This trip highlights two of the Swiss peoples' most famous traditions: chocolate and cheese. You'll enjoy a panoramic coach ride through Eastern Switzerland on your way to the Lindt and Sprüngli Factory Shop, where delicious chocolates await.
After exploring the shop you'll continue on to Switzerland's Appenzell region, where you'll have the opportunity to have a cheese tasting and visit the factory where the famous Appenzeller cheese is made.
You will be picked up in an air-conditioned coach from the Sihlquai bus parking near Zurich Main Train Station. Accompanied by a bilingual guide speaking English and German, you will journey on the Panorama Highway to Rapperswil, well known for its medieval castle. It is popularly known as the ‘City of Roses’ for its beautiful scenery.
Further on, proceed to the picturesque village of Appenzell, a canton situated in Eastern Switzerland. Set out on a guided walk through the village and you will come across lovely old painted houses. After the stroll, you will have about 2 ½ hours at leisure to explore the place on your own. The pedestrian zone with its beautiful facades invites you for strolling and shopping.
You could take an optional trip to the Museum of Appenzell, where you can learn about the way of life in this part of Switzerland. It is a private museum that exhibits a cross-section of local history and culture.
Continue to the Lindt & Sprüngli Chocolate Factory and visit their Outlet Store. Starting out as the chocolate pioneer in Switzerland, Lindt & Sprüngl has developed into a modern company over the years with its finest selection of chocolate and confectionary specialities. You will have a great shopping opportunity, buying the best chocolate in the world at modest prices.
After a tour of the chocolate factory, we continue the journey trough beautiful, green Swiss landscapes into the heart of the Cheese Country, "Appenzellerland".
After a tour of the cheese factory, return by coach to Zurich. You will be dropped back to the Sihlquai bus parking.
This was great fun. I actually upgraded to include the cable car ride to the top of the mountain where we could have lunch and walk through an alpine garden. I was a little... Patricia M Roseman
It was a good day trip which we both enjoyed. The Driver/Guide was knowledgeable and made the whole day go well. The cheese factory and the Village were both good places to... Alan Lenthall
01 Nov 2014 - 31 Dec 2014: Monday and Friday
01 Apr 2015 - 30 Apr 2015: Friday
01 May 2015 - 31 Oct 2015: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
01 Nov 2015 - 31 Dec 2015: Friday
8 ½ hours
Start Time: 1015h (10:15am)
Duration: 8 ½ hours
The tour starts from the Sihlquai bus parking (near Zurich main train station). This bus parking can also be reached by tram / streetcar number 17.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
The tour ends at Sihlquai bus parking (which is near Zurich main train station).
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
This tour requires a minimum of 5 passengers to operate. There is a possibility that this tour may be cancelled after confirmation if minimum numbers are not met. Should this be necessary you will be offered an alternate departure date or a full refund.
Tour of Museum of Appenzell would be included as a part of the tour from 01 April 2015 onwards.
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