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Trip Date: July 1 to September 20, 2015

 

Discover Artisan Chocolate, Cheese, & Wine in Swiss Alps Summer Tours

 

The nine-day, all-inclusive, small-group tour, Cheese, Chocolate, and the Scenic Alps, links vineyards, chocolatiers, cheese dairies, and top restaurants with some of the most iconic mountain scenery in the world. Guests are immersed in the history, culture, and cuisine of Switzerland in small cities, towns, and regions including Luzern, Emmental, Grindelwald, Gruyères, Montreux, the Rhone Valley, and Zermatt.

 

Dividing the Cheese Ceremony in the Bernese Oberland View Larger Image 

 

ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND (MARCH 20, 2015) - Once recognized for army knives, yodeling, and punctual trains, Switzerland is emerging from gastronomic obscurity and taking its rightful place among the great culinary regions of Europe. Swiss restaurants now have more Michelin stars per capita than any country in the world. Swiss artisan cheeses repeatedly take top awards at international cheese competitions. Most are astonished at the immense varieties of Swiss cheese—and how delicious and distinctive they are.
 
Swiss chocolatiers, who like to take credit for inventing chocolate as we know it, continue to produce some of the world’s most sinfully enchanting confections. The finest Swiss milk chocolate manufactures still insist on using fresh milk rather than the powder preferred by many commercial manufacturers.
 
Switzerland claims a proud heritage of robust and delectable table fare. Centuries ago, alpine farmers developed means of producing and preserving foods that would enable them get enough calories to survive the long winters. Thus, cheese, sausage, grains, and potatoes formed the foundation of the Swiss diet. Add 230 years of political neutrality and two world wars in which Switzerland remained isolated and you end up with a country where the residents know how to take care of themselves in a rich and wonderful way.
The Swiss have a passion for fine food, so it’s not surprising that in this tiny alpine nation—half the size of West Virginia—so many familiar foods have been invented. The list includes fondue, muesli, raclette, rösti, milk chocolate, and meringues, as well as many food handling innovations like aluminum foil and cellophane. It’s easy to understand why the world’s largest food company (Nestlé) is Swiss.  
 
To showcase the distinctive food and wine of Switzerland, one American tour company with over 30 years of experience in the Alps, leads gourmet tours in Switzerland. Alpenwild, the premier provider of walking tours in the Swiss Alps, offers summer food and wine tours that capture both the gastronomic delights and the spectacular scenery of the Alps.

 

 

Winetasting in a cellar in the Rhone Valley  View Larger Image 

 

The nine-day, all-inclusive, small-group tour, Cheese, Chocolate, and the Scenic Alps, links vineyards, chocolatiers, cheese dairies, and top restaurants with some of the most iconic mountain scenery in the world. Guests are immersed in the history, culture, and cuisine of Switzerland in small cities, towns, and regions including Luzern, Emmental, Grindelwald, Gruyères, Montreux, the Rhone Valley, and Zermatt.
 
Guests will be on hand for cheesemaking over an open fire, tending a vineyard, learning the craft of making fine chocolates, and cultivating mountain herbs. They will indulge in the rich culinary tradition of the Alps as they savor fondue, Raclette, alp cheese, artisan rye breads, Pinot Noir wines, and a continual supply of Swiss chocolate. 
 
“We’re best known for our hiking adventures in the Alps,” says Greg Witt, President of Alpenwild. “So we encourage our guests to be adventuresome in their food choices, too—from rabbit pate to air-dried chamois (a local goat-antelope), horse tartare, and sheep cheese. It’s always a highlight to uncover a new culinary delight—and it happens almost every day on these tours.”
 
“Cheese, Chocolate, and the Scenic Alps goes beyond the expected wine tastings and visits to commercial dairies. The focus is on personal connections and hands-on involvement with great food. Our guests aren’t just observing another culture, they’re living it.” Witt notes that in addition to the exclusive visits and gourmet experiences, the tours include some of Switzerland’s most scenic mountain excursions like the Jungfrau railway which tunnels through the Eiger, and the Gornergrat cogwheel railway which ascends to an alpine paradise near the Matterhorn.
 

 

The Matterhorn near Zermatt Switzerland View Larger Image

 

Guests enjoy lake cruises, castles, and medieval towns like Luzern and Gruyères. The tours visit popular mountain resorts of Grindelwald and Zermatt which cater to international tastes and attract top chefs.  Accommodations are in hand-picked, independently-owned hotels that offer a high standard of comfort. Some are chalet-styled inns, others are historic hotels, and all evoke the charm and romance of the Alps.

 

Rate: $3795 per person, double occupancy. Includes: Nine-day all-inclusive guided tour by an expert trip leader, all accommodations (8 nights hotel), all meals, ground transportation including trams and mountain railways, admissions and luggage transfers.  

 

Full trip information: www.alpenwild.com/trip/details/cheese-chocolate-and-the-scenic-alps
 
For information about custom and pre-packaged culinary tours from Alpenwild, visit
www.alpenwild.com.
 
About Alpenwild: 
Alpenwild is the leading North American tour operator offering hiking and walking tours in the Alps. With over 30 years of experience, they organize guided and custom tours that capture the inspiring scenery, cultural richness, and undeniable romance of the Alps.

 

Vineyards near Aigle Castle in Switzerland’s Rhone Valley  View Larger Image 

 


Traditional cheesemaking in the Swiss Alps View Larger Image

 

 

All images are courtesy of Switzerland Tourism

 

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Phone: (801) 226-9026

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Switzerland, Trip Dates: July 1 to September 20, 2015

Discover Artisan Chocolate, Cheese, & Wine in Swiss Alps Summer Tours

The nine-day, all-inclusive, small-group tour, Cheese, Chocolate, and the Scenic Alps, links vineyards, chocolatiers, cheese dairies, and top restaurants with some of the most iconic mountain scenery in the world. Guests are immersed in the history, culture, and cuisine of Switzerland in small cities, towns, and regions including Luzern, Emmental, Grindelwald, Gruyères, Montreux, the Rhone Valley, and Zermatt. Guests will be on hand for cheesemaking over an open fire, tending a vineyard, learning the craft of making fine chocolates, and cultivating mountain herbs. They will indulge in the rich culinary tradition of the Alps as they savor fondue, Raclette, alp cheese, artisan rye breads, Pinot Noir wines, and a continual supply of Swiss chocolate. Rate: $3795 per person, double occupancy. Includes: Nine-day all-inclusive guided tour by an expert trip leader, all accommodations (8 nights hotel), all meals, ground transportation including trams and mountain railways, admissions and luggage transfers. Full trip information: www.alpenwild.com/trip/details/cheese-chocolate-and-the-scenic-alps. For information about custom and pre-packaged culinary tours from Alpenwild, visit www.alpenwild.com.

Trip Name: Cheese, Chocolate and the Scenic Alps

Trip Dates: July 1 to September 20, 2015

Trip Location: Switzerland

Rate: $3795 per person, double occupancy. Includes: Nine-day all-inclusive guided tour by an expert trip leader, all accommodations (8 nights hotel), all meals, ground transportation including trams and mountain railways, admissions and luggage transfers.  

Web: www.alpenwild.com