Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Day Trip from Lucerne: Explore Swiss Alps, Ice Palace & Aletsch Glacier
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Embark on a breathtaking day trip from Lucerne to Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe. Explore the Swiss Alps, visit the Ice Palace, and marvel at the Aletsch Glacier.
Duration: 9 hours, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • Lucerne Station - Meet your guide and hop aboard your air-conditioned coach in central Lucerne near the train station, and head out of the city on a scenic tour into the magnificent mountain world of the Bernese Oberland.
  • Interlaken - In Interlaken you will have some limited time before boarding the coach for a short drive to Lauterbrunnen.
  • Lauterbrunnen - Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks in picturesque Lauterbrunnen, board the cogwheel train with your guide and enjoy a breathtakingly beautiful trip up to Kleine Scheidegg at the foot of the famous Eiger North Face.
  • Kleine Scheidegg - Time to change trains in the middle station Kleine Scheidegg
  • Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe - Soak up spectacular valley views, then travel onward to majestic Jungfraujoch at an impressive altitude of 11,333 feet (3454 meters) above sea level. This high-altitude Alpine wilderness sits in Switzerland’s Bernese Alps and takes pride of place on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Enjoy the attractions and views during an approsimately 3 hours stay.
  • Ice Palace - Jungfraujoch - Visit the Alpine Sensation \’97 a round-tour subway opened to mark the centenary of the Jungfrau Railway and wander through the Ice Palace.
  • Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory - Take in panoramic views over the Aletsch Glacier (Europe’s longest glacier) from your vantage point on the Sphinx Observation Terrace. On a clear day, you can see as far as the snow-capped peaks of neighboring countries!
  • Eigergletscher - After your time at Jungfraujoch, ride the cogwheel train down to Eigergletscher, where you will change to the V-Cableway Eiger Express. After approx. 15 minutes you will reach Grindelwald Terminal, where the coach awaits for the drive back to Lucerne.
  • Lucerne - Your tour will come to an end in the city center of Lucerne in the evening.
What's Included
  • Ride the V-Cableway Eiger Express
  • Enjoy on-board WiFi
  • Tour with a professional guide
  • Travel comfortably with in-vehicle air conditioning
  • Experience the cogwheel train
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Food & Drinks
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Additional Information

Embark on a captivating 9.5-hour journey to Jungfraujoch, the zenith of Europe, from Lucerne, while being surrounded by the awe-inspiring Swiss Alps. Your guide will take you on a panoramic drive traversing elevated mountain passes to the visually stunning Lauterbrunnen. Hop on the cogwheel train for a thrilling ride to Kleine Scheidegg, nestling under the renowned Eiger North Face. Disembark at the UNESCO World Heritage designated site of Jungfraujoch, proudly standing as Europe’s loftiest railway station at an astonishing 11,333 feet (3,454 meters). Journey inside the Ice Palace and feast your eyes on the spectacular views of the impressive Aletsch Glacier from the observation deck.

Location
Frankenstrasse 1
Frankenstrasse
Meet your tour guide in front of the McDonalds, opposite the Tourist Information office. Our coach is coming from Zurich and will reach Lucerne between 9.20am and 9.30am.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Tammy_h
Feb 19, 2024
Exceptional tour to the top! - We had a great time and our tour guide was excellent! It was a whole day, but the time flew by. The view was spectacular!
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Pooya_h
Jan 28, 2024
Wonderful experience - Raymond is a wonderful person and a great guide. Thank you for this memorable experience in Jungfraujoch
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Daniel_a
Jan 22, 2024
Spectacular - It was a fantastic tour. Nice small group and excellent tour guide who had great knowledge of the region and its people. Would recommend for any one to experience this beautiful place especially during the winter. Very beautiful.
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Catherine_p
Dec 30, 2023
Well worth the money! - Tour guide was excellent! Reserved seats on the trains and navigating between trains would have been tricky without a guide. Beautiful scenery during the bus trip as well and the guide pointed out things during the drive.
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Mary_a
Dec 30, 2023
Superb! - Superb!! A must to visit when you visit switzerland. Highly recommended to the kids and family. The travel guide is very good! Thumbs up! 👍👍👍
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Kristy_m
Dec 27, 2023
Magnificent day - We had a magnificent day. Our driver and guide were excellent. There were alot of tourists around being a holiday bit everything was arranged and handled well
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Susankr8955xh
Dec 17, 2023
With gratitude to TA- 14 Days in Turkey- 4 days independent- and Gate1 Tour with a few excursions - Day 1-I want to start my summary by thanking all the TA experts for their advice, suggestions, and quick responses to my inquires. Your help and the help of many of the lovely people we met in Turkey made this visit very special.If any one has any questions, please reach out. I will post individual reviews of the hotels, restaurants, and some of our experiences separately. I hope the pictures I post will begin to do justice to the variety of experiences we had over the 15 days exploring the treasures of Turkey.Day 4 -11 we joined an organized Gate 1 Tour We begin- left New York on a direct night flight to Istanbul on Turkish Airlines. Despite, lots of help on the site, we had a little difficulty with public transportation from the airport. If I were do it again, would take a taxi to our hotel. We missed our bus connection and did not want to wait an addition 45 minutes for the next bus. We purchased our Istanbulckart card outside the airport and bought two additional bus tickets that would get us to the Mararay train. Short story, it was dark and we were unfamiliar but fortunately we met a stewardess on our bus, got off the bus with her and she put us in a cab and were at our hotel in 20 minutes. Arrived at the Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel and could not have been more pleased. They have the largest outdoor swimming pool in a hotel in Istanbul and I had the pool to myself. They also have a wonderful indoor pool. Bring your bathing suits and bathing cap if you want to use the pool. First night, we ate in the hotel restaurant and the food was beautifully presented and well prepared. We over ordered but really enjoyed the chicken corn soup and grilled fish. Day2-Merhaba The adventure begins- We booked the “Taste of Two Continents” excursion on TA before coming. Our tour leader Tugce Ucar was a passionate foodie, presenting a historic, cultural, and food prospective of the foods in Istanbul. We began with an outdoor typical Turkish breakfast with ingredients our guide picked up around the Spice Market. We had nine very unique food experiences. A 20 minute ferry ride to the Asian side of Istanbul was perfect. There, food included lamb intestines, a salted yogurt drink, wonderful fermented grape that is not quite considered a wine, a buttery dish with honey lentil soup, stuffed grape leaves,Turkish eggs- my favorite, etc. We had pickles at Lezzet-i Sark,Beyyran, Kadikoy Ozcan Tursu. This establishment opened in 1935 and started as a pushcart. Isskender Iskienderroglu is a fourth generation restaurant. Last restaurant stop was Mado Geercek Lezzetler for an ice cream and baklava desert- everything in the display looked delicious. It was a well spent 6 hour day which included a ferry to the Asian side and if you wanted, the tour ended near the Kakdikoy ferry terminal with a return trip on the ferry. We opted to stay and walk around. While not inexpensive, we really found the tour worthwhile as we got to explore different neighborhoods with an experienced local guide. We also wandered the streets in the neighborhood of Moda. We saw many tables with people playing the game “OK” which I believe Is called Rummy cube in the states. Despite eating for 6 hours, we managed to have a small dinner agin at the hotel. Day 3- We took the metro to the Basilica Cistern. It was an easy walk uphill from the train. We passed a great place for freshly squeezed peach juice. It is a most impressive scientific and engineering feat considering both the time and the resources. The underground water-storage tank was built to supply Constantinople with water as it was the ideal site for trade but did not have a local source of its own.We were told that they also have concerts there and it is often used in film locations. It is opened from 9-5. We went first thing in the morning and had no difficulty getting tickets. After, we went to the Tomb of Sultan Ahmed, and worked our way to the Sultanahmet Camii, or the Blue Mosque. It is known for its more than 20,000 blue ionic tiles. The line, though very long, moved quickly. Female visitors must wear a scarf. It is oped 9-7 but closes during prayer time. On our way to lunch, we passed the Hurrem Sultan Hammy, Turkish baths. By the time I joined my husband outside, as there are separate Turkish baths for men and women, he had booked us a full treatment for 1:00. The service was 5 stars! I was pampered, scrubbed, and feed. This was an amazing experience. We were told that the bubble massage is traditional and the oil massage is something that tourist like. I enjoyed every part. Afterwards, walked through the Grand Bazar and found the building very interesting but overwhelming. We took the tram, and metro back to the hotel, joining our Gate1 tour for introductions and a lite dinner. Day 4 - Even though we are now on the tour, I thought it would be helpful to list some of the things we did with them and on our own. First stop was the Rustem Pashe, a 17th century Ottoman Mosque. It is considered one of the most beautiful small mosques with beautiful traditional tile work both geometric and floral designs. Afterwards, off to the Hippodrome. It was made famous during the Roman period for chariot races, and athletic events. We went into Topkapi Palace which reminded me of the Forbidden City in China with its many different walled courtyards. A lunch spot for good chicken and rice. World Famous Pudding Shop Restaurant, opened since 1957. It was at one time a hippy hang out. It is famous for rice pudding. Bill Clinton also once ate there. We returned to the Spice market and once again teased by the aromas. This time we could not resist buying the famous Turkish coffee from Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi. We noticed that the spices were less expensive outside of the market and were told that is where locals shop for spices and teas. Afternoon at Hagia Sophia, the 6th century Byzantine Basilica which became a museum but was converted back to a mosque in 2020. Closed during prayer times, it re opens from 9-11 everyday .The dome is considered a miracle as it doesn’t really fit perfectly. We also saw the St. Sophia Turkish Islamic Arts museum - including a beautiful rug exhibit. That evening, back near out hotel, we found a local spot where we grilled our own food. Day5- Took a bus to Galilee. On our way to the Anzac Cemetary, a memorial to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp that fought against the Ottoman during World War 1. Our bus crossed on the ferry from Europe to Asia to visit Troy. Day 6- Ate in a local village called Gobbler, meaning “brothers who share the same tummy”. This was one of the highlights of my time in Turkey. I was with 5 other (gluten free) travelers and the vegetarian meal including the bread was prepared so we did not have to worry. It was wonderful getting to know this lovely family .Visited Pregamum on our way to Izmir, walking the waterside promenade at sunset near our hotel. Day 7- Excursion to Ephesus and House of the Virgin Mary, the temple of Hadrian, Archaeological Museum, the toilets, spa areas, even Elvis, yes Elvis. Day 8- Visited the Necropolis and the ancient city of Hierapolis atop of the Pamukkale hot springs. It has white calcium cascades. The hotsprings, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. It has served as a thermal bath since the 2nd century B.C If you chose to take a dip, bring a towel.This area is also well known for yogurt, honey, and poppy seeds. Important tip- It is very slippery and we saw many fit people slip and fall.You are only allowed to go barefoot in this protected area. Day 9- Antalya Archaeological Museum , and Perge. The museum with artifacts dating back over 2500 years. It is set up chronologically and is another museum that I would have returned to if I had more time. Day 10- Early morning air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia. This was something I really was looking forward to, having done balloon rides in several countries and was excited to soar over the fairy chimney formations. The company itself was very efficient in picking us up from the hotel and returning us. I was impressed how the balloonist landed on the flat bed trucks.That afternoon we opted to do a half day tour of Capppadocia including the Open Air Museum on the Goreme Valley to see the early Christian Churches and the Ozkonak Underground city. There are 365 churches at the open air museum. The Apple Church left an impression. In the underground city we saw evidence of wine making, pottery, sophisticated safe houses. It is not for anyone, if you are claustrophobic, you might want to skip this one. Day 11- Cruise the Bosphorus in perfect weather. This was a wonderful experience and a nice way to share time with the new friends we made on the trip.It also gave us ideas of places we still wanted to visit before returning to the states. Day12- Back on our own-Return to Istanbul, staying at the Mr 10 Karakoy Hotel, centrally located hotel in walking distance to The Galata Towers and bridge. We took a short tram ride to the Istanbul Modern, eager to see contemporary Turkish artist’s work. We were fortunate to catch the photographs by Nuri Bilge Ceylan and exciting work by women artists and digital installations. They do have a senior admission rate that is not advertised.I would strongly recommend the museum which also has a lovely gift shop.The museum is closed on Mondays. Next stop was Dolmabahce Palace,also closed on Monday now a public museum. Our ticket included entry to Selamllik, Harem, Painting museum, and the gardens. The buildings, gates, grounds are worth seeing. DInner at restaurant recommended by our hotel, on an upper floor near the foot of the bridge. They are known for kebobs, Turkish pizza, and grilled fish. Day 13- crossed the bridge to return to the Spice Market and picked up spices from Elmaslar just outside the market, directly opposite the coffee roaster Kurukahueci Mehmet Efendi,in business since 1871. We noticed that this shop was filled with local women making purchases. The owner was very helpful, with no pressure, suggesting teas and spices, each vacuum packed for customers for travel and freshness. Back on the other side of the bridge for lunch we went to Durumzade , a tiny place recommended by Anthony Bourdaine and my son. This is inexpensive street food with a few tables. They do not accept credit cards. We had a plate of grilled meats. We wandered the streets, including the shopping street Istiklal with a mission to go to Barnathan Istanbul a hotel restaurant with a rooftop that has panaramic views including the Galata Towers. We came for the views and stayed for the Brownie and ice cream desert. Good service,but you must have a reservation for dinner. Day 14- Took advantage of our last morning and walked over the bridge once again to return to Elmaslar, at the spice market for Sumac and wandered the largest outdoor market, and Fatih neighborhood before leaving Turkey.
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Cristine_m
Dec 11, 2023
Amazing Jungfraujoch - Raymond was fabulous. This is a wonderful tour with amazing views and an opportunity to see the Swiss mountains. Thanks Raymond for being so informative and fun
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Kelli_w
Dec 9, 2023
Worth every penny - This was one of the best days I’ve ever had. Raymond made everything work just like butter it went on so smooth. I felt cared for and like my dad was taking me to the best place ever. What a wonderful day catching the bus was a highlight. The trains were amazing. Top of the mountain was wonderful. I wasn’t cold because I’d layered up and really enjoyed the ICE tunnel. Was worried about safety and slipping down there, but it was great and I thoroughly enjoyed the gondola ride down the guide. Raymond was so informative and hilarious and kept a good watch on all his flock. We never seem to wait for anything, it was very smooth, the way that he ran the day .
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Jessica_h
Jan 22, 2024
Too rushed - Way too rushed. Every time we stopped the guide told us 6 mins here and then it ended up being about 3 or 4 mins. No time to enjoy each little stop. I 100% am glad we went to the top of Europe and would recommend everyone do this when in the area however I think you could go yourself or with a less rushed tour!
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