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6-Day Hiking Tour Of Lake Lucerne

Hike with a view of Lake Lucerne and surrounding mountain peaks

Tour Overview

From $2,512 | Semi-Guided Private Hiking Tour | From June to September

On our 6-Day Hiking Trip Around Lake Lucerne, you will experience the astounding beauty of Central Switzerland with its sky-high peaks, deep blue lakes, and green pastures. Pass by traditional farmhouses, listen to the cowbells tolling in the distance, and meet locals on the trail.

This 6-day Hiking Trip Around Lake Lucerne was designed to give you an in-depth experience of Central Switzerland’s beautiful nature. Featuring the oldest cogwheel train in Switzerland and a 100-year-old steamer boat, iconic peaks like Rigi, and historical places like Seelisberg and Rütli, this trip gives you a “Switzerland in a nutshell” kind of experience. Get ready to explore green meadows, marvel at the beautiful Alpine vistas, and savor the authentic tastes of Switzerland. 


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Hiking Trip Around Lake Lucerne Itinerary

This 6-day hiking trip around Lake Lucerne has been designed to showcase the best that Central Switzerland has to offer. Embark on this exciting adventure of on-ground and water-bound activities for a well-rounded authentic Swiss experience. Enjoy your independence and hike in the Swiss Alps at your own pace.

Lucerne historic trail guided day hike
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Rigi Private Guided Day Hike

Meet & Greet your ECHO Rails Guide directly at the Airport in Zurich.

Your guide will escort you to your hotel in Lucerne. After checking in your guide can offer you a two-hour walking tour of the old town of Lucerne.

Today we will also brief you on the plan of your 6-Day hiking tour around Lake Lucerne. We will review the route, maps and itinerary.

Accommodation: Hotel Waldstätterhof in Lucerne (or similar accommodation).

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Meet your guide at your hotel in Lucerne in the morning, and enjoy a 1-hour Lake Lucerne cruise to Beckenried. 

In Beckenried you’ll take the cable car up to 1593 m / 5220 ft to begin your hike. The hike is flexible and you can discuss with your guide if you want to hike more or less, depending on your preference and  fitness level.

Today your guide will make sure you learn everything you need to know about hiking in Switzerland, so you can enjoy the rest of your tour on your own. You will learn how the trails are signed and assess the difficulty, distance and terrain type of the trail. 

After the hike you will descend by cable car to catch a postal bus to Seelisberg.

The Hike
On average:

  • Duration: 4 hrs
  • Elevation gain: about 200 m / 650 ft

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Montana in Seelisberg (or similar accommodation).

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Enjoy a 2 to 3-hour hike from Seelisberg to Bauen, followed by a scenic boat ride from Bauen to Brunnen.

Explore additional hiking routes from various departure points, providing the flexibility to continue your journey by boat or train to Brunnen.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Weisses Rörsli in Brunnen (or similar accommodation).

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Start your adventure by ascending the Urmiberg cable car to 1198 m / 3930 ft, followed by a pleasant 5-to-6-hour hike to reach your overnight accommodation at Rigi Kaltbad.

Tailor the hiking route to match your fitness level, and don’t hesitate to inquire about alternative paths. In case of unfavorable weather, there are diverse options available.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: 3* Hotel in Rigi Kaltbad (or similar accommodation).

brief history of rigi cogwheel train

Today your hiking trip around Lake Lucerne will lead you around the Swiss “Queen of Mountains”, Mount Rigi. 

You can choose to:

  • Embark on a hike to Rigi Kulm for a breathtaking view, then hop on the cogwheel train to Vitznau and continue your journey to Lucerne by boat.
  • Opt for a cable car descent to Weggis, followed by a brief stroll to the harbor, and return to Lucerne via boat.
  • another option that suits your preferences.

We will include all the options in your final documentation. 

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Walstätterhof in Lucerne (or similar accommodation).

Your tour officially ends after breakfast. From now on, you can follow your own travel arrangements.

If you wish to stay on in Lucerne or see another part of Switzerland, we would be happy to advise you.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Details and pricing

Price US $ 2,512 per person based on 2 or more, in a twin/double room.

Single supplement: $100/night

10% deposit secures the booking – balance due 90 days before the departure date.

  • 5 nights lodging and breakfast in standard class hotels.
  • Extensive breakfast buffets daily.
  • Meet & Greet your local ECHO Rails Guide directly at the Zurich Airport 
  • Swiss Half-Fare travel card for a 50% discount on all public transportation in Switzerland and many reduction on Mountain Cable Cars
  • Daily luggage transfers from hotel to hotel.
  • Use of the mineral spa bath at Rigi Kaltbad.
  • Detailed trip briefing together with 2-hr old-town walk through Lucerne with a local guide.
  • Guided hike on your first hiking day to get you familiar with various transportation systems and explanation of your daily transport modes and tickets.
  • Full set of travel documents including detailed itinerary, digital hiking routes, etc.
  • Free helpline from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • First-aid safety kit
  • Lunch and dinners
  • Ground transportation – cable car, local postal bus, train tickets (with your Half-Fare card these all at 50% reduction rates)
  • Items of personal use

See our Cancellation Policy for more details.

Visa, Maestro, and Mastercard are commonly accepted in Switzerland. American Express is not so popular and many businesses don’t accept it. The country is becoming more and more cashless with contactless and mobile payments (Google and Apple Pay). Still, it’s useful to have some cash on you while travelling. All banks provide currency exchange services at a favorable rate.

Good Fitness Required

This is a hiking tour and while most of the trail do not involve any challenging up or downhill stretches, you require good physical health, endurance, sense of balance and sure-footedness.

Many paths are uneven and rocky, sometimes very narrow with steep hills on both sides. Previous experience in mountain hiking is advised. Make sure you bring good gear: sturdy hiking boots to protect your ankles, clothes made of breathable materials, a hat, a good backpack, sunblock and water bottle. Click here for a full guide on hiking packing list.

This is a private tour so you can adjust the length and elevation of your hike to your abilities. We will be happy to accommodate your preferences.

  1. Click on any of the “Book now” buttons on the page.
  2. You will be redirected to our dedicated booking platform.
  3. Choose a desired date for your trip and add number of participants. Select departure time, if applicable.
  4. Fill out the form with all travellers’ details and click “Confirm booking”.
  5. Once we receive your booking request you will be sent an email with payment instructions from our partner Flywire.
  6. Follow the instructions in the email.
  7. Once the payment is processed, your booking is confirmed.

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