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The people of Poland enjoy a relaxed lifestyle, focused on the pleasures of family, friends, and fantastic meals, especially in small towns and villages. They take time to socialize with newcomers and are especially welcoming to travelers who truly want to learn about the land and people they are visiting. Experience the best ofPolish gastronomy and lifestyle in this perfect 7-day cooking and sightseeing adventure. We take care of all the organizing, so all you have to do is enjoy yourselves!
This package includes the following accommodation based on double occupancy with ensuite bathroom:
3 nights at 4-star Tlokinia Palace Hotel in Tlokinia village
3 nights at boutique Kolegiacki Hotel in Poznan city
We meet in Poznan for a group pick-up at a designated hotel near the old market square at 10:00.
Our local guide will then take us on Poznan city tour where we'll have the opportunity to visit Poznan cathedral and the old market square among other important sites.
We'll transfer by motor coach to Tlokinia Palace, our home for the next three days, located in the beautiful greater Poland countryside.
During our drive we 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 we gather for our welcome dinner at Tlokinia Palace restaurant and dine on local specialties.
We'll travel to Witaszyce palace to attend our first cooking class. We may learn the secrets of preparing roast duck with red cabbage and yeast dumplings among other specialties. As we dine on authentic local dishes we helped prepare as part of our lunch, we'll watch a performance by local folk group Snutki. Later we'll get a private tour of Witaszyce palace hotel by the palace owner.
After our cooking class we'll transfer to a town of Pleszew located on the way to our hotel and learn how to bake bread rolls in the bakery museum.
We'll also make a stop at an artisan Teso fruit juice press company for a private tasting.
At the end of the day, we reach the "NoceiDnie" restaurant specializing in local and regional cuisine of greater Poland. Smacznego!
Today we'll explore places which are very important in the Polish history. We'll travel to Gniezno, the first capital of Poland. We'll visit the Gniezno cathedral where the first Piast ruler's coronation took place. We 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 saints body. The relics of Saint Adalbert, who also happens to be the saint patron of Europe, are placed in the cathedral.
We'll also take a leisurely walk around Gniezno old market square.
Next stop during our excursion is Kalisz, the oldest Polish city. While in Kalisz, we'll walk around the market square and visit Saint Joseph basilica which is one of the most remarkable pilgrim sites in Poland.
We also visit a small, family run confectionary company which makes the traditional "andrutykaliskie", slightly sweet and crisp cream-colored wafers.
Before we depart Kalisz, we'll make a stop by Kalisz brewery for a local beer tasting.
On our last evening in the beautiful greater Poland countryside, we'll enjoy a relaxing barbecue at Tlokinia palace.
This morning, on our way back to Poznan, we travel to Ostrzeszw for our second cooking class. We prepare a local dish called "gesipipek", among others.
After we visit Kazimierzowska tower to get a picturesque view of Ostrzeszw and surrounding countryside.
Next stop on our journey is Potasnia. A small village located near Ostrzeszw where we will visit family owned, artisan, smoked meats makers. The owners take advantage of the great regional product: the Zlotnicka pork.
Then we head for Poznan. On our way we stop in Antonin where we'll tour a hunting lodge. Fryderyk Chopin, the greatest Polish music composer visited the lodge in 1827 and in 1829. Well have a chance to see Dobrzyca palace as well. The palace was built by freemason August Gorzenski and has the biggest library of freemasonry collection in middle-east Europe.
In the late afternoon we reach Poznan.
Today, dinner is on your own. We recommend GospodaPoznanska or NowaBazanciarnia, popular with demanding gourmets of Polish and international cuisine.
Today we travel to "Gryszczeniwka" agrotourism farm in Wargowo village. During culinary class at the farm we learn how to prepare pierogi, (special stuffed dumplings from Wargowo) taste marmalades, jams and sweet preserves made by the family farm owners.
After cooking class, we'll travel to Prusim to see "Olandia", an open-air museum which showcases the influence of Dutch settlers on greater Poland's agriculture between the 16th and 18th century. We can visit the winarium which has over 80 wines from all over the world.
On the way back to Poznan we will stop in "Jaskowazagroda" restaurant to taste local delicacy, potatoes with cottage cheese, pyry z gzikiem.
In the evening well dine in Monidlo restaurant located nearby Poznan international fair, famous for its excellent cuisine.
Today we'll head out to visit the display of old Poznan where we learn Poznan's history during a short presentation. We may 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, we'll learn how to make St. Martin croissants during a baking class we'll take at the croissant museum in Poznan.
After lunch we attend the emperors castle tour and have the opportunity to enjoy its interior.
Last but not least, we visit Old Brewery (the shopping center which has been recognized as the best shopping mall in the world). While at the Old Brewery, we'll tour the blow-up hotel which is considered to be one of the most innovative hotels in Europe. Next, you are free to do some shopping. We recommend Alma grocery store located inside the old brewery where you can find some good quality food products.
Our farewell dinner will be at Ratuszova restaurant serving Polish and regional specialties, located in the heart of Poznans market square.
Tour of Gniezno, the first capital of Poland
Tour of Kalisz, the oldest Polish city
Tour of Pleszew town
Tour of Poznan city
Tour of Pyzdry village
Tour to Prusim village and its open-air museum, Olandia
Visit and private tasting in Teso fruit juice press company
Visit of Display of Old Poznan, Museum of the Struggle for Independence and Croissant Museum
Visit of Gryszczeniwka", agrotourism farm
Visit of Dobrzyca palace
Visit of Old Brewery, recognized as the best shopping mall in the world
Visit of Potasnia, artisan village
Visit of Witaszyce Palace
This culinary vacation will take place in Greater Poland or Wielkopolska region, located in the western side of Poland, where the country began. This is the place where the first Piast rulers established the foundation of the Polish nation. Gniezno was the first capital of Poland, where coronation ceremonies of the Piast dynasty kings were held. Poznan is the capital of Greater Poland region and an international fair metropolis. Its good location on the crossroads between Berlin and Warsaw enables continued economic growth and prosperity.
The new symbol of Poznan is the Old Brewery which has been converted into a shopping center. Today the Old Brewery shopping center is recognized as the best department store in the world, due to its magnificent architecture and interior design. Many significant cultural events take place in Poznan. Great example is the Transatlantic International Film and Music Festival, arranged by Oscar awarded composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.
Poznan is also the host of nation-wide festival of good taste. Every August festival goers can taste delicious Polish food and drink from all over the country and participate in culinary classes, which are given by the best Polish chefs. Greater Poland is the region which appreciates its culinary traditions. It has been a member of the European Network of Regional Culinary Heritage since 2008.
The network has about 80 members which include restaurants and agrotourism farms. We visit some of them during our culinary and cultural adventure through the region. Travel with us to this off-the-beaten track region to taste local dishes and products and experience the wealth of Greater Poland cuisine!
Experience the best flavors of the Polish cuisine. This package includes breakfasts, lunches and 5 dinners.