Mt. Pilatus with cruise on Lake of Lucerne Small Group from Basel | La Vacanza Travel

Mt. Pilatus with cruise on Lake of Lucerne Small Group from Basel

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: Switzerland, Basel-Stadt, Basel

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  • 8 hours
  • Basel
  • E-Voucher
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  • Not-Cancellable


Towering over the city of Lucerne like a monument to the Swiss wilderness, Mt. Pilatus is a must-visit for nature lovers. This stunning massif boasts several stunning peaks, set within a playground of soaring rock faces, lush rolling valleys, and a network of meandering emerald lakes. The tallest peak in the group, Mt. Pilatus, reaches a heady 2,132 meters above sea level and is beloved by visitors for its sensational views over the region. We'll take you to the heart of the sights, with opportunities to explore the Lake of Lucerne, Pilatus summit, and ride the famous dragon aerial cable cars.

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Stop At: Basel, Basel

Your guide will greet you at the meeting point before whisking you away to Lucerne

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Pilatus Luzern, Schlossweg 1, Kriens, Lucerne 6010 Switzerland

Our accent to Mount Pilatus will take us aboard the iconic “dragon ride” aerial cable cart, where we will float back to earth suspended in a giant glass cabin. The windowed walls provide 360 views of the Lucerne region, and many compare the experience to flying. Enjoy an ever-changing perspective of the Alpine landscape, as historic Lucerne pulls back into focus as we approach the end of the line. The ride is a highlight of any trip to Mount Pilatus.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Pilatus Luzern, Schlossweg 1, Kriens, Lucerne 6010 Switzerland

At the top, you will have the option to keep soaking up the stunning valley views from the restaurant or enjoy a leisurely hike to the summit of Mt. Pilatus. The top of this famous peak offers a bird’s eye view of historic Lucerne and panoramic vistas of the surrounding countryside. Enjoy the clean mountain air from the viewing platform as you gaze out over an expanse of crystal clear lakes, lush green meadows, and rolling peaks and valleys.

Learn how Pilatus came to be haunted by legends of dragons and why many believe the body of Pontius Pilate was laid to rest within its foothills.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Lake Lucerne, Lucerne Switzerland

Going down from Mt. Pilatus, take the cogwheel train where the engine will climb the foothills of Pilatus, taking you to the end of the steepest rack railway in the world. Admire the views over the Alps from 2,073 meters high, as your guide reveals the history, culture, and culinary delights of each area.

From May to October, we will take the boat from Alpnachstad to Lucerne. While from November to April, we will do a round cruise on the Lake of Lucerne.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Lucerne, Lucerne

In Lucerne, you will have a short tour of the beautiful town's highlights. Before, free time (Optional, upon request)

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Basel, Basel

After a full day of adventure, your guide will return you safely to Basel.

Duration: 1 hour

  • Local expert guide
  • Roundtrip Rail Tickets from Basel
  • Mt. Pilatus golden route pass (from Mid-May to Mid-October)
  • Lake of Lucerne cruise ticket
  • Lucerne Visit
  • Entry/Admission - Pilatus Luzern
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Lucerne

  • Lunch at the Mt. Pilatus
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Basel SBB Station, Bahnhof SBB, 4051 Basel, Switzerland

Departure Time

09:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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


8 hours

User's Reviews


31 Oct, 2023

Ray was an excellent guide. We easily found him at the train station and we spent an entire day exploring Mt Pilates, Lucerne and the lake. The tour was amazing as were the views and the commentary we received from Ray.


21 Oct, 2023

The tour content was quite good, the train ride from Basel to Lucerne was very scenic, Mt Pilatus was incredible and the cruise on Lake Lucerne was pleasant. Our guide was inexperienced and seemed a little tentative, not really sharing the overall plan for the tour, lunch etc and could have been more of a story teller. Very nice guy though. Tour is a full day and would recommend.


29 Sep, 2023

The evening before the tour, the tour operator changed the departure time from 10:00 am to 9:00 am: we weren’t able to get to the meeting point by 8:45 am. We got to the meeting point at 9:45 (as previously instructed) to learn that that the tour operator canceled our tour. It took many days & emails to get our refund.


27 Sep, 2023

Views from the cable car ride were stunned but the view from top of Mt Pilatus was unreal !! Wish we had more time to see Lucerne. Enjoyed the cruise on the Lake, the weather was perfect. The cog wheel train is overcrowded and was unorganized for boarding.


27 Sep, 2023

The views were amazing. The weather was perfect for the trip and I especially enjoyed the Gondola ride which was spectacular.

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Fantastic day


Great Trip to Lucerne area.


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