Lake Lucerne panoramic trails

€1260 per person

High peaks, crystal clear waters, cozy hotels and delicious food – all of these and many more will fulfill your self-guided hiking experience. Discover the beauty of Swiss mountains around Lake Lucerne! This week will take you by the shores of many lakes where the silhouettes of mighty peaks reflect into the calm waters. You pass Renggpass, Nidwalden with splendid views towards Lakes of Uri and Mount Rigi. The end of this trekking trip will be marked by the climb of “queen of the Mountains” – Mount Rigi. It has been featured in many works of art such as painting and literature, even Mark Twain depicted his travels to this marvelous area! It is time to write your own travelogue through an independent hiking journey in the heart of Switzerland!

  • Destination
  • Duration
    7 Days I Level: 3/4 (of 5)
  • What is included
    6 nights incl. breakfast (3* hotels, en-suite rooms); Cable car Niederbauen - Emmetten; Cable car Dallenwil – Niederrickenbach; Boat ticket Rütli – Brunnen; Cable car Brunnen - Urmiberg; Boat ticket to Lucerne; Luggage transfers; Navigation materials (incl. maps and access to navigation app with pre-loaded GPS tracks); Emergency hotline
  • What is not included
    Drinks and other meals; Tourist tax, if due, in certain hotels; Tickets for public transport (Alpnachstaad to Dallenwil, 6 CHF).
  • Best period
    mid-May, June, July, August, September, mid-October
Day 1. Arrival to Lucerne
A perfect point to start the round hike is the city Lucerne named after the Lake. The fourth largest lake in Switzerland with its sharp bends and four arms is full of attractions and just looking at its blue waters gives the soul pure peace. You may take a walk around in the amazing souvenir and watch shops and enjoy a great day of relaxation before the hiking adventure starts!
Day 2. Lucerne – Alpnachstad (21km, 6,30hrs, +945m/-945m)
After a healthy breakfast, get ready to accomplish your first hiking challenge from Lucerne towards Alpnachstad. The hike starts from Horw peninsula to Mount Pilatus. An interesting fact here is that Renggpass (which you are going to pass through steep passage above it) was the only overland link since 1860 between Canton Obwalden in the South and Luzern in the North. The trail was used since the Neolithic age and was a site of many historical battles. This day will be full of pastoral landscapes and amazing panoramic views across the entire Uri Alps. Once you reach Alpnachstad you can take a well-deserved rest enjoying freshly prepared meals.
Day 3. Alpnachstad - Niederrickenbach - Emmetten (15km, 5,30hrs, +1135m/-715m)
Tаke the bus to Dallenwil and then the cable car up to Niederrickenbach. From there you continue towards the famous “wildlife-watching path” where you can experience some unforgettable moments by meeting species from the local ecosystem among which black grouse, chamois and ibex. Thanks to the many signs along the route you will even learn a lot about the flora. Once you reach Niederbauen you take the cable car to reach a village with the same name. Closer to it is Emmetten, located on the shores of Lake Lucerne.
Day 4. Emmetten - Brunnen (10km, 3hrs, +330m/-640m)
A short hiking trail awaits you today. You start from Emmetten and the final destination will be on just the opposite shore of the Lake - Brunnen - famous Swiss resort where even Winston Churchill spent his honeymoon! Of course, before reaching your final destination you have to do some hiking! You will pass by many breathtaking sites such as the stunning Risletenschlucht gorge. Your hiking trail will take you to Stützberg along the historic path to Volligen with arrival in Rütli. From there you continue by ship to Brunnen, passing Urnersee Lake.
Day 5. Brunnen – Rigi Kaltbad (14km, 4hrs, +675m/-445m)
A new day marked by stunning views and fresh air. Get ready after a healthy breakfast to conquer another walking trail! Take a cable car to Mount Urmiberg and set off to explore the Rigi area. From here you continue you walk via Gätterlipass on well-marked trails towards Rigi Kaltbad. The hiking trails will pass by many beautiful stops ideal for picnic with great panoramic views ahead! Once you reach the famous Swiss resort where you will spend the night, you will be thankful for all of the beauty you saw along the way despite the fatigue in the legs.
Day 6. Rigi Kaltbad – Küssnacht am Rigi - Lucerne (11km, 3,30hrs, +215m/-1215m)
The last day of the program will be short but definitely will leave you speechless. The hiking trail passes by one of the most stunning viewpoints in the mountains of Switzerland - Seebodenalp. You can walk slowly just to admire every single piece of this serenity - the old green forests, the lush valleys and the sparkling blue waters of Lake Lucerne in the distance. Undoubtedly a great finish of your self-guided hiking trip! You can jump on a cable car down to Küssnacht am Rigi if you wish to cut the descend short.  From Küssnacht - a boat trip to Lucerne.
Day 7: Departure day
Services end after breakfast.


1260 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (28/09-13/10)
1300 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (04/05-27/09)
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 360 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: 450 Euro (incl. also sgl. room supplement)
Daily arrivals between the beginning of May and mid-October. Some steep ascends and descends await you on the shores of Lake Lucerne. Even though most of the can be avoided by cable cars you need surefootedness and a good physical condition to go on this trip. Return travel by train from Küssnacht am Rigi to Luzern. Length: approx. 20 minutes
3* hotels (en-suite rooms), incl. breakfast; in Rigi Kaltbad a 4* SPA hotel may be used subject to availability at the time of booking;

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