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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

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USD 125.92
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    What to Expect
    Climb aboard your coach in central Lucerne for an afternoon excursion to the top of Mt Pilatus, situated at a dizzying altitude of 7,000 feet. You’ll make the brief journey to Kriens where your guide accompanies you aboard the panoramic gondola for a 30-minute ride to the Fräkmüntegg summit terminus. 

    Look down upon forested views, then swap your gondola for the aerial cableway at Fräkmüntegg — it's a quick 3.5-minute ride to the summit. The cabin’s spacious and sleek design on this ‘Dragon Ride’ affords more magnificent views over the Alpine lakes and rugged peaks seen from your vantage point high above.

    During your free time atop Mt Pilatus, you can venture on a high-altitude hike, grab lunch (own expense) or enjoy the vista from the terrace. Then meet up with your guide for the descent to Alpnachstad aboard the world's steepest cogwheel train. Ride past sheer rock faces and pretty mountain streams toward the fertile meadows below. 

    On arrival, enjoy a 1-hour boat ride across picturesque Lake Lucerne and view the scenery from a different angle before your tour concludes here in the evening.

    Please note: The aerial cableway is under maintenance between late October and mid-November. In this case, you will ascend and descend Mt Pilatus by cogwheel train. The Lake Lucerne boat cruise operates from early May until late October; if you are traveling when the boat is no longer in operation, you will instead receive a complimentary lunch and return to Lucerne by train.
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    Departure Point
    Frankenstrasse 2, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland
    Departure Time
    12:30 PM
    5h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Guide
    • Cable-car ride (except during maintenance, check additional info)
    • Cogwheel train ride (early May to mid November)
    • Boat ride on Lake Lucerne (4 May to 20 October 2019) When the boat ride does not operate a lunch will be offered
    • Meal voucher in the event that the boat ride does not operate, exchangeable at Pilatus self-service restaurant
    • Entry/Admission - Mount Pilatus
    • Entry/Admission - Lake Lucerne
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Hotel pickup and drop off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • Infants aged 0-5 years are free of charge but need to be registered on your booking
    • The cable car will be closed for maintenance from October 22 to November 9 in 2018; the ascent and descent of Mt Pilatus will be by cog-wheel train during this time
    • The cable car operates subject to weather conditions. When the cable car does not operate, you will be transported up and down the mountain by cog-wheel train.
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed yesterday via mobile

    The tour was well organized and left on time. The ride up the mountain were just incredible and then we spent two hours admiring the view and having lunch on top of the world. It was just a wonderful day.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Connector46954
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    This tour has a little bit of everything. We loaded up the tour bus and drove a short distance to start our ascent. Just 4 persons to a gondola that took us to a second platform where we loaded the group into a cable car...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    1  Thank SH62018
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    This is one of the Best Tours I’ve been on and a Great way to finish our Lucerne vacation ! Our guide did a great job of explaining what we seeing and about to see, the views at the top of the mountain were phenomenal,...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Dale W
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    enjoyed the days adventure of 5 different modes of transportation and as the cable car was nearing the top we could hear the cow bells ringing from the cows grazing below us.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Cheryl S
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    Spent a month traveling around Europe and this by far was the most gorgeous site. Met our tour guide, Robert, and boarded our bus to the tram. He was very informative and gave great instructions on what to expect from our day. Once at the...More

    1  Thank sherryalger1
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    3 August 2019|
    Response from RIVERDOG53 |
    We spent approx. 2+ hrs. plenty of time to see it all, eat lunch & relax before we went down by cog-train, then onto the boat for a trip back to Lucerne. Well worth the time & money = MEMORY!
    2 August 2019|
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    Response from Lynn M | Reviewed this property |
    I’d suggest jeans and a jacket - it’s often windy with sporadic rain showers. All transportation is covered but you’ll want to walk around outside at the top!! Enjoy - it’s beautiful!!
    Betty B
    29 July 2019|
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    Response from agcl85 | Reviewed this property |
    You really don’t need a tour for this trip. Once you arrive at the Lucerne train station you can take the beautiful boat ride over. You get off and walk directly to the cogwheel train for a ride up the mountain. Spend as... More
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