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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.

Geneva: Gruyères Gold Tour with Train Ride & Tastings

2. 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.

Lausanne: Gruyères Tour with Cheese and Chocolate Tastings

3. 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.

Geneva: Chocolate Tasting & Gruyères Medieval Village Tour

4. 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.

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.

Gruyères, Cheese and Chocolate: Private Guided Tour

6. 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.

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!

Gruyères: Private Transfer to or from GVA Airport

8. Gruyères: Private Transfer to or from GVA Airport

Take the stress out of airport commutes by pre-booking your own private airport transfer to or from GVA Airport. Rest back knowing you will be dropped off anywhere between Gruyères and GVA Airport conveniently, safely and in comfort. Whether you are traveling in a bigger group or with extra luggage, tailor your private transfer to your needs by indicating what you need when you book. To ensure a relaxed transfer experience, you will receive a text message shortly before your scheduled pick up with your booking reference, the customer service number, and your driver's name and contact details. When you book your private transfer, remember to include your flight details. Your driver will track your flight so that no matter whether your flight arrives early, late or on-time, your driver will be there to greet you on arrival. Your driver will pick you up from the arrivals hall or agreed meeting point in Gruyères and help you to the vehicle with your luggage. Feel secure knowing that the customer service line runs 24/7 to support you in whatever you need. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views of Gruyères.

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What people are saying about Gruyères

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 97 reviews

This tour was beautiful be sure not to miss it. Cheese and chocolate factories a bit boring but both stores were fun and tastings were delicious! Taste the fondue with the potatoes yummm! And the chocolates we’ll double yum, white chocolate and milk chocolate with hazelnuts just perfect. Trip up the mountain was breathtaking for the view and the small town was picturesque. Train ride was just ok but views were spectacular!

The tour was amazing. Our driver was very nice and helpful. Both the chocolate and cheese factories' tours are audio guided. The drive from Geneva to Gruyere was lovely with amazing scenery. We had lunch at Gruyer after the tour and it was delightful. Highly recommended!

Amazing experience! Shoutout to the bus driver that was not only doing his job, but treating us like family. We learned a lot with his explanation. Chocolate and cheese tours were amazing. Do not hesitate to book.

we enjoyed Gruyères Gold and tasting tour very much, mostly thanks to the tour guid “Bibas” (the Greek). He was lovely, friendly and very professional

Really enjoyed this experience. We fit so much into one day. It was worth it.