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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

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Discover the World of Swiss Chocolate

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.

Behind the scenes. Up-close and personal

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.

Swiss food at its finest 

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.

Scenic wonders of Switzerland

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.

Is this tour for you?

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.

 

Overview Itinerary

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

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Trip Highlights

  • Learn from a bean-to-bar artisan chocolate maker the steps in roasting, grinding, and conching chocolate beans into a silky confection
  • Hunt for fragrant and rare forest truffles in the Jura mountains with an expert truffle hunter and dog
  • Work side-by-side with an artisan chocolatier in his studio near the birthplace of chocolate to craft hand-dipped chocolate truffles
  • Pamper yourself on the Lake Geneva Riviera in a 5-star hotel with Michelin-starred dining

Tour Price

$3,595 USD per person double occupancy

$299 single supplement

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

Trip Dates

22 October 2017 - 28 October 2017

06 May 2018 - 12 May 2018

21 October 2018 - 27 October 2018

Or, book a private departure