Churches & Chocolates Bus Tour

Milwaukee Food & City Tours

Zerve Seller: MKEFoodTours
Activity #3327
  • Stroll the Third Ward to visit places like the Public Market, sample delicious foods, and learn about Milwaukee's unique culture.

  • Join us to tour Milwaukee’s best - from rich cultural history to delicious treats, you’ll be amazed by our city’s hidden treasures!

  • Experience a new twist on the progressive dinner concept while discovering the city’s German roots & new restaurants on the RiverWalk!


Available Dates & Times Price Duration
All times listed are Central time zone

Description

Enjoy a tour through Milwaukee, long known as our "City of Steeples," while visiting local chocolate shops along the way. On this tour we'll delve into dessert with stops at 2 local chocolatiers, and we'll also visit 3 local churches to learn about the history and architecture of these unique places of worship.
 
We'll meet at a local coffee shop where we'll first enjoy coffee and muffins, then we'll visit 3 churches - plus 2 chocolatiers - via bus. Coffee, muffins, chocolate treats, guided-fun and round-trip transportation are included in the price, along with donations to each church visited.

Sample itinerary of places we might visit:
St. Joan of Arc Chapel - perhaps the only medieval structure (1400's) in the entire Western Hemisphere dedicated to its original purpose
St. Paul's Episcopal Church - view their stunning and extensive stained glass window collection, including the largest window ever created by Tiffany
Grace Lutheran - celebrate 160 years of their history in downtown Milwaukee

IMPORTANT NOTATIONS:
  • Our guests have a lot of fun shopping at each of the chocolate shops that we visit. Please consider bringing a tote or canvas shopping bag to keep track of all of your goodies on the bus.
  • Although minimal walking is required, there is still walking involved. 
  • Church locations subject to change based on availability.
  • This tour is NOT handicap accessible and attendees will need to go up/down minimal stairs to get on/off the bus multiple times.
Food Allergies 
  • This tour is seafood/shellfish free. 
  • We do have a vegetarian option on this tour. 
  • We are not able to make menu adjustments for food allergies, dietary restrictions or preferences on this public tour beyond the vegetarian option.  This includes gluten, vegan, sugar-free and kosher requests. 
  • We are able to make allergy / preference accommodations on private walking tours for 8+ guests, or private bus tours for 12+ guests.

What Is Not Included?

Please bring extra cash with you if you'd like to purchase additional items such as chocolate during the tour as well as a tote or canvas shopping bag to keep track of all of your goodies on the bus! Please note: some stops do not accept credit cards.
 
Gratuities for your tour guide, although not required, are always appreciated.

Meeting Location

Third Ward (Milwaukee, WI) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

Reviews

45 Reviews Rating: 4.9 4.9 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
A great trip
Sat, May 14  9:30 AM Female 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
 
We had an almost private tour with only four people.

It was nice to learn that MKE Food & City Tours run no matter how many people have signed up. The churches were beautiful and the chocolate, of course, fantastic. Our guide and bus driver were both upbeat and knowledgeable. It was a wonderful way to spend 3 1/2 hours.
Rating: 5
It was Wonderful!
Sat, Apr 9  9:30 AM Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
 
Everyone was SO nice!

Thank you
 
Milwaukee Food & City Tours responded:
We are so glad that you enjoyed your tour. Thanks for joining us!
Rating: 5
Entertaining 3.5 hours
Sat, Apr 9  9:30 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
My husband and I enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to others looking to fill a little time in the Milwaukee area. Our guide was very pleasant and personable.
 
Milwaukee Food & City Tours responded:
Thank you for joining us on a tour while you were in Milwaukee. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience with us! Our tour guides are so great, and they really know how to make their guests feel comfortable. We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time in the city!
Rating: 5
Excellent tour
Sat, Apr 9  9:30 AM Female 40-49 Local Other
 
We saw 3 churches and enjoyed them all. We even got to go up to the bell tower in one church. The chocolate shops were unique and tasty. Our tour guide was excellent! She was informative and fun! I plan on taking my mom to the Christmas bakery tour this fall.
 
Milwaukee Food & City Tours responded:
It sounds like you had quite an adventure on your Churches and Chocolates tour with us! What was your favorite chocolate stop along the way? We are excited to see you and your mom this Christmas season!
Rating: 5
WHAT COULD BE BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE AND CHURCHES
Sat, Apr 9  9:30 AM Female 60-69 Local Individual
 
With a title like that, I had expected the tour to be good. I did NOT expect it to be THAT good. We saw three interesting churches and learned their history from a docent. In the case of St. Francis Church, we were greeted by Father Mike -- what an interesting speaker and storyteller. The architecture and altars in the two Lutheran churches were beautiful. We even climbed stairs half-way up in one of the bell towers -- who gets to do that everyday??!! The chocolate shops were individually different from each other. One a modern take on truffles and more exotic flavors, which was interesting and delicious. The other a more "old world" shop with the most interesting owner, antique candy molds and delicious chocolates. Again, interesting combos -- I got chocolate and cranberries. All in all, it was a wonderful time on a fun bus with a GREAT narrator/host. I can't say enough about her knowledge and expertise in getting us around to and into our fun destinations. I plan on more kinds of these tours in the future. We also had a beautiful day!
 
Milwaukee Food & City Tours responded:
What a wonderful review! Thank you so much for your fantastic description of what our Churches and Chocolates tour entails. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience with us. Perhaps our Bakery Bus tour could be next on your itinerary with us!
Rating: 4
Okay
Sat, Feb 20  9:30 AM Female 50-59 Local Other
 
Different from the other walking and bus tours I have been on with Milwaukee Food Tours.
 
Milwaukee Food & City Tours responded:
We try to offer different experiences with each of our tours, so we are glad that you embraced the difference in your tours! There is so many different factors to consider in each of our tours, and we want to give our guests versatile experiences when they are repeat customers. Thanks for joining us on our tours!
Rating: 5
Fun with Churches and Chocolate
Sat, Jan 16  9:30 AM Female 60-69 Local Individual
 
We visited three similar, but very different churches, Catholic and Lutheran. And very delicious chocolatiers between those stops. The pastors who guided us through the churches were both humorous and instructional, with info about the history and current projects--not about religion itself :) It was a unique tour, and I'd register for another! Driver and tour guide were top notch (and I cannot remember their names after all these weeks)
 
Milwaukee Food & City Tours responded:
Wonderful- thank you so much for your review! We would love to see you on another tour in the near future. Perhaps our Pizza Bus could be next on your itinerary!
Rating: 5
Great tour!
Sat, Jan 16  9:30 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
Very informative and enjoyable tour. Skillful bus driver and lovely tour guide. Sandy went above and beyond to make my mom comfortable (mom was self-conscious and a bit slow-moving).
 
Milwaukee Food & City Tours responded:
We are very lucky to have such caring and knowledgeable tour guides and bus drivers. Glad to hear you enjoyed your tour. We hope to see you on another one in the future!
Rating: 5
We had a great time.
Sat, Jan 16  9:30 AM Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
 
The tour guide and driver (Sandy and Tanya) were great. Sandy was so informative and fun as she provided info on each of the sites we visited. The candy was delicious. The docents at each of the churches were so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about there subjects. We loved learning about the history of the beautiful churches we visited. Father Mike rocks!
 
Milwaukee Food & City Tours responded:
There is great history surrounding Milwaukee, and it is wonderful that you got to hear from such passionate speakers on your tour. We hope to see you on another tour!
Rating: 5
Great for all ages
Sat, Jan 16  9:30 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
 
I bought my mom (age: 50s) this tour as a Christmas present for us to do together. I (age: 30's) figured she's like it, but was unsure if I'd be bored or not, but it was highly entertaining for both of us! It's a new speaker at every place, and the tour guide entertains you on the short bus rides between stops with Milwaukee history and trivia - stuff that even I, as a history buff and 10 year resident of the city, didn't know. The people at the churches were incredibly entertaining. They discussed the history of the church and the present-day culture of it. Everything was well organized and on time - they knew once the tour director stood up that their time was nearing its end and wrapped it up. (And the chocolate is a-maz-ing!)
 
Milwaukee Food & City Tours responded:
We love that our tours are a chance for family to spend some quality time together. We are happy that you enjoyed learning a bit more about Milwaukee throughout the tour. Maybe next year, you and your mom would enjoy our Christmas Around Milwaukee Bakery Bus tour!
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Is advance purchase required? Is cash accepted?
Tickets must be purchased in advance, as space is limited per tour. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Cash is not accepted.
What happens if it rains or snows?
The tours are held rain, shine or snow and therefore, we encourage you to dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions. In the extremely rare event that the tour has to be canceled, you will be able to reschedule to another time or get credit for a future event.
If a food tour is sold out, is there a waiting list?
If a date/time is sold out or not listed as an available tour date, there is always a chance that if requested, we can add an additional tour on that date/time. Please click on the "Contact MKEFoodTours" link to let us know what date you are interested in.
What is the maximum number of people per tour?
As this is a bus tour with limited seating, the tour is limited to 40 attendees per tour.
What sort of food will I be sampling?
The tour provides a wide range of chocolate samples as well as limited non-alcoholic beverages. Remember to bring cash with you if you want to purchase extra items!
Are beverages provided?
Limited non-alcoholic options are provided. Remember to bring cash with you if you want to purchase extra beverages!
What about dietary restrictions?
With the exception of the Fish Fry Tour, all tours are seafood/shellfish free. ​We do have a vegetarian option on all tours. ​We are not able to make menu adjustments for food allergies, dietary restrictions or preferences on this public tour beyond the vegetarian option. This includes gluten, vegan, sugar-free and kosher requests. We are able to make allergy / preference accommodations on private walking tours for 8+ guests, or private bus tours for 12+ guests.
Do we just drive around to visit churches and sample chocolates?
Absolutely not! Milwaukee has a wonderful, rich history. Visitors learn the history of the city and learn about the many ethnic influences that shaped our great city as well as learn about the holiday traditions of that ethnicity. The tour is fully narrated by your guide, who will discuss history, culture, architecture, and entertainment offerings, and introduce you to newer establishments.
What places do we visit on the tour?
It's a surprise! We will visit a variety of excellent chocolate shops and churches, but do keep in mind that the tour routes and thereby the exact places we visit may vary from tour to tour.
How much walking is included?
Although our tour is via bus and requires minimal walking between tasting locations, please note that this tour is NOT handicap accessible and will require attendees to go up and down stairs. We encourage you to wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.
Can I bring children on the tour?
We offer an adolescent ticket for kids 8 to 15. We also offer a free child ticket for those 7 and under who will not be participating in the tasting but will require a seat on the bus. Please do notify us if you will be bringing an infant who will not need a seat on the bus by entering a "Message to the Seller" when booking your tickets. Keep in mind that we will be discussing cultural history, and much of the tour involves eating and socializing. Please consider whether your children will enjoy the tour and whether it is appropriate for them.
Can I shop on the tour?
Absolutely - this is a great opportunity to stock up on your holiday treats!
Does the tour end at the same place we meet?
Yes.
Is the tour wheelchair and baby stroller accessible?
No.
Are bathrooms available during the tour?
Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at selected food-tasting locations.
Is there parking near to the tour's meeting point?
Yes, there is parking located near the meeting point. Specific parking details are included in the meeting location directions after purchasing.
Does this tour have anything to offer a native Milwaukean?
Definitely! Many of our attendees live right here in Milwaukee. Locals often attend to learn about the neighborhoods and the city in which they live. Our knowledgeable guides will tell you exciting secrets about the city and perhaps introduce you to new favorites!
Are cameras allowed?
Yes, visitors are allowed and encouraged to take pictures at any of the establishments we visit.
Are pets allowed?
Due to the policies of the various food establishments we visit, pets are not allowed on this tour.
Are tours offered only in English?
Yes, we only offer tours in English at this time. Please click on the "Contact MKEFoodTours" link if you would like to make arrangements for your own interpreter to join the tour.
Does the tour leader accept gratuities?
Gratuities are greatly appreciated, although not mandatory.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Give the gift of exploring the sights and flavors of Milwaukee's most historic neighborhoods and delicious eateries with a gift certificate for a tour experience! These make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, or simply to say "Thank You." The recipient selects their tour route of choice plus schedules the tour at a time convenient to their schedule. To PURCHASE, visit www.milwaukeefoodtours.com/gift-cards and order online. To REDEEM your gift certificate, please email us at info@milwaukeefoodtours.com​ with your desired tour route, date, time and quantity of tickets needed along with booking code.
Do you offer private tours?
Yes! Private tours and step-on guide service is available for large groups. Please click on the "Contact MKEFoodTours" link to inquire further.

About

Milwaukee Food & City Tours

My name is Theresa Nemetz, and I combined my love for Milwaukee and my husband's love for great food to create Milwaukee Food & City Tours. I was inspired to do so by my great-grandparents, Guiseppi and Rosa, who 100 years ago immigrated to Milwaukee from Santa Flavia, Sicily. Milwaukee has a rich Italian, German, Irish and Polish immigrant history, its an honor to be able to share the stories of the exceptional immigrants that brought our city to life. 

We are Milwaukee's original, premier and award winning food tour. I am a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA), an alumna of Future Milwaukee and have served as a culinary speaker at a number of tourism-related conferences. We even won the Governor's Rising Star in Tourism Award, and the Dear MKE Award through VISIT Milwaukee. Credentials aside, at Milwaukee Food & City Tours, our passion is firmly rooted in food and in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. 
  
We are proud of two pieces of commentary often provided by our attendees: “I’ve lived here my entire life and never explored Milwaukee like I did today” and “I was expecting a tasting but this was a full meal!” Whether you are a Milwaukee native, visiting the city on your own or traveling as part of group, you will not be disappointed.  We consider our tours a progressive meal with a side of history. 
  
Stories from Milwaukee's culinary scene are plentiful, and I invite you to immerse yourself into our culture in a fun and intimate way by experiencing Milwaukee Food & City Tours. Come hungry, and be inspired! 

Bon Appétit!
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