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Tickle your taste buds and experience the fantastic culture of Greece as you mix Greek and Italian cookery with Greek and Balkan wines in the historical town of Marathon on the South Evian Sea on this wonderful holiday break. Discover the secrets of balancing the herbs and spices, and get out of the kitchen to enjoy a fantastic wine tour. This is an amazing all-in-one, luxurious break that will influence your attitude towards cooking and culture for the years to come!
The maximum participants in the group is 10.
During this holiday, you will stay either in a double room or a shared quadruple room. The Marathon Blue luxury villa features four twin bedrooms, one quadruple room, and five bathrooms, making it the perfect place for groups, couples, or solo travelers. All rooms offer luxury high quality hand ironed linens, free Wi-Fi connection, and air conditioning. It is equipped with a state of the art home cinema installation and satellite television to speedy internet connection, a wonderful garden with a swimming pool, and much more.
During this holiday, you will learn how to cook delicious Mediterranean dishes, such as three different kinds of risottos, three different types of pasta, with various sauces such as pomodoro and basilico, radicchio and spec, ragout, and frutti di mare. You will sweeten yourself up with unique desserts made from locally produced Greek yogurt and a variety of genuine local honey and seasonal fruits.
You will be using fresh and organic ingredients, sourced from local farms, and you will be in a small group so that your tutor can give you the best and most personalized feedback and attention. You will also enjoy a wine tour as well as a visit to a regional farmers’ market to take in the colors and fragrance of fresh produce. You will have an amazing fish preparation session, right next to the sea, a visit to a local wood-burn bakery, and a traditional yogurt and ice cream artisan producer.
You are the chef that will prepare the meals, under guidance. This program is for everyone who likes to be active all day, make new friends, and see new places. If you come just to relax, you will be taken care of in order to have the best experience. Your host will be Spyros. Spyros and his team's goal is to hand on to the vibrant feeling you enjoyed during your stay as you return home and come back until your next visit.
This trip is great for solo culture vultures who want to immerse themselves in Marathon. With sociable accommodation and loads of fun activities, you’ll get to know your fellow travelers in no time, many of whom will be there alone too.
Upon arrival to the airport, you will be transferred to the Marathon Blue residence where you will enjoy a welcoming Ouzo drink. After you unpack and relax, you will meet to talk about the schedule and decide on what you are going to do during your time there. The itinerary is flexible based on your preferences and passions. After you are settled, it will be about time to prepare a light traditional dinner.
After breakfast, you will head to the start of the Authentic Marathon run, the running museum, and will visit a local shop to pick up some herbs and spices.
For the cookery lesson, you will visit the beautiful Sessi beach where you will learn how to prepare tzatziki, appetizers, and fresh fish in a local tavern in front of the Evian Sea. For lunch, you will have the delicious fish that you just cooked.
After your cooking session, you will visit a regional farmer’s market from where you will pick fresh ingredients for the next day's cookery lesson. Before coming home, you will stop in Schinias, at the National Park and at the Olympic rowing center, where you will have a few hours to relax and enjoy. For dinner, you will return to the villa to relax with a glass of fine Zitsa prosecco while enjoying the sea view and listening to traditional Greek music. Spyros will gladly accept your help for preparing dinner if you still have the energy.
After breakfast, you will visit the area of Marathon up to the port of Rafina where the fish market is located and you will walk around to take some amazing photo shoots. From there, you will visit a traditional 50-year old wooden-burn bakery and learn the secret of making the most delicious Greek pastries. After enjoying a hot feta cheese pie, you will head to a local winery. You will have the chance to taste some of their amazing wines.
You will return home in time for you to relax for a few hours before preparing the dinner. The cookery lesson will start approximately at 6 p.m. You will learn the fine art of preparing tasty risottos in a variety of ways. You will receive constant guidance. After an intensive cooking session, it will be time to relax with a glass of fine wine and enjoy the view before serving the meal you just prepared. On a big screen, you will see the Sirtaki and other Greek traditional dances.
After breakfast, you will walk for 30 minutes along the coast, under the Marathon Blue residence, to have a picnic with appetizers that you have previously prepared. For the enthusiasts, there are lots of hiking opportunities, particularly along the coast where you can enjoy sea views alongside the mountains and the Mediterranean vegetation.
The theme of this day's lesson is pasta. Three different kinds of pastas and gnocchi will be prepared. You will also have the chance to see how to make a real Greek salad with tomatoes, olives, capers, oregano, olive oil, and feta cheese from local producers. The afternoon is free but the visit to the local yogurt and ice cream artisan is a must. Before dinner, your host can teach you how to play backgammon in three different ways.
After breakfast, enjoy your free time for your last photo opportunity and get the contacts of your new friends that you have made during your stay before your transfer to the airport.
This holiday will take place at Marathon Blue Villa, in Marathon, Greece. The villa is located in the Schinias town, and it is decorated in a minimalist style that gives you one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the South Evian Sea. The ancient city of Marathon is known all over the world because it gives its name to the 26-mile long race that is still run all over the world today.
In classical history, one of the most renowned battles took place on the Marathon plain, a battle that symbolizes the unquenchable love of Greek people for freedom and independence. It constitutes an emblematic symbol of democracy and the trophy of supremacy of human values and spirit. Today the plain of Marathon is covered in luscious greenery and full of a range of delightful flora and fauna. The Blue Marathon Villa is designed with an eclectic architectural taste and it was built to provide absolute comfort and relaxation while fitting into the beautiful rural scenery that surrounds it. The nearest restaurants are two kilometers away and the next town is five kilometers from the villa.
This holiday offers four breakfasts and dinners as well as three lunches with wine from the curated house selections.
Please book your flight to arrive at Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport (ATH). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request for approximately 30 EUR.
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