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ECHO Trails

Langensandstr. 52, Lucerne 6005 , Switzerland
+41 079-917-68-73
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Ranked #1 of 14 Activities in Lucerne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Tours
Owner description: ECHO Trails walking, hiking and biking tours take you out of the city into breathtaking scenery and fresh Alpine air. Come along for a tour of jaw... more » Owner description: ECHO Trails walking, hiking and biking tours take you out of the city into breathtaking scenery and fresh Alpine air. Come along for a tour of jaw dropping alpine vistas, quaint villages and working farms, hear the story at historic places and enjoy the picturesque countryside.Our passion is to share the incredible beauty around Lucerne and in the central Switzerland area. ECHO Trails works in tandem with Switzerland's efficient public transportation system and depending on the tour, we use a combination of local buses, trains and/or boats for transfers to and from our end destination.ECHO Trails native English-speaking, guided half- or full-day walking, hiking and biking tours are tailor-made for you. There are half-day, full day walks, hikes and bike tours to choose from. Even with limited time you can have a genuine Swiss outdoor experience Small groups – maximum 15 people per tour Carefully chosen trails Informative itineraries Friendly and enthusiastic English-speaking guides For anyone in average physical condition Guaranteed departures All tours include historic or cultural insights Relaxing pace with frequent photo stops All transfers on public transportation system Each tour includes a stop at a scenic restaurant. « less
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Ewing, New Jersey, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

With a myriad of options to choose from when hiking in Lucerne, I was unsure what would be best to see during my stay. After going on two ECHO Trails tours, I can honestly say that they are definitely the best way to see Switzerland. On the first day, the weather was slightly overcast, so Rene, the tour guide, tailored... More

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Echo Trails high ratings and Rene's reputation of being extremely helpful and attentive are very well deserved. The hike was originally planned for a Tuesday. However, with forecasted weather potentially being unfavourable, Rene had kindly kept us consistently updated and in the end re-scheduled the walk for the following day to ensure we get the most enjoyable experience and avoid... More

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Rene W, Owner at ECHO Trails, responded to this review

I'm super glad our day together was one of those "Blue sky-See all the alpine peaks days". Your Swiss trip preparation; reading the "Swiss Watching" book as an example set you up to maximize your Swiss trip experience. Both of you were so receptive to "go & explore" , you even found your way to the Seelisberg - Aschwanden Kaserei... More

Dallas, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We took the full day "Heart of the Alps" hike with Rene and his co-guide Paul as part of our time in Luzern during our honeymoon. It was a little cloudy and rainy on the day of the hike, but the mountains still offered beautiful scenery and great views all around us. Rene and Paul made sure we stayed out... More

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Rene W, Owner at ECHO Trails, responded to this review

Dear Adam, The trails have dried out since our hike. Thanks for being such great sports along the hike and for sharing your "Rohner Socks" recommendations. Wishing you and Lindsey all the happy adventures on your life's journey together. Please re-visit and let's do another hike again soon! Rene´ More

toledo, oh
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We spent the day going up Mt Pilatus with Echo Trails guide Paul. The weather was not good but we had a great day. Echo/Paul were very flexible and offered to switch days to get better weather, but our schedule didn't allow it. The walking part of the excursion was something that would have been very difficult on our own.... More

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Rene W, Owner at ECHO Trails, responded to this review

Many thanks for complimenting Paul & ECHO Trails for your Mt. Pilatus tour. You are true sports as the weather conditions were not ideal. The sun and the other alps were out there but were just not visible. Alas mother nature still has the last word. Wishing you continued safe travels and let's get that "alpine panorama" view on your... More

Taipei, Taiwan
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I come from Taiwan, on 2014/6/5-7, have 3 days hiking in the Switzerland guided by ECHO TRAIL, Mr. Rene. 我來自中華民國台灣 在今年的6月4日-7日有3趟跟隨著Mr. Rene在瑞士的山中健行, We hiking 3 difference mountain: Mt. Rigi, Mt. Pilatus & In the heart of Alps, all are beautiful views, the trail direction very clear and safety, and have farm restaurant can take break and eat, the way can... More

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Rene W, Owner at ECHO Trails, responded to this review

Dear Kennie, Many thanks for your comments in English and in Chinese. You are one of the first people to book a tour from Taiwan and we look forward to welcoming many more from your country. Also please put Switzerland on your future travel schedule so we can do more fun hikes together. Wishing you continued good health,happiness and many... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I recently completed my second trip to Luzern, and set out on a mission to experience the essence of Switzerland. Of course in order to acomplish this I absolutely had to hike the Swiss Mountains, and so I invested a fair amount of time researching what tour to join and always found myself turning back to ECHO trails, because of... More

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Rene W, Owner at ECHO Trails, responded to this review

Dear Desiree, On clear blue sky days the Swiss alps do a great job in cooperating. It's great to hear how much you enjoyed the day. Please come back soon again. René Welti More

Cleveland, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

My wife, 21 year-old daughter, and I had the pleasure of completing the "In the Heart of the Alps" Hike in late May. We met our guide John at the Lucerne Train station, and took a train, bus, and finally, a gondola car before heading up the mountain and hiking down. Although the day started dreary and cloudy, the skies... More

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Rene W, Owner at ECHO Trails, responded to this review

Dear Pat, Thank you for sharing your very helpful description of the "In the Heart of the Alps tour". Your comments are passed on to John who is very appreciative to know your day with him was one of your European trip highlights. Please come back and visit us in Lucerne again soon. René Welti More

Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

My partner and I had the pleasure of spending the day with Rene on the ECHO Trails Mount Pilatus summit excursion. Right from the start we knew we were in good hands. Rene is very welcoming and easy to get along with. He is very knowledgeable of the Swiss history and culture. My partner enjoys the outdoors however I am... More

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Rene W, Owner at ECHO Trails, responded to this review

Dear Nazirahim, Many thanks for your kind trip review comments. Denis really enjoyed guiding you and sharing his passion for the Seelisberg-Bauen areas. His namesake "Aschwanden" originates from this area so you really experienced first-hand "local insights". With best regards, René Welti More

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

My bestfriend and I decided to do some outdoor activities while we were in Luzern. We found Echo Trails through Tripadvisor and made contact with Rene via emails few months before the trip. Rene was very prompt in replying emails and was very patient in providing us details after details about the tour we have opted for. Rene however was... More

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Rene W, Owner at ECHO Trails, responded to this review

Dear Nazirahim, Many thanks for your kind trip review comments. Denis really enjoyed guiding you and sharing his passion for the Seelisberg-Bauen areas. His namesake "Aschwanden" originates from this area so you really experienced first-hand "local insights". With best regards, René Welti More

NJ
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I decided last minute to book a bicycle trip during our stay in Lucerne. I contacted Echo Trails late Wednesday night via email inquiring about a bicycle tour for our family on Friday and Rene Welti promptly contacted me. I am very glad that I was able to arrange for a bike ride with Rene because it was one of... More

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Rene W, Owner at ECHO Trails, responded to this review

Dear Susan & Family, Thanks again for giving our "Half-Day" ride a go. I was so happy the weather held so you got to see the incredible alpine scenery you only see on that "bike trail" summit ridge. You all are troopers. Please feel free to tell your friends that a stop in "Lucerne" and an ECHO Trails tour is... More

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