Mt. Pilatus & Mt. Rigi - if you only have one day in Lucerne and can't decide which mountain do go up, why not choose them both? Our "Two Peaks in One Day" private tour enables you to experience the best of both mountains in one day.Start with Mt Rigi and its stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding Alps; visit an artisan alpine cheese-maker and walk a panoramic ridge route with views over 3 lakes. Relax with a picnic lunch on a scenic boat cruise before ascending to the top of Mt. Pilatus by gondola and “Dragon Ride” cableway. Return to lake level on the world’s steepest cogwheel train ride and then a quick and easy train ride back to Lucerne. Private tour with an expert local English-speaking guide who is happy to give you as much information as you want and to answer any questions about Switzerland – the country, its heritage, and its culture.
Start you tour with Mt. Rigi, the “Queen of the Mountains”, where Swiss alpine tourism began 200 years ago, considered in the Middle Ages to be the Centre of the World. Relax with a boat ride on Lake Lucerne before ascending Mt Pilatus, the higher of the 2 peaks with its steeper and more forbidding slopes.Meet your guide early so there is time to grab a quick snack or breakfast before boarding the local train for a 30 min ride alongside Lakes Lucerne and Zug to link up with cogwheel mountain railway which takes you all the way up to Rigi-Kulm (the summit of Mt Rigi).Here you 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.Take a 30 min walk down to visit a 7th generation family-owned Alpine dairy and artisan cheese-maker and see just how much handwork is involved in making a wheel of cheese.Continue to hike on for about 1 to 1½ hrs along a mountain trail, over alpine meadows and along a ridge path with spectacular views over the lakes and far into the distance. If the wind is blowing in the right direction, you may be able to watch paragliders launching themselves off the mountain.At Rigi-Kaltbad catch the cable-car down to Weggis so as to be in time to catch a Lake Lucerne boat for a scenic 40-minute cruise back to Lucerne. Sit back and relax on the cruise back to Lucerne and enjoy a “picnic” lunch provided by your guide (please warn us in advance of any dietary restrictions!)Once in Lucerne, walk across the street and board the local bus ride and then a short walk to the Mt. Pilatus gondola station. Climb aboard the 4-person gondolas and enjoy the views of the city and surrounding hills as you are taken up the lower slopes. Then transfer to the “Dragon Ride” aerial cable-way that whisks you up to 2,032 m/7,000 ft to the top of Mt. Pilatus.Once on top there is time to take in the magnificent vista over the Alps. Follow the Dragon Caves walking trail and learn about the legends of the mountain’s dragons and its connection to Pontius Pilatus. Take an adventure walk along the Flower Trail to Tömlishorn (the highest peak at 2128 m) where on a clear day you can even see the famous peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in the distance. If you are lucky, you may even encounter a few wild ibexes along the way.Return to the main area 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 cog wheel train with 48% gradient slopes and numerous tunnels. More views of the Swiss Alps and Lake Lucerne accompany your descent. In Alpnachstad board the local train for a quick and easy return to Lucerne.