We are two couples traveling to Basel to catch a river cruise to Amsterdam. We arrive in Basel at 10:30 am on July 15 and our cruise boards the afternoon of July 17. We want to spend some time in Lucerne and are struggling to determine what gives us the best bang for our buck and the amount of time we will have pre-cruise.
What we are currently considering and would certainly appreciate feedback on is:
1- We fly into Basel and are heading directly to Lucerne by train. QX: is there a rail connection at the Basel airport? nearby?
2- Currently planning to stay in Lucerne the 15th (we will get there mid afternoon) and leave late the 16th returning to Basel.
In Lucerne we are hoping to be able to see the sights on foot - so we would have late afternoon, evening and most of next day. Sounds like we will want to spend some time in Old Town, of course seeing the lake and the bridge and Lion. Is there anything else we should not miss in this limited time?
We also planned to take a boat tour of the lake, but see mention that an option is to take the boat to a Mountain attraction where we can ride a cable gondola up to the top of the mountain... is this doable in our time frame? do you recommend it?
3- Should we instead stay a second night in Lucerne or are we planning correctly heading to Basel early evening, spending the night there and checking out Basel (any recommendations) and then getting on the boat
I know it's a lot of info I'm asking about but know you have so much experience in this planning that I think. you could really help us.