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Switzerland, Savory and Sweet
Bob Preston, a resident of Geneva, has created two trips right in his own backyard. The week-long itinerary here highlights two products, chocolate and cheese, that are familiar Swiss exports and one that would be better known if the Swiss didn't consume almost all of their wine before it can leave the country. Continue reading below for details about the itinerary and also check out our guide describing some of the highlights of this trip that will leave your palate sated.
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    Day 1
    Luzern: Old Town and Old Cheese
    Arrive in Zurich and transfer to Luzern (or Lucerne) for a private guided tour of the Old Town and the historic Chapel Bridge. Your guided tour will include the chance to sample sbrinz. Famous as Europe's oldest cheese with roots that, possibly, date back to the Celts, this Parmesan-like specialty is produced in central Switzerland.
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    Day 2
    Taste Emmental in its Home Town
    Today you will continue on to Emmental, where even the dairy farms have views of the Alps and the local cheesemakers produce what is known in other parts of the world as "Swiss cheese." You'll then travel through the Jungfrau region on Europe's highest railway and spend the night in Interlaken at one of the city's most historic hotels, the Linder Grand Hotel Beau Rivage.
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    Day 3
    Alpcheese to Alpine Peaks
    Today you'll leave early in the morning and head to Bussalp-Eigeralp to see the traditional method of producing alpcheese, over an open fire. Afterwards you'll board the Golden Pass train in Interlaken and continue on to Gstaad, where you'll spend the night at the Gstaad Palace—make sure to order the truffles champagne fondue at La Fromagerie when you're there.
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    Day 4
    Gruyere and Bellelay
    Today you'll stop at another town that gave its name to a world-famous cheese, Gruyere, and also visit the Maison Cailler factory, ten minutes away in Broc. Afterwards you'll continue on toe Bellelay and learn about a unique Swiss cheese, tete de moine. Your journey will then take you to Neuchâtel where you can visit the watch museum and spend the night overlooking the lake at the Beau Rivage Neuchâtel.
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    Day 5
    Explore Lavaux and Lausanne
    In the morning you'll continue on to Lavaux, a scenic region as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A wine tasting will be followed by a breathtaking lunch at "le Deck." After lunch, you'll head on to Montreux and Lausanne where you will have the afternoon free to wander and explore the cities.
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    Day 6
    Geneva by Land and Lake
    After a cruise along the lake, you'll head to a wine tasting lunch in a renowned Geneva restaurant surrounded by vineyards. You'll have the afternoon free for some shopping or to explore on your own in downtown Geneva.
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    Day 7
    Sweet Talk
    A guided tour in the morning will take you to the major sites of Geneva's Old Town, ending with lunch at a favorite local spot. Don't order dessert: Afterwards you'll embark on a private tour of Geneva's most famous chocolate stores including a visit to a private atelier with Switzerland's best chocolatier. By the end of the afternoon, you'll have a much greater appreciation of all the varieties of chocolate and the finer points of its complex flavors.
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