Very excellent overall "feel" of the Swiss Alps region. Started with a tour of Zurich which was just enough, then a very scenic ride along Zurich Lake. Countryside was amazing and views of mountain ranges spectacular. In Rapperswill, there's time enough to take in some of the sights and enjoy lunch and a glass of beer or wine at one of the several nice cafe's at waterside. The short easy hike to Heidi's original home was enjoyable and relaxing, complete with goats. Well worth the time and cost.
We chose this tour mainly for the rotating cable car ride up to the summit, and it was truly amazing and breathtaking. It helped that the weather was perfect, allowing for crystal clear views of the mountain range. A special treat in the cable car was riding over the cows in the meadow below, and listening to their cow bells. At the top, there's enough time to take in the amazing views and have a bite to eat. I'm a 70 year old, 240 lb guy who acted like a kid riding the Ice Flyer. Don't miss it! And be sure to walk through the Ice Grotto, an ice-walled cave in the glacier. I would advise getting the free use of boots because there's a good deal of slush. The short stop in Lucerne wasn't nearly enough for exploration -- that's for another time. But we did have time for the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge which were definitely worth visiting. All in all, if you have limited time in Zurich, we highly recommend this tour.
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