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Lucerne: 2-Hour Gourmet Lunch Cruise on Lake Lucerne

1. Lucerne: 2-Hour Gourmet Lunch Cruise on Lake Lucerne

Board the ship at lunchtime and embark on a relaxing First Class cruise on Lake Lucerne to Vitznau and back. Admire the stunning views of the lake and its surrounding landscape as you sit down to savor a delicious meal on board. Choose between a set vegetarian or non-vegetarian 3-course menu. Please refer to the gallery for the menu. Enjoy 1 soft drink and 1 coffee or tea per person included in the price. Additional drinks can be purchased on board. Indulge in freshly cooked dishes that are prepared with regional products. From the end of May until the beginning of Autumn, the roundtrip will take you to Küssnacht am Rigi and back to Lucerne. Choose to dine in the beautiful ornate salon, replete with its Baroque furnishings and hand-carved wood panels, or you can sit on the panoramic upper deck, handsomely shielded from the sun and the elements by the elegant awning. This tour takes a half-day and can easily be combined with other activities in the city. 18 October 2021 – 25 May 2022 • Lunch cruise on a motor vessel • 11:30 AM - Board the ship at Pier 1 • 12:00 - 1:45 PM - Cruise from Lucerne to Vitznau (and back) 26 May – 11 September 2022 • Lunch cruise on a motor vessel • 11:30 AM - Board the ship at Pier 3 • 12:00 - 1:45 PM - Cruise from Lucerne to Küssnacht am Rigi (and back)

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From Lucerne: Cheese and Chocolate Tour with Private Guide

2. From Lucerne: Cheese and Chocolate Tour with Private Guide

Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel and make your way to the train station. Board a local train for 40 minutes to Engelberg. Pass through lovely scenery on the way. After a short 10-minute walk, reach Switzerland's only cheese factory in a monastery. Watch an introduction on stage explaining how the cheese is produced. Sit down in the bistro and watch the cheese being made as you enjoy a cheese fondue or raclette for lunch. After lunch, head back to the train station in Engelberg and travel back to Lucerne. Board another local train for 15 minutes to the industrial area of Root. Footsteps from the train station, arrive at the Aeschbach chocolate factory. Explore the exhibition and discover the fine art of chocolate production. Keep your eyes open for hidden chocolate tasters.  Then, learn how to create your own chocolate bar. Decorate your chocolate with different ingredients. Travel back to Lucerne, where the guide will either drop you at the train station or your hotel. 

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Mount Rigi: Day Pass with Swiss Lunch

3. Mount Rigi: Day Pass with Swiss Lunch

Marvel at the beautiful surroundings as you head up to the top of Mount Rigi. Taste delicious food at Nostalgie Restaurant Lok 7 as you dine for an authentic Swiss meal. Start your tour at Mount Rigi from the station of your choice at either Vitznau, Weggis, or Arth-Goldau. Experience the historical cogwheel railways and cable cars to the restaurant. After a relaxing ride to the top of the Mountain, enjoy the breathtaking views while you wander around for as long as you wish before an appetite kicks in. Make your way to Nostalgie Restaurant Lok 7, which is located at Rigi Staffel (close to the cogwheel train stop). Taste an authentic Swiss Alpine Cordon Bleu (pan-fried pork steak with melted cheese filling) in a rustic atmosphere. Whenever you please, make your way back to the valley.

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Lucerne: Chocolate Tasting with Lake Trip and City Tour

4. Lucerne: Chocolate Tasting with Lake Trip and City Tour

Join a like-minded local guide to visit the best chocolate boutique in Lucerne where you can sample and learn more about the most delectable chocolate in Lucerne. Take in the city's picturesque lake set against an impressive mountain backdrop and among architectural gems and centuries-old sights such as the most-photographed subject in Switzerland, the Chapel Bridge. Explore the charm of Lucerne’s old bridges, towers, and streets. Stroll along the beautiful old town and enjoy the most exquisite vistas of the Swiss Alps from Lucerne castle This tour includes a one-hour boat ride around Lake Lucerne. Photograph the spectacular panorama of the city from the water!

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From Zurich: Swiss Natural Wonders Private Tour with Lunch

5. From Zurich: Swiss Natural Wonders Private Tour with Lunch

Take a comfortable and intimate private tour through Canton Glarus with an accredited environmental expert (MSc ETH Zurich). Get picked up from your accommodation in Zurich or elsewhere and learn about Switzerland and the development of its unique landscape as you travel to reach what is considered by locals to be the most beautiful waterfall in the country. Admire views of the waterfall from different vantage points, including behind the falls, relax, and soak in the tranquility of the natural setting. Then drive up to the nearby mountain pass where you will go on a two-hour hike to reach the so-called Antarctica of Switzerland. You'll know you've arrived when you come upon one of the most impressive glaciers in the Alps where, when it’s warm, giant blocks of ice fall from the glacier and create small tidal waves. Stop for a picnic of traditional Swiss foods and delicacies and recharge your batteries. Or as an alternative to the hike, head to a beautiful lake in the heart of Switzerland. Check out a picturesque mountain village and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Communicate your preferences to your guide and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Swiss countryside on this private tour.

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Lucerne: 3-Hour Essential Photography Tour

6. Lucerne: 3-Hour Essential Photography Tour

Capture and explore as many historic and modern sights as possible such as the medieval world-famous Chapel Bridge considered to be one of the oldest, covered wooden bridges in Europe; the Museggmauer, a wall which has been preserved in its original, well-fortified state; the many town squares with its frescoes at the heart of its car-free old town; the dramatic lion monument and the Culture and Convention Center (KKL) with futuristic architecture designed by the leading French architect Jean Nouvel. Join this authentic and enjoyable tour to discover Lucerne, its people, society and culture. Be introduced to the real Lucerne, geographically and culturally, that often remains inaccessible for most visitors to this beautiful city. The best places to visit are the ones that aren't commonly known. Be taken to the locations you might not have heard about but will certainly want to see. Experience unique new things from a local's perspective.

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From Lucerne: Cheesemaking Class and Tasting

7. From Lucerne: Cheesemaking Class and Tasting

Travel solo by train from Lucerne to Engelberg and attend the only cheese factory located in a monastery. Meet with a bonafide Sommelier and make your own cheese out of raw milk from the Swiss cows of the Engelberg Valley. Learn the techniques and taste different cheeses. Extend your time in Engelberg and venture on a scenic trip to Mount Titlis, or find your way back to Lucerne.

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Lucerne: Wine Tasting by the Lake at a Traditional Winery

8. Lucerne: Wine Tasting by the Lake at a Traditional Winery

See the heart of Lucerne’s wine region on a private 4-hour tour to the most traditional winery right at the lake. This wine tasting tour will start with a 30 minute cruise along Lake Lucerne visiting vintners in the boundaries of the city at Kastanienbaum, which attracts recreation seekers from all over the region, a magnificent residential area overlooking Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps. Wines from the Kastanienbaum region, hence the array of white, sweet and red wines, all thrive in a climate stabilized by the striking Lake Lucerne. It offers innovative vintners determined to both preserve wonderful old traditions, and breathe new life into them. This winery has been producing wines since 1981, using mainly pinot noir and riesling sylvaner as well 10 other grape varietals cultivated on 7 hectares of land. They produce the best known wines in the region. Enjoy a 15 minutes walk from the boat or bus station along the lake to the winery to take in stunning views of the surroundings and snap some photos. Your photographer and also guide, will take professional photo shootings along the tour for you so you can get back home with the last lasting memories. You will have a wonderful opportunity to talk to the winemakers, ask them what you always wanted to know and tour their vineyards. The groups are kept small and personal, this way it never gets crowded and no one feels rushed. Then, head back to Lucerne city by bus. Swiss public transportation is one of the most efficient, safe, comfortable and clean in the world. Take a lift to the highest point around the city to admire the beauty of the surroundings and finally get a photo shooting with the amazing city background.

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Lucerne: City Tour with Cruise and All-You-Can-Eat Cheeses

9. Lucerne: City Tour with Cruise and All-You-Can-Eat Cheeses

Join a like-minded local guide around the most iconic Swiss city. Take in its picturesque lake, set against an impressive mountain backdrop among architectural gems and centuries-old sights such as the most-photographed subject in Switzerland, the Chapel Bridge. After your guided walking tour in the afternoon, take some free time to explore the charm of Lucerne’s old bridges, towers, and streets at your own leisure. Benefit from complete freedom to discover the city, with all the tips and insights your guide has provided. Next, head to the dock to admire the spectacular alpine landscape of the city from the water on an evening cruise. While you are cruising, savor an all you can eat fondue or raclette. Stroll along the beautiful old town and enjoy the most exquisite vistas of the Swiss Alps from Lucerne castle!

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From Lucerne: Bürgenstock Panorama Photo Tour

10. From Lucerne: Bürgenstock Panorama Photo Tour

Experience the beauty of Bürgenstock on a full-day trip with many different forms of transportation. Depart from Lucerne by train and change to the bus traveling along green fields and Alpine scenery. You will have already had plenty of photography opportunities for a 30 minute ride from the comfort of your seat. At 1,200 meters, walk at the edge of the mountain along the impressive cliff path offering outstanding views down on Lake Lucerne. Take photos from the spectacular Alpine landscape and also take some photos of yourself in this amazing natural setting, the perfect start before reaching the Panorama Elevator.  If you don’t suffer from vertigo, the Hammetschwand Panorama Elevator will be for you. Its views of the steep cliffs stretching down into the lake are breathtaking. In just about one minute, Europe’s highest outdoor stand alone elevator will whisk you up to the terrace atop Mount Bürgenstock. The 152.8 meter high lift is one of the most daring tourist attractions dating back to the Belle Epoque. Photograph the natural wonders in Central Switzerland in an environment which is best described as heavenly. When you have finished exploring the Alpine resort, it will be time to head down via the funicular and then by boat through the pristine Lake Lucerne. This is an unique experience with plenty of photography opportunities from the beginning to the end. This tour is intended for amateur as well as serious photography enthusiasts with an interest to visit and photograph the beauty of the Swiss Alps together with its many traditions and culture . No prior expertise or experience in photography is necessary, as your photographer/ guide will be there to assist you at every level. You may carry any camera – a simple aim-and-shoot or a DSLR. Travel enthusiasts who are not photographers but keen to experience the multiple facets of Switzerland can also benefit from the tour.

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What people are saying about Central Switzerland

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 27 reviews

Despite the fact that we were not registered .... (Our name did not appear anywhere) we were made very welcome and the meal was very good and very filling ... I recommend ... The experience was a first for us .... combining a meal and a walk on the lake was great

The e mail voucher arrived the morning of our trip too late to print it out which caused a slight problem.

Very well organized tour. Tour Guide was very personable and very organized. Lots of fun during the tour.

Service and tour were excellent. People were kind, crew waited for us and food was excellent.

Very nice cruise in an idyllic setting, warm welcome, competent staff, perfect service.