Posted: May 30, 2019

Join Penn State Extension as they visit and learn from experienced entrepreneurial Alpine cheese producers in Central Switzerland, ending with two days at the International Cheese Festival in Bra Italy.

Experience Alpine cheesemaking at the source.
Expand Your Professional Network
We'll travel through the regions of Lake Lucerne, Bern,Gruyere and Valais,Switzerland talking to award winning cheese producers, mountain dairy cooperatives and producers known for their entrepreneurial and specialty products and talents.
Join us to expand your professional network, connect with artisan makers, share
techniques, strategies and challenges to improve your business and products.
This VIP experience will meet directly with
award winning producers at specialty
operations and provide you the opportunity
to learn their methods first-hand.
Begin by meeting your Penn State guides in Zurich, Switzerland at our hotel gathering spot for the night. Our private Alpine cheese guide will connect us to award winning producers highlighting their unique processes, products, marketing, business and agritourism operations. From Switzerland we'll travel by coach bus over the Alps into Italy where we'll continue the trip with a visit to the highly acclaimed International Cheese Festival in Bra, Italy. This event, hosted by
Slow Food International, brings together top cheese producers from all over the world for competition, classes, tasting and networking. We look forward to representing US cheese making at this prestigious event. Here you will have time to network, attend educational sessions and explore at your own pace, before returning home via Nice, France.
  • Room accommodations for seven (7) nights at hotels and alpine chalets where you can explore the culture of the region
  • Private coach bus travel each day
  • Breakfast all seven (7) days
  • Lunch for five (5) days
  • Cheesemaking activities, tours, industry-level meetings, tastings, and workshops hosted by English-speaking guides and professional cheesemakers in Switzerland
  • Expert English-speaking guide for Swiss stops, familiar with cheesemaking and food production in Switzerland
  • Access and transportation to the International Cheese Festival in Bra, Italy (please highlight) where you can attend educational sessions, demonstrations and explore the world of top award winning cheese makers, sample and discuss techniques, marketing and business development
  • Travel insurance for the duration of the tour
  • Airfare arriving to Zurich, Switzerland
  • Airfare departing from Nice, France
  • Each night dinner on your own at walkable restaurants
  • Ground transportation to and from airport and first and last hotel
  • Alcohol purchases

Registration Fee

Double Occupancy
$2763 per person
Single Occupancy (limited availability)
$3398 per person
Following registration, we will contact you directly with itinerary details, to confirm your flight reservation and provide you a detailed packet of travel information to make your trip enjoyable.
All airfare to and from Zurich Airport, Zurich Switzerland, and from Nice Cote d'Azur Airport, Nice France, are the responsibility of the participant and are not included in the planning or tour registration fee. We strongly suggest you do not purchase your international flights until the registration close date unless otherwise contacted
to ensure we have adequate participation to continue the tour. We strongly recommend that all participants fly into the Zurich Airport as this is the most
geographically convenient airport to our tour meeting location. Our tour will conclude in Nice, France and we strongly recommend that all participants fly out of Nice Cote d'Azur Airport, Nice France. If you require assistance with your travel reservations or have additional questions
please contact Carla Snyder at 717-334-6271

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