Swiss Cheese, Chocolates and Mountains Small-Group Tour from Zurich | La Vacanza Travel

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

Duration: 11 hours
Destination: Switzerland, Zürich, Zurich

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  • 11 hours
  • Zurich
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


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!

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Stop At: Zurich, 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

Stop At: Stein, Stein, Canton of Appenzell

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

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Appenzeller Schaukaserei, Dorf 711, Stein 9063 Switzerland

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 30 minutes

Stop At: Hoher Kasten, Dorf 22, Bruelisau 9058 Switzerland

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: Appenzellerland Tourismus AI, Hauptgasse 38, 9050 Appenzell, Switzerland

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: 1 hour

Stop At: Appenzell, Appenzell, Canton of 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.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Appenzell, Appenzell, Canton of Appenzell

Stroll through the town with your tour guide and learn about local customs and women's voting rights in Switzerland for around 15 minutes. Enjoy the remaining time to continue exploring the charming village of Appenzell at your own pace.

Duration: 45 minutes

Pass By: Zurich, Zurich

After a great day, we will drop you off again in Zurich, where the tour started.

  • 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 dairy farm
  • Guided walk through the charming and traditional village of Appenzell
  • Goodie bag with typical Swiss products from each visited attraction (worth CHF 40.-)
  • Transportation in comfortable Mercedes minibus with AC and free WIFI
  • Full guided tour by professional multilingual guide
  • Small group of max. 16 guests
  • Carbon-balanced operations certified by myclimate
  • Entry/Admission - Hoher Kasten
  • Entry/Admission - Appenzeller Schaukaserei

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Personal expenses
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not suitable for infants under 6 years, exceptions only on request.
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • 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
Departure Point

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

Departure Time

08:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


11 hours

User's Reviews


14 May, 2024

It was great to see this part of Switzerland. Our tour guide, Franz, was fantastic. The dairy farm visit and cheese factory museum were great. The chocolate and mountain view part of the tour were lacking. The mountain was fogged in, so no views at all up top. I recommend that they just cut this on days there is no view and refund that portion of the trip since there is nothing to see or do but spend more money eating in the restaurant on the mountain (which did have excellent food). Then, the Appenzell chocolatier whose shop we stopped at was an hour late, when he did arrive the tasting and meet and greet lasted 10 minutes which did not seem proportional to the amount of time spent waiting for him to show. Overall, seeing Appenzell was interesting, but I think this tour could have had better value for the amount paid.


18 Oct, 2023

This trip was absolutely worth the money for my partner and I to do. The trip starts in Zurich (ensure you arrive on time as they are prompt to leave) and they take you on a sprinter van to the Appenzell region about 1 1/2 hrs away. The ride is gorgeous and the guide is incredibly engaging. You make stops through breath-taking countryside and end up at the cheese factory. They teach you what makes switzerland cheese so famous and about the culture of the area. The cheese tasting is great and they provide gifts at each stop. Then you’re whisked off to a small village to have lunch at the top of a mountain. You do have to ride cable car to get there, but it’s well worth it. The views are again incredible. The tour ends with a chocolate store and walking around the small village learning more and seeing incredibly painted buildings. It was a great tour for anyone wanting to experience how amazing Switzerland is in a unique way. The tour guide really was fantastic and taught us so much. We made memories that will last a lifetime!


13 Oct, 2023

It was a wonderful day, made better by our tour guide Martin who did his best to make the day enjoyable.


18 Aug, 2023

A good trip if you want to escape from Zurich city. Cheese factory and farm visit was nice. However, after that the appenzelle city tour was boring and we literally had nothing to do. The trip to Hohen Kaster mountain was also very boring. Instead of this, they could have taken us to Aescher which was more interesting. Some activities should have been included in the second half part of the trip to avoid boring walks. Our guide Monica was awesome and she did everything in her capacity to keep us engaged


15 Aug, 2023

The tour was an amazing day of seeing Switzerland in the Appenzell area. Martin our tour guide was informative, thoughtful, and friendly in providing great stories of the Appenzell area. He took us to several more places that we weren't expecting and each spot was remarkable with either the views or the food/shopping of the area with many goodies provided throughout the tour.

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