Authentic Athens

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.

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.


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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, fresh salad, feta cheese, and local wine.
  • Lunch based on your efforts.
  • This evening, explore the neighborhoods of Monastiraki and Thiselo with dinner at a local restaurant.

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 lentil soup and a cheese pie with homemade filo pastry. Lunch to follow.
  • In the evening explore the posh suburbs of Athens, Ekali and Kifissia, with their neoclassical buildings. 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.
  • Dinner at a local taverna before you return 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.
  • This afternoon time to relax. You might want to head to Mont Parnaise, Athens’ casino, for a fun night out (transfer included, entrance fee and dinner paid locally), or enjoy a quiet evening at home with a light 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:

7-night Program
US$3300 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$550 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

30% deposit due to confirm booking.
Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

Please note the single supplement is the cost to operate for one person. If there are two in your party and you prefer your own room, that can be arranged at no additional cost.


Tour Dates

Available year-round on request for a minimum of 1 person.

2019

September 21-28
September 28-October 5
October 5-12
October 12-19
October 19-26
October 26-November 2
November 2-9
November 9-16
November 16-23
November 23-30
November 30-December 7
December 7-14
December 14-21
December 21-28

2020

January 4-11
January 11-18
January 18-25
January 25-February 1
February 1-8
February 8-15
February 15-22
February 22-29
February 29-March 7
March 7-14
March 14-21
March 21-28
March 28-April 4
April 4-11
April 11-18
April 18-25
April 25-May 2
May 2-9
May 9-16
May 16-23
May 23-30
May 30-June 6
June 6-13
June 13-20
June 20-27
June 27-July 4
July 4-11
July 11-18
July 18-25
July 25-August 1
August 1-8
August 8-15
August 15-22
August 22-29
August 29-September 5
September 5-12
September 12-19
September 19-26
September 26-October 3
October 3-10
October 10-17
October 17-24
October 24-31
October 31-November 7
November 7-14
November 14-21
November 21-28
November 28-December 5
December 5-12
December 12-19
December 19-26

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