Immerse yourself in the authentic food and culture of Greece in this private overnight tour which includes a market tour, cooking lesson, dinner, and lodging in a local Athens home. This is a unique opportunity to learn to cook regional Greek dishes with a local host in their Athens apartment. You will meet your host, Fotini, at her apartment who loves to meet people and is passionate about sharing dishes from the Greek Islands with her guests. Join Fotini and learn to cook the Greek way and even go on a local market tour. You'll leave with new cooking skills and a new friend in Athens!
You will be staying in Fotini's house during this holiday. Fotini will show you your private room and bathroom in a clean, 70 square meters meter penthouse with air conditioning, heater, and a private entrance.
After you've settled in, you will join Fotini at 2 p.m. for a glass of ouzo (a popular Greek aperitif) with snacks and hear about Greek cuisine. Afterward, you will head out to a local Athens market for a private tour. You will learn about how to choose the freshest Greek ingredients.
Once you return to Fotini's kitchen, it will be time to start your Greek cooking class which will last one to two hours. Fotini will teach you to prepare authentic homestyle dishes that are typical of the islands, such as:
Tomato keftedes (tomato balls, a traditional recipe from Santorini)
Fava (unlike western fava beans)
Froutalia (a traditional omelet from Tinos)
Ladenia (Greek pizza, a traditional dish from Kimolos)
Revithada (chickpeas cooked in the oven, a traditional dish from Sifnos) or sofrito (veal casserole with spices, a traditional dish from Corfu)
Once your cooking is complete, gather at the dining table to taste the fruits of your labor and enjoy a shared meal with your hosts. After your meal and a good night's sleep, you will wake up to a fresh Greek breakfast before you depart at noon. This experience gives you a glimpse of a local Greek's life with a visit into an authentic, local home to meet a local family and share the culture and cuisine together.
Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult.
Fotini lives with her husband in a plant-filled apartment in the Nea Smyrni neighborhood of Athens. Fotini's husband, originally from the beautiful island of Corfu, is also a skilled cook and together they will welcome you into their home.
Fotini's apartment is on Ikoniou Street, in a suburb of Southern Athens called Nea Smyrni. It is very close to the Aghia Paraskevi tram station (walking distance). The best way to reach Fotini's home is by taxi or Uber. Her home is on the fifth floor and the building has a lift.
Vegetarian, vegan, and lactose-free options are available, please advise at time of booking if required.
The following meals are included:
The following drinks are included:
The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:
Other dietary requirements on request
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)
Nea Smyrni is one of the poshest areas in Athens. It is in Southern Athens. It is inbetween Athens downtown and Athens Riviera. Guests can easily visit archaeological sites without the fuss of staying in Athens downtown. They also can go to the beach and swim. From where they stay the beach is 25-30-minute walk or 10 minutes by tram.
Nea Smyrni square is the biggest in Athens, 20 hectares. It is the trendy meeting point of Athenians full of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. Very often the mayor of Nea Smyrni organizes concerts. Plus there is a big stadium for people who like to exercise. Nea Smyrni has received a lot of donations from Onassis foundation since Aristoteles Onassis was very fond of the area. There is Estia where guests can see various art exhibitions. A lot of artists and actors have lived and still live in Nea Smirni.
Private market tour
Private cooking class
All taxes, fees, and handling charges
1 night's accommodation
Transportation by car to and from market and home
What's not included
Hotel / airport pick-up and drop-off
How to get there
Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport)
Transfer not provided
Arrival by airplane
Please book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH). Transfer from and to this airport is not included.
A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
The rest of the payment should be paid 3 days before arrival.