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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 Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Check three very Swiss experiences off your to-do list on this day trip: shop for Swiss chocolate, visit a cheese factory and take a cable-car ride up a mountain for enchanting vistas of the Alps, the Rhine Valley and Austria.

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What You Can Expect

Switzerland Mountains, Cheese and Chocolates Tour from Zurich

Appenzell, Switzerland

Greet your guide at a central Zurich location and climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan for the short tour of Zurich West, a trendy warehouse district that has recently undergone a radical transformation. Pass the Museum of Art before heading into the Old Town to admire spectacular monuments like Frauminster Church and Limmatquai. 

Travel along the picturesque shores of Lake Zurich and disembark at the Lindt factory outlet to 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.

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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

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!

Amanda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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!

Norma-Jean H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Guide was excellent. Scenery was beautiful. Enjoyed all parts of the day.

Vernon H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Good products cheese and chocolate tasting and information on traditions in various locations.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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!

Shatha A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Amazing guide very knowledgable cheese tasting was great
And what can you say about Lindt chocolates very cheap compared to Australia
Then the views from Swiss mountains where amazing lucky I had a warm sunny day

Kristi H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I loved this tour!! It was a great experience....and oh so tasty! We had a great tour lady and driver. It was fun to learn all the information on Switzerland. We were surrounded by beauty!

Diane L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The experience was great. The trip itself was great, but we also lucked out with good weather and free beer at the Appenzeller brewery! Our guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and kind as well.

meagan b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

AMAZING tour : Read about it in my blog to learn more about this tour, Zurich, and other cities in Europe

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