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What an eye-opener! I used to think I knew what fine chocolate was all about. But when I tasted artisan chocolate in Switzerland I was in heaven. Fresh and vibrant—it’s like nothing I’ve ever tried before. Thank you Alpenwild for introducing me to a new passion. - C.W. - Utah
Switzerland is the birthplace of fine chocolate. Smooth, creamy, dark, and delicious. Swiss chocolate makers and confectioners have been at the forefront of chocolate development for over 200 years. Now, on a small group tour, you can immerse yourself in the world of fine chocolate as you discover the time-honored traditions and cutting-edge techniques being used by the top chocolate artisans in Switzerland today.
This is an insider’s dream tour where you’ll not only learn about the making of hand-crafted chocolate and enjoy some of the world’s most delectable chocolate creations, but you’ll rub shoulders with world-renown chocolate makers and chocolatiers—all in the scenic Swiss Alps.
Each day there is a special chocolate experience—workshops, tastings, visits, and demonstrations. You will create your own chocolate truffles, visit with a top-tier chocolate artisan, taste new flavor combinations, explore single-source chocolate from different locales, learn tempering technique, discover insider secrets, and relax in a chocolate café with a cup of the world’s richest hot chocolate.
Your visit goes far beyond chocolate. You will taste Switzerland’s artisan breads, distinctive cheeses, exquisite pastries, dried meats, fabulous fresh produce, and local wines. In addition, you will go on a mountain truffle hunt, visit the home of Gruyere cheese, and stop at a world-famous pastry shop. Major highlight: You will dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant and discover the depth and innovation of Swiss cuisine.
Interspersed between the chocolate events and food tastings, you will visit a medieval castle, ride a cog railway to a mountain summit, take a sunset cruise on Lake Lucerne, walk in a 150- year-old formal flower garden, and take a train ride along the shores of Lake Geneva. Bonus: Visit to “Chaplin’s World”—the captivating and entertaining Charlie Chaplin manor home, Hollywood-style studio, and museum in Vevey.
If you want to taste hand-crafted Swiss chocolates, dine at top Swiss restaurants, try hands-on chocolate workshops, and explore the scenic beauty of Switzerland with a small group of like-minded travelers, this is the ideal tour for you.
Day 1 – Arrive Zurich; transfer to Luzern | Cogwheel Mountaintop Excursion
Day 2 – Lake Luzern | Swiss Knife Valley | Felchlin Chocolate Tasting | Sunset Cruise
Day 3 – Scenic Railway Luzern to Montreux | Old Vevey, Birthplace of Chocolate | Alimentarium | Special dinner at Michelin-starred Restaurant
Day 4 – Truffle hunting in the Jura Mountains | Castle of Yverdon-les-Bains | Truffle hunting in a Chocolate Shop
Day 5 – Maison Gruyere | Maison Cailler | Gruyeres Castle and Village | Chocolaterie de Gruyeres
Day 6 – Chaplin’s World | Läderach Chocolate Workshop | Farewell Dinner
Day 7 – Depart
$3,595 USD per person double occupancy
$299 single supplement
Reserve your place on this tour with a $500 per person deposit
22 October 2017 - 28 October 2017
06 May 2018 - 12 May 2018
21 October 2018 - 27 October 2018