Excursion

The Art of Swiss Chocolate Making

Savor the sweet side of Switzerland with a visit to Basel’s most prominent chocolatier, where you will get an insider’s look at the creation of chocolate and, of course, enjoy a tasting.

  • Code
    BSL-04
  • Level
    Soft
  • Walking Type
    Little
  • Activity Type
    Gastronomy
  • Age
    12 & above
  • Duration
    2.75 Hours

The Swiss are universally admired for their timepieces, their smooth-running trains, their Alps – and, above all, their scrumptious chocolates.

On this exclusive Crystal experience, you'll go behind the scenes to dip deeply into the artistry and science behind chocolate making. You'll be in knowledgeable hands, too: Confiserie Beschle is Basel's most renowned chocolatier, founded in 1898 and now in its 4th generation of family ownership.

In an immersive session, you'll get insider insights into how cacao is cultivated, processed, refined, and blended into the different chocolate combinations you'll be tasting. You'll learn how to properly test and prepare chocolate, and get exclusive views on Beschle's unique production and processing techniques.

Best of all, you'll create your own handsomely wrapped chocolate bar to show off to family or travel companions. That is, unless you end up nibbling it uncontrollably during the short coach ride back to your Crystal ship. Happens to the best of us.

Important Notes: 
This shore excursion involves little to no physical effort, and is likely to add quite a few calories to your day's intake. On dates when Beshle isnt available, chocolatier Brandli will be substituted.