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Gruyere Countryside and Local Specialities

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Key facts

Where: Geneva , Switzerland Duration: 8.5 Hours (approximately)

Highlights

  • This is a chocaholic′s dream trip!
  • Chocolate, cheese, wine and some of the world′s loveliest scenery
  • The best cheese and wine party you′ve ever been to!

Overview

Take a tour of Switzerland's gastronomic delights and the countryside that produces them.

Remember "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (book and film)? That's just what this experience will remind you of, as you see how chocolate is made and taste the product!

Also visit a cheese factory to try nutty Gruyere cheese and learn how it's prepared. See the black- and- white cows that produce the milk and hear the tinkling of cow bells across lush Alpine pastures.

Walk off the calories as you explore a peaceful medieval village and castle.

And there's still a treat in store. Sample locally made wines (or grape juice)at a delightful winery overlooking Lake Geneva. No worries about drinking and driving as your comfortable coach will return you safely to the starting point.

Itinerary

Please make your way to Geneva Bus Station (Place Dorcière) to board the comfortable air-conditioned coach for your Gruyere Countryside and Local Specialities excursion.

Travel with your French and English speaking guide through picture post-card landscapes to the lovely countryside around Gruyere. This is a mountainous region etched with deep valleys sheltering traditional wood-built hamlets.

You will stop at the town of Broc to visit the Cailler-Nestle chocolate factory, one of oldest and most famous Swiss chocolate factories. What blissful temptation! On your factory tour, you will learn all about how chocolate is made. Best of all, you get a chance to sample plenty of the products and buy take-home supplies in the factory shop.

You will then go on to Gruyere, a medieval village on top of a hill, to visit a cheese factory. On the way you may see the black- and- white Fribourg cows that produce milk for the famous Gruyere cheese. Learn how this cheese is made and try some samples. After some instruction, prepare your own Swiss cheese fondue!

After all this chocolate and cheese you may need to work off the calories. Take a walking tour around peaceful car-free Gruyere. Enjoy the fresh mountain air and listen for the tinkling of cowbells. You could also visit the 800-year old castle (entrance not included).

End your day of gastronomic delights with a visit to a winery to learn the '1001 Secrets' of wine making. Enjoy views of the vineyards overlooking the lake as you join a wine (or Swiss grape juice) tasting session with Swiss sausage and Vaud cheese to freshen your palate.

Then board your coach for the return drive through beautiful Alpine scenery. Your tour ends at the pick-up point at Geneva Bus Station (Place Dorcière).

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Reviews

Our tour guide was wonderful! The bus was really comfortable, the variety of things that we saw and did was great (walking/hiking a bit, a train ride, chocolate tour, lunch at a... Jennifer Stitt

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

(01 Nov - 31 Dec) and (01 - 31 Mar): Sunday

Duration

8.5 Hours (approximately)

Start time

Start time: 1000h (10:00am)
Duration: 8.5 Hours (approximately)

Meeting point

The tour starts from Geneva Bus Station (Place Dorcière).
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

Ending point

The tour ends at the starting point

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Inclusions

  • Transportation by an air-conditioned coach
  • Bilingual guide (French and English)
  • 1.5 hours chocolate tasting at chocolate factory
  • 1 hour cheese tasting in cheese dairy (fondue buffet)
  • 1.5 hours walking tour of Gruyere village
  • 1.5 hours wine or juice tasting

Exclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Meals
  • Entrance to Gruyere Castle

Do/Dont's

Wear comfortable shoes

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Please note

Your guide may also speak German, Italian and Spanish language (depending on the guide) but not guaranteed
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
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Cancellation policy

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  • "Perfect tour of Gruyeres and Lac Leman region!" Our tour guide was wonderful! The bus was really comfortable, the variety of things that we saw and did was great (walking/hiking a bit, a train ride, chocolate tour, lunch at a...
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