Culinary tours & cooking workshops
Day 01, Arrival in Athens
Arrival in Athens, meet and greet by your English speaking guide in the port or airport, followed by a direct transfer to the respective hotel by A/C vehicle.
DINNER AT HYTRA RESTAURANT
Hytra is located in one of the most traditional points of the city, lying beneath Acropolis hill at Psyrri, on the rooftop of the Onassis Cultural Center. The Onassis Cultural Centre is Athens’ new cultural space hosting events and actions across the whole spectrum of the arts from theatre, dance, music and the visual arts to the written word, with an emphasis on contemporary cultural expression, on supporting Greek artists, on cultivating international collaborations and on educating children and people of all ages through life-long learning. The restaurant offers Greek cuisine with a different perspective from the hands of “Hytra’'s” Michelin Star rewarded chef.
Day 02, Athens
Off the Beaten Track Culinary tour of Athens
Seize the opportunity to taste a wide variety of Greek delicacies ranging from the mouth-watering sweet and syrupy “loukoumades” to traditional “bougatsa” or souvlaki with pita bread or Feta cheese and the famous Greek Kalamon olives and many more! Discover another side of Athens which lies in the shadow of the famous Acropolis where a kaleidoscope of colors, smells, tastes and textures await.
We will visit various specialty food shops, colorful and alluring delicatessens, aromatic and tempting bakeries and sweet shops, restaurants, dairies, spice, grocery and pie shops where you will sample and taste the most traditional Greek food and not necessarily the Greek food stereotypes such as "Greek salad” or “moussaka". A genuine Athenian food tour would not be complete without a visit to the vibrant central Varvakeios food market, with its bustling energy and loud bargaining; this dazzling galaxy of fruit and spice, meat and fish will enchant you.
Our guides will knowledgeably lead you through a food stroll and introduce you to small, hidden specialty food shops. They will provide valuable insight both on the unique and intricate culinary heritage of Greece as well as the famous Mediterranean diet, hailed today as a model of healthy living…
DINNER AT VAROULKO SEASIDE RESTAURANT
Not one to rest on his Michelin star, acclaimed chef Lefteris Lazarou is constantly trying to outdo himself with magnificent results. Rather than ordering from a menu, you can simply give him an idea of what you like and let him create your seafood dish from what he found that day at the market. Among his most fabulous compilations are the orzo with crayfish flavored with Limnio wine, smoked red chile, and Parmesan; the white grouper with cherry tomatoes, sour apple, and smoked mashed potatoes; and the sea bream with red bell pepper sauce and ratatouille. Some dishes fuse traditional peasant fare like the flowers of courgettes with unusual flavors like framboise.
Day 03, Athens
“The Farm Experience”
Located just 30 minutes far from city, “The Farm” will offer us an experiential cooking lesson preparing some of Greece favorite recipes. The location has been selected for its character and ambience, which makes for a perfect backdrop.
The adventure begins by collecting all the raw materials available at the Farm, accompanied by your private Chef. Working together and becoming one team, you will transform your favorite ingredients into delicious dishes. Those who prefer to take a less active role may choose to just relax and appreciate the atmosphere!
DINNER AT DIONYSOS RESTAURANT
High quality cuisine under the spectacular view of the Acropolis. Dionysos Zonar's is located in a prominent position on the outskirts of the Acropolis, having a panoramic view of the sacred rock of the Acropolis and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus (Herodion). It combines a prime location with stylish renovated space and the high quality of Greek modern cuisine curated by executive Chef Michael Ntounetas.
Day 04, Athens
WINE TASTING IN NEMEA
“Stin Hygia Mas” means Cheers in greek and it is a toast that you will hear in every family round the table or friends who are sharing a nice meal or drinks! Today you will have the chance to familiarize with Greek civilization through their traditional drinks such as wine and ouzo.
You will visit the region of Nemea to see and learn about the special procedure of making vinegar and some of the finest greek wines.
Nemea is an ancient site in the Northeastern part of the Peloponnese. In Greek mythology Heracles overcame the Nemean Lion of the Goddess Hera, and here during Antiquity, the Nemean Games took place.
The region was first put on the map for its winemaking by Homer, who called it Ampeloessa - “full of vines”. Today the appellation of Nemea is the most important red wine AOC of southern Greece and arguably of all Greece. The indigenous Greek Agiorgitiko grape is used and produces wines famous for their deep red color with violet and blue hues, complex aroma and long, velvety palate.
Domaine Skouras is an ultra-modern winemaking facility, with an elegant Greek architecture, designed to ensure a first class experience for visitors seeking education, entertainment, initiation to wine or hospitality. Visitors are given a very thorough and friendly tour around the vineyards, the cellar and the production facilities followed by a casual and informative wine tasting and lunch.
FAREWELL DINNER AT ISLAND PRIVATE HOUSE
Island is a well established club and favorite entertainment spot for people looking for atmosphere, style and quality. The beautiful natural settings of the Island and its aesthetic decoration make it unique. It is a beautiful property that truly will give you a taste of Greece. Located on a small cliff overlooking the Saronic Gulf, it offers the obvious spectacular view of the Aegean. The aesthetics of the PRIVATE HOUSE is based on Mediterranean elements and materials, designed with a contemporary design, combining natural landscape with its discreet luxury, the overall of it, makes you feel like hovering over the sea. Party time with fireworks and spectacular music show!
Day 5, Departure
Departure transfer from the hotel to Athens Airport.