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Europe: This itinerary raises the bar on chocolate tours

April 24, 2013|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
  • Paris, and its chocolatiers, will be one of the cities highlighted on the Great European Chocolate Tour in November.
Paris, and its chocolatiers, will be one of the cities highlighted on the… (Martin Bureau / AFP/Getty…)

Who doesn't want to descend into a chocolate haze for two weeks in Europe's most historic chocolate-producing cities? Lovers of the sweet stuff can immerse themselves in chocolate factories, hand-crafted chocolate tastings and sweet sightseeing tours in Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, France and the Netherlands.

The Great European Chocolate Tour in November is organized by Nevada-based Posh Journeys, which limits the group size to 14 participants.

First stop is Holland, specifically Rotterdam Harbor, which once handled incoming cocoa to disperse to markets worldwide, and a 19th century chocolate factory that's has been turned into a museum. This is the place to learn how chocolate is made -- from bean to bar.

Next, it's on to Antwerp, Belgium, where you can munch on diamond-shaped chocolates while viewing real "chocolate" diamonds, named for the brown shades of color they cast.

In Paris, it's a stop at chocolatier Patrik Rogers to see truly original creations; in Geneva, it's a lesson in how to make chocolate -- and a spa stop for a chocolate facial or bath.

The final stop is Vienna for a factory tour and a visit with a chocolatier who creates intricate flowers and other designs from chocolate.

When: The tour is Nov. 5-18.

Price: $4,380 per person, double occupancy; add $965 for single supplement. It includes hotel stays, daily breakfast and some other meals, chocolate tastings and museum entry fees, train pass and more. International airfare is extra.

Info: Posh Journeys, (775) 852-5105,

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