If there’s one thing that manages to be romantic, comforting, and happy all at once, it’s chocolate. Whether you prefer to be fed it by your partner during a romantic dinner or gorge on it in the privacy of your own room in the middle of the night, we can all agree that chocolate is the best. But some people take their love for this magic candy a step further, and travel on a chocolate tour.
Yes, you read that right. A chocolate tour.
When you travel, exploring the major exports of your destination is a great way to get to know the local culture, and it’s even better when your destination is known for its chocolate! From in-depth tours exploring the history and production of chocolate, to destinations renowned the world over for this delicious treat, read on for a selection of our favourite chocolate tours!
Coffee, Chocolate & Machu Picchu Hiking Tour
- Length: 5 days
- Accommodation: Hotels and a homestay
- What’s included: Accommodation, breakfasts and several other meals, and activities such as tours and sightseeing.
While great chocolate may conjure images of European chocolatiers, this treat was invented and perfected in and around South America. This five-day tour allows travellers to take in incredible sights such as the Sacred Valley and archaeological sites like Machu Picchu while also immersing themselves in the local culture – not only will visitors tour an organic family cacao farm they’ll also have a chance to learn about the coffee production process, ending with a fresh-brewed cup of their own making!
Swiss Chocolate Cycle
- Length: 7 days
- Accommodation: Hotels and guesthouses
- What’s included: Accommodation
For travellers looking to explore a new area without any set itinerary, this 7-day tour is absolutely perfect! Travelling on a cycling tour is one of the best ways to get to know new destinations, and the best part of this one is that once you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll visit a chocolate factory where samples abound! Imagine yourself riding alongside stunning valleys, natural parks, and well-preserved Gothic architecture. Sounds pretty sweet if you ask us.
Ghana Culinary Experience
- Length: 10 days
- Accommodation: Hotels
- What’s included: Accommodation, sightseeing tours, culinary tours, and most meals.
When you think about your dream chocolate tour, do you think about Ghana? If you don’t, you should. This West African gem is home to fresh tropical fruit, plentiful cocoa farms, and, of course, some incredible chocolate. Spend this ten-day tour enjoying cooking classes, leisurely strolls through open-air markets, thought-provoking visits to civil rights museums, and enjoying all the best chocolate you can get your hands on.
South of France 13 Days
- Length: 13 days
- Accommodation: Monastery, guesthouse, cabins
- What’s included: Accommodation, transport, meals, on-board cooking classes and activities
Few adventures are more decadent than a river cruise! This 13-day experience allows travellers to drift along the rivers in the south of France, enjoying plenty of wine, food, and traditional cultural experiences. The perfect addition to this luxurious adventure, is, of course, all the French chocolate you can eat! Enjoy a tasting at Valhrona Chocolates, founded in 1922, and learn all about the production and variety of this famous French export.
- Length: 7 days
- Accommodation: Hostels
- What’s included: Accommodation, an expert guide, meals, transport, and guided tours of various cities and destinations.
Travellers looking for a taste of Europe – literally – will love this week-long tour which travels from Prague to London. With plenty of free time scheduled, enjoy hours exploring ancient cities and everything they have to offer, from architecture and culture to beer and chocolate treats. Visit some of Europe’s coolest cities, from the largest ancient castle in the world in Prague to Berlin’s booming street art scene, and prepare to fall in love with Europe!
Costa Rica Eco Adventure
- Length: 8 days
- Accommodation: Hotels
- What’s included: Accommodation, meals, transport, sightseeing excursions, VIP admission to various sites.
Costa Rica is home to fascinating ancient history, lush natural beauty, and some seriously amazing food, and chocolate is no exception! This eco tour brings travellers into the heart of Costa Rica; exploring national parks, hiking up volcanoes, and relaxing in beautiful, eco-friendly accommodation. Travellers looking to explore this gorgeous part of the world with an eye on preserving its stunning natural beauty and delicate ecosystems for years to come will jump for joy at this tour.
No matter how you like it – hot, cold, milk, or dark – almost everyone can agree that chocolate is always a welcome treat. Why not learn a little more about its history and production? When you travel on a chocolate tour, you’re sure to come home with a new appreciation of your favourite dessert; and a full stomach, of course!
Have you ever been on a chocolate tour? What did you learn? Tell us about it!