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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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Enhance your experience of 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; ride an aerial cable car over the magnificent Swiss Alps; sample chocolate at a traditional chocolate producer.; and visit a Swiss cow farm. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to only 16 explorers, and take home with you a goodie bag including typical Swiss products.
  • 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 with cheese tasting
  • Taste fresh milk at a typical Swiss farm
  • Take the aerial cable car to Mt. Hoher Kasten for views over the Rhine Valley
  • Visit a boutique chocolate manufacture and enjoy a chocolate tasting
  • Receive a goodie bag of Swiss delicacies worth at least CHF 40

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This unique, small-group tour combines Alpine sightseeing with delicious Swiss gastronomy.
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Scenic drive through the stunning, green and hilly countryside
Visit to Appenzeller diary including museum and cheese tasting
Aerial cable car ride up to Mt. Hoher Kasten with its revolving restaurant and breath-taking views
Visit of a boutique Chocolate Manufacture, chocolate tasting included
Visit of a typical Swiss cow farm
Guided walk through the charming and traditional village of Appenzell
Goodie bag with typical Swiss products from each visited attraction with min. value of CHF 40.-
Transportation in comfortable Mercedes minibus, free WIFI included
Full guided tour by professional multilingual guide as per description
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Best of Switzerland Tours AG , Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

The official departure point for all tours departing from Zürich is Sihlquai Bus Terminal, close to Zürich’s main train station (Zürich HB). Please check in at least 15 minutes prior to tour start at the white ticket office marked with “Best of Switzerland Tours” or “City Tours & Excursions”.

8:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Depart from central Zurich in an air-conditioned minivan and travel through scenic, green, hilly countryside to a typical Swiss farm where you can taste a glass of fresh milk.

Visit a local cheese factory to uncover the production secrets behind Appenzeller cheese during a cheese tasting, 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. 

Visit a boutique chocolate manufacture and indulge your sweet tooth with delectable Swiss chocolate during a tasting.

After thoroughly exploring the region, return to your vehicle and return to Zurich with a goodie bag full of Swiss delicacies collected at the visited attractions throughout the day.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Zurich
Depart from central Zurich (Sihlquai Coach Terminal) in an air-conditioned minivan and set out on a scenic drive along beautiful Lake Zürich via the City of Rapperswil with its medieval castle to the gently rolling hills of the Appenzellerland with photo stops en route.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Stein
Discover a typically Swiss farm and taste a glass of fresh cow milk.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Appenzeller Schaukaserei
Find out how natural Swiss milk and herbs are turned into Switzerland's tangiest cheese at the Appenzeller show dairy in Stein AR. Marvel at the imposing cellar storing up to 12,500 wheels of cheese and try to guess the top secret ingredients of the world-famous Appenzeller cheese during a cheese tasting.
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
Follow your tour guide on a walk through the quaint village of Appenzell and learn about the ancient traditions and customs of this region while browsing local specialty shops in the pedestrian zone with its decoratively painted wooden facades.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Appenzell
Visit a boutique chocolate manufacture and follow the Maître Chocolatier's explanation of the artisan craft of chocolate making before indulging your senses during a chocolate tasting. Enjoy some time at leisure before heading back to Zürich.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Zurich
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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Best of Switzerland Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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  • "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.
3 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Swiss mountains and cheese
Linda_L
, 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.
star-5
A Fantastic Day
Mark_R
, 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.
star-4
Professional Guide to Switzerland Mountains, Cheese And Chocolate Tour from Zurich
HengYee_W
, 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.
star-4
Learn bout Swiss cheese, but not so much the chocolate
Eugene_A
, 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.
star-2
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
The van is a comfortable Mercedes...
george_h
, 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.
star-5
Our tour guide Martin was wonderful...
Stephen_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.
star-5
The mountain is really cold. so keep...
LesterLim_C
, Feb 2018
The mountain is really cold. so keep yourself warm. Chocolate and Cheese tour can be disappointed
star-5
This was a GREAT tour! The...
Michelle E
, 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!
star-5
Absolutely amazing, turned out to be...
Craig G
, Dec 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
star-5
Fantastic small group tour! Stopping...
bmweber0906
, 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!
star-2
The description leads you to believe...
tobye1748
, Dec 2017
The description leads you to believe that you will be touring a cheese factory to see how cheese is made. There was no tour. You were given a package of cheese as a consolation prize for not being able to tour the factory. The Lindt chocolate factory, is just a visit to the retail store to buy chocolate. You can do that at any grocery store in the USA. The cable car ride and mountain visit are beautiful. Yes, you can eat lunch in the panoramic revolving restaurant, but at a very steep price. The visit to Appenzal is way too short, and the 1.5 hour drive back is in the dark. Not worth the money.
star-5
Highly recommend this tour as the...
Anthony M
, Oct 2017
Highly recommend this tour as the Mountain View is breathtaking!
star-5
We had a great time on this tour! It...
Holly P
, 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!
star-5
This was the best trip I ever had. Most...
VenkataReddy_N
, Sep 2017
This was the best trip I ever had. Most recommended to families with children.
star-4
Tour was good and interesting, bus...
Wendy_T
, Sep 2017
Tour was good and interesting, bus was comfortable, guide was funny and entertaining, only wish we had a bit more time at each stop as the cheese tour felt quite rushed and we didn't have much time to see the town of Appenzell. I was travelling with my 2 elderly parents and they managed fine with the amount of walking on this tour. Also, it would have been nice to go to the real Lindt shop at Kilchberg instead of the one we went to, which really felt like it was just a shop meant for tourists. Overall, I'm glad we went!
star-4
Our Tour Guide was amazing for this...
Aaron_K
, Sep 2017
Our Tour Guide was amazing for this trip. Each destination was hospitable, and even when the weather wasn't so nice, or something wasn't very timely, our guide made things perfect. My only complaint, or it would be a four-star review, is that the title is misleading. There is no chocolate tour. Your first stop will be a Lindt Chocolate Outlet store, which was still awesome, but this tour doesn't include anything else to reference chocolate. The Cheese tour wasn't much of a tour, but it was still cool to see the cheese factory, and to learn how it is made and to even view the process. At the end of the day, it was still an amazing experience with great cheese, breathtaking views, and a comfortable ride with an outstanding guide.
star-5
We had one day to visit and this...
fredjayoder
, Aug 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!

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