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Lucerne River Cruises

  

About Lucerne

Located on the shore of Switzerland’s famous lake of the same name, Lucerne is a popular post-cruise extension destination for river voyagers travelling on the Rhine and ending their cruise in Basel. Due to its proximity to Lake Lucerne and Mount Pilatus, Lucerne is a popular city destination for all types of tourists and was founded in 1178 after beginning life much more humbly, as the site of a Benedictine Monastery. It was situated on an important ancient trade route and continued to grow in importance as a city. During its long history it has been its own city state and joined the Swiss Confederacy as a reaction to the increasing influence of the powerful Hapsburg dynasty.

Exploring Lucerne

The lake itself is the city’s biggest attraction and an area of great natural beauty. Whether you take a stroll, hire a bicycle to explore the shore or take a boat ride across its waters, you are sure to appreciate the tranquility that the environment offers. There are photo opportunities galore and some great places to relax and enjoy a leisurely meal. Also, if you’re stopping in Lucerne overnight as part of your itinerary, make sure you don’t miss the spectacular sunset over the lake.

Mount Pilatus is another must-see natural landmark and, as you would imagine, the views from the observation deck at the summit are more than worth the trip. You can take a (very steep) train ride up the mountain and a cable car to get down but there is also a range of mountain trails and a rope park to try out if you’re feeling more adventurous.Either way, spending time on the mountain is always a worthwhile experience.

Architectural attractions in the city include the Chapel Bridge, a wooden covered footbridge across the River Reuss which was built in 1333 as part of the city’s defences and houses over 100 paintings in its roof which depict the city’s history. The city’s concert hall is another key landmark and boasts what many orchestral enthusiasts believe to some of the finest acoustics in the world. If you find yourself with an evening in Lucerne and a partial to taking in a show, the concert hall is certainly not to be missed.

Lucerne tips

A real centre for culture, Lucerne hosts a number of eclectic festivals throughout the year, so you may be lucky enough to catch a little of one of them during your visit. Particular highlights include the Orchestra, Blues and Yodelling festivals.

Lucerne Itineraries

Lyon

Zurich to Lyon

5 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2020
14 Nights From Zurich, to France , Lyon, France
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4739pp
Koblenz

Amsterdam to Zurich

5 sailing dates April 2020 to September 2020
11 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Zurich

Includes HUGE savings, FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers and up to £250 OFF per couple, exclusive to RiverVoyages.com

Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3719pp
Koblenz

Zurich to Amsterdam

2 sailing dates April 2020 to May 2020
18 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam, Holland
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £5119pp
Breisach

Zurich to Amsterdam

5 sailing dates July 2019 to August 2020
10 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2779pp
Speyer

Basel to Amsterdam - Northbound

1 sailing date April 2019
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to Basel
Tauck logo FROM £3789pp
Strasbourg

Rhine Cruise to Switzerland - Basel to Cologne

13 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to Germany , Cologne
Riviera Travel logo FROM £1519pp
Koln

Rhine Cruise to Switzerland - Cologne to Basel

60 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2020
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland

Blue Cross Sale | Why not add a drinks package from £109pp. French Balcony Middle Deck Suite from £1,799pp. Single Diamond Deck Suite from £3,318

Riviera Travel logo FROM £1299pp
Rudesheim

Rhine Highlights with Switzerland

7 sailing dates December 2019 to October 2020
11 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam, Holland

Includes HUGE savings, FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers and up to £250 OFF per couple, exclusive to RiverVoyages.com

Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3889pp
Breisach

Jewels of the Rhine with Lucerne & Zurich

4 sailing dates April 2020 to August 2020
10 Nights From Fly From UK, to Zurich
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2779pp
Amsterdam

Castles On The Rhine

3 sailing dates July 2019 to August 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland
Tauck logo FROM £4299pp
Strasbourg

Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Switzerland

5 sailing dates September 2019 to September 2020
18 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Zurich
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4449pp
Basel

The Rhine,Swiss Alps & Amsterdam - Northbound

4 sailing dates July 2019 to September 2019
9 Nights From Bern , to Amsterdam, Holland
Tauck logo FROM £4599pp
Rudesheim

Christmas Markets along the Rhine - Northbound

3 sailing dates December 2019
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to Germany , Cologne
Tauck logo FROM £2859pp

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