Mt.Pilatus Golden Round Trip Small Group Day Tour from Basel | La Vacanza Travel

Mt.Pilatus Golden Round Trip Small Group Day Tour from Basel

Duration: 7 to 9 hours
Destination: Switzerland, Basel-Stadt, Basel

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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Basel
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


73 Alpine peaks and countless lakes ensure a unique and unforgettable all-round view at Mt. Pilatus which is located outside Luzern. The typical Golden Round Trip (Jun-Oct) offers a wonderful excursion: first by lake boat on Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad. From there by 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 Luzern.
Families and adventure seekers are also very welcome on the Pilatus. Central Switzerland's largest rope park is on the Fräkmüntegg. Numerous attractions await you on Mount Pilatus. Or enjoy the time on the large viewing terrace.
Cogwheel railway and the scheduled lake boat are closed from Nov-May. During this time you reach Mt. Pilatus by cableway and we take a one-hour scenic lake cruise in Luzern instead.

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: Pilatus Luzern, Schlossweg 1, Kriens, Lucerne 6010 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 hours

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.

Pass By: Zentralstrasse 1, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland

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

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

Return travel from Luzern to Basel, where the tour ends.

Duration: 1 hour

  • transportation environmentally friendly and climate neutral by train
  • all tickets, taxes, fees and handling charges
  • June-Oct: golden roundtrip by lake boat, cogwheel train, cableway and local bus
  • Nov-May: local bus, cableway and lake cruise in Luzern after returning
  • Swiss Tourguide
  • Entry/Admission - Basel SBB Station
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Lucerne

  • Travel to starting point in Basel
  • Food and drinks
  • attractions Fräkmüntegg: Dragon glider, toboggan run
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • 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

Centralbahnstrasse 10, 4051 Basel, Switzerland

Departure Time

08:45 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

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


7 to 9 hours

User's Reviews

Lynn R

13 Oct, 2023

I came here to rave about our guide, Anisha. She took excellent care of us and thought of everything to make our day flow perfectly. She took the train from her home in Lucerne to meet us in Basel and take us back to Lucerne for the day. She is charming and speaks English like a native. She went out of her way to make sure we had the best experience. Forging ahead to save us the best seats on the boat, etc. The tour itself is well worth it; the boat ride, cogwheel train, and gondola provide amazing scenery and of course on top of the mountain the vistas are breathtaking. Anisha guided us every step of the way and provided interesting facts about everything we saw. When the tour was over she stayed with us to show us around Lucerne a bit and even offered to escort us back to Basel, but we assured her that with her perfect instructions about getting on the right train, we would be fine! One caveat about the trains: make sure you have your ID with you. One of our party didn’t have theirs and the train conductor on the trip home refused to let them ride without purchasing another ticket. I note here that the instructions from TripAdvisor for this tour DID say to bring your ID but our one person didn’t notice the instructions. Other than that, an absolutely perfect day and once again, thank you Anisha for being so accommodating and thinking of absolutely everythjng!


01 Sep, 2023

Our guide, Mike, couldn’t have been any better. He was so knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. I’d give him 10 stars if I could! The city of Luzern is beautiful. Like walking into a fairytale land. I could imagine Heidi calling “Grandfather, Grandfather”. The waters of the Rhone River and Lake Luzern were crystal clear and beautiful. The ride up the 48 degree cog railway to the top of Mount Pilatus was a nice experience. Unfortunately it was an overcast day so our view from the mountain wasn’t fantastic, but we did get wonderful views from the cable car. Do expect a lot of walking and a long day but it was well worth it. A thoroughly enjoyable experience


30 Aug, 2023

Our guide, Ueli, was exceptional. We had a rainy day and could not see anything from Mt. Pilatus, so we did not stay on the mountain very long. He offered a personal tour of Lucerne with the extra time. Ueli is very knowledgeable, friendly, accommodating and made what could have been a day spoiled by rain into a great tour.


20 Aug, 2023

It was just the three of us: Our guide, my wife, and I. We felt spoiled, particularly to have reservations for the cog railway which meant passing the long line of souls who did not.


12 Aug, 2023

Lucerne Valley/Mount Pilatus is not to be missed. We had first class service from a very knowledgeable and personable guide.

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White glove service, perfect day


Extraordinary Experience


Lucerne Valley is not to be missed. We had first class service from a very knowledgeable and personable guide.


Great location, next time at our own


Worry free excursion


A memorable day in Switzerland!


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