This summer as tourists head to the Alps they will have no difficulty finding spectacular mountain scenery. But a new breed of intrepid traveler—adventure foodies—will have a more challenging quest as they search the forest floor under layers of leaves for the most expensive food in the world: The truffle. Guided truffle hunts are one of the most exciting new options on select culinary adventures in Switzerland. One US tour operator, Alpenwild, includes a truffle hunt as part of their small-group and privately-guided adventures in the Swiss Alps.
Accompanied by a truffle specialist and dog, guests are guided through the forests of the Jura Mountains in Switzerland while learning about the history and methods of truffle hunting. What is a truffle hunt like? Accompanied by a truffle specialist and trained dog, you are guided through the woodlands of the Jura Mountains in Switzerland while learning about the history and methods of truffle hunting.
After a short hike in the forest selected by the chasseur de truffe, you gather around the expert truffle-hunting dog and watch the culinary drama unfold. Once she starts digging, your guide takes over, reaches into the soil, and extract the whole truffle from the ground.
Spontaneous cheers erupt. Guests sniff the truffle-laced earth in amazement. After the hunt, guests stop in a chalet to prepare the fragrant fresh truffles, which are served with butter on a chunk of fresh baguette. The Truffle Hunting experience private guided tour is offered from May through October, 2016. Additionally they will be including it as part of their Cheese, Chocolate, and the Scenic Alps tour which will be offered July and August, 2016. The per person double occupancy rate is $3795.