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Post-Tour 3 Day Train Tour: Lucerne

Spend enchanting two days in Lucerne and visit two famous peaks: Pilatus and Rigi. 

Tour Overview

From $1,030 | Small Group Guided Tour | From June to September

Our Post-Tour 3 Day Train Tour Lucerne is a perfect way to round up your rail tour through the Swiss Alps. Stay for two nights in the beautiful city of Lucerne and explore two famous mountains, Rigi and Pilatus, on a day guided tour.

On this guided Post-Tour 3 Day Train Tour Lucerne, you will get to spend 3 days in the scenic city of Lucerne. Enjoy the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town and stroll along the shore of Lake Lucerne. Experience a fantastic adventure visiting the peaks of Rigi and Pilatus mountains in one day. Enjoy the assistance of our local Swiss resident guide, who has fascinating insights about the history, nature, and animal world of Central Switzerland.

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Post-Tour 3 Day Train Tour Lucerne Itinerary

This Post-Tour 3 Day Train Tour Lucerne has been designed to complement your private rail tour through the Swiss Alps. Extend your stay to experience the scenic city of Lucerne and explore it’s two famous mountains, Rigi and Pilatus. 

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In the morning you’ll depart from Zermatt on the legendary Glacier Express bound for Andermatt. Enjoy the unparalleled beauty of the Zermatt and Goms Valleys, surrounded by sky-high peaks.

After changing train in Andermatt, you will arrive in Fluelen, where you’ll board the 100-old steamer bound for Lucerne. Find comfortable seating in the first class and prepare for the leisurely, 3-hour-long cruise on Lake Lucerne featuring stunning views of Mt. Pilatus and Mt. Rigi.

Lunch will be available on either the Glacier Express or during lake cruise.

In the late afternoon, you’ll arrive in Lucerne. Your guide will take you directly to the hotel so you can check in. 

The guide will be happy to give you suggestions for the best places to eat and drink. 

You can enjoy an evening on your own. 

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch. 

Accommodation: Hotel Waldstätterhof (or similar)

Lucerne Historic Guided Day Hike

Meet your ECHO Rails & Trails guide at your hotel at 7 am for a guided tour up to Lucerne’s home mountain: Rigi.

Hop on a journey combining a train, gondola, cogwheel train and lake cruise for a truly adventurous day. Ascend Rigi with the oldest cogwheel train in Europe, and enjoy a fantastic view of the Lake Lucerne. Upon your wish, ideas for flexible gentle walks will be provided. From the top of Rigi, you will descend to Rigi Kaltbad where you will take a gondola to Weggis. Here you will board a ship direction Lucerne.

From there you will catch another boat to Alpnachstad, where you will board the steepest cogwheel train in the world. Enjoy your ride to the top of Pilatus. 

The summit of Pilatus offers countless activities: from a quick hike to the summit of Esel, and a round walk through the rocky tunnels surrounding the top, to observing Alphorn players and paragliders. You are welcome to have a drink and a snack at the bar, or even watch a short movie about the legends associated with Pilatus. 

To go back you will take a Dragon Ride gondola and a regular cable car down to Kriens. From here, it’s only a short walk and a bus ride to the city center. 

After the trip your guide will escort you to the hotel or point other places of interest. The guide will also be happy to suggest the best places for food and drink in Lucerne. 

Dinner on your own.

Meals included: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel Waldstätterhof (or similar) 

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Today you post-tour 3 day train tour Lucerne comes to an end.

Bear in mind that the guide will not assist you on the way to Zurich Airport. Travel time from Lucerne Main station to Zurich Kloten (Zurich Airport) is about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Make sure that you schedule you return flights accordingly.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Details and pricing

Price US $1,030 per person with double occupancy.

Additional US $100 single supplement fee if traveling alone.

  • 2 nights lodging in a 3* Hotel
  • 2 Swiss Breakfasts
  • Lucerne guided tour
  • Day trip to Pilatus and Rigi with English-speaking guide
  • Extended Swiss Pass Flex
  • Pilatus train and gondola tickets
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Items of personal nature
  • Guided assistance to the airport

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.

Moderate Fitness Required

This trip is based on public transport and you require moderate physical fitness to be able to change the platforms, stops and trains in time.

Visit on Rigi and Pilatus can involve walking on unpaved paths. The length and difficulty of the walk depends on the client’s preferences.

Stairs, ramps, and other obstacles should be expected. You should be able to walk about 5000 to 7000 steps a day. 

  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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