5 Days Cooking Holidays in Greece

  • Hotel Pelops, Varela 2, 27065 Archaia Olympia, Ilia, Greece

Greece Food Tour in Ancient Olympia

This fantastic holiday will take place in Greece, a country with a wealth of history, culture, and natural beauty. You will enjoy a hands-on experience with the cookery classes organized by Susanna, where you will learn how to prepare traditional Greek recipes made by local families for generations. Natural, local ingredients are part of your cooking lessons, as they are special elements that contain a unique flavor. Also, you cannot visit Greece without walking around its historic spots and natural scenarios so, when you are not cooking, you will be exploring the enchanting Greek landscapes.

Highlights

  • 3 cooking classes
  • Tour of the Natural Springs of Kiafa
  • Explore archaeological museum and site
  • Pick the vegetables for your dishes directly from the garden
  • Use traditional recipes used for generations
  • Welcome drinks and mezedes
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Hotel Pelops

During your holiday, you will spend four nights at Hotel Pelops, Run by the Spiliopoulos. Hotel Pelops is Olympia’s top option, with 18 comfortable rooms. All the rooms feature complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, free Wi-Fi, mini-fridge, direct dial telephone, television with seven satellite channels, self-controlled room air-conditioning, orthopedic mattresses and pillows, hair dryer, and shaver outlet. Free public parking is possible right in front of the hotel. Guests of the hotel are allowed to use the swimming pool of Hotel Europa, its size is 20 meters long by 8 meters wide and the deepest point measures almost 4 meters. Surrounded by magnificent flowers and plants, it offers the ideal spot to relax and enjoy the famous Greek sun. A bar next to the swimming pool is open between 15:00 and 23:00.

Day 1 - Arrival

  • Arrival at your hotel.
  • You will have some time to settle-in.
  • Welcome drinks and mezedes will be offered in the evening.

Day 2 - Cooking class

  • Breakfast.
  • Visit the garden to choose and pick your vegetables for your afternoon lesson.
  • The rest of the day remains free.
  • Hands-on cooking lesson at 16:00.
  • For dinner, enjoy the produce of your cooking efforts.

Day 3 - Cooking class, excursion

  • Morning cooking lesson.
  • Lunch.
  • Tour of the Archaeological Museum and Archaeological Site with a professional guide.

Day 4 - Cooking class, excursion

  • Morning cooking lesson.
  • Lunch.
  • Tour of the Natural Springs of Kiafa. You can also choose to visit the Sulphur spa, or swim in the Ionian sea.

Day 5 - Cooking class, departure

  • Morning cooking lesson.
  • Lunch.
  • Time to say goodbye.
  • Tour of the Archaeological Museum and Archaeological Site
  • Tour of the Natural Springs of Kiafa, visit to the Sulphur spa, or a swim in the Ionian Sea

Ancient Olympia is situated close to the western shores of the Peloponnese and it is the focal point for all international Olympic events. From here, the Olympic Flame is lit and sent on its trip to each Olympiad venue around the world. Also, Ancient Olympia has been declared the International Centre of Athletism. The archaeological sites and museums, such as the New Archaeological Museum, the Old Museum, and the History of the Olympic Games Museum, have undergone renovations, offering all visitors modern and up-to-date facilities to enhance their visit to Olympia, considered to be one of the most important sanctuaries of antiquity.

Olympia was dedicated to the father of the gods, Olympian Zeus and it is the birthplace of the Olympic Games and the site where they were held every four years in archaic times. The area has been populated uninterruptedly since 3000 B.C. and, in the late Mycenaean period, it became a religious center. The river Alfios, and one of its branch rivers, Kladeos, that run near the village, have given the area a great natural beauty and helped it prosper throughout the eons.

Some of the most important monuments are: the temple of Zeus, the temple of Hera, the Philippeion, and the Vouleftirion. In addition to the temples, are the remains of all the sports structures for the Olympic Games, like the Palestra and the Gymnasium. Ancient Olympia also hosts one of the most important archaeological museums in Greece.

Nearby places

  • Archaeological site and museum - 10 minutes by foot
  • Nearby beaches - 40 minutes
  • Nemouta - 25 to 30 minutes
Activities
  • Art classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Mountain walking / trekking nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool nearby
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach nearby
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Mini bar
  • Poolside bar
  • River nearby
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
Services
  • Car rental nearby
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Local market
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Explore the museum of Ancient Greek Technology
  • Take an introduction to kitesurfing
  • Tour of Nemouta waterfalls
  • Visit beautiful beaches such as Kaiafas, Kato Samiko, Zaharo, and Kourouta
  • Visit Merkouri vineyard
  • Visit the Sulphur spa or swim in the Ionian Sea at the Natural Springs of Kiafa
  • 1 dinner
  • 3 hands-on cooking lessons
  • 3 lunches
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Guided excursions and tours
  • Local transportation
  • Olive oil and wine tasting
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses

Driving directions from Athens

  • This route will take you through the mountains of Korinthia, through the Artemisio tunnel
  • After the tunnel, look for the sign to the right for Ancient Olympia
  • Follow the road through the mountains of Arkadia towards Vytina and Langadia
  • This trip is more demanding as there are more twists and turns to the road, but it is definitely a very wildlife abundant and beautiful road to travel

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Araxos Airport (GPA).

Arrival by bus

To travel by bus, you need to get to Kifissou street 100, also called Stathmos Kifissou, where the bus terminals are. There, you can catch a ride to anywhere in mainland Greece. You need to ask for a ticket to Pyrgos. The bus travels the route via Patras. Getting to Olympia by public transport is common for backpackers, as it is very cheap, but it is recommended to avoid this means of transport if you have children, lots of luggage, or lose your temper easily. Usually your ticket will get you all the way to Pyrgos. You then need to get off the bus and purchase a ticket for the remainder of the trip, which is about 20 kilometers, and which also means you will have to wait for approximately 20 minutes to an hour for the next bus.

Distances

  • Athens, 280 kilometers
  • Greece, 330 kilometers - 3 hours and 30 minutes by car
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.

Ancient Olympia, Greece

Suzanna's offers cookery courses to convey the respect for the traditional Greek recipes that have been passed from generation to generation, and to emphasize the use natural produce.

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