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30 Days Culinary and Culture Holidays in Zakynthos

Cooking Holidays in Greece

Leave the winter blues behind and enjoy life in the breathtaking Ionian Island of Zakynthos. Immerse in a warm and relaxing atmosphere, in which you can unwind, while experiencing one of Europe`s healthiest nations. With warm days, enjoy the tranquility of empty beaches, reading, walking, cycling, sightseeing, and exploring the local attractions as well as the picturesque Greek villages. Chilly evenings lend themselves to be spent in uncrowned taverns, enjoying the best traditional food tours and drinks, roaring log fires, and spending a wonderful time with charming people.


  • Off-the-beaten track locations
  • Fabulous gastronomic delights
  • Cheese, honey, and wine tastings
  • Olive grove visit, picking, and tasting
  • Guided cycling and walking tours
  • Evening entertaining programs
  • Farewell Greek party night
  • 29 nights accommodation


16 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Located on the beautiful island of Zakynthos and situated in Zakynthos liveliest and most exciting resort, Villa Spiros features a mixture of 3 self-catering ground floor rooms and 4 first floor maisonettes, furnished to a high standard in a clean modern style, incorporating everything the discerning holidaymaker or independent traveler will need for a relaxing and comfortable stay. Villa Spiros enjoys ideal, peaceful and relaxing surroundings. You will find lovely vines and well-kept flower beds.

All the rooms are equipped with central heating, carpets, flannel sheets, electric blankets, feather duck quilts, tea and coffee making facilities, a fully equipped kitchen, and an on-suite shower room. Distinguished by the lure of its exceptional family run hospitality and extensive range of services, Villa Spiros excels with its warmth, hospitable ambiance, relaxing surroundings and friendly hosts who will point you to the very best this wonderful island has to offer.


On arrival to Villa Spiros, you will be welcomed with drinks and left to settle in and get comfortable in your new surroundings. After breakfast on your first morning, you will hold an informal meeting, providing you with all you need to know to make the very best of your precious holiday time, and be sure to see and experience all the things most tourists miss out on. You will take part on a wide range of art and creative workshops ranging from painting and drawing, glass painting, card and picture frames making, sea sculpture, rubbish sculpture, cooking legendary Greek recipes, traditional cuisine, and desserts making. Relax during your stay with one of the many activities to be done on your Greek evenings such as movie nights, bingo and quiz nights, card games, karaoke, pantomime, and drinking games.


This holiday will take place in the breathtaking Ionian island of Zakynthos, where you will find wonderful picturesque villages, green slopes all around, and the endless, blue, crystal clear, Ionian Sea. Traditional houses, old cafes, and family tavernas, compliment this beautiful setting. The agricultural activity is also very visible with hectares of cultivated land, vineyards, olive groves and tiny family owned factories. Although most small businesses are closed in the winter months, kiosks, supermarkets, tavernas and medical centers are still open daily and just a short drive or bus ride takes you to the main Zakynthos town where everything is open and available to you.

Things to do (optional)

  • Exciting drive to Navagio, the famous Shipwreck bay
  • Fitoura tasting
  • Greek coffee tasting
  • Horse riding
  • Keri tour
  • Olive picking experience available in November
  • Photography workshop
  • Pottery workshop
  • Scuba diving
  • Self-defense classes
  • Swim with Caretta turtles
  • Tour to Kallipado, Tragaki, and Kipseli
  • Tour to Koiliomenos, Iperagathos Monastery, and Kabi
  • Tour to Louha, Giri, and Agia Marina
  • Tour to Volimes, Xigia, Katastari
  • Vasilikos royal tour
  • Visit to Agalas village
  • Visit to Dafni beach
  • Visit to the castle
  • Visit to the Museum of Dionysios Solomos
  • Visit to the Post-Byzantine Museum
  • Watersports
  • Wine tasting tour
  • Wine tour at Trygos available in September
  • Zakynthos town delight walk

What's included

  • 1 daily homemade breakfast
  • 1 daily traditional meal
  • 1 farewell Greek night party
  • 1 welcome meeting
  • 16 culinary and art workshops
  • 29 nights accommodation
  • Evening entertainment programs
  • Guided walks and cycling tours
  • Various tastings including cheese, honey, olive oil, and wine

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Additional meals
  • Additional transfers
  • Airport transfers
  • Doctor assistance
  • Excursions not included
  • Laundry service
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional activities

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH), at the Thessaloniki Airport (SKG), or at the Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH). Please consider that Athens International Airport (ATH) has daily flights, the Thessaloniki Airport (SKG) has flights twice a week, and that there are direct flights to Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH) from most European countries (including Russia and Israel), during the tourist season, April to October.

Arrival by ferry

Ferry boat from Venice, Ancona, or Brindisi in Italy to Patras is an alternative if you travel either by car or train. It takes about 20 hours with the superfast ferries from Venice to Patras. Then there is a further hour drive by car or bus from Patras to Killini, from where the ferry boat takes you to Zakynthos town in one hour. Zakynthos can be easily reached by boat from Killini port or Kephalonia Island.

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