Swiss Cheese, Chocolates and Mountains Small-Group Tour from Zurich

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Swiss Cheese, Chocolates and Mountains Small-Group Tour from Zurich
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Venture to the Heidi-like region of eastern Switzerland on this full day guided coach tour from Zurich. Sample local cheese and chocolate, walk the streets of Appenzell and catch an aerial cable car over Swiss Alpine peaks for a comprehensive insight into this region. 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
Monday, Wednesday and Friday

November: Friday
Highlights:
Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
Enjoy fantastic aerial views
Led by a local guide
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Stop At: 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.

Duration: 2 minutes

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

On arrival, indulge your sweet tooth with delectable Swiss chocolate.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Rapperswil Castle, Rapperswil Switzerland

After purchasing appetizing souvenirs, travel past the town of Rapperswill, renowned for its impressive medieval castle, and arrive at the village of Stein. 

You'll then travel past the lakeside town of Rapperswil, well known for its medieval and impressive castle before you reach the village of Stein.

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

Here, you'll visit the local cheese factory where the famous wheel-shaped Appenzeller cheese is made.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Hoher Kasten, Dorf 22, Bruelisau 9058 Switzerland

Your tour continues to the village of Brulisau where you'll board the aerial cable-car to the panoramic Mt. Hoher Kasten. At 6,000 feet (1,800 meters), enjoy breathtaking views over the Rhine Valley and Austria's Voralberg region. Go for a walk through the Alpine Garden or enjoy lunch at the spectacular revolving mountain restaurant (not included).

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

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

Before heading back to Zurich, your guide will take you on a brief walking tour of Appenzell with its narrow pedestrian lanes and lovingly painted houses.

Duration: 1 hour

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

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

Duration: 1 minute

Inclusions

  • Cheese factory visitt
  • Walking tour through Appenzell
  • Aerial cable car ride
  • Visit Lindt outlet shop
  • Entry/Admission - Appenzeller Schaukaeserei
  • Entry/Admission - Hoher Kasten

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • 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
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Could not be more pleased. A wonderful experience of what makes Switzerland special. The countryside was so beautiful. Franz our guide was super kind and a generous host and brought it all to life.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
We liked being in a small group in a van after touring in a large coach for several days. Our guide was very nice and knowledgable. He stopped the van so we could get pictures of the gorgeous Swiss countryside. Unfortunately Monday was a holiday so we were unable to visit the chocolate store however we did enjoy the cheese tasting. The clouds closed in while we were on the mountain but we still enjoyed the limited views from the top. Appenzel is a very picturesque Swiss village.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
AMAZING! I highly recommend this tour. By far, one of the coolest tours that we have done. Our group for the day consisted of 12 people including us. We started off our day with our tour guide Thomas and the Lindt chocolate store. You do not get to tour the factory. However, if you do some research chocolate shops normally don't let people in on tour to protect their recipes and ways. Still, the chocolate shop was pretty cool. There many different types of chocolate that I've never seen in the US before. And of course you do get two free pieces of candy, one on the way in and one on the way out. Thomas even brought a cooler with to keep our chocolates from melting. After that we enjoyed about an hour long scenic ride through the countryside to get to the cheese factory. We enjoyed our cheese tasting first. I know other comments complained about being given a repackaged box of cheese but we had a plate with some strawberries and walnuts and 5 kinds of Appenzeller cheese to try with bread there was more than enough for everyone. We all purchased drinks and sat down to enjoy the tasting. Then there was a small self-guided tour of parts of the factory. From there we were off to Mt. Hoher Kasten. We took the cable car to the top. At the top we enjoyed walking around and seeing some AMAZING views the weather was perfect. We also chose to eat at the revolving restaurant. I know other people said that it was over priced, I feel that it was the same price for other meals that we had in Zurich. Many of the items on the menu were all products from the town of Appenzel, just at the base of the mountain. There was enough time to enjoy the views outside and eat. Finally, we finished the day in the town of Appenzel. Thomas let us change the schedule a little. We went to the brewery together first. Then we went to the bakery and got to sample a local treat. Thomas took us on a small walking tour of the town and talked about the history and their voting system. Then we had about half an hour to ourselves to explore. I wish there would have been a little more time in the town but that is my only complaint. Overall, great day, small group, and truly a great taste of everything that Switzerland is known for.
• Submitted 12 Jul 2018
The van is a comfortable Mercedes with room for 8. Our driver spoke good English and was very knowledgeable about Switzerland. I believe his name was Franz. The first stop was the Lindt chocolates outlet store with enough variety to sate any chocoholic. Then it was off to the foothills of the Alps for a stop at the Appenzeller cheese factory where you could taste different cheese selections included, and enjoy a local beer. Then to the factory to watch the cheese production. Now off to the mountains to enjoy a cable car ride to a mountain top restaurant that revolves and viewing platforms for fantastic views of peaks and valleys of the Rhine river area.
• Submitted 18 Jun 2018
Our tour guide Martin was wonderful. Started with Lindt chocolate tour which was really not a factory tour, but rather a chocolate store tour that was connected to the factory. Health regulations prohibit factory tours. But it was a beautiful store with wide selection of chocolates which we all bought and enjoyed the free samples on entering. Next came the cheese factory tour which had a glass partition allowing a direct view of the production floor and cheese storage area. We had a marvellous cheese tasting experience with lovely cheeses, fruit, nuts, and bread. Drinks whether alcoholic or non alcoholic had to be purchased with the tasting - not a deal breaker. Then we went to a town and took an enclosed lift up an alp. Unfortunately it was foggy so no view, but I was assured it would have been a spectacular view but for the weather. So we ate at our expense at the revolving restaurant - it was OK but not special but with nothing else to do we connected with our fellow travelers. Had the weather been more cooperative we might have skipped the meal to take in the view. Lastly we went to a lovely small town for a descriptive walk about and grabbed a coffee. A return to Zurich ended a lovely if at times weather frustrating day. I should mention that Martin pointed out the farms, rolling hills, architectural elements and historical landmarks throughout the drive. Very informative. There were restrooms at every stop. Overall quite enjoyable and recommended.
• Submitted 21 May 2018
The mountain is really cold. so keep yourself warm. Chocolate and Cheese tour can be disappointed
• Submitted 24 Feb 2018
This was a GREAT tour! The chocolate factory has some great deals and the chocolate is wonderful. The cheese factory was a bit stinky but it is a cheese factory! The mountains are so beautiful! You are in for a treat!
• Submitted 13 Feb 2018
Absolutely amazing, turned out to be the best part of our trip and was great. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the tour and even inclement weather didn’t detour our great experience
• Submitted 09 Dec 2017
Fantastic small group tour! Stopping at a factory Lindt chocolate store is first on the agenda. The whole drive is narrated by a lovely guide who will tell you anything and everything about Swiss culture as you drive to the city of Appenzell. Touring the cheese factory and having a tasting then up to the top of mountain you can opt out if wanted but I wouldn't suggest that and see the city of Appenzell from above and have a bite at a revolving restaurant while you see 4 countries from your view. Afterwards you are given a quick tour by the guide of Appenzell and then free to walk your own around the town before heading back to Zurich. The small group atmosphere and knowledgeable guide made this an absolutely must see trip. My husband and I loved it!
• Submitted 07 Dec 2017
Loved the day- beautiful tour- wonderful guide!
• Submitted 07 Nov 2017
Highly recommend this tour as the Mountain View is breathtaking!
• Submitted 27 Oct 2017
We had a great time on this tour! It allowed us to see a different part of Switzerland, with our fantastic tour guide: Monika! Such a beautiful place!
• Submitted 02 Oct 2017
Fun day, and a beautiful place to see.
• Submitted 20 Sep 2017
This was the best trip I ever had. Most recommended to families with children.
• Submitted 16 Sep 2017
We had one day to visit and this tour gave us as much of Switzerland as could be accomplished in that amount of time. Excellent!
• Submitted 21 Aug 2017
Thomas was an amazing tour guide. Tour exceeded expectations. If you have the time you really should invest in this day trip. Completely worth it.
• Submitted 06 Aug 2017
It's hard to complain about chocolate, cheese and beautiful mountain sights. A great way to see the countryside.
• Submitted 14 Jul 2017
I would highly recommend this tour. Try to go on a clear day if possible. The view from on top of the mountain was amazing. I do wish we could have had a little more time in Appenzell because it was such a cute town. By the time we got there most of the shops were closing. This wasn't our tour guides fault it was our fellow travelers.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2017
very nice tour
• Submitted 22 May 2017
This was the most amazing day and I would do it again in a heartbeat! It was so beautiful and such a wonderful tasting day! You will not regret taking this tour!
• Submitted 21 Oct 2016
This was a great tour! I loved the beautiful mountain views, the cheese factory and the stop at the Lindt Chocolate Outlet. The cable car ride and the views up the mountain and of the countryside were to die for! I also loved that this was a small group tour so we were able to get to know other travelers really well. I would have loved more cheese and chocolates, but overall this tour was amazing!
• Submitted 17 Oct 2016
Guide was excellent. Scenery was beautiful. Enjoyed all parts of the day.
• Submitted 18 Sep 2016
Good products cheese and chocolate tasting and information on traditions in various locations.
• Submitted 13 Jul 2016
We had the wonderful Annaliza as our tour guide. She had so much knowledge that she shared with us. I loved the small group and the small bus was very comfortable. The views were absolutely amazing. I had to limit my purchases at the Lindt factory outlet, only because of the weight limitation on my baggage. The cheese factory was very interesting and the cheese tasting was delicious. Appenzelle is a beautiful small town and the church simply stunning inside - do not miss! I loved the beautiful countryside and all the additional information that Annaliza shared on living in Switzerland was very interesting. I would recommend this tour in a heartbeat!
• Submitted 11 Jul 2016

In Brief

Location:
Zürich, Switzerland
Country:
Switzerland
Duration:
9 hours
Operates:
Seasonal

April and December: Monday and Friday

May to October
Monday, Wednesday and Friday

November: Friday
Highlights:
Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
Enjoy fantastic aerial views
Led by a local guide

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