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7 Day Culinary Holiday in Chios, North Aegean

Chios, North Aegean, Greece

Greece Culinary Holiday

Let's discover and share memories on Greek food and wine. Aegean Flavours invites you to experience a culinary holiday in Greek! Here, you will enjoy two Chios cooking lesson, a wine tasting, a hike starting from Egrigoros to Agiasmata, and a thermal bath in Agiasmata. Also, you will learn anything about Greece, share stories, make lasting friendships and undoubtedly have a fabulous time. So, don't miss this chance out!

Highlights

  • 1 wine tasting
  • 2 Chios cooking lesson
  • 2 guided village tours and 1 monastery visit
  • 1 hiking experience and 1 thermal spa session
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Transfers

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6 days with instruction
Group size: 2-10 participants
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Accommodation

Your accommodation is a three-star boutique hotel in the north-western part of Chios, the island of the picturesque medieval villages. It is located on the crown of a pine forest and has walking distance access to the secluded beach of Lefkathia, a small bay with thick black sand and emerald crystal clear waters! Regarding the facilities, it has safety, air conditioning, hairdryer, balcony, refrigerator, sitting area, free toiletries, toilet, Microwave, bathroom, kitchen, bathtub or shower, and sea view.

Program

Day 1: Arrival

  • Arrival and transfer from either Chios airport or the cruise port to your home for the week, about 15 minutes away.
  • A welcome dinner (tonight, introducing you to the coastal cuisine of Aegean)
  • Overnight

Day 2: Thermal bath

  • Breakfast
  • After breakfast hiking activity: Egrigoros - Agiasmata (4,2 square kilometers - easy)
  • Thermal bath in Agiasmata
  • Lunch at a traditional restaurant in Agiasmata after the epic spa (included)
  • Return to the accommodation
  • Afternoon visit a local winery and enjoy a fancy wine tasting (Kefalas winery - Volissos)
  • Tour around Volissos village: Visiting Volissos Castle, the school, traditional bakery, and strolling around narrow alleys
  • Dinner at the local tavern (included)
  • Overnight

Day 3: Some cooking!

  • Breakfast
  • Chios cooking lesson! Your first Chios cooking class will include five recipes.
  • Lunch based on what you have prepared
  • Return to the accommodation
  • Afternoon visit to Agio Galas cave and Panagia Agiogalousena church in Agio Galas village
  • Dinner at a local taverna (on your own)
  • Return to the accommodation
  • Overnight

Day 4: Mastic!

  • Breakfast
  • Mastiha experience: Visit to Mastiha Museum and attending Mastiha cultivation experimental process (entry fee is not included in the price.)
  • Visit Purgi-Mesta
  • Lunch at a local tavern (included)
  • Return to the accommodation
  • Afternoon visit Nea Mon i- Anavatos - Avgonyma
  • Dinner at the local tavern (included)
  • Overnight

Day 5: Free day

  • Free day for individual activities (ask your host for suggestions)
  • Lunch and dinner on your own

Day 6: The second cooking class

  • Breakfast
  • Free morning
  • Lunch on your own
  • In the late afternoon (approximately 15:00), you meet the chef for your dessert class. The three-hour class includes two or three specialties cooked and tasted with coffee.
  • Farewell dinner (included)
  • Overnight

Day 7: Departure

  • After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport of Chios. Have a safe flight! Thank you!

Note: This is an itinerary for people who search the extraordinary meeting the locals, cooking, tasting, and exploring.

Included excursions

  • Afternoon visit to Agio Galas cave and Panagia Agiogalousena church in Agio Galas village
  • Afternoon visit to Nea Mon i- Anavatos - Avgonyma
  • Hiking activity: Egrigoros - Agiasmata
  • Thermal bath in Agiasmata
  • Tour around Volissos village

Location

Chios is the fifth in size island of Greece with a surface area of 842.29 square kilometers. Chios has a population of approximately 51.320 inhabitants. The land of Chios is mostly mountainous, while there are flat and fertile parts especially at the Southern and Eastern sections of the island. The mountain range of Pelinaiο lies across the northern part of the island with a peak of 1.297 meters. The total length of Chios coastline reaches 213 kilometers. Chios has a mild temperate Mediterranean climate. Chios is famous for its notable exports of mastic gum.

Food

Greek food is the mother of all Mediterranean diets: historically rich, fantastically delicious, and supremely nutritious. Bread, olives, and wine constituted the triptych of the Greek diet for many centuries, just as they do today. Greek food is based on simple and healthy ingredients. Preparing and enjoying Greek food, anywhere in the world, is an adventurous journey into the cradle of civilization and the land of the Gods of Olympus. Fruit is relatively inexpensive and available mainly by season, though in more cosmopolitan spots one can find such things as avocados for much of the year.

Other major ingredients include liberal use of lemon juice, pepper, oregano, garlic, and tomatoes in different iterations (fresh, peeled, paste, etc.). Greek cuisine shares a wide range of dishes, habits, and techniques, with Italian cuisine as well as with old Byzantine and the Ottoman Empire, because Greek food has been influenced by many other culinary traditions. Consequently, our contemporary cuisine shares many names with other cultures - the Moussaka and Baklava are Turkish names, whereas dishes like the Pastitsada have a strong Italian flavor.

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)

You may enjoy Mastiha experience: Visit to Mastiha Museum and attending Mastiha cultivation experimental process.

What's included

  • 2 cooking lessons
  • 1 wine tasting
  • 1 monastery visit
  • 2 guided village tours
  • 1 hiking experience
  • 1 thermal spa session
  • 1 cookbook
  • Transfers
  • 8 meals
  • 6 nights' accommodation

What's not included

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

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 on arrival.

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This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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