The Great European Chocolate Tour
October 19 - Nov. 2, 2014 

 

This tour is a dream tour for chocolate aficionados. It will take participants to the most luscious of chocolate shops, and the factories of famous purveyors of outrageous chocolate concoctions. But, it is not all chocolate orientated. If you are not into chocolate you will still enjoy this tour. Great destinations, great sights, great food and drink.  Google as you may, there is nothing out there that's even comes close. It is a one-of-a-kind fantasy tour for
Click on the thumbnails to enlarge them. Chocolates pictured are by Favarger,Geneva

 


Itinerary  

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Oct. 19   -  Depart for your flight to Paris.

Oct. 20 -  Arrive in Paris. After checking into the hotel we meet in the afternoon for a little stroll to show you what's where.

Oct. 21 - This morning we visit  the shop of  a famous Chocolatier  to get a behind the scenes look at the making of extraordinary chocolate.  If you want to forgo the chocolate shop, the day is on your own. In the evening it is dinner at Jules Verne, the Michelin-star restaurant in the Eiffel Tower  whose chef is Alain Ducasse, one of the great chef's of France and of Europe. Exceptional food and wine and a grand view of Paris 375 feet above the ground. B  D

Oct. 22 -  After breakfast meet your local guide for a walking tour through some of Paris's most famous chocolate shops. after which the day is on your own. Those who do not care to join the walking tour may want to visit  the Louvre Museum which is but a 15 minute walk away,  or the Museum D'Orsay which is equally close and has a fabulous collection of Impressionists, , or you can take a cruise on the Seine, perhaps a lunch cruise or pursue your own interests. B

Oct. 23 - This morning we leave Paris to travel to Zurich in Switzerland. There is no denying that Switzerland has some of the world's best chocolates. After arrival early in the  afternoon we'll take a short walk to the old town which is close to the hotel, to pause at Schober's, a famous little patisserie for a sinfully delicious cup of hot chocolate.  In the evening enjoy a dinner of Swiss specialties in a popular restaurant in the old town of Zurch.  B D

Oct. 24 - Today  we have an appointment at one of the best Chocolate Boutiques in Switzerland for a Chocolate tasting.  Those not opting for the chocolate shop may want to join me to visit the Swiss Landesmuseum  which even those not into museums enjoy, visiting there is like a walk through the pages of a storybook.  Later on you are on you own for the remainder of the day. B

Oct. 25- This morning  we travel by train to Innsbruck where your abode for two nights is the elegant 5-star Hotel Europa, conveniently located across the street from the train station and just a short walk from the old town center. After an early afternoon arrival we take you to the Cafe Munding, the oldest pastry shop in Tyrol for time out and to taste their Golden Roof Shingles, a chocolate specialty only found in Innsbruck which is  named after Innsbruck's most famous site, the Goldenes Dachl meaning the Golden Roof, a balcony of the Hapsburg Palace in the center of old Innsbruck covered entirely by gilded shingles. Dinner tonight is at the hotel. B D

Oct. 26  - After breakfast a visit Austria's most famous chocolate factory is on the itinerary, one of the very few that still processes its own cocoa beans. On our visit we will experience their chocolate-making process and of course, taste it all along the way. You can even design your own box if you want to take something home, or have it shipped in the factories own eye-catching packaging. They make a bewildering assortment 300 different kinds of chocolates and with each chocolate package you buy, a hungry child on the other side of the world gets fed. A nice incentive to send gifts!  After the visit the remainder of the day is on your own. B D

Oct. 27 - Our destination today is Vienna where you will stay in a charming Viennese hotel  adjacent to the Stephansdom Cathedral and in the center of everything. After arriving and getting settled we are off to Demel's, Vienna's oldest Coffee House to indulge in a slice of the original Chocolate Sacher Torte along with a cup of coffee, with or without Schlag. We explain what this is. The evening is on your own. B

Oct. 28   - This morning we visit a chocolatier whose creation are unlike anyone else's. They are chocolates in the form of flowers and plants, fantastic creations that are works of art. The visit then ends with a tasting session of some of these artistic morsels. Afterwards visit a  chocolate manufacture where you can look the chocolatier over the shoulder to watch him make  his chocolate creations. If you are not into chocolate opt to visit the Imperial Apartments in the Hofburg, or visit the stables of the Lippizaner Horses if they are in town.  In the evening dinner is at a typical Viennese Beisl, for what else, but Wienderschnitzel (no it's NOT a hot dog). B D

Oct. 29 - After breakfast transfer by private coach to a 13th century castle in the Wachau valley, the wine growing region along the Danube. After arrival explore the castle and its grounds, after all it is not every day that you stay in a castle.  In the evening a rustic dinner is served in the Burgschenke, the tiny restaurant where the knights once had their dinners. B D

Oct.30  - This morning we drive to Krems on the Danube, the oldest town in Lower Austria going back to the year 995. Here we have a private visit the workshop of a fabulous chocolate and pastry shop. Many Viennese make the 50 km drive from Vienna just to shop for their chocolates and pastries. Later there is time to stroll through this historic town. In the evening dinner is in a local restaurant down the hill from the castle. B D

Nov. 1 - After breakfast we return to Vienna and to the airport for an overnight. Most flights to the US leave Vienna quite early thus we have booked a hotel by the airport for convenience sake. B

Nov. 2 - Board your homeward flight. B

Tour Cost:  $4.380.00
Single Supplement if you have a room to yourself is: $5,230.00

 INCLUDED: 12-nights first class hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, dinners as per itinerary, entry fees to included chocolate venues,  transportation by first class train and private coach and the services of Posh Journeys as your hosts and guides.

NOT INCLUDED: International air fare, airport transfers, soft drinks, bottled water or alcoholic drinks with dinners if not part of a featured meal , and any other personal expenses.