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From Zürich: Guided Day Trip to Rigi and Lake Lucerne

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47 reviews

Activity provider: Best of Switzerland Tours
Day trip

From Zürich: Guided Day Trip to Rigi and Lake Lucerne

Activity provider: Best of Switzerland Tours
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From US$ 144.16 per person

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Conquer the "Queen of the Mountains" on this full-day tour. Scale Mt. Rigi by cable car from Weggis and travel to Vitznau by cable car, then marvel at unique landscapes on a boat ride on Lake Lucerne.

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Duration 9.5 hours
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  • Enjoy the exceptional view from a cable-car ascending into the Swiss Alps
  • Take a historic journey on the oldest funicular railway in the world
  • Scale Rigi and see for yourself why it is known as the Queen of the Mountains
  • Take in panoramic views as you sail across the smooth waters of Lake Lucerne
  • Visit the old town of Lucerne and admire Mount Rigi from a unique perspective
Full description

Take in the astonishing Swiss Alps on this partially guided tour. Relax on the bus trip from Zürich before an exciting, enchanting adventure through breathtaking Swiss scenery by cable-car, cogwheel train, and boat. Traveling through the Albispass, your tour will reach Lake Lucerne, the fourth-largest lake in Switzerland, lying on the border between four cantons. Enjoy fantastic views of the lake from its eastern shore, in the small resort-town of Weggis, nestled right at the foot of the Rigi.

The view can only get better as you ascend in the cable-car up the Rigi, known as "the Queen of the Mountains," to the perfectly situated baths and spa on its slopes. The sight of the 13 lakes that surround the mountain, and of the scenery of central Switzerland mountains, is sure to enchant you. Take souvenir photographs to treasure forever as you make your leisurely ascent into the mountains.

In the summer you can explore the Rigi on foot; in winter there is a chance to uncover its secrets by sleigh. Enjoy a unique journey on the oldest funicular in the world, built in 1871, to Vitznau. Travel onwards in the picturesque style, by boat over the waters, back to Lucerne. View the Rigi from a new angle while resting in the charming old town before taking the bus back to Zürich.

  • Partly-guided tour by a professional multilingual guide
  • Transportation in a comfortable coach
  • Cable car and cogwheel train
  • Boat ride on Lake Lucerne
  • Carbon-balanced operations certified by myclimate
  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional activities

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Meeting point

Meet at Sihlquai Bus Station, near Zürich HB (main train station). From the train station, follow platform 18 for 50 meters to the end and turn right. After 20 meters, you will find the bus station across from Starbucks. By public transportation, take tram 4 or 13 to the stop "Sihlquai/HB".

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What to bring

  • Passport

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Food and drinks in the vehicle

Know before you go

  • The tour is accompanied from Zürich to Weggis and from Lucerne to Zürich. For your individual ascent and descent at Mount Rigi (unaccompanied) and the boat ride back to Lucerne, you will receive tickets and a written itinerary
  • From March 6 to April 21, November 20 to 24, and November 21 to December 1 2023, the ascent and descent will be by cogwheel train due to cable car maintenance
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 47 reviews

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This is NOT a guided/partially guided tour. You are brought to the cable car station in a bus and then you are on your own. Lucerne is crowded and haphazard - not easy to walk around especially if this is your first time in Lucerne, and you are cannot speak English/European languages well. For the question : How was the guide? (optional)? There was no guide for the tour. The 3 stars was for the driver/guide who brought us to the cable car station.

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March 28, 2023

We really enjoyed the experience of going to Lucerne, I definitely advice everyone to go on a trip to Lucerne as it is a really beautiful city and with wonderful buildings and castles and churches and the view from the mountain was wonderful. The experience of the cable car was something I would like to experience again.

March 28, 2023

excellent trip, we had perfect weather. It was a beautiful calm environment just perfect to enjoy the beauty of Rigi. A truly majical end by boat across the lake to Lucerne. a fantastic guide who took care to ensure we were comfortable with our journey and kept in touch with us while we were on our own, brilliant!

March 28, 2023

Product ID: 1341