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8 Day Fun Horse Riding and Cooking Holiday for All Levels in Zakynthos Countryside, Ionian Islands

Villa Spiros, Laganas, Zakynthos Municipality, Zakynthos, Ionian Islands, Greece

Culinary and Horse Riding Holiday Greece

Come and enjoy the Zakynthos countryside on a horse back and taste the traditional cuisine. Come to settle into the slow-paced life of beautiful sunny and warm Zakynthos, all while experiencing authentic Greek hospitality. The horse rides will be fun for all ability levels with wonderful views and guiding. Explore in depth. Give wonder. Travel with care. And also, with a sense of fun. Let Villa Spiros show you a style "made in Zakynthos."

Highlights

  • 2 cooking lessons
  • 9 hours of horse riding exploring different locations
  • 5 authentic meals, including a serenaded dinner in Zakynthos, a sunset dinner, and more
  • Swim at Shipwreck Beach and the Blue Caves and swim with the turtles
  • Enjoy a barbecue night at a traditional tavern with Greek dancing
  • 7 nights accommodation and daily breakfast
  • Enjoy a Greek celebration night
  • Airport transfers

Styles


8 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Zakynthos International Airport
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Accommodation

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. Villa Spiros has a warm, relaxing atmosphere, where you can experience the calm pace of life, that makes this nation one of the healthiest in Europe. They offer you traditional family accommodation in comfortable fully equipped rooms, with the friendly Greek host family on site at all times.

There is a mixture of ground floor and first floor, fully equipped apartments. There is a small but welcoming reception area which doubles as a gathering place for lots of the art and creative pastimes. Here also, guests get together to enjoy a variety of evening activities. At the villa’s organic farm and olive grove, you are welcome to join in the planting and picking of seasonal fruit and vegetables or to help with the olive harvest during November.

All apartments are spacious and are equipped with:

  • Central heating
  • Carpets
  • Flannelette sheets
  • Electric blankets
  • Winter weight duvets
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fully equipped kitchen with fridge and kettle
  • En suite shower room
  • Satellite TV
  • Large veranda
  • Iron and board available upon request

Facilities

  • Wi-Fi
  • Satellite TV
  • Wide selection of novels, DVDs, and music
  • Board games and playing cards
  • Reception hall

Room

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.

Program

Day 1: Arrival, welcome drink, and traditional Zakynthian 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 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, you will visit the region of Bohali, at the very top of Zakynthos town. There, you will enjoy a traditional welcome dinner, with magnificent views over the twinkling lights of the town below, 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: Horse riding in Laganas sand dunes

After breakfast, you will visit the nearby Tsourakis farm. The English-speaking Tsourakis family have been respected horsemen for several generations. They currently have over 20 well-trained horses. First, they will find the horse most suited to you. Then, you set off on a guided two-hour ride through open valley fields, with wild flowers surrounded by beautiful greenery. Next, they take you through a cool pine forest, leading to sand dunes at Kalamaki beach.

In the afternoon, your host will drive you to Agios Sostis, a nearby area where you may enjoy a lovely seaside dinner and drinks at a local’s favorite cocktail bar. If you like mojitos, they make the best!

Day 3: Ride up to mount Skopos

After a hearty breakfast, enjoy a ride up to mount Skopos. This route passes through lush greenery and from the top you have a view of the sweeping Laganas bay. In July and August, it is possible to enjoy a sunset ride at Kalamaki beach.

All rides include photo stops and your guide will photograph you with your camera if you wish. On some morning rides, for experienced riders, swimming is possible at Vrodonero beach with the horses. This is an unforgettable three-hour experience. Enjoy the rest of the day as you like.  

You may like to take a stroll to nearby Laganas beach, swim (maybe alongside turtles!), snorkel. scuba diving, water sports, and boat hire are available. Sun beds are plentiful if you just want to relax. Alternatively, treat yourself to today’s exclusive optional excursion or let Villa Spiros know if they can help you arrange something specifically for you.

Day 4: 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, you will set off for the north of the island, with several gastronomic stops along the way. You will take a boat past fabulous blue caves to famous Shipwreck Bay, for swimming. If you are lucky, you may see base jumpers and paragliders launch themselves from the towering cliffs.

If the weather is too windy for the boat, you 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 tavern 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 5: Enjoy a scenic drive to the hill village of Kiliomenos

Again, relax over a leisurely Greek breakfast before departing for “Abelostrates” taverna in Kiliomenos village for coffee, while the horses are prepared for your ride.

Depart with your guide Andonis and owner of the taverna for your two-hour ride through some of the most scenic countryside in Zakynthos. Enjoy the sensation of freedom as the horses take the strain to allow you to view this wonderful landscape.

Arrive back at “Abelostrates”. Time to wash up and relax before your rustic lunch is served. Your lunch will be a set meal with wine and dessert. Return to Villa Spiros and enjoy the rest of the day as you like.

Day 6: Meet Yannis and ride with him and his lovely horses in Alykanas village

Today’s tour takes place in a great setting in Alykanas village, combining sea and mountain breathtaking views. Your guide Yannis, is a lovely man and together with his family run their horse riding center. Yannis will choose the most suitable route according to the weather and your horse riding capabilities, and he will make sure you have a memorable horse riding experience.

Come back at Villa Spiros and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Day 7: Turtle boat trip, dining with your hosts, and an evening farewell Greek celebration to remember

After breakfast, Villa Spiros have arranged for you to go on a boat trip to the “Turtle Island”. Let yourself go on this tiny, non-inhabited island. You can enjoy swimming in crystal clear turquoise waters and sunbathe on the island’s golden sands. Return to Villa Spiros, to enjoy a homemade lunch with your hosts.

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.

Day 8: Departure day

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

Kallo taxidi (safe journey)!

Included excursions

During this holiday, you will be able to go horse riding to various locations: Laganas sand dunes, Mount Skopos, Koiliomenos, and Alykanas villages.

Location

Just 300 meters from Laganas Beach, the most important nesting grounds for the sea turtle Caretta caretta, Villa Spiros is surrounded by vines and well-kept flower beds. A five-minute stroll brings you to Lagana's main street, with its parade of shops, restaurants, bars and medical center. There is plenty to do and see in the immediate vicinity. Most small businesses close for the winter months, but kiosks, supermarkets, tavernas and medical centers are open daily. A short drive or bus ride brings you to the Zakynthos town where everything is open and available to you.

Nearby places:

  • Laganas Beach, 300 meters

Food

During this holiday, in addition to the breakfast served daily, you will be able to enjoy five wonderful meals, including:

  • A serenaded welcome dinner
  • A breathtaking sunset dinner
  • A rustic country style lunch at taverna
  • A homemade lunch with your hosts
  • A barbecue night at traditional tavern with Greek dancing

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

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Airport transfers
  • Welcome serenaded dinner in Zakynthos town
  • 9 hours of horse riding to different locations
  • 5 meals as elaborated above
  • 2 cooking lessons
  • Guided excursions as described in itinerary
  • Swim at Shipwreck Beach and the Blue Caves
  • Swim with the turtles
  • Greek celebration night

What's not included

  • Costs of flights
  • Anything else not described in itinerary

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Zakynthos International Airport "Dionysios Solomos" (ZTH). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Villa Spiros will pick you up from the airport.

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 20% 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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Solo travelers

This holiday can accommodate solo travelers.

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