One-week (six-nights) program
The Master Chocolatier Program in Switzerland in Geneva, Schwyz and Zurich combines an intensive hands-on program at Felchlin's Condirama training centre and factory tour with visits to important chocolatiers in Switzerland.
Chocolate in Switzerland is all about production and export of chocolate. While the Swiss consume a fair amount of chocolate, it's a small country. So most of the chocolate production, for which the Swiss are famous, is made for and sold to tourists and exported to other markets. Swiss companies like Felchlin manufacture beautiful chocolate outside Zurich that they export across the globe.
Max Josef Felchlin founded the company in 1908 in the centre of Europe. Felchlin carries out its production from A to Z in Schwyz, following a traditional gentle process. The company has set itself the target of finding and processing the very best and highest quality cocoas. Original cacoa beans are becoming increasingly rare but thanks to the relatively small overall requirement and very good relationships, Felchlin is able to select and secure batches from the top harvests.
I asked my colleagues at Felchlin for the chocolatiers they felt best exemplified fine chocolate in Switzerland. It's no surprise that most of those chocolatiers have shops outside of the tourist/business areas. They are in the small towns and suburbs where the Swiss people demand the best. For example, we will visit Roger Von Rotz and his wife Andrea who now run this family owned group of 5 Confiserie in the Swiss countryside.
**Legend for meals included in your program:
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
* Itinerary subject to change. Every effort will be made to keep the itinerary as it appears here. However, the final itinerary may vary due to schedules, availability and factors beyond our control.
Independent arrival in Geneva at the program hotel. Hotel accomodation and Monday breakfast is included.
Monday: B, L, D
After an introduction and walking tour of Geneva chocolatiers, we leave in the afternoon and travel to visit important Swiss chocolatiers. Welcome dinner that evening. Overnight in Lausanne.
Tuesday: B, L
Visits with Swiss Chocolatiers, then on to Schwyz where we check into our hotel. Group dinner in Schwyz.
Wednesday: B, L
Full day program at the Condirama Training Centre. Free night for dinner in Schwyz.
Thursday: B, L, D
Full day program at the Condirama Training Centre. Group dinner in Schwyz.
Friday: B, L
Half day program at the Felchlin factory and Condirama. Afternoon visit to another Swiss chocolatier as we travel to Zurich and check-in at the program hotel in Zurich with a free night for dinner.
Independent departures from Zurich.