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Bern Small-Group Day Trip from Zurich Including Cheese Tasting

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Bern Small-Group Day Trip from Zurich Including Cheese Tasting

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icon10 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Delve into the cultural and architectural delights of Bern during a full-day trip from Zurich. Accompanied by a guide, discover the rural charm of the Swiss landscape as you travel by luxury minibus including wifi. Learn the secrets behind fine Swiss biscuits at the Kambly Experience; explore Bern’s UNESCO-listed Old Town on a comprehensive tour; and visit a traditional dairy to sample Emmental cheese. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to nine people.
  • Day trip from Zurich to Bern and the surrounding coutryside
  • Soak up Alpine views on a drive through the Entlebuch Valley
  • Watch a master confectioner at work at the Kambly Experience and taste the famous Kambly Swiss biscuits
  • View Bern’s top landmarks including the Gothic Münster, or Bern Cathedral
  • Sample cheese at an Emmental dairy
  • Small-group tour with numbers limited to sixteeen people, ensuring a personalized experience
  • Receive a goodie bag full of Swiss delicacies worth at least CHF 30
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Transportation in comfortable Mercedes minibus, free WIFI included
Professional multilingual guide
Visit to Kambly Experience with biscuit tasting incl. drink and biscuit samples
Guided tour of Berne Old Town
Visit to Emmentaler show dairy, incl. audio-visual museum “King’s Way” and cheese tasting
Goodie bag incl. typical Swiss products
Hotel drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

The official departure point for all tours departing from Zürich is the Sihlquai Coach Parking, close to Zürich’s main train station. 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”.

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Greet your guide at a central Zurich location and climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned Mercedes minibus destined for Bern. Get acquainted with the rich history of the region and admire the scenic Entlebuch Valley as you pass through the UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve. 

Make your first stop at the Kamply Experience, a premium biscuit factory cradled by the green landscapes of the Upper Emmental Valley, and see how the sweet specialties are produced during a demonstration. Sample a few treats before returning to your coach for the onward journey to Bern. 

On arrival in Switzerland’s medieval capital, explore the UNESCO-listed Old Town on a guided tour and see popular attractions like the 100-meter spire of Münster and Bern Cathedral as you stroll. 

Spend some leisurely free time exploring Bern after the tour, perhaps refreshing with lunch in a local restaurant (own expense). Return to your vehicle for the scenic drive to an Emmental show dairy. Once there, tour the show dairy on the audio-visual 'King's Way', and learn more about the history of the world's most famous cheese before trying the Swiss delicacy during a tasting session. 

Continue to a dairy farm for a picture stop with an amazing view over the rolling green hills of the Emmental, before bidding your guide and group farewell on arrival at a central Zurich location. At the end of the tour take with you a goodie bag of Swiss products collected at the visited attractions throughout the day, worth at least CHF 30.
Pass By:  
Depart Zurich (Sihlquai Coach Terminal) by comfortable minivan and journey into the countryside. As you travel, listen to your guide share information about the region.
Pass By:  
Biosphaere Entlebuch
Pass through Entlebuch Valley, a beautiful and scenic area that was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for its moorlands and rich Alpine flora and fauna.
Stop At:  
Kambly Erlebnis
Cross over into Trubschachen in the Upper Emmental Valley, which is noted for its lush green landscapes, clear streams and snow-capped mountains. Stop at the Kambly Experience, home to Switzerland’s premier biscuit producer. Discover how the sweet treats are made and taste several different biscuit varieties.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Continue on to Bern, Switzerland’s medieval capital, which features a collection of pretty red-roofed buildings and cobbled streets. Wander around the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Old Town with your guide, admiring picturesque local landmarks including the 328-foot (100-meter) spire of the Münster, Bern’s Cathedral. Take a look at the parliament building, which overlooks the River Aare. After the tour, spend some free time in Bern, during which you can eat lunch (own expense) or go shopping for souvenirs.
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Emmentaler Schaukäserei
Then it’s back to the bus for another drive into the heart of the Emmental, a patchwork of green pastures dotted with an occasional farmhouse. Visit an Emmental show dairy to learn more about the region’s famous cheese. Peer into the production hall and discover how Emmentaler AOP is made. Taste some of deliciously nutty dairy, before departing for Zurich, where your tour concludes.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
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The guide will bring you back to the same place, where you have joined the tour in the morning.
  • 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
  • Infants (0 – 5 years): not recommended on our small group excursions. Exceptions on request.
  • Tour limited to 16 participants
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Bern Small-Group Day Trip from Zurich Including Cheese Tasting?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Bern Small-Group Day Trip from Zurich Including Cheese Tasting?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Bern Small-Group Day Trip from Zurich Including Cheese Tasting?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Traveler Tips

  • "Since the city is full of cobblestones, it is not very comfortable for folks on wheels." See review
  • "If you want to spend more time a Bern it would be better to take the train there." See review


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Great experience!
, Feb 2020
It was a great day! Brigitte is a very nice guide and she did her best to help us with whatever questions we had, she offered us a lot of useful information and she has a very professional style! I would definitely recommend her to anyone taking this trip and not only!
Not a hectic trip
, Sep 2019
A small group but organize tour..our guide Thomas set the rules clearly and our group respected the shoving or being on top of one another unlike our jungfraujoch tour..
Great trip!
, Sep 2019
Peter was our driver and guide on this private day tour. It was a great day filled with history and a guided walking tour in Town before having free time on our own. Would highly recommend this tour!
, Jul 2019
Was good and informative. Tour guide took us around and showed us the highlights of the location. Was very pleasant and hospitable.
Long drive just for a 10-minute video of Kambly
, Jun 2019
Monica, our guide, is very knowledgeable about the regions we passed on the tour, including their history. I learned a lot about Switzerland in such a short time. Now , about the tour package: It's great seeing the country side scenery coupled with Monica's narratives. Old Town Bern looked impressive from the bridge with the rooftops and steeples and river. But the arcades at ground level don't look old at all. Whoever rebuilt these arcades did not fully restore the quaint charm of old architecture. But this is why I'm giving this tour only 2 stars: The Kambly biscuit tour was a disappointment. A little animatronics and video and that was it. A long trip for only a 10-minute video is SO NOT WORTH IT. We didn't get to see any inside-the-factory action at all. Another thing, I just wish the Emmental (cheese) and Kambly tours were more accessible and sensitive to those with special needs. I didn't see any ramp at all. Again, with the animatronics and videos telling the story of Emmental cheese and Kambly biscuits -- there were no close captions on the video or story posters with the animatronics. Forget this tour if you're deaf, wheelchair bound or pushing a heavy stroller with a sleeping kid inside.
I enjoyed the trip. We spent a couple...
, Oct 2018
I enjoyed the trip. We spent a couple hours in Bern, which included about a half hour walking tour. If you want to spend more time a Bern it would be better to take the train there. However, the benefit of this day trip is the scenery and stops along the way there and back. On the way there they take the scenic route, so you see some very nice views. On the way there we stopped at a cookie store, where we walked around on own sampling all the cookies on the shelves. You can eat as much and as many as you want. There was at least 20 different types of cookies. After this we went to Bern. On the way back from Bern we stopped at a small cheese making place, where we watched how the make cheese and then tried some already made cheese. Overall, it was a good trip. It consisted as a small group 15 people in a small minibus.
Thomas was a good guide and was able to...
, Sep 2018
Thomas was a good guide and was able to guide us well during this tour. We stopped at the biscuit factory and a dairy farm on the way, as well as the old city of Bern. I personally would have liked to spend more time in Bern, considering it was the title of the trip. The biscuit factory stop was good for sampling the biscuits and purchases. The dairy farm stop was a bit confusing and all over the place, since we were trying to look at the old way of making cheese but there was already a demo in progress in the local language and it didn't look like it was about to stop anytime soon, so we just were roaming around randomly, as opposed to having details on what was happening. There was also supposed to be another cheese making demo, which was also just sort of watch and learn process. And there was a cheese tasting event, which was very minimal - I definitely expected more variety for cheese tasting and maybe some details on how to differentiate or determine the freshness. The old Bern city was pretty idyllic and was the first old city that I saw during my trip. It had a lot of modernization incorporated with the old buildings. The wires that run all over to support the trams don't let you take good pics cause they are always running in the middle. Thomas gave a guided tour for the first 20 minutes and then we roamed on our own. I would have liked a bit more time to explore everything. Since the city is full of cobblestones, it is not very comfortable for folks on wheels. The transport vehicle was smaller, since this is a smaller group. And since we were starting from the Zurich station, there was some beginning details about the city itself. Personally, with the well established train lines, I would have chosen to travel on my own to Bern, since it was mostly tour on my own.
On time departure, clean, spacious...
, Jul 2018
On time departure, clean, spacious mini bus, tour guide professional and polite. But felt the time we stopped at the Kambry shop and cheese factory is too long, would been great to have spent an extra hour exploring the old part of city of Bern.
This was a fun trip, but it's not a...
, Jan 2018
This was a fun trip, but it's not a full day trip to Bern. It's a trip through Switzerland, with a stop in Bern. I still totally recommend this trip, but just be aware that it is not a full day in Bern.
A slow paced, relaxing and...
Noor Adzlin A
, Dec 2017
A slow paced, relaxing and comfortable small group tour. The guide, from Best of Switzerland Tours, was very kind, knowledgeable and very friendly. The tour provided ample free time to venture out on our own. As temperatures dropped below zero degrees, the tour was more interesting with the occasional snow. Overall, the tour was awesome.
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