For over 30 years we have shared our passion for travelling
An unrivalled agency in Switzerland
Emanating from ARTOU, Au Tigre Vanillé was launched in 1999 by Pierre Jaccard and Veronique Gourcy. The agency soon became an unrivalled specialist in tailor-made trips in Switzerland Romandie.
Initially focused on Asia this new agency opened an African department in 2004, and immediately followed with a South American department as well as the Polar Regions in 2006. In 2011, Au Tigre Vanillé continued its development with a new office in Lausanne.
Pierre Jaccard, founder of Au Tigre Vanillé
After studying at the HEC and an experience in industrial market studies for a few years, Pierre Jaccard finally gave into his long time passion for travelling.
In 1976, he and two friends decided to create a travel agency with an original twist. It was called Artou and is based in Geneva and primarily focuses on assisting in tourist related research, meaning that it focuses on presenting the cultural wealth of far-off destinations to curious and discerning travellers. Firstly specialised in Asia, the agency has broadened its offer throughout the years to also propose trips to Africa and to South America.
For over 40 years he has roamed the world with an insatiable passion for discovering cultural wealth and new landscapes like an explorer from a bygone era.
Driven by an avid mind that is always eager to discover new horizons, Pierra Jaccard has opened one agency after the other. This includes several agencies in Switzerland Romandie and in Tessin, two travellers' bookshops where aficionados can find rare maps, old books and varied guides on all countries in the world and an Oriental Studies Institute where exotic languages such as Hindi, Vietnamese, Korean, Thai, Indonesian, Japanese, Chinese and Russian are taught.
In 1999, Pierre Jaccard decided to focus his activity on creating tailor-made itineraries and he proceeded to rename his brand Au Tigre Vanillé.
We have organised tailor-made trips for curious and discerning travellers for over thirty years and our passion for discovering new horizons has always been our driving force.
Ella Maillart and Jacques Népote were some of our exceptional tour guides and we intend to replace them with guides who are equally brilliant in every way.