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Majestic Switzerland: Painting Trip


Nestled in the heart of Europe, this small country of soaring mountains and sparkling lakes is a gem. Swiss traditions and art de vivre have enchanted us, and we are eager to share our secret findings with you!

Every day during your Swiss Escapade, not only will you be able to paint breathtaking sceneries on location but you'll also experience authentic Swiss traditions, such as chocolate- and cheese-making and the ancient art of paper cutting.

Painting by Sonja Hamilton, swa
Watercolor painting workshop

Day 1: Arrival in Switzerland



We’ll pick you up at the train station in Vevey, capital of the Swiss Riviera at Lake Geneva, and drive you to our hotel. Upon arrival, you’ll be able to unpack and get settled for the week, rest and relax or explore this charming village with its hilltop chalets and lakeside parks.

Before our dinner together, you’ll meet your fellow travelers at a welcome reception and a short orientation meeting.


 

Painting by Sonja Hamilton, SWA
Watercolor painting demonstration

Day 2: From wooden chalets to flowery balconies


After our first Swiss breakfast, we'll tour Rossinière, a picturesque alpine village with private chalets scattered on the mountainside. You'll have no trouble selecting a spot in the village to start your painting session.

We'll visit the Grand Chalet, the biggest chalet in Switzerland and one of the largest wooden dwellings in Europe. Known for its immense size and 113 windows, the chalet was once home to modern artist Henri Balthus, whose work we'll also see in the village museum.


Day 3: Welcome to Heidi's country in Gruyères


We'll spend the day in the medieval town of Gruyères, famous both for its cheese and impressive hilltop castle. You'll be enchanted by this fortified town, which has retained its character and charmed visitors for hundreds of years.

After your painting session, indulge in shopping in boutiques that sell what Switzerland is known for: clocks, watches, knives, bells, cheese and more.



Watercolor journal workshop

Hilltop Gruyere Castle

Painting by Sonja Hamilton, SWA
Watercolor journal workshop

We'll wrap up this wonderful day in style at the top of Moleson Peak with a lovely cheese fondue dinner and a breathtaking panoramic view of the Alps.




Day 4: : Rougemont: More chalets and the art of papercutting



Rougemont, the last stop before entering the German-speaking cantons of western Switzerland, is an attractive historic village with a 11th century Romanesque church and dozens of wooden chalets. With picture postcard views from every vantage point, you can select from a wide range of vignettes to paint, from wooden doors and flowery balconies to grazing cows and majestic mountain peaks.

At the end of the day, we'll meet a local artist specializing in scherenschnitte, the art of Swiss paper cutting and a specialty of the area.

Day 5: Swiss for a day



Morning: Jaun, an unique view on the Alps
Today, we will go to Jaun, the only German-speaking village in the Gruyère district. With its romantic flower-bedecked wooden houses, its castle ruins, and the rushing waterfall, Jaun is an inspiration for painters.
A unique and unusual attraction is the cemetery with its individually carved wooden crosses illustrating the life of each person buried there.

End of day: Visit to a chocolate factory
Your trip to Switzerland wouldn’t be complete without famous Swiss chocolate, so we’ll tour a chocolate factory, where you’ll taste famous candy bars and be able to buy at factory prices.


Day 6: Back to Gruyères: Select your shade of yellow



The French have their champagne and the Swiss have their Gruyère, one of the world's finest cheeses often used as an ingredient in quiche, French onion soup, chicken cordon bleu, salads and pastas. You’ll have a chance to see how this specialty cheese is still made like in the 18th century.

The rest of the day will be spent painting a still life or landscape in this perfectly preserved old castle-village.

Tonight we’ll have dinner in a Swiss chalet restaurant in the heart of the village.



Day 7: Breathtaking Lake Geneva


After a week of exploring alpine villages, now it's time to see a more bustling side of Switzerland. We'll spend our last day in Vevey, an exclusive Mediterranean-style resort along the shores of Lake Geneva.

Home of the rich and famous (Charlie Chaplin, Barbara Hendrix, Igor Stravinksy and Queen singer Freddie Mercury lived here), Vevey sits in a sheltered bay and is surrounded by vineyards and snow-covered Alps.

You'll be able to paint, visit art galleries and shops, enjoy the farmers' market or just stroll along the lake while soaking up one of the most beautiful views in Europe.




Day 8: Departure


After our last breakfast, we’ll say good-bye and drive you to the Vevey train station, your heart-warming memories of a glorious week in the summer Alps still fresh for your journey home or wherever your travels may take you.


Transportation


You will be well taken care of from your pick up at Barcelona airport to your drop off at the end of your stay.

Every day, we have our comfortable A/C mini van at your disposal to drive you to different painting locations.




Dates & Rates:

Includes

  • Vevey train station pick up at 2pm and drop off at 11am
  • A welcome reception
  • Accommodations every night
  • All breakfasts and 4 dinners (incl. drinks and wine)
  • Transportation in a comfortable air-conditioned van
  • All painting sessions for the painting trip
  • A personal bilingual tour leader throughout the week
  • Entrance fees to all sites described in the itinerary

Excludes
  • Flights to and from Switzerland (Geneva)
  • Train to Vevey
  • Lunches and 3 dinners (however, we’ll go with you for these meals)
  • Personal expenses and tipping




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