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clock-o9 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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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 cog-wheel train
  • On Mount Rigi, go for a walk or hike, enjoy a meal and admire the views of the Swiss Alps
  • Paddle-steamer ride on Lake Lucerne to the town of Lucerne
  • Free time to explore Lucerne at your leisure
  • Perfect day trip for the independent traveler!

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

You get a lot of free time to explore the lovely Lucerne area. Hike on Mt Rigi with its top-notch views of the Alps before taking a relaxing boat ride to Lucerne, a picturesque town where you can sightsee, shop or just have a drink at one of the many restaurants and bars along the lake.
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.

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S
, Oct 2018

This is an excellent one day excursion. Plenty of time to enjoy the view of the surroundings below and the Swiss Alps from Rigi. Plan a picnic if possible and take a blanket or something to sit on. It will be the best picnic ever. Only 2 hours in Lucerne but that is plenty to see the highlights of the city.

F
, Aug 2018

nothing to fault, think the tour size was large from memory but yeh. Can probably do it on your own if you bothered to and less rushed.

f
, Jul 2018

We had a beautiful day even though it was hot and close to 90 degree's. The bus was very comfortable and our tour guide was knowledgable and very sweet. 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. On the way up on tram, met a local with 2 dogs who rudely screamed at a woman in our group who petted one of her dogs. Apparently, you don't touch or pet dogs in Switzerland so beware. Otherwise, was a lovely day and meeting points were easy to find.

R
, Jul 2018

This is a completely self-guided tour besides transportation. You are dropped off at the cable car station of Mt Rigi. There is a suggested itinerary to help you plan your day. We took the cable car then train to get to the top. You can easily spend several hours walking around up at the top. There are a few shops and restaurants at the top. We took a train to bottom and caught the boat to Lucerne. The boat ride was enjoyable. However, the top part of the boat is for first class tickets only. It down poured while we were in Lucerne but cleared up. Very nice town but I would recommend looking into some things to do before going.

m
, May 2018

Fabulous day! We had perfect weather and the views from Mt.Rigis and lake Lucerne were superb. Great excursion.

k
, Apr 2018

Fantastic day! A must do!

L
, Feb 2018

We had a wonderful time. Unfortunately, weather deterred our ability to spend time on the mountain. We really enjoyed the extra time in Lucerne however.

E
, Jan 2018

Nice tour, but viewing on Mount Rigi is at the mercy of the weather. Lake Lucerne is beautiful, but the time in Lucerne City is quite limited.

V
, Dec 2017

The tour was good.!We got a bit delayed in leaving Zurich, but everything else went as planned. We enjoyed very much Mount Rigi and I definitely recommend this tour. It was also nice to have time to ourselves in Lucerne to go around the town and do a bit of shopping.

S
, Nov 2017

Great tour except at the end. Had to wait for another tour to pick us up so added about an hour of down time.


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