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7 Days Glorious Greek Cooking Holiday in Ikaria, Greece

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Join renowned celebrity chef Diane Kochilas on a culinary travel vacation on the Blue Zone Greek island of Ikaria. Learn to cook great, healthy food and imbibe the secrets of longevity and living well. The goal is to teach more than mere recipes and cooking tips. It is to share the magic of Ikaria with others, to teach about food, life and longevity in a way that is both practical and intuitive.

Highlights

  • Visiting traditional beekeepers and tasting local wild honey
  • Cooking and tasting fresh, seasonal ingredients from the garden
  • Wine tasting - drinking the wine that Odysseus is said to have drunk
  • Learning culinary and medicinal value of herbs and wild plants in foraging walks and kitchen
  • Dipping in the therapeutic hot springs that the father of medicine, Hippocrates recommended
  • Milking goats and making cheese with fresh milk from the neighbor's goats
  • Sharing experiences and first hand secrets with local villagers
  • Dancing to the riffs of Ikarian violins at local festivities

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Guests stay at the Erofili Beach Hotel in Armenistis, one of the best hotels on the Blue Zone Greek island.

Program

Day 1 - Arrival

  • Sunset welcome dinner and demo

Day 2 - Cooking class

  • 09:00 pick up
  • Cooking for Life: Summers Bounty Lunch
  • 18:15 pick up
  • Cooking for Life: Herb Walk and Talk
  • Free evening in Christos village

Day 3 - Mineral springs, cooking class

  • 08:45 pickup
  • Travel to Aghios Kyrikos and mineral springs at Therma
  • Bread demo, relaxing in Aghios, hot springs, swimming and lunch by the sea
  • Easy cooking and dinner in the garden

Day 4 - Cheese making, cooking class

  • 08:30 pick up
  • Goat herding
  • 10:00 return to house
  • Cheese making
  • Cooking for Life: A few indulgences
  • Afternoon return and evening free

Day 5 - Cooking class, excursion

  • 10:00 pick up
  • Menu: Cooking for Life, using traditional ingredients you can find anywhere
  • 14:30 return
  • 18:30 pick up
  • Visit to a local monastery
  • Dinner and demo at a nearby winery

Day 6 - Honey tasting, cooking class

  • 08:30 pick up
  • Bees and Honey: Visit with beekeeper and honey tasting
  • Afternoon free
  • 18:00 pick up
  • Farewell cooking and dinner in the garden

Day 7 - Departure

  • Depart for home

Included excursions

  • Goat herding
  • Travel to Aghios Kyrikos and mineral springs at Therma
  • Visit a local monastery
  • Visit with beekeeper and honey tasting

Location

For several weeks each year, Diane and her husband open their country home, kitchen and garden in the ancient village of Aghios Dimitris on Ikaria.

Food

All meals as per itinerary.

Things to do (optional)

  • Additional guided hikes and walks
  • Massage
  • Yoga

Spa treatments

Massages are available upon request at extra charge.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All meals that are part of the program
  • Cooking classes
  • Day trips
  • Excursions
  • Transportation to and from the hotel for classes

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Boat fare to and from the island
  • Taxi fare from the airport or port to the hotel and back

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.
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