7 Days Glorious Greek Cooking Holiday in Ikaria, Greece

  • Agios Dimitris, Raches, Ikaria, North Aegean, 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
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Guests stay at the Erofili Beach Hotel in Armenistis, one of the best hotels on the Blue Zone Greek island.

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

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.

Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Massage
  • Swimming nearby
  • Wine tasting / tour
  • Yoga
General
  • Dining area
  • Garden

All meals as per itinerary.

  • Additional guided hikes and walks
  • Massage
  • Yoga

Massages are available upon request at extra charge.

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All meals that are part of the program
  • Cooking classes
  • Day trips
  • Excursions
  • Transportation to and from the hotel for classes
  • Airfare
  • Boat fare to and from the island
  • Taxi fare from the airport or port to the hotel and back
For information about the booking conditions, please send Diane Kochilas an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by traveler from Calgary, Canada

    "I attended Dianes glorious Greek cooking school in August 2012. I was drawn to it by the location, my love of Greek food, Ikaria being a blue zone, and by Dianes tremendous talent. Our group was small, only 4 persons, and it was a week to remember. Not only, you get to learn Greek cooking techniques, but Diane explains the cultural significance, and the history of the dishes you are making. She is an excellent chef and teacher. If you are considering going, do it, you'll never regret it! Diane and Vassili are wonderful hosts."

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  • Review by John C from USA

    "Twenty minutes of internet research into Dianes credentials left me a little intimidated, but what the heck, Greece is beautiful and Im pretty good in a kitchen, lets see if I can get into. I had no idea at the time how fortunate I was that there was a seat available in her July 2012 class on the island of Ikaria.Diane and her husband Vassili, ever the perfect hosts, personally met me at the Ikaria airport; hugs all around and off to our seaside resort; home for the week. Each morning they would come to gather up the classmates and take us off on a new island adventure. By noon we were back on the beach for some free time and by late afternoon we would be transported up the mountain to their home for our cooking class. Aprons, knives, cutting boards, menus, wine, and we were cooking.It was exactly like being in my own kitchen with friends, we just happened to have an expert guiding us. When done preparing the spectacular meals, we would move to the stone veranda where we would talk and drink and eat. Around midnight, we all traveled back to the resort to rest our satisfied bodies in preparation for the adventures of the next day. I give this adventure a 99% because it ended too soon."

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  • Review by traveler from Arizona, USA

    "We recently attended a weeklong class on the island of Ikaria. We had the great experience of cooking, eating, and socializing in a beautiful Greek home. Diane and Vassili invite you into their home, and you feel like their personal guest. It was really fun preparing the food in such relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Sipping some Greek wine during the class didn't hurt either. We then got to enjoy the fruits of our labors in a wonderful dinner at a table set outside with fantastic views. We were kept busy with side-trips to a beekeeper, goat herder, mineral baths, winemakers, and cheese tastings. A great experience. We would highly recommend the classes and would definitely do it again."

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  • Review by traveler from California, USA

    "I recently took Dianes cooking class on Ikaria. While this was my first weeklong cooking class, I was very impressed. It was an amazing experience in the culinary and cultural wonders of Greece. Diane and her husband Vassili welcomed us into their home, I felt very comfortable. We had a larger-than normal group, but we all synched pretty well. We prepared, cooked, and ate very well during the week. As is the culture of the islands, we had several late nights. When in Greece, right?The accommodations at Messtaki village were really nice. But you must have air conditioning, or it might be an issue in the summer. We had a lovely breeze that cooled things off a little, but you should ask for a fan, if your room doesn't have one. Diane and her husband were a wealth of knowledge on Greek, very down-to-earth, and approachable. It was a wonderful experience overall. Highlights: fabulous food, the honey, milking a goat and cheese tasting, and an incredible dinner and the winery!"

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  • Review by Judith Wenck

    "I enjoyed it all, but particularly I loved the ambiance of the group experience, the delightful terrace where we ate, and the friendly help from Lisane and the two charming girls. The food was great, especially the weeds and veggie dishes, which I will be trying to find or grow. I loved my octopus, and especially the white bean dish. You are a great teacher, and what else can I say?"

    July 2013. Diane Kochilas website, edited

Ikaria, Greece

Learn the art of Greek cooking at Ikaria using the best ingredients.

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7 days / 6 nights

Departure:
Saturday July 8, 2017
(7 days / 6 nights)

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