Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

 

Tour Dates: July 26 - August 3, 2016; August 21 - August 29, 2016; August 31 - September 8, 2016.

 

Tiny Switzerland is Big on the Food Scene: Cheese, Chocolate, and Scenic Alps Tour

 

“Cheese, Chocolate, and Scenic Alps,” a food-tasting tour of Switzerland, delights guests with exclusive visits to ancient terraced vineyards, farmstead cheesemakers, artisan chocolatiers, and top restaurants while showing off some of the most iconic mountain scenery in the world. Guests are immersed in Swiss culture and cuisine as they visit the charming villages sprinkled throughout the countryside and meet food artisans who make the experience unforgettable.

 

 

Cheese wheels: Mountains of cheese is reason to celebrate in the Bernese Oberland.

 

Cow Parade: A parade of flower festooned cows returning to the valley.

 

GRUYÈRES, SWITZERLAND (November 5, 2015) - The Cheese, Chocolate, and Scenic Alps Tour in Switzerland is being offered by Alpenwild from July 26 - August 3, 2016; August 21 - August 29, 2016; August 31 - September 8, 2016.

 

It’s a peculiar autumn ritual tucked away in the mountains of Switzerland. Yet, it tells a story rich in tradition. Cows that spent the summer grazing in lush alpine meadows are festooned with floral wreaths as they march down craggy mountain paths to the valleys below for the winter. Their summer’s labor is carefully preserved and aged into wheels of the distinctive full-flavored hard-rind cheeses that Switzerland is famous for—Gruyère, Emmentaler, Appenzeller, as well as less familiar artisan cheeses. 
 
The life of a traditional alpine cheesemaker demands a rare breed of farmer who can handle 100 long days and 100 short nights. But the cheese making takes place among some of the most beautiful alpine scenery imaginable—jagged mountain peaks, plunging waterfalls, and fields of wildflowers. Cheese lovers recognize and revere the subtle differences in the cheese made from milk from cows fed on the high alpine meadows.
 
To showcase these distinctive cheeses and other food traditions of Switzerland, Alpenwild, with over 30 years of experience in the Alps, has designed a new summer tour in Switzerland that captures both the gastronomic delights and the scenic wonder of the Alps. But no trekking gear is required beyond a pair of sturdy shoes, as every location is made easily accessible by cogwheel railways, funiculars, and mountain cableways thanks to the brilliance of Swiss engineering.
 
“Cheese, Chocolate, and Scenic Alps,” a food-tasting tour of Switzerland delights guests with exclusive visits to ancient terraced vineyards, farmstead cheesemakers, artisan chocolatiers, and top restaurants while showing off some of the most iconic mountain scenery in the world. Guests are immersed in Swiss culture and cuisine as they visit the charming villages sprinkled throughout the countryside and meet food artisans who make the experience unforgettable.
 
Guests will be on hand for cheese making over an open fire, tending a vineyard, learning the craft of making fine chocolates, and cultivating mountain herbs. They will indulge in the rich culinary tradition of the Alps as they savor fondue, Raclette, alp cheese, artisan rye breads, Pinot Noir wines, and a continual supply of the finest Swiss chocolate. 
 
“Everyone knows what an incredible outdoor destination the Alps is,” says Greg Witt, President of Alpenwild. “But our guests are also discovering what a rich and exciting culinary region it is.” Witt notes that in addition to unforgettable gourmet experiences, the tour includes two of Switzerland’s most scenic and historic mountain excursions—the Jungfrau railway which tunnels through the Eiger and the Gornergrat cogwheel railway which ascends to an alpine paradise near the Matterhorn. 
 
Guests enjoy a lake cruise, castle walks, and strolling through medieval towns like Luzern and Gruyères. The tour visits the popular mountain resorts of Grindelwald and Zermatt which cater to international tastes and attract top chefs. Accommodations are in hand-picked, independently-owned hotels that offer a high standard of comfort. Some are chalet-styled inns, others are historic hotels, and all evoke the charm and romance of the Alps.
 
RATE: $3795 per person, double occupancy from Geneva or Zurich. Includes: Nine-day all-inclusive guided tour by an expert trip leader, all accommodations (8 nights hotel), all meals, ground transportation including trams and mountain railways, admissions and luggage transfers. $399 single supplement.  
 
Full Tour Information:
https://www.alpenwild.com/trip/details/cheese-chocolate-and-the-scenic-alps

 

 

Lindt bar: Guests learn from a master chocolatier then savor their chocolate creations.


A new generation of artisan Alpine cheesmakers keeps the traditions alive. 

 

 

Fondue: Made with melted Gruyere cheese, fondue is a Swiss classic.

 

 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Greg Witt

Email: greg@alpenwild.com

Phone: (801) 226-9026

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists with a firm assignment only.

 

Alpenwild

Web: www.alpenwild.com

 

 Calendar Listing

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Tour Name: Cheese, Chocolate and Scenic Alps

Tour Dates: July 26 - August 3, 2016; August 21 - August 29, 2016; August 31 - September 8, 2016.

Tour Location: Switzerland

Admission: $3795 per person, double occupancy from Geneva or Zurich. Includes: Nine-day all-inclusive guided tour by an expert trip leader, all accommodations (8 nights hotel), all meals, ground transportation including trams and mountain railways, admissions and luggage transfers. $399 single supplement.  

Web: http://www.alpenwild.com/trip/details/cheese-chocolate-and-the-scenic-alps

Contact: Greg Witt, greg@alpenwild.com, (801) 226-9026

Description: “Cheese, Chocolate, and Scenic Alps,” a food-tasting tour of Switzerland, delights guests with exclusive visits to ancient terraced vineyards, farmstead cheesemakers, artisan chocolatiers, and top restaurants while showing off some of the most iconic mountain scenery in the world. Guests are immersed in Swiss culture and cuisine as they visit the charming villages sprinkled throughout the countryside and meet food artisans who make the experience unforgettable.