Poland is an endless culinary story. We’re famous for sausage, pierogi and vodka but did you know we also make excellent cheese, amazing wine and cider, mouth-watering sourdough bread and have Polish restaurants run by chefs who can compete with the best in the world? We found all those gems in the lovely southern Polish regions of Lesser Poland and Subcarpathia, full of picturesque mountains and breathtaking panoramas, and this is where we want to take you for a tour! To top it up, we included a visit to the citiy of Kraków and its surroundings in our program, so we won’t lack some sightseeing. Are you ready for the Polish culinary adventure?
8 Jul – 15 Jul 2018
We will take you on an all-inclusive 7-day + 7-night tour to discover Polish culture and history through food. We will travel comfortably in a small group (4-12 participants), sleep in luxurious accommodation, take part in multiple hands-on workshops, dine in fantastic venues and visit sights in Lesser Poland (Polish: Małopolska) with its capital, Kraków and Subcarpathia (Polish: Podkarpacie). During the tour, everything will be taken care of by our guide, expert in culinary culture and fluent in English.
DAY 1: KRAKÓW / VODKA TASTING
We meet in the morning in the lobby of our aparthotel to leave the luggage and set off for Kraków sightseeing. We will visit the Old Town, Wawel castle hill and Kazimierz, the former Jewish district. Lunch will be served in a Michelin-recommended restaurant serving modern Polish cuisine. After the tour we come back to the hotel to check in and prepare for the evening traditional Polish dinner with vodka tasting held at a great Old Town restaurant.
DAY 2: SALT MINE / VODKA / CASTLE / FARM-TO-TABLE DINING
We start the day early with a breakfast and head for Wieliczka to visit one of the most amazing monuments of Polish industry, the UNESCO-listed, 700-year-old salt mine. Afterwards we move on to a nearby manor for lunch served from a chef nominated for Chef of the Year in traditional cuisine category by Gault et Milleau food guide. We will also taste the vodkas produced by the manor. We will then move on south of Kraków to reach Nowy Wiśnicz castle where the first Polish cookbook was written. After the visit, we will try 1600s-inspired dishes during the dinner at one of the best countryside restaurants in Poland. In the evening we will check in at a luxurious resort by the Rożnowskie lake where we will spend the next 5 nights.
DAY 3: DAY OFF / SPA / PIEROGI
After delicious breakfast we will let you unwind and take opportunity to relax by the lake, enjoy SPA treatments, the swimming pool or saunas. For those who prefer a more active way of spending the time, a trip to the nearby galician town of Nowy Sącz will be available. In the evening we will teach you to make pierogi at a home-hosted masterclass with a local specialist. Alongside with a barbecue, we will have the pierogi for dinner.
DAY 4: RIVER RAFTING / CHEESE / SLIVOVITZ
We will start this active day with a breakfast at the hotel and set off to the beautiful Dunajec Valley for a 2.5h rafting experience among dramatic cliffs of Pieniny mountains. After having some locally sourced trout for lunch, we will take a short hike to a shepherd’s hut to take a look at the production process of one of the most appreciated Polish smoked cheese (and to taste it, of course!). On the way back to the hotel, we will take a stop to try traditional 140 ABV Slivovitz (for the adventurous) or other fruit distillates in the Łącko region. We will have the tasting dinner at a 5* restaurant by the Rożnowskie lake.
DAY 5: GLASS CITY / WINE & VINEYARDS / GOAT CHEESE
This day is going to be wine day. We will travel to Subarpathian towns of Krosno and Jasło: the first is the Polish glass capital, home to some of the biggest glassworks in the country, and this is where we will visit the Glass Heritage Centre – an interactive museum where you can trace the history of local glass production but also can watch glass products being made. After the lunch at one of the best local restaurants, we will spend the remaining part of the day in two most beautiful vineyards in the nearby Jasło: we will meet the owners, take walks on the premises, hear about the production process and of course try the wine. One of the tastings will be accompanied by goat cheese pairing and presentation made by its producer, another will take place during the dinner we will have in one of the vineyards.
DAY 6: GALICIA / FOLK TRADITIONS / POLISH FEAST
We will take our time after the long day at the vineyards and not hurry: after a lazy breakfast you’ll have your last chance to pamper yourself at the resort’s SPA or marvel at the mountains reflected in the lake surface – at least until lunch. Then, we will set off to discover the history of what was once called Galicia: a region that now stretches over the Polish-Ukrainian border. We will see the beautifully located, quiet town of Stary Sącz, with its cobbled market square and monastery before we travel to the open-air ethnographic park to see original 1800s countryside buildings. We will end the day in an inn on the premises of the park with a regional-style Polish feast.
DAY 7: APPLES / CIDER / BEER / FAREWELL DINNER
The last full day of the tour will take us to a small village of Szczyrzyc: home to an old abbey, a brewery and surrounded by beautiful apple and plum orchards. This is where we will discover the real flavour of Polish national treasure – apples and see how to turn them into delicious, craft cider. We will meet the guys who will tell us about the production process, show us their premises and provide the tasting. We will have our lunch in one of the most amazing restaurants in Poland, also located in Szczyrzyc, where all the food is prepared over open fires. We will later move on back to Kraków to check in for the final night. In the evening we will meet up again for a farewell family-style dinner at an innovative modern restaurant serving seasonal dishes.
DAY 8: CHECKOUT
After the breakfast at the hotel, it’s time for departures or continuing your journey through Poland upon your own arrangements.
Book from the calendar below. Upon checkout you will be asked to pay 20% deposit. The remaining balance needs to be paid at least 90 days prior to the tour (we will issue another invoice). It is also possible to pay via bank transfer. Please contact us if you’d like to choose this form of payment.
Our cancellation policy can be found in the Summer Holidays FAQ section.
Utmost care and consideration were put in preparing this programme. We visited all the hotels and workshop venues included in the itinerary, we tasted the food at the restaurants and discussed the menus in order to provide the highest quality tour. We are sure you are going to enjoy it.
» Read a more detailed account of a trip that inspired us to run this tour on our blog: Tuscany in Poland: Lesser Poland and Subcarpathia Culinary Trip.
» Have a look at the special FAQ page for the Lesser Poland and Subcarpathia holiday.
As many other reviewers have said, the strength of this tour is the wealth of cultural and historic context that Magda provides, for example we learnt a lot about traditional Polish Christmases and the amazing Christmas Eve feast. Try this tour, whether you fancy a breaded cutlet or not - you won't be disappointed!
Magda was a wonderful guide, she is extremely knowledgeable and welcoming. We thoroughly enjoyed learning about the food and the history behind it. She also had great suggestions on where to go during our stay and the food we needed to try (that we couldn't fit in on the tour). Needless to say we spent the rest of our holiday tasting all the delights that Warsaw has to offer! Highly recommended.
Magda seriously knows a lot about Polish cuisine! We are from Lithuania so we didn't expect something too different but we were nicely surprised by tasty food and all the stories that our great guide told us.
I had a blast learning about the history of eating in Warsaw while... eating in Warsaw! Magda was our guide and she is very knowledgable and pulls from her own history and past for examples. I don't think I would have enjoyed Warsaw quite as much without this tour.
My wife and I have been on several food tours in Europe and this one is among the best. Magda is perfectly suited for the food tour and had answers to every question we asked. The way that the history, culture, and traditions of Poland are tied into the tour really made this a well balanced tour.