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Jungfraujoch: Top of Europe Day Photo Tour from Lucerne

1. Jungfraujoch: Top of Europe Day Photo Tour from Lucerne

Capture the perfect postcard images in the best Swiss alps photography adventure. Bring your camera and you will be assisted to take unforgettable pictures. There is also the possibility to be photographed with professional equipment,  so you will not miss any detail of this life-enriching journey!  Leave from Interlaken, Grindelwald or Lucerne, from where a guided tour, in a modern cogwheel train, will take you up to “Kleine Scheidegg”, situated right at the foot of the world-famous Eiger North Face. Continue to the Jungfraujoch – the highest train station in Europe at 11,300 feet (3,454 meters). Admire the amazing kingdom of eternal snow and ice, visit the ice palace, and experience the breathtaking panorama of the Aletsch Glacier (Europe’s longest ice river), and the soaring peaks of the neighboring countries. Afterwards, take the trip back to Lauterbrunnen through typical mountain villages. Your professional guide will provide photography assistance along the way.

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From Lucerne: The Heart of Swiss Alps Private Guided Hike

2. From Lucerne: The Heart of Swiss Alps Private Guided Hike

You begin your trip with a short train ride as you ascend to the famous, quaint mountain resort of Engleberg. Then board a bus and take in the stunning scenery as you pass by a 12th Century Benedictine monastery. Once you arrive at Fuerenalp, you board an aerial cable car and continue to ascend into the midst of the snow-peaked mountains and glaciers towering around you. After marveling at the truly awe-inspiring view that must be seen to believed, you begin your descent along the well- maintained Wanderweg path where all paths are safe and sign-posted. Listen to the clanging of the cowbells, admire the flowers, and breathe the fresh mountain air before you stop for lunch at an Alpine restaurant and enjoy the delicious local cuisine. You then continue on a gentle, tree-lined path as you disappear into the forest and alongside a fantastical glacier stream. As you approach Engleberg once more, you will have the chance to visit the 12th Century monsatery and the quaint village you passed earlier in the day.

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Lucerne: 3-Hour Essential Photography Tour

3. 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 Basel: Titlis Glacier World Day Tour with Private Guide

4. From Basel: Titlis Glacier World Day Tour with Private Guide

Be collected from your accommodation by your tour guide and make your way to the train station in Basel. An intercity train will take you in 50 minutes to Lucern, where you will board a local train. After 45 minutes you will arrive at Engelberg, which is a small village at the end of the valley, known for the winter tourism industry. Your tour guide will lead you to the gondola station, which is 10 minutes away from the train. To get up the hill, you will board a 6 seat gondola, which will take you through 2 sections to the middle station, Stand. You will glide above meadows, trees, and rocks in a peaceful and beautiful landscape. At Stand, you will change to the rotating gondola, which takes you to your final destination in 5 minutes. During the journey, the gondola rotates by 360 degrees to ensure a fantastic aerial view.  Once you arrive at the top, your tour guide will suggest beginning your sightseeing tour at the terraces, where there is always snow at 9980 foot above sea level. Enjoy the fantastical aerial view to the surrounding mountains and glaciers. After the terraces, you will visit the highest suspension bridge in Europe. Cross the 100-meter long bridge, which is 1640 foot high. On the other side is the entrance to the ice vace, a tunnel system in the middle of the glacier.  Return to the main building and take the opportunity to have lunch in the panoramic restaurant. Enjoy local dishes while looking at the surrounding mountains. After lunch you can choose to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere on the terraces or take a seated chair lift to the snow park, where you will have different options to enjoy the snow. Once you have seen all of the attractions, your tour guide will lead you via Engelberg back to Basel, where your tour will end. 

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Lucerne: Lake Lucerne Villas & Castles Private Walking Tour

5. Lucerne: Lake Lucerne Villas & Castles Private Walking Tour

Spend a relaxing afternoon strolling along Lake Lucerne's most panoramic vistas and walking by old Swiss chalets, villas, and historic castles on a 4-hour tour through the countryside. Begin with a short bus ride to the peninsula of Meggen, located on the northern shore of Lake Lucerne. Alongside the lake you will encounter the neo-baroque style manor of St. Charles Hall and view the enchanting statues of Rolf Brem. Continue to a small hamlet of 150-year old Swiss chalets and feel as though you have stepped back in time. Next, walk past the now privately owned and lived-in 13th-century Neuhabsburg Castle, by ornate old world villas, and aside green pastures and working farmhouses. Arrive at the eastern entrance to the 17th-century Meggenhorn Castle. This estate includes vineyards and gardens with spectacular views of the surrounding Alps, and you will have the opportunity to pet farm animals and visit a lakeside statue of Christ before taking a guided tour. Continue on a 30-minute walk to the Hotel Hermitage for cool refreshments at its lakeside terrace restaurant. From the Hotel Hermitage, you will return by the public bus back to the Lucerne train station. Although the tour ends, you might consider taking an additional walk alongside the Lucerne promenade as evening falls.

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From Basel: Private Pilatus Golden Tour with Lake Cruise

6. From Basel: Private Pilatus Golden Tour with Lake Cruise

Start your tour with pickup at your accommodation and make your way to the train station in Basel. An intercity train will take you in 1 hour to central Lucerne, where you'll board a boat for a 1-hour cruise on Lake Lucerne. Enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains and and the waterfront of the city.  Arrive in Alpnachstad, where you'll switch to the cogwheel railway. The Pilatus railway operates between May and October and is the world's steepest cogwheel railway. The 35-minute journey takes you from 464 meters above sea level to the top of Mount Pilatus, at 2128 meters above sea level. At the top, your tour guide will show you some hidden military objects. Alternatively, you can climb up the stairs to the panoramic platform and enjoy the vast scenery. Your tour guide will take you through the gallery of dragons and tell you a myth about Mount Pilatus.  After the sightseeing tour, enjoy lunch in one of the two restaurants, where your tour guide will happily join you. Afterwards, take some free time to spend as you wish before you begin your descent. A panoramic gondola will take you down to Fräkmüntegg, where you will change to the 4-seat gondola. This section takes you above trees and meadows and down to the suburb Kriens. Head back to central Lucerne for your return trip back to Basel on an intercity train. Once back in Basel, your tour guide will accompany you to your accommodation. 

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What people are saying about Central Switzerland

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

One of our most memorable days of our trip. Rene is awesome!

My husband, brother and myself signed up for the Hike in the Alps. Rene usually has small groups but we were delighted to find out it was just the four of us. It was nice having a small group and having an English speaking guide. Rene couldn't have been a better guide. He gave us good information about the area and about Switzerland in general. We were never rushed and we were able to make the hike what we wanted which helped make it a very memorable day. If I ever get a chance to go back to Switzerland, I would book another one of Rene's tours. Well worth the price!

Our tour guide was awesome. Dominique was well prepared and had everything scheduled perfectly. I give Dominique the highest top rating I can give. She made the excursion pleasurable and interesting despite the crazy number of tourist that visit Mount Titlis. Thank you for scheduling Dominique as our guide on this excursion. Richard Escalante

Luis knows the best view of Lucerne especially if you really want to have nice picture w nice view. I also learned a bit on how to take a right photo.