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2 Peaks in 1 Day: Mt Rigi and Mt Pilatus Guided Day Trip

Experience two famous peaks of central Switzerland in one day

Tour Overview

From $470 | Guided Private Day Hike | All Year Round

Join us on a Rigi and Pilatus Private Guided Day Trip. During this private day trip you will conquer two amazing peaks in just one day. Experience the stunning nature of Central Switzerland on this exciting journey from peak to peak.

On this Rigi And Pilatus Private Guided Day Trip, you’ll enjoy the assistance of our local English-speaking Guide. Thanks to our efficient itinerary you can experience both Rigi and Pilatus in one day. Embark on an exciting adventure involving buses, trains, funiculars, gondolas and boats to experience Switzerland in a nutshell.

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Rigi and Pilatus Private Guided Day Trip Itinerary

This Rigi and Pilatus Private Guided Day Trip has been designed to let you experience both famous summits of Central Switzerland in one day. Combined with easy hiking paths, visit at an old cheese dairy and multiple exiting rides, this trip combines the best the region has to offer. 

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Your guide will pick you up at 7:00 am at your hotel. If you’re not staying in Lucerne, you will meet them at Lucerne Torbogen.

We leave promptly at 7:18 am by train.

Important: This trip is available all year round but the organization and means of transport used depend on the availability of the cogwheel trains, boats, cable cars and gondolas.

2024 availabilities

Pilatus cogwheel train runs from May 6th till November 17, 2024. In winter we will skip the train and use gondola connection only.

Kriens-Pilatus cable car runs all year round EXCEPT April 29-30.2024, and Oct 21-Nov 8, 2024.

Alternatives for your itinerary will be communicated in advance.

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You will meet your guide early at your hotel (if you’re staying in Lucerne’s city center) or at Lucerne Torbogen.

Then you will board the local train for a 30 min ride along lakes Lucerne and Zug to Arth Goldau. Here you will board a cogwheel mountain railway which takes you on a scenic journey up to Rigi-Kulm (the summit of Mt Rigi).

This is the mountain peak where Alpine tourism began over 200 years ago.
Enjoy impressive 360-degree views over the Alps stretching way out into the distance. On a clear day you can even see as far as France to the West and the Black Forest in Germany to the North.

Next, you will take a gentle 30 min walk down to a 7th generation family-owned alpine dairy and artisan cheese-maker where you will learn about the Swiss dairy farming and the art of cheese making. You will continue to hike along a mountain trail for about an hour. At Rigi-Kaltbad you catch the aerial cable-car down to Weggis in time to catch a Lake Lucerne boat for a scenic 40 min cruise back to Lucerne.

Once in Lucerne, walk across the street and board the local bus for a 15 minute ride and then a short walk to the Mt. Pilatus gondola station. Climb aboard a 4-person gondola and enjoy the views over the city and surrounding hills. Then transfer to the “Dragon Ride” aerial cableway that whisks you up to 2,032 m / 7,000 ft to the top of Lucerne’s other home mountain, the Mt. Pilatus.

Once on top, there is time to take in the magnificent views over the Alps. Follow the Dragon Caves walking trail (500 m/0.3 miles) and learn about the legends of the mountain’s dragons and its surprising connection with Pontius Pilate. Take an adventure walk along the Flower Trail to the Tömlishorn (the highest peak at 2128 m) where, on a clear day, you can see the famous peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in the distance. If you are lucky, you may even encounter a few wild ibex along the way, and hear the clanging of cowbells in the air.

Return to the main are for refreshments and souvenir shopping at the Pilatus Kulm visitor center. The return trip to Lucerne begins with a descent to Alpnachstad on the world’s steepest cogwheel train with 48% gradients and through numerous tunnels. More wonderful views of the Swiss Alps accompany you on your descent. In Alpnachstad board the local train for a quick and easy ride back to Lucerne.

We return to Lucerne around 5:30 pm.

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Details and pricing

The price of the trip depends on the number of participants and starts at $470. 

Price reductions for children, teens, and Swiss Travel Pass holders may apply.

  • All activities and transportation described in the itinerary (second class)
  • Private tour with expert local English-speaking guide
  • Lunch
  • Items of personal nature

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.

  • Refillable bottle of water
  • Sunscreen & sunhat
  • Comfortable footwear with a sturdy sole
  • Warm layered clothing and wind / waterproof jacket as it can be cold at the top of the mountains
  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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