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Mount Rigi
Nicknamed the “Queen of the Mountains,” Mount Rigi has long captured the hearts of writers like Mark Twain and painters like JMW Turner. Encircled by a trio of lakes—Lake Lucerne, Lake Zug, and Lake Lauerz—and adjacent to the neighboring peaks of Mount Pilatus and Brunnistock, Mount Rigi is the enduring postcard star of Central Switzerland.

The Basics
The 5,899-foot (1,798-meter) summit of Mount Rigi affords spectacular views, but the journey to the top is just as impressive as the destination. Opt for a self-guided, group, or private tour and ride the aerial cable car or cogwheel railway up to the snow-covered peak. Once you’re at the top, activities such as horse-drawn carriage rides, tobogganing, and snowshoeing excursions are available. To personalize your experience, combine a trip to Mount Rigi with a scenic cruise across Lake Lucerne, a Lucerne city tour, or a hike in the alps. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Visitor facilities at the Mount Rigi summit include a hotel, restaurant, and a wellness center. 
  • Wrap up warm—the high altitude means it will be chilly on the mountaintop even in the summer months.
  • The cable car, cogwheel railways, and some of Mount Rigi’s hiking trails are wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
Mount Rigi is located in the Schwyzer Alps in Central Switzerland, overlooking the city of Lucerne and Lake Lucerne. There are three main ways to access the summit—by cogwheel railway from Vitznau (a 30-minute trip) or Arth-Goldau (a 45-minute trip), or by cable car from Weggis (a 10-minute trip). Both Weggis and Vitznau can be reached by steamboat from Lucerne, while regular trains run to Arth-Goldau from both Lucerne and Zurich. 

When to Get There
It’s possible to visit Mount Rigi year-round, although the aerial cable car is occasionally closed for maintenance during low season. Summer—particularly July and August—is the busiest season, when mild weather allows visitors to explore over 75 miles (120 kilometers) of hiking trails. The winter months of December and January are also a popular time to visit, when skiing, snowboarding, and tobogganing opportunities abound. 

The Views from Mount Rigi
The main attraction of Mount Rigi is the panoramic view from the summit of Rigi Kulm, the highest peak of the mountain. Thanks to its central location, Rigi Kulm is one of the best viewpoints in Central Switzerland. Gaze out over the Swiss Alps, the Swiss Plateau, the Bernese Alps, and 13 different lakes; enjoy an aerial view of Lucerne city; and spot the distant peaks of the Glarus Alps, the Vosges Mountains over the French border, and Germany’s Black Forest.
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Mt. Rigi - Day Pass

Explore 5,899-foot (1,798-meter) Mount Rigi at your own pace on this self-guided tour, ideal for families and outdoor enthusiasts. The included train ticket is good for unlimited rides on the three train services that provide access around the area; two cogwheel trains and an aerial cable car.
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  • 3 to 7 hours
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  • 3 to 7 hours
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Day Trips

Mt. Rigi - Day Pass incl. Mineral Baths Rigi Kaltbad & Boat Ride from/to Lucerne

Save time researching Swiss Alps highlights, and get access to an itinerary of spectacular sights to visit in a day, such as Mt. Rigi, and the Rigi Kaltbad Mineral Baths & Spa. Rather than rushing to keep up with a group, a benefit of this tour is that it’s self-guided. Enjoy the freedom of exploring on your own, but the perk of having transport included, such as a round-trip Lake Lucerne cruise, a ride on a mountain railway, and a cable car ride included.
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  • 5 to 9 hours
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  • 5 to 9 hours
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Day Trips

Mt. Rigi - Day Pass Winter

Visit Mt. Rigi with this day transport and lift pass ticket, and see the famous Swiss mountain at your own pace. From Vitznau, Goldau, or Weggis, you’ll travel by two mountain trains, and then cable car to the summit. Once at the top, how you spend your time is up to you. Enjoy soaring summit views over the peaks of the Bernese Alps, hunker down in a mountaintop restaurant, or check out the walking trails and snow-sledding paths. Your ticket is valid for unlimited rides on the three services through the day.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Mount Rigi tour & lake boat cruise with private tourguide - starts from Basel

See the best of the Mt. Rigi region without the hassle of planning on this comprehensive day tour. Enjoy the luxury of having a private guide just to yourself, with a convenient meeting at your hotel. Get access to incredible views by traveling on a mix of trains, a boat, and a cogwheel railway. Enjoy a cruise along Lake Lucerne, visit Viznau, and go to the scenic Arth-Goldau.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Rigi round tour & lake boat cruise - with private tourguide - from Lucerne

The peaceful waters of Lake Lucerne and the mighty summit of Mt. Rigi are two of the Swiss Alps’ most popular sights, but reaching them by public transport can be a challenge. This private 8-hour combination cruise and cog-wheel railway tour from the city makes it possible to check both off your list in a day, plus take in other sites of interest such as the town of Arth-Goldau.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Mount Rigi Tour & Lake Boat Cruise with Private Tour Guide - Starts from Zurich

Travel from Zurich to Interlaken and Mt. Rigi on a full-day, private tour that explores a spectacular landscape of high peaks and lakes. With a personal guide to coordinate transport—which includes boats, two cog railways, and trains—you’ll be free to enjoy the scenery and the experience. Optional lunch on the summit of Mt. Rigi offers panoramic views and outside dining on sunny days.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Rail Tours

Mount Rigi Day Trip from Lucerne with Classic Rigi walking trail

Discover( Apr. - Nov.) some of the most remarkable landscapes in Central Switzerland on this private full-day Mt Rigi Panoramic Walking Tour departing from Lucerne. Experience by foot and with three different transportations modes: a lovely boat trip, Europe’s first cogwheel train up the steep mountainside to the summit of Switzerland’s most magnificent natural landmark, Rigi Kulm; and an aerial cable car ride to soak up sweeping alpine vistas. Walk the "Classic Rigi Trail" an inspiring experience along the captivating panorama path towards Rigi-Kaltbad with magnificent views of Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps. We have created for you one of the best adventures at Mt Rigi. This unforgettable Alpine experience at Mount Rigi ‘Queen of the Swiss Mountains’ can be combined with a two hr. walking tour in Lucerne, the most beautiful from all Swiss cities! includes the Chapel Bridge, Lion Monument and Lucerne Castle.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Photography Tours

Mount Rigi and Lucerne Winter Photo Tour

Discover (from December to March) the frozen enchantment of Central Switzerland in a full day Photography Winter Tour combined in an unforgettable experience Mount Rigi ‘Queen of the Swiss Mountains’ and Lucerne, the most beautiful from all Swiss cities. Experience three different transportations modes with Europe’s first cogwheel train up the steep mountainside to the summit of Switzerland’s most magnificent natural landmark; an aerial cable car ride to soak up sweeping alpine vistas and an inspiring boat trip through the magnificent Lake Lucerne. Explore charismatic cities with dramatic mountain scenery and historical highlights. The perfect swiss scenic journey plenty of photography opportunities from the beginning to the end! This Invigorating day adventure includes photography support and tips along the whole tour.  We’ve thought of every detail to make this a perfect trip!
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Day Trips

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⛰️ STRESS - DAY TRIP FROM ZURICH

Scenic day trip to Mount Rigi including ride on Europe’s first mountain railway and boat ride on Lake Luzern.Meeting point: Zurich Main Station at 9:45 AM- We take the train from Zurich to Arth Goldau (50min). Beautiful train ride passing Zurich lake and Zug lake views.- We change to Mountain Railway taking us to Rigi Kulm (1,798 m / 5898 feet). It is a picturesque trip and you are recommended to keep your camera at the ready. (40min)- It's lunchtime. We take a picnic while enjoying 360 degree views of Switzerland. (1h)- Simple walk down from Rigi Kulm station to Rigi Kaltbad (3km / 2 miles). Easy stroll with unmistakable panorama. (2h)- We take the cogwheel railway down from Rigi Kaltbad to Vitznau (25min)- We combine our trip with a boat ride to Luzern (1h). Relax inside our outside ship deck with posibility to buy refreshments and snacks.- In Luzern we spend (1h) sightseeing famous places of Lion Monument, Old Town and Chapel Bridge.We are back in Zurich at 6pm.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Photography Tours

Mount Rigi Sunrise Photo Tour

Even over a hundred years ago, lovers of romance and adventure – including Mark Twain – used to travel to the top of Mt. Rigi to watch the legendary sunrise. Nowadays, thanks to the comfortable ride up with the Cogwheel Train, we can enjoy this natural spectacle. At Rigi Kulm, an unforgettable panoramic view of the magnificent mountain scene awaits early risers. The poignant sound of the alphorn accompanying the majestic sunrise rounds off this memorable experience perfectly. The breakfast buffet that follows in the Rigi Event Marquee at Rigi Staffel is a treat for body and soul. Walk along the panorama trail and after board the cogwheel train back to the station. Drive back in a comfortable private transportation back to your Hotel in Lucerne.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Photography Tours

Mount Rigi: Full-Day Photography Tour

Capture the beauty of the alps on camera, during a 7-hour Mt. Rigi photo tour from Lucerne. After traveling up the cogwheel mountain railway, you’ll learn how to photograph the alpine views from a professional photographer guide. Camera tips and guidance are included, but the train ride and lunch are both at your own expense.   
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Day Trips

Mt. Rigi - Day Pass incl. Mineral Baths Rigi Kaltbad

Your Mount Rigi self-guided day ticket grants access to one of Switzerland's most famous mountains. A preferred outing for families, hikers or lovers of a relaxing day in nature. The mountain lays like a peninsula within Lake Lucerne and Lake Zug, right in the heart of Switzerland. It is very easily connected from Lucerne by boat, train or private car to Vitznau or Weggis, and from Zurich by direct train line or highway A4 to Arth-Goldau. The 360-degree views from the top are stunning and the countless optional activities provide full relaxation for everybody. Combine your mountain excursion with some relaxing hours at the Rigi Kaltbad Mineral Baths & Spa which delivers an exclusive wellness experience surrounded by a legendary Alpine landscape. Unwind and pamper yourself.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich

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.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Sightseeing Passes

Swiss Travel Pass 4 Days

Switzerland boasts diverse cities and striking landscapes, but travelling between them can be costly. With a 4-day travel pass, enjoy unlimited use of the country’s transport network across 90 cities and 3 mountains, as well as free admission to over 500 museums. From Alpine vistas to almost Mediterranean terrain, absorb Switzerland’s highlights as you explore by boat, bus, or train.
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days

Day Trips

Independent Mount Rigi Tour from Lucerne Including Lake Lucerne Cruise

Take your Swiss Alps adventure to new heights on this independent day trip to Mt Rigi. Explore this breathtaking destination at your own pace, starting with a boat cruise from Lucerne. Use your pre-booked tickets and provided timetables to plan the cogwheel train and aerial cable car portions of your tour. You’ll take the railway up Rigi Kulm for two or five hours of free time at the summit, depending on which option you select. Then enjoy more postcard-worthy views en route to Weggis before the return boat ride to Lucerne.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Overnight Tours

2-Day Mt Rigi Tour from Zurich Including Mineral Baths and Lake Lucerne Cruise

Combine the natural splendor of Mt Rigi with the soothing serenity of Kaltbad Mineral Baths and Spa on an enriching 2-day tour from Zurich. Board a luxury coach and travel through the scenic Swiss countryside to Mount Rigi, one of the country’s most magnificent natural landmarks. Take an aerial cable car ride to the mountain’s summit to absorb panoramic Alpine vistas, and then submerge yourself in the thermal waters of hot springs for a truly rejuvenating experience. Explore the striking city of Lucerne and enjoy a tranquil river cruise. Luxuriate in comfortable overnight accommodation and enjoy two meals on this tour.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

Historical & Heritage Tours

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Mount Rigi - daily small group tour with local guide - starts in Luzern

Experience the unique day tour within a small group to central Switzerland and the pre-Alps. You meet your tour guide in Lucerne at the boat station. Together you travel with the boat ride on lake Lucerne to transfer to Vitznau. Board the scenic coghwheel railway and arrive after 30 minutes at Mount Rigi. Enjoy your free time at your disposal (approx. 2.5 hours) to discover the peak with the scenic view point. Two restaurants invite you to enjoy lunch at 7000ft altitude. Your tourguide will await you for the return travel, you will travel by coghwheel train to Arth-Goldau. From there you will get to the train and you arrive in central Lucerne. It’s time for a short visit in the old town and to cross the world’s known wooden chapel bridge.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Rail Tours

Exclusive Authentic Swiss Experience from Lucerne: Boat Ride, Rigi Mountain and Chocolate Adventure

Experience Switzerland's lakes, mountains and chocolate making. Immerse yourself in all things Swiss on this 6-hour independent day-trip from Lucerne. Admire epic scenery on a round-trip boat ride on Lake Lucerne. Hop off at Vitznau to ride the cog train up Mt Rigi for spectacular Alpine views; and disembark again at the Swiss Museum of Transport for a multimedia journey at the Swiss Chocolate Adventure. Your tour is non-guided, with pre-arranged boat and train departure times.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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Day Trips

Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich

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.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Day Trips

Private trip from Zurich to Lucerne City & Mount Rigi - Queen of the mountains

 Explore Lucerne and Mount Rigi with this guided day trip from Zurich. During the course of your day, you'll see sights such as the famous Lion Monument and the 14th-century all-wood Chapel Bridge, with plenty of time to lounge in local cafes. You’ll then take a boat to Vitznau and a cable car to Mount Rigi, with beautiful Bernese Alp views.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

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Mount Rigi - daily small group tour with local guide - starts in Basel

Experience the unique day tour within a small group to central Switzerland and the pre-Alps. You meet your tour guide in Basel at the train station. Together you travel typically Swiss-style by train to Lucerne (1 hour). From there you start with the boat ride on lake Lucerne to transfer to Vitznau. Board the scenic coghwheel railway and arrive after 30 minutes at Mount Rigi. Enjoy your free time at your disposal (approx. 2.5 hours) to discover the peak with the scenic view point. Two restaurants invite you to enjoy lunch at 7000ft altitude. Your tourguide will await you for the return travel, you will travel by coghwheel train to Arth-Goldau. From there you will get to the train and you arrive in central Lucerne. It’s time for a short visit in the old town and to cross the world’s known wooden chapel bridge. After this visit, your tourguide will lead you to your train back to Basel. Our local tour guide is happy to answer all your questions during the day.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Mt Rigi & Mt Pilatus - 2 Peaks in 1 Day

Mt. Pilatus & Mt. Rigi - if you only have one day in Lucerne and can't decide which mountain do go up, why not choose them both? Our "Two Peaks in One Day" private tour enables you to experience the best of both mountains in one day.Start with Mt Rigi and its stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding Alps; visit an artisan alpine cheese-maker and walk a panoramic ridge route with views over 3 lakes.  Relax with a picnic lunch on a scenic boat cruise before ascending to the top of Mt. Pilatus by gondola and “Dragon Ride” cableway.  Return to lake level on the world’s steepest cogwheel train ride and then a quick and easy train ride back to Lucerne. Private tour with an expert local English-speaking guide who is happy to give you as much information as you want and to answer any questions about Switzerland – the country, its heritage, and its culture.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Multi-day Tours

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Private tour guide all over Switzerland and Liechtenstein

Swiss expert tour guide (Languages: Indonesian/ English/ German)Join us to experience the beauty of Switzerland..we love to show you the hidden gems the alpen country has to offer..be it the beautiful waterfalls, mountains, lakes, shopping outlets, Swiss souvenirs, etcFrom budget travellers to VIPs..From small group to big group..We cover your travel needs..if needed, we can provide you with transportation service (limousine, luxury cars, minivan for 7 people, minibus for 21 people, big bus for 50 people).
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

Cultural Tours

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Mt. Rigi Private Hike

Locals agree that Mt Rigi is one of Switzerland’s most favorite places for hikingMount Rigi, also known as the “Queen of the Mountains”, is THE mountain peak where Swiss alpine tourism began over 200 years ago. It may not be as high as its opposite peak, Mt Pilatus, but a round trip to the summit of Mt Rigi and a hike along its ridge path with spectacular views is always worth the trip.Highlights of this tour:2-3 hours of easy walking on marked trails with panoramic views over the Alps and lakesLight outdoor grill lunch (Vegetarians – please warn us in advance!)4 types of public transportation – local train, cogwheel railway, aerial cableway and and boatOption to include time at the Rigi Kaltbad Mineral Spa Bath indoor/outdoor facilities.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Multi-day Tours

7-day Magical Moments Tour from Geneva

A leisurely tour to two of Switzerland’s best known resorts. As popular in winter as in summer, the two lakeside resorts of Interlaken and Lucerne offer fantastic winter scenery and excursions for fun without skis. Explore high alpine peaks,Switzerland’s traditional winter warmer – Cheese Fondue and enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride.
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  • 7 days
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