Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich - Reviews

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John C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Rose Marie (spelling?), our tour guide for the day trip to Mt. Pilatus, was cheerful and knowledgeable. The trip, with transfers among multiple conveyances (bus, gondola, cableway, cogwheel rail, and boat) required Rose Marie to herd her charges (that would be us) in a timely manner without losing anyone. The little flag she waived above her head really helped.

The weather we had that day was spectacularly clear—old hat for desert rats like us from the American southwest—but unusual for Europe, making for excellent viewing and photography of this spectacular mountain landscape. The bus ride through the Swiss countryside with its neat farms and picturesque villages was an unexpected plus.

Thanks again to Rose Marie, we could not have had a better guide!

Janet L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

This tour was awesome! Very well organized and ran on time. I would have preferred a bit more free time during the city time and a bit less time at the top of the mountain. The cog train was fascinating and the boat ride beautiful!

Blair A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Absolutely fabulous day trip to Lucerne. The gondola ride up and cog wheel train down the mountain were spectacular, as well as the boat ride on Lake Lucerne back to the city. Highly recommend!

Matthew B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Great way to see the countryside and the Alps. Really enjoyed the fact that this tour combined gondolas, hiking, a train ride, and a boat cruise all into one day. Even the drive to and from the mountain was filled with information and stories from the guide about everything we passed by. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

glanmire

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Fabulous day!!!! All arrangements worked extremely well. The bus trip from Zurich to Lucerne enBled a numb of lovely villages to be seen up close. One suggestion would be more time in Lucerne would have been very worthwhile...the time given meant it was a rushed look around before boarding the gondola for ascent to Mt Pilatus. The time on Mt Pilatus was certainly sufficient including time to have lunch in the restaurant and the descent on the world's steepest cog railway was fascinating. The cruise on the paddle wheel steamer back to Lucerne was relaxing with a cuppa and cake while looking at the magnificent scenery. Would highly recommend this Tour as a most enjoyable and good value for money day.

Reddy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Enjoyed the trip, well organised

Miriam W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

I went to see Mt. Pilatus. The cable cars were great. The cog wheel train was great. When we stopped to allow the other cars going up to pass, we had an amazing photo opportunity. The views were breathtaking from the train. The boat ride was great and more amazing views to photograph. Visiting the town of Luzern was great but could have been a little longer. The only thing that was disappointing was the cloud cover over the top of the mountain, but the tour operators can't change that. This trip does depend on having good weather.

Kenneth B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

This was a wonderful trip! We enjoyed our tour guide as well.

DALIUS B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

It was an amazing summer day trip. The day was sunny and warm, nice views on the Mount Pilatus. You get a glimpse of everything: the countryside, the city of Lucerne, the Alps and the Mount Pilatus, plus an amazing boat trip on Lake Lucerne. Very well organized, everything was on time. I wish there was more time to be spent in Lucerne or on the Mount Pilatus but it was all very enjoyable anyway. Highly recommended.

teresa r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

This tour was amazing, the scenery was stunning, plenty of time in each spot and the tour guides by far the best we have had in Europe so far

geykhman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

This tour was fantastic. Our guide Minu was the most professional guide that we had in Switzerland - she was very informative and made sure that everything ran smoothly. The tour was very well organized so that everyone had enough time to explore the beauty of Mt. Pilatus and even to see a little bit of Lucerne, which was lovely. Overall, Mt. Pilatus is a must-see.

kristinewoodworth

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

My husband and I took this trip with our two twenty-something sons, and each of us called it the highlight of our ten days in Europe. The tour ran like clockwork, our guide was enthusiastic and very informative and the itinerary was perfect. We had time for a quick bite to eat in Lucerne before heading to Kriens for our ride up the mountain. At the summit we walked through the Dragon Caves, up a few flights of stairs and around the mountain - a walk that is not for the faint of heart when a brisk wind is blowing. I should have had a warmer jacket, and maybe some light gloves. Again, the pace was relaxed enough that we could enjoy a beer at the top before heading down the other side of the mountain in the cog wheel train car, for the boat ride back to the bus. It was a long, full day, with so many sights to see and yet we never felt rushed or crowded. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone visiting Zurich or Lucerne.

Rhonda T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Fantastic day. Loved the day Trip. Lucerne was lovely and we had plenty of free time for wandering and taking lots of photos. The gondola rides up Pilatus were great. The weather was a bit foggy at times but kept clearing enough for us to see the views. Our guide Robert was wonderful and gave us lots of information. Absolutely loved the train ride down the mountain and the cruise on the lake was great. Thoroughly recommend this tour.

Milred

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

Once in a lifetime trip. Our guide Valeri was excellent. Her commentary made it so interesting and I am amazed at her memory and her knowledge. The trip itself was fantastic. It covers lake trip, steepest cogwheel , cable right up to the top which was breath taking. But if ur choosing between this trip and Titlis, i have heard Titlis is much more adventurous from the people who have done both. We found this trip absolutely worth our money.

Carolyn C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

We had a great day full of amazing views and activities! Our tour guide, Minu Fabre was very considerate of all participants and was very knowledgable pointing out many interesting things as we went along. The trip included a bus tour, time to explore in
Lucerne at your own speed, a 2 part gondola ride up the mountain, the cog train ride down following free time and a boat tour to end the day before returning by bus to Zurich! A jacket on top of the mountain is a must! May

Stephanie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

I absolutely LOVED this tour!! It was everything I had hoped for and more. Lucerne was spectacular. Strolling through the streets we stopped to enjoy a choir singing in one of the buildings, it was heavenly! Then the cable car up to Mt Pilatus was breathtaking! I truly didn't grasp just how high we were going and was blown away by the views, especially on the second cable car. Just amazing! Once up at the top we ate first as it we super hungry by then. I highly recommend the Schnitzel! Delish. The views from the top of Mt. Pilatus were stunning! There are so many areas to explore once you are at the top. I climbed one of the vistas and then explored the Dragon Caves. All in all a wonderful Day Trip and one that I will not forget.

zindha_ravi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Awesome tour!! Highly recommend this... Will always relish this wonderful experience.
Our tour guide Minu Faber was also wonderful

Kristine D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Awesome tour. Great way to experience the beauty of Switzerland.

Carlo Antonio M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Excellent day tour! Passed by Meggen, Lake Lucerne for a 5-minute bio break. Then 1-hour stopover at Lucerne: enough time to visit the Lion Monument, take pictures of the Chapel Bridge, shop for souvenir items and grab a quick meal at the drop off point. I forgot the name of the cafe but their soup and sausage croissant was delicious! Two cable cars to Mt. Pilatus - the first accommodated 4, the second, 60 standing up. Fortunately, it was bright and sunny so we got to take tons of amazing pictures! Spent about 2.5 hours there total which is pretty tight if you want to go up both peaks available. The Dragon Trail is pretty steep so if you have elderly companions, might be better to skip that one. The cog ride down is about 35-40 mins. long then aboard another 45-minute trip via boat along Lake Lucerne. Excellent tour guide as well, shared plenty of interesting trivia both historical and current and knew when people needed to rest. Bring a good camera, warm jacket and scarf.

Vicky D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

We had a wonderful day on this tour!!! Gorgeous views. I love that all the excursions leave from one place which is easy to get to.
There was some confusing information throughout the day, but we made it fine in the end.
Disappointed on the Lake Lucerne boat as we were treated like second class citizens not being allowed in the back of the boat even though the front was filled up. The back is for first class customers.
Beautiful bus ride. Gondola ride up was gorgeous. Lunch at the top and time to explore.
Cog wheel train down was exciting. Boat ride and then bus ride back. Very enjoyable. Guide was informative.
I would recommend this trip for sure!!!

Kathleen D S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

This was a great day. Antje was our guide and she did a wonderful job. From Zurich we bussed to Lucerne, took a cable car up to Mt Pilatus, which was fun and very scenic. Unfortunately when we got to the top it was foggy, but you can't control the weather. At the top we explored a little bit, we heard a great band, shopped and had lunch. Then it was time for the cog-wheel train ride down. That was so cool. Once back down in Lucerne, we took a boat cruise around Lake Lucerne. Very picturesque town. Did a little shopping and back on the bus to Zurich. Overall we would do this excursion again.

Harsad C P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

This was one of the best trip we have taken in a long time.
The tour guide was very helpful and knowledgable and we had a great time
I recommend this trip

madame

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

Excellent trip .Peter was a great tour guide .One of the best.

James C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

Great adventure!! Well organized. Wonderful tour guide!

Venkateswaran M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

Very good. The guide was excellent. At the top the weather was a bit bad with clouds.

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