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Independent Rigi Tour from Lucerne With Cruise

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Overview

Take your Swiss Alps adventure to new heights on this independent day trip to Mt Rigi. Explore this breathtaking destination at your own pace, starting with a boat cruise from Lucerne. Use your pre-booked tickets and provided timetables to plan the cogwheel train and aerial cable car portions of your tour. You’ll take the railway up Rigi Kulm for two or five hours of free time at the summit, depending on which option you select. Then enjoy more postcard-worthy views en route to Weggis before the return boat ride to Lucerne.
  • Independent Mount Rigi tour from Lucerne
  • Create your own sightseeing schedule to experience the Swiss Alps at a pace that suits you
  • Enjoy a round-trip Lake Lucerne cruise from Lucerne to your mountain destinations
  • Take the cogwheel train up Rigi Kulm for panoramic views of the Swiss Plateau
  • Ride an aerial cable car from Rigi Kaltbad to the beautiful town of Weggis
  • Includes pre-booked tickets and detailed timetables for easy planning
  • Choose a half-day or full-day tour for more time at the Mount Rigi summit
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Detailed timetables
Round-trip Lake Lucerne cruise
Round-trip cogwheel train
Aerial cable car ride
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Optional activities at own expense
Food and drinks, unless specified
Tourguide
Pier 1 Luzern , Landungsbrücke 1, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland

Pier 1 on Lake Lucerne, near the Lucerne railway station Directions: The departure point at pier 1 is located next to Lucerne's train station. Please check before departure in case departure pier has changed for destination Vitznau

5/26/2022 - 12/11/2022
Monday - Sunday:09:12 AM - 06:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Board your boat at Pier 1 for independent transport across Lake Lucerne in the morning or afternoon, and start your unguided Swiss Alps tour to Mt Rigi with splendid views along one of Switzerland’s most beautiful lakes. 

With several departure times available for the cogwheel train and aerial cable car at Mt Rigi, simply use the timetables provided to plan out your itinerary according to your preferences.

Disembarking at Vitznau, climb aboard the cogwheel train for a ride up to Rigi Kulm, aka ‘Queen of the Mountains.’ Topping the Rigi mountain range at 5,899 feet (1,798 meters) in elevation, the summit boasts unbeatable views of the Swiss Plateau with the Bernese Alps, Vosges mountains, Black Forest and Glarus Alps beyond.

If you selected the half-day tour, spend two hours of free time here; the full-day option allows for five hours at your leisure. You can rent snowshoes or a sled, embark on a hiking trail, or grab lunch in one of the cozy restaurants (activities and food are your own expense).

When it’s time, the cogwheel train transports you down to the mountain resort of Rigi Kaltbad. From an altitude of 4,701 feet (1,433 meters), it’s the perfect vantage point over Lake Lucerne. Board the aerial cable car from here and drift down to the pretty lakeside town of Weggis. 

Meander around at your own pace before making your way to the shore where your boat awaits for a return ride across Lake Lucerne, bringing you back to the pier in the evening.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Lake Lucerne
Beautiful views on the lake and surrounding mountains.
Stop At:  
Mt. Rigi
Queen of Mountains
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • Good walking shoes recommended
  • Snacks and drinks are available for purchase on board
  • Please note: children tickets (age 6-16) must be purchased on the day and will be available at a reduced rate
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: from 21 November – 2 December 2022 the cable car from Rigi Kaltbad to Weggis is not operating due to maintenance work. During this time the excursion can be done via Vitznau both ways.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Lake Lucerne Navigation Company
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.

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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 Independent Rigi Tour from Lucerne With Cruise?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Independent Rigi Tour from Lucerne With Cruise?
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 Independent Rigi Tour from Lucerne With Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Independent Rigi Tour from Lucerne With Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Independent Rigi Tour from Lucerne With Cruise.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Independent Rigi Tour from Lucerne With Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Independent Rigi Tour from Lucerne With Cruise.

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star-5
Great tour
Robert_J
, May 2022
This was a great all-inclusive tour. Got to see Mt. Rigi. The scenery going up the mountain was phenomenal. Also the tram ride and train ride showed us a good view of all the surrounding hills of Lucerne.
star-5
Prepare for cold, rainy weather in May
Jaclyn_S
, May 2022
This is a self guided tour. You basically just print out your ticket and show the barcode to the attendant on each of the transportation points. Unfortunately, we went in early May and you couldn’t see anything the fog was so thick. We hiked about two hours from the top of the mountain down through a few towns but it was rainy and cold. We didn’t see anyone else hiking and assumed they had probably got right back on the cogwheel at the top to go back down. I would still suggest to go just be prepared for bad weather or no visibility at the top
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-4
White out conditions on...
Jose_A
, Apr 2022
White out conditions on top of Mt Rigi made hiking the trail difficult at times but a great overall experience. I strongly recommend.
star-1
the place is awesome but you can do it yourself. You don't need to book through Viator.
kavita_A
, Dec 2021
We were told to meet at a certain point and the directions were not clear and when there was mention of a meeting point there was no one there and they did not mention clearly what was to be expected and what needed to be done. When we went to the ticket center we were told that the cable car rides were cancelled and yet they expected the entire fare. the whole cruise was confusing. We were not given any maps or details as to what to expect or what was going to happen. We had to talk to other travelers to get the information. We could have done this by ourselves and with less stress. It did not make sense going with Viator. In fact it wasted our time and caused us huge stress.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Kavita, thanks for getting back to us. We regret very much that you couldn't enjoy your booked tour. The independent rigi tour is not guided, you are only buying the tickets for boat and cable car/cogwheel train by viator. All customers were informed ahead of time about maintenance work at cable car. We do have an information desk at the departure pier. We would be glad if you had contacted us there if you had troubles to find informations. Nevertheless, hope to see you again on Lake Lucerne.
star-4
Mount Rigi Tour
Leonie_G
, Oct 2021
The tour was absolutely stunning from the beautiful boat cruise on Lake Lucerne to the cogwheel train to take us up Rigi, the stunning views at the top right down to the cable car to take us back down to Weggis. The only problem we had was none of the steps of the journey recognised the ticket we were provided with by Viator. All said we should have a QR Code. The barcode ticket we had was not scannable. Luckily everyone spoke English and we were able to explain what it was.
star-5
My husband and I very...
Scott_F
, Oct 2021
My husband and I very much enjoyed taking the cog train up halfway and then hiking the rest of the way up to the peak. I would recommend not taking the gondola down on a busy day as they seem to pack you in like sardines. Additionally, make sure to wear sunscreen!
3 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Highlight of our trip
Renne_W
, Dec 2019
Loved the trip. Cog railway was great. Went through the clouds and into the sun and snow capped mountains. Just wish we had scheduled more time at the top.
star-5
Exactly what we wanted
Justin_B
, Aug 2019
This is exactly what we wanted and gave us the full Swiss experience. Note this is essentially a ticket on the public transportation system. Download the SBB mobile app and search for time frames. Our boat left Pier 1 at 8:12. You can basically choose your own times. We got the first boat and then took the train to top of Mt. Rigi we then hiked down to the Cable car. There are numerous trails you can take. Get a map on the train up. The hiking was stunning. Walking right through pastures and cows with bells. The cows come right up to you. We hiked a good 4 miles with amazing views. Again numerous trails. Then take the cable car down. Just be ready to walk a good bit down hill to the next boat back to Lucerne. Again you can see the time tables on the SBB app.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Mt. Rigi tour
Benjamin_M
, Jul 2019
The tour description did not make it evident that the entire tour was self-guided. Nor were we provided with the timetables described in the description of the tour. As such, we had to plan most of our tour as we went. This only became evident by reading others comments/reviews as we were arriving for the departing ferry. I would highly recommend that description be updated to clearly state there are no tour guides from the beginning and that what you are essentially purchasing is only advanced tickets. (Especially since other Viator tours usually have at least one guide at the beginning.) This is especially frustrating as trial markers are very infrequent on Mt. Rigi making it it difficult to self-guide with the limited resources provided.
star-5
absolutely amazing
Jonathan_P
, May 2019
very highly recommend this trip! it was very easy to find the piers/stations for the various rides, and all you needed was the print out from Viator. The boat, train, and cable car all ran on regular intervals, and the timetables were posted at the various stations. we ended up coming back on the boat an hour earlier because we were worn out. the train and cable car ran every 30 minutes and the boat ran every hour until 7 pm (if i recall correctly, don't exactly quote me on that). it made it very easy to explore mount rigi at our own leisure. i would recommend doing the full day, as i don't think the half day would be enough time. we ended up with 30 minutes in Weggis before the boat and even that was nice, so don't worry about filling your time for the full day. many restaurants scattered on the mountain, some are very small - we tried Restaurant BärgGnuss in Rigi Staffel and would highly recommend that - it's attached to a hotel owned by the train company, and the food and views were just spectacular. you can ride the train all the way to the top (rigi klum) and then it's only a 20-30 minute walk down a nice paved path to rigi staffel. plenty of other hiking around if you're into that, but it snowed the day before we went, so we only stuck to the paved paths
star-4
Not a huge fan of it being...
Katie Z
, Jun 2018
Not a huge fan of it being self-guided, only because I wanted some reassurance on where to go and how to read the time timetables. However, the staff that runs the cogwheel train and the people who work in the shop at the top of the mountain are super helpful. Also, I don't want to give this tour only 3 stars because it wouldn't be fair to judge this experience on the fact that I had terrible weather when I went. It would have been great to have the 2 hours to walk around the peak of the mountain if it weren't so cloudy and rainy when I went :
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
This was great, you basically can...
Jason_S
, May 2018
This was great, you basically can choose your own adventure, if you choose the whole day you can come back whenever so it just gives you great flexibility. The one word of caution is if you are traveling in off season some things may not be operating. In early April, the cable car on the way back was closed for almost all of april due to maintenance. We did not find this out from the operator but had to pay attention to the timetables as well as listen for the announcement it was closed. Viator was great about refunding a portion of it and we found our way back without much issue, but it's something to be aware of.
star-3
NOTE - this is merely an advanced...
Janine K
, May 2018
NOTE - this is merely an advanced ticket purchase, which is a bit less expensive than if you had done it yourself. Make sure to check the timetable for the train to Rigi Kulm the top from Rigi Kaltbad where the cable car takes you. Your voucher is your ticket, so no need to stand in line., If not careful, you will miss your train to the top and have to wait another hour for the next one, limiting your time at the top. Mt Rigi is great if you are into hiking and outdoorsy stuff like that. For people who don't hike, there isn't much to see. As is stated in the important information section, be sure to check the time the boat is leaving from Vitznau this is a different location than you are dropped at and you need to check the boat timetable. My boat left 15 minutes earlier than initially scheduled. Also, note the :cruise of Lake Lucerne is merely the boat going from dock to dock on its usual circuit of pick-ups/drop-offs.
star-5
This was such a great day. Started...
Robert B
, Oct 2017
This was such a great day. Started off with a cruise on Lake Lucerne. The weather was perfect. So many beautiful sites along the way to the base of Mt. Rigi. Rode the cogwheel car to the top of the mountain. It was absolutely breathtaking up there. We brought a picnic lunch and stopped in the little store they had up top and got a bottle of wine to enjoy with our picnic. Lots of grassy areas and benches to relax up there. Took lots of photos of the beautiful sites. Saw people paragliding from the top. Rode the cogwheel back down a few stops to where the tram was. Tram ride was great with the exception of them cramming too many people in at once. Luckily I was able to be on the outside in order to take pictures. Once you get to the bottom you have to walk a ways to get the boat back. We enjoyed all the different looking houses and we saw some goats in a field that had bells on. Was a magnificent day with my hubby. Would highly recommend it.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Beautiful views from the top! Very...
Steven G
, Oct 2017
Beautiful views from the top! Very easy to navigate independently and I appreciated the freedom to leave when I pleased!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A little confusing at first since...
Rosemary S
, Sep 2017
A little confusing at first since the ticket booth at the boat gate had no idea what we were talking about. We thought we needed vouchers for each leg of the trip. Go directly onto the boat and just board the other different transports. They recognize the one vouchers that you print on the website. It appears you can customize it any way you want. Full and half day tours were the same price. When we arrived early for our afternoon half day, the boat conductor let us board without questions....same for all the other rides. Even if it appears a little overcast the clouds go in and out and you always get a spectacular view. Wonderful boat ride and the train ride up was a great experience. The excursion was more than we ever expected!
star-5
When I received the booking...
Sonja W
, Aug 2017
When I received the booking confirmation for the full day tour option I was dismayed at not receiving the travel timetables for the different modes of transport remember this is not a 'guided tour', more of a round-trip travel booking. The point of wanting the timetable is so as to understand when the cogwheel train departs and the different stops it makes on its way up the mountain, and what times the cable car departs. The promised timetable was not, unfortunately, provided. Nor was it clear which ferry stop we had to get off at for the cogwheel train. HOWEVER, Swiss efficiency means that a print-out of our voucher was accepted on the ferry, train and cable car despite being managed by different operators. The day of the tour was unbelievably sunny and the sky was clear. The ferry ride about 30 minutes was great. I can't remember the correct stop for the cogwheel train, but just ask one of the ferry staff and they'll let you know. The train ride was simply breathtaking. We went right up to the top. Great respect for the hikers who were legging it up the mountain - many of them a ripe old age and their fitness made me feel suddenly self-conscious about all my extra middle-age weight!!! After an hour or two at the top we took the train back down a few stops to where the cable car is. You'll recognise it because its quite built up not like the other stops filled with quaint and often traditional styled cottages. If you're ever unsure, just ask the staff/conductor and they'll set you straight on which stop to get off at. Remember - take care which train you take down from the very top as there are 2 seperate routes down the mountain leading to 2 very different end destinations. We took the slow easy stroll down to the station just before the one at the top and from there you can better see where the train lines seperate. The cable car ride down was terrific but, and I cannot stress this enough, the cogwheel train up was absolutely breathtaking. Do your darndest to get a seat by the window if you're looking up towards the top of the mountain then choose the left side of the carriage. The picture opportunity is unsurpassed and again - the trip up is absolutely amazing. Not having a guide was no trouble at all as the different operators are all professional and well informed so can direct if you are unsure of anything. Highly recommend this.
star-4
We enjoyed the Mount Rigi Tour, the...
marc k
, Jun 2017
We enjoyed the Mount Rigi Tour, the views were spectacular and the half day was more than sufficient. The only issue we had was with the cable car to Weggis. We were packed into the car like sardines in order to fit a large tour group that came at the last minute. It was extremely uncomfortable and we were unable to see anything. I don't know if this was unusual or just bad luck.
star-5
Perfect way to see the best of Lake...
Bernie S
, Jun 2017
Perfect way to see the best of Lake Lucerne and Mount Rigi. Had a fantastic day. Go at your own pace. Would do it again.
star-5
Beautiful Lake Lucerne cruise on an...
Tracy B
, Jun 2017
Beautiful Lake Lucerne cruise on an old paddle boat was so fun and the crew was so nice! We loved seeing Mount Rigi. Great way to spend our day!!!

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