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8 Day Greek Cookery and Ceramics Holiday in Zakynthos, Ionian Islands

Villa Spiros, Laganas, Zakynthos, Greece

Ceramics, Culture & Culinary Vacation in Greece

This seven-night ceramics and cooking holiday will not only be a creative experience but also a cultural one, as after your studio time and cooking in the kitchen there are amazing excursions planned for you to experience the very best of local island life on Zakynthos; play with clay, create your own pieces and let the island colors and local tastes enchant you. In a peaceful village among olive groves, vineyards and lemon trees, Dionysia’s ceramic studio opens its doors to welcome you to a hands-on ceramics course. Add a little water and play with clay. Let your hands and imagination collaborate as you create your unique pieces. You will never be short of inspiration, surrounded by the natural beauty of this stunning island.

Highlights

  • Olive oil tasting
  • Three ceramic workshops
  • Take part in Greek cooking lessons
  • Swim at Shipwreck Beach and the Turtle Island
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Explore Zakynthos town
  • Airport transfers

Styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Zakynthos International Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi

Villa Spiros in Laganas Resort (self-catering studios and apartments)

Join your welcoming hosts for your holiday on this gorgeous Greek isle, away from the workload and rush of the rest of the world. Stay at Villa Spiros, located on the Ionian Island of Zakynthos, with access to lovely cafes, seaside tavernas, a great spa and beauty salon and just 300 meters from Laganas sandy beach.

Distinguished by the lure of its family-run and owned hospitality and extensive range of services, your villa excels with its warmth, hospitable ambiance, relaxing surroundings and friendly hosts who guarantee a pleasant, authentic Greek stay and will point you to the very best this wonderful island has to offer.

The villa offers studio rooms with ensuite bathrooms, fully functional kitchens, and spacious verandahs. You also have the option to upgrade into a self-catering apartment that accommodates 1-6 people.

The area pulses with the new and the old, and can be as lively or as calming as you would like it to be! In addition to the tuition, excursions and things you will see, there will be some free time to simply relax and enjoy your surroundings.

Aside from your chosen activity for the week, you will have a holiday full of amazing and memorable activities, from finding the sea turtles famed in the region to swimming in natural springs and at shipwreck bay, dancing and listening to music in traditional tavernas, and discovering the history and culture of Zakynthos.

Features

  • 4 km from Zakynthos Island airport and ferry
  • On the ocean and in walking distance to the lively town of Laganas
  • Surrounded by wine regions, as well as bays and beaches, shipwreck cove, and the picturesque, magical region of Bohali
  • Free transfers to and from Zakynthos Island airport and ferry terminal
  • Large verandahs off of your room to relax on
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Greek and English speaking hosts with a wealth of knowledge about the area
  • Delicious local food and wine
  • Each room is spacious and has a private bathroom with a hairdryer
  • AC, safe deposit box, television, hairdryer, and fully functional kitchens in each studio
  • BBQ and bar on the grounds
  • Beach towels provided

Upgrade to Villa Antonio in Romiri village (private villa with pool)

Perfect for those who seek privacy, Villa Antonio is tucked away in the peaceful and picturesque village of Romiri, set over 2000 square meters of private fenced olive grove land, with its own outdoor swimming pool and breathtaking views to the countryside.

This traditional style Greek villa comprises of three bedrooms and two bathrooms, an open plan kitchen, a living room, and verandas. It is surrounded by flower gardens, fruit and olive trees, and benefits from the warmth of the sun all day long.

The villa is suitable for couples, a family with children or a group of friends or colleagues sharing. It accommodates from 1 to 7 people.

Features

  • 6 km from Zakynthos Island Airport and ferry
  • Free transfers to and from Zakynthos Island airport and ferry terminal
  • Free shopping trips upon request
  • 2 km from nearest bakery, supermarket, butchers and groceries store (they all deliver to the villa)
  • AC and safe deposit boxes in all rooms
  • TV set
  • 2 hairdryers
  • Comfortable lounge / dining room
  • Sun lounges and beach towels provided
  • Large garden with hobby farm
  • Selection of books
  • BBQ facilities

Program

For this program, Dionysia will provide you with all necessary equipment, materials, inspiration, guidance and will encourage you to acquire or enhance your ceramic skills in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The course features hand building, assembling pieces, glazing, and decorating techniques.

As you are practicing in a small group, tuition will be adapted to each participant’s specific needs, whether it is learning the fundamentals or taking existing skills to the next level.

Itinerary

Please note, the following itinerary is for guidance only and subject to change depending on the season and group’s needs and wishes, but all the following activities will take place some time during the week.

Day 1: Arrival and welcome traditional Zakynthian dinner with your hosts

On arrival, you will be transferred to your accommodation, Villa Spiros in Laganas. Famed as the home of the sea turtle Caretta caretta, Laganas will be your base for this exciting ceramics holiday. You will have time to unpack and settle in your new surroundings.

A little while later your hosts will invite you to join them for an informal welcome meeting and homecooked meal over which you can discuss the week’s proposed itinerary and familiarize yourself with the many things there are to do and see in this diverse, lively resort.

In the evening, you may like to enjoy a leisurely stroll along the unending Laganas Beach. Let the sound of the sea and the gentle breeze melt away the stresses of your journey. There are plenty of seaside tavernas if you would like to enjoy dinner, with magnificent views over Laganas Bay.

Day 2: Ceramic workshop 1 and cooking stuffed vegetables

Today your ceramic experience begins. After breakfast, your host Antonio will drive you to the ceramics studio, where your course begins. This morning’s activity will last three hours.

Around lunchtime, back at Villa Spiros, enjoy a light lunch before your host, Effie, invites you to join her in her kitchen and cook together a traditional light dish full of vitamins, summer colors, and great aromas! You will be cooking traditional Greek stuffed vegetables ”Gemista” and preparing a colorful organic Greek salad. 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 lying 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, enjoy the meal you helped prepare with your hosts at the garden of Villa Spiros, alongside Antonio’s chilled wine.

Day 3: Ceramic workshop 2, revealing the Mousaka secrets and making Frigania dessert

Today after a traditional breakfast, continue your ceramic workshop and artwork at the ceramics studio for another three hours. Then, visit Bohali, the highest part of Zakynthos town and most desired area to live. Walk through the cobblestone blooming streets of historic Bohali village, take the most beautiful pictures and enjoy a drink or a light lunch over panoramic views of Zakynthos town far below, the port and the Ionian Sea.

Later, return to Villa Spiros, where you will have enough time to relax or go for a swim to Laganas Beach before you start with your cooking lesson.

Today, Effie is happy to offer you a choice between cooking “Giouvetsi”, orzo pasta with lamp in the oven or the Greek legendary moussaka. The choice is yours. Both dishes are a tasteful sensation!

While tonight’s dinner is cooking, learn how to make the local “Frigania dessert”, with layers of syrupy rusks, vanilla-infused cream, cinnamon, fresh cream, and walnut topping. Simple and wonderful!

In the evening, enjoy the lovely meal you helped prepare in the company of your hosts.

Day 4: Ceramic Workshop 3 and swimming at Tsilivi Beach

Today, after breakfast back to the studio to put the final touches to your works of art, each as individual as the person who created them. After this evening’s class, you will have the opportunity to sit in the shade of the trees, sipping Dionysia’s lemonade made from fresh lemons from her garden.

After the class, go swimming at Tsilivi Beach, where you can relax, swim and enjoy the many little shops. You will have plenty of time here for a coffee or a relaxed lunch before your return to Villa Spiros. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Day 5: Shipwreck Bay, Blue Caves, and Zakynthos town by night

Wake up to another fun and exciting day. Today, from Agios Sostis fishing port set off for 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 we 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, explore the fascinating Zakynthos main town, where the majority of the local people live and work. 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 and local history before you enter the “The yard of taste”, the most organic and sensational dining experience on Zakynthos island.

Day 6: Learn how to cook lentil soup and make a “fearless phyllo” cheese pie, fun train Bohali ride

Tuck into a homecooked delicious breakfast and get the day off to a great start. Then, Effie will invite you to her kitchen to cook, a traditional recipe featuring tomato lentil soup with fresh tomato juice and “fearless phyllo” cheese pie made from scratch. The taste is magical.

While lunch is cooking, spend the day at leisure, swimming, sunbathing or reading your favorite book by the sea.

In the evening, enjoy a delightful train ride to Bohali, the highest part of Zakynthos town. You will visit the Venetian castle built in 1478, you will be guided to Razis traditional perfume laboratory, walk through the cobblestone blooming streets of historic Bohali village, and relax and enjoy a drink or light dinner over panoramic views of Zakynthos town far below, the port and the Ionian Sea.

Day 7: Olive oil tasting, a farewell Greek celebration to remember in the evening

Today after breakfast, together with Antonio, drive to Lithakia village and see the unique perennial olive trees, truly amazing natural sculptures. Then visit Aristeon Olive Press.

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. In the end, there is a chance to taste a variety of extra virgin oils on village bread and buy their products.

Continue your day with swimming at Laganas Beach and in the evening, dress up for the farewell party at “Dennis”, Villa Spiros team's favorite tavern in Lithakia village. There, you will enjoy a traditional Greek celebration, with great BBQ and plenty of local wine and of course Greek live music and dancing. Enjoy the sounds of bouzouki while learning how to dance syrtaki.

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 Villa Spiros family.

Kallo Taxidi! (safe journey)

Location

This ceramics and culinary holiday takes place in the beautiful Greek island of Zakynthos.

Distances

  • Zakynthos Island airport ZTH, 4 kilometers away
  • Kefalonia Island airport EFL - 10 minutes' flight to Zakynthos
  • Athens airport ATH - 45 minutes' flight to Zakynthos

Food

Included in the package are daily breakfast, two lunches, and five dinners. You will also enjoy wine and olive oil tasting, and dine in a restaurant.

Sample menu is as follows:

  • "Gemista" stuffed vegetables
  • Organic chicken in tomato sauce
  • "Giouvetsi" orzo pasta with lamb or beef
  • Mousaka
  • BBQ (mixed grill)
  • "Grandma's" pasta with garlic, mushrooms and beaf
  • "Frigania" local dessert
  • Fava beans
  • Lentil soup
  • Bakaliaros with garlic sauce
  • Souvlaki
  • Tzatziki
  • Village bread
  • Greek salad

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)

Extra activities

  • Group yoga / Pilates session
  • Private yoga / Pilates session
  • Transports to extra sights and activities
  • Private tours
  • Massage therapy
  • Handmade creations workshop
  • Cooking lessons including meal

The following activities are priced seasonally, but your hosts will get you the best prices while you’re there:

  • Horse riding through a pine forest and Kalamaki sand dunes
  • Sailing
  • Kitesurfing
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • SUP
  • Diving

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation at Villa Spiros with breakfast
  • Airport transfers
  • 3 ceramic workshops / 8 hours of tuition
  • 7 meals (2 lunches and 5 dinners)
  • Dinner at a Greek restaurant
  • Boat tour to the west coast of the island
  • Swimming at the Shipwreck Beach and the Turtle Island
  • Swimming at Tsilivi Beach
  • Visit Zakynthos town
  • Olive oil tasting
  • A Greek celebration night to remember

What's not included

  • Airfare

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH). All transfers are included from Zakynthos airport or from the Zakynthos ferry terminal to the villa. Full, detailed directions will be shown on your booking confirmation voucher.

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 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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  • Low season: March, April, October, November
  • Mid season: May, June, September
  • High season: July, August

 

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