Add to your enjoyment of Poland with these unique experiences

Cooking Class – pierogi (Warsaw and Krakow)

Pierogi come in different sizes, but always in the same shape. During a three-hour workshop, prepare a main dish and a dessert. Make pierogi with some of classic fillings: ruskie (Ruthenian-style) with cottage cheese, boiled potatoes, and sautéed onions; artisan meat pierogi with minced pork or savoury cabbage and mushrooms dumplings. Dessert is sweet – so fill the pierogi with seasonal fruits or cottage cheese. This is a home cooking class and takes place in a modern, fully equipped private kitchen conducted by our experienced pierogi expert. No previous experience in cooking is required.

Christmas Market (Gdansk)

Open in December, the Christmas Market in Gdansk is one of the most colourful in Europe. A Venetian carousel, ice rink, an exhibition of traditional Christmas trees from around the world and Christmas Eve treats - these are only few of the attractions of the Christmas Market in Gdansk. The fair offers all kinds of seasonal gifts: handmade hats, scarves, toys, blankets and cushions, gift bags, decorations, candles, angels and Christmas tree ornaments, decorative ceramics, fancy leather, wood and wicker goods. Gourmets are satisfied with festive cakes, pretzels, fruit covered with chocolate and roasted chestnuts. Warm yourself with a mug of hot chocolate or mulled wine.

Museum of Polish Vodka (Warsaw)

A factory complex of neo-Gothic buildings from the late nineteenth century located in Praga. Until recently, the Koneser Vodka Distillery factory had its headquarters here. Pure spirits were produced, as were several types of lesser quality spirits and wines. Many well-known brands of spirits – including the most famous Polish vodkas such as Wyborowa, Luksusowa and Żubrówka – were created here. The factory is an interesting example of industrial architecture from a century ago, with many of the buildings in Gothic style, and the front gate resembling a small castle. Surprisingly, some of the buildings survived World War II.

Bird safari (Biebrza)

Biebrza National Park is one of Poland's bird watching gems. The marshes here are interspersed with grasslands and there are numerous hides and towers for bird watching. In May ruff and great snipe display in abundance and many other waders are present. Overhead black storks, greater-spotted and white-tailed eagles, marsh and Montagu's harrier can be seen. The diversity here is immense from little crake, black-necked and red-necked grebe to Citrine wagtail and aquatic warbler to Ortolan bunting and white-winged black tern. From boats on the wetlands you may also see beaver and elk which are abundant here.

Bison Safari (Podlasie)

A unique wildlife experience in the unspoiled forests of Eastern Poland. Expert naturalist guides will help you spot the rare European Bison. Białowieża Forest is the last remaining stand of natural forest in lowland Europe where over five hundred European Bison still roam in the wild. Additionally, in winter we may offer wolf tracking in the snow. In summer take a bicycle ride through the forest or just relax in the garden. The Eastern Polish traditional landscape with colourful meadows and small wooden houses forms a delightful backdrop to this excursion.

Balloon excursion over Masuria Lakes

Flying in a balloon is a great adventure with the help of a reliable and well-qualified ground crew. The advantage of flying in a balloon is the fact that you can get a 360-degree view, giving you ideal conditions to sightsee and admire the beautiful Masurian views from every side. You can experience the ballooning adventure in two ways; a tied balloon - the flight is on a rope up to 30-metres long or a sightseeing flight lasting 30-40 minutes or 60-70 minutes spent in the air. The whole service includes everything from the preparation phase to welcoming back the ground with a glass of champagne, packing the equipment and transport back to the take-off point. Everything lasts about 3-4 hours.

Dunajec River Raft trip

A full day trip to the Pieniny Mountains (50 km far from Zakopane) visiting some of the most popular attractions of the area with a relaxing rafting trip on traditional, wooden rafts through the spectacular Dunajec Gorge. On the way stop at the foot of Niedzica Castle and the modern dam on Dunajec River. Rafting from Sromowce Katy to the spa town of Szczawnica takes approximately two and a half hours. Also see the UNESCO-listed chapel in Debno Podhalanskie’s 15th century church.

Chopin tour (Warsaw)

Explore places related to Fryderyk Chopin's life in Warsaw. Find out the stories about Chopin's family and the Warsaw of their times. Visit sites where young Fryderyk used to give concerts and listen to Chopin's music while walking along the Royal Route. After the walking tour, we will take you to the birthplace of Fryderyk Chopin in Żelazowa Wola and then a transfer back directly to Chopin's museum located in a baroque palace from the 17th century.

Copernicus tour (Toruń)

Explore the charming old city of Toruń, the home of Copernicus. Undamaged by World War II, the Old Town of Toruń was inscribed by UNESCO in 1997 for its largely intact medieval streets and outstanding buildings. Explore the adjacent New Town, founded in 1264. Admire the red-brick merchant houses and Gothic spires of churches, such as the late Gothic Church of St. James. See the ruins of the Castle of the Teutonic Order and the house where Nicolaus Copernicus was born and learn about his life and work in astronomy, continued at the Planetarium. Don’t miss some of Toruń’s famous gingerbread, baked according to a 16th-century recipe.

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