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Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise

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icon9 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands

Overview

Discover the picturesque beauty of Lucerne on a full-day trip from Zurich. Cruise the shimmering surface of Lake Lucerne during a tranquil boat ride; absorb gorgeous panoramas of the Albis Pass mountain range; enjoy a brief orientation drive through Lucerne during which your guide points out its main sights before exploring the historically rich city independently during some leisurely free time. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Zurich on this magical excursion.
  • Day trip from Zurich to Lucerne including short city tour and Lake Lucerne cruise
  • Travel through the Albis Pass mountain range, passing the Lake of the Four Cantons
  • Enjoy plenty of free time to explore Lucerne independently
  • Admire lakeside scenery and mountain views on a Lake Lucerne sightseeing cruise
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Panorama drive to Lucerne with photo stop en route (at Lace Lucerne or the Lion Monument)
Transportation by coach
Short introductory coach tour in Lucerne
Sightseeing cruise with audio commentary
Accompanied by a professional guide from Zürich to Lucerne and from Lucerne to Zürich
Schedules and detailed written information provided for the unguided part (Lucerne and yacht cruise)
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Departure Point

Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Depart from your centrally located pickup point, and relax during the scenic journey to Lucerne by air-conditioned coach. Admire resplendent scenes of Swiss countryside before embarking on an introductory coach tour of the city on arrival.

Cruise past impressive monuments like the Baroque Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge while listening to interesting narration from your erudite guide. Receive insightful recommendations on where to explore during your segment of free time and then disembark the coach to stroll the quaint city streets independently.

Wile away the hours in one of Lucerne’s many charismatic cafés; famed for its thriving café culture, the city is the perfect place to kick back with an aromatic beverage and traditional Swiss lunch (own expense).

At a time that suits your schedule, head down to the shores of Lake Lucerne to redeem your complimentary cruise ticket. Climb aboard a modern boat and listen to interesting audio commentary as you explore the shimmering surface of Lake Lucerne.

Stroll around the ancient city center to see historical relics like the 14th-century Musegg Wall, or browse the artistic exhibition within the Richard Wagner Museum.

At a prearranged time, reconvene with your guide and group and relax during the return journey to Zurich.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Zurich
Start your day with a pickup from Sihlquai Bus Terminal in the center of Zurich. Enjoy the coach ride through gorgeous Swiss countryside, over the Albis Pass and along the shores of Lake Lucerne to Lucerne.
Stop At:  
Lucerne
Take in the views during a short photo stop en route and enjoy a brief orientatin drive, where your guide points out the main attractions of this charming town like the famous Chapel Bridge, the Town Hall, the picturesque Jesuit Church or the impressive Concert and Congress Hall. Explore this unique city on your own during the following six hours of leisure time.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Lake Lucerne
Included in your tour rate is a one-hour boat cruise with the luxury panorama yacht "Saphir" on beautiful Lake Lucerne. The stylish design and dashing appearance of this elegant ship will impress you. The professional audio-guide system** narrates interesting information in your language about the history of the lake, the town and the surrounding mountains! The amazing view from the upper deck to the city is an unforgettable experience!
Pass By:  
Old Town Lucerne
Enjoy the rest of your leisure time on a stroll through the lovely Old Town with perfect shopping opportunities or visit one of the many museums of the town.
Pass By:  
Zurich
In the afternoon, you meet again with your guide for the coach journey back to Zürich.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Confirmation for this product will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Best of Switzerland Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise.

Traveler Tips


  • "The ride through the countryside is a great start to the day." See review

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Great Tour
Bob S
, Oct 2019
wonderful full day excursion . Guide one of best we have ever had, knowledgeable and interacted with group in so many wonderful ways
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Don’ t miss Lucern
Marlene R
, Aug 2018
Awesomely beautiful city not to be missed. The ride through the countryside is a great start to the day. We enjoyed walking all over the city as it is very clean and quaint. Beautiful lake Lucern on the boat was a highlight of the day. Lovely places along the river to rest with a cold beverage and to have an excellent meal. We enjoyed the tour thoroughly.
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I'm Not a Fan of This Tour - Much Better to Do Lucerne On Own that Sign Up for This Tour
gkrausz
, Jun 2018
This tour was not worth the money and everything could have been done more efficiently a la carte. Tour leaves from Zurich HB at 0930 and takes 2 hours to make a 45 minute drive to Lucerne because the tour bus was doubled up with another tour going to a different destination. After a long drive of dropping off another tour, there was about 10 minutes of actual tour guide information and then we are dropped off at a gift shop in Lucerne and told to meet back near Lucerne train station at 5:50 pm. It would have been much better to just take train from Zurich to Lucerne (45 minutes), buy the boat excursion a la carte and then not have to worry about return time. The value-add for being on the tour was very minimal and quite the opposite, much better to do this adventure on your own. The bus was packed, the guide was pretty uninspiring, and the stress for timing was not worth the hassle. Please consider just unbundling and doing this itinerary on your own and you will enjoy the day much more!
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My friend and I who took this trip...
nicole.gallant
, Dec 2017
My friend and I who took this trip felt it was a complete rip off. We paid more for this trip than any other viator trip we have taken and this was our least favorite trip. I was incredibly disappointed. Details were left out of the description of this trip that would have altered our decision to take it. We arrived at the bus, which to our surprise, had 3 tour groups on it. This was never explained to us. We drove for about 45 minutes and then were dropped off in Lucerne for an 8 hour day there with no guide. Lucerne is a beautiful city but we felt we were stranded there for 8 hours with nothing to do. We took the boat tour which was nice but only took up an hour of our time. It was a complete waste of our day in Switzerland. I wish we had found a different tour to go on. I think much clarification is needed for the tour description and I would not recommend this tour to anyone. You're better off paying the extra 100 to stay on the bus and travel with the group to the other stops!
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Conrad was very explanatory and...
Satish
, Dec 2017
Conrad was very explanatory and punctual as a tour guide. Highly recommended and plenty of time to tour the sites in Lucerne.
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This was no fault of Viator but the...
Daryl K
, Nov 2017
This was no fault of Viator but the day we had scheduled the trip it was overcast and drissiling. Luckily the cruise was operating anyway, We didn't get to see much of the Alps as a result but the audio was interesting. The rest of the day was on our own and we had the time to leisurely walk around the city, which is beautiful. If you're looking for an independent excursion, you will like this one. The departure point is well marked to return back to your originating city and it's only an hour away from Zurich.
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A wonderful trip which gave us ample...
Lea A
, Nov 2017
A wonderful trip which gave us ample time to explore the old city and interesting small shops in Lucerne. The lake cruise was also pleasant and we could do it in our own time. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and provided clear instructions on where we should meet etc. She really made the trip special.
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I really enjoyed this day trip as...
Kitchenwitch825
, Oct 2017
I really enjoyed this day trip as such because we had more free time to explore Lucerne on our own. I like guided tours for the most part, but many times find that we don't spend enough time at some locations. This was a perfect way to get a feel and flavor of the city at our own pace and then meet the bus to go back to Zurich. The Lake Lucerne cruise was lovely although it was a bit overcast. I recommend this option for those who prefer to explore a city on their own.
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Lucerne is a lovely tourist city and...
Sandra N
, Oct 2017
Lucerne is a lovely tourist city and we enjoyed walking through the city buying souvenirs and seeing the sights. The Lake Lucerne Cruise was scenic and relaxing. The guide could have given us more information about Lucerne on the way to and from Lucerne .If you are adventurous, I would encourage you to take a train from Zurich to Lucerne in stead of this trip. it is cheaper and you can stay as long as you want on your won schedule.
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The overall trip was great with...
malcolm.groat
, Sep 2017
The overall trip was great with plenty of time in Lucerne to do what you wanted. The commentary on the cruise was interesting but I would have liked to boat to have got closer to the lakes edge on occasions to allow for better photography.
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