Europe's Sweetest Moments: Best Tours for the Dessert-Inclined

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When most people dream of going to Paris, they imagine visits to the Louvre and watching the lights twinkle atop the Eiffel Tower at night, perhaps marvelling at the eccliastical wonders of Saint Chapelle and Notre Dame. But then there are those of us who fall asleep at night with images of macarons dancing in our heads.

It is for these sweet lovers that we’re writing today, those for whom no visit to Europe is complete without a thorough sampling of every pastry, chocolate and torte for which a city is known. Fortunately, our guides have designed tours that cater to our cravings. They have left no stone un-turned when it comes to finding the very best places to enjoy every manner of sinful goodie. Below, some of our favourite ways to indulge in Europe.

In Paris, our guide David’s Sacrés Macarons! tour is a hit with travellers in search of the iconic Parisian sweet. Strolling through the Luxembourg Gardens, over the Seine and to the Places des Vosges, you’ll walk off some of the calories while also enjoying Paris’ most beautiful patisseries and public spaces.

What is Brussels known for? Beer, Belgian frites, waffles…and chocolate. You can enjoy all four of these on a Gourmet Walk with our guide Joyce through the city’s medieval heart. Want to cut straight to the good stuff? Joyce can arrange for you to take a chocolate making workshop alongside Brussels’ master chocolatiers!

Our Austrian guide Marietta claims Vienna is the best place in the world for pastries. You can enjoy a delicious slice of sacher torte with your coffee in a traditional café, or, even better, learn to make your own apple strudel in Marietta’s home!

Did you know that gelato has fewer calories than North American ice cream? Not only that, its flavor profile is far richer due to the way Italians prepare and serve this delicious treat. Enjoy some of the best gelato in the world in Bologna, home to Italy’s most prestigious gelato university (yes, Italians take their ice cream seriously!) Your guide Olga will show you where to find the freshest, most delicious varieties on her Bologna Gelato Tour.

Join guide Katalin on a romp through Budapest trying some of Hungary’s most mouth-watering traditional desserts. Where else will you find Chimney Cake? This yeast-raised pastry is flavoured with vanilla, sweet spices, nuts, cinnamon, almonds and walnuts. Sugar is sprinkled on the pastry then caramelized over open fire. (If that’s not enough, finish up your Budapest Treats Tour with a look at (and maybe a taste of!) the delicious and intricate creations at the Marzipan Museum.
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