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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; and explore the historically rich city independently during some leisurely free time. Delve into Lucerne’s fascinating past on a guided sightseeing tour and listen to illuminating commentary from an expert guide. 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
  • Learn about the history of Lucerne attractions like Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument on a city tour
  • Enjoy plenty of free time to explore Lucerne independently
  • Admire lakeside scenery and mountain views on a Lake Lucerne sightseeing cruise

What You Can Expect

Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise

Enjoy the stunning views of Lucerne on a sightseeing cruise!

Depart from your Zurich hotel, or a 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.

Customer Reviews

Kristi H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our day in Lucerne was great! The boat ride was informative and nice. The views and countryside going to Lucerne was spectacular.

Amado F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Just a short motor coach ride away from Zurich, Lucerne is a MUST SEE while in Switzerland. So much history, the town has a village atmosphere, with many small shops, restaurants, and historic places.
Go see the Lion of Lucerne monument, the Church of St Leodegar, and the covered wooden chapel bridge that crosses the Reuss River in the heart of Lucerne. Also, take a cruise on Lake Lucerne that lasts about an hour. All in all, a nice trip that only took about 6 hours from starting point in Zurich and back.

Chris C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This is an excellent tour and Lucerne is a very beautiful old town not to be missed. The boat ride was amazing as well. The tour guide was very good. Highly recommended


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Well organized tour director. Very clear information.

Yin-Wan Jessica T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

It a very good tour, really enjoyed it and like the 6 hrs to roam around the town on our own.

Bhaskar G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Excellet trip. Free time in lucerne was ample to see the place in relaxed way. Cruise was excellent.

Michael P

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

Tour was run by Best of Switzerland tours. They combined several tours that day, dropped us off for free time in Lucerne with vague directions and a voucher for the lake cruise. Would have loved the lake cruise more if weather had not been rainy and we had almost no visibility of the Alps. Lucerne is a charming, scenic destination, and we are glad to have visited. Tour guide was meh.

Pamela T

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

A very enjoyable trip, combined with 2 other groups going to the mountains. The guide continued with the group going to the mountains, so there was over 6 hours in Lucerne as an independent traveller. The trip on the lake was lovely, an hour well spent. I felt that the 6 hours were a bit too long, but the time was needed by the other groups to complete their tour. Overall, I enjoyed the trip.

Patrick Ping K L Australia

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

food and beverage on board was terrible for the price we had to pay. Cruise itself was ok

Emile W

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

The tour operators were professional and punctual. Unfortunately the weather was not that cooperative.
Overall barring the weather it was a great visit.

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