7 Days Authentic Cooking Holidays in Greece

7 Days Authentic 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 are 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

  • 5 cooking classes
  • Visit a traditional market
  • Learn how feta cheese is made
  • Taste local wine and olive oil in the famous Merkouri vineyards
  • Explore an archaeological museum and site
  • Tour of Nemouta’s waterfalls
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 7 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 in all rooms, 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 - Feta cheese producer visit, excursion

  • Visit a local producer to see how feta cheese is made.
  • Travel for 30 minutes to the village of Nemouta. Your guide will take you down the mountain to show you the magnificent waterfalls, where you can swim or walk through the rugged natural course.
  • Back at the top, lunch and ouzo will be waiting for you.

Day 5 - 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 6 - Olive oil and wine tastings, local market visit

  • Visit a local market.
  • After bargaining for a while, you will drive further onto the wonderful vineyards of the famous Merkouri vineyards, for a wine and olive oil tasting.
  • Head to a perfect beach to relax.

Day 7 - Cooking class, departure

  • Morning cooking lesson.
  • Lunch.
  • Time to say goodbye.

Archaeological Museum and Archaeological Site

The museum was constructed in 1975, and eventually opened in 1982, re-exhibiting its treasures. The museum collections consist of a collection of terracotta items from the Prehistoric, Archaic and Classical periods, a collection of bronze items, a collection of sculptures from the Archaic up to the Roman periods, and a collection from the Olympic Games.

Nemouta waterfalls

Nemouta waterfalls or Haratsari waterfalls are a new treasure of natural beauty in the Ancient Olympia area. Up until recently, a hidden and unknown to the general public point of natural beauty of Ilia that emerged thanks to the perseverance of a group of young people. The eight beautiful waterfalls of the stream of Haratsari excite anyone who visits the area.

North of Ancient Olympia, at the limits of the shires of Ilia and Arcadia, and next to the river canyon of Erymanthos, are the twenty beautiful waterfalls of the stream of Haratsari, varying in size from 15 to 45 meters.

The hike can be done daily and takes approximately 3 hours. Lunch is available after the hike in nearby tavernas of the village of Nemouta. You cannot go wrong mixing things up with the locals. The hike is an experience worth trying and is very easy to do. People of all ages have completed the hike, from 6 year olds to 86. Locals definitely recommend this excursion as it is a way to see another beautiful side of the area, mix with the locals, and feel and taste the Greek hospitality and culture.

Other excursions

  • Go to the beach for a relaxation time
  • Tour around Merkouri vineyards
  • Tour of the Natural Springs of Kiafa, visit to the Sulphur spa, or a swim in the Ionian Sea.
  • Walk around a local market

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 site 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 museums - 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

On this cooking vacation, you will be delighted with daily breakfast, four lunches, and one dinner with the meals that you prepared at one of your cooking lessons. You will have a complete Greek culinary experience by tasting traditional dishes, feta cheese, ouzo, local wine, and olive oil. Also, to celebrate your first night in Greece you will have welcome drinks and mezedes in the evening of your arrival day.

  • Explore the museum of Ancient Greek Technology
  • Take an introduction to kitesurfing
  • Visit beautiful beaches such as Kaiafas, Kato Samiko, Zaharo, and Kourouta
  • Visit the Sulphur spa or swim in the Ionian Sea at the Natural Springs of Kiafa
  • 1 dinner
  • 4 lunches
  • 5 hands-on cooking lessons
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Guided excursions and tours as described in the itinerary
  • 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 14 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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