Enjoy the natural beauty along the wine roads of Northern Greece and explore the history that infuses the entire region, from archaeological sites, churches, monasteries, museums, and more to the wineries themselves, restaurants, taverns, hotels and inns, and local gourmet workshops and stores stocked with regional culinary specialties. A great combination of city breaks and tours in Thessaloniki, Northern Greece, Thessaly and Mainland, full of cultural elements and great wines. Seek out the traditional products of each regions unique cuisine. You will be happily surprised to find tastes and aromas beautifully attuned to the locale.
Airport transfer included:Thessaloniki Macedonia International Airport
Room Facilities: Bathroom amenities, digital phone, double sound proof windows, free Wi-Fi, hair dryer, refrigerator, satellite LCD TV, wake up calls.
Room Facilities: Autonomous air-conditioning, feather quilts, hairdryer, mini bar, private balcony, satellite television, small sofa and a mini dining room (junior suite), wireless internet access.
Room Facilities: hypoallergenic pillows, unique relaxing layers, using 100% cotton in all our linens, air-conditioning, TV, mini bar, hair dryer, designer amenities, direct dial telephone line, free Wi-Fi connection.
Room Facilities: deluxe bathrooms, verandas with magnificent views to the majestic scenery of Delphi, air-conditioning and heating, room service, television, phone, and hairdryer, safe deposit of valuables, mini bar and wireless internet access.
Room Facilities: Air-conditioning, balcony or window, bathrobe, data socket, direct telephone line, hair dryer, mini bar, power supply 220 V / 50 Hz, room safe, rooms equipped for physically disabled guests, satellite TV, slippers, socket for saving machine, telephone in the bathroom, wake up call, Wi-Fi, working desk.
Room Facilities: Feather quilts for the winter or cotton blankets for the Spring, hairdresser, internet, mini bar refrigerator, mini safe, matural products of Korre for your individual care, orthopedic matresses, private WC with hair dryer, room service in the two rooms of ground floor with their autonomous verandas, satellite television, telephone, washing-machine and tumble dryer.
Room Facilities: flat screen satellite TV with international channels, wireless internet access, fridge, working desk, direct dial phone, bathtub, phone in bathroom, hair dryer and personal amenities, air-conditioning and heating.
Room Facilities: Bath amenities, closet, flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi internet access, hairdryer, individually controlled air-conditioning, mini-bar, movies-on-demand and pay per view, pool towels, safe deposit box, soundproof windows, wake-up calls.
From Polygyros, we drive to the village Ouranoupolis for a boat trip along the coast line of Mount Athos, the unique autonomous monastic community, internationally recognised as a sanctuary of the Orthodox Christian faith, where they can view the unique landscape and the magnificent architecture of the monasteries.
Departure time is 10:30 and the cruise lasts around 3 hours. The ship heads to the south western part of the peninsula and in approximately 10 minutes, it reaches the sea-borders of the monastic state and its territory.
From there, it arrives in approximately 15 minutes in the area of the first Russian cloister and, after sailing by unique beaches, it arrives in the area of the first monastery, Iera Moni Dochiariou, in around 40 minutes.
Another 7 monasteries follow then, as well as the Holy Mounts central port, Daphni, and finally the cloisters, small villages, where groups of monks live in every house.
Thessaloniki is Greece's second largest city and the capital of Macedonia, also voted Best Mid-Sized European city for human capital and lifestyle by Financial Times in 2014. It offers a rich cultural and historical heritage as well as a cosmopolitan life.
We will visit some of the splendid churches as well as the Byzantine church of St. Dimitrios. Naturally, there's also time to enjoy the shopping and cafés downtown.
What do you get when you combine Greek coffee, pastries and breads, sweets, Meze, and ouzo? The best introductions into Greek cuisine and culture, all on this tasty Thessaloniki tour.
Northern Greece is one of the most important wine producing regions of the country. Wine brands produced in this region of Greece have been awarded many international medals and distinctions. Thessaloniki itself is home to many famous wineries. The visits to the wineries often feature lunch at the winery or at a nearby traditional Greek tavern, so we can experience the authentic Northern Greek gastronomy and wine culture.
Enjoy the numerous Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki, walk along the alleys in the centre of city and enjoy the spectacular food, nightlife, and history. Visit Naoussa, and get to know the VQPRD Naoussa, that is made of Xinomavro, an indigenous variety. We will travel through some of the most renowned Greek vineyards. Stop at celebrated wineries to sample favourite wines right where they are produced and meet the people who make them.
Visit Petralona, where traces of the first homo sapiens in Europe were found. Vergina, the burial site of the Kings of Macedonia, explore Meteora, a natural phenomenal unique in our planet, a guided boat trip takes visitors along the coast line of Mount Athos the unique monastery republic internationally recognised as a sanctuary of the Christian faith where they can view the unique landscape and the magnificent architecture of the monasteries.
In Crete, a meal is not only a celebration but also a culmination of various events. Enjoy culinary explorations that blend all the secrets particular of the region of Crete and let you enjoy and learn about them first-hand alongside the locals. Going from one region of Crete to another changes not only what you eat, but how you eat it, how its prepared and what accompanies it. Each region is a mystery unto itself. Immerse yourself in the fantastic flavours and mouth-watering smells of regional Crete.
We believe that the most authentic way to experience and understand the heritage of Cretan culture, nutrition, history, way of life and its people, is in the company of a local scholar, walking through streets which are alive with religion, art and history, immersing in the architecture, learning about the life, traditions, and customs of Cretan people, past and present.
You will sample some of the finest meals as well as fruit and vegetables in the world. You will drink selected spirits (ouzo, raki, liquors) and wines that will elevate your spirit and help you relax, and relish the excellent traditional cooking in some of the less obvious restaurants that we will point you out.
Follow Porto Club Vegetarian lead, come on a route of adventure, travel and wonder as you explore the mysteries, flavours and customs particular to various Cretan regions on our unique and authentic Cretan vegetarian food holiday. We can promise you we will not be part of any tourist trail or the sheep following mentality. Our aim has always been to offer quality not quantity, so Porto Club remains small but perfectly formed.
We offer a unique opportunity to experience at first hand authentic Cretan regional cooking techniques and recipes that have been developed and handed down over generations. All of the ingredients you will use are bought each morning from local open market and so you will be working with fresh fruit and vegetables in season.
Throughout our cooking you will learn about the ingredients and the traditions around the dishes. You will learn the passion of the Cretan kitchen and, importantly, have a lot of fun and enjoyment doing it. Your week in Crete will be as much a hands on cooking experience as a cultural one. George will introduce you to the philosophy of local cooking and its traditions. You will learn about the history of Cretan cuisine and how it was influenced by its occupation for more than 2000 years.
You will learn the inspirations behind the Cretan dishes, the methods employed by local producers, how to make a variety of Cretan dishes from simple ingredients you can find back home, how very few ingredients can be the basis for 6 or 7 dishes. You will learn how to prepare traditional Cretan dishes adapted to vegetarian requirements but never compromising on flavor as well as the cooking techniques and methods used to create the dishes.