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Authentic Culinary Vacation Greece

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Enjoy a unique Cycladic cooking vacation and cultural experience on this amazing and authentic culinary week in Naxos! Immerse in the local lifestyle, picturesque Greek islands, cooking classes, winery visits, wine tastings, and more as you reveal Naxos' true spirit!

Highlights

  • Enjoy a Greek cooking lesson
  • Experience a Greek sandals workshop
  • Have a good time with a cheese and wine tour
  • You'll have a bakery visit with a breadmaking demonstration
  • 1 dinner, a picnic, and 2 lunches will be provided
  • 6 nights accommodation

Styles


4 days with instruction
Group size: 2-6 participants
Airport transfer included: Naxos Island National Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Car rental
  • Free Wi-Fi

Your accommodation is constructed in traditional Cycladic style. The hotel is a miniature of Naxos Island where each room retains the features of a village and it is made of marble, emery, and plaster. In addition, each room presents one village with information and photos.

This beautiful family-run boutique hotel offers magnificent rooms, some of them with sea view from the balconies, or rooms with a balcony to the small garden, and some of them with veranda and a private Jacuzzi.

Hotel services

  • Reception and information services
  • Daily cleaning
  • Safe box
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit cards accepted

Room facilities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Private bathroom
  • Satellite TV
  • Refectory
  • Coffeemaker
  • Hairdryer
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Safe box
  • Hot water 24 hours
  • Balcony or terrace

Program

The Greek myth says that god Apollo worshipped, with special affection by Naxiots, his son Aristaios, who was an excellent cheesemaker, to teach the islanders the art of cheese making. Although tens of centuries have passed since then, Naxos, being an island blessed with fertile plains, abundant water resources, mountains with rich vegetation, and endless grazing lands, is still characterized by a particularly developed livestock sector and produces some of the best-known Greek cheeses.

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive at Naxos Airport (or port) and private transfer to accommodation. Upon arrival, meet your hostess and settle in. You may want to go for a walk, or just relax. Dinner will be served around 9 p.m.

Day 2: Cooking class

Have breakfast. Many people believe that in order to know a place well, you need to know its everyday life, therefore, they will take you to a home in Kaloxylos to prepare a typical Greek meal with a housewife and her family! Then enjoy a great lunch with wine! The afternoon is free. Dinner is on your own.

Day 3: Cheese tour

Have breakfast. In the morning, be ready to experience firsthand authentic creamery. You will see how graviera and xinotiro are made. Lunch in a tavern is included. Then, head out to a vineyard to have a wine tasting. Dinner is on your own.

Day 4: The art of Greek sandals

Have breakfast. The art of making sandals is a present from the progenitor to the world classic fashion. You will get to witness the expert craftsman prepare and make a pair of Greek sandals from scratch. It will be an interactive, one-of-a-kind, session (morning) where they will demonstrate step-by-step how a greek sandal is crafted. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Day 5: Free day

Free day for individual activities. Suggestion: Visit Apiranthos village.

Day 6: Rustic bakery and picnic

Have breakfast at the hotel. Then, you will visit a traditional bakery and you'll cook all together a pie. You will watch the procedure of baking in the wooden oven. Then, stroll through the village of Kinidaros. 30 minutes later, go back to the bakery and choose other goodies from the bakery.

Then, have a picnic lunch in the oaks groove, very close to the oven. The menu includes cheese pie, local honey, handmade jam, a variety of cheeses, Greek yogurt, filtered coffee, juice, ham, bread, olives, eggs, and, of course, the goods that guests will choose from the bakery. The afternoon is free. Dinner is on your own

Day 7: Departure

After your last delicious breakfast, you'll be transferred to the airport/port.

Please note that the order of the activities can be, at times, subject to change.

Location

Naxos is the most fertile island of Cyclades. Its products are known throughout Greece for their excellent quality, showing that the island is as the locals say a blessed place. In the south of Naxos, the inhabitants cultivate the famous Naxian potato and other fruits and vegetables. In the north part of the island, they cultivate vineyards and produce exquisite wine.

Naxos is also famous for its olive oil production. On the island over 400,000 olive trees are planted, of which 200,000 are in the basin of Tragaia. In the mountains, hundreds of goats and sheep are raised, while cows are raised mainly in the lowland. From their milk, the famous Naxian cheese is made: graviera, kefalotyri, xynotiri, and xynomyzithra.

As the Naxian like having fun, they accompany their festivities by their local citrus liqueur from the distillation of the leaves of citron, cultivated only in the fertile lands of Naxos. Naxos has also great mineral wealth such as the emery and the marble, which are internationally recognized for their quality.

From the boat, one can see the entire western coastline of Naxos, with the steep rocky mountains plunging into the Aegean Sea. The entrance to the port of Naxos is unlike any other. In a few moments, the visitor can get a clear idea of the island’s rich historical background, its grandiose towers, its strong religious ties, its agricultural heritage, and its recent tourist development. But the island’s true magnificence lies in every monument, every village, and every beach.

Features

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace

Services

  • Car rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer

Food

Daily fresh breakfast, one dinner, two lunches, and one picnic are included. Wine will be served with one of the lunches and there's a wine tasting on Day 3.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Day 5 is a free day for individual activities. You can visit Apiranthos Village.

What's included

  • 1 Greek cooking lesson
  • 1 bakery visit
  • 1 cheese and wine tour
  • 1 bread-making demonstration
  • Daily fresh breakfast
  • 1 dinner, 1 picnic, 2 lunches
  • 1 Greek sandals workshop experience
  • 6 nights accommodation at a 3-star boutique hotel in Naxos
  • Transfer from/to Naxos Airport (JNX) or port on a modern minibus (or taxi to and from accommodation)
  • All transfers to and from the activities

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Meals and drinks
  • Excursions that are not listed in the program
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Naxos Island National Airport Airport transfer included: Naxos Island National Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Participants aged 0 - 2 and 99 years old are free of charge.

Availability

This vacation is available from May to October. Please select an arrival date below.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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