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.
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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