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Devote a day to chocolate and cheese with this Gruyères trip from Chamonix. You’ll start with a visit to Cailler, one of the oldest Swiss chocolate factories, then head high into the mountains to nibble on artisan cheese. Spend free time in the medieval village of Gruyères, and take a ride on the Golden Express for impressive alpine and lake views. Before your return to Chamonix, treat yourself to a glass of wine at the UNESCO World Heritage–listed vineyards of Lavaux.
Make your way to Chamonix Sud bus station at 7:30am. Step aboard your bus, then travel into the countryside on your way to the Swiss village of Gruyères.
Stop at the Cailler factory for a chocolate tour, where you’ll discover the history of chocolate and the different production methods. The highlight is an unlimited chocolate tasting at the end of the tour.
Travel higher into the mountains, and stop at the peak of Moléson to visit an artisan cheese maker in a traditional Swiss chalet. Try the legendary Gruyères along with the fondue cheese vacherin fribourgeois, which is loved for its subtle and nutty taste.
While away some free time in Gruyères, strolling the medieval streets and admiring the alpine views. Listen for the toll of cow bells as you explore; the village is surrounded by quintessential Swiss mountain pastures with grazing cows.
Meet back up with your guide for a ride on the Golden Express train, admiring views of Leman Lake as you go. Your day trip then ends with a final stop for a glass of wine on the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, a UNESCO-listed site.
Finish with a drop-off back at the start point in Chamonix.
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