Poland is an endless culinary story. We’re famous for sausage, pierogi and vodka but did you know we also make excellent cheese, amazing organic honey, 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 Polish region of Lower Silesia, full of picturesque mountains and breathtaking palaces, and this is where we want to take you for a tour! To top it up, we included a visit to the cities of Kraków and Wrocław in our program, so we won’t lack some sightseeing. Are you ready for the Polish culinary adventure?
24 Jun – 01 Jul 2017 02 – 09 Sep 2017
We will take you on an all-inclusive 8-day + 8-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 Lower Silesia, Kraków and Wrocław. During the tour, everything will be taken care of by our guide, expert in culinary culture and fluent in English.
DAY 1: KRAKÓW / PIEROGI
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 pierogi masterclass held at a private house that is also going to be our dinner.
DAY 2: AUSCHWITZ / KRAKÓW / NOWA HUTA
After breakfast at the hotel, part of the group departs for Auschwitz to visit the site and museum of the former Nazi death camp. As an alternative, the remaining part of the group will visit a local food market and take a tour to Nowa Huta, an ‘ideal communist city’, now part of Kraków, built in 1950s. Lunch will be served in a quirky, communist-style cafeteria. The afternoon is free, with a possibility for individual sightseeing or shopping. We meet for dinner and vodka tasting at a renowned traditional Polish restaurant in the Old Town.
DAY 3: SALT MINE / VODKA / FINE 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 move on west of Kraków via Wadowice, the birthplace of John Paul II to reach Pszczyna for a tasting dinner at one of Poland’s most awarded, Jules Verne-inspired Steampunk Restaurant. We will spend the night in a nearby 4* hotel located by a lake amid forest, in a 19th c. hunting lodge.
DAY 4: SAUSAGE / CASTLE DINNER / SPA
After delicious breakfast we will set off for Dolny Śląsk (Lower Silesia), where the first attraction will be kiełbasa-making workshop on the locally famous butcher’s premises. An on-site barbecue will serve as lunch. For a break, we will visit a nearby botanical garden: we will be visiting at the time when either lilies or hortensia are in bloom. The dinner will be served at a magnificent, renaissance-castle-turned-hotel restaurant where we will get a chance to try a menu basing on local and seasonal produce. We will spend the night in nearby Dzierżoniów in a 4* spa-hotel, with opportunity to use sauna, Jacuzzi or the salt grotto.
DAY 5: PICTURESQUE TOWNS / CHEESE / VALLEY OF PALACES
Soon after breakfast we will take a walk in Świdnica, a fascinating, lovely town full of charm and history. Some of the highlights will be the main square, 15th c. cathedral and UNESCO-listed wooden Church of Peace. Next on our itinerary will be another hands-on workshop: this time we will visit a family-run goat farm supplying goat cheese to most famous Polish restaurants. We will follow the production process and have lunch on the spot. On the way to the hotel, we will visit Łomnica with its two splendid palaces: part of the famous Lower Silesian Valley of Palaces. To feel a bit of the noble atmosphere, we will have dinner and spend two following nights in yet another palace, in Staniszów. The 4* hotel has fantastic amenities (swimming pool, saunas, vast park) allowing for relaxing recreation.
DAY 6: BREAD / HONEY / COUNTRYSIDE
This day will be full of attractions taking place in the peaceful Polish countryside. We will start with baking spelt bread in a secluded village so calm, you will be able to hear your heartbeat. We will also take a walk around the village and taste local products, cake and wine. Next, we will visit a bee yard where a local farmer will explain how honey is made. Naturally, there will be time for tasting, too. Our next stop will be Villa Greta in Dobków, a family-run B&B and restaurant where we will try delicious, homey food for dinner. We will be back at the hotel early enough to be able to relax at the pool or in the gardens.
DAY 7: POTTERY / MORE PALACES / OLD BREWERY
We will start the day with a hearty breakfast and will continue through the hills of Lower Silesia to Bolesławiec – a town famous for its pottery factories. We will visit one of them for a tour and a workshop where the participants will make their own plate or mug. There will be opportunity to shop. We will take a look at the historic city centre and continue to Brunów Palace for lunch at yet another beautiful historic residence. A little later we will stop in Lwówek Śląski for a tour of one of Poland’s oldest functioning brewery followed with a beer tasting. We will continue on to Wrocław – the region’s biggest city, where we will have dinner and spend the last two nights in the stunning, historic The Granary – La Suite 5* hotel.
DAY 8: WROCŁAW / FAREWELL DINNER
The last full day of the tour will be devoted to visiting Wrocław: the historic, cultural and administrative capital of Lower Silesia. We will discover the city with a local guide and see the old town, spectacular Centennial Hall, Odra riverbanks and islands, the cathedral and a 19th c. 360-degree panoramic painting. The afternoon will be an opportunity to continue discovering the the city on your own or taking some time off relaxing at the hotel or one of numerous local cafes and pubs. In the evening we will meet up again for a farewell family-style dinner at an innovative modern restaurant serving seasonal dishes.
DAY 9: CHECKOUT
After the breakfast at the hotel, it’s time for departures or continuing your journey through Poland upon your own arrangements.
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: Poland Is Breathtaking! Our Culinary Trip To Lower Silesia.
» Have a look at the special FAQ page for the Lower Silesia 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.