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This trip connected us with people who were passionate about what they do. For me, that made the trip. - K. K. - California
The French-speaking region of the Swiss Alps produces some of the most delicious and distinctive food of Europe. Neighboring France has influenced their cuisine, but every dish has unmistakable Swiss flavors, ingredients, and personality. Culinary artistry has flourished here for centuries.
This is your opportunity to nibble on the delectable results of generations of creativity in Swiss farm kitchens. The need to preserve food has led to dozens of varieties of cheese, breads, dried meats, sausages, pickles, and fruit preserves. The Romans left a legacy of terraced viniculture on the sundrenched slopes of the Alps leading to wines that are distinct to the region and can be found nowhere else.
French-inspired Switzerland is the home of meringues, fondue, Raclette, Gruyère, and double cream. And the confectioners of Suisse Romande, through decades of experimentation, have perfected fine chocolate as we know it. Switzerland’s restaurants have been awarded more Michelin stars per capita than any country in the world.
But your tour will be more than just tasting—you’ll try your hand at this remarkable cuisine. Follow a 900-year-old recipe as you make Gruyère cheese in an alpine chalet over an open fire. Stand side-by-side with a master chocolatier as you create your own chocolate treasure. Heat a wood-fired oven to 700F and slide in your artisan loaf to bake. Discover how to put together a cheese board of Swiss cheeses that makes each cheese stand out. Learn the secrets of preparing a bubbling caquelon of classic cheese fondue.
Your culinary experience will be enhanced as you stroll through a thousand-year-old vineyard, take a spectacular cogwheel railway mountaintop excursion, and walk through walled medieval villages and storied castles.
Your Swiss food adventure includes round trip transfers from the Geneva Airport, six nights hotel accommodations, breakfasts, dinners, ground transportation, excursions, classes, demonstrations, tastings, guided walks, recipes, interpretive notes, and the services of an English-speaking expert guide. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable visual and sensory feast as you Discover Swiss Cuisine.
If you want to taste French-inspired Swiss Cuisine, spread double cream on crispy meringues, try a hands-on chocolate truffle workshop, bake authentic artisan bread, dine at top Swiss restaurants, and explore the scenic beauty of Switzerland with a small group of like-minded culinary travelers, this is the ideal tour for you.
Day 1 – Rendezvous | Transfer to Montreux | Walk to Chillon Castle and Guided Tour | Welcome Dinner
Day 2 – Morning Breakfast Buffet | Artisan Bread Baking Workshop |Hands-on Fondue Cooking Class and Dinner
Day 3 – Traditional Gruyère Cheese-Making | Gruyères Village Tour
Day 4 – Alpine Herbs | Farmstead Goat Cheese | Raclette at the Source | Dinner
Day 5 – Making Chocolate Truffles at Läderach | Lavaux Vineyards | Guided Walk | Wine Tasting | Dinner
Day 6 – Montreux Market Tour | Class in Cheese Tasting | Serving a Cheese Course | Wine Pairing | Farewell Dinner
Day 7 – Check-Out and Departure | Transfers to Airport
$3,595 USD Per person double occupancy from Geneva or Zurich
$299 single supplement
Reserve your place on this tour with a $500 per person deposit
03 June 2018 - 09 June 2018
17 June 2018 - 23 June 2018
29 July 2018 - 04 August 2018
12 August 2018 - 18 August 2018
26 August 2018 - 01 September 2018
09 September 2018 - 15 September 2018
07 October 2018 - 13 October 2018
04 June 2019 - 10 June 2019
18 June 2019 - 24 June 2019
30 July 2019 - 05 August 2019
13 August 2019 - 19 August 2019
27 August 2019 - 02 September 2019
11 September 2019 - 17 September 2019
08 October 2019 - 14 October 2019
Please note: Our tours are designed with flexible itineraries to accommodate seasonality and desired dates of travel.
•6 Nights Four-Star Accommodations
•Round-trip Geneva Airport Transfers
•Daily Buffet Breakfast
•Daily Dinners at Select Restaurants
•Hands-On Traditional Bread Baking
•Hands-On Fondue Cooking Class
•Farmstead Goat Cheese Visit & Tasting
•Maison Cailler Tour
•Working with Chocolate (Master Class)
•Ganache & Truffles (Master Class)
•Alpine Herbs Walking Tour
•Lavaux Vineyards Tour & Tasting
•Market Tour & Cheese Serving Class
•Guided Village Tour - Gruyères
•Guided Castle Tour - Chillon Castle