Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich | La Vacanza Travel

Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich

Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Switzerland, Zürich, Zurich

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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Zurich
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  • Not-Cancellable


On this full-day alpine excursion, escape Zurich and spend a glorious day in the Lake Lucerne area, exploring Mount Rigi, known as the ‘Queen of the Mountains,’ and the picturesque lakeside town of Lucerne. This tour is mostly made up of free time and self-guided activities – your guide will be with you from Zurich to Weggis, at the foot of the mountain, and then you’re free to explore the mountain and Lucerne at your leisure. Ride an aerial cable car and a cogwheel train, take in stunning views over the Swiss Alps and enjoy a boat ride on Lake Lucerne – it’s a full day of gorgeous scenery and mountain delights.

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Pass By: Zurich, Zurich

Departure place is at the Sihlquai Bus Station. 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: Weggis, Weggis

Your tour guide will drop you off in Weggis, where the self-guided part of your day trip begins. Board the aerial cable car to Rigi Kaltbad where you change to Europe's first ever mountain railway up to the summit Rigi-Kulm (1800m).

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Mt. Rigi, Lucerne 6354 Switzerland

Your itinerary on Mount Rigi is flexible – you can spend 1 to 2.5 hours exploring at your own pace, using the itinerary sheets and timetables your guide will give you.
The unsurpassed views from the top of this majestic mountain to the midland with its deep blue lakes and the snowcapped mountain range will overwhelm you! A variety of well-prepared hiking trails invite for a walk and cozy alpine restaurants offer a decent selection of typical, hearty meals all accompanied by the amazing alpine panorama.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Stop At: Vitznau, Vitznau

In the afternoon, descent by cogwheel train to Vitznau and board the public boat for a lovely one-hour cruise on the picturesque Lake of the Four Cantons towards Lucerne.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Lucerne, Lucerne

Enjoy the remaining free time exploring the medieval streets of the Old Town before meeting your tour guide for the coach journey back to Zurich.
See the famous Chapel Bridge, the Jesuit Church, and the Town Hall. Further recommendations are a visit to the Swiss Museum of Transport, the biggest museum in Switzerland or for art lovers the Rosengart Museum with works of the famous artists Picasso and Paul Klee (entry fees may apply).

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Zurich, Zurich

Meet your tour guide at the meeting point in Lucerne for the coach journey back to Zurich in the evening.

  • Aerial cable car, cogwheel train
  • Boat ride from Vitznau to Lucerne
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach from Zurich to Weggis and from Lucerne to Zurich
  • Partly guided tour by professional multilingual guide as per description
  • Carbon-balanced operations certified by myclimate

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 27.11.-01.12.2023 | 04.-28.03.2024 | 18.-22.11.2024 | 25.-29.11.2024 | 03.-31.03.2025: the round-trip up and down Mt Rigi will be by cogwheel train due to cable car maintenance.
  • The tour is accompanied from Zurich to Weggis and from Lucerne to Zurich. For the individual stay in Mt Rigi and Lucerne, tickets and a written itinerary are provided.
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • 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
Departure Point

Best of Switzerland Tours AG, Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

Departure Time

09:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


9 hours 30 minutes

User's Reviews


30 Oct, 2023

Riding up partially in the sardine pack cable car was an experience and halfway along the trip change to the cog wheel train for the up mountain trip to Mt Rigi- the queen of mountain with beautiful scenery and we could see the changes in season from the leaves turning into yellow.


29 Oct, 2023

This tour is great for independent travelers. Transportation is provided to the cable car with very clear instructions and tickets to get up Rigi via cable car and train. Different return times are provided to allow you more or less time on Rigi or in Lucerne. Cruise tickets are provided and free time in Lucerne with clear pick up instructions. We loved being able to customize it and travel independently. The views up the cable car and train were gorgeous. The cruise was also beautiful. We loved Lucerne. had a great day. Note. This bus leaves with several different tours on it. We got dropped first at Rigi but others stayed on to Lucerne and to the other mountain. It appears that they pick up more people when they drop day trippers to Lucerne and then move onwards to the other mountain. But with the Rigi tour they all get off in Lucerne when we got back on the bus. So imo Rigi was the best choice to avoid that all. Plus I can't imagine better views!


10 Oct, 2023

This was an excellent tour! Our guide was very engaging and informative during the bus trip. I chose the self guided option after that. The gondola ride was breathtaking and Mount Rigi was amazing although we did have some low clouds. I had a very filling lunch at the cafe. The boat ride on Lake Lucerne was very relaxing. Lucerne was a wonderful city to explore and I saw many of the most famous sites. A wonderful day trip from Zurich!


04 Oct, 2023

My friends and I had the most wonderful time on this trip. Our guide was incredibly kind, passionate, and knowledgeable. She narrated our trip to Weggis and from there we were on our own for the remainder of the day. We were provided booklets perfectly outlining the day and transportation. Overall, the trip was well-organized and so much fun.


30 Sep, 2023

This was a great trip taking in views of the mountains from a cable car, cogwheel train, walking and boat. And spending 2 hours exploring Lucerne. The weather was nice so the temperature in September was warm and only needed a jacket at the top of Rigi where it was a bit windy. The views down fabulous especially as the sunlight hit the mountains in the afternoon and looking down on the lake and countryside. Most of it was self-guided at your own pace with a time to be at each pick-up point. And the distance was not too far so we’ll worth it for a day out to do so much! The Tour guide was also very informative while travelling to and from Zurich.

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Great day on Rigi


Great day trip from Zurich


Wonderful experience on Rigi


I love to come again


Confusing at the top of Mt Rigi and poor directions to find the bus in Lucerne.


Very nice experience


Awesome trip to the mountain


I liked that they took us...


Great day trip, easy self guided portion, & beautiful views.


Magical day in Mount Rigi and Lucerne - coach, cable car, train & boat


Great time at Mount Rigi and Lucerne


Great Trip Overall!!


Pleasant Day




The Full Swiss Experience: Mountains, lakes, chocolate, and trains


Nice experience


Totally amazing


Beautiful day, beautiful sites, enjoyable tour!


Stunning Swiss landscape and leisurely trip


Great tour with a lot of flexibility and freedom to be on your own!


This tour was so amazing and it is...


Our tour guide was very informative...


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