• Location: Zurich, Switzerland
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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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

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What You Can Expect

Switzerland Mountains, Cheese and Chocolates Tour from Zurich

Appenzell, 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. 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.

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Customer Reviews

Steve L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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.

Lester Lim C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

The mountain is really cold. so keep yourself warm. Chocolate and Cheese tour can be disappointed

Michelle E United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 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!

Craig G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 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!

Kate W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Loved the day- beautiful tour- wonderful guide!

Anthony M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Highly recommend this tour as the Mountain View is breathtaking!

Holly P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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!

Kathi D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Fun day, and a beautiful place to see.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was the best trip I ever had. Most recommended to families with children.

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