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Château Family Camp

ariel view of the Chateau and the surrounding town and lake

Sunday, July 7–Friday, July 12, 2024

Château d'Hauteville • Blonay - Saint-Légier, Switzerland

Join Pepperdine alumni and friends for the first-ever international family camp at Château d'Hauteville—the University's spectacular 90-acre campus in Switzerland. With an opportunity to stay at the château, you'll wake up every morning surrounded by the architecture and history of this magnificent 18th-century estate and enjoy local excursions in and around Vevey with a group of Pepperdine families and friends. If you are not already familiar with the history and impact of this extraordinary property, please read more about the chateau.

This weeklong adventure will include a variety of fun family activities including games, art projects, karaoke, movie night, and a treasure hunt at the estate. You’ll have an opportunity to walk through the gardens, visit the forest, explore the winding hallways and historic rooms, get a professional photo of your family taken on the scenic château grounds, and find your favorite view of Lake Geneva. With such close access to this famous body of water, you and your new friends from camp can take a dip together, making memories that will last a lifetime.

Please note: Airfare is not included in the Château Family Camp travel package, and cars will not be allowed to park at the international campus property. Château d'Hauteville has its own train stop, which is easily accessible on foot.



Family Camp Itinerary

Chateau d'Hauteville terrace patio overlooking the lake

Experience adventure, Swiss cuisine, games, tours, entertainment, and praise and devotional offerings with Pepperdine friends.

There will be family-friendly activities as well as adults-only options for all to enjoy at Château d'Hauteville and around Vevey.

Daily Itinerary



Around the Chateau



Optional Excursions and Activities

The following optional excursions and activities are offered as part of the Château Family Camp travel package.

  Labyrinthe Aventure Park

Get lost–and then found!–in the lush, manicured outdoor maze at Labyrinthe Adventure Park, where families have been entertained for more than 25 years. The fun continues with Swiss Family Robinson-style nets to climb in, miniature golf, a slip 'n slide, bounce houses, and for the especially daring in your group: climb the popular Slide Tower and zip back down to the ground from a height of nearly 100 feet! A shuttle will be provided to and from the park.

  Château de Chillon

Along the shores of Lake Geneva lies one of the most historic châteaus in all of Switzerland: the Château de Chillon, a one-time strategic point connecting the states of Vaud and Valais that inspired a poem written by Lord Byron. Visitors can tour this extraordinary castle and see Byron's name inscribed on one of the dungeon pillars. The Pepperdine team will escort family camp participants by train to Château de Chillon. Payment due at entrance to the castle, tours are on your own.

  Gruyère Cheese Factory

Tour the "fromagerie" and watch wheels of the regional Gruyère cheese come into being right before your eyes. You'll have a chance to sample a variety of cheeses and pick out the perfect souvenir at the cheese factory gift shop. After the Gruyère Cheese Factory tour, you can enjoy the picturesque medieval village, where you can wander through the shops, restaurants, and explore the Castle of Gruyères. A shuttle will be provided to and from Gruyère, tours of the cheese factory will be coordinated by the Pepperdine team.

  Swiss Vapeur Parc

Step in the world of miniature trains at Swiss Vapeur Parc in le Bouveret. Ride the mini-trains or walk along the meandering pathways and enjoy the park's nearly five acres of beautiful landscape featuring small scale models of bridges, viaducts, tunnels, and re-creations of notable Swiss landmarks such as Saanen Church, Aigle Castle, and the Halls of Neuchâtel. A shuttle will be provided to and from the park.

  Lake Geneva Boat Tour

Enjoy a floating tour of Lake Geneva on one of the renovated paddle steamboats in the Belle Époque fleet. Take in stunning views of Montreux (wave to Freddie Mercury's statue), Château de Chillon, and voyage into France before returning to Vevey. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The Pepperdine team will escort family camp participants by train to the pier. Payment is due at the entrance to the steamboat.

  Golf-Club Domaine Impérial

Enjoy a round of golf at the exclusive Golf-Club Domaine Impérial in the nearby town of Gland, alongside the shores of Lake Geneva. You'll have the chance to visit the historic clubhouse, which was built in 1860 by relatives of Napoleon Bonaparte. The only course in Europe completely designed by Pete Dye, Domaine Impérial is considered to be the best in Switzerland. (A specific date and time for campers interested in a round of golf is being arranged. Please register for this event if you'd like to participate, and a member of the Pepperdine team will contact you with more details—space is limited). 

Please note: payment for this Swiss golf experience will be due prior to your arrival, to cover tee time reservation, transportation costs, and (if applicable) club rental.

  Wine and Cheese Tasting at Château d'Hauteville

Join the Château d'Hauteville vintners and estate farmer to learn about the winemaking and cheese making processes and sample some local Swiss cheeses and wines—including our own d'Hauteville label!


Family Camp Registration

The Château Family Camp registration fee includes breakfasts and dinners (excluding the Thursday night wine dinner), most on-site activities per the itinerary, and housekeeping costs. Registration fees will help to fund new exercise equipment in the château's student fitness center and an outdoor sound system for the Hanson Family Magnolia Garden area.

Please note: fees are for those staying on site or at a nearby hotel as well.

  • $995 per adult for the entire week ($250 tax-deductible/each registration)
  • $645 per child for the entire week ($250 tax-deductible/each registration)



Lodging at the Château

Chateau d'Hauteville ariel property view

We are offering a range of lodging options for the week.
Because the Pepperdine Switzerland campus is a historic 18th-century estate, lodging accommodations at the Château d'Hauteville are only available to families with children ages eight or older. Families with younger children are welcome to stay at a local hotel and join the camp activities at the château. Be sure to review the lodging options carefully to find the accommodations that best suit your family's needs.

Please note: all lodging packages include access to laundry facilities and the fitness center.

  Château Main Property

Twin beds | communal bathrooms with private showers

Room Type Beds Week Price Availability
Type A 6 beds | 3 sets of bunk beds $2,100 4
Type B 6 beds | 2 sets of bunk beds, 2 stand-alone twin beds $2,100 1
Type C 4 beds | 2 sets of bunk beds $1,400 3
Type D 4 beds  | 1 set of bunk beds, 2 stand-alone twin beds $,1400 2
Type E 3 beds | 1 set of bunk beds, 1 stand-alone twin bed $1,050 5
Type F 3 beds  | all stand-alone twin beds $1,050 1
Type G 2 beds | 1 set of bunk beds $700 3
Type H 2 beds | both stand-alone twin beds $700 2

Chateau room photo

Chateau room photo

Chateau room photo

Chateau room photo

  Other On-Site Buildings
Building Beds Amenities Week Price Availability
L'Orangerie 1 twin bed per room shared restroom/shower facilities $700 26 single rooms
Garden House
(photos not available)

1 twin bed per room

shared restroom/shower facilities, shared community space/living room, several rooms with views of Lake Geneva $850 8 single rooms

Birch House (Gatehouse)

3 king beds/3 rooms and 1 queen bed/1 room accommodates up to 8 people, private kitchen, living room, 2 full bathrooms, laundry room $8,500 2 reservations

L'Orangerie Rooms

L'Orangerie room photo

L'Orangerie room photo

L'Orangerie room photo

Birch House Rooms

Birch House room photo

Birch House room photo

Birch House room photo

Birch House room photo

  Nearby Lodging Options

Area hotels for families with children under the age of 8, or families who choose not to stay overnight at the château:

  • Astra Hotel

    Four-star hotel with easy access to a nearby train station. To make your reservation, visit the hotel's website and use promotion code "malibu24" to receive the discounted rate.
  • Modern Times Hotel

    Four-star hotel near Chaplin's World Museum. To make your reservation, visit the hotel's website and use promotion code "Pepperdine" to receive the discounted rate. Room rates include breakfast and parking; taxes are not included. Email contact: reservation@moderntimeshotel.ch


Travel Tips

Transportation Information

Recommended Airports

  • Zurich (ZRH) | most direct non-stop flights from the U.S. The drive to Vevey is approximately 2.5 to 3 hours


In and Around Vevey

  Recommended Activities

Vevey is a beautiful resort town with historic sites and iconic landmarks, surrounded by enchanting villages and postcard-perfect Swiss countryside. Below are some optional activities to consider during your visit.

Montreux Jazz Festival
The iconic Montreux Jazz Festival held on the shores of Lake Geneva each year never fails to impress. Founded by music executive Claude Nobs, this two-week event is one of the most prestigious in Europe with stages graced by all of music's greats, from Miles Davis and Ray Charles to David Bowie and Prince. This year's festival is taking place from July 5–July 20.

Lavaux Vineyards | 3-hour tour | Wine tasting available
This vineyard dating back to the 12th century has been registered by UNESCO as a world heritage site and is rich with both fertile soil and history. Group tours provide visitors with information about the vineyard's origins, the process of wine production, and Switzerland's wine industry and distribution.

Cailler Chocolate Factory | Broc
Visit the factory that is home to Switzerland's oldest brand of chocolate—and of course, partake of some sweet morsels along the way. For an additional level of experience, book a workshop in which you and your fellow travelers can learn to make an original ganache, truffle, or praline.
Chaplin's World | Museum (Vevey)
Visit the home where silent film star Charlie Chaplin resided with his family for many years and explore immersive exhibits that celebrate Chaplin's time on screen and re-create some of his most well-known sets. Explore the expansive, attractive grounds and stop for a bite in the museum's restaurant.
The Olympic Museum | Lausanne
Discover history, artifacts, and stories tied to one of the world's most beloved and unified sporting organizations within this 32,000+ square foot treasure trove of Olympic history. See the museum's expansive display of athlete uniforms, torches, and flags dating back to the early 20th century, while learning about the games' origins and reliving some of its most memorable moments.
Queen Studio Experience | Montreux
Take a tour to learn about Freddie Mercury's connections with the city of Montreux. Led by a guide informed by Mercury's longtime personal assistant, visitors will visit locations where some of Queen's famous albums were recorded. Self-guided tours of memorabilia including handwritten lyrics, guitars, and stage outfits are also an option for guests.

Photo Élysée (Museum for Photography) | Lausanne
Founded by Swiss photographer and journalist Charles-Henri Favrod, this museum features several exhibitions displaying nearly 200,000 photographic prints, from a range of eras of photography development including daguerreotype and digital images. 

Parc Signal de Bougy
Feel refreshed and renewed at this indoor-outdoor leisure park overlooking Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, where fun is offered for the whole family. With miniature golf, ziplines, a petting zoo, sculpture park, walking trails, and dining options, this place will put a smile on your face that will last long after your visit.

Bex Salt Mines
Explore more than 30 miles of underground passages on foot and by train, where you'll discover the exciting history and daily happenings at the oldest active salt mine in Switzerland. Visit the salt mine boutique to select from a variety of foods, wine, beer, cosmetics, and more.

mudac: Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts | Lausanne
Enjoy an extensive collection of various art media, including works of glass, ceramics, and jewelry at this museum that proudly displays "ambitious and often unusual exhibitions." Drop into the boutique bookstore for a souvenir and experience delicious cuisines at one of the museum's three restaurants on site.

International Museum of the Reformation | Geneva
View historic works of art and biblical and church artifacts that document the movement that birthed Protestantism five centuries ago. On display in the museum's collection are portraits of Martin Luther and John Calvin, scriptures, and other writings dating as far back as the 16th century.

  Recommended Restaurants

Due to the popularity of the wonderful array of local cuisine options, it is highly recommended that parties make reservations for lunch and dinner. Please note: many restaurants in Switzerland are closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Le Carré
Traditional French brasserie food such as gourmet burgers, tartare, mussels, and fish
Bla Bla Vevey
Italian cuisine with amazing pizza, gourmet pasta, and fish dishes
Comelon Burrito Bar
Mexican food, offering build-your-own burritos or burrito bowls
Le Mazot
Typical Swiss brasserie cuisine famous for their meats with "Mazot" sauce. Also offers spaghetti, perch fillets, and cheeses.
Swagat Restaurant
Indian cuisine offering traditional dishes
Trois Sifflets
Swiss cuisine with selections of fondue and meats
La Trattoria de Vevey-Corseaux Plage
Italian and French cuisine, offering meats, pasta, pizzas, and seafood
Selection of gourmet tartares, unique pasta, and fish
La Coupole 1912
French brasserie offerings and traditional Swiss cuisine including Roesti, meats, and fish dishes. Located within the Astra Hotel
Les Ateliers
Fresh cuisine offering roasted meats, seasonal salads, and fish of the day
Ze Fork
Daily offerings of ceviche, beef kebab, arancini with mushrooms, and cordon bleu