© Cherrystone

Chocolate getaway in the Gastronomy Valley 🍫

Lyon 2e Arrondissement > Tain-l'Hermitage > Malataverne
Tour duration 4 days, 3 nights
TravelBy car
Embark on an unforgettable escapade in the heart of the Vallée de la Gastronomie with a 100% chocolate itinerary for chocolate lovers. From picturesque landscapes to irresistible flavors, our itinerary promises total immersion in the world of cocoa, from bean to bar. Get ready for a gourmet journey where chocolate reveals itself in all its forms, to enchant your senses. Ready to succumb to temptation? 🍫
10 steps distributed over 4 days

Day 1

Lyon 2e Arrondissement > Lyon 2e Arrondissement
Praline & Rosette
Do you love food and want to explore Lyon? Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor, Praline & Rosette’s tours are for you!

On the menu: a walk through Lyon’s Presqu’île district, sprinkled with anecdotes about local culture, chances to learn about Lyon’s culinary traditions, stops at local shops to taste food and plenty of fun.

Our golden rule? We select our exceptional partners with care to offer you the best of Lyon.

How did Rue Mercière become so famous for its many restaurants? What is the origin of the iconic pink praline? Where does ‘cervelle de canut’ come from? Find the answers to all these questions and more!

Choose from several routes:
- Very Gone Trip, 'famished' tour of Lyon’s specialities for €39 per person, including 4 food tastings (deli meats accompanied by wine, cheese, confectionery and pastries). Duration: 3 hours. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning.

- Choco'Lyon: 100% chocolate-themed tour for €54 per person, including 5 tastings to discover chocolates in all shapes and sizes. Each tasting includes an activity: learn about praline inside a chocolatier's workshop, an introduction to fine chocolates, blind tasting of chocolate spread, taste chocolate cocktails and delicious chocolate waffles! Duration: 3 hours. One Saturday morning per month.

- Tour of Les Halles, to discover the indoor food market, Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse, Lyon’s temple of gastronomy. €52 per person, including 7 tastings (bite-sized quenelle dumplings, foie gras + smoked salmon, little delights of Lyon, Lyon deli meats + wine, local cheese, Italian specialities, Lebanese mezze and the unmissable praline brioche and tart). Duration: 2 hours. Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am to 1:30pm.

- Aperitif in the heart of the Grand Hôtel-Dieu, an exclusive gourmet visit to the heart of the majestic Grand Hôtel-Dieu at €49.90/ pers. including a very gourmet aperitif tasting at the merchants of the Halles du Grand Hôtel-Dieu, between the best workers in France and renowned Lyon houses and a cocktail in the Grand Refectory. Duration 2 hours, the second Tuesday of the month at 5.30 p.m.

For special requests, choose My Event Tour, for a fully personalised experience.
Praline et Rosette - balade passage de l'argue © @Heleosphoto
5 min By car
2.1 km
Les Toqués du Fromage
Every week, Toqués workshops in the tasting workshop located in the heart of Lyon with 2 possible formats:

- For individual bookings and groups of less than 6 people: book directly online: https://lestoquesdufromage.com/reservation/
- For groups of between 6 and 15 people, the venue can be privatised (private evening, birthday party, teambuilding, afterwork, etc.).
For all booking requests, contact a Toqué directly by telephone: 07 62 28 15 30 or by email: hello@lestoquesdufromage.com

Les Toqués can also travel to your company or home!
What's on offer? No-holds-barred workshops in good spirits, punctuated by Toqués activities, including "La Tablée des Bons Vivants" with 5 surprising cheese pairings, 2 cheese and wine activities (Terroir Quiz & blind wine aroma recognition), and platters of regional charcuterie.
The workshop is the equivalent of a full meal, so there's no need to go to the restaurant afterwards!
Les Toqués du Fromage © Les Toqués du Fromage
Greet hôtel Lyon Confluence
Enjoy the comfort of our colorful, lively rooms decorated with upcycled objects. Join us at Mademoiselle Simone restaurant to share a drink, meal or live jazz concert! We offer healthy, local and seasonal cuisine.

Between Old Lyon and its traditional restaurants and the modern Confluence district. Near the famous Brasserie Georges and historic Place Bellecour, you can stroll on foot or take sustainable transport.

Committed and passionate, we offer an experience where meeting and sharing are key. We are committed to reduce, reuse and recycle by giving objects a second life. Come along and enjoy this experience!
Hall de réception © François Aubonnet
35 min By car
32 km

Day 2

Lyon 2e Arrondissement > Tain-l'Hermitage
Chocolaterie Frigoulette
Our story began in the small village of Beaufort-sur-Gervanne, at the heart of the Vercors Regional Nature Park. Our organic, fair trade chocolate factory is at the end of a pretty little winding road that leads away from the village. Its name rings through the surrounding garrigue: the Frigoulette.

We manufacture and package our own superb range of chocolate in a cool, bioclimatic workshop, using 'Premier Grand Cru' cocoa from a fair trade plantation on the island of São Tomé and Príncipe in the Gulf of Guinea. The best cocoa beans in the world!
Since the very beginning, traceability and responsible practices have been paramount for us, and with my team we create 'real chocolate', chocolate with the organic, fair trade label, produced according to environmentally friendly practices and ensuring the producers from the island are given a decent wage (with my partner KAOKA). Frigoulette has been certified a Bio Partenaire®, and fair trade company by the Ecocert organisation.

The Frigoulette workshop doesn't use animal fats and only makes pure cocoa butter chocolate, without the use of palm oil and gluten-free.
 © Marianne Louge
51 min By car
55 km
Les Ateliers Weiss: an iconic chocolate factory in Saint-Etienne
The Ateliers Weiss is a lively and accessible place, offering:

1- The Chocolate factory walkway tour (closed temporarily).
Accompanied by a member of the Weiss team as your guide, come and unveil the secrets of the Chocolate factory. An enjoyable experience and new discoveries guaranteed!

2- Fun, gourmet activities
All year round, the whole family can take part in various activities on the theme of chocolate and Weiss professions.

3- Design your own personalised chocolate bar
In the on-site shop, you'll find a selection of exclusive products and you can create your own personalised chocolate bar with the master chocolate maker himself!

4- Hot chocolate bar
Either indoors or out on the terrace, enjoy a delicious treat at any time of day: breakfast, lunch or afternoon snack.

To make a booking and browse the schedule of activities:
36 min By car
31 km
Les Bonbons de Julien
Demonstration of how sweets and chocolates are made using natural ingredients. Sugary and chocolate-based creations of all kinds.

When visitors arrive on the premises, the confectioners/chocolate makers invite them to begin the tour. There are four parts to the tour:
- Explanation of the different natural ingredients used, through fun workshop activities.
- The museum of manufacturing sweets and lollipops the traditional way, and the various tools used in the past.
- A live demonstration from a qualified confectioner of making sweets and lollipops from baked sugar, in an amphitheatre with an opportunity to taste afterwards.
- Walkway overlooking the other workshops (manufacture of marshmallows, nougatine, chocolates, candied chestnuts, and, of course, the packaging room).
46 min By car
45 km
Hotel & Spa Fac & Spera
Fac & Spera a state of mind....
The bright, comfortable rooms and suites are suitable for people with reduced mobility. They are equipped with adjustable air conditioning, free wifi, minibar, room service, 43″ flat screens (French and foreign channels, direct connection to your Netflix account). The hotel also features a workspace, games room and landscaped pool, relaxation areas, wine bar and spa.
8 Lunasol apartment-hotels (duplex or studio) complete the offer.
Chambre © Maison CHAPOUTIER
< 1 min By car
416 m

Day 3

Tain-l'Hermitage > Malataverne
Cité du Chocolat Valrhona
Valrhona's expertise will become accessible to everyone, on a fun, educational and gourmet tour where visitors - both individuals and professionals - will explore, admire, listen, touch, smell and of course taste chocolate in all its forms. On the first floor, there is a chocolate-themed restaurant, a patisserie laboratory offering visitors a practical experience, and also a space devoted to craftspeople from the chocolate world and to Valrhona's history.

Chocolate shop and tickets for the tour and workshops online: www.citeduchocolat.com
Cité du chocolat Valrhona © @Publimage P
58 min By car
53 km
Terre adélice - Salon glacier Le Moulinon
Implanté dans un ancien Moulinage, autrefois dédié à la mise en bobine de la soie, d’où le nom du lieu-dit "Moulinon", vous "redécouvrirez" la grande et majestueuse "Salle aux verrières" pouvant accueillir une centaine de personnes. Elle a été restaurée, aménagée pour vous permettre de déguster des parfums de glaces parfois audacieux, parfois doux. Vous pourrez également déambuler dans l'espace découverte qui vous présente l'entreprise ces spécificités et la fabrication des glaces.

Juste à côté du siège et de la production, ce lieu tant attendu depuis une dizaine d’années, représente tout le travail et la qualité des glaces et sorbets Terre adélice.

Les volumes du salon vous surprendront, le murmure des rivières, à la confluence de l’Eyrieux et de l’Auzène vous accompagneront pour prendre un cornet, emporter un bac de glaces ou profiter de la nouvelle terrasse, pour un bon moment entre amis ou en famille.

Les amateurs les plus habitués, retrouveront le même menu que dans nos glaciers de Lyon et Grenoble. Il vous sera proposé en complément, un espace boutique/vente vous permettant d'acheter toute la gamme de glaces et sorbets Terre adélice, en différents conditionnements ainsi que des produits locaux et bio.

Elaborés de façon artisanale et exigeante les glaces et sorbets Terre adélice réveillent dans votre palais la magie de la nature.

Fruits frais, lait entier régional ou encore chocolat A.Morin, pour vous, Terre adélice sélectionne les meilleurs produits.

Les fruits représentent pour la plupart 60 à 70% de la composition de ses sorbets et de ses glaces. Incorporés crus lors de la fabrication, le sorbet ou la glace restitue pleinement le goût originel du fruit.

En cohérence avec Terre adélice maison mère et les deux précédents salon glaciers, l’espace salon glacier Le Moulinon porte une attention toute particulière à sa propre responsabilité sociétale.

Au quotidien, les équipes veillent à la mise en musique des bonnes pratiques durables et environnementales. Les glaces et sorbets proposés sont certifiés issus de l’agriculture biologique à 100% (Certipaq FR-BIO-09), tout comme l’intégralité de l’offre “hors-glace” proposé au public (boissons, gâteaux, fruits, chantilly, nappages, coulis, garnitures et confitures) …

L’approvisionnement est exclusivement local et équitable, toujours issu de petites structures à taille humaine (miel, crème de marron, farines pour nos pâtes à crêpes ou à gaufres), assurant au producteur le prix juste. Ces “circuits courts” minimisent au passage notre empreinte carbone liée au transport, tout en misant sur l'authenticité et la qualité de nos partenaires régionaux.

Nous sommes agréés "Étapes savoureuses d'Ardèche".
 © Terre Adélice
1 h 03 min By car
70 km
Le Domaine du Colombier
In the heart of the Drôme Provençale region, Domaine du Colombier is an ancient 14th-century bastide that served as a stopover for pilgrims. Its 4-hectare wooded and flower-filled park, terraces, fountains and heated outdoor pool invite you to relax to the utmost.
Domaine du Colombier is an ideal stopover for epicureans in search of serenity in the Drôme provençale, the gateway to Provence and its Mediterranean climate.
The 4-star hotel boasts 19 rooms and 4 suites, in soft, restful colors that combine refinement and comfort.

To complete your stay, our gourmet restaurant welcomes you from Thursday to Monday for dinner, and on Sundays for lunch.
Chef Johan Thyriot and his team draw on the treasures of the region to create a creative cuisine that sublimates flavors with the seasons. An unwavering commitment to exceptional local produce, enhanced by a resolutely eco-responsible approach. An unforgettable culinary experience, a palette of dazzling flavors and a commitment to environmentally-friendly gastronomy.

Our bistro welcomes you Monday to Saturday, lunchtime and evening, orchestrated by Chef Anthony Monteremal and his team. In his dishes, which tell the story of the land with sincerity and passion, the Chef follows the rhythm of the seasons and honors the classics of French culinary heritage with happiness and subtlety.
 © J. Mondière
List of steps