8 Days Sensational Zakynthos Cooking Vacation in Greece

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 sees you cooking on traditional wood fires, inside family homes and making baklava, with professional Greek confectioners. Visit famous Shipwreck Bay, take a boat trip to Marathonisi Island & the Blue Caves. Swim with turtles in turquoise waters

Highlights

  • Local singing (kantades)
  • Experience a Greek night
  • Cooking classes with locals
  • Learn how to make the legendary baklava
  • Winery, olive grove visits and tastings
  • Visit a traditinal mountain taverna and enjoy a romantic sunset
  • Swim at world famous Shipwreck beach
  • Shop and taste local products

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Greek, English
The maximum participants in the group is 10

Airport transfer included: Dionysios Solomos Airport

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Accommodation

Studios

Located on the ground floor, all studios are spacious, tastefully decorated in style, with large verandas for enjoyable relaxing moments. In-room amenities: 25 - 30m2 spacious, modern rooms with 2 single beds, suitable for 2 people; large, wooden wardrobe, safety deposit box, matching dressing table with big mirror, TV, fully equipped kitchen with dinner table and chairs, fridge, shower room/WC, spacious veranda with table and chairs, air condition, ceiling fan, central heating, views to the vineyard.

Maissonaites

Situated on the first floor the maisonettes comprise of two levels, separated by a wooden staircase. On the ground floor of each maisonette, there is a kitchen, shower room/WC, wardrobe, 2 single beds and a balcony. On the upper level, there is the master bedroom with a double bed, wardrobe, and shower room/WC.

In-room amenities: 50 - 60m2 with balcony, suitable for a family or a group of friends (sleeps 4), 2 large, wooden wardrobes, safety deposit box, 2 matching dressing tables with big mirror, 2 TV sets, fully equipped kitchen with dinner table and chairs, fridge, 2 shower rooms/WC, spacious balcony with table and chairs, 2 air condition, 2 ceiling fans, central heating on both floors, view to the vineyard.

Villa Spiros Cooking and Wine Holidays in Zakynthos Itinerary

Day 1, Arrival, welcome drink and Traditional Zakynthian dinner with kantades (live traditional singing).

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 stunning 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 afternoon, we’ll visit the region of Bohali, at the very top of Zakynthos town. Here you will enjoy a traditional welcome dinner, with magnificent views over the twinkling lights of the town below, across the harbour and out to sea. Relax while traditional singers (kantades) set the mood. The local wines and Greek ouzo will help you along!

Day 2, Cooking with Effie and swimming at heavenly Dafni Beach

After breakfast, you will be cooking with your host, Effie. She will invite you to join her to prepare and cook a traditional light dish full of vitamins, summer colours and great aromas! You will be cooking traditional Greek stuffed vegetables and a taste bud tantalizing “bougiourdi” which is baked feta cheese, with peppers, tomato and spices. Effie welcomes questions, as she is proud to share her knowledge and experience of Zakynthian cuisine.

While the food is cooking, you can explore the surrounding area. This 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. You can walk along the unending golden sands of Laganas beach. There is a variety of beach bars and traditional tavernas. Scuba diving, water sports, boat hire and sun beds are plentiful, making it easy to relax, play and lose track of time in the sunshine. Then, return to Villa Spiros and join your hosts for the lunch you helped cook, which will be served in the pretty garden alongside chilled house wine.

Later, we’ll travel a short distance to Dafni beach, an important nesting ground for the sea turtle Caretta Caretta. On the way, we will call at the Turtle Museum where the staff will be pleased to share their knowledge. Continuing our tour, we arrive at Dafni beach, where turtle nests are scattered all along the golden sands, protected by little cages, and watched over year round by an army of passionate volunteers. Just a little way out to sea the secluded uninhabited Island of Pelouzo and the protected beach of Sekania, provide a stunning backdrop. Time, now to unwind and enjoy the afternoon and evening. Swim, try a spot of snorkeling to see if you can spy a Caretta Caretta and don’t forget your camera!

Day 3, An Authentic Farm-to-Fork Culinary Experience

After a traditional breakfast, we set off for the picturesque north of the island. A refreshing swim at the “healing” beach of Xigia will set you up for the day. Sulphur springs bubble up from the sea bed, making the warm waters mineral rich. There’s a slightly eggy aroma, but your skin will thank you for the experience!

Continue north, driving through picturesque villages to your lunch destination; a family owned and run mountain taverna. Here, you will enjoy a farm to fork culinary experience. After a warm welcome, and a cool welcome drink, Grandmother Athina will show us, step by step, how to cook a family recipe handed down the generations: stuffed free range chicken in tomato sauce with pasta, plus a variety of starters. While the food cooks in a traditional wood-fired oven, our hosts take us 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 we’ll enjoy the food we cooked, plus local wine, and homemade dessert to add that final sweet flourish.

Day 4,Turtle Boat Trip, Cooking & Dining with your hosts

After breakfast, get ready for today’s cooking activity, including preparing rabbit in tomato sauce and tzatziki, using organic ingredients from the family’s land. A taste sensation! While dinner is cooking, you may either choose to enjoy a relaxing morning in Laganas, or join us for a spectacular sunrise experience. With a refreshing fruit juice in hand, we will walk about 15 minutes to the port of Agios Sostis for a boat trip to Marathonisi Island. Let yourself go on this tiny, non-inhabited island. We will enjoy swimming in crystal clear turquoise waters and sunbathe on the island’s golden sands. Return to Villa Spiros, to enjoy the lunch you helped prepare.

Day Five, Swimming at the Shipwreck Bay and a magical Sunset Dinner

Wake up at your own pace today and enjoy a relaxing morning in lovely Laganas resort. Around midday, we set off for the north of the island, with several gastronomic stops along the way. We will take a boat past fabulous blue caves to famous Shipwreck Bay, for swimming. If we are lucky we may see base jumpers and paragliders launch themselves from the towering cliffs. If the weather is too windy for the boat, we will still be able to admire the shipwreck from the viewing platform set into the cliff top.

A traditional dinner is coming up later, at the locals’ favorite taverna , in Kabi. Not only is this restaurant famous for Zakynthian cuisine and its welcoming owners, but for the most magical sun sets on the island. The view from the restaurant, down to aquamarine waters must be one of the best in the world.

Day Six, Sweet treats in Zakynthos town

Today, we will visit Zakynthos town and discover the history and culture of the old town alongside the café culture of the new. Relax in one of the specialty coffee shops, or maybe enjoy a homemade ice cream and indulge in a spot of people watching; a favourite Greek pastime. Last minute shopping, a coffee stop and a leisurely walk time to enjoy being alone to wander.

Later, one of the traditional confectionery workshops of the town, plays host to give us a sweet treat. The fourth generation confectioner and shop owner, will put on his apron and show us how to make Baklava with almonds, walnuts and spices folded into a syrupy filo pastry. Simply irresistible!!! Arriving back in Laganas around lunch time, you may relax and enjoy the afternoon and evening as you wish.

Day Seven, A Farewell Greek celebration to Remember!

Enjoy today at your leisure. You may choose to spend time on the beach at Laganas bay.

Alternatively, treat yourself to today’s optional excursion or let us know if we can help you arrange something specifically for you. In the evening dress up for the farewell party at a nearby taverna. We 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 Eight, 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.

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

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, surrounded by lovely vines and well-kept flower beds.

This little oasis of calm, is only 300 meters away from the lovely Laganas beach and only a 5-minute stroll from Laganas main street with its parade of shops, restaurants, bars, bus stops and medical center. Countless excursions and sights in close vicinity complement the villas location perfectly. 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.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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
  • Cooking sessions
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Private driver/guide
  • Transportation

What's not included

  • Airfair tickets
  • Anything else not described in itinerary

How to get there

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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