Zurich Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended Zurich Cruises & boat tours

Zürich: City Tour, Cruise, and Lindt Home of Chocolate Visit

1. Zürich: City Tour, Cruise, and Lindt Home of Chocolate Visit

Climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and enjoy a scenic drive through the Zürichberg district with views of the city, the lake, and the Alps. See the highlights of Zürich, such as the castle-like National Museum, the shopping avenue of Bahnhofstrasse, and the famous financial district. Stop at the picturesque harbor of Enge and enjoy the beautiful vistas of the crystal-clear Lake Zürich. Continue past the Zürich Opera House and go into the Zürichberg district. Admire numerous mansions that reflect the glorious past, and take in the panoramas of the lake and the snow-covered Alps before going to the university quarter. See buildings such as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZürich) and the Zürich Museum of Art. Enter the Old Town to learn Zürich's history during an entertaining stroll through the medieval streets. See the patriarchal guild houses, Zürich Town Hall, and Europe's largest clock face on the Romanesque church of St. Peter. See the imposing cathedral of Grossmünster, and look at the Fraumünster church, whose stained-glass windows are by Marc Chagall. Take a 30-minute boat cruise on the pristine waters of Lake Zürich, then stroll along the shore to the newly-opened Lindt Home of Chocolate. See the world’s tallest free-standing chocolate fountain and join an audio-guided tour of the museum, followed by an unlimited chocolate tasting. Browse the gift shop before returning to Zurich Main Station. Ride the trolleybus and tramway to get familiar with Zurich's public transportation system. While your tour ends here, your 24-hour ticket allows you to continue exploring the town like a local and make use of public transportation.

From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

2. From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

Discover the beauty of Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus on a day trip from Zurich. Reach the summit via bus, cable car, boat, and cogwheel train. For the return journey, hop on a boat cruise across Lake Lucerne. Leave from Zurich Main Station in the morning and enjoy the bus ride through the countryside along the Lake of the Four Cantons to Lucerne. Make a stop at the Lion Monument of Lake Lucerne (traffic permitting).  Continue to Kriens and take a panoramic gondola and cable car to the summit of Mount Pilatus (2128 m above sea level). Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Swiss Alpine landscape and the surrounding lakes. Then, ride on one of the steepest funiculars down to Alpnachstad. Afterward, relax on a tranquil boat trip across Lake Lucerne back to Lucerne. From there, get on a bus to Zurich.

Zurich: City Sightseeing Tour with Lake Cruise

3. Zurich: City Sightseeing Tour with Lake Cruise

See Zurich's top attractions on a three-in-one city highlights tour. Explore the city by bus to get an overview of the various districts. Embark on a guided walking tour of the Old Town. Discover the city and its beautiful surroundings from the water during an audio-guided boat trip on Lake Zurich. Board a comfortable, climate-controlled coach and set out past the castle-like Swiss National Museum, the luxurious shopping avenue Bahnhofstrasse, and Zurich's renowned financial district. Enjoy a magnificent view of crystal-clear Lake Zurich during a photo stop at Enge harbor. Continue along the lake, passing the Opera House and the university district with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the University of Zurich. Tour distinguished neighborhoods with stately mansions from glorious times past. Picture living by the popular Zürichberg recreational area.  After enjoying a short glimpse of the city, the lake, and the snow-covered Alps, drive past the Kunsthaus art museum down to the charming Old Town for your walking tour. Take in guild houses, churches, historic squares, and hidden gems as you listen to your guide's numerous anecdotes about Zurich. Then, say goodbye to your tour guide and take a short stroll along the picturesque Limmat to nearby Bürkliplatz. Embark on a scenic one-hour cruise on Lake Zurich, past grand lakeside villas and popular lidos. Enjoy stunning views of the Swiss city and the Alps from the water. Sit back and relax as you listen to compelling stories about the history of the city, the lake, and the surrounding mountains via an audio guide app on your own device before ending the tour back at Bürkliplatz.

Queen of the Mountains: Day Trip to Rigi and Lucerne

4. Queen of the Mountains: Day Trip to Rigi and Lucerne

Take in the astonishing Swiss Alps on this partially guided tour. Relax on the bus trip from Zürich before an exciting, enchanting adventure through breathtaking Swiss scenery by cable-car, cogwheel train, and boat. Traveling through the Albispass, your tour will reach the Vierwaldstättersee, the fourth-largest lake in Switzerland, lying on the border between four cantons. Enjoy fantastic views of the lake from its eastern shore, in the small resort-town of Weggis, nestled right at the foot of the Rigi. The view can only get better as you ascend in the cable-car up the Rigi, known as "the Queen of the Mountains," to the perfectly situated baths and spa on its slopes. The sight of the 13 lakes that surround the mountain, and of the scenery of central Switzerland mountains, is sure to enchant you. Take souvenir photographs to treasure forever as you make your leisurely ascent into the mountains. In the summer you can explore the Rigi on foot; in winter there is a chance to uncover its secrets by sleigh. Enjoy a unique journey on the oldest funicular in the world, built-in 1871, to Vitznau. Travel onwards in the picturesque style, by boat over the waters, back to Lucerne. View the Rigi from a new angle while resting in the charming old town before taking the bus back to Zürich.

From Zurich: Day Trip to Lucerne with Optional Yacht Cruise

5. From Zurich: Day Trip to Lucerne with Optional Yacht Cruise

Visit the charming old town of Lucerne on this day-long excursion. Your tour will take you over the Albispass and along Lake Lucerne, the Lake of the Four Cantons, to the town itself. There you will take a small guided tour of the most important sights in the city such as the Chapel Bridge, the Town Hall, the Jesuit Church, and the concert and congress centers. After this, you will have 6 hours to yourself, in order to explore this town, its culture, and traditions, on your own. Visit the Verkehrshaus, the museum of transport and communication, or the Rosengart Museum, housing works by Picasso and Paul Klee. Take a boat trip on beautiful Lake Lucerne, or ride on the City-Train, a road train taking you around the city in 40 minutes (April to October). The picturesque back-streets and alleyways of the old town would entice anyone into strolling down them, to explore their hidden charms. Do a bit of shopping in unique surroundings. Enjoy a relaxing day out from Zürich to Lucerne.

Zurich: Private Panoramic Alpine Tour

6. Zurich: Private Panoramic Alpine Tour

Begin your exciting journey by being greeted by your English-speaking driver-guide at the lobby of your hotel in Zurich. From there, sit back and relax in your modern vehicle whilst taking advantage of the WiFi on the board. You soon reach Interlaken – a famous tourist destination boastfully settled city in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Widely known for its beautiful critical location, this town lies between the two lakes of Thun and Brienz. For this reason, it is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful mountains all around the central region of Switzerland. After spending some leisure time in the town of Interlaken, your adventure starts as you use your combined tickets for Brienzer Rothorn. Departing from Interlaken Ost, travel by boat to admire the pearls of Lake Brienz in the east side of Interlaken. As you travel, look deeply into the surrounding beauties of the authentic Swiss Alps. Your next extremely thrilling trip will be operated by Switzerland's oldest steam train to reach Mount Brienzer Rothorn. It will take an hour until you reach the top of Brienzer Rothorn, at an altitude of 2,350 meters.    The descending journey presents a different style of charm, and as you arrive back to Brienz, you are greeted once more by your driver-guide. From there, your tour concludes with you making the smooth journey back to your initial meeting point.

Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip Small Group Tour from Luzern

7. Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip Small Group Tour from Luzern

Travel from Lucerne to Mount Pilatus on a view-laden circuit that includes a lake cruise, cogwheel train, and an aerial cableway. Let your guide show you the changing landscape and answer your questions about the country and its people. Head to the massive multi-peaked Mount Pilatus which looms over Lucerne. Take a lake boat from Lucerne across to Alpnachstad. Next, hop aboard the Pilatus Railway, the world's steepest cogwheel railway which is in operation from May to November. Go back down on the aerial cableways from Kriens which operate all year round. Snap pictures of the panoramic views from the cableways. Return to Lucerne by bus.

Rhine Falls & Schaffhausen Private Tour from Zürich

8. Rhine Falls & Schaffhausen Private Tour from Zürich

Visit the old town of Schaffhausen and stay along Europe's largest plain waterfall: The Rhine falls. Enjoy a one-hour train ride to Schaffhausen and visit the old town. After a short walk around, continue to Laufen and visit the castle located at the Rhine waterfalls. On a walking path, stay close at the waterfall and enjoy a boat ride to the rock, a sightseeing platform in the middle of the waterfall. The guide accompanies you on this tour from the starting point, shows you the changing landscape, and answers your questions about the country and its people. The tour guide knows the way and shows you a few places away from the tourist flow.

From Zurich to The Rhine Falls

9. From Zurich to The Rhine Falls

Your driver will meet you at a location convenient to you in Zurich. This tour will give you an opportunity to discover more of the region's sights, history and culture. First of all, you will stop at the medieval Laufen Castle (Schloss Laufen) located on a mountaintop, which overlooks the Rhine Falls, Europe's largest waterfall. When you are already at the Rhine Falls, you will have the chance to take photos of the fantastic scenery from the viewing platforms and have the possibility of a summertime boat ride to the middle of Rhine Falls (from June to August only; payable direct). Already returning back to Zurich, pass through Schaffhausen, where you will have an opportunity to see the unique circular Munot Fortress. Afterwards, the group will return to Zurich, to the initial meeting point.

From Zurich: Funicular to Mt. Bürgenstock & Lake Lucerne

10. From Zurich: Funicular to Mt. Bürgenstock & Lake Lucerne

Starting from Zurich, take a scenic coach journey through the beautiful countryside and along the shores of the Lake of the Four Cantons, making your way to the charming town of Lucerne. Enjoy a short photo stop en route at either Lake Lucerne or the Lion Monument where you can capture the beautiful views on camera. On the way into the Old Town of Lucerne, your guide will point out the most famous landmarks such as the Chapel Bridge, the Jesuit Church, and the Concert & Congress Hall on a brief introductory tour. Once you have arrived in the Old Town, use your free time to wander around the city and explore its sights. In the afternoon, the newly designed Bürgenstock shuttle boat takes you on a scenic cruise to Kehrsiten, before you board the legendary Bürgenstock funicular railway. Then, get a glimpse of the world of luxury at the Bürgenstock resort, which first opened its doors to the public back in 1827. Stroll along the paths where the rich and famous resided back in the day. Not only shopping or restaurant opportunities at the resort will await you at 500 meters above the lake, but also hiking paths and astonishing views over Lucerne and its surrounding landscapes. All active or thrill-seekers can take an alpine hike to the Hammetschwand Lift, the world’s highest exterior elevator (optional).

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I had limited time in Zürich and decided to take this day tour from Zürich to Lucerne. It was a wonderful experience! The bus transportation was nice and comfortable; the guide, Ernesto, was wonderful and very enthusiastic; and the experience at Mt Pilatus was fantastic. Excellent tour!

The guide, Christina, was very knowledgeable about Zurich, and made sure that everyone stayed together during the tour of the city.

this day trip its perfect to get beautiful mountain view top, plenty of time to wonder around and not too tiring!

Mt. Pilatus was so beautiful. The ride up the mountain on the train was unique!

Mario was great! Super organized....I will recommend this tour.