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Luzern City: Small Group Tour with Lake Cruise from Basel

1. Luzern City: Small Group Tour with Lake Cruise from Basel

Lucerne, located in central Switzerland and sited on lake Lucerne, is embedded with a spectacular mountain panorama. The town is a "must see" destination in Switzerland with it's attractions like the wooden chapel bridge. Spend your time on this guided tour in the old town, the world most known attractions and on a lake boat cruise. Our tourguide accompanies you on this tour from the starting point, and answers your questions about the country and its people. The tour guide knows the way and shows you a few places away from the tourist flow. In the company of a local guide, explore the Old Town. See sights such as the wooden Chapel Bridge, the Lion Monument, and Lucerne's most important churches. Listen to your guide's stories of the city's history and daily life. Later, hop on a boat for a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne. Take in panoramic views of the lake, city, and surrounding mountains. At the end of your cruise, travel back to basel.

From Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Tour by Train, Boat, and Cableway

2. From Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Tour by Train, Boat, and Cableway

Travel from Lucerne to Mount Pilatus on a view-laden circuit that includes a lake cruise, cogwheel train, and an aerial cableway. Let your guide show you the changing landscape and answer your questions about the country and its people. Head to the massive multi-peaked Mount Pilatus which looms over Lucerne. Take a lake boat from Lucerne across to Alpnachstad. Next, hop aboard the Pilatus Railway, the world's steepest cogwheel railway which is in operation from May to November. Go back down on the aerial cableways from Kriens which operate all year round. Snap pictures of the panoramic views from the cableways. Return to Lucerne by bus.

From Basel: Zermatt and Mt. Gornergrat Small Group Tour

3. From Basel: Zermatt and Mt. Gornergrat Small Group Tour

See the Matterhorn in person on your trip to Switzerland. Visit the alpine village of Zermatt with its typical chalet-style homes, surrounded by high alpine peaks and a constant view of the Matterhorn. Follow alongside your tour guide as you discover the old part of Zermatt and the Gornergrat mountain, from where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Matterhorn. Your expert local guide will be with you all the way from the beginning of the tour, and will show you the changing landscape and answer your questions about the country and its people. Your guide knows the way and will show you a few places away off the beaten path.

Basel City Center Private Walking Tour

4. Basel City Center Private Walking Tour

Discover the highlights of Basel on a private walking tour with an expert guide. Enjoy a comprehensive overview of the notable landmarks of the city center. Meet your guide at your hotel and begin by exploring the Kleinbasel district. Enjoy the stunning views of the Rhine river and the city cathedral. Cross the river by a short ferry ride and walk along the old town buildings at Grossbasel. Explore narrow alleyways and hidden squares as you make your way to the beautiful city hall. Get insider tips about the life, culture, museums, and history of the city.

From Basel: Mt. Pilatus Golden Round Trip Small Group Tour

5. From Basel: Mt. Pilatus Golden Round Trip Small Group Tour

Discover the highlights of Lucerne's natural spaces on this excursion that takes you to the top of Mount Pilatus. Ride on cogwheel train, boat and cableway to arrive at the peak and enjoy panoramic views. Enjoy a unique and unforgettable panoramic view at Mt. Pilatus which is located outside Lucerne. The typical Golden Round Trip (Jun-Oct) offers a wonderful excursion: First travel by lake boat on Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad. From there, mount the world's steepest cogwheel train to Mt. Pilatus. On the return travel by panoramic aerial cableway via Kriens and by local bus back to Lucerne. You can also enjoy the various attractions on Mount Pilatus, including Switzerland's largest rope park. Or simply enjoy the views. The cogwheel railway and the scheduled lake boat are closed from November to May. During this time you reach Mt. Pilatus by cableway and will take a one-hour scenic lake cruise in Lucerne instead.

From Zürich: Mt. Pilatus Golden Round Trip

6. From Zürich: Mt. Pilatus Golden Round Trip

Travel from Zürich to Mount Pilatus on a circuit that includes a lake cruise, cogwheel train, and an aerial cableway. Let your guide show you the stunning landscape and answer your questions about the country and its people. Head to the massive multi-peaked Mount Pilatus which looms over Lucerne. Take a lake boat from Luzern across to Alpnachstad. Next, hop aboard the Pilatus Railway, the world's steepest cogwheel railway which is in operation from May to November. Go back down on the aerial cableways from Kriens which operate all year round. Snap pictures of the panoramic views from the cableways. Return to Luzern by bus.

From Basel: Jungfraujoch Day Tour

7. From Basel: Jungfraujoch Day Tour

Begin your tour by meeting your guide at the hotel and make your way together to the train station in Basel. An intercity train takes you within 2 hours to Interlaken, where you change to the local train. After 20 minutes, you will arrive at Lauterbrunnen, a small village at the end of the valley. While you change the train, have a look at the famous "Staubbach" waterfall. The cogwheel railway from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg takes 35 minutes, passing Wengen, a small alpine town known for winter sports and the annual FIS world cup downhill race. At Keine Scheidegg at 6600 ft above sea level, you will change onto the Jungfrau railway, which will take you within 40 minutes to the top. During the ride, the train will stop once in the middle of the tunnel for a scenic stop, where you will get off the train for 5 minutes.  Once you arrive at Jungfraujoch, your tour guide will lead you through the attractions of this destination. The walking tour will take approximately 1 hour inside the tunnel system. The sightseeing tour is protected from the weather outside and easily accessible. At the Sphinx Terraces and in good weather conditions, you may see the Black Forest in Germany. Visit the "Alpine Sensation" exhibition, a tribute to the construction work of the Jungfrau railway. You will continue through the ice cave to the plateau, a charming place outside in the middle of the snow. The walk around will be finished by passing the chocolate heaven from "Lindt", a small exhibition about chocolate making in Switzerland. According to your preferences, you may have lunch at one of the 3 restaurants at Jungfraujoch. Your tour guide will be happy to assist you and to join you for lunch. Admire the views of mountain peaks all around you. Then hop back on the Jungfrau railway for the descent to Kleine Scheidegg. From here, you will travel on the route to Grindelwald, where the tour guide can make an optional stop. The local train takes you within 40 minutes back to Interlaken with a connection to the intercity train to Basel, and finally back to your hotel.

From Basel: Glacier Express Day Tour with Private Guide

8. From Basel: Glacier Express Day Tour with Private Guide

Meet your tour guide at a pre-arranged time in the lobby of your hotel. Your guide will transfer you to the train station in Basel, where you will board an intercity train. This will take you via Zürich and along Lake Zürich to the south east of Switzerland.  When you arrive in Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland, you will have the opportunity for a short walk around, schedule times depending. Back at the train station, you will take your seat in the panoramic train. Pass through the famous Rhine gorge heading to Disentis, listening to audio comments on a headset. In Disentis, the train will start to climb to 2033m above sea level into a rough alpine landscape. After passing a lighthouse, the train will begin its descent on a steep track down to Andermatt, a village 1400m above sea level.  The train will stop in Andermatt for 15 minutes, which gives you the chance to stop, stretch your legs, and breathe in the fresh Swiss air. The journey will continue through the 15km long "Furka" base tunnel, constructed in 1982 to save travel time from Andermatt to Brig.  Your train will continue through the “Goms” valley in direction of Brig. This valley is known as a destination for summer hiking and winter sports. The time to Brig is approximately two hours. Once there, you will again have the opportunity to exit the train for a walk through the pedestrian zone and the palace "Stockalper".   Your guide will lead you to the right train in Brig, where you will board an intercity train. When your guide leaves you in Brig, they will hand over all necessary tickets and information to you so you can continue your journey back to your hotel. 

From Basel: Private Pilatus Golden Tour with Lake Cruise

9. From Basel: Private Pilatus Golden Tour with Lake Cruise

Start your tour with pickup at your accommodation and make your way to the train station in Basel. An intercity train will take you in 1 hour to central Lucerne, where you'll board a boat for a 1-hour cruise on Lake Lucerne. Enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains and and the waterfront of the city.  Arrive in Alpnachstad, where you'll switch to the cogwheel railway. The Pilatus railway operates between May and October and is the world's steepest cogwheel railway. The 35-minute journey takes you from 464 meters above sea level to the top of Mount Pilatus, at 2128 meters above sea level. At the top, your tour guide will show you some hidden military objects. Alternatively, you can climb up the stairs to the panoramic platform and enjoy the vast scenery. Your tour guide will take you through the gallery of dragons and tell you a myth about Mount Pilatus.  After the sightseeing tour, enjoy lunch in one of the two restaurants, where your tour guide will happily join you. Afterwards, take some free time to spend as you wish before you begin your descent. A panoramic gondola will take you down to Fräkmüntegg, where you will change to the 4-seat gondola. This section takes you above trees and meadows and down to the suburb Kriens. Head back to central Lucerne for your return trip back to Basel on an intercity train. Once back in Basel, your tour guide will accompany you to your accommodation. 

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 27 reviews

Prior to this wonderful all-day excursion, we were kept informed about date, time and meeting place to ensure an on-time departure. True to plans, our guide Abraham met us at the assigned destination along with the other guests - a mother and her very well-behaved children ranging in age from 7-18 who all added to the enjoyment of the day. We saw incredible sights we saw as we alighted from the city onward to the top of the mountain, changing from a small gondola to a larger tram type structure approximate 3/4 of the way up - not even an issue for my husband who is not keen on heights. The summit was breathtaking with plenty of time afforded to enjoy from every direction and have lunch. Our day concluded with a perfect, relaxing 1 hr catamaran cruise around Lake Lucerne; such beautiful scenery! Abraham was an excellent guide - mindful and unobtrusive, allowing us the opportunity to enjoy this adventure to the fullest. Future guides have much to learn from his approach!

We had one day in Basel to visit the Matterhorn and Abraham made sure we saw and did everything on our list. He picked us up at the hotel, negotiated the trains, gondolas from Zermatt to the Matterhorn Glacier Palace, enjoyed spectacular views at lunch, teenagers were able to walk in the snow, and still have time to shop in Zermatt before train back to Basel. Thank you Abraham for sharing your knowledge and making this a memorable day