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Zurich: Lindt Home of Chocolate Museum Entry Ticket

1. Zurich: Lindt Home of Chocolate Museum Entry Ticket

Visit the interactive Lindt Home of Chocolate Museum, built next to the historical Lindt & Sprüngli factory. Discover the long journey that cocoa takes from bean to bar on an audio-guided tour. See an impressive chocolate fountain in the entrance hall, over 9 meters tall. Learn how chocolate conquered the world and explore every step of the production process through multimedia exhibitions. Visit the tasting room, where you can savor a variety of chocolate delicacies. See the production line through panoramic windows and watch as new products are created.

Zürich: City Tour, Cruise, and Lindt Home of Chocolate Visit

2. Zürich: City Tour, Cruise, and Lindt Home of Chocolate Visit

Climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and enjoy a scenic drive through the Zürichberg district with views of the city, the lake, and the Alps. See the highlights of Zürich, such as the castle-like National Museum, the shopping avenue of Bahnhofstrasse, and the famous financial district. Stop at the picturesque harbor of Enge and enjoy the beautiful vistas of the crystal-clear Lake Zürich. Continue past the Zürich Opera House and go into the Zürichberg district. Admire numerous mansions that reflect the glorious past, and take in the panoramas of the lake and the snow-covered Alps before going to the university quarter. See buildings such as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZürich) and the Zürich Museum of Art. Enter the Old Town to learn Zürich's history during an entertaining stroll through the medieval streets. See the patriarchal guild houses, Zürich Town Hall, and Europe's largest clock face on the Romanesque church of St. Peter. See the imposing cathedral of Grossmünster, and look at the Fraumünster church, whose stained-glass windows are by Marc Chagall. Take a 30-minute boat cruise on the pristine waters of Lake Zürich, then stroll along the shore to the newly-opened Lindt Home of Chocolate. See the world’s tallest free-standing chocolate fountain and join an audio-guided tour of the museum, followed by an unlimited chocolate tasting. Browse the gift shop before returning to Zurich Main Station. Ride the trolleybus and tramway to get familiar with Zurich's public transportation system. While your tour ends here, your 24-hour ticket allows you to continue exploring the town like a local and make use of public transportation.

Chocolate Flavors Walking Tour of Geneva

3. Chocolate Flavors Walking Tour of Geneva

Join this delicious guided chocolate tour of Geneva to experience one-of-a-kind, award-winning chocolate creations. Visit some of the city’s best artisanal chocolateries – from traditional to modern. You’ll experience chocolate in all shapes and forms: from chocolate pralines to truffles, ganaches, drinking chocolate, and pastry. During the tour, learn the secrets of the origins and manufacturing of chocolate, as well as the history of Swiss chocolate. The tour includes a visit to the old town, and you will hear anecdotes and stories about Geneva, and experience Geneva’s most important tradition – breaking the chocolate “marmite” (cauldron). There is also a fun boat ride on the tour. The best way to discover a city is through its flavors, its local artisans and its stories, so have fun with this exciting, sweet, and exhilarating sensorial experience.

Lucerne: Lake Lucerne 1st Class Cruise with Gourmet Lunch

4. Lucerne: Lake Lucerne 1st Class Cruise with Gourmet Lunch

Board the ship at lunchtime and embark on a relaxing First Class cruise on Lake Lucerne to Vitznau or Küssnacht and back. Admire the stunning views of the lake and its surrounding landscape as you sit down to savor a delicious meal on board. Choose between a set vegetarian or non-vegetarian 3-course menu. Please refer to the gallery for the menu. Enjoy 1 mineral water and 1 coffee or tea per person included in the price. Additional drinks can be purchased on board. Indulge in freshly cooked dishes that are prepared with regional products. From the end of May until the beginning of autumn, the roundtrip will take you to Küssnacht am Rigi and back to Lucerne. This tour takes 1 hour and 50 minutes and can easily be combined with other activities in the city. October 17, 2022 – May 26, 2023 and September 11 – October 22, 2023 • Lunch cruise on a motor vessel • 11:30 AM - Board the ship at Pier 1 • 12:00 - 1:47 PM - Cruise from Lucerne to Vitznau (and back) May 27 – September 10, 2023 • Lunch cruise on a motor vessel • 11:30 AM - Board the ship at Pier 3 • 12:00 - 1:47 PM - Cruise from Lucerne to Küssnacht am Rigi (and back)

From Interlaken: Night Sledding with Cheese Fondue Dinner

5. From Interlaken: Night Sledding with Cheese Fondue Dinner

Travel from Interlaken high into the Swiss Alps, take in the starlit winter panorama, and then zip down the 1-hour long sled run. Along the winding trail, admire the views of the forests, alpine meadows, and majestic frozen waterfalls. Enjoy a great combination of winter fun, nature, and Swiss tradition in an activity suitable for all Your guide, equipment, and transportation are included in the trip, but if you need waterproof clothes or hiking boots, the rental shop can provide everything you need for a comfortable ride down the mountain. Night sledding is the perfect way to enjoy the thrill of the mountains in a unique and exciting way. After your activity, enjoy a traditional Swiss meal of piping hot cheese fondue and a drink.

Lausanne: Gruyères Tour with Cheese and Chocolate Tastings

6. 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. After visiting the cheese museum, 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.

From Geneva: Gruyère Tour with Cheese and Chocolate Factory

7. From Geneva: Gruyère Tour with Cheese and Chocolate Factory

Pick up in the morning to enjoy a 1 day trip, you can decide of the pick up time. Gruyères is the favourite place for tourist to see the swiss countryside. Admire its breathtaking landscapes and take a deep breath of pure mountaine air. Visit the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, the World heritage site protected by UNESCO. Go to the Chocolate Factory, the Chocolate World of Cailler, understand the history of chocolate, how they make it and enjoy a tasting as much as you like. Enjoy also a typical Swiss dish becoming an expert on doing the cheese fondue by yourself (if options selected). Spend some time in Gruyères, at the foot of the pre-Alps and be enchanted by the charm and picturesque architecture of the medieval town. Explore the village that has been unaffected by the passage of time and has been elected most beautiful village in 2014.

Gruyère Day Trip - Cheese & Chocolate Factory Tour

8. 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.

Lausanne: 2-Hour Lake Geneva Cruise Along Lavaux Vineyards

9. Lausanne: 2-Hour Lake Geneva Cruise Along Lavaux Vineyards

Join this cruise from Lausanne to Vevey to enjoy exceptional views of the Riviera region from the waters Lake Geneva. Take in views of several Swiss and French apline peaks and beautiful views of the Lavaux Vineyards. Board your cruise ship, sit back and relax as you spot charming villages clinging to the hillsides and take in views of the terraced vineyards of Lavaux, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relax onboard with a glass of white or red wine from the region as you watch the scenery go by.

Lindt Home of Chocolate Public Guided Tour & Entry Ticket

10. Lindt Home of Chocolate Public Guided Tour & Entry Ticket

Discover the world of chocolate with a guide on a tour of the Lindt Home of Chocolate. Hear about chocolate's long history, try different types of Lindt chocolate at tasting stations, and try the chocolate at every step of the production process. Meet your guide and begin your journey through the history of chocolate. Hear about how the favorite drink of the Mayans became a luxury in Europe and later a part of everyday life. Stop at each tasting station and test your tastebuds. Enjoy a sample of pralines with a Lindt master chocolatier. Finish your tour with a tasting of the ingredients that make up chocolate and of preliminary products of chocolate production.

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This is a definite must do in Zurich. The chocolate fountain upon arrival, the tour from pod to production is interesting and the Swiss pioneers of chocolate to make life sweeter. The tastings and the shop with all the flavours is absolutely incredible. Even the coffee comes with a Lindt treat. Loved it

Really enjoyed tour Value for money Great directions I have used three different tour company’s on this trip to Europe and find “ get your guide “ to be the best I all all I will use in Australia!?

The tour guide Anna was really nice and cheerful. She was more than happy to explain everything and she showed great knowledge of the city and chocolate history.

The chocolate and cheese tours were interesting for all ages. The Gruyère town was a pleasant stop for lunch

Highly recommend this tour. Perfect amount of history and chocolate tasting. We had a brilliant guide Didi.