8 Days Currants Harvest Zakynthos & Cooking Vacations Greece

Zante Currants Experience and Cooking Holidays Greece

The beautiful island of Zakynthos is famous for its currants. Called Black Gold by the locals, this superfood has been cultivated here since the 17th century and is famous worldwide. The name of these small purple fruits comes from the Anglo-French, raisins de Corinthe. During harvest, the whole island becomes a buzzing hive of activity. You will have the opportunity to join in and help pick this wonderful fruit straight from the vine and of course, you may taste!

With warm days, enjoy the tranquillity of uncrowded beaches, walking, cycling, sightseeing, and experience the Greek pace of life that makes this nation one of the healthiest in Europe.

Highlights

  • Olive harvest and picking sessions
  • Mushroom hunting and cooking activity
  • Visit a cheese factory and taste award winning cheeses
  • Learn how to cook family recipes with a local
  • Taste a variety of wines and visit a winery
  • 7 nights accommodation

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 10

Airport transfer included: Dionysios Solomos Airport

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Accommodation

Located on the beautiful island of Zakynthos and situated in Zakynthos’ liveliest and most exciting 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 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. Countless excursions and sights are in close vicinity, and the close amenities complement the villa’s 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 guarantee a pleasant, authentic Greek hospitality and will point you to the very best this wonderful island has to offer.

Apartments

Situated on the first floor the apartments, the apartments comprise of two levels, separated by a wooden staircase. On the ground floor, there is a kitchen, shower room / WC, wardrobe, two single beds, and a balcony. On the upper level, there is the master bedroom with a double bed, wardrobe, and shower room / WC.The apartments are 60 square meters with balcony, suitable for a family or a group of friends (sleeps four to five people). The in-room amenities include two large wooden wardrobes with fitted security locks, two matching dressing tables with big mirrors, two TV sets, fully-equipped kitchenette with dining area, fridge, kettle and toaster, two shower rooms / WC, spacious balcony with table and chairs, air conditioning, two ceiling fans, central heating on both floors, and view to the vineyard.

Studios

Located on the ground floor, all studios are spacious and comfortably furnished. Each has a large verandas for enjoyable relaxing moments. The studios are 30-square-meters modern rooms with two single beds, suitable for two to three people. It has large, wooden wardrobe with fitted security locks, a matching dressing table with big mirror, TV, fully-equipped kitchenette with dining area, fridge, kettle and toaster, shower room / WC, spacious veranda with table and chairs, air conditioning, ceiling fan, central heating, views to the vineyard.

Villa Spiros Culinary Vacations Greece Program

Day 1, Arrival and welcome buffet

You will be collected from the airport and brought to your accommodation. We will give you time to settle into your new surroundings. Later, you are welcome to join us on trip to the nearby supermarket, to shop for your holiday necessities.

In the evening there will be a welcome meeting and buffet in our reception area and garden. You will meet your hosts, the Vythoulkas family, and your fellow guests. Your hosts will be delighted to tell you about the traditions surrounding Black Gold, familiarise you with the week’s proposed plans and answer any questions you may have.

Day 2, The Black Gold journey starts

Join us as we journey through the fascinating process of current production from vine to packaged product.

After a leisurely breakfast, we will take you to see the vines with their little round grapes shining like rubies in the sunlight. Enjoy the peace of this stunning landscape as you hand prune grapes from the vines and gently place them in crates for transport to the drying mats. After an enjoyable morning’s work, we’ll take a break from the sunshine to enjoy a freshly prepared country picnic in the shade of the trees. You will be driven back to Villa Spiros to enjoy the rest of the day and evening as you choose.

Day 3, Turtle boat trip and farm to fork cooking activity

After a traditional breakfast, we set off for Marathonisi Island, shaped remarkably like our native sea turtle Caretta caretta. At the harbour of Agios Sostis, we board a boat to sail into the sweeping bay, hoping to see and even swim alongside some of the large, graceful loggerhead turtles. Next, we head out to sea for the short crossing to uninhabited Marathonisi Island, with its powder-like sands lapped by crystal clear waters. Later, back at Villa Spiros, we are ready for today’s farm to fork cooking activity. Thinly sliced rabbit is marinated, using local olive oil and herbs, to ensure beautifully tender meat. We will cook it on the BBQ to enjoy with fresh currant sauce on homemade sesame seed buns ……and with wine from our own vines.

Day 4, Sundried deliciousness and picnic in the sands

This morning we turn our attention to the sorting and drying of the grapes. The long drying mats are spread into the distance, now the sorting and drying process begins. First, the grapes are hand-sorted, removing any that are bad or damaged. Then, they are laid on the mats in the hot August sun to dry. For many days the grapes are tended, raked and turned to dry them thoroughly. During this process plump ruby-red grapes become dried black currants, a favourite for Christmas puddings, cakes and buns the world over. Later, we will drive you back to Laganas, to relax, enjoy the sea and a beach picnic of freshly made sandwiches. Spend the evening at leisure in Laganas resort. Along the sweeping bay, you will find plenty of beach bars, restaurants, cafes and traditional tavernas. You may want to skip the sweet course; when you come home you will find we’ve left you a current dessert in your fridge.

Day 5, Shipwreck Bay & Blue Caves, swimming and culinary experience

Enjoy a relaxed summer morning in lovely Laganas resort.

Around midday, we set off for the north of the island, with several gastronomic stops along the way. One will be at the olive oil factory where you can sample “Liquid Gold” the precious oil which gives Zakynthians their unique lust for life. At picturesque Porto Vromi, we will take a boat ride to world famous Shipwreck Bay. Backed by towering white cliffs, a favourite for base jumpers, it has the most turquoise crystal-clear waters anywhere on the island. Later, we move on to our lunch destination, a family owned and run mountain taverna in Orthotics village.The grandmother of the family, Athina, will show us step by step, how to cook a family recipe handed down the generations: free-range stuffed chicken in tomato sauce with pasta. We will also make a variety of starters, using vegetables straight from the kitchen garden. While lunch is cooking in the traditional wood-fired oven, our hosts will take us on a short walk to see their vegetable and herb gardens and meet the livestock. Then back at the taverna, in the shade of a lovely old oak tree, we will enjoy the lunch we helped cook, with some local wine. Homemade dessert will add that final sweet flourish.

Day 6, Free Day

Take a stroll to nearby Laganas beach, swim (maybe alongside turtles!), snorkel. Scuba diving, water sports and boat hire are available. Sunbeds are plentiful if you just want to relax. Alternatively, treat yourself to today’s exclusive optional excursion or let us know if we can help you arrange something specifically for you.

Day 7, Homemade gifts and Bohali evening

Enjoy your breakfast, then meet (at Villa Spiros) to make Gliko Koutaliou, a local dessert with currants. We will also package freshly dried currants. These are our gifts to you, a souvenir of your Black Gold experience in Zakynthos. In the evening we visit Zakynthos town. You will have two hours to wander the tiny streets and the main shopping street of Alexandrou Roma to browse and shop. Then, we will collect you and transport you to the romantic region of Bohali, above Zakynthos town. Here you will enjoy a traditional farewell dinner with magnificent views over the twinkling lights of the town and harbour below. Relax while the traditional local singers (kantades) set the mood.

Day 8, Departure Day

This morning why not enjoy a final walk to Lagana's main street or the beach? In good time, your driver will take you to the airport for your departure. By now you be feeling like a Zakynthian through and through and definitely like a member of our family. We really hope that we have kept our promise and you’ve experienced a great holiday.

Included excursions

  • Explore Zakynthos town
  • Head to Bohali for a romantic dinner
  • Join a boat trip for a visit to Marathonisi Island
  • Olive oil factory visit and olive tasting
  • Visit a traditional mountain taverna in Orthonies village
  • Visit Laganas and enjoy the sea
  • Swim at the famous Shipwreck Bay and the Blue Caves

Location

Featuring a 7-kilometre long, sandy beach and a lively main street with an ample choice for quality shopping, excursions and activities, vibrant nightlife, as well as a variety of restaurants and tavernas, Laganas is widely considered the most popular and must experience resort in Zakynthos. Located on the south coast of the island, Laganas offers a great combination of everything a traveller may desire, relaxing and chilled out or exciting and hectic, this great resort caters for all tastes. -Nearby places: *Laganas beach, 200 meters *Laganas main street (shops, restaurants, bars, bus stop, and medical centre) - 2 minutes *Zakynthos International Airport (ZKH), 5 kilometres *Zakynthos town, 7 kilometres

Food

Throughout this holiday, you will have the chance to taste Greek culinary, homemade scones with dried currants, sandwiches, and other local specialties such as olive oil.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

What's included

  • 2 cooking sessions, including cooking and dining
  • 2 days currant harvest and currant packaging
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • A romantic dinner with local music
  • A welcome meeting and buffet
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily breakfast
  • Guided excursions as described in itinerary
  • Shipwreck Beach swimming
  • Swimming with the turtles

What's not included

  • Anything else not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airfare

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Zakynthos International Airport (ZKH). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport. Alternatively, 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.

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 10% 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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