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Wine tasting in Lavaux, Switzerland

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Wine tasting in Lavaux, Switzerland
Embark on a 7-day gourmet journey to taste the authentic flavours of Switzerland, including Swiss wines and local cuisines
Food & Wine
Independent tours

Highlights

Wine tasting experience in the fabled vineyards of Lavaux

Gourmet excursions in Gornegrat and Lugano

Scenic rail journey on the Golden Pass line & Centovalli Express

Explore the Olympic Museum in Lausanne & the Chillon Castle in Montreux

Treat your senses with this extraordinary 7-day experience, savouring the authentic flavours of Switzerland. Travel past lush vineyards and sparkling lakes along the mountain chain of the Alps on board the Golden Pass train and cruise to Montreux and the Château de Chillon, admiring the lovely villages on the banks of Lake Geneva, before moving on to Rivaz for tastings of 3 different wines in Lavaux Vinorama. Explore the historic Zermatt and marvel at the majestic Matterhorn, the most photographed mountain in the world. Take part in a gourmet journey to Gornergrat, combining spectacular Alpine sceneries and delicious food through every culinary stopovers in different places. Conclude the entire experience by sharing a 3-course dinner with a local Swiss family.

This tour is available daily from 11 June to 10 September.

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Included

2nd class rail travel as per itinerary including boat cruise Lausanne to Montreux
6-night accommodation in 3-star hotels
Daily breakfast
Golden Pass train from Montreux - Zweisimmen (including seat reservation Belle Époque or panorama carriage and light lunch)
Entrance to the Chillon Castle in Montreux
Entrance to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne
Vinorama Discovery Package – Wine tasting experience (tasting of 3 different wines, with bread, water, pastry)
Guided food & wine tour in Lugano (three-course dinner with wine and soft drinks)
Gourmet excursion in Gornergrat. Includes train ride to Gornergrat with culinary stops in various places.

Itinerary

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Day 1
Zürich - Lausanne
Arrive into Switzerland and transfer by rail to Lausanne. In the afternoon, visit the Olympic Museum. In total, more than 3.5 million visitors of all ages and all walks of life have come to this museum, set in stunning grounds on the banks of Lake Geneva, to experience the magic of the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement. (If arriving late in Lausanne, the museum’s visit will be scheduled in the morning of day 3).
Day 2
Montreux - Lavaux Vinorama
Following breakfast, enjoy a leisurely boat cruise from Lausanne-Ouchy to Montreux and visit the Chillon Castle. The stops en route allow you to catch a glimpse of the picturesque villages along Lake Geneva. The Chillon Castle is located on a rock on the banks of the lake and takes you back to the Middle Ages. Continue by bus and rail to the Lavaux Vinorama, set among the UNESCO protected vineyards, a perfect place to discover the wines and traditions of the region. Enjoy tasting of 3 local wines before returning to Lausanne.
Breakfast
Day 3
Lausanne - Montreux - Zweisimmen - Zermatt (Golden Pass
The Golden Pass line is one of the most picturesque in Switzerland. Split into three distinct sections the ever changing scenery truly reflects Switzerland’s diversity. From Montreux, the train climbs up through the terraced vineyards of the Lavaux with beautiful views of the lake and then continues along the mountain chain of the Alps towards the Bernese Oberland. Your seats are reserved in the elegant Belle Èpoque carriages and a light lunch (food platter) will be served. In Zweisimmen, all passengers need to change to a different gauge train for the onward journey to Spiez where you board a connecting train via Brig to Zermatt. You’ll arrive in the late afternoon in Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn and take the short walk from the station to your hotel.
Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4
Gornergrat
Following breakfast at you hotel you will have the morning to yourself to discover this car free village. Early afternoon enjoy a self guided excursion to the Gornergrat. We recommend to start with the Apéro and Valais appetiser before 11am to get the most out of the day. The entire journey can be made in comfort aboard the Gornergrat Railway. The Gornergrat Railway first takes you from Zermatt to the 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat, where an Apéro served with a selection of Valais appetisers awaits you. From the Kulm the train or a walk gets you down to the station Riffelberg and at the Hotel Riffelhaus you will be served a delicious three-course gourmet menu. Continue by train or on foot to the next station Riffelalp to the traditional restaurant “Alphitta” where you enjoy dessert and coffee. The excursion ends with a train ride back down to Zermatt.
Breakfast
Day 5
Zermatt – Domodossola – Locarno – Lugano
After breakfast, you will visit Zermatt departing by train to Brig from where a connecting train takes you across a stretch of Italy towards the Ticino. In Domodossola, you board the famous Centovalli Express for a beautiful 2 hour journey through the Centovalli to Locarno. The landscape is diverse, ranging from dreamy villages, chestnut forests and vineyards to wild canyons and crashing waterfalls. You will arrive in Lugano in the afternoon.
Breakfast
Day 6
Lugano
Enjoy today at your leisure to discover this Mediterranean-like city. Tonight, you will be invited to dinner by a local to experience something truly wonderful. Experience the hospitality of Lugano on a 4-hour food and wine tour. Enjoy a complete travelling menu and discover local restaurants, three courses covering local Ticinese specialties and produce of the Ticino region.
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7
Lugano - Zürich
Following breakfast at your hotel transfer by rail to Zürich airport or continue your onward journey.
Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
French, Swiss - German, Italian, Romansh
Currency
SWISS FRANC
6 nights
from AUD2,625
per person, twin share
Zurich
11 June 2020 - 10 September 2020
Switzerland Brochure
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