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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.)
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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
Live-guided from Zürich to Weggis and from Lucerne to Zürich (no guide on Mt. Rigi and boat ride)
Gratuities
Hotel pick-up and drop off
Meals and drinks

Departure Point

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”.

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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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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 and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer 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 and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer 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 and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich.

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Traveler Tips


  • "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

Reviews

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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.
star-5
Great for on-your-own exploring
Angela_B
, Jun 2019
This was perfect for us. We wanted to adventure on our own but have the ability to not worry about transportation from one place to the next. This trip provided us with the perfect combination of hiking and touring the city!
star-5
Excellent
EsvinJose_E
, Jun 2019
it was excellent, everything on time, great time, tourist guide were so informative and also they speak fluently spanish and english.
star-4
Worthwhile trip
Sue_H
, Jun 2019
We were very lucky as we had a warm, sunny day. There were 2 tours combined on our bus so after a lovely drive through the countryside, ten of us were dropped off at the cable car where our guide explained that the next part of the trip we would do on our own. So we took the cable car part way up Mt Rigi then we caught a cogwheel train to take us up to the top. Our guide said we would have over 2-hours up on the mountain and then we needed to catch the train that would take us down to the river where a boat took us on a cruise around Lake Lucerne. We then had about an hour to wander around Lucerne before we met the bus. Now I agree with earlier reviews saying you don’t need as much time at Riga but more time in Lucerne. So we left Riga after about a good hour and were able to spend more time in Lucerne. Our guide Rosemary was very good but she did confuse us a little about the part we needed to go on our own. It was a magical day with superb weather. It certainly met our expectations and I would certainly recommend this excursion. Hopefully the weather will be good.

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