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6 Day Christmas or New Year Family Culinary Retreat in an Organic Farm in Laconia, Peloponnese

Eumelia Organic Agrotourism Farm, Gouves, Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece

Culinary Vacation in Greece

Christmas holidays have never been so authentic! Experience a slow travel and culinary retreat where the whole family will be cared for to the last detail. When the holiday spirit warmly covers the organic farm, magic happens: starlit perennial olive trees, smells of freshly baked holiday sweets, warm fireplace with open view to the ancient olive grove and surrounding mountains, hot chocolate and warm wine, board games, open fire-pit cooking, and exploring the nearby cobblestone villages. From "farm to table" cooking classes, olive oil tasting, and amazing organic meals, infuse the family holiday retreat with a unique culinary experience that brings the whole family together!

Meet the instructors

Frangiskos & Marilena
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Highlights

  • Local cuisine cooking course
  • Tour of the organic farm and guesthouse
  • Workshops and tastings of local products in Laconia
  • Learning and coming in contact with the Greek agricultural landscape
  • Service of English speaking guide at all times
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 5 nights of accommodation

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Greek, Italian, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
Airport transfer available:
Kalamata International Airport (US$164 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Athens International Airport (US$316 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Eumelia, which means harmony, is a unique sustainable development agrotourism and ecotourism accommodation. Eumelia host yoga retreats, organic, and weddings as well as workshops and events for wellbeing. Eumelia offers wine, olive oil making, wine and olive oil tastings, cooking classes with organic farm to table gastronomy, olive picking, grape harvest, and other agricultural activities.

Eumelia’s organic farm is designed along the principles of homeodynamic / biodynamic / permaculture and the accommodation facilities are created using entirely eco-friendly materials and technology, such as recycling, compost, geothermic heating / cooling, and water recycling. Located in the prefecture of Laconia near the village of Gouves, Eum welcome visitors from Greece and around the world to visit Eumelia throughout the year.

Program

Day 1

In the welcome farm to table dinner, the chef will prepare for you an organic and zero-kilometer meal. Eumelia’s organic vegetables are combined with local delicacies and form a unique gastronomic experience.

  • Arrival at Eumelia
  • Welcome farm to table dinner

Day 2

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast, including some of Eumelia’s specialties such as lavender butter cookies, rosemary chocolate cake, freshly handmade bread with figs or olives, and infusions with wild herbs from the farm
  • Sustainability tour of the organic farm and guesthouse, learn and come in contact with the Greek agricultural landscape
  • Hot tea, hot chocolate, and board games by the open view fireplace
  • Farm to table lunch
  • Making traditional Greek holiday sweets
  • Farm to table dinner
  • Classic holiday movies by the fireplace

Day 3

In the soap making session, you will experience firsthand how to make your own natural soap, selecting the herbs of your choice, combining them with organic extra virgin olive oil from the farm, and making your personal soap bar with the natural cold method.

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Natural olive oil soap making
  • Farm to table lunch
  • Yoga
  • Hot tea, hot chocolate, and board games by the open view fireplace
  • Farm to table dinner
  • Greek dancing class

Day 4

During your trip, you will visit the castle of Geraki and head to the cobblestone village of Kosmas where you will have lunch at a traditional mountain taverna, traditional Greek coffee, and visit the local herb store.

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast
  • Daily trip excursion to Mount Parnonas and the villages of Geraki and Kosmas
  • Return to Eumelia
  • Relaxation time
  • Christmas or New Year’s Eve dinner

Day 5

In this day, you will have a local cuisine cooking class in which you will learn all the secrets of the local Laconic gastronomy with the guidance of the farm chef to prepare and bake your own sourdough bread made with locally sourced and milled organic flour, pick fresh eatable wild greens from the farm, and learn to prepare filo dough and make that famous local pitas. You will pick the vegetables and herbs you need from Eumelia’s organic gardens and herb spiral and prepare your own local cuisine traditional meals with a twist.

You will do a farm to your table, prepare and cook an organic, traditional, local cuisine, and zero-kilometer meal. The organic vegetables and the famous organic olive oil are combined with local delicacies to offer you a unique gastronomic experience. Then, you put together the gastronomic puzzle of the region, boil, bake, and create special dishes from the symphony of local products.

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast
  • Local cuisine cooking class with a twist and lunch
  • Movies, hot chocolate, tea, and board games
  • Outdoor cooking and enjoying hot wine

Day 6

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast
  • Farewells and departure

Instructors

Frangiskos Karelas

Marilena Karadima

Location

Laconia is a diverse destination in the Peloponnese in southern Greece that includes a vast range of ancient sites, culture, historical monuments, museums, beaches, and picturesque villages on the mountains or by the seaside. The Laconic Gulf between the two mountain ranges of Taygetos and Parnonas provide the area with an amazing variety of experiences from local cuisine, architecture, nature, and scenery with alternating horizons and backgrounds.

Features

General

  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck

Services

  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet

Food

This holiday includes Greek slow food culinary and gastronomic experience, three meals per day (organic breakfast made from Eumelia’s organic products, lunch, and dinner). Eumelia takes great care and choose carefully the taverns and restaurants based on their atmosphere and quality of the local and regional cuisine. All meals after breakfast include wine.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
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)

There are a number of activities that you can enjoy in Laconia, a magnificent part of the world, such as cave exploration in Diros, visit a petrified forest in Cape Maleas, or go to the end of the world as it was known in ancient Greece in Cape Taineron and the southernmost tip of the Balkan peninsula. You can choose to experience surfing, scuba diving, mountain biking, hiking up on the mountain ranges of Taygetos and Parnonas, visiting the ancient port of Sparta near Gytheio.

You can also walk around the medieval castle town of Monemvasia or along the monasteries and churches in Mystras, home to the last Byzantine Emperor. There are other options that you can do such as experience the rugged beauty of the stone home fortresses of the Mani region, walk around the delta of the river of Evrotas, a Natura protected natural habitat, live in ancient Sparta, or feel the mighty strength of this ancient Greek state.

In Laconia, you can do agritourism activities, get a massage, do a mountain bikes, or daily trip excursion to Mount Parnonas and the villages of Geraki and Kosmas. You can also visit the castle of Geraki and head to the cobblestone village of Kosmas where you can have lunch at a traditional mountain taverna, traditional Greek coffee and visit the local herb store

What's included

  • Cooking course (a cooking lesson in local homemade cuisine from an expert cook)
  • Workshops
  • Tastings of local products in Laconia (which has an amazing variety of local products for you to taste and experience, famous olive oil, olives, herbs, local meats, and sweets)
  • Nature walking
  • Service of English speaking guide at all times to assist you and to introduce you to the Laconic beauty
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • 3 meals per day

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Transportation to Eumelia

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Athens

  • From Athens, take the national highway Α8 / E94 towards Corinth.
  • Take highway Α7 / Ε65 to Tripoli and from there you continue towards Kalamata on the Α7 / Ε65.
  • Take exit 14 Lefktro towards Sparta on the A71, then take the exit to Sparti.
  • Take the direction to Gytheio on the E961 and turn right at the signpost with direction to the town of Monemvasia.
  • Go through the town of Skala, then, head towards the village of Vlachioti.
  • After passing through the village of Vlachioti, turn left at the signpost Gouves and head towards the village of Gouves.
  • When you reach the village on your left-hand side, you will see a church in a corner, make a left turn there and follow the signposts to the farm.

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Kalamata International Airport (KLX). Transfer from kalamata to Eumelia is 140 EUR one way for up to 5 people and 160 EUR up to 8 people. Transfer from Athens is 270 EUR for up to 5 people and 300 EUR for up to 8 people.

Arrival by bus

You can take the bus to Vlachiotis town bus station. From there, it is a 15-minute taxi ride to Eumelia.

Airport: Kalamata International Airport Airport transfer available: Kalamata International Airport (US$164 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Athens International Airport Airport transfer available: Athens International Airport (US$316 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% 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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