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9 Days Best of Athens, Santorini, and Naxos Culture and Culinary Vacation in Greece

Athens, Greece

Greece Cooking Vacations

Discover Greece in a themed journey that will lead you into the best of the culture and culinary scenes. Join for a visit to breathtaking Santorini, stands out for its architecture, natural beauty, culture, and its chic ambiance, followed by the enjoyment of sunbathing and discovering Naxos Island and Athens, places known for their amazing beaches, medieval ruins, lush valleys, mountain villages, local food products, and their big historical and cultural backgrounds.

Highlights

  • Hands-on cooking lesson
  • Enjoy Santorini's breathtaking views from a cruise
  • Authentic Cyclades tour - experience Naxos like a local!
  • Athens walking tour to feel the vibes, explore every sense and meet the locals
  • Food and winery tour in Santorini to discover its delicious gastronomic experiences
  • All transfers, boat tickets, and Crete-Athens flight included
  • Enjoy daily delicious breakfast
  • 7 nights accommodation

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4 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Athens International Airport
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Accommodation

Oxygen Food Tours has handpicked a great selection of three- and four-star hotels for your stay during this culinary holiday. You will spend two nights in Athens, three nights in Santorini, and another three nights in Naxos.

Program

Day 1: Athens

Detailed information will be presented to you about all art and music events that will take place in Athens during your stay, as well as a list of non-touristic restaurants in order to live a local experience in this city. In the evening, optionally, you will be taken to a selected restaurant for your first Greek seafood tasting.

Day 2: Athens walking tour

The best way to see Athens is a walking tour. You can feel the vibes, explore every sense and meet the locals! You'll start the day by walking to the Acropolis hill, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour to Parthenon, the Erectheion and the surrounding monuments. You’ll then descend to Acropolis museum, in order to have a tour to its fascinating exhibitions.

The exploration will continue on by crossing Andrianou Street, the most distinctive street of Plaka neighborhood, the imposing Roman Agora the vivid life of Monastiraki Square and the surrounding streets of Athens Central Market with little shops selling herbs, delicacies, nuts, household items and many more. You keep walking to Syntagma Square and take some time to watch the valiant Evzones in front of the building of the Greek Parliament. Next to the lush green oasis of the National Gardens and the extraordinary Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games took place.

You continue for a little while until you reach the Zappeion Hall -an impressive neoclassical building- and afterward, you’ll feel amazed by the size of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Hadrian Arch. The walk will come to an end in front of the Lycicrates monument in Plaka. Rest for the evening and Oxygen Food Tours' representative will advise for a night out in Athens.

Day 3: Athens - Santorini

The next day brings you to Santorini. The representatives will transfer you to port for your cruise to Santorini. Relax at this scenic volcanic island with its breathtaking views and whitewashed houses draped along the high cliffs of Santorini's breathtaking "caldera". Walk through the villages of Oia and Fira and Imerovigli and board a traditional Greek boat to visit the red and black beaches and more. See the numerous villages outside the Caldera such as Perissa, Perivolos and Pirgos. Visit volcanic wineries sampling a variety of whites and reds along with local cheeses and Santorini’s famous tomato paste and “Fava”.

Day 4: Santorini food tour

This is a tour around the island where you will get to explore the unique flavors of Santorini! A magical wine-gastronomic destination offering delicious gastronomic experiences using local products! Visit two renowned, awarded wineries, taste the major types of Santorini wines and learn about the wine history of the island, the native grapes, and the traditional and modern winemaking methods!

Walk on an old, phylloxera-free vineyard and learn about the ancient vine training method and the Santorini’s distinctive terroir. Visit a local farm, taste the major agricultural products of the island and become familiar with the food treasures of Santorini. Visit the Santorini Donkey brewery and taste fresh, unfiltered and unpasteurized beers!

Day 5: Santorini cooking lesson and dinner

This tour is the perfect combination for wine tasting, visiting a folklore museum and enjoying a cooking demonstration of one dish of the proposed three-course menu that you'll get to taste afterward!

Day 6: Santorini - Naxos

Board a Hydrofoil to the next destination, one of Greece’s largest island in the Cyclades, Naxos. A culinary paradise with amazing landscapes and long stretched beaches. Day to enjoy the beach!

Day 7: Naxos

Today, you will experience Naxos like a local! Visit locations off the beaten track and dive into the island's vast history, local tradition, and food culture. Explore Naxos while combining its awe-inspiring ancient heritage with its modern-day local tradition and culture.

Admire the magnificent ancient temple of Demeter. Visit a local pottery workshop and learn the secrets of this ancient form of art. Discover the fresh flavor of Kitron liqueur and get to know how it is made in a traditional distillery. Finish your day with local olive oil tasting at the Olive Press Museum in Eggares.

Day 8: Naxos

Day to relax and enjoy perfect beaches of Naxos Island.

Day 9: Naxos - Athens

Oxygen Food Tours' representatives will transfer you to the airport for flight back home.

Included excursions

  • Athens walking tour and acropolis
  • Santorini food tour
  • Wine tasting Santorini
  • Hands-on cooking lesson
  • Experience authentic Cyclades tour

Location

This culinary vacation will take you to the top destinations in Greece including Athens, Santorini, and Naxos.

Food

During this holiday, you will enjoy daily breakfast at the hotels, one seafood dinner in Athens, and one food tour in Santorini.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

Things to do (optional)

During this retreat, you will have free time to relax, enjoy dinner in local restaurants, shop in the local establishments, and sunbathe in the islands' beaches,

What's included

  • Hotel accommodation in Athens 2 nights including breakfast
  • Hotel accommodation in Santorini 3 nights including breakfast
  • Hotel accommodation in Naxos 3 nights including breakfast
  • All transfers (Athens airport, Santorini, Naxos, Crete)
  • Boat tickets economy class Athens - Naxos - Santorini
  • Air tickets economy class tickets Crete - Athens
  • Athens walking tour and acropolis
  • Santorini food tour
  • Wine-tasting Santorini
  • Hands-on cooking lesson
  • Experience authentic Cyclades tour
  • Insurance
  • V.A.T

What's not included

  • Lunch or dinner
  • Hotel local taxes (pay locally 4 EUR per room/night for 4-star hotels )
  • Air tickets from your country (can be arranged on request)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Oxygen Food Tours' representative will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Athens International Airport Airport transfer included: Athens International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.
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This tour can accommodate solo travelers.

 

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