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The Great European Food and Chocolate Tour
April 18 - April 29, 2015 

 

This tour is a dream tour for foodies and chocolate aficionados. It will take participants to the most luscious of chocolate shops, and the factories of famous purveyors of outrageous chocolate concoctions and to such eateries like Jules Verne atop the Eiffel Tower or the oldest Brown Cafe in Amsterdam. Explore and enjoy the foods and sights of Amsterdam, Antwerp and Paris.

Optional Extenstion to Normandy - April 29 -  May 2, 2015 - Itinerary for the extension is at the bottom of the page


Chocolates pictured are by Favarger,Geneva

 


Itinerary  

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April 18   -  Depart for your flight to Amsterdam

April 19 -  Arrive in Amsterdam. After checking into the hotel we meet in the afternoon for a little stroll to show you what's where making a stop in a well-known bakery for Dutch apple pie and coffee. Afterwards the evening is at leisure to go out on your own or turn in early to rest up from the flight over.

April 20 -  Holland is of course known for tulips and this morning we head for Keukenhof Gardens which is a riot of color during this time of the year. After returning to Amsterdam we visit the spectacular shop of  the chocolatier Puccini Bomboni, low lights, seductive music and even more seductive chocolates are a sweet, fascinating experience.  In the evening we head to Amsterdam's oldest "Brown Cafe" for beer and food. B D

April 21 - The day is free to pursue your own interests. In the evening we head to the Blue Pepper to experience a traditional Indonesian Rijstafel brought to Holland during the Colonial times when Indonesia was a Dutch Colony.  The meal, consisting usually of 32 different dishes is an experience in itself. B  L

 April 22 - This morning we take the train to Alkmaar for a behind the scenes look in a fabulous cheese shop, one of the best in Holland. After wards we pause in a small inn for a typical Dutch country lunch. Time to stroll the old town and walk off the lunch in the afternoon before returning to Amsterdam where the evening is on your own.

               

April 23 -  After breakfast we take the train to Antwerp in Belgium where we will be met at the train station to be transferred to our hotel  on the town square in the old center of Antwerp.  After arrival and checking into the hotel we take a stroll around the city to familiarize you with what is where. In the evening dinner is in a Belgian Waffle House which serves a variety of this local specialty. B D

April 24  After a leisurely breakfast we visit The Chocolate Line, a famous chocolate shop located in a Rococo Palace.  One of the more unique chocolate creations is a Chocolate lipstick!  In the afternoon we take a stroll through Antwerp's Diamond District where we have an appointment with a diamond wholesaler who specializes in chocolate diamonds, the real thing! Curiously enough, chocolate diamonds are the cheapest variety of diamonds, this may or may not be a good thing.  Afterwards the evening is on your own. B

April 25 - This morning we take the train to Paris where, after arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel in St. Germain , one of the most typical Parisian neighborhoods.  After getting settled we head to Patrick Roger, a famous chocolatier whose fabulous shop is but a short stroll away. In the evening dinner is in the pub next door to the hotel for the best Flammekuchen in Paris.  the owners of the pub come from the Alsace region of France and have brought this specialty with them when they opened their pub in Paris. B D

 April 26  -  After breakfast meet your local guide for a walking tour to 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 wonderful Museum D'Orsay which is equally close by and has a fabulous collection of Impressionists or had to the right side to shop at the Madeleine, a shopping center dating to the 19th century.  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

April 27 -  The day is on your own to pursue your own interests. B

April 28 -  In the morning we visit one of Paris's historic food markets after which the day is on your  own. In the evening we get together and pop into one of the best little wine bars in Paris for bread and cheese and wine. B D

April 29 - Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. B

Tour Cost:  $3.960.00 per person sharing a double room
Single Supplement if you have a room to yourself is: $ 850.00

INCLUDED: 10-nights first class hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, dinners as per itinerary, wine or beer with dinner, as per itinerary, entry fees to included chocolate venues, transportation by first class train, 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.  

 

Normandy Extension

Normandy is beautiful, old stone villages, misty mornings, chic seaside towns wrapped in history, quaint fishing villages, mussels in wine, the impact of  the D-Day Beaches,  sipping  Calvados at sunset. We have put together a special extension, three days Honfleur where the river Seine meets the English channel, its colorful harbor made famous by many impressionist paintings.

     
Left to right -

St. Vaast, a misty morning at an apple orchard, the museum on Omaha Beach, a sidewalk cafe in Paris

April 29 - Travel from Paris to Bayeux in Normandy driving along a section of the Route du Cidre, the cider route, where Normandy's famous Calvados is produced, a smooth and memorable apple brandy.  Of course we have included a tasting in one of the cider farms. Our abode in Normandy for three nights is charming small country manoar house in a quiet park just steps from away from the historic center of Bayeux.  Dinner this evening is in a small upscale restaurant featuring the locla cuisine, of Normandy.  B D

April 29 -  After breakfast we drive to the Normandy Beaches. First we visit the American Cemetery and its  Museum on Omaha Beach, then we drive up the coast to Utah Beach which has an  interesting museum that, unlike the museum at Omaha beach which recalls D-day in pictures and a film, displays all kind of war vehicles, tanks and planes from this time. There is also the unique little Roosevelt Cafe, a good stop for a beer and a snack.   Dinner this evening is in a  congenial brasserie near the hotel.  B D

April 30 -  A day trip will take us to the fishing town of St. Vaast. Fishing always was and still is the main industry in this small harobor  town, and of course that is the theme for lunch today when we  feast on mussels in wine along with fresh crusty bread. In the evening another French treat awaits us, crepes, thin pancakes filled with vegetables, fruit or creams. We'll try them all. B L D

May 1 - This morning we return to Paris, with a detour to stop in cheere farm produing the famous Camenbert cheese, the  most French of French cheeses.  is made.  In the evening we have is another overnight in Paris is where we stop in the pub next door to end the day, and the trip, where it began,  B D

 May 2 - Transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. B

Cost Per Person:  $1490.00
Single supplement:   $90.00

Included:   4 nights hotel accommodation, daily breakfast and special dinners each night, transportation in a deluxe minibus, entrance fees to included venues, tips to the bus driver, and the services of Posh Journeys.

Not included: Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks and bottled water if not part of a featured meal, additional meals and any item not specifically mentioned in this itinerary.