8 Days Trygos Culinary Holidays in Greece

8 Days Trygos Culinary Holidays in Greece

  • Villa Spiros, Laganas, Zakynthos, 29092, Greece

Cooking Holidays in Greece

Whether you are a lover of great wine, food, or both, this exclusive Trygos trip is just the tonic you have been searching for. Imagine yourself in a stunning vineyard during the grape harvest, with shears in your hand on a beautiful autumnal morning, and the wonderful Zakynthian sunshine warming you as you prune the grapes from the ancient vines. Experience this earthly pleasure and truly appreciate the scene, while you visit one of the most respected and spectacular vineyards.

Highlights

  • Grape harvest
  • Hands-on cooking sessions
  • Watch the process of turning grapes into wine
  • Visit an olive oil factory and taste the Zakynthian olive oil
  • Learn how to cook family recipes with a local
  • Taste a variety of wines and tour cellars
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Located on the beautiful island of Zakynthos and situated in Zakyntho’s 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. You will find lovely vines and well-kept flower beds.

All the rooms are equipped with central heating, carpets, flannel sheets, electric blankets, feather duck quilts, tea and coffee making facilities, a fully equipped kitchen, and an on-suite shower room. 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.

Day 1 - Arrival and welcome buffet

On arrival to Zakynthos, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your accommodation. Once there, you will have time to settle in and soak up the atmosphere and the new surroundings. Later, you are welcome to join Villa Spiros to go on a shopping trip to the nearby supermarket, where you can buy what you need for the holidays.

In the evening, there will be a welcome meeting and buffet in the cozy reception 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 there are during Trygos, introduce you with the week's proposed itinerary, and answer any questions you may have.

Day 2 - Harvest

After a delicious leisurely breakfast, you will set off for a hands-on harvest experience at Grampsas vineyard, hosted by the owners. Imagine yourself in a stunning vineyard during the grape harvest, surrounded and enveloped by the sweet fragrance of the ripe grapes and stunning amber and purple hues as far as the eye can see. Shears in hand on a beautiful autumnal morning and the wonderful Zakynthian sunshine warming you as you harvest this wonderful fruit straight from the ancient vines, together with the host family.

Soon after, there will also be an opportunity to tour the family’s boutique winery and sample the wonderful aromas and tastes of some of the finest wines, accompanied by delicious farm fresh finger food, specially selected and prepared to complement the wines. The conversation will definitely be centered around what a truly wonderful experience this has been. In the afternoon, you will return to Villa Spiros, so that you can relax, go swimming, and enjoy the rest of your day.

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

After a hearty breakfast, you will set off, for an exclusive aquatic experience, to the heavenly Marathonisi Island, remarkably shaped similar to the native sea turtle, Caretta. Starting the trip from the small harbor at Agios Sostis, you will board the small boat, Poseidon. for an exciting sea trip in the famous sweeping bay, hoping to see and even swim alongside some of the large and extremely graceful loggerhead turtles.

Next, you will 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.Later, back at Villa Spiros, it is time for you to get ready for the farm to fork cooking activity, which is based on a variety of fresh vegetables and live stock from the family’s household. Some of the dished you may prepare are: rabbit in tomato sauce, freshly fried potatoes, tzatziki, and Greek salad. Home-made wine and bread, will accompany your traditional lunch.

Day 4 - Wine making and picnic

This morning, you will gather to harvest the grapes at the family vineyard of your host, in Mouzaki village. After collecting the grapes into the special crates, you will follow your host to the press and watch the fascinating process of turning this wonderful fruit into wine.

Next, you will lay the picnic blankets down in the vineyard and enjoy a freshly prepared lunchtime country picnic by the intoxicating aromas of the vines. It will be a simple, yet wonderful experience.

Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure in the lovely Laganas resort. In the famous sweeping bay, the unending sandy beach, and wonderful crystal clear water, where you can enjoy a leisurely walk, swimming, snorkeling, and if you are lucky, swimming alongside some of the large, beautiful, and extremely graceful loggerhead turtles Caretta-Caretta.

You can enjoy scuba diving and a series of water sports, hire a boat, and relax on sun beds, while enjoying your carefree moments under the Greek sun. There is a varied array of idyllic beach bars, restaurants, café bars, and traditional taverns, where you can go to for your evening hours.

Day 5 - Shipwreck bay, swimming, and culinary experience

Wake up at your own pace today and enjoy a relaxing summer morning in the lovely Laganas resort. Around midday, you will set off for an exciting drive to the north of the island, with several gastronomic stops along the way. One stop will be the olive oil factory, where you can sample the Zakynthian liquid gold, the precious golden oil, which gives the Zakynthian people their unique lust for life.

Arriving at the picturesque port of Porto Vromi, you will take a delightful boat ride to the world famous Shipwreck Bay for a once in a lifetime swimming experience. Backed by towering white cliffs, the Shipwreck Bay is a favorite for base jumpers, with the most turquoise crystal clear waters anywhere on the island.

Later, you will move on to a lovely lunch destination, a wonderful family owned and run, traditional mountain tavern. Here, in Orthonies village, you will experience an authentic, traditional culinary experience. The grandmother of the family will show you step by step, how to cook a family recipe, handed down from generation to generation.

You will learn how to prepare free range stuffed chicken in tomato sauce with pasta, as well as a variety of starters including seasonal vegetables straight from the kitchen garden. While the lunch is cooking, done in the traditional wood fire, the hosts of this delightful establishment will guide you on a short walk to their vegetable and herb gardens.

Next, you will see a variety of small animals hand reared with care, which provide the family’s everyday nutrition needs. Later, back at the tavern, under the shade of a lovely old tree, you will enjoy an absolutely sensational lunch, which you will help to cook, accompanied by local wine. Homemade dessert will add that final sweet flourish to yet another wonderful culinary experience and satisfying lunch.

Day 6 - Swimming, cooking, and dining on the Heavenly Dafni Beach

Wake up at your own pace today and enjoy a relaxing summer breakfast. Around midday, you will set off to the Heavenly Dafni Beach, another important nesting ground of the sea turtle Caretta-Caretta.

Before reaching the beach, you will visit the Turtle Museum, so you will understand and appreciate more the turtles needs and life cycle. Just a little further on, you will arrive at the beach, where you can take a stroll and chat to one of the passionate volunteers from the preservation trust, who are always happy to share their expertise on the subject of the turtles.

Later, you will go out to sea to the secluded uninhabited island of Pelouzo and the protected beach of Sekania; they provide a stunning backdrop to a spectacular setting. This is the time to truly unwind and enjoy a heavenly afternoon. Maybe swim or snorkel to see if you can spy a Caretta-Caretta.

The owner of the family beach front tavern, Dafni beach, will welcome you to prepare and cook with her the most tantalizing dishes on the restaurant's traditional menu. Andri will welcome your culinary questions, as she is proud to share her knowledge of traditional Zakynthian cuisine, so take advantage of her experience.

Finally, it is time to take your seat under an inky starlit sky, in your table at the water’s edge, with the gentle water lapping at your feet; the perfect location to enjoy your exclusive dinner. Definitely, a once in a lifetime experience.

Day 7 - Home made gifts to take home, Solomos winery visit, and romantic Bohali evening

Enjoy your breakfast and meet at Villa Spiros, where you will enjoy a culinary activity making little gifts to take home. You will make the Gliko Koutaliou, a seasonal local spoon dessert with grape, and also make Halva, a traditional semolina based dessert with raisins, which are delicious.

Also, you can flavor some olive oil with seasonal herbs that you can take home with you. A lasting reminder of your wonderful Trygos experience in Zakynthos. In the evening, you will visit Solomos Winery for yet another delightful wine tasting.

The host family will invite you to enjoy a variety of wines and engage in conversation about the wonderful product and dedication it takes for them to be able to indulge in one of their favorite tipples back home. Later, stroll in the coolness of the underground stone cellars, a constant natural temperature to best preserve the wines.

After the wine tasting, you will visit the romantic region of Bohali, situated at the highest point above Zakynthos. Here, you will enjoy a wonderful traditional farewell dinner with magnificent views over the twinkling lights of the town and harbor below.

The locally produced wines and traditional Greek ouzo will certainly help you along. Relax while the traditional live local singers, kantades, set the mood and enjoy a mesmerizing night.

Day 8 - Departure

This morning, enjoy a final walk to Laganas main street or the beach. When the time comes, your driver will take you safely to the airport for your departure.

By now, you will truly be feeling like a Zakynthian and, definitely, like a member of Villa Spiros' family. They really hope that they have kept their promise and you have experienced the most amazing holiday.

  • Boat ride to see and swim with loggerhead turtles
  • Boat ride to the Shipwreck Bay
  • Visit an olive oil factory and taste olive oil
  • Visit Dafni Beach
  • Visit local wineries and taste wines
  • Visit Orthonies
  • Visit the Marathonisi Island
  • Visit the Turtle Museum
  • Visit the uninhabited island of Pelouzo and the protected beach of Sekania
  • Visit vineyards and help with the harvest

This holiday will take place in the breathtaking Ionian island of Zakynthos, where you will find wonderful picturesque villages, green slopes all around, and the endless, blue, crystal clear, Ionian Sea. Traditional houses, old cafés, and family tavernas, compliment this beautiful setting. The agricultural activity is also very visible with hectares of cultivated land, vineyards, olive groves, and tiny family owned factories. Although most small businesses are closed in the winter months, kiosks, supermarkets, tavernas, and medical centers are still open daily and just a short drive or bus ride takes you to the main Zakynthos town where everything is open and available to you.

During this vacation, you will delight your palate with delicious meals, which will include lunches at local tavernas and one farm-to-fork experience, based on a variety of fresh vegetables and live stock from the family’s household, and where you will be able to try rabbit in tomato sauce, freshly fried potatoes, tzatziki, and Greek salad.

As you travel to the north of the Zakynthos Island, you will make several gastronomic stops along the way to taste some traditional products and, of course, the famous olive oil and wines. You will also receive many recommendations of places where you can enjoy the best gastronomic offers or mouthwatering cocktails.

  • 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
  • 1 culinary experience in Orthonies village
  • 1 farm to fork cooking experience
  • 1 gift making activity
  • 1 trip to Bahali
  • 1 trip to Dafni Beach
  • 1 trip to Pelouzo Island and Sekania Beach
  • 1 visit to an olive oil factory and tasting
  • 2 grape harvest experiences
  • 2 visits to local wineries and tastings
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals described in the itinerary
  • Transfers from and to Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH)
  • Airfare
  • Additional excursions
  • Additional meals
  • Additional transfers
  • Camera equipment
  • Doctor assistance
  • Laundry service
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional activities

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH). Villa Spiros will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Arrival by ferry

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

Distances

  • Bus stop, 150 meters
  • Laganas main street, 150 meters
  • Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH), 5 kilometers
  • Zakynthos Town, 7 kilometers

Ionian Islands, Greece

Villa Spiros offers a clean and modern accommodation as well as culinary vacations in peaceful and relaxing surroundings.

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8 days / 7 nights

Departure:
Monday November 27, 2017
(8 days / 7 nights)

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