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

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Enhance your experience of eastern Switzerland on a full-day tour of the country’s scenic countryside from Zurich. Delve into rich cultural traditions with an expert guide as you explore picturesque towns and cultural institutions; sample fine Swiss cheese at a traditional cheese factory; discover the impressive sights of Appenzell; and ride an aerial cable car over the magnificent Swiss Alps. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to only 16 explorers.
  • Full-day roundtrip cheese and chocolate tour to the Switzerland mountains
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 16 people ensures personalized attention
  • Guided coach tour to Appenzell and to the cheese factory in Stein
  • Visit the outlet of the famous chocolate-maker Lindt
  • Take the aerial cable car to Mt. Hoher Kasten for views over the Rhine Valley

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

This unique, small-group tour combines Alpine sightseeing with delicious Swiss gastronomy.
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Cheese factory visitt
Walking tour through Appenzell
Aerial cable car ride
Visit Lindt outlet shop
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

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

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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. On arrival, indulge your sweet tooth with delectable Swiss chocolate. After purchasing appetizing souvenirs, travel past the town of Rapperswill, renowned for its impressive medieval castle, and arrive at the village of Stein. 

Visit a local cheese factory to uncover the production secrets behind Appenzeller cheese, and then continue to Brulisau to experience panoramic vistas of the dramatic Swiss Alps. Ride an aerial cable car to the snow-capped summit of Mt Hoher Kasten and capture breathtaking views from an altitude of 6,000 feet (1,800 meters).

Enjoy a unique dining experience in the mountaintop’s revolving restaurant (own expense) and stroll through the beautiful Alpine Garden before returning to sea level for a short walking tor of Appenzell. 

After thoroughly exploring the region, return to your vehicle and relax during the journey back to Zurich, where the tour concludes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sihlquai
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
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lindt Chocolate Shop Altendorf
On arrival, indulge your sweet tooth with delectable Swiss chocolate.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Schloss Rapperswil
After purchasing appetizing souvenirs, travel past the town of Rapperswill, renowned for its impressive medieval castle, and arrive at the village of Stein.
Stop At:  
Appenzeller Schaukaeserei
Here, you'll visit the local cheese factory where the famous wheel-shaped Appenzeller cheese is made.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hoher Kasten
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
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Appenzellerland Tourismus AI
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 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sihlquai
After a great day we will drop you off again in Zürich.
Duration: 1 minute
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Best of Switzerland Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Swiss Cheese, Chocolates and Mountains Small-Group Tour from Zurich?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Swiss Cheese, Chocolates and Mountains Small-Group Tour from Zurich.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Swiss Cheese, Chocolates and Mountains Small-Group Tour from Zurich?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Swiss Cheese, Chocolates and Mountains Small-Group Tour from Zurich.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Swiss Cheese, Chocolates and Mountains Small-Group Tour from Zurich?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Swiss Cheese, Chocolates and Mountains Small-Group Tour from Zurich.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Swiss Cheese, Chocolates and Mountains Small-Group Tour from Zurich?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Swiss Cheese, Chocolates and Mountains Small-Group Tour from Zurich.

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  • "Stopping at a factory Lindt chocolate store is first on the agenda." See review
  • "Overall, it was nice to get out of the city, walk around Appenzell, which was actually kind of quiet (best to avoid Mondays for this tour since some family-owned stores close on Monday and stay open on Saturday instead)." See review
  • "Best to include a detailed guided visit of these two sites and information about the making of Chocolate and cheese." See review

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Switzerland Mountains, Cheese and Chocolates Tour from Zurich
Sherpa57185
, Aug 2019
I have gone on many excursions with Viator but this has been the worst trip ever. Don't get me wrong the driver was nice , he drove the car safely and he spoke a little. The trip was very misleading according to the description. First the chocolate tours was just a store that everyone in the world has so why take us to the store. The prices were not discounted and it was a waste of time. The cheese tour was useless also.. In my group we had four family members. When we got to the cheese factory we had first three pieces in tiny tiny cubs of cheese for us to try on the tray . We had to ask, listen we paid a lot of money for this tour, and we only have three pieces of each product of cheese on the plate please give us an extra piece. It was pathetic. Then we were given a key and an app for our phone to do a tour on our own. well the tour was in another language and not English. We could have done that ourselves. Then the museum was closed so you couldn't visit it next door. The tour was two minutes long . Then we went to sit on a table outside and we were told to leave because it belonged to the restaurant. NO BODY WAS THERE so we could have sat down. Later we did a long drive that you could have rented a car to do, to the cable car. The cable car took us to the top of the mountain and we had a long time to spend there doing nothing. Then we went to Appenzell a small town which was also a waist of time. It was a two minute walking tour and then we had free time to walk by our selves. It was such a disappointing trip I would not recommend it to anyway. We paid $204.00 X 4 people and that's another vacation. If anyone is planning on going on this excursion, rent a car and drive around yourself. DONT WAIST YOUR MONEY.
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Swiss mountains and cheese
LindaL2915
, Jun 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.
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A Fantastic Day
Navigator02710800855
, May 2019
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.
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Professional Guide to Switzerland Mountains, Cheese And Chocolate Tour from Zurich
HengY75
, Dec 2018
The best thing about this tour is the good service and interesting commentaries provided by Karen. However , much improvement needed for the visit to the cheese and chocolate sites. In particular, there was no tour conducted at the Chocolate site. It was a stop over for purchase to be made. Best to include a detailed guided visit of these two sites and information about the making of Chocolate and cheese.
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Learn bout Swiss cheese, but not so much the chocolate
DCSVPE
, Sep 2018
This was a nice little tour with an expert guide that took us first to a Lindt outlet store. I laughed because it was almost exactly like the one I visit on Long Island. Maybe the chocolate tastes different? We were told that the real chocolate factories in Switzerland are not equipped to handle guided visits in a hygenic manner, so this was the next best thing. I wonder how the prices compared to the airport duty free stores. Anyway, it was fun to visit Apenzell and see cheese being made as well as sample the various Appenzell cheese. I now know the differences and will look for them in the U.S. The ride up to the mountain would have been nice but unfortunately there were clouds that day. Overall, it was nice to get out of the city, walk around Appenzell, which was actually kind of quiet (best to avoid Mondays for this tour since some family-owned stores close on Monday and stay open on Saturday instead). Overall, it was nice to get out of the city and up into the mountains and see a bit of rural Swiss life where the only sound sometimes are the cowbells.
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The tour of the cheese factory is...
Janine K
, Jul 2018
The tour of the cheese factory is not worth it. It is all in German, with really no English translations. The Maison de Gruyeres in Gryueres is a million times better. The Lindt outlet is a convenience store-sized location. It is nice to be able to get things made in Switzerland, as it does taste better. I especially like the wafer thins!! Yes, you can get Lindt all over the world, but check where it is manufactured - not usually Switzerland. Really, this 'outlet' stop is a time to buy Lindt at prices you can get in the supermarkets. Seeing the city of Appenzell was nice - very cute, quaint town. The guide gave a great walking tour however, there wasn't much time at all to shop and wander on your own.
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AMAZING! I highly recommend this...
Russell D
, Jul 2018
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.
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The van is a comfortable Mercedes...
george
, Jun 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.
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Our tour guide Martin was wonderful...
Steve L
, May 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.
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The mountain is really cold. so keep...
Lester Lim C
, Feb 2018
The mountain is really cold. so keep yourself warm. Chocolate and Cheese tour can be disappointed
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