Switzerland is a country on almost everyone’s bucket list. Yet the real Switzerland is impossible to discover without insider knowledge. I’m blessed to have seen it as few outsiders can, through the eyes of my Swiss husband and his family and friends. I adore its hearty food, farmhouse stalls and outdoor food markets. And I love its crisp white wines, soft reds, picturesque vineyards and breathtaking scenery. Let me show you the hidden corners of Switzerland that tourists never find.
Immerse yourself in the food and wine of Switzerland. Visit artisanal food producers and boutique wineries, eat regional specialties in local restaurants and enjoy hands-on cooking with like-minded food and wine lovers in a relaxed, comfortable environment on this Swiss food and wine tour.
The below itinerary covers the tour highlights, the order of activities and locations may vary.
Cheesemaking, cheese fondue and the best cheese trolleys you’ve ever seen are part of any Swiss food and wine tour. We start ours in a 300-year-old chalet in the Jura mountains with delicious traditional fondue and crisp white wine.
We'll stay in the pretty village of Romainmôtier, built around a thousand-year-old priory. Dinner is Swiss beef roasted in front of an open fire and the excellent coffee and pastries for breakfast in the local café are a real highlight.
In Fribourg we'll dine on fish fresh from Lake Murten and explore the Medieval old town. We'll visit a lakeside vineyard for a tour and cellar tasting and dine at a Michelin starred family-run auberge.
In the Bernese Oberland we'll stay in the ancient Landgasthof Bären in a small village. The breakfast buffet is a feast of cheese, yoghurt and cold cuts from local farms and dairies and dinner features one of the best rösti I've ever had.
The UNESCO-listed old town of Bern retains much of its Medieval charm. A stroll around it feels like a walk through time. From the ornate medieval clock tower, past the Gothic cathedral, to the elaborate 16th century fountains.
The hilltop town of Gruyere gave its name to one of Switzerland's most famous cheeses. This Medieval town is perfect for a little souvenir shopping and lunch with stunning mountain views. After lunch we'll visit a local artisanal cider maker.
Hotel Trois Couronnes is the place to stay on Lake Geneva, with heart-stopping views of the Savoyan Alps. We'll stroll along the lake front to visit Charlie Chaplin's statue and browse the small shops in the cobbled streets of the old town.
The vineyards in this region are steeply terraced above the lake. And the small restaurants in the wine villages serve delicious local fare with wonderful views over the vineyards and across the lake to France.
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