Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich

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Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich
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Delight in some real Swiss traditions on this full-day small-group tour from Zurich. Even those pressed for time will find this tour an ideal way to experience some scenic Swiss country-life. Visit a local cheese factory and taste some of the famous Swiss chocolate, drive through scenic landscapes and see historic villages and learn more about some unique political traditions of the Appenzell region in Eastern Switzerland. Even better, you'll travel in a personalized small group with a maximum of 16 people!
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In Brief

Location:
Zürich, Switzerland
Country:
Switzerland
Duration:
9 hours
Operates:
Seasonal
April and December: Monday and Friday

May to October 31
Monday, Wednesday and Friday

November: Friday
Highlights:
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Get inside tips from a local
Small-group tour by minibus
Overview
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Itinerary
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Pass By: Sihlquai, Sihlstrasse 41, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

Depart from central Zurich in an air-conditioned minivan and travel along the scenic shores of Lake Zurich on your way to the world-famous Lindt chocolate factory outlet.

Stop At: Lindt Chocolate Shop Altendorf, Bruegglistrasse 53, Altendorf 8852 Switzerland

Your tour starts with a panoramic drive along beautiful Lake Zurich. At your first stop, a great shopping opportunity awaits you at the world-famous Lindt chocolate factory outlet shop - a must-do for chocoholics!

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Schloss Rapperswil, Lindenhugel, Rapperswil 8640 Switzerland

Afterwards, your tour continues to the picturesque region of Appenzell in Eastern Switzerland. On the way, you'll pass the town of Rapperswil, well known for its impressive medieval castle.

Stop At: Appenzeller Schaukaeserei, Dorf 711, Stein 9063 Switzerland

You'll then stop in the village of Stein where you'll learn more about the traditional method of cheese-making at the local cheese factory.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Appenzellerland Tourismus AI, Hauptgasse 4, 9050 Appenzell, Switzerland

Take a guided walk past decorative houses, before enjoying approximately two hours at your leisure. You may choose to visit the Appenzell Museum for a closer look at traditional Swiss customs or enjoy a local speciality at one of the cosy Appenzell restaurants. Alternatively, go for some souvenir shopping along Appenzell's pedestrian zone.

Before heading back to Zurich, your guide will take you to the historic town square, setting for one of the most unique political traditions in Switzerland. All local elections and parliamentary decisions are publicly debated here by show of hands.

Duration: 3 hours 20 minutes

Stop At: Sihlquai, Sihlstrasse 41, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

After a great day we will drop you off again in Zürich.

Duration: 1 minute

Inclusions

  • Professional guide
  • Visit to the Lindt chocolate factory outlet shop
  • Visit of cheese factory
  • Walking tour of Appenzell
  • Visit to the cultural and historical museum of Appenzell
  • Entry/Admission - Appenzeller Schaukaeserei

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Departure Point

Best of Switzerland Tours AG, Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • This tour does not include a visit to the Lindt chocolate factory itself; just the outlet shop
  • You will have some free time in Appenzell to explore independently without your guide
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.83 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Excellent one day Alpine trip if you have only one day. Great van with guide and only 10 people.. Avoided the big bus tour stops with flexible schedule and time.
• Submitted 18 Mar 2019
EXCELLENT TOUR
• Submitted 11 Jan 2018
5 stars experience Our gentleman guide was very good. I gives him 5 stars review. he went an extra mile to take us to cable car ride on our own expence. Cable car ride was not included in original plan.
• Submitted 10 Aug 2017
The guide, Monica, was very pleasant and friendly and shared her wealth of knowledge in an interesting way. The tour is well-paced and the trip through the countryside gave a good insight in the agricultural activities of the region. We enjoyed the visits to the cheese factory and chocolate outlet. We spent some time in the small town Appenzell with its beautiful streets, interesting small shops, and museum.
• Submitted 21 Jul 2017
This was an amazing small group tour. We went up into the Swiss countryside and saw some spectacular views of Swiss life on the farm. We saw cows, goats, and enchanting farmhouses while learning a lot about the customs in the Appenzell area. Karen, our guide, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We first stopped at the Lindt chocolate factory but were only able to visit their sales area. That would be my only change recommendation so that a tour of the factory itself could be included but I know timing would be difficult since it was already a 10 hour tour. Our next stop was a cheese factory near Appenzell and here we did get to learn all about the art of cheese making as well as enjoy a generous cheese tasting. Our last stop was the town of Appenzell which was lovely. The museum is quite worth visiting and we enjoyed visiting the local Catholic church. Behind the church was the Catholic cemetery which was beautiful. Each plot had flowers planted in the ground and watering cans were provided next to the water spigot along with tools for weeding and pruning - very nice touch. We also enjoyed the local shops and costumes. This was a very enjoyable day!!
• Submitted 01 Jun 2017
We loved our tour including Appenzell!
• Submitted 17 Aug 2016
This trip was excellent. The drive through the countryside was beautiful. We decided not to go up the mountain by cable car and spent a couple of hours in Appenzell. What a charming little Swiss village. The shops were quaint, the restaurant served excellent food, and the village was very picturesque. We loved this tour and the tour guide, Beat, was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and shared all kinds of information about the region and life in Switzerland. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 21 Dec 2015
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 29 Jun 2015
Tour truely was amazing. Ann our guide was very good and informative.
• Submitted 28 May 2015
This was just and excellent tour. Guide very informative and interesting. Tour party was small which made the experience all the better.
• Submitted 13 Aug 2014
This was out of the world tour. The best experience in the entire Europe n let me tell u, you hv the best guides ever. I love them n I loved the trip!! It gave me the best day of my life !!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2014
GOOD DRIVER/TOUR GUIDE COVERED A LOT OF INFO IN A VERY PLEASANT MANNER
• Submitted 06 Dec 2013
Really enjoyed the day! Was in a small minibus, so by the end of day we all knew each other. The scenery in this area is picture-perfect and Appenzell is a beautiful town with great character. Enjoyed the free samples of chocolate and cheese! Andy our guide was a really nice man too!
• Submitted 11 Dec 2013
Great, small bus and group was ideal. We had an excellent, knowledgeable driver/guide. Well worth it.
• Submitted 09 Sep 2013
Beautiful bird's eye view of life in Swiss countryside. Bus driver/guide Ernst was very personable and informative which highlighted the day's experience.
• Submitted 26 Jul 2012
We had a wonderful time at all the stops! We didn't stay too long at any of them, just enough time. We took this tour with a 2 year old, and she enjoyed the tour as well! We had a wonderful lunch and the tour guide was very good at showing us all the things to look at.
• Submitted 21 Jan 2010
This had a great itinerary, good driver and a very good guide. He gave just the right amount of info and was good with advice.
• Submitted 20 Jul 2009
It was a great trip, perfect amount of time in each place, great tour guide, overall wonderful! I'd do it again.
• Submitted 21 Jun 2009
The driver/guide did his best to point out all the sights along the way. While the rest of the group went up Mount Santis on another tour in the same bus, my husband and I bought cheese and meat at the small factory and had a picnic with the cows along the walking trail.
• Submitted 23 Aug 2008
This was an excellent tour - well worthwhile!
• Submitted 23 Aug 2008
The cable care ride to the top of that breathtaking mountain view was great! Monica was a great tour guide. The view is priceless
• Submitted 22 Aug 2017
Tour was good overall. We did not go up the mountain and spent time in Appenzell town. Guide was humorous and knowledgeable. We had a small group with people from US, Australia and other countries and it was fun.
• Submitted 03 Aug 2015
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 30 Jun 2015
Enjoyable day with a very good guide. This was a small group tour and I recommend it if you have not been to the Switzerland countryside before.
• Submitted 01 Oct 2014

In Brief

Location:
Zürich, Switzerland
Country:
Switzerland
Duration:
9 hours
Operates:
Seasonal
April and December: Monday and Friday

May to October 31
Monday, Wednesday and Friday

November: Friday
Highlights:
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Get inside tips from a local
Small-group tour by minibus

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