This morning, meet your guide and driver to explore the region inland. You will be transferred to the medieval town of Gruyères to get a taste of the beautiful countryside and its traditions.
If you are interested, your guide will take you to visit La Maison du Gruyère in Pringy, which presents the famous Gruyère AOP cheese, and where visitors can observe the process of cheese making. Depending on the season and time of the day, we might be able to arrange a visit to an artisanal cheese producer in the mountains. Please note that Swiss law is very strict in terms of respecting the production schedule during visits to artisanal manufacturers.
Later, head to the town of Gruyères and enjoy a tour through the charming cobblestoned streets. You will visit the imposing castle, which has stood upon its hill since the 13th century offering unparalleled views over the valley and nearby mountains. Listed as a Swiss heritage site of national significance, it was opened to the public in 1938, and it features pieces of antique furniture, precious stained-glass windows and a collection of landscapes painted by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot.
Another interesting visit is the unique HR Giger Museum. Located in the St. Germain Castle in the center of the town, this museum contains the largest collection of Swiss artist Hans Ruedi Giger’s works. Giger designed the “Alien” thematic and as part of the movie’s special effects team, he won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Take this fascinating journey through his exhibition, which comprises paintings, drawings, sculptures and even film sets. Do not miss the Giger Bar, located opposite the museum.
Afterwards, return to Lausanne, where you will visit the Olympic Museum. This interactive and interesting museum comprises three floors, each one featuring an exhibit on a different aspect of the Olympics.
Note: This day could also be at leisure.