October 26 – 31, 2018, October 26 – November 2, 2018
Private Guided Tours
6 Days, 8 Days

Swiss City Marathon & Half-Marathon

Lucerne is a city brimming with Swiss charm, sitting on the shores of Lake Lucerne, just beneath Mounts Pilatus and Rigi in the Swiss Alps.

We will give you time to visit some of the iconic landmarks like the Chapel Bridge (the oldest covered bridge in Europe), the old city walls and fortifications, the Dying Lion Monument, and the magnificent churches and architecture.

But, we will also slow down and give you a feel of the “real” Switzerland– the mountain life, artisanal cheese, Swiss chocolate, and more!

View the full itinerary here!


The Race

The SwissCityMarathon – Lucerne is the Marathon in Switzerland and takes place always on the last Sunday in October. The route leads from the Museum of Transport along Lake Lucerne, around the Horw peninsula, through the football stadium of FC Lucerne, back in the city of Lucerne, through the KKL Lucerne and the old town back to the finish in the Museum of Transport.

The European Athletics Association honours the SwissCityMarathon – Lucerne with the 5-star certificate for safety and high-quality service.  And, runners have voted the race the 6th best in Europe in the annual “Marathon of the Year” rankings.


What’s Included:

An intimate group of 8 – 16 active travelers 3 Dinners (6-day tour)
Transfers to and from Zurich Airport to Lucerne 4 Dinners (8-day tour)
 Meet & Greet Happy Hour upon arrival Lunch on the day of the Zurich & Mount Pilatus tours
 Private guided tours to Mount Pilatus * Swiss City Marathon / Half-Marathon entrance fee
Private Swiss chocolate-making experience* All gratuities
Private guided tour to Zurich (8-day tour) * Breakfast each day
Private cheese experience*

What’s Not Included:

Air transportation from the U.S. 2 Dinners on your own (6-day tour)
Sightseeing on your own 3 Dinners on your own (8-day tour)
All lunches (except where noted)

(* – Subject to change.  More details coming soon.)

Additional information

AccommodationsLuxury 4 or 5 Star Hotel

October 26: Arrival

  • Arrive in Zurich
  • Private transfer to Lucerne
  • Our tour officially begins at 5 pm with a meet and greet “happy hour” to get to know your tour operators and fellow guests.  We will be providing you with some information about your tour.
  • “Welcome to Switzerland” Dinner

October 27

  • Optional morning run/walk
  • Private excursion on Lake Lucerne *
  • The afternoon is free for you to explore Lucerne, or relax before your big race!
  • Race packet pickup & race expo
  • Dinner on your own

October 28: Race Day!

  • Swiss City Marathon & Half Marathon
    • Race Start: 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
    • (Above times are subject to change)
  • Afternoon on your own to relax with a World-Class Swiss chocolate and a glass of wine, or visit the local sights
  • Post-race celebratory dinner

October 29

  • Optional morning run/walk (or, just sleep in and eat pastries!)
  • Tour to Mount Pilatus *
    • Maker of weather, dragon’s lair, home to giants and grave of rulers: Lucerne’s very own mountain, Pilatus (7,000 ft. elevation), is one of the most legendary places in Central Switzerland. And one of the most beautiful. On a clear day, the mountain offers a panoramic view of 73 Alpine peaks.
    • Lunch included
  • Dinner on your own

October 30

  • Optional morning run/walk
  • Private Swiss Chocolate making experience *
  • Farewell dinner

October 31 - Departure

  • Optional morning run/walk
  • Transfer to Zurich Airport / Train station for the next leg of your journey

October 31 (8-Day Tour Option)

  • Optional morning run/walk
  • Private excursion to Zurich *
    • Lunch included
  • Dinner on your own

November 1 (8-Day Tour Option)

  • Optional morning run/walk
  • Private Swiss cheese tasting *
  • Your afternoon is free to explore Lucerne and the surrounding areas
  • Farewell dinner

November 2 - Departure (8-Day Tour Option)

  • Optional morning run/walk
  • Transfer to Zurich Airport / Train station for the next leg of your journey

(* – Subject to change. )

Swiss City Marathon & Half Marathon

The marathon is the ultimate discipline at the SwissCityMarathon – Lucerne, which makes the event a highlight for runners from all over the world. The SwissCityMarathon – Lucerne is the main city marathon of Switzerland, which always takes place on the last Sunday in October. The course is a circuit in the length of a half marathon, which is completed in two rounds. The start and finish will be at the Swiss Museum of Transport. This year the 12th edition of the popular and atmospheric running event will take place.


From the start, the course leads along the traditional luxury hotels of the city and the Hofkirche to the centre of Lucerne. With a view of the Kapellbrücke (chapell bridge) and the Wasserturm (water tower), you cross the main bridge of Lucerne. On the opposite side of the lake, the course passes the famous Culture and Congress Centre Lucerne (KKL). The tour continues with a view of the impressive mountain panorama of Central Switzerland along the beautiful Lake Lucerne around the Horwer Peninsula. The next highlights will follow immediately with the runs through the athmospheric zone in Horw, the modern football stadium of the FC Luzern and then the KKL Lucerne. In the last section, the picturesque old town of Lucerne is crossed before heading for the finish at the Swiss Museum of Transport.

The half marathon is the most popular distance at the SwissCityMarathon – Lucerne with 7000 runners per year. This makes the SwissCityMarathon the largest half marathon in Switzerland. The course is a circuit in the length of a half-marathon, with the start and finish at the Swiss Museum of Transport. This year the 12th edition of the popular and atmospheric running event takes place, which is always held on the last Sunday in October.

Coming soon…

What you need to know about this tour:

  • Book your flight into and out of Zurich, Switzerland. (Airport Code: ZRH)
  • If you wish to begin or end your tour in a different city (such as Geneva, Switzerland), please contact us!
  • Your flight will depart the USA on Thursday, October 24, 2019! (It will arrive in Zurich, Switzerland on Friday, October 25, 2019.)
  • You should plan your flight to arrive in Zurich approximately around noon, local time in Zurich.  That will allow you clear customs, meet your private driver for the drive to Lucerne, and give you ample time before our happy hour meet-and-greet at 5pm.  (If your flight will arrive later, please contact us.)
  • Driving time from the Zurich airport to our Lucerne hotel is approximately 1 hour.
  • Your return flight to the USA should depart Zurich, Switzerland (Airport Code: ZRH) on Friday, November 2, 2019 (for the 9-day tour) or Wednesday, October 30, 2019 (for the 6-day tour).  If you wish to extend your stay, or if you are continuing your journey to other parts of Europe, please contact us.
  • The drive from Laussanne to the Brussels Airport is approximately 2½ hours.
  • We will provide you with lunch and dinner restaurant recommendations for any meals on your own.  We have personally visited these establishments and can personally vouch for them!  Unlike some hotel concierge desks, these are our unbiased and uncompensated recommendations.
  • If you do not feel comfortable on your own with language differences (even though our recommended restaurants all speak English) or going out on your own in a foreign place, you are more then welcome to join us for meals.  We are your hosts – we won’t ever leave you to fend for yourself!
  • We have many suggestions for things to do on your free days.  We will chat about your preferences and give you ideas of activities you will enjoy.
  • The Great Bruges Marathon Cut-Off Time is 6 hours.
  • The Great Bruges Half Marathon Cut-Off Time is 3 hours 15 minutes.
  • There is also a 10k & a DuoMarathon (a relay where each runner completes a half marathon) – please contact us if you would like run either of these races.
Swiss City Marathon
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lake Lucerne
Lucerne Mountains
Lucerne Lion