(7 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Zurich, Basel & Alsace, Gruyeres, Lausanne & Lake Geneva
This private culinary tour of Switzerland features the best Swiss food and wine experiences, private touring of cultural highlights, and accommodation at the country’s finest luxury hotels. The tour also includes a private excursion along the Alsace Wine Route in neighboring France.
Begin in Zurich, one of Europe’s most sophisticated cities, with two nights at the landmark Baur au Lac luxury hotel. During flexible private touring, see the highlights of the Old Town, sample culinary specialties from throughout Switzerland at upscale food shops, and tour museums and other cultural attractions according to your interests, such as the Kunsthaus, Landesmuseum (Swiss National Museum), gallery districts, and churches with stained glass windows designed by Marc Chagall and Sigmar Polke.
Continue to Basel, a cultural and culinary crossroads on the Rhine River. Tour the highlights of the Old Town and sample Basel specialties such as laeckerli. One day, cross the Rhine into France for a private excursion on the beautiful Alsace Wine Route (Route du Vin). Drive through vineyards, see hilltop castles, stop at local wineries to sample Alsatian varietals such as Riesling and Gewurztraminer, see the cultural treasures of Colmar, and visit well-preserved villages filled with half-timbered buildings. If desired, stop for lunch at one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants in the region, which is renowned for gastronomy.
Next, transfer to Lausanne. En route, visit the atmospheric hill town of Gruyeres to visit a local cheese maker to learn about and taste the region’s renowned Gruyere cheese, and perhaps visit the nearby factory of one of Switzerland’s premier chocolate makers.
Spend two nights in Lausanne—Switzerland’s gourmet paradise—at the elegant Beau-Rivage Palace, a luxurious resort hotel set in lush parkland on the shore of Lake Geneva. During private touring, visit the Lavaux wine region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of 800-year-old terraced vineyards that skirt the edge of Lake Geneva and offer dramatic views of the Alps. Meet winemakers at local wineries, sample Chasselas and other delicious local varietals in Lavaux cellars, and perhaps enjoy a gourmet meal at one of the finest restaurants in Switzerland. Also, tour Chateau de Chillon, a well-preserved castle on a small island in the lake that offers evocative insights into the daily life of medieval aristocracy.
This tour can be extended to include additional wine and culinary destinations in France or Germany.
Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Full-day private cultural and culinary tour
Zurich – Basel
Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour
Basel & Alsace
Private excursion on Alsace Wine Route
Basel – Gruyeres – Lausanne
Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights with visit to Gruyeres en route
Lausanne Private excursion to Lavaux for wine tasting and tour of Chateau de Chillon
Depart Lausanne – Geneva
Private airport transfer
Baur au Lac or Dolder Grand
Les Trois Rois
Per person (double occupancy)
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Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
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All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.
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