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Greece Cooking Vacation

The program takes place on the beautiful island of Karpathos. Experience a combination of cooking, trekking, and strong local cultural influence at the National Park of Northern Karpathos Island. Experience the adventure and indulge yourself in a unique blend of natural aromas and flavors pouring straight out of the Mediterranean wilds. Slow down and follow nature’s rhythm exploring the timeless lifestyle of an authentic community that dates back to the Middle Ages. A microcosm full of surprises awaits to be discovered and yet be rescued from oblivion!


  • 1 wine tasting
  • Greek cooking lessons
  • Experience cheese and bread making
  • Full meals with lessons with coffees, a glass of local wine or Raki
  • Traditional snacks during the tour
  • Airport and tour transportation
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Farewell dinner


4 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: Karpathos Island National Airport
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  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Free Wi-Fi

Your apartment is located in Diafani, at Thalassa View. This property is set 28 kilometers from Pigadia Port. It takes about a 65-minute drive to get to Lindos (Rhodes), which is 88 kilometers away. Within a five-minute walk, you can dine in la Gorgona and taverna Anixi.

Rooms are complete with individual climate control, a safe, television, a seating area, and high ceiling. A bathroom comprises a hairdryer and bath sheets. You can make use of a kitchenette fitted with an electric kettle, a fridge, a stove, and an oven. The venue provides a balcony.


Day 1: Arrival at Karpathos Island, check-in your hotel

After settling into your rooms, the remaining hours will be available for a short (15 minutes) presentation of the eco-culinary program. Later, you will enjoy a light dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 2: Visiting Olympos village

In the morning, at 9:00 a.m. you will visit the village of Olympos, the cultural capital of the South Aegean islands. Your experienced guide will explain to you the history and the unique traditional architecture. You will continue walking in the surrounding area meeting the regional flora and fauna for the first time.

Later, you will start your first cooking lesson, preparing the most traditional meal, “makarounes,” which is fresh pasta with caramelized onions and goat cheese, and after that, you will enjoy your lunch. In the afternoon, you will return back to Diafani village by bus.

Day 3: Walking and collecting wild vegetables

After your breakfast, you will start an easy trek to the Avlona region, which is the most important agriculture plane on Karpathos Island. Your guide will explain to you the history and the role of the place from antiquity to nowadays. During the walk, you will have the chance to see many endemics and rare flora species.

Following the guide’s directions, you will collect some wild vegetables in order to prepare another cooking lesson and make three different local dishes only with vegetables! After the walk, you will have some free time and in the afternoon, at 6:00 p.m. you start the cooking lesson with the vegetables you collected.

Day 4: Cheesemaking and tasting local wine

In the morning, after your breakfast, you will visit a local farm to see the goats and take their milk to produce local white cheese! Once you have the milk, you will make the cheese and after that, you will try different types of cheese and fresh butter with local wine.

Day 5: Bread making

Karpathos Island is well known for its culture and nature but also for the special bread which you can find only in the north part of the island. With local women, you will make this special bread in a traditional oven.

Day 6: Last day - departure to the airport

You will take breakfast and get prepared for departure back to the town of Karpathos and the airport.

Included excursions

  • Visit Olympos village
  • Collect wild vegetables in Avlona region
  • Visit a goat farm


The program takes place on the beautiful island of Karpathos, at the southeastern corner of the Aegean Sea, and makes a unique stage for the unfolding of a six-day adventure in the Mediterranean with crystal-blue seas and pine-covered mountains. Your apartment is located in Diafani.

The island of Karpathos is situated in the southeast Aegean Sea between Rhodes and Crete. It is the second largest island of the Dodecanese with the highest mountaintop Kali Limni. Together with the neighboring smaller Saria Island, it forms the municipality of Karpathos, which is part of the Karpathos regional unit.

Diafani village

Diafani is a small fishing village with a small harbor, which is the harbor of the traditional and historic village of Olympos. Offers few opportunities for accommodation, but it is an amazing place for a quiet holiday in beautiful surroundings. Also offers friendly the local cuisine and fresh fish at the seaside taverns. You’ll enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters and beaches of Diafani the adjoining beach of Vananta.

It is easily accessible from the town by car or by boat from Pigadia. By boat from Diafani, you can reach the quietest little harbor in the picturesque village Tristomo, many unspoiled beaches, and the islet of Saria as well.

Olympos village

The village gives a striking impression from the first moment you see it. Located on the top of a hill which is surrounded by bigger mountains and going west to inaccessible shores. Due to its location, the houses have a unique view over the Aegean Sea and, therefore, not unjustly been characterized by many as the balcony of the Aegean. The traditional colorful houses that climb up the steep slopes, the windmills, and the bell tower of the church give a sole and unprecedented picture.

It is characteristic that during your stay here you will be able to see people who continue to wear their local costumes retain their language and idiomatic expressions. The beautiful figures of women within the colorful handmade costumes not only impress but astonish the visitors. For these reasons, the village of Olympus is described as a living folk museum where visitors outside of the unrepeatable beauty can meet the truest Greek hospitality.



  • Cooking classes


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Pet friendly


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer


This culinary vacation includes cooking lessons with full meals with coffees, a glass of local wine or Raki. It also includes the last dinner and traditional snacks during the tour.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee

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

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation in an apartment, double room
  • Guide
  • Transportation from / to airport and transportation during the tour
  • Cooking lessons with full meals with coffees, a glass of local wine or Raki
  • The last dinner
  • Traditional snacks during the tour
  • Local taxes

What's not included

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Airfare

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Karpathos Airport (AOK). Transfer to and from the airport is included. Ecotourism Karpathos will pick you up from the airport. The airport in Karpathos has connections almost every day from Athens; the duration of the flight is 50 minutes and if you book early, you can find very low-cost tickets. There are two companies Aegean Air and Sky Express.

Airport: Karpathos Island National Airport Airport transfer included: Karpathos 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 1 days before arrival.
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