cows wearing flowers during alpine cow parade
What You’ll Love About Your Week in Switzerland

You need to see an alpine cow parade! Join us in Switzerland in September 2023 for the annual parade of flower-bedecked, bell-wearing cows, coming down the mountain after a summer of grazing high in the Alps. In addition to experiencing this special once-in-a-lifetime event, we’ll also take a deep dive into learning why alpine cheeses, like Gruyére AOP, are so special, and how they can be enjoyed with friends and family, with cheese expert Cathy Strange.

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Day-by-Day in Switzerland

*We will be participating in a Désalpes, a festival and parade of flower-bedecked, bell-wearing cows, coming down the mountain after a summer of grazing high in the Alps. The exact date of the désalpes during this week will be determined as September approaches

Thursday, September 21, 2023 

Arrival in Zurich and check-into hotel

Welcome Dinner and Reception 










Friday, September 22, 2023

Historical Tour in Zurich followed by a Cooking Class 

Free evening in Zurich 

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Department for Lucerne  

Visit to a Winery on the lake with a winery lunch 

Leave for Bern and check into our hotel 

Guided walking tour of Bern 









Sunday, September 24, 2023

A day in Lausanne 

Dinner in Bern 

Monday, September 25, 2023

A day focused on Gruyere AOP  

Evening in Bern 




Tuesday, September 26, 2023

A day focused on Gruyere AOP 

Free evening in Bern 

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Check out of Bern Hotel and depart for Abbey Bellelay 

Visit of Bellelay Museum, to see cheese production on open fire, visit the Abbey  

Leave for Zurich and check into our hotel 

Final Dinner in Zurich 





cows wearing flowers during alpine cow parade


Thursday, September 28, 2023

Leave Zurich for the US or additional travel 



Meet the Expert You’ll Be Traveling With

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Cathy Strange joined Whole Foods Market in 1990 and has a wealth of food industry experience and expertise. As the global cheese buyer, she has become an authority at detecting international food trends during her travels around the world while seeking out vendor partners that meet Whole Foods Market’s strict Quality Standards. After selecting new partners, Cathy works diligently with the small producers to help them sustain a profitable business.

Cathy is a member of the American Cheese Society, the Cheese of Choice Coalition, the Cheese Importers Association, the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Slow Foods USA, and Les Dames d’Escoffier where she serves as the President of the Austin Chapter. Her palate and expertise have been solicited all over the world to serve as judge for the American Cheese Society competition, the World Cheese Championships, the U.S. Cheese Championships, the World Cheese Awards and the British Cheese Awards.

Cathy serves as New World President and an ambassador for the distinguished international Guilde des Fromagers de Saint-Uguzon, the most celebrated association of cheese mongers and specialists in France. Cathy is one of the first Americans inducted into the prestigious guild of cheese trade professionals, recognized for comprehensive knowledge and attention to the merits of French cheese.

She has been an independent voting member of the Oldways Board since August, 2012.


Flights should be in and out of Zurich, arriving in Zurich by Sept. 21st, and departing Sept. 28th (unless staying on for additional, independent travel).