01 February 2017
Surprise and delight your chocolate-lover with an adventure to sample their favourite sweet treat.
Explore dense cocoa plantations on Caribbean islands, whip up a chocolate creation in America or nibble your way through all 56 chocolates on the 100% Chocolate Café menu in Tokyo, Japan.
After all, what could be better than chocolate and seeing the world?
Hershey’s Chocolate World, Pennsylvania, USA
This adventure world has something for everyone, from little ones to adults. Hop aboard the Hershey’s train to learn how chocolate turns from bean to bar. Board the Hershey Trolley to explore the town and learn about its fascinating history. Always wanted to create your own chocolate bar? Choose your ingredients and design your label whilst you’re there!
You can take a train from Penn Station in New York City to the nearest station of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (pictured above, it takes 3.5 hours to reach Harrisburg) or a train from Philadelphia (2 hours), so you can combine a city visit with a chocolate tasting trip!
Museu de la Xocolata, Barcelona, Spain
Heading to Barcelona on a city break? Take a peek inside this former monastery. Not only does the museum explore how chocolate has been a part of our lives since the 15th Century, it offers a selection of unusual workshops. Looking for something other than a traditional tasting? Book onto 100% Dark for a chocolate tasting in total darkness.
Travel Counsellor Paul stayed at the resort of Malgrat de Mar with his family and took the train to Barcelona, a journey of just over an hour. He recommends a holiday to the Costa Brava as you can combine a beach resort with a visit to one of the many towns/cities in the area: "[In Barcelona] we walked down the famous Las Ramblas and stopped off to visit La Boqueria market. Very busy but without doubt worth a visit as the produce on sale is simply fantastic! We then wondered through the labyrinth of narrow shaded streets of the Gothic Quarter and admired the numerous old buildings on route. The streets open out into many squares one of which includes the beautiful Barcelona cathedral. We sat on the steps outside and listened to the music a local busker performed to an admiring audience."
Swiss Chocolate Train, Montreux, Switzerland
Explore stunning scenery in the picture-perfect town of Montreux – and sample that infamous Swiss chocolate with a day trip to the Cailler-Nestlé Chocolate Factory.
Montreux lies in a sheltered bay on Lake Geneva, with the Alps and sweeping vineyards adding to the beauty of the area. Known for the Montreux Jazz Festival, which takes place in June/July, and the Lavaux vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s also home to the Swiss Chocolate Train.
The beautiful vintage Pullman train runs from Montreux to the chocolate factory and back, making for a fun day out. And, if tasting the delights at the Nestlé Factory wasn’t enough, the train also stops at Gruyères, so you can sample a spot of cheese, too!
The pretty region of Montreux is a delightful place to visit year-round, and not just in the summer months. As part of a visit to Switzerland in December, Travel Counsellor Merv travelled the Golden Pass Route, which starts in Lucerne and ends in Montreux: "The train journey to Montreux was also filled with breathtaking scenery. The snow fell almost all the way as the train meandered through the Swiss countryside until we were met by Lake Geneva; Montreux lies on the banks of the lake. You can feel the difference [from German-speaking Lucerne] and most definitely hear it as Montreux is French speaking. We visited the Suisse Majestic Hotel and the restaurant here, ‘45’, serves great food and has views of the lake, too."
Boucan by Hotel Chocolat, St. Lucia
A fan of Hotel Chocolat’s moreish chocolates? Go from bean to dark chocolate bar with a trip to Hotel Chocolat’s spectacular 250-year-old cocoa plantation in St. Lucia. Explore the cocoa groves, indulge in a rejuvenating cacao massage, or create your own chocolate bar with their fascinating Tree-To-Bar experience.
Travel Counsellor Marc recommends the restaurant at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat - "A must for all chocolate-lovers and a very good restaurant to boot!" - while Travel Counsellor Heather made chocolate! Heather visited in November for a family wedding on the island and went with some of the wedding guests to Hotel Chocolate's Rabot Estate: "We made our own chocolate bars, had a tour of the plantation and a beautiful lunch with a stunning view of the Pitons."
100% Chocolate Café, Tokyo, Japan
Combine a trip to the bustling metropolis of Tokyo with chocolate tasting!
Sleek, sophisticated, and with a passion for all things chocolate, the elegant 100% Chocolate Café in Tokyo sits inside the spectacular Tokyo Skytree builing. Indulge in chocolate tea, try one of the varieties of chocolate milk or simply try to work your way through all 56 flavours of chocolate squares available to buy in the shop…
Ready to explore the world and taste chocolate? Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor for more ideas and to plan your trip!