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Athens and Santorini Culinary Holiday

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Come and visit Santorini and Athens, two of world’s top culinary destinations. This holiday will offer you a chance of experiencing world-class Mediterranean and Greek cuisine. Savor Greek food in local and non-touristy restaurants and explore food markets. Walk among old vineyards, admire the unique views of the Aegean, and taste the unforgettable flavors. A life-changing experience is waiting for you to enhance your cultural and gastronomic repertoire!

DetailsAthens and Santorini Culinary Holiday
LocationAthens - Santorini
Duration7days
TypeCulinary
DatesApril - November 2019

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN ATHENS

After your arrival, you will meet one of the tour’s assistants who will transfer you to your hotel. Detailed information will be presented to you about all the art and music events that will take place in Athens during your stay, as well as a list of non-touristic restaurants in order for you to live an authentic local experience in this city.

In the evening, a tour representative will pick you up at the hotel and will take you to a selected restaurant for a first Greek seafood tasting (your own expenses). Afterwards, you will return to your hotel and spend the night there.

DAY 2: ATHENS WALKING TOUR

Breakfast will take place in your hotel and will energize you for a walking tour in Athens; the best way to see this city, feel its vibes, and meet locals. You will start the day by climbing the Acropolis hill, where you will enjoy a guided tour to the Parthenon, the Erectheion, and the surrounding monuments for approximately one hour and 30 minutes. Afterwards, you will descend to the Acropolis Museum and receive a tour to its fascinating exhibitions. This tour will also take one hour and thirty minutes.

Your exploration will go on by crossing Andrianou Street, the most distinctive street of Plaka neighborhood, a place full of sophisticated shops and souvenirs. Later, you will reach the imposing Roman Agora and the Tower of the Winds, and a little further down, you will have the chance to admire the Library of Hadrian and the vivid life of Monastiraki Square, a place full of people and colors.

Then, you will stop for an optional refreshing lunch break with traditional Greek street food at a nearby restaurant, followed by a walk through Athinas and Evripidou Streets, the surrounding streets of Athens Central Market. Little shops will be all around you offering herbs, delicacies, nuts, and household items, among others.

After having crossed this fascinating commercial triangle, you will arrive at Panepistimiou Street, where you will be impressed by a trilogy of neoclassical buildings, such as the National Library, the Academy, and the University of Athens. If you walk further down, you will reach Syntagma Square, the most famous square of the city. There, you will take some time to watch the valiant Evzones in front of the building of the Greek Parliament.

Having left Syntagma Square behind you, you will stroll through the lush green oasis of the National Gardens. While this will be an ideal place to relax away from the city noise, your refreshing walk will lead you to the extraordinary Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games took place.

If you continue for a little while, you will reach the impressive neoclassical building of Zappeion Hall before being amazed by the size of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Hadrian Arch. Your walk will come to an end in front of the Lycicrates monument in Plaka, at a very close distance to the Acropolis Metro Station.

By this time, you will have seen the best of Athens in a walk that includes everything, such as history, architecture, and ancient and modern city life. The evening will be for resting, before a representative meets you at the hotel for a night out in Athens. This night, you will meet some of the most prestigious bars and clubs of the city, such as the molecular mixology bar concept, a wine bar with the list of the best Greek wines. Finally, you will go back to the hotel for an overnight rest.

DAY 3: ATHENS COOKING LESSON

You will start this tour in Adrianou Street, Athens’ biggest shopping area center and will continue with your cooking lesson. During this course, you will learn how to cook traditional Greek dishes with an experienced cook. You will get to know the wonderful world of the Mediterranean cuisine by using herbs, fresh vegetables, and meat, while learning the basics on how to prepare a full Greek dinner with easy-to-follow recipes you can use to impress your guests when you get back home.

After your cooking lesson, you will get to enjoy what you prepared during your cooking course, accompanied by a glass of wine. The rest of the day will be at leisure and the tour guide will help you figure out what to do by proposing various art events for the evening.

DAY 4: TRAVEL TO SANTORINI

You will be picked up from your hotel and transfered to Pireaus port to take your boat to Sinfos. After a pleasant cruise to Aegean sea, you reach your destination. Transfer from port to your hotel. Check in. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

DAY 5: SANTORINI FOODIE TOUR

This 6-hour tour will take you to a tour around the island where you will get a chance to explore the flavors of Santorini, where even today, all of the plants cultivated on the island struggle to survive while facing a volcanic soil poor in organic matter, an anhydrous land, strong winds and during the summer high temperatures.

That is why the fruits of Santorini have concentrated flavors but a low yield. The agricultural products of the island which have survived under dire conditions include: grapes (wine), cherry tomatoes, fava (yellow split peas), white eggplants, round zucchini, capers, etc. With this tour you will visit two renowned, awarded wineries, taste the major types of Santorini wines and learn about the wine history of the island, the native grapes and the traditional and modern wine making methods!

Walk in an old, phylloxera-free vineyard and learn about the ancient vine training method and the Santorini’s distinctive terroir. Visit a local farm, taste the major agricultural products of the island and become familiar with the food treasures of Santorini. Visit the Santorini Donkey brewery and taste fresh, unfiltered and unpasteurized beers!

DAY 6 : SANTORINI COOKING LESSON

You are welcomed with a glass of wine, following a visit to the folklore museum, while a presentation of the agricultural products of the island completes your knowledge of the farming life of Santorini. You will enjoy cooking one dish of the proposed 3-course menu that you will of course afterwards, taste.

Below follows an indicating menu that can change through the season: Tomato fritters or Pork Tenderloin with Santorini fava cream and sundried tomato paste or Rice pudding with spearmint and mini tomato confit.

DAY 7 : SANTORINI – ATHENS

Today, you will meet the tour’s assistant and then be transferred to island port for you boat to Pireaus. Arrival and transfer to Athens airport.

Please note that if necessary extra accommodation in Athens can be arranged if according to arrival and departure flight times. Please also note that the program can be changed according to needs or customized to the travelers’ dates.

  • Athens walking tour with a licensed tour guide
  • Athens cooking lesson and dinner
  • Santorini foodie tour
  • Santorini cooking lesson and dinner and museum tour
  • Transfers from port to hotel and back
  • Transfers from the airport to hotel/port and back
  • Boat tickets economy class from Pireaus Port
  • V.A.T.
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Air tickets from your country
  • Personal expenses
  • Museum entrances

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