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Highlights

  • Lavaux wine region
  • Cheese and Chocolate Excursion to Gruyere and Cailler
  • Risotto Workshop in Lugano
  • Emmentaler Show Dairy
  • UNESCO old town of Bern
Anna-Lea Bögli

«The Risotto Workshop in Lugano is an unforgettable experience.»

Anna-Lea – Our Switzerland expert

Day 1

Geneva – Montreux / approx. 1 h

Individual travel to Montreux by public transport. After arrival, make your way to Chillon Castle where you get to see one of the best preserved medieval castles in Europe, which is located on a rock on the banks of Lake Geneva (optional). In the afternoon an excursion to the UNESCO protected vineyards of the Lavaux is included. This region is known for its centuries old wine making traditions. Enjoy a wine tasting in tranquility surrounded by stepped terraces and views out to the lake and the Alps. Overnight in Montreux.

Highlights: Chillon Castle, Lavaux

Lavaux D1

Day 2

Montreux 

Todays excursion is all about two of the most famous Swiss exports all around the world, chocolate and cheese. From Montreux you will head to Gruyeres by train where you get to experience the show dairy at La Maison Gruyeres. In the afternoon, visit La Maison Cailler, the oldest chocolate factory in Switzerland.

Overnight in Montreux.

Highlights: La Maison de Gruyère, Maison Cailler

 

Maison Callier D2

Day 3

Montreux – Lugano / approx. 4h50

After two nights in the french speaking part of Switzerland it's time to discover another language region of Switzerland, which is the Italian speaking part. By train you will travel through the Valais to Domodossola in Italy, where you board the panoramic Centovalli train that takes you through Italy to Locarno and the Italian speaking part of Switzerland. After a short train journey to Lugano, the biggest city of Ticino, you will take part in a Risotto Workshop in a typical Ticino style Grotto. A short boat ride across the lake takes you to Grotto San Rocco, where the host will provide you with all the ingredients and tools to cook your own classic "Grotto Risotto", which will be accompanied by a local wine. Enjoy your meal on the terrace overlooking the lake and twinking lights of Lugano in the distance. From September until December the Risotto workshop will take place in the city centre of Lugano without the lake cruise.

Overnight in Lugano.

Highlights: Centovalli train, Lugano, Risotto Workshop

Centovalli D3

Day 4

Lugano – Lucerne / approx. 1h40

Arround noon you get to enjoy a guided city tour of Lugano, were you make several stops to enjoy various specialities from Ticino, including the famous and delicious white Merlot. After the tour you will travel to Lucerne by train, one of the most famous destinations in Switzerland.

Overnight in Lucerne.

Highlights: Italian flair in Lugano, Chapel Bridge

Lugano Essen D4

Day 5

Lucerne – Bern / approx. 1h30

Start your day with a guided city walking tour of Lucerne where you learn important and humorous facts about the history of Lucerne and the everyday life of it's residents.

From Lucerne, you travel to the Emmental region to Affoltern im Emmental, which is home to the world famous Emmentaler Cheese. Here you get to enjoy the "Königsweg" experience, which is an interactive tour through the factory, you get to see how Swiss cheese is made and also get to try some. At the end of your day, travel to Bern, the Swiss capital.

Overnight in Bern.

Highlights: Emmentaler Show Diary, Capital of Switzerland

 

Käserei Bernhard Meier

Day 6

Bern

Explore Switzerland's capital with a guided walking city tour in Bern's old town in the morning. 

Your afternoon today will be at leisure, enjoy your last day in Switzerland by buying some souvenirs in the famous Old Town or enjoy a beer in one of the 200 breweries and microbreweries which make Bern the Beer Capital of Switzerland.

Highlights: Old town of Bern, Zytglogge, Federal Parliament Building, Aare river

 

Bern D6 _2

Day 7

Return journey by public transport from Bern to your ending point in Switzerland or extension of your stay.
Bern D6

Inclusions

  • 2 overnight stays each including breakfast in a 3* hotel in Montreux and Bern
  • 1 overnight stay each including breakfast in a 3* hotel in Lugano and Lucerne
  • Rail 2nd class as per itinerary from/to Swiss border/airport
  • Entry to Chillon Castle (optional)
  • Self-Guided Lavaux wine tasting and tour
  • Self-Guided Chocolate and Cheese Excursion
  • Risotto Workshop in Lugano
  • Guided food, wine and city tour in Lugano
  • Guided city tour in Lucerne
  • Entry to Emmentaler Show Dairy
  • Guided city tour in Bern
  • From price applies per person in a 3-star double room, 2nd class
  • Price example calculated on 24.07.2023 for 24.10.2023

Good to know

  • Travel documents are sent by email if possible, in exceptional cases by post
  • Additional overnight stays in Montreux, Lugano, Lucerne and Bern bookable

Tips:

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