A boat sailing on Lake Lucerne.
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Discover iconic Swiss locations on these amazing day trips

You can pack a lot into a day when you spend it around Lake Lucerne and Pilatus

Written by Time Out. Paid for in partnership with Lake Lucerne Navigation Company.

Who says you need weeks to see Switzerland at its best? Some of the most memorable and exciting parts of the country can be experienced perfectly on a day trip, as long as that day trip is organised by a pro. Luckily, that’s exactly what you’ll be getting with the meticulously organised packages being offered in the gorgeous regions of Lucerne and Pilatus.

The travel experts at Lake Lucerne Navigation Company (SGV AG) have crafted fantastic trips that let visitors soak up some of the area’s must-see highlights in just one day, without ever feeling rushed. Within these day trips you’ll encounter mountains, lakes, gondolas, luxury yachts, adventure parks, hiking trails and much, much more.

Read on to delve deeper into these unforgettable experiences and remember that you can find out more and kick-start the booking process at the SGV AG website.

Do it all on the Pilatus Golden Round Trip

Just because you’re on a day trip doesn’t mean you have to limit what you see or how you see it. On the much-loved Golden Round Trip you’ll use five – yes, five – different modes of transport during your journey around the mighty Mount Pilatus. Begin the day in style by taking a boat ride across the beautiful Lake Lucerne, gazing at the views as you sail across the water. Once you reach Alpnachstad you’ll board steepest cogwheel railway in the world, ascending smoothly to the Pilatus summit, a staggering 2,132 metres above sea level.

Enjoy the magnificent panoramic vistas and treat yourself at one of the summit restaurants before hopping into the Dragon Ride cable car to Fräkmüntegg. If you feel like adding a few thrills into the mix, a quick stint in the adventure park should do the trick.

Next, a gondola whisks you downhill to Krienseregg and a family friendly recreation area, including great picnic spots and a huge playground that the kids will love. Finally, you’ll complete your circular journey via a far more modern mode of transport, a comfortable trolleybus. Once back in Lucerne you’ll have all the charms of a picturesque and historical city to enjoy. Start booking your ultimate mountain excursion at the link below.

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Mix action and relaxation at Pilatus Rope Park and a yacht cruise

Day trips don’t have to be limited to just one activity, as you’ll find out on this action-packed route. The fun starts at Pilatus Rope Park, the largest rope park in central Switzerland, where you’ll find activities for all the family, including tree tents, a toboggan run, hiking trails and top-notch barbecue areas for when you need to refuel.

The main attraction is, of course, the many exciting rope slides that the park is famous for. Zoom through deep, beautiful forest over ten different courses, building up to the adrenaline-inducing highlight: a free-fall from 20 metres up in the sky, where all you need to do is take a deep breath and… launch yourself! There are also plenty of adventures for younger visitors, who can follow the story of the Pilatus mascot, Pilu, as he travels across treetops and over mountain peaks.

Your reward for all that activity is a real treat: a rejuvenating trip on a luxury yacht, the Saphir. With its convertible roof and aqua terrace, this super-stylish vessel is a dream to sail on, especially when your trip is framed by the breath-taking scenery around the Bay of Lucerne. During the voyage, passengers get to marvel at the ever-impressive Mount Pilatus, Lucerne’s wonderful sky-line and much more besides – plus, anyone who wants to learn more about the area’s history can take advantage of the insightful audio guide.

Click through below to book this brilliantly varied trip.

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