Day Trip to Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus with a local from Zurich

Duration: 10 hours
Destination: Switzerland, Zürich, Zurich

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  • 10 hours
  • Zurich
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


Join us for an unforgettable guided excursion to Mount Pilatus from Zurich! Our experienced guides will take you on an interactive journey through the Dragon World, followed by a hike down the Dragon Trail or a short walk to the summit, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Central Switzerland.

1. Soar up to the Summit on the Dragon Ride cable car for breathtaking views of Lucerne & Lake Lucerne. Then wander down the Dragon Trail, where you can admire the fantastic scenery.
3. Relax on the panorama terrace and admire magnificent views over the surrounding peaks of the Swiss Alps and blue lakes in the valleys below.
3. Complete your journey with a descent by the world's steepest cogwheel railway down to Alpnachstad
4. Enjoy boat for a lovely 1-hour cruise on beautiful Lake Lucerne and admire the spectacular landscape from an entirely different angle.
5. Guided tour of medieval streets of the well-preserved Lucerne Old Town and leisure time to explore it's other monuments.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Zurich, Zurich

From Zurich, set off on a leisurely coach trip through delightful landscapes over the Albis Pass and along the shores of Lake Lucerne to the enchanting town of Lucerne.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Lucerne, Lucerne

Enjoy the panorama drive to Lucerne with photo stop en route (Lake Lucerne or Lion Monument), get Introduction to Lucerne, including main sights and explore the city. Relish an amazing view over 13 lakes and a magnificent alpine panorama and visit the charming Old Town of Lucerne.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Mount Pilatus, 6010 Alpnach, Switzerland

Take a panoramic gondola + aerial cable car "Dragon Ride" to the Dragon Mountain Mount Pilatus

Duration: 4 hours

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Panoramic Gondolas and Aerial Cableway Dragon Ride to Mount Pilatus
  • Cogwheel Train
  • 1-Hour Boat Ride on Lake Lucerne
  • Fully Guided tour by Professional Multilingual Guide

  • Gratuities
  • Private transportation
  • Lunch
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Near public transportation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

Departure Time

09:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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


10 hours

User's Reviews

Kevin O

05 Nov, 2022

There were four of us that booked this tour. We were disappointed to learn once we were on the bus heading from Zurich to Lucern that our tour would not include the advertised boat ride on Lake Lucern or the Gondola cable ride down from Mt Pilatus. Maybe we would not have booked it if this were made known ahead of time. The tour operator YO Tours, said the boat ride only occurs during the summer season. And they indicated that the Gondola cable ride down was not going because they do maintenance in October and November. They did provide a $20 voucher toward lunch which could be used at either of the two restaurants at the top of Mt Pilatus, however only one of the restaurants was open…another small disappointment. Overall it was a great experience and the guide was excellent, but not what we expected based on the tour description on trip advisor. It felt like a bait and switch situation. After we brought it to the tour operator’s attention, they informed the internet booking sites. Hopefully it will not happen to future travelers.


04 Nov, 2022

One of the biggest reasons we booked this was because it included so many great features, even though the price was quite high compared to competitive companies. After paying, our confirmation email showed this for what was included in our package (copied directly from confirmation): WHAT'S INCLUDED Air-conditioned vehicle Panoramic Gondolas and Aerial Cableway Dragon Ride to Mount Pilatus Cogwheel Train 1-Hour Boat Ride on Lake Lucerne Fully Guided tour by Professional Multilingual Guide WHAT'S EXCLUDED Gratuities Private transportation Lunch It wasn't until after the bus was on the way to the first stop that we were informed there was no boat ride. In exchange they were going to give us a $20 voucher towards lunch at the top of Mt. Pilatus. Then once we got to the Cog train to go to the top of the mountain, we were also informed that there was no Cable Car ride either, because that was closed for 2 months of scheduled maintenance (in other words, they knew it wasn't operating when the sold us the tour, but never bothered to mention it). There was no compensation for the missing cable car ride. Finally, when we got to the top of the mountain, the main restaurant was closed, so we couldn't use our vouchers there. The only thing open was a self-serve cafeteria. style restaurant with a very limited (and very expensive) selection of food. We paid almost $200 per person for the boat ride, cog train, and cable car, and only one of the 3 happened, and yet they did not refund or reduce our fees in any way. They knew the boats and cable car weren't running, but didn't say anything until you were already on the bus an hour away from Zurich. The guide explained that this was the winter version of the tour and that the website we purchased from should have been updated. We definitely would not have booked this tour at this price had we known two thirds of it weren't operating. The only reason I didn't give this one star was because the Cog train, mountain, and Lucerne were fantastic. But if you want to take a similar tour, I highly recommend using a different tour company.


03 Nov, 2022

we signed up for multi adventure tour. Bus, boat, cog train, gondola. The boat was cnxled due to end of season. The Gondola was cnxled for maintenance and the restaurant they gave a voucher for was closed. This trip sucked but the guide was great and kept apologizing so that was nice.


26 Oct, 2022

Very interesting trip especially the cog railway up Mt Pilatus. Guide was very knowledgeable and friendly


19 Sep, 2022

Lars Faber was an excellent guide. He was friendly and shared a lot of interesting information about Lucerne and the train and the surrounding area. He kept everyone moving along at a both comfortable and efficient pace. Rheinhold was a fantastic driver and we felt very safe in his charter. The views and all these modes of transport were so special—gondola, train, boat. Highly recommend!!

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