Cheese, Chocolate, & the Alps

With Switzerland being land-locked between five countries and having the Alps naturally dividing its regions, it's no wonder that there are three distinctive languages and cultural differences within this small county.  French, Italian, and German are the three main languages and each one dominates their own region with its own unique traditions and flavors. The Swiss have spent decades refining and cultivating culinary and cultural traditions, instead of fighting wars.

In the French speaking region of Switzerland, you will see the unmistakable Swiss flavors, ingredients, and personality, in otherwise French inspired cuisine.  This region is the home of fondue, Raclette, Gruyère, and double cream.  And the confectioners of Suisse Romande, through decades of experimentation, have perfected fine chocolate as we know it.

After you fall in love with the French-speaking region of Switzerland, you'll find an entirely different and equally enjoyable adventure in the German-speaking Alpine regions.   Among some of the highest peaks in the Alps, the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains will be your backdrop.  Of course, you would expect hearty favorites like sturdy mountain cheeses, smoky sausages, potato rösti, and schnitzel. 

In the Italian speaking region of Switzerland, you will see a strong Italian influence, since the small but valuable territory has been squabbled over since the 12th century.  Although the Ticino region is almost entirely surrounded by Italy, it has maintained it's strong independence.  They like to promote the "Italian lifestyle," while insisting on the high "Swiss quality."

Fresh, regional foods

Switzerland boasts an agricultural abundance starting with rich dairy cream, tender spring asparagus, and orchards bursting with succulent cherries, plums, apricots, and pears. The Romans left a legacy of viniculture which flourishes on the sundrenched lower slopes of Valais. Artisan rye breads are favored at tables in homes and restaurants and regional specialties like Emmentaler cheese, Gruyère cheese, and Raclette, reflect time-honored alpine traditions. Air-cured meats and smoked sausage are ideal additions to any picnic lunch.

Enjoy traditions, food, and views in the Alps

Join us as we link Alpine meadows, farms, dairies, and vineyards with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Alps. As we walk in the shadows of Alpine peaks, we immerse ourselves in the vanishing rural culture of Alpine farmers. By day, we make cheese, stroll through a vineyard, and indulge in the finest chocolate. By night we savor the rich culinary tradition of the region—fondue, raclette, alp cheese, artisan rye breads, Pinot Noir wines, and a continual supply of Swiss chocolate.

Join us in savoring Switzerland on a food and cultural tour in which we uncover the natural splendor, traditional cuisine, and rural charms of Switzerland's finest regions.

Overview Itinerary

Day 1 – Montreux | Lakeshore Stroll to Chillon Castle | City Tour

Day 2 – Gruyère Cheese Factory | Bean to Bar | Fondue Academy

Day 3 – Lavaux Vineyards Walk | Läderach Chocolate Workshop

Day 4 – Goldenpass Line | Grindelwald | Jungfrau | First

Day 5 – Jungfraujoch | Interpretive Trail Hike | Ice Palace

Day 6 – Cheesemaking | Lugano | Lake Cruise | Grotto Dinner

Day 7 – Farmers Market | Bellinzona Castle | Free time

Day 8 – Zurich | Home of Chocolate | Bahnhofstrasse

Day 9 – Final Breakfast | Onward Travel

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Tour Price

$4,911 USD per person, double occupancy

$620 single supplement

Reserve your place on this tour with a $500per person deposit

Trip Dates

11 July 2021 - 19 July 2021

05 September 2021 - 13 September 2021

26 June 2022 - 04 July 2022

10 July 2022 - 18 July 2022

04 September 2022 - 12 September 2022

Or, book a private departure

Trip Highlights

  • Make artisan alpine cheese over a crackling open fire followed by hearty farm breakfast
  • Ascend snowy Jungfrau by cog railway to Europe’s highest railway station, overlooking the Alps’ longest glacier
  • Work side-by-side with an artisan chocolatier in a studio near the birthplace of chocolate to craft your own chocolate creation
  • Walk through an ancient terraced vineyard in Lavaux, followed by a wine-tasting
  • Take a hike to a high mountain lake and absorb the panoramic views of the Alps
  • Experience the varied cultures of Switzerland in the German, Italian, and French speaking regions
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