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8 Day Easter Greek Culinary Holiday in an Organic Farm in Laconia, Peloponnese

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

Easter Cooking Holiday in Greece

Traditions, spirituality, nature and gastronomy unite together the holy week of Greek Orthodox Easter. Join Eumelia team for a unique insight into the most impressive religious week and wittiness the mystic religious ceremonies of the “Epitaph” and “Resurrection”. Learn the gastronomic traditions, bake Easter pastries and cook “ladera” and “nistisima” the Easter week specialties. Learn culinary Greek and join an olive oil tasting. Watch the epitaph ceremony as it progresses along the seaside town of Gytheio. Visit a church built on top of an ancient temple and experience the ceremony of the resurrection of Christ. Everything the holy week leads to the culmination of the Easter Sunday feast. Out in the vibrant nature, a traditional feast to celebrate life, spring and human relationships with music, food, and drinks.

Meet the instructors

Frangiskos & Marilena
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Highlights

  • Local cuisine cooking class with Eastern theme
  • Easter Sunday traditional feast (music and dance)
  • Sustainability tour of the organic farm and guesthouse
  • Eastern traditions, epitaph ceremony, and resurrection ceremony
  • Tours to the historic area of Mani and Byzantine Castletown of Monemvasia
  • Organic breakfast, farm to table lunch and dinner
  • Olive oil, olive tasting, and liqueur tasting
  • Basic Greek culinary language class
  • 7 nights accommodation

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6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Greek, Italian, Spanish
Airport transfer available:
Kalamata International Airport (US$179 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Athens International Airport (US$358 per person)
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Accommodation

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

Facilities

  • Shopping
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding

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. Wine, olive oil makers, wine and olive oil tastings, cooking classes with organic farm to table gastronomy. Olive picking and 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, visitors from Greece and around the world are welcome to visit Eumelia throughout the year.

The house

Built with elements from traditional Greek farmhouse architecture with modern elegance each of the houses has its own private garden and a large veranda with great view of our ancient olive grove and the surrounding mountains.

Womb lounge

The communal area in the farm stay, The Womb Lounge with its reddish clay earth color inside and outside represents the womb that nurtures and protects a baby. There, you will find the lounge area with an open fireplace overlooking the ancient olive grove and the mountains Parnonas and Taygetos.

A library, board games and wooden toys for kids, keeping everyone’s mind occupied. It is where you will enjoy your breakfast and other meals during your stay. Taste wines from one of the largest collections of Greek natural wines. An amazing terrace with a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and our olive grove. A patio where farm to table meals are served in the summer under the starlit sky looking into the cosmos.

A multi-purpose area where many of the activities take place such as natural wine tastings, olive oil tastings, farm to table cooking classes and natural soap making. The Womb Lounge is an all-day spot in the farm where you come to learn, relax and meet others and enjoy our amazing zero kilometer gastronomy.

Program

Day 1

  • Arrival at Eumelia
  • Welcome farm to table dinner

Day 2

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast
  • Sustainability tour of the organic farm
  • Local cuisine cooking class and lunch
  • Olive oil and olive tasting
  • Farm to table dinner

Day 3

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast
  • Local cuisine cooking class
  • Farm to table lunch
  • Basic Greek culinary language class
  • Easter traditions
  • Farm to table dinner

Day 4

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast
  • Day tour
  • Epitaph ceremony
  • Return to Eumelia

Day 5

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast
  • Local cuisine cooking class
  • Farm to table lunch
  • Resurrection dinner
  • Resurrection ceremony

Day 6

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast
  • Easter Sunday traditional feast (music and dance)

Day 7

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast
  • Head to the seaside Byzantine Castletown of Monemvasia
  • Return to Eumelia
  • Farewell drinks

Day 8

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast
  • Farewells and departure

Easter's local cuisine cooking class

  • Making “ladera”, the dishes using olive oil and “nistisima” the fasting dishes. Learn all the secrets of the local Laconic gastronomy with the guidance of the farm chef
  • Learning the Easter traditional gastronomy: “Easter eggs”, “tsourekia” and “koulourakia”
  • Making the famous dish of “magiritsa”

Basic Greek culinary language class

Learn basic culinary Greek and know your way around a Greek kitchen, when you order your food at a taverna or shopping for food in a local market.

Included excursions

Sustainability tour of the organic farm

During this tour, you will experience, learn, come in contact with the Greek agricultural landscape.

Olive oil and olive tasting

Learn all the secrets of the green gold of Greece, how to distinguish a fresh extra virgin olive oil, the eatable Greek olive varieties and how to store your olive oil properly. Meet the perennial olive trees that age more than 2000 years – you can even hide in their trunks!

Day tour to the historic area of Mani

Begin your daily visit of the region and this time you head to the historic area of Mani, filled with small stone castles and a raged terrain unmatched in beauty. You will visit the historic towns of Gytheio and Areopolis and head to the seaside town of Limeni with its theatrical backstage landscape and architecture. You will see how the local delicacy “Pasteli” (a honey sesame bar) is created and taste a freshly baked variety.

Enjoy lunch by the seaside in one of the most amazing locations and enjoy fresh seafood in the town of Limeni. Head back to Gytheio for an afternoon coffee, a visit to the local history museum with a background stage of neoclassical buildings and the picturesque port. Dinner in Gytheio town in the best restaurant with view of the port.

Visit the seaside Byzantine Castletown of Monemvasia

Enjoy a liqueur tasting, local fermented honey and other local specialties tasting with a view of the sea and surrounded by Byzantine architecture followed by lunch in Monemvasia in the best restaurant in the castle with a culinary history of over 50 years.

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 sea side. 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, 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
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding

Food

This holiday includes three organic meals per day. The organic homemade handmade breakfast includes 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.

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. When eating out, Eumelia takes great care and chooses carefully the taverns and restaurants based on their atmosphere and quality of the local and regional cuisine. All meals except breakfast include wine.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All activities listed
  • All meals mentioned

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.
  • Then 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 and then take the exit to Sparti.
  • Take the direction to Gytheio on the E961 and you turn right at the signpost with direction to the town of Monemvasia.
  • Go through the town of Skala then you 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 signpost to the farm.

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Kalamata International Airport. Transfers are provided for 150 EUR each way. Transfers from and to Athens International Airport are 300 EUR one way or 500 EUR both ways.

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$179 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$358 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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Arrival: Tuesday April 27, 2021
Departure: Tuesday May 4, 2021

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