Greek Cooking Odyssey

Spend a week on the island of Poros during the cooking vacation in Greece! Learn the local cuisine from a professional chef and live a slice of Greek Island life.

The ancient Greeks were among the first to discover the benefits of adding herbs and spices to their food. This process was used not only to enhance the tastes, but also provided medicinal benefits. Greek food is still a unique mix of fresh, seasonal ingredients and a generous blend of herbs and spices such as thyme, rosemary and oregano, which grow all over Greece. Greece is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and has one of the largest coastal areas of any country in Europe, and for this reason fish is an integral part of Greek cuisine. Fresh seasonal vegetables are also a significant element in traditional Greek cooking. And Greek food would not be Greek without the olive oil, as olives are grown and olive oil produced in many parts of Greece.

Your culinary vacation in Greece will be very friendly and personal. Participants will have fun while experiencing real Greek culture, cooking and delicious food—all during this unique cooking school vacation on a beautiful, unspoilt Greek Island!

Greek Cooking Odyssey Trip Details

Included in the 7-Night Trip

Accommodations

7 nights accommodation

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 6 lunches, beverages included
  • 7 dinners, beverages included

Classes & Instructors

Your 4 cooking classes will introduce you to the wonderful flavors of Greek cuisine. Katerina is a professional chef and is the owner of the Odyssey Centre. She was born in Poros, is passionate about cooking, and is interested and knowledgeable in the historical roots of traditional Greek cooking. She specializes in both traditional and modern Greek cooking, and her skills have become very sought after; when she is not giving lessons in Poros, she also provides lessons in Greek cooking and Greek language throughout other parts of Europe.

Excursions

3 seasonally based guided visits such as:

  • Visit to the local fish market
  • Visit to your hosts’ lemon or olive grove
  • Herb foraging or farm visit
  • Guided island trip to Hydra

Transfer Details

  • The arrival transfer is by private taxi – you are met at the Athens airport or Athens hotel and brought to Galatas for the short ferry ride to Poros, then to the hotel
  • The return transfer is the reverse of the arrival transfer.

Note that because Poros is an island, transfer times are dictated by the ferry schedule. Please do not schedule arrival flights after 8:00 pm. Regarding departure, guests are not able to arrive at the airport any earlier than 10:00 a.m. (so please check your flight check-in times to see if this is feasible). If you cannot keep flight times within these parameters, plan to spend extra time in Athens before and/or after your cooking vacation. In most cases, it will also be possible for pickup and drop-off directly from/to a centrally located Athens hotel at no additional fee. Due to the restrictions of the transportation companies, all transfers must be arranged at least 8 weeks prior to arrival.