The Swiss Alps and Northern Italy become your culinary playground that features shimmering glacial peaks, piercing mountains, landscapes flushed with vineyards, and forests ripe with white truffles. Your personalized gastronomic tour of Switzerland and Italy embraces the similarities and celebrates the differences of historic ingredients and traditional recipes. Whether indulging in fondue or sampling Barolo wine, crafting decadent chocolate truffles or making exceptional raclette cheese, you...
Montreux – Travel to Montreux for a Welcome Dinner
Montreux captivates visitors with remarkable walks along the lakeshore and gorgeous 19th-century architecture reflecting the artistic charm accentuated by the natural beauty. The 13th-century fortress hosts a maze of courtyards and towers decorated with period furniture and lavish artwork reflecting a fairytale ambiance. Medieval frescoes from the 14th century depict the Old Testament, John the Baptist, and figures from the New Testament. Your flight lands at Geneva International Airport, where you board a luxury car for a scenic ride around the shores of Lake Geneva. The pristine waters encompass a surface area of 224 square miles. Chateaux Chillon stands on the banks of the lake recalling the proud words Lord Byron who immortalized the fortress in the narrative poem The Prisoner of Chillon. At dinner, you settle into the beauty of Switzerland and the charms of Montreux found in the decadent aroma of melted raclette cheese and chocolate.
Montreux – Chocolate, Bread Baking Class, and Fondue Tour
Montreux – Cheese-Making Class and Gruyeres Village Tour
Montreux – Make Farmstead Goat Cheese and Raclette
Montreux – Chocolate Truffles and Wine Tasting at a Vineyard
Turin – Welcome Dinner at a Gorgeous Villa near Turin
Turin – Medieval Villages and Barolo Vineyards in Piedmont
Turin – Organic Farm and Cooking Lesson in the Countryside
Turin – Cheeses and Underground Wine Experiences
Turin – Chocolates in the Piedmontese Capital
Turin – Truffles and Tasting Extraordinary Wines in Alba
Turin – Depart for Home
- Indulge in the robust aromas and earthy flavors of white truffles during a private truffle hunting excursion in Alba
- Learn the secrets of crafting the perfect Gruyere cheese when visiting a dairy farmer in the hills of Switzerland
- Delight in fabulous flavors of homemade bread and a traditional Swiss fondue recipe during a private cooking lesson in the Swiss Alps
- Sample the luscious layered flavors of the King of Wines when visiting a vineyard in Piedmont producing sensational Barolo
- Embrace the decadent tastes and rich textures of chocolate truffles made in Switzerland while partaking in a private chocolate-tasting tour
- Savor the fantastic flavors of traditional Piedmontese cuisine with a private cooking class on an organic farm teaching you the art of pasta
- Enjoy the history of chocolate in Turin, which resulted in the birth of Giandujotto, the celebrated combination of chocolate and hazelnut
The culinary mastery of Swiss and Italian cuisine is yours to explore and experience when sampling fondue, tempering chocolate, and tasting truffles during your 12-day culinary tour of Switzerland and Italy. The gastronomy of the Swiss Alps combines rich and hearty ingredients with a legacy of Roman foundations stretching across surprisingly sundrenched slopes. The culinary heritage of northern Italy embraces the ingredients of mountainous terrain and lush valleys shaped by centuries of changing kingdoms. You will quickly learn that the best way to experience the delicacies of Switzerland and Italy is to learn, taste, and construct diverse and familiar flavors for an unparalleled gastronomic adventure.
Your culinary tour of Europe begins in Switzerland, a country brimming with scenic majesty and often-overlooked culinary splendor. The Swiss Alps have acted as Europe’s playground for centuries with Victorian-era aristocrats enjoying the glassy lakes in summer and snowcapped peaks in winter. Gushing waterfalls and tumbling glaciers have inspired poets, inventors, scientists, and musicians as well as masterful chefs. The Alps have hosted the inventors of meringues, fondue, and Raclette, in addition to crafting local cheeses for over 900 years and becoming world-famous chocolatiers. Take your time discovering the marvels of Switzerland with five nights in Montreux. Stroll through vineyards and medieval villages, enjoy breathtaking panoramas and storied castles, and indulge in demonstrations, recipes, and tastings celebrating an unforgettable sensory feast.
The culinary discovery continues in the Italian region of Piedmont for six nights. The gorgeous mountainous, hilly, and valley landscape shares borders with France and Switzerland. Picturesque villages overlook vast vineyards and thriving orchards, as well as medieval fortresses. The region hosts the vineyards creating the popular wines of Barolo and Barbaresco in addition to supporting the birth of the Slow Food Movement. The fabled white truffle grows in the damp woodlands, hazelnuts are a local specialty, and olive groves produce exceptionally rich olive oil. Use a stunning villa on the outskirts of Turin as a base while you discover the true allure of the Piedmontese cuisine. Visit small villages and castles, hunt for white truffles, embrace a cooking lesson on an organic farm, and indulge in the fascinating flavors of locally crafted cheeses, chocolates, and specialty dishes.
$5,263 per person (excluding international flights)
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