Private Guided Hike - In The Footsteps Of Mark Twain (Mt. Rigi)

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Activity Level



Adventure / Active, Day Trip / Out of Town, Hiking and Walking, Local Experience


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent), German (conversational)

Hike Mt Rigi On The Trail Which Inspired Mark Twain

Mark Twain spent 10 weeks in Switzerland along Lake Lucerne, at the base of Mt Rigi. He later went on to hike up Mt. Rigi and wrote that Rigi's views "were as enticing as glimpses of dreamland" and also wrote that "the scenery is beyond comparison beautiful". In 2010 the Mark Twain trail was inaugurated and It starts by the lake under the oak tree where the author liked to sit, relax and reflect.

On our ascent, we will have several scenic outlooks of Lake Lucerne, Mt Pilatus, and other surrounding Mountains. We will pass by waterfalls, large rock formations, chalets as we hike through the forest and mountainous farmland.

** Switzerland offers a lot of places with great views from easy flat walks, to difficult alpine hiking trails. If you are interested in other hiking trips please contact me for ideas and a quote. **


We will take the train or drive (depending on group size) to the trailhead, where we will begin our ascent.

Along the way, we will pass a Zen-Center complete with habit-clad nuns and the animals and gardens that they care for. We can stop here for a rest, refreshments and a unique experience with stunning views of Lake Lucerne and the surrounding mountains.

After reaching Rigi Kulm (The top of the mountain), and perhaps a celebratory drink, we will take a cog train and gondola back down to the car and I will drive you back to your hotel.

* If the day of your visit coincides with a day that is blocked off on my schedule please contact me. I may be able to make arrangements.

***This is just one example of the various hiking opportunities in Switzerland. If you want to hear about other hiking opportunities please contact me. Switzerland offers a lot of places with great views and great hikes, from easy flat walks, to difficult alpine hiking trails, we have the trail for you.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you under the historical arch in front of the train station

End location: Lucerne train station

Duration: 8 hours


train, Hiking, Cog Train, Cable Car

What’s Included

- Route planning and my time and services as your guide.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

30 CHF - We can stop along the way for food and refreshments.

What’s Extra

Snacks, lunch, refreshments, souvenirs and any other personal items you may want to purchase.

Rigi Day Pass (36 CHF) - includes cog train and cable car

Boat or Train Ticket (22 CHF) - Includes round-trip Lucerne/Weggis via boat or train. For groups of 4 or smaller, I will drive, eliminating this cost.
**Swiss Travel Passes are accepted on both the train and the boat**

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