Day Trip to Gruyères Medieval Village & Chocolate Factory from Geneva

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Day Trip to Gruyères Medieval Village & Chocolate Factory from Geneva
from USD $182.17
Combine your love of chocolate with your passion for countryside on this day trip to Gruyères from Geneva. Travel by comfortable coach to the picturesque Gruyères countryside and visit a chocolate factory. Maison Cailler is full of surprise and you will learn about the production processes of this Swiss specialty. Learn all about Swiss culinary traditions from  and enjoy chocolate tasting!

In the afternoon, stroll around Gruyères medieval village, a real legend and take in Switzerland's beautiful landscapes such as Swiss alps.
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In Brief

Geneva, Switzerland
10 hours
May to October
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: KeyTours S.A., Francois Bonivard, Geneva 1211 Switzerland

Meet your guide at Keytours Office

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Lake Geneva, Geneva Switzerland

Enjoy the view on the Lake during the road trip

Stop At: Maison Cailler Chocolaterie, rue Jules Bellet 7, Broc 1636 Switzerland

Succumb to the swiss flavors. The perfect excursion for the greedy! Start your excursion with chocolate softness visiting a famous factory. Discover the secrets of making Swiss Chocolate and enjoy tasting as much as you like and can. Then on your way to Gruyères, enjoy Swiss countryside taking a great big breath of fresh air. Be charmed by the real Switzerland, its green fields, its cows and Mountains.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: La Maison du Gruyere, place de la Gare 3, Gruyeres 1663 Switzerland

Discover the secret of the cheese making

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Gruyeres Castle, Route du Chateau 8, Gruyeres 1663 Switzerland

spend some free time in Gruyères strolling the middle age village. At the foot of the pre-Alps, you will be enchanted by the charm and picturesque architecture, the town has given its name to the area and to its delicious cheese. Come and explore a little town that’s been unaffected by the passage of time.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: HR Giger Museum, rue du Chateau 2 Château St-Germain, Gruyeres 1663 Switzerland

take advantage of your free time falling in the univers of Giger and the famous movie "Alien"

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Gruyere Traditions, rue du Bourg 20, Gruyeres 1663 Switzerland

Stroll into the charming street of the medieval village of Gruyères and step into the Swiss traditions

Duration: 10 minutes


  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Chocolate Factory & Tasting
  • Multi-lingual guide
  • La Maison du Gruyère
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Maison Cailler Chocolaterie
  • Entry/Admission - La Maison du Gruyere


  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Train ride
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Gruyeres Castle
  • Entry/Admission - HR Giger Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Gruyere Traditions

Departure Point

Geneva Bus Station, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.75 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Excellent tour. Our guide, Yolanda, was very knowledgeable and friendly. We learned a lot about Switzerland. We upgraded...well worth it.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
I enjoyed this tour, the guide was very good. It was a rainy day, all day and yet it gave me a chance to explore Swiss areas and the impressive Gruyère. Chocolate factory and cheese factory visit were also interesting.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This tour was a definite highlight of our trip to Switzerland.We could never have experienced the delights of the spectacular Swiss Riviera,the unique quaintness of Gruyeres,the cheese tasting experience,the chocolate factory and its unfolding story as well as the train trip through the picturesque Swiss countryside without the professinoal guidance of this Viator tour.Well done!
• Submitted 30 Sep 2017
This is a well balanced trip provided you like cheese fondu. Facinating to see the old ways still in use to produce the cheese
• Submitted 30 Sep 2017
I have to say, Maria might have been the best tour guide Ive ever had. She was very attentive and had great commentary. The tour was also very nice. The Cailier chocolate factory was like a Disney ride through the history of chocolate. I would have liked to see more of the chocolate being made but it was still a neat tour. The gift shop and chocolate is very good. I read a lot of people saying this is a Nestle factory so it's not that good. It is owned by Nestle, but it seems like they dont make your standard Nestle chocolate. This is higher quality and worth the price in my opinion. I picked up 100 Euros worth because I thought it was very good. This tour also takes you to a small artisanal farm where you have lunch with Fondue, meats, cheese, wine, and a local dessert. Everything was outstanding. I wanted to buy a little of everything. The village of Gruyeres was also very nice. It is very small so 1 hour is plenty of time to see EVERYTHING. The castle is very cool and the rest of the walled town is very picturesque. Then you take the golden pass train ride. The views coming back to the lake are spectacular. It's a very pretty ride. On the way back by bus, you stop in the Lavaux wine area. You pull off the side of the road at a small picnic area covered in vines. The view of the vineyards and lake are worth the stop. Maria served us a cup of wine from the area at the stop. It was a very nice day.
• Submitted 28 Sep 2017
This trip is a must, am so serious!!!! every single detail was so fun. The tour guide told us a lot about the history of the country and other informations about the different places we went to. The chocolate factory, the farm and cheese fundo are a must to try.
• Submitted 22 Sep 2017
Amazing tour covering different areas and Swiss beauties. Chocolate Factory, cheese Factory, Gruyères village, vineyards...great and expert guide.
• Submitted 04 Sep 2017
We, myself and 4 teen daughters, loved this day exploring the countryside of the towns near Geneva. It was a full day of taking in the beautiful sights, learning about the culture and history and of course eating. We also took a ride on the bobsled down the mountain where we had experienced an amazing cheese fondue lunch. A truly authentic experience and Maria was a fabulous host/ guide.
• Submitted 17 Jul 2017
We started the day in the rain, but were very lucky with the weather clearing up around lunch time so we could see the beautiful scenery from Gruyeres and the Golden Pass train. Everything about the day was great and our tour guide was friendly and helpful. Loved the chocolate factory, the little town and the wine at our last stop was a nice touch to end the day. Well organised and had a lovely time.
• Submitted 05 Jun 2017
Excellent tour - I finished the day with a greater appreciation for why these specialty food products are so unique.
• Submitted 20 Feb 2017
Maggie our tour guide met us with a big smile which set the tone for the rest of the day, which was lovely. A short journey through the mountains in a comfortable small coach took us to Gruyere where we first of all went to the Callier chocolate factory, then onto the Gruyere cheese factory and finally to the village of Gruyere for 2 hours of free time. Both factory tours were very informative, timed well and provided generous samples of the products produced in each facility. There was shopping time in each location plus in Gruyere village. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day which was a Godsend on a Sunday where nothing in Geneva is open and we would have been wandering around with nothing to do.
• Submitted 25 Dec 2016
Excellent, perfect guide, only weather .......... Otherwise recommended for my friends.
• Submitted 03 Apr 2016
Loved the open top bus. Yolanda our guide was fantastic. She shared lots of info and seemed to speak many languages so everyone felt comfortable. The tour starts at 10 which is a much easier start time and as we had 24 hours in Geneva this was the perfect tour. It is well planned and a good day out. You don't feel rushed. The weather for us was perfect, which made the scenery all the more beautiful.
• Submitted 28 May 2015
• Submitted 16 Feb 2015
We started looking for organized trips during our very brief visit to Switzerland and were pleasantly surprised to find an excellent offer on your website. Booking was very easy. We booked two trips. Yolanda was our guide during both trips. She is an an excellent guide very knowledgeable about Switzerland its history, customs, politics, wine... She answered all our questions. She is also fluent in many languages. Weather was beautiful and we enjoyed beautiful views and our scheduled program very much
• Submitted 20 Feb 2015
This tour was definitely worth it, our guide was very informative. From the moment we left Geneva, she was pointing things out all along the way - no need for a City tour after taking this! Switzerland's landscape is incredible, breath taking!
• Submitted 03 Apr 2014
The trip to Gruyeres was amazing, our guide was very nice and gave us a lot of interesting information. Would definitely go for a day trip with Viator again.
• Submitted 26 Feb 2014
• Submitted 02 Jan 2014
Great trip overall. The tour description was a bit off and we were told we bought the basic package but could upgrade if we wanted to. It was the 2nd trip we took with this company, in 2 days, where we had to buy up. The basic package had a tour of the chocolate factory with tastings, a tour of a cheese factory, with tastings, a drop off in Gruyeres, a bus ride back to Montreaux. The additions included a tour of a dairy with more cheese tastings along with meat and bread, wine and finally we got to make fondue. We were glad for that experience as we'd had not so great fondue the night before and this fondue was so much better. The addition also included a ride on the Golden Pass. As said, the additions were well worth it but were a bit unexpected. A lot was done this day and it was a great experience.
• Submitted 17 Sep 2018
This was a fab tour that we really enjoyed. Our guide wa very informative and told us lots of fun facts along the way. The chcolate museum was brillaint and really i as much as you want to sample as well as bing vry entertaining and interactive. Dont be put off by the fact it is owned by Nestle unless you boycott them of course as they give you all the prior history and the chcolate is of good quality. The cheese factory is so-so but Gruyere is brilliant- way more to do than we epected and we actually ran out of time. If youre going during th warmer months take a good bug pray as we had wasps bothering us! The reason for 4 not 5 stars is that w got the 'non-gold' package and there was quite a bit of pressure to upgrade. The gold version has some very cool things but includes a fondue which one of our party didn't fancy and you can't upgrade to individual extras.We all wanted to go on the train but couldn't do this without fondue so ended up just sitting in the bus for an hour so a bit frustrating for us but if you want a cheesier experience then do go for gold.
• Submitted 20 Oct 2017
Great trip. Beautiful views of Lake Limon, vineyards and grazing cows and sheep. The Chocolate factory was great with sampling many kinds of chocolate. We found a great restaurant in Gruyers. Would recommend.
• Submitted 16 Oct 2017
My husband and i took this day trip to Gruyeres on a Sunday. Maria, our guide, was excellent, very well informed and shared her knowledge about the places we visited. The visit to the Cailler Chocolate Factory and the tasting of such delicious chocolates, going round and having lunch in Gruyeres, a very lovely medieval village, the picturesque views of the country side, the vine yards and Lake Geneve as you go down to Montreux were marvelous. Travelling in an air conditioned coach and having a friendly guide like Maria, makes this excursion very recommendable to all those visiting Geneve.
• Submitted 01 Sep 2017
The tour of the Gruyeres cheese factory is self-guided via audio device, which allowed me to go at my own pace. Very informative. Cheese tasting involved 3 pieces of Gruyeres cheese at different stages of aging. Great way to see the difference in taste and texture. After the tour, it is a short hike up the hill to the original medieval village of Gruyeres. A leisurely walk through the village provides multiple options for lunch own expense. The views of the countryside from the walls of the old village were awesome. Cailler Chocolate factory was very enjoyable. The smell of warm chocolate greets you on arrival. The tour is via audio guide with multiple languages available. In the sampling room, you are allowed as much as you want. But you must consume it there. It was amazing! Would definitely go again.
• Submitted 15 Jul 2017
The chocolate factory was fun and of course the free tastings at the end were yummy. Cheese factory was a bit boring and would have rather have spent more time in Gruyeres. Gruyeres is a truly medieval village with a castle on top of the hill. We were luck our bus could go to the top car park otherwise it is a long way up and very steep. Village has a fountain in the middle and cobblestone streets everywhere and the view from the castle are spectacular.
• Submitted 26 Apr 2017