Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel | La Vacanza Travel

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

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: Switzerland, Switzerland, Basel

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  • 8 hours
  • Basel
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  • Not-Cancellable


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.
The classical "Golden Round Trip" involves taking the lake boat from Luzern across to Alpnachstad, going up by the coghwheel railway and returning down on the aerial cableways and panorama gondolas to Kriens, from where the bus takes you back to Luzern.
Your tour guide leads you on this round trip through varied landscape and wonderful views and shows you few places away from the tourist flow

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Basel SBB Station, Centralbahnstrasse 22, Basel 4051 Switzerland

Your tour starts with the one hour train ride from Basel to Luzern.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Lake Lucerne, Lucerne Switzerland

Continue your tour with the one hour lake boat transfer from Luzern to Alpnachstad. After leaving the bay of Luzern, the boat glides along the shore of Hergiswil and Stansstad to the bay of Alpnach. On the entire boat tour you have the surrounding mountains in sight.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Alpnachstad, Alpnachstad

Alpnachstad is the connection point between the lake boat and the steepest cogwheel train in the world.
Within 35 minutes the cogwheel train climbs along the ridge and passing alpine meadows to Pilatus Kulm.

Stop At: Mount Pilatus, 6010 Alpnach, Switzerland

Arrive at the mountain station Pilatus Kulm of the Pilatusbahn, where a viewing terrace, a panorama gallery and two mountain hotels are located on the scenic local mountain.
Visit several attractions at Mt. Pilatus like the dragon gallery, the viewpoint, the scenic terraces and the multimedia presentation.

Duration: 3 minutes

Stop At: Fräkmüntegg, 6010 Kriens, Switzerland

The largest rope park in Central Switzerland, tree tents, the toboggan run, hiking trails and fantastic barbecue areas invite you to relax.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Krienseregg, 6010 Kriens, Switzerland

The Krienseregg is perfect for families. In the versatile local recreation area you will find marked, varied circular hikes and large picnic areas

Pass By: Kriens, Kriens, Lucerne

In terms of population, Kriens is the third largest municipality and the second largest city in the Swiss canton of Lucerne. It lies at the foot of Mount Pilatus and borders Lucerne to the east.
At Kriens you leave the aerial cableway and after a 10 minutes walk to the bus stop, you board the local bus to Luzern.

Stop At: Zentralstrasse 1, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland

Return travel from Kriens to Luzern within 10 minutes by local bus.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Chapel Bridge, Kapellbruecke, Lucerne 6003 Switzerland

As the old town is just footsteps away, you will walk along the river and cross the wooden bridge, one of the most known sights of Luzern.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Basel SBB Station, Centralbahnstrasse 22, Basel 4051 Switzerland

Return travel from Luzern to Basel within one our by train. The tour ends in Basel.

Duration: 1 hour

  • all taxes, fees and handling charges
  • local tourguide operated by Swiss Travel Guide for your party only
  • all transportation fees for boat, coghwheel railway, gondola and bus
  • Entry/Admission - Basel SBB Station
  • Entry/Admission - Luzern
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Lucerne

  • food and drinks
  • personal expenses during the tour
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • a minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • children must be accompagnied by an adult
  • Near public transportation
  • for wheelchair assistance - please contact us before booking
  • Please note: Boat and coghwheel railway will operate Mai to October only. Off season, the tour will be performed by travelling to mount Pilatus both ways by gondola, the tour will be finalized with a 1-hour tour on the lake Lucerne by panoramic boat after the return travel from mount Pilatus.
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered


  • St. Johann cruies pier

Departure Time

08:30 AM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


8 hours

User's Reviews


31 Oct, 2023

The dragon walk was astounding. If you only have one full day in Switzerland, this is a must see tour to experience the Alps.


01 Sep, 2023

This would have been 5 stars if weather was better. No view from Mr. Pilates this day. Our guide, Roman, was absolutely terrific.


11 Aug, 2023

Roman our guide was terrific! He was very knowledgeable and very easy to be with. We thought our excursion was one of the highlights of a week long cruise.


17 Oct, 2022

This was a full day adventure with our local guide, Mr. Abraham. He picked us up at our hotel, guided us to the train station where we travelled from Basel to Lucerne, took us to the top of Pilatus by cable car and a short hike, showed us around Lucerne and got us back to the train station to finish the day. Mr. Abraham provided a lot of historical information about Switzerland, Lucerne and Pilatus, as well as shared his personal experiences of hiking Pilatus. He is 75 years young, and still hikes the peak periodically. We had a thoroughly enjoyable day in Switzerland mostly due to Mr. Abraham's attention to detail. It was well worth the expense to have a private, personal guide for this tour.


28 Sep, 2022

Adrian provided a white glove experience! We especially loved the lake cruise and learning the history of Lucerne.

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