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Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich

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icon9 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Delight in the frozen enchantment of Mount Rigi on a full-day tour of the ‘Queen of the Swiss Mountains’ from Zurich. Enjoy a balanced combination of independent and guided exploration and experience an aerial cable car ride to the summit of Switzerland’s most magnificent natural landmark. Take Europe’s first cogwheel train down the steep mountainside and soak up sweeping alpine vistas from a charming terrace above Lake Lucerne.
  • Winter day trip from Zurich to Mount Rigi in the Swiss Alps
  • Guided coach tour includes rides in a cable car and on a cogwheel train
  • Boat ride to Lucerne
  • Two hours of free time to explore Old Town
  • Pickup and drop-off at the Sihlquai Bus Terminal

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This is a great choice for independent travelers since most of the day is unguided, but you will receive all the information you need to make the most of your time. You'll see the fantastic views from Mt Rigi, ride a cogwheel train and cruise to lovely Lucerne.
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Boat ride on Lake Lucerne (1 hour)
Live-guided tour from Zurich to Weggis and from Lucerne to Zurich
Cable car ride
Cogwheel train ride - the first ever cogwheel train in Europe!
Local taxes
Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Sledge ride rental (approx. CHF10 to be paid directly)

Departure Point

Best of Switzerland Tours AG, Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Climb aboard a comfortable, climate-controlled coach at a central Zurich pickup point and relax during the scenic journey to Weggis, a charming resort at the foot of Mount Rigi. Climb onto an aerial cable car and soar up a super-sleek cable to the mountain’s lofty summit.

Gasp as you rest your eyes on striking, snow-smothered panoramas of the Swiss Alps. Scour the scenery for thirteen lakes and inhale fresh mountain air during your leisurely free time at the highest point of Mount Rigi. Descend the steep mountainside by Europe’s first cogwheel train, and then climb aboard an awaiting boat for a tranquil ride to Lucerne.

On arrival, set out to see the city’s historical highlights independently, strolling through the Old Town and visiting an ambient café for coffee (own expense). Reconvene with your guide and group at a prearranged time and location, then relax during the journey back to Zurich, where the tour concludes.

Please see the Itinerary section for additional information regarding guided and self-guided tour elements.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Zurich
Departure point is the Sihlquai Coach Terminal, Limmatstrasse 4, Zürich
Pass By:  
Weggis
The journey starts with a lovely coach ride crossing the Albis Pass and along the beautiful Lake of the Four Cantons to Weggis, where your tour guide will drop you off. You tour guide will of course provide you with all the necessary information and schedules to enjoy your time at leisure to the fullest.
Stop At:  
Mt. Rigi
Board the aerial cable car to Rigi Kaltbad where you change to Europe's first ever mountain railway up to the summit Rigi-Kulm (1800m). The unsurpassed views from the top of this majestic mountain to the midland with its deep blue lakes and the snowcapped mountain range will overwhelm you! A variety of well-prepared hiking trails invite for a walk and cozy alpine restaurants offer a decent selection of typical, hearty meals all accompanied by the amazing alpine panorama. In winter, you might fancy renting a sledge and zoom down the valley.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vitznau
In the afternoon, descent by cogwheel train to Vitznau and board the public boat for a lovely one-hour cruise on the picturesque Lake of the Four Cantons towards Lucerne.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lucerne Station
Enjoy a stroll on the medieval streets of the charming Old Town and see the famous Chapel Bridge, the Jesuit Church and the Town Hall. Further recommendations are a visit to the Swiss Museum of Transport, the biggest museum in Switzerland or for art lovers the Rosengart Museum with works of the famous artists Picasso and Paul Klee (entry fees may apply).
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Zurich
In the evening, meet your guide again for the coach journey back to Zürich.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • From 15 to 26 November 2021 and 07 - 31 March 2022, the round-trip up and down Mt Rigi will be by cogwheel train due to cable car maintenance
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Best of Switzerland Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich.

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  • "highly recommend try for a clear day so you can see when at the very top, but you will definitely have a good view on the descent" See review
  • "Great to travel by boat, cable car and cogwheel train." See review
  • "This tour is very organised and cover lots of experience during one day." See review

Reviews

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Nice Experience
hiya_S
, Dec 2020
The tour was good. Guide was very helpful. Very nicely explained everything and shown to us. a worth trip.
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Don't Recommend
MANOJKUMAR_D
, Aug 2020
Not worth the charges. Very disorganized, they allocated our cable car coupons to somebody else by mistake and then refused to help. Luckily when the other passenger came to take one more coupon, they realized the coupon wasn't theirs, and was given to them by mistake. Cable car was filled like animal transportation, no space to view outside. Cog train was also very crowded, no space to even stand. The ferry back was the same story, with no view because of the crowding, meaning there was no point going.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Dear Manoj Kumar, Thank you very much for having joined our tour to Mt. Rigi in December 2019. We are truly sorry to hear that you were anything but happy with your experience. Unfortunately, eight months later it is nearly impossible for us to reconstruct exactly what happened on your tour. Usually, the tour is partly-guided, but as we had more than 30 guests travelling to Mt. Rigi with us on that day, we had provided an additional tour guide to stay with the group throughout the tour. While it is not possible to reserve seats on the boat, we had seats reserved both for the cable car and the cogwheel train. We normally order the exact amount of transferable tickets at the group counter and hand them over to our guests. If it was our tour guide that handed out your cable car tickets, we would sincerely like to apologize for the inconvenience caused by the confusion. To avoid similar incidents in the future, it is very important for us to get your feedback as soon as possible after the tour. We would have been very happy to follow up your feedback with your tour guide and our destination partner and to offer you compensation in case of mistakes on our part. We hope that you were still able to enjoy a wonderful stay in Switzerland and would be very happy to welcome you back on our tours on your next visit! Best regards, Best of Switzerland Tours
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A great day trip for sure!
tomrosenberger
, Jan 2020
The guide did a great job except perhaps he could be a little more clear on where and when to catch all the trams/bus/train, ets. Perhaps reviewing things 2X before leaving everyone one their own. This tour is one which is very much intended for the free spirited, independent type person. But all in all, a wonderful day and experience. Beautiful surroundings everywhere as well.
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Rigi excursion from Zurich
809kathleen
, Dec 2019
Dress warm and wear proper boots for snow and possible icy walking. Loved the cable car up and the cogwheel train down
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What a treat!
christinegS7039XT
, Mar 2019
This trip exceeded our high expectations! The weather was windy and one of the cable cars was closed for safety. No problem, there was a wonderful Plan B! A well prepared organization and outstanding natural resources!
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Amazing day out at Rigi and Lucerne
karenjohnson0367
, Jan 2019
Fantastic trip, great to have partial guide to allow for freedom to explore. Great to travel by boat, cable car and cogwheel train. Had enough time to do what we wanted in mountain and in Lucerne. A long day but recommended.
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Terrific tour
Judith B
, Dec 2018
TheMt.Rigi tour was wonderful. The Train rude was fun and comfortable. It started to snow when we were on theMountain, overall a nice treat!
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Mt. Rigi had the most amazing views...
Andrea T
, Jul 2018
Mt. Rigi had the most amazing views. We were lucky to see these as the fog/mist rolled in on the day that we were there. Well worth the visit. Wouldn't matter what time of the year you go, the views are sensational.
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We went there for a panorama view...
carlos
, Apr 2018
We went there for a panorama view, but its snowy and all you can see is fog. To make it worst, the tour guide cut the time we spent on top from 2 hours to 1 hour. My kids wasnt able to play on the snow as they want us to go down asap. It's just bad. I do hope they have at least a partial refund of the payment as we did not get the real value of what we paid for. We live in UAE and the additional time playing on snow is a great fun for my kids. The trip is a winter day trip, and they didnt even give us time to play on the snow.
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This tour is very organised and...
GIHAN A
, Apr 2018
This tour is very organised and cover lots of experience during one day. I highly recommend this tour for short term stay
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