Switzerland Countryside And Traditions Tour From Zurich

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  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Best of Switzerland Tours AG, Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Delight in some real Swiss traditions on this full-day small-group tour from Zurich. Even those pressed for time will find this tour an ideal way to experience some scenic Swiss country-life. Visit a local cheese factory and taste some of the famous Swiss chocolate, drive through scenic landscapes and see historic villages and learn more about some unique political traditions of the Appenzell region in Eastern Switzerland. Even better, you'll travel in a personalized small group with a maximum of 16 people!


Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city

Get inside tips from a local

Small-group tour by minibus

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Stop At: Best of Switzerland Tours, Zurich-switzerland">Zurich

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.

Duration: 2 minutes

Stop At: Lindt Chocolate Shop Altendorf, Altendorf

Your tour starts with a panoramic drive along beautiful Lake zurich. At your first stop, a great shopping opportunity awaits you at the world-famous Lindt chocolate factory outlet shop - a must-do for chocoholics!

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Schloss Rapperswil, Rapperswil, Canton of St. Gallen

Afterwards, your tour continues to the picturesque region of Appenzell in Eastern Switzerland. On the way, you'll pass the town of Rapperswil, well known for its impressive medieval castle.

Stop At: Appenzeller Schaukaeserei, Stein, Canton of Appenzell

You'll then stop in the village of Stein where you'll learn more about the traditional method of cheese-making at the local cheese factory.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Appenzellerland Tourismus AI

Take a guided walk past decorative houses, before enjoying approximately two hours at your leisure. You may choose to visit the Appenzell Museum for a closer look at traditional Swiss customs or enjoy a local speciality at one of the cosy Appenzell restaurants. Alternatively, go for some souvenir shopping along Appenzell's pedestrian zone.
Before heading back to Zurich, your guide will take you to the historic town square, setting for one of the most unique political traditions in Switzerland. All local elections and parliamentary decisions are publicly debated here by show of hands.

Duration: 3 hours 20 minutes

Stop At: Sihlquai

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

Duration: 1 minute


Professional guide

Visit to the Lindt chocolate factory outlet shop

Visit of cheese factory

Walking tour of Appenzell

Visit to the cultural and historical museum of Appenzell

Entry/Admission - Appenzeller Schaukaeserei


Food and drinks, unless specified


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

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

This tour does not include a visit to the Lindt chocolate factory itself; just the outlet shop

You will have some free time in Appenzell to explore independently without your guide

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

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  • 20-Jan-2020

    The whole tour was awesome. Appenzell was a very beautiful small village. It is a must to visit Appenzell.

  • 13-Nov-2019

    This was a great experience , our guide Bridgette was excellent she make the tour interesting
    The view of the mountains was impressive. .

  • 17-Sep-2018

    Excellent one day Alpine trip if you have only one day. Great van with guide and only 10 people.. Avoided the big bus tour stops with flexible schedule and time.

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  • 22-Aug-2017

    The cable care ride to the top of that breathtaking mountain view was great! Monica was a great tour guide. The view is priceless

  • 10-Aug-2017

    5 stars experience Our gentleman guide was very good. I gives him 5 stars review. he went an extra mile to take us to cable car ride on our own expence. Cable car ride was not included in original plan.

  • 21-Jul-2017

    The guide, Monica, was very pleasant and friendly and shared her wealth of knowledge in an interesting way. The tour is well-paced and the trip through the countryside gave a good insight in the agricultural activities of the region. We enjoyed the visits to the cheese factory and chocolate outlet. We spent some time in the small town Appenzell with its beautiful streets, interesting small shops, and museum.

  • 01-Jun-2017

    This was an amazing small group tour. We went up into the Swiss countryside and saw some spectacular views of Swiss life on the farm. We saw cows, goats, and enchanting farmhouses while learning a lot about the customs in the Appenzell area. Karen, our guide, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We first stopped at the Lindt chocolate factory but were only able to visit their sales area. That would be my only change recommendation so that a tour of the factory itself could be included but I know timing would be difficult since it was already a 10 hour tour. Our next stop was a cheese factory near Appenzell and here we did get to learn all about the art of cheese making as well as enjoy a generous cheese tasting. Our last stop was the town of Appenzell which was lovely. The museum is quite worth visiting and we enjoyed visiting the local Catholic church. Behind the church was the Catholic cemetery which was beautiful. Each plot had flowers planted in the ground and watering cans were provided next to the water spigot along with tools for weeding and pruning - very nice touch. We also enjoyed the local shops and costumes. This was a very enjoyable day!!

  • 17-Aug-2016

    We loved our tour including Appenzell!

  • 21-Dec-2015

    This trip was excellent. The drive through the countryside was beautiful. We decided not to go up the mountain by cable car and spent a couple of hours in Appenzell. What a charming little Swiss village. The shops were quaint, the restaurant served excellent food, and the village was very picturesque. We loved this tour and the tour guide, Beat, was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and shared all kinds of information about the region and life in Switzerland. Highly recommended.

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