Tour the World of Chocolate
Looking for a delicious travel experience? Try a chocolate tour.
Discover decadent Belgian chocolates on the Brussels Chocolate Private Walking Discovery Tour, offering a chocolate history lesson and a how-to workshop with a master chocolatier. And no chocolate tour would be complete without tastings.
Authors Mort Rosenblum and David Lebovitz (former pastry chef at Chez Panisse, Berkeley, California) offer the definitive Paris Chocolate Adventure. Highlights: private dinners with food celebs, visits to hidden shops and tastings with the city’s most elusive chocolatiers. Held annually in May.
Geneva is famous for its many boutique chocolate producers, including Teuscher, La Maison du Cacao, Zogg and Chocolaterie des Bergues. A few offer chocolate-making tours, including Stettler, Auer and Chocolaterie du Rhone.
Chocoholic Tours‘ options include a brunch walk, a chocolate and historical treats walk, a chocolate lovers’ luxury lunchtime walk and a chocolate indulgence walk. Guides provide inside access to the city’s finest chocolate makers and tastings of Australian and Belgian-style chocolates.
The Toledo Cacao Fest Chocolate Week is an experiential immersion in all things cocoa, from cultivation to production, plus a visit to the festival. The week of events—occurring twice yearly in February and May—concludes with participants producing their very own limited-run chocolate bars to take home. The next Chocolate Week will take place February 20–27, 2010.
Author Clay Gordon leads chocolate tours through the Chocolate Lovers Travel Club. Tours are also available in the United States, Europe and Central America. And the group sponsors Hope Unlimited, donating a portion of proceeds to improve life for children in Brazil.