 5-minute aerial cable car ride, known as the Dragon Ride. At more than 2,000 meters above sea level, you’ll have spectacular views over the Lake Lucerne region and the Alps. You’ll also have some free time for a bite to eat or a walk around the area. Then you’ll board the world's steepest cogwheel railway for the ride down to Alpnachstad, passing lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces. In about a half hour you’ll arrive at the valley station, where a ship will take you back to Lucerne. Sample Itinerary 08:30 Departure from Lucerne by bus 08:40 Arrival in Kriens, station Zentrum Pilatus; walk to the valley station to pick up your tickets 09:00 Departure by gondola to Fräkmüntegg 09:30 Change to the Dragon Ride cable car 09:35 Arrival on Mt. Pilatus; enjoy the panoramic view and a walk around the area and/or a delicious meal 10:10 Departure by world's steepest cogwheel railway to Alpnachstad 10:50 Arrival in Alpnachstad 11:00 Departure by ship 12:18 Arrival in Lucerne

Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Cable Car, Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

2. Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Cable Car, Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

Depart Lucerne and relax aboard a comfortable coach on the drive to Kriens. Then, climb aboard the panoramic gondolas and journey to Fräkmüntegg to board the aerial Dragon Ride cable car up the mountain. Get magnificent views of the snow-capped peaks from the panoramic windows. Arrive at the top of Mt. Pilatus, 2,132 meters above sea level and feel like a bird as you survey your surroundings. Hike to the summit or venture down the Dragon Trail where dragons with healing powers were thought to live in the Middle Ages. Relax on the panoramic terrace and take in the magnificent vistas of the mountains and lakes. Eat at one of the restaurants to enjoy lunch on top of the world. Get ready for the ride of a lifetime as you descend the mountain on the world's steepest cogwheel railway. Arrive in Alpnachstad to embark on a one-hour cruise back to Lucerne on the beautiful "Lake of the 4 Cantons" (only during summer).

Geneva: 1-Hour Lake Geneva Cruise

3. Geneva: 1-Hour Lake Geneva Cruise

Explore Geneva and its stunning lake from a new perspective — directly on the water. Begin your tour from the Pierres du Niton, cruising towards the Pointe à la Bise. Peer at Geneva’s famous Jet d’Eau, the iconic fountain the city is famous for, Mont-Blanc mountain and the surrounding Swiss Alps, as well as famous buildings, such as the UN. Pass by elegantly manicured gardens that line the shores of the lake, as well as the stunning surrounding flora and fauna, before heading back to the dock from which you departed. An app with information about the cruise is available to download on the spot in a free wifi area; all the information about this will be given at the cashier's desk.

Geneva: Scenic Lake Cruise with Snacks and Wine

4. Geneva: Scenic Lake Cruise with Snacks and Wine

Discover the city of Geneva from a new perspective with a scenic cruise. Drift across Lake Geneva and immerse yourself in this world of Swiss beauty with breathtaking views of the Alps and Mont Blanc. Make your way to the Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva and meet your friendly crew and group for the day just outside. Climb on board your boat and get settled in as you push off from the shore onto Lake Geneva. Relax with a glass of wine in hand as you take in the picturesque scenery. Pass by the United Nations Office and the Bain des Paquis before staring up in awe at the mighty outline of Mont Blanc and the Alps.

Rhine Falls Boat Tour to the Rock

5. Rhine Falls Boat Tour to the Rock

Experience the power of the Rhine Falls on a tour in a traditionally-crafted boat. Sail to the heart of the Rhine Falls, the mighty middle rock which is surrounded by powerful cascades of water. Spend 20 minutes at the rock, where you will have the opportunity to climb more than 100 steps to the 30-meter-high viewing platform. Once at the top, be rewarded with a unique 360-degree view of the Rhine Falls. On the way back to the harbor, enjoy another fantastic photo opportunity of the falls.

Zermatt: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Cable Car Ticket

6. Zermatt: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Cable Car Ticket

Start your journey at the Zermatt-Matterhorn valley station. Within 45 minutes, reach Europe’s highest mountain station at 12,740 ft (3,883 meters) above sea level - the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. First, travel in comfort in an 8-seat gondola of the Matterhorn Express on your way to Trockerner Steg. Pass lush green meadows, old Valais hamlets, and enchanting forests before the landscape changes to one with impressive moraines and stones polished by ice and glaciers.  At Trockener Steg, hop into the highest 3S cable car transporting you up to the peak. Take in spectacular views through the panoramic windows and enjoy the heated seats while crossing the Theodul Glacier. Once you reach the summit, visit the viewing platform and marvel at 38 alpine giants of the French, Italian, and Swiss Alps as well as 14 glaciers. At the cinema lounge, enjoy short movies about mountaineering, the local fauna and flora, the lift facilities, and ice and snow. Or explore the highest ice palace in the world and admire handmade sculptures in the eternal ice. Before you leave the magical fairytale behind, try regional specialties at the restaurant or purchase Matterhorn souvenirs.

Lucerne: 1-Hour Cruise on Panoramic Yacht

7. Lucerne: 1-Hour Cruise on Panoramic Yacht

Treat yourself to a 1-hour cruise in Lucerne onboard a panoramic yacht. Climb aboard the yacht at Bridge 7 at Swiss Hofquai, located directly across from the Schweizerhof Hotel. In order to listen to the audio guide download the "Listen Everywhere" app from the App Store or Google Play and make sure that you are connected to our WIFI "lakelucerne." Find yourself a comfortable spot on the upper deck, in the restaurant, or on the main deck. If you want to be very close to the water, take a seat on the water terrace at the back of the boat. Enjoy views of the lights of Lucerne as you cruise along the shoreline towards Meggenhorn Castle, past the Bürgenstock to the Richard Wagner Museum and back to Lucerne. Admire the luxurious villas, a picturesque hilly landscape, and the deep blue lake. Learn all about the sights from the audio guide and enjoy snacks and drinks at the bar.

Geneva: Open-Top Bus Sightseeing Tour

8. Geneva: Open-Top Bus Sightseeing Tour

Start your adventure through the bustling streets of Geneva at Gare Routiere where you can hop on to your open-top tour bus. Your guided tour will take you to some of Geneva's most historical and culturally significant landmarks.  First, visit Jet d’eau, Geneva’s iconic water fountain located in the harbor. Your tour through the harborside area will acquaint you with the wonderful city parks like the Jardin Anglais, a large selection of the lakeside restaurants and cafes this part of the city has to offer and the famous Bains des Paquis. After the harbor, make your way to the Flower Clock, situated in the Jardin Anglais. Marvel at the vast array of flowers the garden has to offer. See the stunning Parc Des Eaux Vives and the wealthy suburb of Cologny with its mansions and impressive architecture. Here you will have access to one of the most beautiful vantage points for looking out over the city of Geneva. Before being taken back to the pickup point, your tour bus will make its way to the famous United Nations headquarters (Palais des Nations). From here you will also get the chance to witness the 'Broken Chair' sculpture.

Jungfraujoch: Roundtrip to the Top of Europe by Train

9. Jungfraujoch: Roundtrip to the Top of Europe by Train

Admire Europe from the Jungfraujoch railway station at 3,454 meters above sea level. Marvel at the Alps from Europe's highest railway station and relax on a scenic ride to and from the station. The view and adventure platform at 3454 meters above sea level unites in a place that fascinates people of the Alps: a majestic backdrop of ice, snow and rock with breathtaking far-sightedness. You can exchange the voucher for a ticket at Interlaken Ost, Jungfraujoch or Lauterbrunnen train stations or travel the other way around. The train departs every 30 minutes and the departure time is freely selectable. Once at the top, simply follow the signs to the tour and you will not miss any highlights. To do the tour it takes you aproximately 1 to 2 hours. There are also restaurants on the Top of Europe and even a Snow Fun Park in summer, so calculate 6 to 8 hours for the whole trip.

Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Trip: Lucerne's Landmark Mountain

10. Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Trip: Lucerne's Landmark Mountain

Experience the landmark mountain of Lucerne from different perspectives on an aerial and cogwheel train ride across the Swiss Alps. Choose whether to depart from the valley station in Kriens or Alpnachstad, and get ready for the journey of your life! Board a 4-seat gondola at the valley station in Kriens and travel to Krienseregg, where an adventure playground and the nearby Krienseregg restaurant make it the perfect spot for families with small children. Continue to Fräkmüntegg on another 15-minute gondola ride to encounter another restaurant and the endless opportunities of the rope park. Then, experience the "Dragon Ride" cable car ride to the summit of Mt. Pilatus for spectacular views 2,132 meters above sea level. Go inside the panorama gallery for stunning mountain views, or visit the terraces to climb up one of the peaks. Avail of the self service Restaurant Bellevue and Ibex Bar for light refreshments and snacks. Alternatively, treat yourself to a delicious lunch in a historical ambiance at the Restaurant Pilatus-Kulm.  Ride back down by the Dragon Ride and cable car to Kriens and reach the valley station in Alpnachstad in 30 minutes for the end of your day of discovery on Mt. Pilatus.

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What people are saying about Switzerland

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Updated this trip to Jungfraujoch and it was the best decision ever I’ve made and the best tour we had so far. The tour guides are very friendly and helpful. Highly recommended!

Excellent Guide Sara and amazing driver santo made this excursion enjoyable, the stops and timings are well thought of to truly enjoy lake Como and Bernini Express.

Excellent day. Beautiful tour. Yolanda was so helpful and so smiley and really made the tour special. Would 100% recommend.

Had no idea what to expect and it was so amazing. Beautiful scenery, great staff and a lot of fun!

Tour guide was very friendly. Love the Rhine falls experience!