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.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

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
  • From 01-21 Apr 2023, 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
  • 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.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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


24 Oct, 2022

Wonderful and plenty of activities to do! The tour guide was informative on the drive over and back. I would just add that you can leave Mt. Rigi at 1pm as well to make the 1349 boat to luzern.


12 Oct, 2022

This trip is self guided, the only thing the tour operator provides is a bus ride to and from. There are other tours on the bus. You get a pamphlet (with time tables for transportation) at checkin, given a bus ride and dropped off at the Mt Rigi cable car station. At that point the ‘guide’ gives you tickets for the cable car and the boat to Lucerne and tells you where and when to meet in Lucerne for the bus back. The “guided” part of this is the talk given while on the bus to and from the destination which was not very good. This wasn’t my expectation and it would have been less expensive to plan the travel from Zurich on my own. The description on the La Vacanza Travel site doesn’t explicitly state it is a self guided tour.


12 Oct, 2022

This was not as expected, having had positive experience with La Vacanza Travel previously. This tour was primarily transportation to Mt Rigi ending in Lucerne. We were transported to the cable car station, dumped off and handed tickets for the cable car and boat to Lucerne. The only “guided portion” was a short narrative on the bus which was poor at best. The tour guide abruptly dumped us at the first stop and traveled on with the other 2 tour groups on our bus. We, my husband and another couple could have planned this on our own at a much less cost, roughly half the cost. It was not worth was was charged. I tried to email customer service to ask for a refund but my email was sent back and not able to be delivered. This was an expensive self guided tour.


20 Sep, 2022

The guide team led by Francesca and Conrad was funny, informative and professional. It was a full day that we really enjoyed.


19 Sep, 2022

This was a self guided tour that I was unaware of. It didn’t state anywhere it was self guided and a bit stressful as I had to figure out everything on my own. The driver was the best part of the tour he was pleasant and vey helpful.

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


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Great time at Mount Rigi and Lucerne


Great Trip Overall!!


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


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Beautiful day, beautiful sites, enjoyable tour!


Stunning Swiss landscape and leisurely trip


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