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Overview

Authentic Athens

Traditional Greek pastries on a culinary vacation in Greece.This trip is eligible for our Worry-Free Booking promotion.

Experience Athens like an insider on this authentic culinary vacation to Greece. The capital city of Greece is one of the world’s oldest and most important cities, the cradle of western civilization, the birthplace of democracy, and still a cultural hub of Europe. Its archeological sites are unparalleled: the acropolis, with its ancient Parthenon temple dedicated to Athena, is one of the most recognizable sites in the world, and was built in the 5th century BC. It in turn influenced art and architecture throughout the centuries.

Today Athens is known as a young, vibrant European capital full of interesting neighborhoods to explore on a culinary vacation in Greece. From posh shopping districts such as Syntagma, to chic neighborhoods full of restaurants and taverns, Athens provides plenty for the culinary traveler on a Greece food tour.

Athens as visited on a culinary tour of Greece.You will explore all of this on your Greece culinary vacation while staying in the northern part of Athens in a small private villa in the midst of pine forests. Your host, a native who knows Athens like the back of his hand, will be your guide on this cultural and gastronomic journey.

Greek cuisine is the epitome of Mediterranean food, which you can explore during hands-on cooking classes as well as on food tastings and visits to local restaurants. You even get to dine in the home of a real Greek family! The cuisine makes use of olives, olive oil, fresh vegetables, lemon, herbs, nuts, and fruits. From spanakopita to baklava, dolmadas to moussaka, explore the Mediterranean flavors of this fresh and authentic cuisine on your Greek culinary vacation.

So what are you waiting for? Instead of an anonymous hotel and a quick trip to the Parthenon, why not really explore Athens from an insider’s perspective on this amazing and authentic Greek culinary vacation!


Trip Details

Your three cooking classes will feature authentic Greek cuisine. Two will be with your host, Alexandros, at your villa. One will be with the chef of a local tavern near your villa. All will be fun, hands-on experiences.

Itinerary

A view of the Acropolis in Athens during a Greek cooking vacation.Day One

  • Arrival in Athens and transfer to your home in the lovely forest villa. Time to relax and settle in.
  • Welcome dinner tonight prepared by your host at the villa, or if you prefer, experience dinner in Athens at a restaurant with a view of the Acropolis.

Greek giouvesti on a Greece food tour in Athens.Day Two

  • Breakfast at the villa.
  • This morning explore the area around the villa, then meet for your first cooking class featuring a lamb and pasta dish known as Giouvetsi, a cheese pie with homemade filo pastry and fresh seasonal salad accompanied with local wine.
  • Lunch based on your efforts.
  • This evening, explore the neighborhoods of Monastiraki and Thiselo with dinner at traditioanal Plaka, an Athenian delight.

Spanakopita made during a cooking class in GreeceDay Three

  • Breakfast at the villa.
  • Next you are off to explore the nearby Tatoi royal estate and Lake Beletsi.
  • Back to the villa for your next cooking lesson featuring “Gigandes”, giant beans cooked in the oven with tomato sauce and plenty of vegetables. This is the traditional dish of Greece Lunch to follow.
  • In the evening explore the posh suburbs of Athens, Ekali and Kifissia, with their neoclassical buildings and boutiques. Enjoy a coffee and a light dinner out before your return.

Athens as visited on a culinary tour of Greece.Day Four

  • Breakfast.
  • Today it is time to explore historical Athens, including the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the ancient Agora, the Acropolis Museum, Hadrian’s Arch, Syntagma Square, and the Greek Parliament.
  • Lunch out during the day, along with free time to shop.
  • Light dinner back at your home.

Friends sharing a toast while enjoying dinner on a cooking vacation.Day Five

  • Breakfast.
  • Today enjoy free time in the morning, followed by an authentic experience with a Greek family. They will open their home to you and share with you family recipes handed down from older generations, an authentic Greek family meal for lunch.
  • In the evening, you have a choice. You can either head to Mont Parnaise, Athens’ casino, for a fun night out, or explore Stauros Niarchos Cultural Foundation. Taste the legendary souvlaki for dinner..

Healthy Greek cuisine on a cooking vacation in Greece.Day Six

  • Breakfast. Head to a local tavern in the forest near the villa and meet with a local chef to learn a classic type of Greek burger, scented tzatziki, and fresh Greek salad. Leave space for dessert – Ekmek kataifi – unlike anything you’ve ever tasted!
  • After, enjoy some time in the forest or relaxing back at home.
  • In the evening head to the south suburbs to visit the Riviera of Athens: Glyfada, Voula, and Varkiza, which lie right on the water. Dine at a local restaurant and enjoy a special ice cream stop before heading home.

Dining out by the seaside on a Greece cooking vacation.Day Seven

  • Breakfast, then head to the port of Piraeus, a historical port that is also one of the most picturesque of Athens. Visit Mikrolimano, Zea Marina, Freatida Lake and gorgeous views of Athens. (Alternately, a cruise of the Saronic Islands can be arranged: Hydra, Poros, and Aigina.)
  • Enjoy a lovely seafood meal by the seaside for lunch.
  • Return to the villa for your last evening, with a light dinner served at home.

Enjoying dinner in a taverna during a Greece cooking vacation.Day Eight

  • Breakfast, then transfer to the airport.

Trip Details

Included in the 7-Night Trip

Accommodations

7 nights in a private 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom villa

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • Six lunches
  • Seven dinners
  • House wine with lunches and dinners at the villa (beverages at restaurants paid locally)

Classes & Instructors

Your three cooking classes will feature authentic Greek cuisine. Two will be with your host, Alexandros, at your villa. One will be with the chef of a local tavern near your villa. All will be fun, hands-on experiences.

Excursions

  • Excursion to Monastiraki and Thiseio
  • Visit of the royal estate, Tatoi Palace and Lake Beletsi
  • Excursion to Ekali and Kifissia
  • Historical tour of Athens’ archeological and cultural sites, including the Acropolis
  • Dinner at the home of a Greek family
  • Visit of the Athens Riviera including Glyfada, Voula, and Varkiza
  • Excursion to the port of Piraeus with Mikrolimano, Zea Marina, and Freatida Lake

Transfer Details

  • Transfers included from/to Athens airport

Miscellaneous

  • Personalized attention of your guide and host.

Not Included

  • Beverages during meals outside the villa (these are paid locally)

Accommodation Information

The villa for your stay lies to the north amidst pine forests in the posh Ippokratios Politia area. The villa has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (not en auite), as well as forest views, a spacious kitchen, living room with marble fireplace, and large windows looking out onto the natural landscape. Your host, Alexandros, lives on the bottom level and will be there to take great care of you.

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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Pricing:

7-night Program

US$3450 per person based on double occupancy

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.

    This trip is eligible for our “Worry-Free Booking” promotion*, which means your deposit is fully refundable up to 31 days prior to the trip start date. Questions? Please contact us!

    *See our terms & conditions for details and exclusions.

    Single occupancy supplement: please inquire.

     


    Tour Dates

    Available year-round on request for a minimum of 2 people.

    2021
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    May 15-22
    May 22-29
    May 29-June 5
    June 5-12
    June 12-19
    June 19-26
    June 26-July 3
    July 3-10
    July 10-17
    July 17-24
    July 24-31
    July 31-August 7
    August 7-14
    August 14-21
    August 21-28
    August 28-September 4
    September 4-11
    September 11-18
    September 18-25
    September 25-October 2
    October 2-9
    October 9-16
    October 16-23
    October 23-30
    October 30-November 6
    November 6-13
    November 13-20
    November 20-27
    November 27-December 4
    December 4-11
    December 11-18
    December 18-25

    2022
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    January 8-15
    January 15-22
    January 22-29
    January 29-February 5
    February 5-12
    February 12-19
    February 19-26
    February 26-March 5
    March 5-12
    March 12-19
    March 19-26
    March 26-April 2
    April 2-9
    April 9-16
    April 16-23
    April 23-30
    April 30-May 7
    May 7-14
    May 14-21
    May 21-28
    May 28-June 4
    June 4-11
    June 11-18
    June 18-25
    June 25-July 2
    July 2-9
    July 9-16
    July 16-23
    July 23-30
    July 30-August 6
    August 6-13
    August 13-20
    August 20-27
    August 27-September 3
    September 3-10
    September 10-17
    September 17-25
    September 24-October 1
    October 1-8
    October 8-15
    October 15-22
    October 22-29
    October 29-November 5
    November 5-12
    November 12-19
    November 19-26
    November 26-December 3
    December 3-10
    December 10-17

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