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Lake Lucerne Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise

Luzern, Switzerland

From $32.76

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  • 1 hour (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Whether you’re short on time or simply wish to view the Swiss Alps from the water, this 60-minute yacht cruise on Lake Lucerne is your ticket. The ticket is an open ticket for the day - so simply study the boat time table and choose a departure time that suits you. Relax on the main or upper deck of the spacious 161-foot (49-meter) vessel while you listen to commentary about the majestic sights via your audio headset. With an expert captain at the helm, you’ll motor past forested hillsides and verdant meadows nestled against looming mountain peaks. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase from the onboard bar.
  • Admire views of the lake, the town and the Swiss Alps from the comfort of a 161-foot yacht
  • Learn about local sights from your audio commentary, available in multiple languages
  • Enjoy snacks and drinks from the onboard bar (own expense)
  • Choose from various departure times

What's Included

  • Transport by 161-foot (49-meter) yacht
  • Expert captain and crew
  • WiFi on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Pier 7
    Schweizerhofquai 2, 6004 Luzern, Switzerland

    Pier 7 is located opposite Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Board your elegant 161-foot motor yacht at Pier 7, located near Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne. You’ll spend 1 hour on a panoramic sightseeing cruise around Lake Lucerne, departing in the morning, afternoon or evening. 

While your captain steers along what is arguably Switzerland’s most stunning lake, sit back and relax on the main deck, where you can purchase drinks and snacks from the onboard bar. Take in the fresh breeze and mist on the lake-level terrace at the rear of the boat, or settle into the custom-designed furniture on the yacht’s upper deck, which features a sliding roof for optimal viewing. 

Referred to as the heart of Switzerland, the 44-square-mile (114-sq-km) lake is bordered on all sides by mountain scenery that will take your breath away. Listen to your audio guide to learn about historical monuments, places of interest and the four surrounding cantons: Lucerne, Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden, marked by fertile valleys, forested slopes and steep Alpine peaks. When your cruise concludes, you’ll arrive back at Pier 7.

Lake Lucerne (Pass By)

Lucerne (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Featured review
Great views. Audio guide available too. Smooth sailing. Friendly staff members. I would recommend this tour company to family and friends


163 reviews
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Nice ride.
Rose_K, May 2023
Boat was clean, smooth, and had lots of seats. Audio tour was pretty limited. Would have liked more info and less music.
Liju_P, May 2023
Nice commentary. It was great. The crew were great. The weather was great as well. Maybe a bit earlier times would be good.
Great tour! Really enjoyable
Ken_B, May 2023
Viator purchase let's you skip waiting on line! Excellent food onboard too! Audio was excellent too with great music
Exactly as advertised
Aubrie_H, May 2023
Great views. Audio guide available too. Smooth sailing. Friendly staff members. I would recommend this tour company to family and friends
Response from Host, May 2023
Dear Aubrie, thank you very much for your great review. We are happy that you could enjoy the panorama cruise.
Nice day in early May for cruise
ElaineK_Y, May 2023
The cruise was on time, vessel was clean and staff are friendly. Weather is very nice. One hour may be too short. The audio device reception was very bad, with lots of interference and interruption.
Response from Host, May 2023
Dear Elaine, thank you for the good review and feedback. We will look into our audio guide device.
Loved audio and the view...
mousey7m, May 2023
Loved audio and the view was amazing! We loved the tour! We loved that we could sit at a table and snack. Then move around to see the sights we interested in taking a picture.
Beautiful trip
Nancy_F, May 2023
Great experience! Highly recommend! Beautiful views and fun audio tour. Plenty of views in the 1 hr.
Enjoy the view
Sam_L, Apr 2023
Lovely cruise of the lake. Great photo ops. We purchased a refreshing drink called the Hugo and sat on the deck. 5:15 is a perfect time for this cruise
The cruise itself was...
Brenda_S, Apr 2023
The cruise itself was very nice - a lovely vessel for inside or outside. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 star rating was because nothing was said about the audio devices that gave a commentary on the sites we were seeing. I saw others had them and had to go downstairs and ask a crew member to give me one. It should have been mentioned when boarding.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Dear Brenda, thank you very much for the valuable and nice review.
A wonderful tour
Courtney_D, Apr 2023
We had a wonderful time on this tour. The scenery was beautiful and the boat provided excellent views! We highly recommend it!
Highly recommend
awieder213, Sep 2022
I bought tickets for myself and two grandparents. They loved it. It was a great way to get a different perspective of the city.
The best touring boat in Lucerne -
Jan_H, Aug 2022
I bought tickets on line -not really knowing there were many boat tours. I was amazed when we saw our boat -/the most modern boat on the lake . And they didn’t pack you in like sardines as others did . If you go to Lucerne -you must use this company 🥰
Not one hour cruise
Katarina_L, Aug 2022
The only thing I am Not happy is we paid for one hour boat cruise. In reality it was 43 min.. so……::
2 travelers found this review helpful
Great views and the audio tour was different than walking tour
Tstyen, Aug 2022
It was a lovely boat ride and the headsets worked perfectly. The audio portion starts about 5 minutes after the cruise begins. You will likely need to ask where they are. Sit on the against the boat or you’ll have people taking selfies and pics on front of you the entire time. The views are incredible and a totally different tour than the walking tour (which I recommend).
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great way to see Lake Lucerne area!
Byron_W, Aug 2022
Convenient, inexpensive, easy to book, and a great way to see the entire area surrounding Lake Lucerne very efficiently.
Beautiful ride!
Jacqueline_M, Aug 2022
Great, relaxing boat ride! The crew were very friendly and the views magnificent! Will do it again!!!
Beautiful Boat Ride
Hilary_H, Jul 2022
Perfect boat ride on beautiful Lake Lucerne. It is a must do for such a reasonable price! Would recommend to all!
Boat ride / not a tour
Patricia_B, Jul 2022
The view was beautiful. However none of the 8 headphone sets my group tried worked so I just got a boat ride.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you - we will check this with our crew on spot.
Ludovina_T, Jul 2022
The scenery was amazingly beautiful! The ride was smooth and peaceful. I would recommend this cruise to family and friends!
Relaxing cruise
Charles_F, Jun 2022
Relaxing on the water on a beautiful late Spring day with best friends ! Beautiful scenery ! Enjoyed the narration.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Mano_S, May 2022
Worth the money. You get a Great Lake view of the beautiful city of Luzern and the surrounding mountains. Definitely a must do.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Audio Availability
Nick_L, Apr 2022
This was a beautiful boat ride. Unfortunately, they are still holding back the audio commentary "due to Covid." But no crew member was even wearing a mask, so why is there a Covid concern about the audio??
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thanks for your comment. Our audio guides are still not all working well. We will have this fixed immediately. Thanks for helping us with your feedback. Please contact us directly on We would be pleased to welcome you again on board!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Matthew_C, Apr 2022
All of the audio guides were dead, so it wasn't even a tour, just a boat ride. I would like a refund.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you for your feedback. We have looked into the issue internally. It is correct that after this long Covid break, not all audio guides are working well. This will be fixed immediately. Please contact us directly on We would be pleased to welcome you again on board!
A good experience
Subhashish_S, Apr 2022
A joyfully experience. The cruise ship was clean and we had a good time onboard. I would recommend it for family and friends.
1 traveler found this review helpful
When reserving we were...
Donald_B, Sep 2021
When reserving we were asked to note our preferred language for the audio portion of the tour (via headphones); however we never received headphones and there was no audio. The views were beautiful but we had no idea what we were looking at unfortunately.
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Thanks for getting back to us. Unfortunatelly, due to covid rules, we do not offer the audio guide. It should be anounced on all platforms that you have to bring your own headphones and get the app to get all information. We are sorry if this information did not get to you. Hope you had a nice trip anyway!
As mentioned above
Michle_R, Aug 2021
Beautiful site. The ship was perfectly on time. But no explanations in all the languages. We didn’t get it.
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Thanks for your feedback. It is right, for hygiene reasons we do not use the audio guides at the moment. We try to publish the info on all booking platforms. In the meantime all the explications are offered on the app instead. We are very sorry that this informationt didn' get to you. We would be very glad to welcoming you on board again some day!
Not exactly as promised
Claire_L, Aug 2021
The sightseeing cruise on Lake Lucerne is a nice one. The Lake and surroundings are beautiful. Our boat was clean, on time and well tended. What was missing was any narrative regarding the tour. We did bring headphones in anticipation of a "guided" tour. That didn't happen. Unless we missed something (and we were looking for it) there is no guide, no directions and not even a map. No one on board appeared to be listening to an audio So, it's pretty but don't expect to learn anything about the Lake or the towns. Also beware of many children running about. An elderly gentleman almost took a tumble when a young boy knocked into him.
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Thank you. Its nice to hear you liked it - it is a popular cruise for young and old. Regarding audio guide; it is right, for hygiene reasons we do not use the audio guides at the moment. But we really try to publish the info on all booking platforms. The explications are offered on the app instead. We are very sorry that this informationt didn' get to you. We would be very glad to welcoming you on board again some day!
Anthony_R, Aug 2021
Outstanding view. The crew were very polite. Very flexible with the timing. Lines were handled with diligence
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Thank you! Hope to see you again on board!
Beautiful Evening
Swaroop_N, Dec 2020
Didn't have much expectation considering we went in December. But the cruise, the staff the lake and the beautiful panaroma of the surrounding snow clad mountains made it one of the most memorable evenings of my life..
1 traveler found this review helpful
Good views, but audio tour and booking were frustrating.
Ali S, Dec 2019
The pros were that the company was flexible on timing - we missed our scheduled time, and they said we could simply come on the next trip scheduled that day. It was a different and more relaxing way to see Lucerne than walking, of which we'd already done a lot. The cons were that the day was cloudy, so the views were not as good (but I still felt it was worth it), and the audio tour, which was a bit corny if informative, did not ever match with the scenery so it was difficult to know what you should be looking at. The other con was paying for the trip. Everyone in our group had a Swiss Travel pass, which should have made this cruise completely free, but there was no place to fill the Travel Pass info in when booking online, so I ended up calling Viator to try and explain the situation. They had no idea if it was covered by the Swiss Travel Pass, and asked me to take screenshots of where I saw online that this cruise would be covered and then email it to them. I was booking it the day before, so I took the screen shots, sent them to Viator, and asked them to respond as quickly as possible so I knew we had tickets for the next day. I didn't hear anything, so I ended up paying full price so we could go on the boat the following day. Even now, it's been nearly a week and I still haven't heard anything back from Viator about whether this should have been covered by the Swiss Travel Pass. I found it frustrating that a travel company is not aware of something that is quite common when traveling in Switzerland, and that their response to my inquiry has been very slow.


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