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Day 1 –Dinner, Warsaw – Polish Bread - One cannot overestimate the meaning of bread in Polish cuisine and tradition. It has been an essential part of them both for centuries. Now the variety of different bread types available at the nearest grocer's is taken for granted. But in the past ages time of hardship often struck, and bread was treated with great respect. It was visible in folk customs. When bread fell to the ground, it was immediately picked up and kissed. A new loaf was marked with the sign of the cross before cutting. And important guests to the house were greeted with bread and salt. To keep the Polish tradition you will be welcomed with a loaf of bread and salt.

The Flavour of Polish Music - Following Private Frederic Chopin music piano recital to be held in one of beautiful palace interiors of Warsaw. No-one else in the history of Polish music has so creatively used folk rhythms Polonez, Mazurek, Oberek, Kujawiak for concert pieces and no-one else has achieved such international recognition. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant with vodka tasting ceremony and presentation of cocktails based on different kinds of vodka.

The meaning of passion for cooking - The restaurant we will take you to belongs to the famous restaurant owner Magda Gessler. She is a an artist, painter, designer but most of all Poland’s famous restaurateur. She is the creator, owner or co-owner of numerous restaurants in Warsaw (including U Fukiera, Ale Gloria, Polka, Słodki- Słony, Zielnik) and in other Polish cities. In her restaurants she creates special romantic atmosphere, she pays particular attention to all decoration details like flowers, tablecloths, wallpapers. The food is superb. Gessler is a poet in kitchen. She knows exactly how to turn Polish traditional dishes in to something unusual, romantic and one of the kinds. That’s why you will have the chance not only to degust ate delicious dishes but also spend your evening in a charming ambience.

Vodka Tasting - Just as France is famous for its champagne, so vodka has been Poland’s most important drink for centuries. Produced in a thousand ways for the last thousand years, this drink holds an important place in the Polish tradition. It is difficult to imagine Poland without this kind of alcohol, and a visitor coming to Poland should experience at least a small shot of its pleasure.

 

 

Day 2 –Breakfast and Lunch, Warsaw - Walk through the Old Town, an excellent example of a compromise between the historic values and modern needs. See the Barbican, St. John’s Cathedral, Warsaw’s oldest and most distinguished church, connected to celebrations of proclamation of Poland’s Constitution of May 3, the first constitution in Europe and only the second in the world. Visit historical sites of Warsaw: the Ghetto Memorial, the Monument of the Warsaw Uprising, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Take pleasure in a drive along the Royal Route with its beautiful palaces, aristocratic residences, famous statues and historic churches. Visit to the Royal Castle - the residence of first Polish Parliament. Rebuilt after the W.W. II some of its 300 rooms can be visited. All are furnished and decorated as it was ages ago. There is the magnificent Knight’s Hall with six large paintings by Marcello Bacciarelli and the largest and most impressive of all the chambers is the Ballroom.

Cooking lesson and Beer Degustation - Dinner at a local restaurant, where you will also have a possibility to try to make your own ‘Pierogi’ – dumplings – with different kind of stuffing: meat, cabbage and mushrooms or fruits. This will be an unforgettable cooking lesson and degustation of the most famous Polish dish. Poles love to drink beer, so while here our guests may join locals to play this national sport and start traditional brewery/pub run in the Polish capital. Therefore, after dinner and your cooking lesson we will take you to “Kompania Piwna” – a typical beer restaurant with live music, excellent food, including different kinds of beers & snacks.

 

 

Day 3- Breakfast and Lunch, Warsaw-Torun-Gdansk - Visit the Nicolas Copernicus Museum – Copernicus, a famous Polish astronomer, the man who forever changed the place of man in the universe. Visit an intriguing and magical place, filled with the history of Toruń and the scent of the famous gingerbread (Piernik), which teaches through fun and interaction traditional gingerbread baking, giving joy and laughter, no matter how old you are, after all there is a child in each of us. Lunch at one of the local restaurants and degustation of different kind of ginger bread for the dessert. Drive to Gdansk, a city where Solidarity was born and a city famous for Lech Walesa, a man who inspired the transformation in Europe.

 


Day 4 – Breakfast and Dinner, Gdansk - Touring of Gdansk- See the lovely Main Town Hall with a life – size gilded figure of King Sigismund Augustus on top, admire the Artus Court – where for several centuries the wealthiest local merchants held their meetings, banquets and general revelries, the Neptune Fountain - dominated by the sea god, trident in hand, St Mary’s Church – believed to be the largest brick church in the world. Visit to Amber Museum - located inside Gdansk’s medieval Torture Tower this fine, multi-floor exhibition with additional multimedia displays features everything amber-related from large raw lumps of the stuff to some stunningly ornate artistic creations. Museum takes up all the floors, with each floor dedicated to a different amber-related issue. The second floor is dedicated to how amber formed. The 3rd floor presents various forms of amber processing and use, its application as a medicinal agent and examples of artistic craft. Works of artistic craftsmanship went unsigned at the time and the cabinet which is now at the Amber Museum is one of only three in the world to bear the name of its creator.

Shants and Goldwasser - In the afternoon visit the factory where jewellery made of amber is produced. In the evening drive to Sopot – one of Poland’s most fashionable seaside resorts. Stroll along the pier, reputedly the longest on the Baltic, which continues for 512 meters into the sea. Dinner at a local restaurant.

 


Day 5 – Breakfast and Lunch, Kartuzy – Chmielno –Wdzydze -Poznan - Transfer to Poznan via Kartuzy. The Kashubian Regional Museum will introduce you to some of the intricacies of Kashubian domestic, cultural and religious traditions. Highlight of the curator’s guided tour is his performance of a Kashubian folk song complete with dramatic accompaniment. Another attraction is a display of snuff-boxes. We continue to the village of Chmielno, known for its more than a hundred-year-old potter’s workshop of the Necel family and the Museum of Kashubian Pottery.

Back to the Folk Traditions - Stop in Wdzydze Kiszewskie with the oldest in Poland ethnographical open-air museum, picturesquely located within the Wdzydze Landscape Park The skansen includes buildings collected from the central and southern Kashubia region .Enjoy organ recital in the 18th century church which is used for Sunday mass and is also the site of regional organ concerts which are held here every summer. Watching this irreplaceable archival resource apart you will meet local artists and see the process of making embroidery and wickerwork of pine root. Lunch at a local restaurant with folklore entertainment-Try traditional dishes of regional cuisine: Golce, Ruchanki. Arrival in Poznan- Check in and time to enjoy as you please.

 

 

Day 6 - Breakfast and Dinner, Poznan – Swarzwdz – Czerniejewo – Poznan - Excursion to Swarzedz- See the fine assemblage of beehives, which range from simple hollow trunks to even faithful copies of Poznan’s town hall and the cathedral following a walking tour of the Poznan Old Town Square including the Town Hall with fine arcades and the splendid, monumental Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul at the Ostrów Tumski. The cathedral is lined with 15 chapels, built from 13th till 19th century. Then we visit the Musical Instruments Museum which houses amazing collection of instruments, from whistles to concert pianos, dating between 15-20th century. Balance of the day free. In the evening we will take you to Pepowo Palace where you will see the beautiful interiors of the residence. Afterwards, drive in a horse carriage for a picnic dinner by a bon fire with folklore entertainment.

 


Day 7 – Breakfast and Dinner, Poznan – Lowicz –Warsaw - Drive to Warsaw- En route stop in Łowicz, a small town known for cultivating the folk traditions in music, dress, embroidery and paper cut – outs. Enjoy a rich collection of Łowicz costumes with a typical colorful striped pattern, paper cut outs and roadside shrines in the Regional Museum.

Home hosted delights - Old Polish saying goes “Guest in the home, God in the home”. Enjoy famous Polish hospitality with a home hosted lunch prepared by a local family in their charming house set by the ruins of the former Lowicz Castle. You will also have a chance to degust ate a typical home-made jams and preserves. Also see the presentation of typical Lowicz paper cut-outs and try to do your own-made cut-out. Dessert to be served in a beautiful garden- Continue your drive to Warsaw.

 


Day 8- Breakfast, Warsaw-
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight back.