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9 Day Greece Cultural Tour and Culinary Vacation in Athens, Santorini, and Crete

Athens, Greece

Greece Cooking Vacation

Ancient civilization and mythology mixing the flavors and uniqueness of Mediterranean cuisine on this trip. Visit the major landmarks and walk back in history at Athens, enjoy breathtaking views at Santorini, discover the origins of Atlantis and learn the secrets of Labyrinth at Knossos Palace.

Highlights

  • Cooking lesson with a local
  • Volcanic winery visit and tasting
  • Off the beaten path with a culinary hike in Santorini
  • Guided tour to Acropolis and the ancient monuments in Athens
  • Admire the beautiful sunset during an evening luxury catamaran cruise
  • Learn the ancient vine training method
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Airport pick up

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4 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 18 participants
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 Crete.

Program

Day 1: Welcome to Athens!

On arrival, you will be met by an assistant and they will transfer to your hotel. Detailed information will be presented to you about all art and music events taking place in Athens during your stay, also a list of fine restaurants for the best taste of Athens.

This first day is an opportunity for a walk in the center. Stroll into the picturable alleys of the Plaka area, enjoy some “Ouzo” along with heavenly taste “mezedes” with the view of Acropolis rise above the city.

Day 2: Take a walk to ancient history

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 the Acropolis museum, in order to have a tour to its fascinating exhibitions.

Your 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, then you’ll 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. In the evening, return to the hotel.

Day 3: Breathtaking cliffs

The next day brings you to Santorini. A tour representative will transfer you to port for a cruise to Santorini. Relax for five days 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 Pyrgos. Visit volcanic wineries sampling a variety of whites and reds along with local cheeses and Santorini’s famous tomato paste and “Fava”.

Day 4: Noiseless breeze

Leisure is at its finest on the cliff side of Santorini where infinity pools and cave suites offer bests of luxury a noiseless breeze, giving you nothing but the private relaxation. Take the opportunity for a sunset sailing on a luxury catamaran with BBQ and drinks.

Make the most out of your time in Santorini with this relaxing and tranquil sunset sail on a catamaran. Enjoy the splendid views from the catamaran as it sails around Santorini. Swim and snorkel in the blue sea and indulge in a delicious barbecue dinner prepared onboard with grilled seafood: fresh squid and tuna; roasted vegetables, zucchini, bell pepper, and eggplant.

The salty and velvety aroma of grilled feta fills the boat as you dine amidst the serene water and looming islands. The sun begins to set and casts an orange luminescence along the horizon. The light doesn’t drift but sinks leaving a trail of color in its wake before the night pulls its shade over the sky and you return to shore.

Day 5: Volcanic wine tales

Today the guide will take you to the heart of the island to discover its unspoiled side. Starting from the serene village of Megalochori where historical mansions and old traditional houses unfold through pirate hideaways next to wine canvas. You will visit impressive churches such as the church of Aghia (Saint) Paraskevi, known for its unusual yellow bell tower and the picturesque little church of Aghia (Saint) Fotini the Samaritan, dug into the hard volcanic rock.

This tour will take you to the famous “Rock Heart” formation for photos to be then concluded at the traditional Arvanitis Canava for a wine tasting.

Day 6: The 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 7: Minoan Civilization

Transfer from your hotel to the port for your cruise to the next destination, Greece’s largest island, Crete. A Culinary paradise with friendly people and amazing sites. Arrival to Chania and settle at your hotel. Relax at the old port next to the water and taste traditional local recipes.

Day 8: Mama's recipe

This evening you will learn all the secrets of this highly regarded and healthy cuisine from the source! A native of Crete who has been cooking these meals for her family for years! Enjoy an exciting hands-on home cooking experience!

In the end, you and your classmates will be rewarded with a delicious home-like dinner which you will have helped to prepare and you will have learned secrets and simple tips in order to make. When back home, a unique Chania style meal of which you will be very proud.

Day 9: Pictures and memories for home

Some free hours for final shopping or take a few photos of the island and a representative will meet you for your transfer to the airport for your flight back to Athens.

Included excursions

  • Athens walking tour and Acropolis
  • Santorini food tour
  • Wine tasting in Santorini
  • Hands-on cooking lesson

Location

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

Food

During this holiday, you will enjoy daily breakfast at the hotels, food tour and wine tasting in Santorini, cooking lesson with dinner in Crete.

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

What's included

  • 8 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • All transfers (Athens airport, Santorini, Crete )
  • Boat tickets economy class Athens - Santorini - Crete
  • Athens walking tour and Acropolis
  • Santorini food tour
  • Wine-tasting in Santorini
  • Hands-on cooking lesson
  • Insurance (Greece part of trip)
  • V.A.T

What's not included

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

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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 30% 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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This tour can accommodate solo travelers.

 

Availability

This tour is available from May to October. Please select your arrival date below.

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May, October

High season

June, July, August, September

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