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Take a trip down to stunningly beautiful Poland this summer for a gastronomical experience like no other. Learn more about Polish history in this infused culinary and cultural adventure. Come and travel with Poland Culinary Vacations to this off-the-beaten-track region to taste local dishes and products and experience the wealth of Greater Poland cuisine!
You will be staying at Tlokinia Palace Hotel in Tlokinia village and Kolegiacki Hotel in Poznan during this tour. All rooms are based on double occupancy.
You will meet in Poznan for a group pick-up at a designated hotel near the Old Market Square at 10:00. The local guide will then take the group on a Poznan City tour where you will have the opportunity to visit Poznan Cathedral and the Old Market Square. After lunch in the city, you will transfer by motor coach to Tlokinia Palace, your home for the next three days located in the beautiful Greater Poland countryside.
During the drive, you and the group will stop in Pyzdry village to taste fresh fruit from the local orchards and see the frontier checkpoint between German and Russian annexation Poland suffered in the 18th century. After settling into Tlokinia Palace, you will gather for the welcome dinner at Tlokinia Palace restaurant and dine on local specialties.
After breakfast, you will travel to Witaszyce Palace to attend the first cooking class. You will learn the secrets of preparing roast duck with red cabbage and yeast dumplings. As you dine on authentic local dishes that you have helped to prepare for lunch, you will watch a performance by the local folk group Snutki. Later, you will get a private tour of the Witaszyce Palace Hotel by the palace owner.
After the cooking class, you will transfer to a town of Pleszew near the hotel and will learn how to bake bread rolls in the Bakery Museum. you will also make a stop at an artisan Teso Fruit Juice Press Company for a private tasting. You will wrap the day with a dinner at Noce i Dnie, a restaurant specializing in the local and regional cuisine of Greater Poland. Smacznego!
Today you will explore places that are important in the Polish history. After breakfast at the hotel, you will travel to Gniezno, the first capital of Poland. you will visit the Gniezno Cathedral where the first Piast ruler's coronation took place. You can also admire the famous Gniezno doors. On the surface of the doors, the life and teachings of Saint Adalbert are carved, from the time of his birth to his martyr death and the burial of the Saint’s body. The relics of Saint Adalbert, who also happens to be the Saint patron of Europe, are placed in the cathedral.
You will also take a leisure walk around Gniezno Old Market Square. Next stop during the excursion is Kalisz, the oldest Polish city. While in Kalisz, you will walk around the market square and visit Saint Joseph Basilica which is one of the most remarkable pilgrim sites in Poland. You will also visit a small, family run confectionary company which makes the traditional andruty kaliskie - slightly sweet and crisp cream-colored wafers. Before departing Kalisz, you will make a stop by the Kalisz Brewery for a local beer tasting. On your last evening in the beautiful Greater Poland countryside, you will enjoy a relaxing barbecue at Tlokinia Palace.
On your way back to Poznan, you will stop with the group at Ostrzeszów for the second cooking lesson. You will prepare a local dish called gesi pipek. After the cooking class, you visit Kazimierzowska Tower to get a picturesque view of Ostrzeszów and the surrounding countryside. Next stop on the journey is Potasnia. It's a small village located near Ostrzeszów where you will visit family owned, artisan, smoked meats makers. The owners take advantage of the great regional product, the Zlotnicka pork.
You will also stop in Antonin where you will tour a hunting lodge. Fryderyk Chopin, the greatest Polish music composer, visited the lodge in 1827 and 1829. You will have the chance to see Dobrzyca Palace as well. The palace was built by free mason August Gorzenski and has the biggest library free masonery collection in Middle and East Europe. In the late afternoon, you will reach Poznan. Dinner is on your own. They recommend Gospoda Poznanska or Nowa Bazanciarnia that is popular with gourmets Polish meals and International cuisine.
Today you will travel to Gryszczeniówka agrotourism farm in Wargowo village. You will have a culinary class at the farm and will learn to prepare pierogi, special stuffed dumplings from Wargowo, and taste marmalades, jams, and sweet preserves made by the family farm owners. After the class, you will travel to Prusim to see Olandia. It is an open-air museum which showcases the influence of Dutch settlers on Greater Poland's agriculture between the 16th and 18th century.
You can also visit the Winarium which has over 80 wines from all over the world. On the way back to Poznan, you will stop in Jaskowa Zagroda restaurant to taste the local delicacy, potatoes with cottage cheese or pyry z gzikiem. In the evening, you will dine in Monidlo Restaurant located nearby Poznan International Fair, famous for its excellent cuisine.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will head out to visit the Display of Old Poznan where you will learn Poznan's history in a short presentation. You will also visit the Museum of the Struggle for Independence to discover some interesting facts about the Wielkopolska Uprising, the only victorious insurrection in Polish history. Next, you will learn how to make St. Martin croissants during a baking class that you will take at the Croissant Museum in Poznan. After lunch, you will attend the Emperor’s Castle tour and have the opportunity to enjoy its interior.
Last but not least, you will visit the Old Brewery, the shopping center which has been recognized as the best shopping mall in the world. While at the Old Brewery, you will tour the Blow Up Hotel which is considered to be one of the most innovative hotels in the Europe. After the tour, you are free to do some shopping. They recommend the Alma grocery store located inside the Old Brewery where you can find some good quality food products. The farewell dinner will be at Ratuszova restaurant serving Polish and regional specialties, located in the heart of Poznan’s Market Square.
The departure will be after breakfast. If you like you can make your own arrangements to stay longer in the charming Poznan.
Even though the vacations are held leisurely, you may want to consider staying an extra night at the Kolegiacki Hotel in Poznan. You may find that the extra time will make your week even more relaxing and enjoyable.
This culinary tour will take place in Greater Poland. Greater Poland or Wielkopolska region is located in the western part of Poland. This is the place where the first Piast rulers established the foundation of the Polish nation. Poznan is the capital of Greater Poland region and is an international fair metropolis.
Daily breakfasts and lunches are included in the price. Some dinners are also included. In this culinary adventure, you will get the chance to sample on some Polish cuisines such as andruty kaliskie, gesi pipek, pierogi, pyry z gzikiem, and St. Martin croissants.
On your free time, you can go for a shopping at the shopping mall of Old Brewery or just take the time to explore the Greater Poland local surroundings.
Please book your flight to arrive at Poznań–Ławica Henryk Wieniawski Airport (POZ).