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Greece Wine and Cooking Holiday

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Santorini is maybe the only place on earth where you'd feel that you have stepped into a postcard. Learn all about the celebrated wines of Santorini, their history and evolution, and the unique microclimate of this ancient, volcanic island. Aegean Flavours takes you on a healthy Mediterranean diet trip. Hands-on classes will help you discover the local cuisine and wines. They are committed to ensuring your culinary experience while visiting Santorini is unforgettable. Santorini is about food, wine, and lifestyle!

Highlights

  • 2 wine tours and tastings visiting the best wineries of the island
  • A sunset sailing tour around the volcano with a dinner served on board
  • 2 Greek cooking lessons taught by two of the most awarded Greek chefs
  • A historical excursion and private guided tour to the legendary Akrotiri excavations
  • Daily breakfast made of local ingredients
  • Meals mentioned in the program
  • 7 nights accommodation

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5 days with instruction
Group size: 2-8 participants
Airport transfer included: Santorini (Thira) National Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Terrace

Your charming little accommodation is a traditional Cycladic hotel situated very close to the famous Caldera offering breathtaking views. It is also located a few minutes away from Fira, the main town and the cultural capital of Santorini. Fira offers a world-class variety of boutiques, restaurants, and cafes perched at the high rim of the Caldera. Many cafes and restaurants offer spectacular views! With fully equipped rooms, guests can enjoy high-quality service. All rooms have:

  • Common or private balcony or terrace
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • TV satellite
  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Bath or shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Refrigerator
  • Safety box
  • Free internet wireless access
  • Luggage storage
  • Taxi services

Program

Day 1: Arrival day - Welcome to Santorini!

After arriving in Santorini, during your private transfer from the airport/port to your beautiful hotel, your personal driver will take you through a uniquely stunning landscape, to one of the most picturesque and luxurious places in the world. Santorini has been described as one of the most beautiful places on earth.

An inviting, charming boutique hotel will be your home for the week. You will have time to unpack and unwind or to relax. Enjoy a free evening to already explore the magic area at your leisure. Dinner on your own. Overnight in your accommodation.

Day 2: Mythical Atlantis

Santorini, the mythical Atlantis? After breakfast, your first day will start with a visit to the Akrotiri Excavations, one of the most important settlements of the Aegean. Akrotiri is a Minoan Bronze Age settlement on the volcanic Greek island of Santorini (Thira). The settlement was destroyed in the Thiran eruption about 1627 BC and buried in volcanic ash, which preserved the remains of fine Frescoes and many objects and artworks.

Herewith, you will learn about the legends of Santorini, investigating whether it is the fabled Lost City of Atlantis. Discover evidence of winemaking that has been estimated to date back to the 3rd Millenium BC, making Santorini one of the oldest winemaking regions in the world. Then, you will continue with the mountain of Prophet Elias at 600 meters of altitude and visit the old Christian Monastery from 1700BC.

Continue your wine discovery by strolling through the island's basket vines at a traditional winery and learning about Santorini's unique viticulture traditions. The tour will finish with a wine tasting. Light lunch will be served at the end of the tour. Free afternoon for your personal activities, you can go to Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli. Dinner is on your own.

Day 3: Cooking Lessons - Discover the Mediterranean flavors of Santorini

Leaving your hotel after breakfast, your fabulous cooking day begins. Today, you will learn how to cook like a Greek under the guidance of an awarded local chef at a traditional restaurant located on the eastern coast. Enjoy plenty of Greek appetizers and come away with some classic Greek recipes. You will cook some traditional Greek recipes to impress your friends back home with! A true gastronomic field to table tasting dinner menu.

Savor traditional Greek aperitifs such as Raki and Ouzo, and of course, you will also get to enjoy the fruits of your labor at the end of your cooking lesson! Enjoy a fresh-cooked lunch at a traditional restaurant. Free afternoon for your personal activities, you can relax and swim on the red or black beach. Dinner is on your own.

Day 4: Oldest vineyards in the world

Explore the vineyards and wineries of Santorini. Following breakfast, you will depart for the countryside of Santorini where you will visit distinct wineries and cellars. Learn about the ancient vineyard of Santorini, the history of the island through the centuries, and how the volcanic soils influence its winemaking.

Winemaking in Santorini dates back more than 4000 years and the tour covers the most traditional cellars of the island, starting at a vineyard on the volcanic soils. Taste a selection of different wine styles from across Santorini and Greece such as Assyrtiko, Nykteri, and the sublimely sweet Vinsanto wine served with local cheese and olives. Lunch is on your own. The afternoon will be free to enjoy the beauty of the island or to relax. Dinner is on your own.

Day 5: Free day

This is a free day for you in order to explore Santorini Island or/and its surroundings by yourself. You can rent a bike, a scooter, a car, or take the local buses to go around the island. If you prefer, you can go to a next-door island called Ios, or just relax by the beach or the pool. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Day 6: Cooking lesson, food styling, and fine dining

Unique cooking! After breakfast, you will attend a cooking class at an authentic venue. Learn about the cuisine of the Cycladic Islands and particularly of Santorini, as well as, the unique local products of the island. In Santorini, with more than 300 days of sunshine and its rich volcanic soil, the island yields a bounty of unusual indigenous herbs and vegetables.

White eggplant, capers, caper leaves, fava (small yellow peas), exquisite baby tomatoes, all grown virtually without water. Then, the presentation and the demonstration of different recipes will take place. After you have prepared the dishes, you will be able to enjoy what you cooked accompanied by bottles of delicious wines from Santorini which will be presented to you. Dinner is on your own.

Day 7: Sailing and volcano

The scent of the Aegean Sea! In the morning, you will be free to relax, swim, or go shopping. Lunch is on your own. In the late afternoon and for your last evening, they will take you on a sunset sailing tour: swim at the volcanic island and the hot spring! Dinner is included will be served on board.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, you will have a private transfer to the port/airport of Santorini.

In order to ensure personalized attention, each trip, and the culinary lesson is done with a small group, bringing a sense of exclusivity. Due to local events such as seasonal festivals, holidays, etc., the order of activities is subject to change.

Included excursions

  • A sunset sailing tour around the volcano with a dinner served on board.
  • One historical excursion and private guided tour to the legendary Akrotiri excavations
  • Wine tours and tastings visiting the best wineries of the island

Location

Santorini is also identified with Atlantis. This is the story about a prosperous land that disappeared without a trace, sunk into the sea by the anger of gods. In similar versions, it occurs in many civilizations. The classical Atlantis story, however, the one where the name Atlantis is used, is the one told by the Ancient Greek philosopher Plato in two of his dialogues, Kritias and Timaeus.

In Plato's version, it is not an objective report of events, but rather a moral tale that uses the story of, true or invented, events in the background. As a consequence, when it comes to interpreting the story as a report, it is not ambiguous. One of the most debated questions has always been the location of the place Plato might have referred to. Many serious investigators think that the source of the legend is actually the Minoan eruption of Santorini.

To get to the international airport of Athens or your hotel in Athens (if you wish to stay longer in Greece), it is very easy and cheap as well, as buses (prices vary from 1.4 to 5 EUR) take you straight to the airport or elsewhere in Athens. Taxis are also at the port.

Distances

  • Airport, 6 kilometers
  • Athinios port, 8 kilometers
  • Closest beach, 5 kilometers

Features

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • In-room safe
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Terrace

Services

  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access

Food

Indulge in Greek cuisine and discover local products. Every day, your hotel will offer breakfast made of local, fresh ingredients. During the first wine tasting session, you will be served a light lunch at the venue. After your cooking courses, you will be able to taste the dishes you have cooked and experience the authentic Greek taste. On the last night, you will have dinner on board during a sunset sailing tour around Volcano Island!

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)

In your free time, you can explore more of Santorini and its surroundings or you can choose one of the activities available in the area like diving, scuba diving, rent a jet ski, a bike or an ATV, swimming, or windsurfing. Also, you can consider visiting Fira, the main town of Santorini, or beautiful villages like Firostefani, Immerovigli, or Ios. You could also book additional nights in Santorini or Poros at very special rates, so please send an inquiry.

What's included

  • 2 Greek cooking lessons taught by two of the most awarded chefs of Greece
  • 2 wine tours and tastings visiting the best wineries of the island
  • 1 historical excursion and private guided tour to the legendary Akrotiri excavations
  • A sunset sailing tour around the Volcano with a dinner served on board
  • Daily breakfast made of local ingredients
  • All meals mentioned in the program
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Transfer from/to Santorini airport or Athineos Port on a modern minibus

What's not included

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

How to get there

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Arrival by ferry

Santorini is an island, transfer times are dictated by the ferry schedule. You may travel by boat from Athens Port (Piraeus). It is a 6 to 8-hour journey.

Arrival by airplane

Please note that you must organize your arrival flights to be in Santorini on Saturday (through a direct flight or a connection flight via Athens International Airport). If you cannot keep flight times within these parameters, plan to spend extra time in Athens before and/or after your vacation. All the travel arrangements can be done by Aegean Flavours at an extra cost. For more information, please send an inquiry.

Airport: Santorini (Thira) National Airport Airport transfer included: Santorini (Thira) 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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Availability

This vacation is available from April to October with arrivals every Saturday.

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 50% discount. For more information, please send an inquiry.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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