Chocolate, Confectionery and Culture Tour in York
Come and ‘Take a Break’ with us in the city that produces six million KitKats a day! We call this our ‘Chocolate, Confectionary and Culture Tour’ in the world-class city of York where you will enjoy a three- day stay of indulgence and relaxation staying at the 4-star Monkbar Hotel in the City Centre.
Day 1 - Friday
We start our weekend on Friday at 12 noon where you meet your fellow guests in the hotel and enjoy an introduction with a hot chocolate and some locally made truffles! We then set off on our walking tour of York taking in all the major sights, weaving in and out of the medieval streets and ‘snickleways’ whilst learning about the household names that made York so famous for chocolate and confectionery. We will be popping in to meet local chocolatiers in their shops along the way and of course tasting samples will be a must! The rest of the afternoon is then free for you to explore and shop in this ancient city before we meet up for an aperitif in the Hotel, before walking to the York Cocoa House for a unique dinner where chocolate is cleverly used in all the dishes. From there we will make our way for drinks at the 1331 bar which houses a hidden cinema in the attic and where will we have a private screening of our favourite film ‘Chocolat’ starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche. Finally, we return to the hotel ready for another busy day tomorrow!
Day 2 - Saturday
Breakfast at the hotel with a faint nod to our chocolate theme! We will board our coach to venture out to the suburbs of York, first taking in the Edwardian model garden village of New Earswick set up by Joseph Rowntree to provide homes, schools and entertainment for his workers. If the wind is in the right direction, we will be lucky enough to indulge in the aroma of chocolate coming from the home of KitKat at the Nestle factory as we pass. There will be an opportunity to pick up some lunch if you have not already done so in the café at the Folk Hall. Our attention then turns to York’s other chocolate family as we journey out to the beautiful Arts and Crafts home of the Terry family named Goddards (now owned by The National Trust). Here we will see how the family lived overlooking their Chocolate Works where the famous Terry’s Chocolate Orange was once made. We will take afternoon tea in the Terry family’s dining room before returning by coach to the city to visit Fairfax House, a beautiful Georgian town house with a collection of antique furniture and clocks donated to the house by Noel Terry. You will then have the opportunity to walk leisurely back to the hotel through the city, enjoying the sights, sounds and shops along the way. We meet again for an aperitif at the hotel and you will be free to choose where you dine independently this evening.
Day 3 – Sunday
Breakfast at the hotel once more before we head out to walk through the city for a tour of one of York’s newest attractions – York Chocolate Story where we get involved in the process of learning about, indulging in and making some chocolate to take home with you. We will finish there around 1 pm and will then say our goodbyes and set you on your way with your own ‘chocolate package’ to ease your journey to wherever it may be!
We will be staying at the Monkbar Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis. Check in will be at 2.00 pm and check out at 11.00 am. You can store your luggage at the hotel free of charge. There is no parking available at the hotel however they can supply parking permits for the local York Council Car Parks at £12 for 26 hours from 08.00 am to 10.00 am the next day.
What is included:-
2 night’s bed and breakfast at the Monkbar Hotel, York City Centre
Hot chocolate on arrival and Goody Bag
All guided walking tours as indicated in the itinerary
Entrance fees to Fairfax House, Goddards, the screening of the film Chocolat in the private cinema and York Chocolate Story.
Dinner at the Cocoa House on Friday and afternoon tea at Goddards
Transport to New Earswick and Goddards
Accompanied by Blue Badge Yorkshire Tour Guides
Package Price: Twin or Double Room - £345 per person, Single Room - £445
If you wish to stay an extra night on either the Thursday or the Sunday, please let us know and we will arrange this for you.
If you wish to be accompanied from the railway station on foot, please let us know.
If you wish to take afternoon tea at Bettys on the Sunday afternoon, please let us know.
We will confirm the prices for the extras to you on request.
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Please note once we have sufficient numbers we will confirm your application to you.