Tour Duration: 10 Hours (approx.)
Depending on the departing location

Gruyères Castle, Cheese, and Chocolate Tour

A true treat for the senses, this cheese, and chocolate escapade lifts the curtain on the backstage world of cheese and chocolate production in Switzerland. Our adventure begins in the medieval village of Gruyères, famed for the nutty, semi-hard cheese which shares its name. Discover ramshackle 15th-century homes, meandering cobblestone alleys, and one of Switzerland’s crowning glory: the magnificent Castle of Gruyères. Treat your tastebuds to a local dairy, where highly-skilled cheesemakers will teach us how to make Gruyères. Sample the iconic cheese fresh from the wheel, and discover the rich history behind the recipe. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to the legendary Cailler Factory, the birthplace of Swiss chocolate. Discover why Cailler chocolate is considered the creamiest in Europe, and watch chocolatiers practicing their art.

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What’s Included in your Gruyères Castle, Cheese, and Chocolate Tour:

  • Private local guide
  • Standard Rail Pass (1st Class Upgrade Available Upon Request)
  • Private Transfer in Gruyères region (Only Private Tour)
  • Chocolate Factory Visit
  • Château de Gruyères Entrance Ticket
  • Gruyères Cheese Factory Visit

Key points of your Gruyères Castle, Cheese, and Chocolate Tour Info:

  • Discover the Gruyères Cheese Making and Cellar
  • Admire the Château of Gruyères
  • Explore Switzerland’s iconic location
  • Learn the history of Chocolate and the art of Swiss Chocolate Making

Local Tour Guide:

  • English
  • French

Needing more information:

Email: booking@tourismusgroup.com
Phone (Toll-Free): +1 888 719 5557

Gruyères Castle, Cheese, and Chocolate Tour Info

We’ll head to “La Maison du Gruyères”, a traditional dairy where master cheesemakers will reveal the process behind authentic Gruyères AOP cheese. Watch as fresh milk is transformed into delicious Gruyères, using huge copper cauldrons and giant curd presses. Learn how the region produces around 48 wheels a day, all of which undergo a rigorous inspection by Gruyères AOP before they are allowed to be sold with the official label. After the demonstration, it’s time to indulge your taste buds. Learn to recognize and appreciate the full-bodied, nutty flavor of authentic Gruyères as you sample the cheese straight from the wheel.
 
Next, a short scenic hike will bring us to the delightful town of Gruyères, birthplace of the iconic sweet and salty cheese which shares its name. Nestled within the picturesque Fribourg canton, this medieval town is bursting with rustic charm. Explore the maze of cobblestone pathways, glimpsing panoramic views of the surrounding countryside as you make your way to the hilltop Castle of Gruyères. This stunning fortress dates back to the 13th century and was once home to the notorious Counts of Gruyères. Now, visitors can explore the castle’s sordid history and wander through treasure-lined museum rooms and ancient ruins. After the tour, we will enjoy a quick lunch stop – but don’t fill up too much!
 
Stomachs full of cheese, we will make our way to our final stop: the Cailler Chocolate Factory.
This legendary cocoa wonderland was created by the grandfather of Swiss chocolate, François-Louis Cailler, whose secret ingredients remain in use today. His iconic chocolate is famous for its rich, creamy flavor, achieved by using condensed milk rather than the standard milk powder used in most other brands. On some days, see master chocolatiers at work to demonstrate how to craft their delights using different types of foolproof techniques; at the end, you will be able to sample those creations and take your chocolates home, or eat them on your journey back!

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Booking & Cancellation Policy

RATES AND PRICES

All rates and prices quoted are subject to availability. Prices will not change even if the full payment is not received and voucher(s) are not issued. Prices that are quoted include all local taxes unless we advise otherwise.

Private Day Trips or Small Group Day Trips

  • At the time of booking, a deposit amount will be processed
  • 30 days before the departure, 50% of the total amount is to be settled
  • 7 days before the departure, the remaining amount is to be settled
  • Cancellation & Refunds are based on the Cancellation Policy below
  • If you wish to settle the total price differently, please get in touch with us at booking@tourismusgroup.com

 Packaged Multi-Day Trips

  • At the time of booking, a deposit of 10% will be processed
  • 180 days before the departure, 30% of the total amount is to be settled
  • 120 days before the departure, 30% of the total amount is to be settled
  • 60 days before the departure the remaining 30% of the total amount is to be settled
  • Cancellation and refunds are based on the Cancellation Policy below
  • If you wish to settle the total price differently, please get in touch with us at booking@tourismusgroup.com

YOUR VOUCHER AND DEPARTURE POINT

Private Day Trips or Small Group Day Trips

Please present your voucher 10 minutes before departure to the driver or guide at the departure point of your tour. The location of the departure point can be found in the tour description and is stated on your booking confirmation. We can not be held responsible for clients being late for their tours.

Packaged Multi-Day Trips

Your Trip Manager will always have your details; please present your Passport when identifying yourself at the hotel. The location of the departure point can be found in the tour description and is stated on your booking confirmation. We can not be held responsible for clients being late for their tours.

Transportation Services

Please present your voucher 10 minutes before departure to the driver at the departure point. The location of the departure point has to be advised at the time of booking. We can not be held responsible for clients late for their transfer.

Availability

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Confirmation

Private Day Trip, Small Group Day Trip, or Packed Multi-Day Trip is confirmed and reserved once both parties agree in writing or over the telephone and is subject to the booking and cancellation policy. When full payment is received the final confirmation document will be sent.

Important

We request that you carefully check your voucher’s dates and contact information and contact us immediately if these are incorrect.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

Private Day Trips or Small Group Day Trips

  • Cancellation, more than 2 days in advance, is fully refundable
  • Cancellation up to 1 day before departure date: 50% of the total amount plus administration fees that might be imposed (Except if unforeseen circumstances arise)
  • Cancellation up to and less than 1 day before the departure date and time or no-show: 100% of the total amount (Except if unforeseen circumstances arise)

 

Packaged Multi-Day Trips

  • Cancellation, up to 30 days in advance, is fully refundable
  • Cancellation up to 14 days before departure date: 50% of the total amount plus administration fees that might be imposed (Except if unforeseen circumstances arise)
  • Cancellation up to and less than 7 days before the departure date and time or no-show: 100% of the total amount (Except if unforeseen circumstances arise)

 

Transportation Services

  • Cancellation, more than 2 days in advance, is fully refundable
  • Cancellation up to 1 day before departure date: 50% of the total amount plus administration fees that might be imposed (Except if unforeseen circumstances arise)
  • Cancellation up to and less than 1 day before the departure date and time or no-show: 100% of the total amount (Except if unforeseen circumstances arise)

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