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Scenic boat trips in Switzerland

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I wouldn't prefer one boat trip over the other. Just pick the one closest to your base town. The scenery is great everywhere, and the boats run just as punctually as the trains.

Annika, MySwissAlps

Must knows about boat trips

  • Spontaneous boat trips are no problem at all. Reservations are not required;
  • Most rail passes allow free entrance to the boats.
Boat Lake Maggiore

A boat departing from the Brissago islands in Lake Maggiore.

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Boat trip Lake Lucerne

Take a cruise at Lake Lucerne and enjoy the Alps while having lunch or sunbathing.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Lake;
    Scenic trip, By boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Lucerne (Central Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Boat trip Lake Thun

Enjoy the views while relaxing on the boat on beautiful Lake Thun.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Lake;
    Scenic trip, By boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Thun (Bernese Oberland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Boat trip Lake Geneva

Explore the largest lake of Switzerland by boat.

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Boat trip Lake Zurich

Take a short or full day cruise to see Zurich and surroundings from the water.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Lake;
    Scenic trip, By boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Gotthard Panorama Express

An impressive train and boat journey across the famous Gotthard route.

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Boat trip Lake Brienz

Beautiful Lake Brienz is sandwiched between high mountain walls.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Lake;
    Scenic trip, By boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Brienz (Bernese Oberland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Boat trip Lake Lugano

Enjoy southern Switzerland from the water. A boat trip is a relaxed way to see the green mountains and picturesque villages in the Lake Lugano region.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Lake;
    Scenic trip, By boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Lugano (Ticino)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Boat trip Lake Maggiore

Explore southern Switzerland and northern Italy by boat. Enjoy the green mountains, palm trees, wonderful villages and pleasant Mediterranean climate.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Lake;
    Scenic trip, By boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Maggiore (Ticino)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Boat trip Basel

A boat trip on the Rhine in Basel or to Rheinfelden.

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The Ticino region in one day

Don't have much time, or looking for an introduction to the Ticino region? This one day trip to Lugano and Locarno makes sure you won't miss the best spots.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Mountain top, By funicular;
    Natural site, Mountain top, By cable car;
    Natural site, Lake;
    Culture, Monument;
    City tour;
    Scenic trip, By train;
    Scenic trip, By boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Maggiore (Ticino), Lake Lugano (Ticino)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Brissago Islands

Take a boat to a unique island with a subtropic climate and wonderful gardens.

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  • Attraction type: Scenic trip, By boat;
    Natural site, Lake
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Maggiore (Ticino)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Guided "Golden Round Trip" to Mount Pilatus from Zurich (summer)

The day starts with a bus ride to Lucerne and time to explore the town on your own. Next, your guide takes you to the Pilatus by cable car. After enjoying the views, you'll be taken to the cogwheel train down to the valley. Finally there's a scenic boat ride to Lucerne and a bus ride back to Zurich.

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  • Attraction type: Scenic trip, By boat;
    Natural site, Mountain top, By cable car;
    Natural site, Mountain top, By train;
    City tour
  • Escort: mix of guided/not guided
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
  • More ways to book: GetYourGuide
Badge of ExcellenceThis activity meets the highest Viator quality standards and is well reviewed by travelers. More information. COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Guided walk in Lucerne and a boat ride

A local guide takes you to the historical town center, including the Chapel Bridge and the castle (Château Gütsch). A one hour boat ride to see Lucerne and the mountains from a different perspective is included as well. This small group tour takes about 3 hours.

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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Quick tour of Zurich plus boat ride on Lake Zurich

The tour starts with a short bus ride along the most important landmarks of Zurich. The bus continues to the pretty little town of Rapperswil. After the guided tour in town you'll board the boat for the 2 hour relaxed journey back to Zurich. From November to March the train will replace the boat.

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  • Attraction type: Scenic trip, By boat;
    City tour
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Classic Summer Round Trip to Mount Rigi & Lucerne from Zurich

The day starts with a bus ride to Weggis, where you board to cable car up to Rigi Kaltbad. Then you'll take the cogwheel train up to the summit of Mount Rigi. Then another train down to Vitznau, and a scenic boat ride to Lucerne. After exploring the town, the bus takes you back to Zurich.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Mountain top, By train;
    Scenic trip, By boat;
    Natural site, Mountain top, By cable car;
    Scenic trip, By train;
    Scenic trip, By bus;
    City tour
  • Escort: mix of guided/not guided
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
  • More ways to book: Klook Worldwide, Expedia
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Full day to Lucerne with lake cruise from Zurich

The day starts with a scenic ride to Lucerne. You'll get a guided tour of the old town center, free time to spend on your own, and a one hour boat ride on the lake.

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  • Attraction type: City tour;
    Natural site, Lake;
    Scenic trip, By boat
  • Escort: mix of guided/not guided
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Quick scenic tour around Geneva on a solar powered boat

Enjoy the views of Geneva from a solar powered boat. It's a zero emission activity! This half hour tour allows you to comfortable get a quick impression of the city and the lake. A welcome drink is included.

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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Lucerne and Bürgenstock day trip from Zurich

Your guide will take you on a comfortable coach ride to the historical city center of Lucerne. After a photo stop, you'll have time to explore the city on your own, and to make your way to Bürgenstock by boat and funicular. You'll return to Lucerne the same way to board the coach back to Zurich.

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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Lake Geneva, Lausanne, Montreux and Chillon castle from Geneva

You'll first be transported to Lausanne, Vevey and the Lavaux. Next, you'll get a guided tour of the Chillon castle. You'll travel to Montreux by boat and again have some time to enjoy the town yourself. The day ends with a bus ride back to Geneva.

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  • Attraction type: Scenic trip, By bus;
    Scenic trip, By boat;
    Culture, Monument;
    City tour
  • Escort: mix of guided/not guided
  • Region: Geneva (South-West Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Lake Geneva boat trip, Chillon Castle, Montreux and Vevey from Lausanne

A wonderful tour to the region called 'Swiss Riviera'! It includes a boat trip from Vevey to Chillon Castle, a visit to the castle and the opportunity to explore the picturesque towns of Vevey and Montreux.

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Badge of ExcellenceThis activity meets the highest Viator quality standards and is well reviewed by travelers. More information. COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Mount Rigi and Lucerne winter day trip from Zurich

The day starts with a bus ride to Weggis, where you board to cable car up to Rigi Kaltbad. Then you'll take the cogwheel train up to the summit of Mount Rigi. Then another train down to Vitznau, and a scenic boat ride to Lucerne. After exploring the town, the bus takes you back to Zurich.

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  • Attraction type: City tour;
    Natural site, Mountain top, By train;
    Scenic trip, By train;
    Natural site, Mountain top, By cable car;
    Scenic trip, By bus;
    Scenic trip, By boat
  • Escort: mix of guided/not guided
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
  • More ways to book: Klook Worldwide
COVID-19 friendlyIndependent or small group activities that easily allow avoiding the masses Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Lake Zurich with a private speedboat

Avoid the crowds and enjoy a romantic speedboat trip on Lake Zurich with a private guide. Champagne and snacks are included.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Lake;
    Scenic trip, By boat
  • Escort: private guide
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety

2-day tour from Zurich with overnight stay on Mount Rigi

On day one a luxury coach takes you to the base of Mt. Rigi where you'll take the cableway and cogwheel train up. You'll spend the night on the mountain! The hotel with access to the mineral baths and spa is included, as well as breakfast, dinner, a boat ride and a guide during most of the trip.

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  • Attraction type: Scenic trip, By boat;
    Natural site, Mountain top, By train;
    Scenic trip, By bus;
    Natural site, Mountain top, By cable car
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
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