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4 Day Greek Culinary Holiday in Levidi, Arcadia

Villa Vager, Levidi, Arkadia 220 02, Greece

Scrumptious Culinary Holiday in Greece

If you are looking for a holiday in Greece which will let you discover the culinary delights that the country has to offer, join Villa Vager's Greek cooking adventure. Villa Vager provides its guests the opportunity to learn to prepare mouthwatering Greek recipes that will impress you and also your friends upon your return home. So, come and broaden your gastronomic horizons and discover the top secrets of one of the most known cuisines in the world which is highly appreciated for its dietary values and its inspirational character!

Highlights

  • 1 Greek cooking lesson
  • Daily Greek-style homemade breakfast
  • 2 special three-course dinners with house wine
  • Unlimited access to the hotel's exterior hydropool spa
  • Visit and free entrance to Kapsia Cave
  • 3 nights luxury accommodation
  • Welcome drink

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


1 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, French
Group size: Maximum of 2 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Dining area
  • Multilingual staff
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Meeting room

You will be staying in Villa Vager's double superior suite for the duration of your visit. Villa Vager hotel is located in Levidi, near Vitina. Villa Vager is the ideal base from where to explore the ancient sites of Mycenae, Nafplio, Epidaurus, Olympia or Orchomenos. Hotel Vager is located in the highest hill of the village, it revives the memories with respect to the past and offers the visitor the opportunity to travel through different areas. And all this, thanks to the transformation of an old “archontiko” of 1843 into a comfortable 4-star hotel.

The unique view of the hotel, even from the open-air Hydropool spa, the Polaris ATV rides in the mountain after a rich breakfast, the evening coffee served in the backyard in the summer or by the fireplace in the winter, all can have a relaxing effect on the visitor, awakening his senses.

On the top of the hill, almost in the center of the village, Hotel Vager stands out offering the visitor an amazing panoramic view: the fir forest of Mainalon on the one hand, and the fields extending as far as the eye can reach, changing colors according to the seasons, on the other. The view accompanied with rich home-made breakfast and the hospitality of the owners of Hotel Vager and you have one of the best hotels in Arcadia.

Program

During your stay, you will join one cooking lesson on the preparation of Greek recipes and enjoy your very own creations of authentic Greek cuisine accompanied with house wine. The chef of Villa Vager will initiate you into learning how to cook like a Greek by sharing his most cherished tips and in using only the best ingredients from Peloponnese. The lesson will have a duration of 3 hours.

With the chef, you will learn how to make refreshing “tzatziki”, a true “Greek salad”, the famous “mousaka”, rice pouting and, of course, Greek coffee. This is an experience where you will get knowledge of recipes belonging to the Greek Peloponnese region, enjoy these specialties with local wine, and get a chance to impress your friends on your return.

Included excursions

Free entrance to Kapsia Cave is part of the package.

Location

This culinary holiday will take place in Levidi which is a historical village located in Arcadia, in the center of Peloponnese, Greece. It is built in a traditional way with its big square, churches, museums, and fountains. Its strategic location makes Levidi an ideal spot to be used as a base for visiting the surrounding area with historical, cultural and natural interest.

In Arcadia, at the foothills of mount Mainalon with its rich forest, at an altitude of 900 meters, Levidi stands proud and boasts not only of its past, but also of its present. Levidi, surrounded by the beauty of pine trees, is the only place in Greece with a view to 5 different geographical areas of Peloponnese.

Nearby places

  • Ancient Olympia - 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Athens, 160 kilometers
  • El. Veniselos Airport - 1 hour and 40 minutes
  • Kalavrita - 1 hour
  • Kalamata Airport - 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Mycenes - 1 hour
  • Nafplio - 1 hour
  • Patra - 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Tripoli - 20 minutes
  • Vitina - 15 minutes

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Kayaking
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Balcony
  • Lake
  • Lounge
  • River

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

Your culinary adventure will begin every morning with the Greek-style homemade breakfast. Breakfast is definitely the most important meal of the day, a great source of energy to start an exciting day full of experiences and new adventures! The high nutritional value and the quality of the Peloponnese products, along with their traditional and experiential character, account for Greek breakfast’s special features.

Villa Vager's breakfast never fails to pair the abundance of tastes and aromas with the values of simplicity, clarity and purity. Villla Vager's Greek breakfast ingredients will include olive bread, kaseri cheese, Greek yogurt, traditional butter, cold cuts, meat, honey from Mainalo, sesame bar, tahini, local traditional marmalades made by the owner of the hotel, olive oil and olives, eggs (boiled, fried, omelets), pies (cheese pies, green pies, etc), local sweets, rice pudding, fresh fruit, juices, fruit salads, seasonal vegetables, local or biological, warm traditional soup (frumenty, pulses, etc), cereals, herbal drinks, and Greek coffee.

As part of the program's Greek cooking lessons, you will also be enjoying your very own creations of authentic Greek cuisine for dinner accompanied with house wine. Additionally, on one night, you will be served special 3-course meal with house wine for dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

Engage in water sports in Ladonas and Lousios rivers

More and more sportsmen, fans of alternative sports, are thrown into the battle with river currents, whether the sport is called kayaking or rafting. The truth is that visitors of the region combine "sports with pleasure" and beyond the sport they have the opportunity to become acquainted with rare natural beauty, discover the rare secrets of rivers Ladonas and Lousios.

Although Ladonas River is considered to be among the most difficult rivers of Greece, it is suitable even for beginners. In combination with the impressive wild scenery, the area is classified among the most advantageous when it comes to rafting and kayak.

Go off-roading in an ATV for fun

Villa Vager organizes a combination of historical sightseeing, off road driving and visiting places of natural beauty. Depending on year’s season, the tour visits traditional mountain villages, lakes, forests, monuments of Ancient Greece, magnificent beaches and island of Elafonisos. Off road routes are of low or/and medium level difficulty and anyone can enjoy driving a Polaris ATV by following the instructions.

Please note that every person that wishes to drive a 4x4 Polaris vehicle in Greece has to have a legitimate driving license and identity card (or passport) issued by a E.U. country. Citizens of non-E.U. countries must also have legitimate visa to be able to engage in this activity.

Go skiing in mount Mainalo

This the mountain of the legends and traditions; home of Panas, the shepherds’ goat-legged god (who was half human and half goat), and the nymphs. Nature, history and culture meet in Mainalo, a place blessed with pristine, rugged landscapes and picturesque villages steeped in history. Enjoy amazing alpine runs through white paths in one of the country’s oldest skiing facilities, follow the stone-paved tracks, cross its stone bridges and lose yourself in the mountain’s singular beauty.

Visit the monasteries in Arcadia

The monasteries and churches of Arcadia, in addition to being religious destinations, are also cradles of civilization, where devotional art reaches its apogee with outstanding samples of architecture, icon painting (hagiography), wood carving, etc. Villa Vager organizes various tours to these religious architectural marvels which allow to experience the grandeur of the Orthodox Christian faith of Arcadia.

Visit the local wineries

Peloponnese is acclaimed on the global stage and attracts gastronomes and wine buffs from around the world come to sample the vibrant palette of ultra-fresh produce farmed and reared by local people. The Peloponnesian way is to make full use of the region’s sumptuous and incredibly varied bounty which simply bursts with the seasonal flavors and sheer personality that has put the area on the gastronomic map. Villa Vager is located In the Mantineia wine region. Winery visits can be organized in the wineries nearby the hotel.

What's included

  • 3-hour cooking lesson
  • Daily Greek-style homemade breakfast
  • 2 special 3-course dinners with house wine
  • Unlimited access to the hotel's exterior hydropool spa
  • Free entrance to Kapsia Cave
  • Welcome drink
  • 3 nights luxury accommodation

What's not included

  • Flight costs
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activities / excursions

How to get there

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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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