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an Amazing tour per train through Switzerland.

The idea of such a tour is very good and the scenery on the road is breathtaking. The visit to the... read more

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bussman2018
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Windhoek, Namibia
A nice day trip

We enjoyed the majority of the trip. The train was beautiful and a fun journey with the old style... read more

Reviewed August 14, 2018
writingwaffle
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

If you want an easy way to do this trip then joining 'the chocolate train' is a must. We booked our tickets at Lausanne railway station and managed to get tickets for the following day. There were only a couple of seats spare so booking is essential (you can probably book on-line too) and we showed our Swiss pass for a discount. You will be given seats in either the panoramic (glass top) carriage or the old fashioned Pullman carriage. Both have their advantages and disadvantages but we did find the panoramic coach to be very hot in the sun despite air con.

The first part of the trip is to a cheese factory and this was interesting although probably aimed more for children. Then a bus takes you to the spectacular village of Gruyeres. There was plenty of time here to visit the castle and have lunch then a wander.

Following this was another bus to the chocolate factory. If you've been in the Cadbury tour you may be disappointed with this one as it goes through the history of chocolate then its production with no interaction from staff. However, the jewel in the crown for this tour is the tasting room at the end. You really can sample as many of the chocs on display as you can manage! You may not leave the room with uneaten chocs but you are welcome to stay for as long as you like.

If you can, walk through the shop at the end (unless you want to buy boxes of chocs) and take yourself to the Nestle shop on the way to the train station. Here the bars of chocolate are much cheaper. The chocolate train takes you back to Montreux and it is quite slow with lots of waiting but with single lane tracks I'd rather wait for the trains to pass safely!

All in all, this was a great trip and we both enjoyed it. Value wise, well, with a discount yes, it is worth it but at full price, or if you just want to visit the chocolate tour, then it would be easy enough to do some research and get a train there yourself.

3  Thank K567
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

This was the trip i was really looking forward to, but as soon as we got on the train I was disappointed, perhaps the marketing material had given it too much build up. First Class NO
it felt like you were on your usual commute back home. After being pushed onto the window by the passenger sitting next to me trying to take photos we were eventually served a paper cup of luke warm coffee and a pastry, 1 small chocolate. On the return journey they came round selling drinks starting from 5 Swiss Francs. The train had long stops with no advice given to passengers why. First stop cheese factory, very crowded, waste of time, onto to Village and Castle, this was enjoyable, lovely little village with great shops, castle and gardens, well worth a visit, however we had to stand in the rain for 20 minutes waiting for the bus to take us to the chocolate factory, there was an elderly lady with walking difficulties in our party she didn't even have a place to sit. The chocolate factory was good, tour well organised and informative. Train journey back, more delays. Not worth the money. Advertised as First Class definately not.

4  Thank GlasgowAlexandra
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

The chocolate train was a fun day. The scenery was very nice despite the cloudy day and the two stops were informative and entertaining.

1  Thank Jeff R
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

I absolutely loved the train ride to Gruyere in this old Orient express like train. I opted to have lunch in Gruyere instead of a museum visit there, and then we went on to the chocolate factory. This was OK nothing special for me, and as most chocolates that we could taste had hazelnuts in them I did not gorge myself.. The chocolates were cheaper in the shop across the road...

2  Thank Elin L
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

A great full day excursion involving a scenic rail journey in lovely old 1st class Pullman cars on the superb MOB Railway, a visit to a Gruyere cheese dairy, Gruyeres Castle and the Cailler chocolate factory at Broc. It only cost us SFR 49 each, rather than SFR 99, because we had a 1st class Regional Pass. Very helpful and pleasant staff on the train. Recommended.

2  Thank Dennis_Alexander
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