The 5 best tours in Europe for real foodies

From dedicated food tours that uncover hidden gems to cooking classes with the locals, here are some of the best European foodie experiences on the menu from Klook…

Experiencing exciting new flavours is one of the best things about travel; after all, everyone knows that the only way to get a true taste of a destination is through your stomach. From dedicated food tours that uncover hidden gems to cooking classes with the locals, here are some of the best European foodie experiences on the menu from Klook, to tempt your taste buds…

1. Whip up a Paella in Madrid

Whip up a Paella in Madrid (Klook)

Whip up a Paella in Madrid (Klook)

What better way to boost seeing the sights of Spain and its capital city than by taking a class to learn how to make one of the country’s most famous dishes: Paella. This small-group cooking class takes place at the home of a local family, where you’ll don aprons and discover the secrets of traditional Spanish cuisine. With the help of a local chef, you’ll prepare and combine fresh, locally-sourced ingredients to cook a Paella packed with flavour and as it simmers on the stove, learn how to make Sangria, a refreshing Spanish cocktail. After everyone’s done cooking, share a meal with the rest of the class, trade stories of your travels, and ask your host for some hidden gems to visit whilst in Madrid.

2. Get brewing in Munich

Get brewing in Munich (Klook)

Get brewing in Munich (Klook)

Make your way to Munich and you’ll undoubtedly want to try a hearty brew of some of its local beers. Famous for its annual Oktoberfest celebrations, a bevy of breweries, beer gardens and beer festivals await those who explore this historic city. Brewing beer is a centuries-old tradition in Munich, and you can get a behind-the-scenes look at how a brewery operates with first-hand knowledge passed on by master brewers, stories of the city, and of course a refreshing taster of everything they serve.

3. Amore in Rome

Make a pizza in Rome (Klook)

Make a pizza in Rome (Klook)

Located in the heart of Rome, just a few steps away from the Trevi Fountain, the ‘That’s Amore’ restaurant doesn’t just serve up authentic Italian cuisine but also hosts cooking classes that can show you how to make delicious pizza too. Roll up your sleeves, as this 90-minute cooking experience will have you mixing, kneading, and rolling out the dough, topping it with fresh ingredients, and baking your culinary masterpiece in a traditional wooden stove. It all makes for a fun and authentic way to have lunch as you explore one of Italy’s greatest cities.

4. Sip Champagne in Reims

Sip Champagne in Reims (Klook)

Sip Champagne in Reims (Klook)

Pour a little Champagne into your city break with a full-day tour from Paris to Reims. The town is famous not only for its contribution to France’s history – home to the Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame, where the coronations of its kings took place – but also for being the unofficial capital of the Champagne region. Travelling through vine-covered landscapes, you’ll stop at the Mumm Champagne house and then on to Mercier to explore their cellars, learn the fine art of how Champagne is created and, naturally, indulge in a glass or two.

5. Fine Finnish food

Try the fine food of Finland (Klook)

Try the fine food of Finland (Klook)

There are hidden foodie hotspots and local delicacies galore to try on Klook’s three-day culinary journey from Helsinki to Turku. Thanks to its long hot summers, Finnish cuisine is renowned for the incorporation of fresh, seasonal, and rich natural produce, such as herbs and berries. With incredible flavours brought to the fore throughout, this trip begins with dinner at Helsinki’s famous Kaarna Baari & Keittiö restaurant followed by a journey to the south-western city of Turku, explored through a dedicated food walk with stops at five different restaurants or cafes; from sumptuous appetisers at Brahen Kellari to delicious desserts at Pinella’s.

Why Warsaw is emerging as the main event in Central-Eastern Europe

Standing atop the 30th floor observation deck of the Palace of Science & Culture in the heart of Warsaw, gave a sense of the confidence in Poland’s capital right now.

Dramatic Manhattan-style skyscrapers designed by leading architects were clustered in the direction of the airport, with many more planned for construction.

The regular sight of aircrafts approaching Chopin International Airport, suggests its proximity to the city centre.

In 2017 passenger arrivals to Polish airports were up by 17% over 2016. New flight arrivals, since January 2019, include LOT Polish Airlines’ new 12 weekly-services from London City Airport, a physical and metaphorical link between the financial hearts of two key European capitals.

This confidence has translated into performance, with Poland promoted to the group of developed countries in the FTSE Russell Index in 2018. According to ICCA the number of events held in Warsaw increased more than twice (by 144%) between 2007 and 2017.

Added to which new major exhibition and congress facilities have emerged in recent years to meet demand and bolster a rapidly growing sector.

The Palace of Science & Culture

The Palace of Science & Culture was constructed in 1955, on the initiative of Joseph Stalin as a ‘gift from the Soviet people for the Poles’. Varsovians’ say “the best view of the city is from the top of the Palace as one cannot see the building itself” such are the memories of the communist-era.

That said, this listed monument is a vast and multi-layered behemoth of a complex, housing four theatres, a multiplex cinema, three museums, four universities, a dance school and a Congress Hall, soon to be re-opened after renovations. There is 10,000sqm of exhibition space and the capacity for congresses and conferences for up to 4,000 participants and the palace will host the next edition of DentExpo in 2020.

PGE Narodowy stadium

Another super structure on view, sitting just across the Vistula River in the Praga district, was the crown-shaped national PGE Narodowy stadium, fondly referred to as the red and white ‘Nest’. Opened on the eve of Euro 2012 as the centre-piece venue of the football championships, this architecturally refined and multifunctional arena, has the ability to host global events with a state-of-the art conference centre and 22,000 sqm of exhibition space.

PGE Narodowy’s event CV includes the hosting of a windsurfing regatta, followed by a car racing show within days of each other. The Rolling Stones have performed there, whilst the 2014 UN Change Conference and 2016 NATO Summit used the stadium.

Praga

Plans are still ongoing to create a concert hall, congress centre and hotels around the vicinity of the stadium, all contributing to ‘Praga’ districts continued regeneration.

Praga’s location on the right bank of the Vistula, helped it escape the destruction witnessed in the city centre during WWII. The ‘hipster’ neighbourhood is popular for pre-and-post event incentive tours, which dip into the quirkier side of Warsaw’s tumultuous history.

Tours can be arranged in a fleet of 10 historic communist-era ‘Nysa 522’ vans (7 people per van) and 5 retro buses (34-48 per bus), taking in the Neon Muzeum, which preserves signs that once illuminated the capital and instilled post-war confidence through the ‘great neonisation’ campaign.

Polish Vodka Museum

Also, the Polish Vodka Museum, whose multi-media exhibits tells the 500-year history of Polish Vodka. The former Koneser Vodka distillery dating to 1897, alongside connected buildings can offer sizeable spaces for MICE events.

With feet firmly back on Warsaw’s cobbled stones, I’m told that the Exhibition and Trade Fair sector is acting as a key driver for the economy, and a means to increase the international profile of the city.

Davide Odella, Sales Director of EXPO XXI Warsaw, a major venue with nearly 20 years’ experience and 3000 events under its belt, stated

“currently, there is a clear trend and growth in b2c shows, and new sectoral b2b E-commerce events”.

Robert Zapulski, Director of the Marketing Festival and Print Festival, which will take place during September 2019, states

The Ptak Warsaw Expo International Exhibition & Congress Centre

EXPO XXI now has some new venues to contend with; the Ptak Warsaw Expo International Exhibition & Congress Centre opened in 2015 and recently ranked first in Poland and 19th in Europe, regarding total venue space, by the ‘Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI)’. In fact Ptak is the largest Exhibition Centre in the whole of Central-Eastern Europe (CEE), offering six-halls with a combined space of 143,000 square metres.

The size and magnitude of the facility, provides space for events from the B2B and B2C worlds to intertwine and flourish. Examples of this include the Warsaw Motor Show, Go Active and Warsaw Industry Week: Ptak Warsaw Expo is the largest organizer of nearly 30 in-house events and developing all of them – they are growing by more than 30% per year. Ptak is still very young organizer, but developing a first-class reputation as a major trade fair organiser and venue” stated Zaneta berus, CEO of In21Win and Board Advisor to Ptak Warsaw.

Global Expo

The most recent opening in the city in 2018, was the trade fair and congress centre Global Expo, which includes the largest conference and banquet room of 2015sqm; built on the site of the former FSO Car factory, Global Expo, incorporates post-industrial design with innovation technology.

Odella welcomes these new additions to the exhibition venue landscape:

New venues have attracted new exhibitions creating increased demand for accommodation, especially in the former factory district of Mokotów/Sluzewiec. The area is a symbol of internationalisation, home to global companies, hotel chains and residential apartments, all nearby Chopin International Airport.

Poland’s capital is the master of reinvention and the Exhibition industry’s investments, facilities and major wins, have provided a good barometer to the health of Warsaw’s present and future. EXPO XXI, Ptak and Global Expo are defining Warsaw’s global presence for major event organisers, but are part of a much wider ecosystem within the city’s MICE portfolio, that are neatly aligning with a new found cultural dynamism and competitive pricing. These vital ingredients are positioning Warsaw as the CEE’s business and tech hub.

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6 Destinations To Visit In Europe

Best Destinations in Europe

When visiting Europe, there are a number of elements to consider such as ordering your European health insurance card and organizing flights but what about your final destination. With a number of amazing locations, narrowing it down can be time-consuming. But we have a solution. In this article, we will be giving you a list of 6 destinations in Europe that you need to visit in your lifetime.

Paris, France

The city of love is the perfect place to visit if you are looking for rest and relaxation amongst some of the worlds most beautiful architecture. With amazing restaurants, a number of museums and the world-famous Eiffel tower, you can see the sites and experience some of the world’s best architecture and soak up the culture.

Venice, Italy

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Another historic location that is perfect for a romantic getaway is Venice in Italy. With architecture dating back centuries and the world’s most extensive networks of rivers, this water city is a popular location for tourists all year round. With a number of luxury hotels as well as restaurants serving some of the very best Italian food, you can have a holiday of a lifetime when visiting here.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Another popular location for you to visit with the family is the city of Amsterdam. With the Van Gogh Museum, Damn Square and Anne Frank’s house, you can learn about the history and begin to explore some of the world’s most historic landmarks. There are also a number of picturesque locations for you and the family to explore when spending time here.

Additionally, the flights and hotels are also highly affordable allowing you to have the perfect holiday regardless of who you are travelling with.

Athens, Greece

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Greece is yet another amazing location that is worth you visiting particularly if you love taking images in some of the world’s most picturesque locations. With ancient history around every corner and beautiful sunshine throughout the summer months, you can see the sites and make memories here all without breaking the bank. With the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the Plaka temples for you to visit, this is the perfect affordable holiday in the heart of Greece.

The Arctic Coast Way, Iceland

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This amazing location is where the warmth of the volcano meets the chill of the sea creating black sandy beaches and some of the world’s most spectacular cliffs. With a glacial river and high mountains, this is a location that has to be seen to be believed. With 5 beautiful islands for you or explore, bird watching locations as well as boat tours, this is the perfect location for those that love animals, sightseeing and spending time in some of the most unusual locations.

Shetland, Scotland

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The final place to visit on this list is Shetland in Scotland. With a number of must-visit locations such as the town of Lerwick, Mainland Shetland as well as the Fair Isle, there are plenty of places that you can visit to explore the wildlife and enjoy some of the most amazing coastlines. This is the perfect place for those that are looking to escape as you can go on long country walks and explore the mountains and other grass regions.

Whether you are looking to travel to one of the warmest locations in Europe, or you are looking to explore the farms in Scotland, you can be sure you will have the best possible holiday for you and your family. Which will you be visiting first?