Visit the medieval town of Gruyères on a private, 5-hour tour from Montreux, and explore some of Switzerland’s most iconic foods: cheese and chocolate. This private Gruyères tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off, a tour of a Gruyère cheese factory, entry to the Gruyères Castle, and a chocolate tasting at Cailler, with an hour of independent time to enjoy Gruyères.
Start the day with 9am pickup at your accommodations in Montreux, then travel through Fribourg on your way to Gruyères. You’ll find views of the Saane Valley from the picture-perfect medieval town, then learn about the town’s famous cheese at your first stop of the day, a local cheese factory. Follow the history and production of Gruyère cheese from its origins to the modern day on a tour, followed by a cheese tasting. Continue to the 13th-century Gruyères Castle, a Swiss heritage site, to explore the town’s medieval heritage—you can also see three capes from the “Order of the Golden Fleece,” captured in the 15th century Battle of Morat. After visiting the castle, you’ll have one hour to explore the town’s narrow, cobblestone streets on your own, before meeting back up with your driver for the trip to Cailler chocolate factory in Broc. Discover some of the secrets behind the historic Swiss chocolatier, and finish the day with a tasting of Cailler chocolate. This tour concludes with return transfer to Montreux, and drop-off at your accommodations.
We had an amazing time on this tour! Emmanuel, our guide, was very accommodating and knowledgable. Upon booking this tour he noticed we were coming in from Geneva so he offered to pick us up from Lausanne instead of Montreux for our convenience. The Cheese and Chocolate factories he took us to were delicious. We got to taste the Gruyere and the Cailler chocolate. He even had a reservation ready for us for lunch at a delicious fondue restaurant. The Medieval Gruyere Village is beautiful and the Castle tour had some great history lessons lined up for us. At the end of the tour, since we had some time left, Emmanuel offered to take us to a vineyard for a bit of wine tasting. We couldn't pass it up, and as we sipped our wine, we were awed by the beautiful view of Lake Geneva from the Vineyard. After the tour, Emmanuel even helped us at the train station to depart back to Geneva. He made this tour superb. I highly recommend it!
We were a group of four from Dubai. Emmanuel PIERACCINI was our driver/guide. He is a great guide and was very helpful in showing us around. Gruyere is beautiful. He recommended a typical Swiss restaurant there. Had the best cheese fondue! Emmanuel took the trouble to drive past Lausanne and Vivey on our way back! His car is roomy and very neat. Will recommend him to anyone who is trying this trip. Tess
Excellent! One of the best tours ever for the whole group and family. The guide is also one of the best. I hope one day we will go back and hire the same guide for this tour or different one in the same region. Fantastic. Highly recommended.
This was a excellent small group tour of the lovely Gruyeres village including the castle and the cheese factory and the chocolate factory at Broc. Emmanuel, the person who drove us around was very knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and flexible. He contacted us the day before to fix the programme for the day picked us up from the hotel, and planned the day to suit our convenience. It was an ideal day out for our family with my parents and son appreciating the flexibility in the schedule. I would strongly recommend this tour, especially if you are not keen on the inflexibility of the big group tours.