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Greece Culinary Holiday

Let's discover and share memories of Greek food and wine. Aegean Flavours invites you to experience a culinary holiday in Greece! Here, you will enjoy two Chios cooking lessons, 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!

Highlights

  • 2 cooking lessons and receive a cookbook
  • Enjoy 1 wine tasting and 2 guided village tours
  • Daily breakfast and a total of 8 other meals are included
  • Have a fun hiking experience and a monastery visit
  • Relax with 1 thermal spa session
  • 6 nights accommodation

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4 days with instruction
Group size: 2-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Chios Island National Airport
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Accommodation

Your accommodation is a three-star boutique hotel in the northwestern 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

This is an itinerary for people who search for the extraordinary meeting the locals, cooking, tasting, and exploring. Please make sure you dispose of the right shoes for trekking.

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival and transfer from either Chios airport or the cruise port to your home for the week, about 15 minutes away. Tonight, there's a welcome dinner introducing you to the capital cruise of Aegean.

Day 2: Thermal bath

After breakfast, you'll have a hiking activity in the Egrigoros Agiasmata (4.2 kilometers, easy) and a thermal bath in Agiasmata. Lunch at a traditional restaurant in Agiasmata after the epic spa is included). Return to the accommodation and in the afternoon, visit a local winery and enjoy a fancy wine tasting (Kefalas Winery-Volissos). Tour around Volissos village, Volissos Castle, the school, a traditional bakery; strolling around narrow alleys. Dinner at a local tavern is included.

Day 3: Some cooking

After breakfast have a Chios cooking lesson! Your Chios cooking class will include five recipes. Lunch is based on what have you prepared. Return to the accommodation. In the afternoon, visit the Agio Galas cave and Panagia Agiogalousena church in Agio Galas village. Dinner at a local taverna is on your own; return to the accommodation afterward.

Day 4: Mastic

Afte breakfast, enjoy a Mastiha experience. Visit Mastiha Museum and attend a Mastiha cultivation experimental process (entry fee is not included in the price). Visit Purgi-Mesta and have lunch at a local tavern (included). Return to the accommodation and in the afternoon, visit Nea Moni-Anavatos Avgonyma. Dinner at a local tavern is included.

Day 5: Free day

Today is a free day for individual activities (ask your host for suggestions). Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Day 6: Enjoy some cooking

Have breakfast and a free morning. Lunch is on your own. In the late afternoon (approximately 3 p.m.), meet with the chef for your dessert class. The three-hour class includes two or three specialties cooked and tasted with coffee. The farewell dinner is included.

Day 7: Departure

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

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. The island is mostly mountainous, while there are flat and fertile parts especially at the southern part of the island. The total length of Chios's coastline is 213 kilometers. Chios is most famous for its cultivation and production of mastic, an aromatic resin that forms in teardrop shapes that comes from trees growing in the fertile Mastikochoria region of the island.

Features

Activities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi

General

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

Services

  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer

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, the 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 a Mastiha experience, visit the Mastiha Museum and attend a Mastiha cultivation experimental process.

Spa treatments

A thermal bath spa session in Agiasmata is included.

What's included

  • 2 cooking lessons
  • 1 wine tasting
  • 1 cookbook
  • Daily breakfast and 8 other meals
  • 2 guided village tours
  • 1 hiking experience
  • 1 monastery visit
  • 1 thermal spa session
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All transfers

What's not included

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

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Chios Island National Airport Airport transfer included: Chios 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 on arrival.

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7 days / 6 nights
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Availability

This vacation is available to start on select Saturdays from April to November.

If you want to arrive on any other day within the available period, please send an inquiry.

Pricing information

Triple rooms are available on request. Participants aged 0 to 2 and 99 years old are free of charge and participants aged 3 to 11 years old receive a 35% discount. For more information, please send an inquiry.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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