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Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich

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Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich
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icon9 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Experience an Alpine adventure on an exhilarating full-day tour of Lucerne and Mount Rigi from Zurich. Enjoy an abundance of leisurely free time to explore charismatic cities and dramatic mountain scenery; see the historical highlights of Lucerne; ride an aerial cable car up the steep mountainside to absorb sweeping Alpine vistas; and take a tranquil cruise over the surface of Lake Lucerne. Climb aboard a cogwheel train to a vertiginous mountain vantage point and relish the convenience of round-trip transportation from Central Zurich.
  • Full-day tour from Zurich to Mount Rigi and Lake Lucerne
  • Ride an aerial cable car and a cogwheel train
  • On Mount Rigi, go for a walk or hike, enjoy a meal and admire the views of the Swiss Alps
  • Boat ride on Lake Lucerne
  • Free time to explore Lucerne at your leisure
  • Perfect day trip for the independent traveler!
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Aerial cable car
Cogwheel train
Boat ride from Vitznau to Lucerne
Transportation by coach from Zurich to Weggis and from Lucerne to Zurich
Partly guided tour by professional multilingual guide as per description
Gratuities
Hotel pick-up and drop off
Meals and drinks
Best of Switzerland Tours AG , Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

The official departure point for all tours departing from Zürich is Sihlquai Bus Terminal, close to Zürich’s main train station (Zürich HB). Please check in at least 15 minutes prior to tour start at the white ticket office marked with “Best of Switzerland Tours” or “City Tours & Excursions”.

9:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Depart from a centrally located pickup point in Zurich and admire the verdant Swiss countryside as you travel along the shores of Lake Lucerne. Arrive in the enchanting summer resort town of Weggis and embark on self-guided exploration of the picturesque enclave. Ride an aerial cable car to a lofty lookout point and absorb panoramic views of Lake Lucerne and its stunning surroundings.

On arrival at the middle station, situated at an elevation of almost 4,000 feet (1,200 meters), climb aboard Europe’s first cogwheel train for the smooth ride to the mountain’s summit. Customize your independent itinerary according to your interests and spend some leisurely free time exploring Mount Rigi at your own pace. Use a sheet of recommended activities to formulate a plan, perhaps taking picturesque hiking trails or revitalizing with a traditional Swiss lunch (own expense).

Descend the mountain on another cogwheel train and disembark at the quaint lakeside village of Vitznau. Relax during an idyllic cruise to Lucerne and then set out to discover the important monuments and pretty attractions of the city; explore the Old Town, stroll across Chapel Bridge and then rejoin your group and guide for the return journey to Zurich, where the tour concludes.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Zurich
Departure place is at the Sihlquai Coach Terminal, Limmatstrasse 4, Zürich
Pass By:  
Lake Lucerne
Your full-day tour from Zurich to Mount Rigi and Lake Lucerne starts with a panoramic drive over Albis Pass and then takes you to Weggis, a charming summer resort town on the shore of Lake Lucerne.
Stop At:  
Mt. Rigi
Your tour guide will drop you off in Weggis, where the self-guided part of your day trip begins. Take the aerial cable car for an approximate 15-minute ride up the mountain, offering you stunning views over Lake Lucerne. Your itinerary on Mount Rigi is flexible – you can spend one to 2.5 hours exploring at your own pace, using the itinerary sheets and timetables your guide will give you. There are beautiful walking and hiking trails, spectacular panoramic views over the Swiss Alps, restaurants where you can relax and have a bite to eat, and more.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vitznau
You will take the cogwheel train down the mountain to the lakeside village of Vitznau, where you will board a boat for the approximate 45-minute boat ride to Lucerne.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lucerne Station
Enjoy the rest of your time at leisure in Lucerne, before meeting up again with your tour guide for the coach journey back to Zurich.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Zurich
Drop off at the Sihlquai Coach Terminal
  • 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 01 - 22 Apr 2022 and 21 Nov - 2 Dec 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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "They said weekends usually have traffic but if they know this then they should leave earlier to make sure they get to the location to pick us up by the time they tell us to be there by." See review
  • "If you plan on having lunch atop Rigi, it was a bit pricey so if you want to save money pack a lunch and bring a towel to sit and enjoy the views." See review

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star-5
Amazing!
Harjot_A
, Aug 2022
Mount Rigi was absolutely stunning! The whole experience was exhilarating and a must for all visiting Zurich!
star-5
Great day in Switzerland
Shafak_A
, Jul 2022
great itinerary trip , you your own time to explore the places by your own way , i enjoy it , visit and see many places in one day , highly recommend
star-5
Great day trip
Yun_W
, Jul 2022
The experience was wonderful. We spent about one hour on Mt Rigi and came down and took the boat one hour earlier than recommended by the itinerary. It was the right decision for us because we had three hours in Lucerne and were able to tour the city and visit all scenery sites on the map.
star-4
Beautiful views on a DYI tour.
Kevin_S
, Jul 2022
Lovely views and a solid day on your own. You’re getting transportation to all the stops and not much else. Elisabeth was the guide who gave tickets and some history of the area. However I’ve learned more about Mt. Riggi during my tour to Jungfraujoch. She met us in Luzern at the designated spot and then walked as fast as she could to the bus without a flag or any way for the crowd to follow easily other than hoping the fellow tour group members in front of you knew where to go. Anyone who has to walk slower would have been lost. The bus was too hot inside on another very warm and humid day.
star-4
I liked that they took us...
Lauren_D
, Jul 2022
I liked that they took us exactly to where we needed to be for Mt Rigi. They provided us with train passes too. That made it easy. The boat ride was lovely and Lucern was incredible. I just think the tour should have been an hour longer. Either start an hour earlier or end an hour later. I did not feel it was enough time to explore both places. Also, they need to update their maps. They told us to meet at a certain location for pick up, provided us with a map and address and our entire tour group sat and waited. It turns out they were picking us up somewhere else. That should have been communicated better. We had a different driver in the morning and got picked up by someone else later. The guides and drivers were very nice though.
star-5
Great day trip, easy self guided portion, & beautiful views.
Sierra_H
, Jul 2022
This trip was amazing! The guide gave us plenty of information on the ride there and a pamphlet of information for the self guided portion. If you’re looking for lunch I recommend restaurant Alpina at the Kaltbad stop. Also, the short hike from that stop leads to a beautiful viewpoint.
star-5
Increased knowledge of Switzerland.
Joseph_W
, Jun 2022
Our guide Peter was very informative. Providing us with helpfully information on the country, the area and what we were seeing. Did not feel rushed.
star-5
Recommend
Kimberly_W
, Jun 2022
Recommend. Great views. Fun to experience Rigi and Luzern from train, bus, and boat. Our guide Peter was very informative on the beautiful drive to Mt Rigi. Can choose to spend more time on top of Rigi hiking or spend more time in the city depending on your preference.
star-5
Amazing!
Young_S
, Jun 2022
Its beautiful scenery at the mountain and lake was amazing. At the same time vibrant culture of Lucerne
star-4
Good experience but was not complete guided tour
anoushh
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was great. However, the tour was partially guided which in the tour description on line did not mention that. So we were our own guide in Lucerne.
star-2
Left in the rain
Laura_A
, Jun 2022
Although we had a very good day, our driver left without us at the end of the day despite the fact that it was storming. We were to be at an address at 17:50 and we were told he would arrive between 17:50 and 18:00. We got to the address a few minutes prior to 18:00 and there was no van and no other passengers waiting. We were definitely at the right address and had the correct time. I called the emergency number and could not get through. We waited for another 15 minutes. We went to a hotel where they also tried to called the tour company emergency number and could not get through to them. We had to take a train back to Zurich, which cost an additional 50 francs. Add to this all that I am a single woman traveling my autistic teenager, and it was a very irresponsible thing for the driver to do.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Laura, Thank you very much for choosing to visit Mount Rigi with Best of Switzerland Tours and for sharing your experience. We are happy to hear that you and your son enjoyed your day on the mountain and regret that you did not join the group for the return journey to Zurich. We had a total of 16 guests and our tour guide Franz picked up the other 14 guests at the designated meeting point at the agreed time. Out of consideration for the other guests on tour, we cannot hold the bus any longer than 5 minutes after the scheduled departure time. We are sorry to hear that you tried to contact us and could not get through. While our office was already closed at 18:00, I personally attended to our hotline and cannot find any missed calls in the call log. Should you have indeed called us at +41 44 710 50 50, we kindly ask you to send us a screenshot at info@switzerland-tours.ch and we will be happy to further investigate the issue. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused and look forward to hearing from you. Best regards, Amanda from Best of Switzerland Tours
star-5
A very memoriable journey...
Karimeldin_B
, May 2022
A very memoriable journey with a great staff and breathtakingly scenes through the mountain or the lake Thank you
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Good trip for exploring Switzerland
Molly_C
, Apr 2022
Informative guide, good value for money for the experience provided and very flexible hosts as we were running late. We had a fantastic day.
star-5
Highly recommended.
Samar_A
, Oct 2021
Was fantastic! Planned so good. Using three kinds of different transport systems, and every one of them was a great experience. Times also planned so properly.
star-5
Nice tour if you want free time in Lucerne
Deborah_S
, Sep 2021
What a great way to see the beginning of the Alps and Lucerne. We wanted to see lake Lucerne and a small mountain so this trip was a good fit
star-5
Amazing view and journey.
Anshul S
, Aug 2019
What an awesome tour it was. Cable car, cotwheel train and then a cruise boat. And most importantly the beautiful view feom mount Rigi.
star-2
Badly managed trip to Mount Rigi and Lucerne. No support of guide in the entire journey. Tourists are left on their own.
pradeepsaxena2019
, Aug 2019
Badly managed trip to Mount Rigi and Lucerne. No support of guide in the entire journey. Tourists are left on their own. Do not recommend anyone for this trip by Viator.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Great Day Trip
prigar
, Aug 2019
Great day trip. You can do it at your own pace. We took our time exploring couple of places on the way to top. The journey from Zurich to Weggis by coach was comfortable and the guide was informative. From Weggis we were on our own. The boat trip back from Vitznau to Lucern was beautiful as well. Overall we enjoyed our day. Thanks
star-1
Disappointing
Mario_D
, Jul 2019
Not sure how it is well scored, the only service provided by the tour operator is the transport to the place, and pickup after youmanage by your own the full day. They mixed tours and ask you to wait for the bus in certain pick up location, they ask you to be on time (earlier than the scheduled time and don't move) l, but the bus gets delayed from the other tour and you need to wait there doing nothing... In our case a delay of approx 45 min, while other group got the news that their bus was not coming and they needed to be for in our bus.... Really bad organization from the tour operator. Additionally when we were leaving the bus was hot by another bus in the parking lot and the departure was delayed a while...
star-3
Bus was 45 minutes late
Emilio_D
, Jul 2019
The tour company seemed very unorganized from the beginning, everyone running around confused. When the tour started the info the guide was giving us was mostly just pointing out sights, i.e. "there's the Zurich river, there's the train station," not super interesting stuff...stuff you could know by looking around yourself as you drive. I felt like the tour was a glorified taxi service. They drop you off at the lift to go up to mt. Rigi with a ticket, voucher, and schedule to follow for the day. You are completely on your own, which wasn't a problem, but not what I expected and I was hoping to learn some interesting information about these places. Then, everyone on the tour gathered at the bus stop at the arranged time and the bus was 45 minutes late! They did not even apologize, they just said that it wasn't their fault and that they ran into traffic. They said weekends usually have traffic but if they know this then they should leave earlier to make sure they get to the location to pick us up by the time they tell us to be there by. The sights we saw, the lift and the boat ride, were amazing, but the tour organization sucked.
2 travelers found this review helpful

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