Boats, cog trains, cable cars & panoramic views...this trip has a little bit of everything
A perfect day trip during your stay in Basel. Experience Lucerne's house mountain via boat, cog train, aerial cable car, gondola and the modern trolleybus. From dragons with healing powers to the ghost of Pontius Pilate, Mount Pilatus has many legends. Whether you choose to believe these legends or not, one thing is certain: Mt Pilatus has breath-taking panoramic views that don't disappoint.
This trip is priced for up to 4 people (since that is all my car can hold) but you also have the option to take the train or I can rent a larger vehicle to pick your group up with. Please contact me for a quote.
We many options which can be catered to suit your interests. If you are looking for some exercise you have the choice of several hikes, including a hike to a picturesque alpine church built in the mid-1800's (see photo gallery) or you can take a ride on the longest summer Toboggan ride and the largest rope parks in the Lucerne region.
For more information please contact me for a customize quote.
You will be picked up in Basel and driven to Lake Lucerne and board a boat for a scenic ride to the steepest cog train in the world (with pitches up to 48%). Once on top of Mt Pilatus you will have 360° views of Switzerland with a stunning view of the Alps. While on top you will have the opportunity to explore up top with 2 short walkways or you can stop for a coffee and a bite to eat while taking in the views. We will then descend back down the other side of the mountain via the "Dragon Ride" aerial Cable Car and then a gondola ride into Kriens. A short walk and a short bus ride will return us back to Lucerne where our ride back to Basel awaits.
**NOTE - The cog train is open May - October. If you plan on being here Nov - April we will get up the mountain another way. . . we always have options :-) **
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 9 hours
Private car, Boat, train, cable car, gondola and bus
- Private Transportation
Estimated Local Cash Needed
150 CHF - If you want to buy lunch while on Pilatus and public transportation.
- Public Transportation Tickets
My car is a 5 person car. It comfortably seats 3 adult passengers (1 in front & 2 in back). A 4th passenger can be added if you are willing to sit 3 people in the back. For larger groups I have access to a larger vehicles. Please contact me for a quote.
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Doug's expertise is as an outdoor adventure guide, not an urban art/architecture/history guide. If you are looking to do things outdoors, not run-of-the-mill, and with variety, Doug's your guide! He thoughtfully organized a full day visit in the Lucerne region: city, lake, and mountain. The described itinerary was met fully, yet he frequently offered the option to add or delete bits as circumstances allowed. Thus, we felt he was striving to maximize our experience, not just check stops off his list.