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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

Speyer

Basel to Amsterdam - Northbound

1 sailing date April 2019
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to Basel
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Zurich

Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Switzerland

1 sailing date May 2019
18 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

Zurich to Amsterdam in 2019

4 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
12 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
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Strasbourg

Rhine Highlights with Switzerland

1 sailing date October 2019
11 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

Rhine Highlightswith Switzerland-Amsterdam-Zurich

3 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
11 Nights From Amsterdam, to Zurich
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Lucerne

Enchanting Rhine

1 sailing date April 2019
11 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
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Heidelberg

Autumn Along The Rhine

1 sailing date September 2019
9 Nights From Amsterdam, to Munich, Germany
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Heidelberg

Autumn Along The Rhine

5 sailing dates September 2019 to September 2020
9 Nights From Amsterdam, to Munich, Germany
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Amsterdam

From Amsterdam to the Swiss Peaks

4 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
11 Nights From Amsterdam, to Zurich
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Amsterdam

Best of the Rhine and Lucerne

5 sailing dates May 2019 to July 2019
9 Nights From Lucerne, to Amsterdam
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Venice

Grand European By Rail - Rome to Budapest

3 sailing dates May 2019 to July 2019
29 Nights From Civitavecchia, to Hungary , Budapest
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Rudesheim

Rhine Cruise to Switzerland - Basel to Cologne

22 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to Germany , Cologne

No single supplement! | Single traveller river cruises from £1,599

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Lucerne

Top of Switzerland with Romantic Rhine

16 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
12 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
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Lucerne

Romantic Rhine - Lucerne to Amsterdam

39 sailing dates April 2019 to December 2019
9 Nights From Lucerne , Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Heidelberg

Romantic Rhine - Lucerne to London

38 sailing dates April 2019 to December 2019
13 Nights From Lucerne , Switzerland to United Kingdom , London
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Mainz

Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Lucerne

41 sailing dates April 2019 to December 2019
9 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Lucerne
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Lucerne

Rhine Cruise to Switzerland - Cologne to Basel

44 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Switzerland , Basel

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

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Amsterdam

The Best of Austria & Switzerland

6 sailing dates April 2019 to September 2019
17 Nights From Vienna, Austria, Austria to , Amsterdam
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Rudesheim

Rhine Christmas Markets with Switzerland

1 sailing date December 2019
11 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
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Koblenz

Castles On The Rhine

4 sailing dates July 2019 to August 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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