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Poros Island, Greece - 7 nights
Available April to October - Saturday to Saturday
This week long culinary tour of Greece features fabulous food and excellent wines, colorful open-air markets bursting with gorgeous local products and four unique hands-on cooking classes that explore the healthiest and most delicious food in the world in one of the world's most captivating destinations. Nothing can bring you closer to the essence of Greece than this fantastic hands-on cooking vacation. This culinary tour takes you way beyond the usual tourist experience to get to know the real Greece – tasting, smelling, seeing, touching and learning how to create delicious, authentic Greek dishes yourself.
Get to know fascinating Greece by getting to know its food! Lively Poros Island, the winding alleyways of historic Hydra and the Trizina hills studded with olive orchards and lemon farms – these are the breathtaking backdrops for our cooking vacations in the Aegean Sea.
This week long cooking vacation takes place in the wider Saronic Gulf area, part of the Aegean Sea. Your base is Poros island (just 1 hour from Pireaus port on boat). Each stop on this culinary tour reveals more about the famed Mediterranean cuisine and diet. We offer you the opportunity to participate in cooking lessons at local people’s homes, restaurants, hotels and even a boat if you visit with us in October. The program is based on small groups so you get to go behind the scenes and gain an insider's insight into how the locals live.
Greece’s beauty and charm are undeniable… deep blue skies, whitewashed towns, a long and rich history and cultures, incomparable simplicity and hospitality, plus the lively and warm smile of the Greek people. As if this was not enough, the food and cuisine of Greece are outstanding! Enjoy them on this culinary experience tour and live like a Greek!
You will also be able to see how the ancient Greeks established the corner stone of the Arts & Sciences of the world. We will guide you to breathtaking archaeological sites such as the Theatre & Museum of Epidaurus the glorious town of Nafplio - a once in a lifetime journey, feel and taste the soul of Greece with us!
DAY ONE - SATURDAY
Welcome to Greece! You will be collected from Athens International Airport and taken to Piraeus Port to catch the ferry to Poros. You will then be picked up at Poros Port and driven to your accommodation where you host will welcome you. Your hotel is overlooking the Saronic Gulf and is surrounded by a lovely beach, footpaths and breathtaking landscapes. Get to know your guide and learn more about this Greek cookery and nature holiday. If arrival is early in the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to relax by the pool or enjoy a swim in the blue sea.
In the evening, we will present you with the recipes you will learn during your week. Join us for a Welcome Dinner at the hotel's restaurant.
DAY TWO - SUNDAY
After breakfast, enjoy a Heritage Walking Tour. Follow an experienced local guide, who will lead you off the beaten track to discover Poros old town from a different perspective. In addition to that you will see the clock tower which is the symbol of Poros, and the wonderful architecture of the neo classical buildings.
The tour continues in the local market where we will select our ingredients that will be used for the first cooking class. Lunch on your own. The early part of the afternoon is free for individual activities. After that, you will have your first amazing cooking lesson with fresh and seasonal ingredients.
Dinner will consist of the scrumptious dishes that have been prepared at the villa.
DAY THREE - MONDAY
Following breakfast, we will take you to the opposite side of Poros to see the olive and lemon groves. You will also enjoy a top quality olive oil tasting in award-winning local farms. This part has the best olive oil in the world. In that area, there are also a lot of amazing wild herbs that the Greeks use for cooking. We will offer you a picnic in nature looking at the fabulous Aegean Sea.
In the afternoon, a cooking lesson : we will prepare a typical “Greek meze” (Greek tapas).
Dinner will be served with the meze and other delicious homemade food.
DAY FOUR - TUESDAY
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading out to explore Argolida, a part of the Peloponnese, located in the mainland, just in front of Poros. We will set off on a private coach and head to the ancient theater of Epidaurus, one of the most famous ancient theaters in the world.
The theater is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken word from the proscenium to all 15,000 spectators, regardless of their seating. Our guide will have you scattered in the stands and show you how they can easily hear the sound of a match struck at center-stage. Leaving the theater, we will visit the city of Nafplio, which was the first capital of Greece before Athens. The city has an amazing fortress, a lovely old town and a lot of great shops. You can also visit the house of Komboloi, a typical Greek hand craft and have lunch in a nice tavern in the heart of the town or in front of the port if you prefer.
We will be back in Poros at the end of the afternoon, in order to enjoy a swim if you want. Dinner on your own.
DAY FIVE - WEDNESDAY
Free day for you to explore Poros Island or/and its surrounding zone. Of course, we can arrange for you to rent a bike, or a scooter, or a car to travel across the mainland (e.g. Peninsula / Volcano of Methena ), or if you prefer you can go to a next door island called Aegina, or just relax by the beach or the pool.
Lunch and dinner on your own.
DAY SIX - THURSDAY
After breakfast, we will go to the legendary island of Hydra, a must see place. Hydra is next door, a 30 minute trip by hydrofoil. No cars are allowed, the only transport is donkeys, bicycle or foot, so get ready for a day without vehicles!
After visiting the glorious main part (chora) of the island, you will have your next cooking lesson to learn today how to make a local specialty. Enjoy the meal you cooked having the Aegean Sea on your plate. Then it is time to discover the secret narrow streets or to do some shopping.
Return to Poros late afternoon. Dinner on your own.
DAY SEVEN - FRIDAY
As soon as you have you breakfast, we are off to the Orthodox Monastery of Poros which is located in Kalavria. You will be able to visit the Monastery first, and then you will participate in the preparation of a famous Greek pastry at a traditional “Kafenion” (Greek coffee & pastry shop).
Lunch on your own. The afternoon is free to relax. You can go swimming or shopping in Poros town or anywhere else.
In the evening, we invite you for dinner in a wonderful tavern in Poros.
DAY EIGHT - SATURDAY
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Poros Port to purchase your ferry tickets to Athens. (once you arrive Athens: buses, the underground and taxis take you directly to the airport or anywhere else in Athens).
*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc. Menus are samples and may vary according to the season
NON RESIDENTIAL DAY COOKING CLASS
You will visit one of the oldest and most traditional Greek taverns in Poros marina and you will be initiated into our cooking secrets with plenty of “hands on” preparation and cooking.
Our chef and restaurant owner will show you how to prepare a 3 course meal, which you will enjoy at the end of the lesson.
The venue is a warm and traditional family owned tavern, famous for years among locals for its delicious home style cooking. The owner will welcome you with a small glass of “ouzo” which is a traditional Greek spirit for the newly introduced and a great courage booster for all amateur cooks who are about to enter into the fascinating world of Greek cooking.
The hands on class include 2 starters and a main course, starting in the morning from Monday to Friday from mid April to the middle of October.
A minimum of 3 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.
(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)
HOW TO ARRIVE
Closest Airport: International Airport of Athens Venizielos
First possibility : The airport is 1 hour from Pireaus Port. Then, from Pireaus to Poros Island it is 1 hour with the fast boat.
Second possibility : Poros / Galatas is about 2 hours and 15 minutes from Athens Airport by the cost road ; and then in Galatas to Poros 2 minutes to cross with taxi boat.
Poros is an island, transfer times are dictated by the ferry schedule.
Please note that you must organize your arrival flights to be in Athens AIRPORT between 10:30am and 15:00 (3pm) to be able to connect to your transfer from Athens to Poros.
For departure day, check in at the airport must be after 12:00pm, not in the morning.
If you cannot keep flight times within these parameters, plan to spend extra time in Athens before and/or after your cooking vacation. In most cases, it will also be possible for pickup and drop-off directly from/to a centrally located Athens hotel.
*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation
After availability is confirmed, a 30% non-refundable deposit per person and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due in full 75 days before your arrival date.
Available April to October based on availability - Saturday to Saturday
SEVEN NIGHT PROGRAM
*Transfer from Athens Airport to Piraeus Port on arrival day
*Ferry ticket to Poros (tickets will be waiting for you at the port)
*Seven (7) nights' accommodations at a 4 star hotel with daily breakfast
*Meals mentioned in the program: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
*Four (4) Greek cooking lessons learning one course in each lesson (full meal and wine included in each lesson)
*One (1) excursion and guided tour to the legendary theater and museum of Epidavros and city of Nafplio
*All transport to and from the excursions
*All cooking material and ingredients
*One booklet with Greek recipes
Airfare, museum entrance tickets, the meals and drinks and excursions that are not listed in the program, travel insurance, personal expenses, tips, ferry ticket back to Piraeus Port from Poros on departure day and the transfer once back in Athens on departure day are not included.
NON RESIDENTIAL DAY COOKING CLASS
*Cooking lesson with three course meal (2 starters, 1 main course) plus water, wine, drinks and one dessert
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