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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 veritignous mountain vantage point and relish the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Zurich hotel.


  • 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 Our Insiders Chose 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.

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What You Can Expect

Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich

Ride a traditional cog-wheel train and admire the scenery on your day trip from Zurich

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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Customer Reviews

Arindam C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was not a fully guided tour but I don and #39;t think this needs to be. The driver Monica was very good , did a running commentary while going to the entrance of the Rigi. She explained every part of the trip very clearly. A totally satisfied trip. Haven and #39;t felt any problem anywhere. Thanks a lot.

Erin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Words can not express how amazing this tour was!!! It was a must do... BEST decision ever...and the tour company was AWESOME!!! On time, great agenda, great driver, and best tour guide!! Told us exactly what we needed to do and awesome facts as we drove through Switzerland.... A MUST!!!! The view is like no other... Nothing but positive things to say this awesomeness....


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Fabulous day and tour guide. Beautiful views coming down the Cogwheel train overlooking the lake of Lucern. A real experience not to be missed.

Elyse E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great trip!

Martin N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Must do trip!
Cable car up to Rigi - Mt Rigi itself is incredible. Cogwheel train down to the lake, then a boat to Lucerne. The whole day is brilliant and the views are amazing. Not much else to say expect ...go!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a great day if you like to wander around on your own and not tied to a group. We loved having the free time to hike around Mt Rigi and explore Lucerne at our own pace. Highly recommend this tour!

Lisa R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A terrific day! Well organized. The weather couldn't have been more spectacular. I highly recommend this tour! On our own we never would have known how to piece all the parts together, the cable car, the cog wheel train, the boat to Lucerne!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour was exceptional. There were only four to five people going to Mt.Rigi, so this group was combined with Mt.Titlis groupmakes sense. The tour guide, Fernando kept on briefing us though out the journey. We were handed over the vouchers in Weggis, and then we were free to roam as per our convenience. For the onward journey, the bus didnt go through the highway, instead took the Albis pass route which was fascinating.
While returning we were waiting for the tour bus in Lucerne and our tour bus was a bit late, the guide from other tour busI dont remember her name called our tour guide and told us that our bus is on the way, which was quite pleasing.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour is mostly unguided. We are pretty much on our own once the bus drop us off to take the cogwheel train up to Mount Rigi. We only saw the guide again at the waiting area to take the bus back to Zurich.
We got a great view with amazing weather while the people who joined the Mount Pilatus tour got fog and clouds.
Margerit ? the guide was stressing about being on time, only for the bus to be half an hour late.

Kelsey M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent day trip! Our tour guide Juan was lovely and very knowledgable. On the steamboat ride to Lucerne he checked on every group on the tour to make sure everyone was enjoying the trip. A jam packed day but glad to have seen so much.

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