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Gruyère Day Trip - Cheese & Chocolate Factory Tour

1. Gruyère Day Trip - Cheese & Chocolate Factory Tour

Chocolate Factory - Maison de Cailler Dive into the wonderful world of Cailler chocolate with your every sense. Your eyes discover mysterious ancient Aztec cocoa rituals. Your ears hear fascinating accounts of the first ever chocolate recipe in Switzerland. Your hands feel roasted cocoa beans and your nose wants to follow the aroma of freshly made chocolate. After the tour you will be left alone in the tasting room to try as much chocolate as you like. Gruyère Old Town At the foot of the Pre-Alps, you will be enchanted by the charm and picturesque architecture of the medieval town of Gruyère’s. The town has given its name to the area and to its delicious cheese. Come and explore a little town that’s been unaffected by the passage of time. Visit the impressive medieval castle and delight in the town’s wonderful gastronomy.  La Maison du Gruyère Cheese Factory Snuggling near the mountain pastures at the foot of Gruyère’s Castle, La Maison du Gruyère invites you to discover Le Gruyère AOP. The Maison du Gruyère takes you into the heart of the senses with an exhibition on fragrances and tastes. You will discover the secrets of cheese-making according to ancestral tradition. Panoramic Stop on Wine Terrace Lavaux is internationally famous as a terraced wine- growing region on the shores of Lake Geneva. Part of the Lavaux (bas-Lavaux) has been recognised since 2007 as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Stop here for some truly mesmerizing panoramic views.

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Gruyères, Cheese and Chocolate: Private Guided Tour

2. Gruyères, Cheese and Chocolate: Private Guided Tour

Meet your guide in the morning in the lobby of your hotel and begin your journey to the Swiss countryside. In this full-day tour, you will have the opportunity to experience a culinary adventure, as well as falling into the temptation of one of the best chocolates in the world. You will also taste the Swiss national cheese and wine: the most famous of Swiss delicacies.  Start with a chocolate tour at the Cailler factory, where you will understand the history of chocolate and how it is made. Enjoy an unlimited chocolate tasting at the end of the visit. At noon, you will reach the top of the Moléson mountain and have a tasting in a typical Swiss chalet, a friendly hand-making cheese factory. There you will try the famous Gruyères cheese and the “Vacherin Fribourgeois”, two cheeses mixed for the typical dish, Swiss fondue. In the afternoon, spend some free time strolling around the streets of the medieval village of Gruyères. Located on a hill, you can admire breathtaking landscapes. Breathe pure mountain air and hear cowbells in the pasture lands which surround the small village. Board the bus again to reach the famous city of Montreux or relax in a comfortable ride aboard the famous Golden Express train overlooking the magnificent Alps and enjoy the views over Leman lake (if option selected). Your last stop will be in the world heritage site of Lavaux, where you will appreciate a glass of Swiss wine while contemplating the stunning views. This vineyard’s region is a UNESCO classified area. When your tour finishes, your local guide will take you back to Geneva.

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Geneva: Gruyères Gold Tour with Train Ride & Tastings

3. Geneva: Gruyères Gold Tour with Train Ride & Tastings

Admire breathtaking landscapes of Gruyères. At the top of the hill, breathe pure mountain air and hear cowbells in the pasture. Enjoy authentic Alpine cheese making and suddenly become expert in (Swiss) cheese fondue by preparing it yourself. The chocolat factory visit starts around 10:45 AM and ends at 12:00 PM. After the visit you will go to a traditional restaurant from about 12:20 to 2pm where you will taste different kinds of local cheeses, dried meat and sausage, and enjoy the fondue dish and a small local dessert. Then you will have free time in Gruyères village from about 2:15 PM to 3:00 PM and then we will take you to the Golden Pass train in Montbovon at 3:28 PM. Relax in a comfortable ride aboard the famous Golden Express train overlooking magnificent views over Lake Leman.

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Panoramic Cheese Tour to Gruyère with Fondue Tasting

4. Panoramic Cheese Tour to Gruyère with Fondue Tasting

Explore the picture-perfect region of Gruyère on board a panoramic bus, paired with a cheese fondue tasting in a Swiss chalet nestled in the mountains.   After pickup from your accommodation between Lausanne and Montreux, travel in a spacious and comfortable bus to Gruyère, a region of central Switzerland. Through the bus’s panoramic windows, admire its rolling green landscapes and the peaks of the Fribourg pre-Alps. Pass through medieval towns with charming cobble-stoned streets and traditional Swiss architecture. As you go, your tour guide will explain to you all there is to know about Gruyère and the history of Swiss cheese making.   You’ll then arrive at a typical Swiss chalet to savor in a delicious and typical Swiss fondue, paired with a glass of wine. After this perfect indulgence, you’ll board the bus again to be dropped off at your accommodation.

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Private Swiss Cheese & Chocolate Tasting Trip in Gruyeres

5. Private Swiss Cheese & Chocolate Tasting Trip in Gruyeres

In this tour of Gruyeres, have an opportunity to try the tastiest cheese and chocolate. Gruyeres is the home to prominent cheese of the same name. In the course of this excursion you will have chance not only to taste the world famous Gruyere cheese, but also get acquainted with long lasting history of the cheese making technique in La Maison du Gruyere. In Maison Cailler find yourself in the chocolate world full of tasty sweets. Starting the route from Geneva, pass through the gorgeous Swiss countryside to the charming village of Gruyeres. The tour providers guarantee that unveiling the secrets of the production Gruyere cheese and chocolate will be one of the best experiences you could have in getting to know Switzerland. During this journey to Gruyeres you will be provided with convenient transportation from any location in Geneva City. Your driver and guide will assist you with any questions you may have.

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Geneva: Chocolate Tasting & Gruyères Medieval Village Tour

6. Geneva: Chocolate Tasting & Gruyères Medieval Village Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour of the town of Gruyères, located in the upper valley of the Saane River, and sample some of its famous food produce, alongside a visit to the chocolate factory and the Lavaux region.  Just outside Gruyères lies Broc, where you will tour the Cailler choclate factory and taste between 20-30 different chocolates and pralines (although you can decide how long the tour lasts and how much you want to taste!) Departing from Geneva, travel across country to Gruyères on the opposite side of Lake Geneva. Admire breathtaking landscapes of the surrounding mountains and valleys along the way. Breathe in the pure mountain air, and listen to the sound of cowbells in the pastures.

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Fribourg and Gruyeres Full–Day Trip

7. Fribourg and Gruyeres Full–Day Trip

On this full day excursion, see and learn about one of the best-kept medieval towns in Switzerland – Fribourg. Reach Fribourg in a private, comfortable vehicle, direct from your favourite location in Zurich. Upon arrival, you are free to stroll around the area, explore the narrow streets with old fashioned shops and cafes, gaze at the calm waters of the River Sarine, and have a moment of peace in the Cathedral of St. Nicholas – the main highlight of the city. Its beautifully stained glass windows along with the Gothic design will send you back in time. Move on to the most picturesque region of Switzerland – the mysterious town of Gruyeres, founded in the early middle ages. Swiss Gruyeres is famous for its delicious yellow cheese, which carries the same name as the town itself. You will have the chance to visit the cheese factory – la Maison du Gruyere – where you will witness the whole process of making cheese. Next, enter the oldest chocolate factory in Switzerland – La Maison Cailler. Here, find out how chocolate arrived in Europe and how the Swiss made it even better!

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Lausanne: Gruyères Tour with Cheese and Chocolate Tastings

8. Lausanne: Gruyères Tour with Cheese and Chocolate Tastings

Gruyères is one of the most famous places situated in the Swiss countryside. Visiting it is like taking a great big breath of fresh air. Always invigorating, this is a real historic, exciting and attractive destination. You will see the real Switzerland, green fields, cows and mountains. Have the chance to have a culinary journey. Fall into the temptation of the best chocolate in the world. Taste the national cheese and wine: the most famous of Swiss delicacies. Start with the chocolate world of Cailler, understand the history of chocolate, how they make it and enjoy tasting it as much as you like. At noon you will reach the top of Moléson Mountain and have a tasting in a typical Swiss chalet, a friendly handmade cheese factory. You will taste the famous Gruyères cheese and the “Vacherin Fribourgeois," two cheeses mixed for a typical dish of Swiss fondue. In the afternoon, spend some free time strolling the medieval village of Gruyères. Situated on a hill, you can admire a breathtaking landscape. Breathe in the pure mountain air and hear cowbells in the pasturelands surrounding the small suburb. Afterwards, relax in a comfortable ride aboard the famous Golden Express train overlooking the magnificent Alps and enjoy the views over Leman Lake.  Experience a day full of tastes and unforgettable experiences.

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Fribourg City Card with Free Public Transport

9. Fribourg City Card with Free Public Transport

Discover the city of Fribourg at your own pace and with a multitude of options open to you with the Fribourg City Card. Choose between a 1-day or 2-day option and get free access to all museums, public transit, and to the main tourist attractions.   If museums are your thing, check out: the Chemin de Fer du Kaeserberg, the Art & History Museum, the Espace Jean-Tinguely & Niki de St-Phalle, the Natural History Museum, the Swiss Puppet Museum, and the Swiss Sewing Machine Museum. You can also drop by the contemporary art center, the Botanic Gardens, the Gutenburg Museum, the Bible and Orient Museum, the Sensler Museum, and "Across the Screen". The other fun activities included on your card are a hop-on hop-off ticket to the small train that goes through the Old Town, a round of Urban Golf, access to the Cathedral’s tower, bowling, and access to the city’s pools.   On top of all that, your card gives you free public transportation as well as free access to the city’s funicular (cable car). The whole city is open to you with this city card.

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Fribourg: Private Transfer to or from GVA Airport

10. Fribourg: Private Transfer to or from GVA Airport

Whether your trip is just beginning or coming to an end, ensure a hassle-free holiday from start to finish when you book your airport transfer service in advance. Avoid long taxi lines, busy public transport, and language barrier confusions, then simply sit back and relax on your trip to or from your Fribourg accommodation and GVA Airport. Your private transfer service is tailored to suit your every need, whether you’re traveling in a bigger group or with extra luggage. To further ensure a relaxed transfer experience, you will receive a text message shortly before your scheduled pickup with your booking reference, a customer service number, and your driver's name and contact details. When you book your private transfer, remember to include your flight details as your driver will track your flight so that he’ll be there to greet you no matter what. For arrivals to GVA Airport, collect your luggage and make your way to the arrivals hall where your friendly and professional driver will be waiting for you. Benefit from a baggage allowance of one piece of luggage per passenger and relax in comfort as you travel to your accommodation. During the drive you can admire the views of the city and surrounding landscapes, and also ask your driver for tips and recommendations to enhance your stay. For departures, enjoy pickup directly from your accommodation in Fribourg and receive the same stellar service.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 108 reviews

Our guide Thomas went above and beyond to be friendly, accommodating and keeping it a relaxed trip while still getting us places on time. The driving was safe throughout the trip. We very much enjoyed each of the individual aspects of the packager: the chocolate factory tour, cheese factory tour, fondue lunch, time in the village of Gruyere and the Golden Pass train ride. Each was unique and a true taste of Switzerland. My only slight dissatisfaction was that the tour was described as being 10 hours but only lasted about 8. I believe this was because it actually started in Geneva and we were picked up in Lausanne. However, the next day we ran into Thomas on his tour of Glacier 3000. It was because of his encouragement that I decided to conquer my fears and ride the cable car to the top of Les Diablerets. If not for him including us with his two guests for the day I would have missed out on an amazing experience! Heartfelt thanks to Thomas be being an extraordinary guide!

Fantastic!! Yvonne,our seasoned veteran guide, kept us entertained and giving us great information. The chocolate was delicious, the fondue was also just as delicious and the scenery throughout the whole thing was spectacular!!!

If you want to use boring Sunday as better as possible, take this one day trip and enjoy in cheese and chocolate and everything else what this trip offers. Thank you, Tom!

was a really nice day, beautiful sights and the factory tours where really fun. deffinatly worth a go for chocolate and cheese fans

Really nice trip, the fondue was amazing and Gruyere is a fairy tale town! I just love it!