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FULL DAY TOUR TO LUCERNE FROM BASEL

Private Tour for up to 2 (Not a per person rate) $1835 USD
Private Tour for up to 4 (Not a per person rate) $1989 USD
Private Tour for up to 6 (Not a per person rate) $2176 USD
Private Tour for up to 8 (Not a per person rate) $2255 USD
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FULL DAY TOUR TO LUCERNE FROM BASEL

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Basel stands as a monument to the old and the new. With a rich history as a Medieval trading town, today this modern city is also known as a capital of industry.

We depart Basel in a private car with an English-speaking driver. Once in Lucerne, you will find the best way to explore this beautiful, compact city is by walking. Your local guide will entertain and inform with important, humorous and interesting facts about this story-book Swiss city. The downtown area is nestled on the shores of Lake Lucerne, which boasts the distinctive, brilliant blue water unique to glacial lakes.

As we stroll the cobblestone streets we'll see Lucerne's trademark Chapel Bridge with Water Town, a 14th century fortification and Europe's oldest covered wooden bridge. Nearby you'll find the Baroque Jesuit Church and nearby Franciscan Church, also from the 14th century.

Don't be fooled by the quaint Spreuer Bridge. Despite its romantic outward appearance, peering at the rafters reveal its "Dance of Death" paintings with images of skulls and reapers. While you could consider this a commentary on the inevitable, let's choose to think of it as a reminder to enjoy simple pleasures and time with loved ones.

Moving on, we proceed to the Musegg Wall with rampart walls built in 1386, and still standing.

The Old City squares are filled with important historical buildings, including the Town Hall, built in the Italian Renaissance style with open arcades facing the River Reuss.

We'll visit the elaborate Hof Church, the most important Renaissance Church in Switzerland.

Prepare to be moved by the beautiful Lion Monument, a touching memorial to the Swiss Guards who defended the Royal Palace in Versailles during the French Revolution.

Despite Lucerne's Old World charms, it is also a progressive city, exemplified by the KKL, its Culture and Convention Center. Designed by Parisian architect, Jean Nouvel, this contemporary design is a stunning example of forward-thinking Lucerne at its best.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Round trip transporation from cruise ship pier or city center hotel
  • English speaking driver
  • English speaking guide for walking tour in Lucerne
  • See/visit:
  • 14th Century Chapel Bridge with Water Tower
  • Baroque Jesuit Church
  • 14th Century Franciscan Church
  • Spreuer Bridge
  • Old City Squares with historic buildings
  • Lion Monument
  • KKL, Lucerne's Culture and Convention Center

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Departures (local time)

  • 8:00 AM (8 hrs)
  • 9:00 AM (8 hrs)

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• This is a walking tour. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk on cobblestone streets.
• If you are staying in a hotel outside of the city center, then you will have the option of paying a surcharge pricing or deciding on a central meeting point. You will be contacted regarding your preference after booking the tour.

Restrictions

• This tour is not able to accommodate those with limited mobility.