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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: Chocolate Tasting & Gruyères Medieval Village Tour

2. 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.

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.

Fribourg and Gruyeres Full–Day Trip

4. 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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What people are saying about Gruyères

This was our first experience with GetYourGuide, plus we booked a day early and late at night. Fortunately, except for a 30min delay in the pick-up time, everything went perfectly! Our guide, the car, the tickets to the chocolate and cheese museums, and at the end a walk through the castle and the old town that surrounds it. In short, our experience was very good and we definitely recommend GetYourGuide's service.

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!

The tour was great. Food was really yummy and the sights were beautiful. The driver was very helpful and even drove my parents to their covid test after the tour and waited for them to get their results to drive them back. 1 highly recommend.

A great way to spend a day. Beautiful views, both on the way and in the village of Gruyères.

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