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7 Days Culinary and Culture Vacations in Greater Poland

  • Greater Poland, Poznan

7 Days Culinary and Culture Vacations in Greater Poland

  • Greater Poland, Poznan

Culinary Holidays in Greater Poland and Poznan

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!

Highlights

  • Food tasting tour
  • Polish cooking class
  • Folk restaurant visits
  • Outdoor barbecue at Tlokinia Palace
  • Wine, local beer and vodka tasting
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Countryside sightseeing
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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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

Day 1, Sunday

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.

Lunch

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.

Day 2, Monday

Breakfast

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!

Day 3, Tuesday

Breakfast

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.

Day 4, Wednesday

Breakfast

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.

Day 5, Thursday

Breakfast

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.

Day 6, Friday

Breakfast

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.

Day 7, Saturday

  • Breakfast
  • Depart for your home country or make your own arrangements to stay longer in the charming Poznan.

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.

Exclusions

  • On day 4 dinner is not included.
  • 3 cooking lessons
  • 3 nights accommodation at 4-star Tlokinia Palace hotel in Tlokinia village
  • 3 nights accommodation at boutique Kolegiacki hotel in Poznan
  • 17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners
  • All entrance fees and food artisan visits
  • All luggage transfers
  • Cooking apron
  • English interpreters
  • Excursions to cultural and culinary sites as mentioned in itinerary
  • Local beer, house wine, tea, and coffee with all included meals
  • Taxes and service charges
  • Transfer from hotel in Poznan to Tlokinia Palace hotel in Tlokinia village
  • Transportation (where specified)
  • 1 dinner
  • Airfare or other non-specified transportation to the trip starting point and from the trip ending point
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Meals and alcoholic beverages not specified in the itinerary
  • Passport or visa fees
  • Personal expenses such as laundry or telephone calls

Testimonials

  • Review by A traveler from Florida
    9 out of 10

    "Poland Culinary Vacations was a wonderful tour. We had a small group, the awesome owner Sarna Rose, very knowledgeable guide Ala, who explained many things to us and also tried to teach us to speak and sing in Polish (this may take a little work) and our own talented driver Wojtek, who knew all the short cuts. We learned many of the customs and histories of the area. We cooked, ate and had a wonderful time. The entire tour was very organized, informative and loads of fun. As a travel agent, I will do my best to promote this company and will be back to Poland as soon as I can."

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  • Review by A traveler from Arizona
    7 out of 10

    "As the descendant of a Polish mother, I felt the connection while visiting the country of my grandmother's birth. Little did I know that I would experience such a memorable trip as I did with Poland Culinary Vacations. Not only did I learn more about the country of my ancestors, but I also had the opportunity to prepare foods with several groups of authentic Polish cooks (one being a fantastic chef). I not only leave with the memories from the trip but with various recipes that I helped assemble and eat while in Poland. Now I will not only be able to share the pictures of my trip but also the foods I have enjoyed. Sarna was a delightful, knowledgeable and helpful group leader who provided us with a Polish guide (Ala) and driver (Voytech) who took excellent care of us. I will not hesitate to recommend Poland Culinary Vacations."

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  • Review by Patrick B.

    "I participated in the "One-Day Polish Cooking Classes" and it was fun. We ate a lot and drink wine and Vodka. Chef Marek is a really good chef!"

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  • Review by Carole Herdegen from United States

    "What better way to enjoy your first trip to Poland than to learn about the country through its cuisine. Sarna Rose's company, Polish Culinary Vacations has done just that. I have just returned and am full of memories of the wonderful food I enjoyed eating in restaurants and making typical Polish dishes with the women in two villages. To top that off, we were given a special one-day Polish cooking class by Chef Marek of the Culinary Institute of Krakow. I know Martha Stewart is smiling."

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  • Review by Marie from United States

    "Our group of two couples just returned from a fantastic time in southeastern Poland thanks to Polish Culinary Vacations and owner Sarna Rose! Before joining the tour, we enjoyed deluxe accommodations and five-course gourmet dinner at Hotel Copernicus - a great start to our adventure.The next day, we joined the tour which included 10 tourists, Miss Rose, a very knowledgeable history and culture guide (Gosia) and excellent driver (Wojciech) - all spoke fluent English and helped us to learn some Polish. We traveled together for six days, starting in the graceful city of Krakow with its treasure-trove of European antiquities. "

    "From the city, we traveled by comfortable minivan (with good Wi-Fi) to the alpine community of Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains where we were treated to cooking experiences with members of three different outlying villages, a Highlander craft lesson, and sight-seeing. The distinctive wooden architecture in this part of Poland is charming; the tour featured stops at UNESCO heritage and other interesting sites (e.g., a cheese-making hut). One of the sites was an active church built in 1490. Deluxe accommodations were included - Villa Marilor is a boutique hotel with a spa in the heart of Zakopane with an excellent restaurant. The tour included rafting down the Dunajec River with 'masters' who expertly guided our traditional wooden vessel through the scenic gorge. "

    "We returned to Krakow where we toured city sites including the open-air food market, Wawel Castle, St. Mary's Church and Main Market Square (largest medieval square in Europe), Cloth Hall, Jagiellonian University and more. The minivan took us a short distance to the extensive and fascinating Wieliczka salt mine. We also enjoyed a final cooking experience with professional Chef Widomski at his culinary institute. "

    "Hotel Maltanski provided a comfortable lodging within easy walking distance of the heart of old Krakow and we were able to extend our stay to accommodate our return flight plan. We highly recommend Polish Culinary Vacations (PCV). PCV offers tours in several other regions of Poland. Prior to departure, Miss Rose was very responsive to our email requests and phone calls - all aspects of the trip went smoothly. We thoroughly enjoyed being able to travel in a small group with such a knowledgeable and friendly team."

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  • Review by Barbara from United States

    "I recently spent a wonderful week in Lower Silesia, Poland, participating in a culinary tour. Our accommodations were great staying part of the time in a 16th century castle! How often can you say that, lol. It was a beautiful place to stay in the countryside of Poland. We spent part of our time in the country visiting some of the villages and participating in the hands on cooking with the village ladies. These wonderful women cooked and sang for us sharing their cooking knowledge.We made pierogi, golabki, and red beetroot borscht among the many dishes they shared with us. Our week was busy with touring as well as cooking. We got to experience the Polish culture and history of the area. We ate in fine restaurants, eating the tasty Polish cuisine. Being third generation Polish I found it a very emotional trip. My Grandmother had grown up near the area I was touring and I felt a part of the country. My thanks goes out to all who accommodated us, especially Sarna, the President of the Poland Culinary Vacations, Inc"

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  • Review by Milbert P. from United States

    "It was a privilege to travel with youin your home country, to see the beautiful countryside of Poland and experience the hospitality of the Polish people while cooking, eating and laughing together! Connecting with our heritage including the people, culture and of course the food has significant meaning to who we are today!"

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  • Review by Joan and Bill T. from United States

    "I would like to offer my thoughts as a non-culinary person (that means my wife doesnt even allow me in the kitchen). I really didnt want to go on this trip. For that reason I thought, for sure it would be pretty boring and, perhaps embarrassing if I had to do anything. However, to my colossal surprise it turned out to be a very stupendous experience. I thoroughly enjoyed everything, including the cooking classes. You did such an amazing job of blending trips to historical sites, exposing us to local customs, visiting production facilities of interest, and providing exposure to the Polish customs and heritage that was embodied in the cooking classes. I actually enjoyed learning about the cooking traditions. Joan and I would like to thank you and Paulina so very much for such a great insight to Poland. Poland will be on the top of my list of places to go."

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  • Review by Susan G. from United States

    "We really enjoyed our visit to Poland and we want to thank you and Paulina for all you did to make it an enriching experience. My Dad was still talking about how much he enjoyed the culinary trip and how surprised he was to be a guy, and have that much fun on what he thought would be a vacation just for the ladies. He is ready to go again! We loved Poland. We hope to be back to explore other areas. Diana and Eric already made the salmon and spinach pierogi on Sunday! We are looking forward to getting the other recipes, well all be doing Polish dinner parties in the upcoming months."

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  • Review by Carol M. from United States

    "It was a wonderful trip, learning and experiencing Poland was the best. Your company and Ala were so well organized. There was not a single glitch. What memories I have! Thank you."

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  • Review by Stefanie B. from United States

    "This trip far exceeded my expectations of Poland. Thank you for all your hard work!"

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  • Review by Tracy H. from United States

    "Thank you for a wonderful cooking experience. You are a positive force for your beautiful Polish country."

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