Lausanne, the capital of the canton Vaud, is in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Perched on the shores of Lake Geneva, the city faces the French town of Evian-les-Bains on the other side of the lake, and by the Jura Mountains to the north-west. Lausanne lies in the middle of an important Swiss wine-growing region that includes Lavaux to the east and la Côte to the west. It’s the smallest city in the word with a metro service and there is much to see and do including art galleries, museums, walks, shopping, sailing, and much more. Lausanne is the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee and the site of the Olympic Museum (located next to the hotel) and houses the world’s top hotel and catering university.
The Beau-Rivage Palace is a five-star historical luxury hotel on the shores of Lake Geneva which has a well-earned reputation as being one of Europe’s favourite hotels. Opened in 1861, the main building was constructed in Art Deco and Neo-Baroque style over 100 years ago and is located in 10 acres of parkland. The elegant belle époque buildings command breathtaking vies across the lake and the French Alps bey
World renown chef Anne-Sophie Pic is the daughter of chef Jacques Pic and grew up at her family's restaurant, Maison Pic. Her renowned grandfather, Andre Pic first gained the restaurant three Michelin stars in 1934. In 2007, she opened her second restaurant, Restaurant Anne-Sophie Pic. It was awarded two Michelin stars in 2009, and is located within the Beau-Rivage Palace hotel. In 2011, she received the Veuve Cliquot World’s Best Female Chef award and was named a Chevalier (Knight) of the French Legion of Honour.
Daley Estate is situated in the heart of the terraced vineyards of the Lavaux region of Switzerland; a celebrated Swiss vineyard in an area that is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Domaine du Daley is owned and operated by the Séverin family. Domaine du Daley produces 20 different Grands Crus, all made from grapes from the estate and are laid down in wooden vats or barrels for 11 to 22 months before being bottled on the estate. The grape varieties include Chasselas, Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Gamaret, Garanoir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah (Shiraz). Domaine du Daley sits on over 11 hectares in the Lavaux region, including 4 appellations – Villette, Epesses, St-Saphorin and Lutry - as well as two additional hectares in the Coteaux de l’Orbe region where the Gamay grape is grown.
British/Swiss master chocolatier Danel Durig was raised near Manchester, England, but spent time each year with his father’s family in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, Durig learned chocolate making from his father and his Lausanne store produces organic, fair-trade chocolates that are stunningly good. Everything is handmade and he uses cocoa beans primarily from Ecuador and Peru. Durig sources high quality Swiss organic cream from local dairies and vanilla beans from Madagascar. He buys his cocoa and cocoa butter from quality, fair trade producers in Peru, Sierra Leone and Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic.
EHL was founded in 1893 and is the oldest and one of the most respected hotel schools in the world. It is the world’s first training college dedicated to the hospitality industry and is commonly regarded as the top university in its field in the world. The school has a restaurant ‘Berceau des Sens’ that is one of Lausanne’s best rated. It is staffed by students who work under the guidance of a chef holding an MOF qualification (Meillieur Ouvrier de France) - the toughest qualification to earn as a chef in France.
Morning check-in Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel
Transfer to Ecole Hôtelière Lausanne
Lunch at Berceau des Sens
Transfer to Durig Chocolatier for experience
Walking return to hotel
Dinner at Au Chat Noir restaurant
Breakfast at hotel
Guided walking tour of old Lausanne
Transfer to Domaine du Daley for wine tour, tasting and light lunch
Free time or visit to Olympic Museum
Dinner at Anne-Sophie Pic
Breakfast at hotel
Free time to experience Hotel facilities and/or Lake Geneva