For those of us (and kids) who are chocoholics, French Links (a paris-based tour company also known for their behind-the-scenes shopping tours – girls take heed) now offers a private behind-the-scenes tour of chocolate makers in Paris. Wait a minute — chocolates and shopping? The daring can combine the two, but I advise you to do the shopping component before the chocolate tour – lots of tastings are involved.
The tour includes a visit to one of the top artisans in the Paris region, who lets you inside his “chocolate factory” to see how molded chocolates and ganache are made. Best of all, you can take home freshly molded “Eiffel Towers” and other Parisian monuments in the finest dark and milk chocolate.
French Links also organizes chocolate tastings at the top chocolatiers in Paris who don’t have stores in the United States (such as Patrick Roger and Jacques Genin, two of the hottest chocolate creators in Paris) as well as bread baking and “pain au chocolat” programs.
The chocolate tour lasts 4 hours and is 550€ plus VAT for 1-4 people and 700€ plus tax for 5-8 people (a shorter 2-hour tasting tour for 300€ plus tax for 1-4 people is also available). The tour includes a professional, expert driver-guide (who will take your group from and to your hotel) and an interactive demonstration of the making of french chocolate at a renowned Paris chocolate workshop. Readers will receive a 5% discount if they mention Inviato Travel upon booking.