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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, Gruyere, 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 excursions, 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 Gruyères | Artisan Chocolate Demonstration | Village & Castle Tour |Welcome Dinner
Day 2 – Traditional Gruyère Cheese-Making |Artisan Bread Baking Workshop |Hands-on Fondue Cooking Class
Day 3 – Gruyère Dairy and Cellars | Maison Cailler and Chocolate Master Class | Mountaintop Cogwheel Excursion
Day 4 – Lavaux Vineyards UNESCO World Heritage Site
Day 5 – Making Chocolate Truffles at Läderach | Alpine Herbs | Farmstead Goat Cheese | Raclette at the Source
Day 6 – Montreux Market | Serving Cheese | Chillon Castle | Farewell Dinner
Day 7 – Breakfast and Departure
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
$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