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8 Days Sensational Zakynthos Cooking Vacation in Greece

Villa Spiros, Laganas, Zakynthos, 29092

Authentic Culinary Vacations in Greece

Experience the culture and creativity of Zakynthos’ food and wine, with a truly authentic experience that takes you inside tavern kitchens, see you cooking on traditional wood fires, inside family homes and making traditional dessert and ice cream. Visit famous Shipwreck Bay, take a boat trip to Turtle Island and the Blue Caves. Swim with turtles in turquoise waters, dance sirtaki and become part of the Vithoulkas family.

Highlights

  • Wine and olive tasting
  • Make the local Frigania dessert
  • Cook organic chicken in a wood fire oven
  • Boat trip to the Shipwreck beach, the Blue caves, Turtle Island
  • Visit Caretta-Caretta nesting beach and beach picnic
  • A Greek celebration night to remember
  • Mingle with wonderful local people
  • Tour to Zakynthos town

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Greek
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer included: Zakynthos International Airport
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Accommodation

Villa Spiros

Located on the beautiful island of Zakynthos in Zakyntho’s liveliest resort, Villa Spiros features a mixture of self-catering ground floor studios and first-floor apartments, furnished to a high standard in a clean modern style.

The rooms are all equipped with a high-speed Wi-Fi Internet connection, along with a host of other modern amenities and features, stylishly and thoughtfully designed, ensuring the discerning holidaymaker or independent traveler a relaxing and comfortable stay.

This little oasis of calm is only 300 meters away from the lovely Laganas Beach and just a 2-minute stroll from Laganas main street with its parade of shops, restaurants, bars, bus stop, and a medical center. Countless excursions and sights are in close vicinity, the close amenities complementing the villa’s location perfectly.

Distinguished by its exceptional family-run hospitality and extensive range of services, Villa Spiros excels with its warmth, hospitable ambiance, relaxing surroundings and friendly hosts who guarantee Greek hospitality and will point you to the very best this wonderful island has to offer.

Villa Antonio

Located in a prime location from where to explore Zakynthos Island, Villa Antonio, is set in Romiri village in over 2000 square meters of private fenced olive grove and gardens, with its own outdoor pool.

This stylish villa offers comfort and breathtaking views in a peaceful setting. In an elevated position, Villa Antonio, comprises three bedrooms and two bathrooms, an open plan kitchen, living room, and verandas. It is surrounded by fruit and olive trees and benefits from the warmth of the sun all day long.

The villa is suitable for couples, families with children or a group of friends or colleagues sharing.

Facilities :

  • Air conditioner in all rooms
  • TV set
  • Comfortable lounge / dining room
  • Sun lounges
  • Large garden with hobby farm
  • Selection of books
  • Barbeque facilities

Program

Day 1: Arrival and Zakynthos town welcome dinner

On arrival at Zakynthos airport or port, your private driver will meet you and transfer you to your accommodation in Laganas. Famed for being the home of the sea turtle Caretta-Caretta, Laganas will be your base for this fabulous culinary experience.

You will have time to unpack and settle into your new surroundings. A little later, your hosts will welcome you to join them for drinks and an informal meeting. They will answer any questions you may have and tell you about all the things to do and see in this diverse, lively resort all just a few minutes’ walk from your holiday home from home.

In the evening, we will visit Zakynthos town. Here, we will enjoy a traditional welcome dinner, with magnificent views across the harbor and out to sea. Relax while traditional singers, singing serenades set the mood. The local wines and Greek ouzo will help you along!

Day 2: Cooking with your host Effie and swimming at sandy Laganas Beach

After breakfast, you will be cooking with your host, Effie. She will invite you to join her in her kitchen and cook a traditional light dish full of vitamins, summer colors and great aromas!

You will be cooking traditional Greek stuffed vegetables and a colorful organic Greek salad with feta cheese. Effie welcomes questions, as she is proud to share her knowledge and experience of Zakynthian cuisine.

While tonight’s dinner is cooking, you may like to explore the surrounding area and the 7 kilometers long Laganas beach laying only 500 meters from the villa. Laganas resort offers a great combination of everything a traveler could desire.

In the famous sweeping bay, with its shallow, crystal clear water, you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and if you are lucky, find yourself swimming alongside the large, graceful loggerhead turtles. Sunbeds are plentiful if you just want to relax, and if you are adventurous enough why not go skinny dipping at the nudist beach a little further away.

In the evening, join your hosts for dinner with the meal you helped prepare, alongside Antonio’s chilled house wine, in the little, pretty garden of Villa Spiros.

Day 3: A farm-to-fork culinary experience, Frigania dessert, explore Zante town in the evening

Enjoy a freshly home-cooked breakfast prepared with local delicacies. Later, you will drive north through picturesque villages to arrive at our lunch destination; a family-owned and run mountain taverna. Here, in Orthonies village you will enjoy an authentic farm to fork culinary experience.

After a warm welcome and a cool welcome drink, Grandmother Athina will show you step by step how to make the local “Frigania” dessert, with layers of syrupy rusks, vanilla-infused cream, cinnamon, fresh cream, and cherry topping.

Put it in the fridge to chill and continue with helping her to prepare a family recipe handed down the generations: stuffed free-range chicken in tomato sauce. While the food is cooking in a traditional wood-fired oven, your hosts will take you around the farm to see where the ingredients were grown and to meet the livestock.

Then back to the taverna where in the shade of a spreading oak tree you will enjoy the stuffed village chicken, plus a variety of starters, local wine and Frigania dessert to add that final sweet flourish. Simply irresistible!

Then back at Villa Spiros to relax.

In the evening, visit Zakynthos main town. The first stop is at the Church of the island’s patron saint, St. Dionysius. The huge inside is richly decorated with gold and icons. The saint’s remains are here in a silver casket, which on some occasions is open for viewing.

Later, enjoy a gentle walk and get familiarized with the Ionian architecture, recharge your batteries at a café by Solomos square before you lose yourself in the market street to taste and buy local products and delicacies. Before returning back to Laganas, why not treat yourself to delicious ice cream at locals favorite gelateria.

Day 4: Revealing the Mousaka secrets and turtle boat trip

After a hearty breakfast, get ready for today’s cooking activity with Effie. Today, she is happy to offer you a choice between cooking “Giouvetsi”, orzo pasta with lamp in the oven or the Greek famous moussaka. Both dishes are a tasteful sensation!

While dinner is in the oven cooking from Laganas bay, set off for an exclusive aquatic experience to the heavenly “Marathonisi Island", remarkably shaped similar to our native sea turtle Caretta – Caretta. In the famous sweeping bay, see and even swim alongside some of the large and extremely graceful loggerhead turtles.

Next, head out to sea for a short crossing to the breathtaking, uninhabited "Marathonisi Island", with its fine powder-like sand, that captivates the water and nature lover alike. Natural and intriguing, with wonderful little caves to explore, just perfect for snorkeling, swimming or just a paddle. Enjoy this tiny island beach experience!

In the evening, back at Villa Spiros to enjoy the meal you helped prepare together with your hosts and fellow guests.

Day 5: Swimming and beach picnic at Kalamaki sand dunes, wine & olive oil tasting, seaside dinner in the evening

Enjoy a relaxed morning. Then, walk a short distance to one of the most important nesting grounds of the sea turtle Caretta-Caretta. Turtle nests are scattered all along the golden sands, protected by little cages, and watched over by passionate volunteers from the National Marine Park of Zakynthos, who are always happy to share all their expertise on the subject of the turtles, just ask.

Just a little way out to sea the secluded uninhabited Islands of Pelouzo, Cameo and the Turtle Island, provide a stunning backdrop to a spectacular setting. Time, now to truly unwind and enjoy a relaxing morning by the sea. Swim, try a spot of snorkeling to see if you can spy a Caretta-Caretta, enjoy a beach picnic, among the relaxing sounds and aromas of the Ionian Sea.

In the afternoon, together with Antonio, visit Aristeon Olive Press & winery. At the olive oil museum, learn how the humble olive becomes liquid gold the precious oil that gives Zakynthians their lust for life.

See the display of machinery from the old days before touring the modern factory with your guide. At the end, there is a chance to taste a variety of extra virgin oils on village bread and buy their products.

You continue the tour visiting Grampsas winery run by the third generation of the family, widely respected by Zakynthians and international clients alike. During the summer months, the yachting fraternity visit regularly to restock their boats with wines for their Greek Island Odyssey.

The winery is beautifully presented, from the neat rows of vines to the display of winemaking equipment from bygone days. Son Tassos will talk you through the whole winemaking process before inviting you to sit on the shady terrace to sample white and red wines with local cheese.

You must be hungry by now. At a seaside restaurant enjoy a nice meal by the calm Ionian Sea.

Day 6: Shipwreck Bay, Blue Caves & souvlaki making activity

Wake up to another fun and exciting day. From Agios Sostis fishing port start a once in a lifetime boat trip experience towards the breathtaking west coast of Zakynthos with the secluded coves, crystal clear water, dramatic caves to arrive at mesmerizing Shipwreck Bay. This is what people call a natural eye delight. If the weather is too windy for the boat, you will drive north and still be able to admire the shipwreck from the viewing platform set into the clifftop.

In the evening, join your hosts in a fun making activity and learn how to make the original pita souvlaki with either pork or chicken skewer and homemade tzatziki. Simple, yet wonderful!

Day 7: A farewell Greek celebration to remember

Enjoy a relaxing morning. You may like to explore the little shops alongside Laganas main road, or swim and sunbathe at the golden sands of Laganas Bay.

In the evening dress up for the farewell party at a nearby taverna. You will enjoy a traditional Greek celebration, with great food and company, plenty of local wine and of course Greek music and dancing. Phew! A grand finale to a great week!

Day 8: Departure day

This morning, enjoy a lovely traditional breakfast, maybe a walk to Laganas main street for last-minute shopping, or a stroll to Laganas beach to take a last dip. Your driver will take you to the airport or port in good time for your departure.

By now you will truly be feeling at home here, Zakynthian through and through, and definitely like a member of our family. “Kallo Taxidi! (safe journey)

The Vithoulkas Family

Included excursions

  • Stroll around Laganas
  • Swim at Dafni beach
  • Boat trip to Marathonisi island
  • Swim at Shipwreck bay
  • Swim at Xigia beach
  • Visit an olive grove
  • Visit Bohali region
  • Visit Grampsas winery
  • Visit Orthonies village and hands on cooking activity at a local tavern
  • Visit the local market in Zakynthos town

Location

This holiday takes place in Zakynthos, Greece.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

  • Enjoy a series of water sports
  • Explore idyllic beach bars, restaurants, cafè bars, and traditional taverns
  • Go on a shopping trip
  • Relax and go swimming
  • Swim alongside loggerhead turtles
  • Wander around Laganas main street

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation at Villa Spiros with breakfast
  • Airport transfers
  • 4 cooking sessions, 12 hours of cooking
  • 8 meals included (2 lunches and 6 dinners)

What's not included

  • Airfair tickets
  • Anything else not described in itinerary

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH). Then catch a domestic flight to Zakynthos (ZTH) airport. Your hosts will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Alternatively, you may take the coach from Athens Kiffisos central bus station to Zakynthos, feuturing a one hour boat ride ftom Kyllini port to Zakynthos. We can help you arrange your bus & boat tickets.

Arrival by ferry boat

Arrival by Ferry boat from Venice, Ancona, or Brindisi 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 port, from where the ferry boat takes you to Zakynthos Town in one hour. Zakynthos can be easily reached by boat from Killini port or nearby Kephalonia Island.

Airport: Zakynthos International Airport Airport transfer included: Zakynthos International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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  • 200 EUR discount available for guests who bring their non-cooking partners / friends.

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