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

120 Ratings
  • E-Ticket
  • Day Trip
  • Live Guide
  • 11 hr

Venture to the Heidi-like region of eastern Switzerland on this full day guided coach tour from Zurich. Discover the secrets behind Switzerland's famous cheese and chocolate! Trace the path of raw milk from grazing cows on lush meadows to the production at the Appenzeller show dairy and a boutique chocolate manufacture. Take in fascinating mountain views on an aerial cable car ride to the top of Hoher Kasten and learn about local customs on a guided stroll through the charming village of Appenzell, where old traditions are still alive. Even better, you'll travel in a personalized small group with a maximum of 16 people!

Itinerary Details

This is a typical itinerary for this product

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 hour

Stop At: Stein

Discover a typically Swiss farm and taste a glass of fresh cow milk.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At:

Visit an enchanting herbal garden of a natural cosmetics manufacturer.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Appenzeller Schaukaeserei

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

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

Stop At:

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

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

Stop At: Zurich

After a great day we will drop you off again in Zürich.

Duration: 1 minutes