Private 8 hour excursion by public transport or private limousine/minibus
You will be enchanted by this private tour to the charming and picturesque medieval town of Gruyères, the most beautiful town in Western Switzerland. The town has given its name to the area and to its delicious cheese. Explore the small town that has been unaffected by the passage of time since the middle ages, built in a superb setting in the Fribourg Alps. Visit one of the most beautiful medieval castles in Switzerland, a walk through 8 centuries.
Learn all about the secrets of Swiss cheese and chocolate during a visit to both factories nearby, and, of course, more importantly, enjoy tasting them!
Lunch will be on your own, a chance to enjoy the best cheese Fondue or Raclette in Switzerland, amongst other local specialities.
We will leave Montreux by train or private limousine/minibus and driver to go first to the Cailler Chocolate factory in Broc to discover and taste authentic Swiss chocolate. After this, we will drive 10 minutes or take the train and bus up to the charming medieval town of Gruyères, where you can either enjoy a vist to the fascinating 12th century castle or time to shop in the numerous souvenir shops and taste the best cheese fondue in Switzerland (amongst other regional specialities). In the afternoon, we will go to the cheese factory nearby and learn all about how Gruyères cheese is made, and, of course, taste 3 differently aged cheeses before returning to Montreux.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: The tour will start from your hotel in Montreux where I will meet you.
End location: The tour will end at your hotel in Montreux unless you would prefer otherwise.
Duration: 8 hours
This tour is 8 hours
We can either travel by 1st or 2nd class public train transport, or private, luxury,air-conditioned limousine - Mercedes S 4matic or private, luxury, air-conditioned minibus - VIP Mercedes 16 seater.(Please see prices above).
Some walking is involved as Gruyères is a car-free town.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
24 swiss francs - Entrance to the Medieval Gruyères castle, the cheese and chocolate factories.
Lunch on own
Guiding within Chillon castle is not allowed so audio-guides are recommended.
At the moment I do not have a Professional taxi driving licence to drive clients in my own car so a signed liability waiver is required for this service.
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From the moment we met Clare in the hotel lobby, she was warm and welcoming. She was very passionate about her country, and was glad to show us around. Her years of experience as a tour guide was made apparent by her informative and stimulating explanations of Swiss history, culture, and cuisine. With her detailed knowledge of everything Swiss, I dare say that I've learnt more in a day with Clare than a week wandering Switzerland. Overall, it was a wonderful experience!