14 days / 13 nights
$5484 (For One Person, Double Occupancy based on 2 people)
Single use: + $1026
13 nights hotel accommodation / double occupancy on bed & breakfast basis (fine located 4**** A Class & 5***** hotels ), 7 days English speaking private driver, 7 days private A/C vehicle, Fuel, Road taxes, All transportations Athens, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini, Flight and ferry tickets in Greece, All breakfasts 2 lunches when in mainland (1 Athens + 1 Delphi and 6 lunches and dinners (when in Crete) as per program, 5 hands on cooking classes (4 when in Crete + 1 in Santorini)
Included in the price
Accommodation Athens double occupancy at 5***** hotel for 3 nights (days 2,3 and 14)
ATHENS: Return transfers from / to Athens airport days of arrival and departure and port / hotel day of return from Santorini
Athens city tour including Acropolis in the morning (in private / guided / lunch included)
Afternoon tour to Sounion –Apollo temple (in private – guided)
Full day tour to DELPHI (in private / guided / lunch included)
Breakfast each morning
2 Lunch on days 2 qnd 3 when in Athens and Delphi tour
Transportation to the airport day 4 for the flight to Heraklion - Crete
Flight tickets ATHENS / HERAKLION - CRETE
Transportation airport / hotel day of arrival in Heraklion
HERAKLION - CRETE: 6 nights hotel accommodation at 4**** villa Kerassia
6 full days cultural drives around Crete in private with chartered vehicle and English speaking driver – Fuel included
All meals when in Crete: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners (4 of the dinners are the foods prepared during the cooking classes)
Moussaka, Aubergines Papoutsakia, fried vegetables in tomato sauce, smoked eggplant and Pastitsio Cooking class
The “Seafood Evening” Cooking Class
Stuffed Vegetables, Vine Leaves and Olive Oils Cooking Class
The Local Meats and Casseroles Cooking Class.
A visit to the palace of Knossos (entrance fees / guiding are extra)
A visit to the Roman city of Gortys and Minoan palace of Phaestos (entrance fees are extra)
A visit to the women’s co-operative work shop of Marathos
A visit to local bee-keeping honey producers and tasting of produce
A visit to local wineries and tasting of wine
A gastronomic walking tour of Heraklion
A gastronomic walking tour of the city of Rethymnon western Crete
A visit to the cities Agios Nikolaos and Elounda eastern Crete
All transport to and from the excursions
Breakfast each morning
Lunch on days 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 accompanied by water and local wine
Dinner on days 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 accompanied by water and local wine every nigh.
Ferry tickets HERAKLION / SANTORINI by high speed boat (economy class)
Accommodation Santorini double occupancy at 4**** hotel for 2 nights
Island tour including wine tasting (semi private / guided)
3 breakfasts when in Santorini
SANTORINI: Transportation port / hotel by arrival and hotel / port by departure
Boat tickets SANTORINI / PIRAEUS by high speed ferry (economy class)
Transportation port of Piraeus / hotel Athens day of return from Santorini
Transportation from Athens hotel to the airport day of departure for the flight back home
Prices are based on two sharing a double room
Do not include:
Entrance fees at archaeological / historical sites – guiding – tips, anything not mentioned above or bellow
In Greece, tipping drivers, guides, etc. is customary but not mandatory. Our guides, host, driver, etc. all happily accept tips, but they are never expected. We have seen guests leave huge tips for our staff, and we have seen guests leave no tip at all. Either way, both of those guests are equally appreciated.
ATHENS: Arrival at the airport of Athens: Reception at the airport. Transportation to the hotel. Accommodation Athens
ATHENS CITY TOUR INCLUDING ACROPOLIS /MORNING – SOUNION/AFTERNOON: After breakfast will pick you up from the hotel and join the Athens city tour including Acropolis and the archaeological museum of Athens. (In private – guided. Entrance fees are extra / lunch included) Tour ends around 2 pm. Afternonn a visit to the temple of Apollo at Sounion (in private - guided - Entrance fees are extra). Accommodation Athens. (Breakfast - lunch)
DELPHI: Full day tour to Delphi .Accommodation Athens.(in private / guided including lunch) (Breakfast / Lunch)
Transportation to the airport and flight to Heraklion – Crete. Arrival Heraklion. Reception at the airport. A walking tour of Hheraklion with tasting and having lunch in a Mezedopolion. Ending our lunch transportation to the villa. Dinner at the villa with local home cooked foods accompanied by owners wine. Accommodation villa Kerasia.
SOUTH CENTRAL CRETE: CULTURE FOOD AND HISTORY
Day start at 09.AM. After your buffet breakfast, set out with your host George to see Gortys, the ruined capital city of the Roman province which included the island of Crete. You’ll see the impressive amphitheatre and the Basilica of St Titus before driving west to the archaeological site of Phaestos, the first palace built around 2000 BC which stands dominantly on a hill with panoramic views. According to mythology, King Radamanthes, son of Zeus, ruled over the city and over the South of Crete, 4000 years ago. The caves of Matala have a rich history from Roman occupation 2000 years ago to more modern luminaries (decade 70s – hippies era) such as Bob Dylan, and Cat Stevens, Lunch will be in the fishing village of Kokkinos Pyrgos consisting of “just caught” Seafood specialties. After lunch you’ll head back to the villa and head to the kitchen for your first cooking class
Cretan Heritage Cooking Class Tonight’s hands-on class is based on a variety of vegetables and minced meat with prep techniques that transforms basic ingredients into a full table of colour, variety and richness. Moussaka, Aubergines Papoutsakia, fried vegetables in tomato sauce, smoked eggplant and Pastitsio (the Greek Version of Mac and Cheese), with vegan and vegetarian options will be in abundance. As always, local wine will compliment your meal and enhance your evening.
WESTERN CRETE: ARKADI MONASTERY, CITY OF RETHYMNON AND THE WATERS OF ARGYROUPOLIS
After a rich breakfast, you will enjoy a slow drive through the vineyards and small villages of the region. You will visit the 16th century monastery of Arkadi, the small village of Margarites well known for the ceramics they produce and the city of Rethymnon where every street will take you on a journey through history. Venetian and Turkish buildings have become small restaurants, cafés and shops. Your walk down the narrow streets will take you to small tourists’ shops and coffee houses where you can mingle with locals. A slow drive to the Water of Argyroupolis where lunch will be served with a variety of Cretan vegetable and cheese specialties and abundance of grilled meats.
The “Seafood Evening” Cooking Class The evening will feature your second hands-on cooking class based on the fish and seafood that was purchased earlier in the day. The fisherman fish soup-the famous KAKAVIA, fish with tomato and onion sauce baked in the oven and shrimps “saganaki” in tomato sauce, wine and feta cheese are a few of the cooking menu items. Once you’ve cooked, you’ll sit down to enjoy a dinner of the delicious seafood dishes you have learned to cook that day accompanied by a few glasses of wine perfectly matched to your fish. (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
AGIOS NIKOLAOS / STUFFED VEGETABLES COOKING CLASS
Breakfast and drive north east to visit Agios Nikolaos and Elounda. Lunch at a sea front tavern in village of Plaka facing the Spinalonga Island. After lunch, drive back to the villa and get prepared for the third cooking class Cooking Class Featuring Stuffed Vegetables, Vine Leaves and Olive Oils It is believed that the secret for a long and healthy life lies in olive oil, the principle ingredient in the Cretan diet. Past and present research conducted in the US and Europe supports the view that olive oil not only shields the human heart from disease, but also increases healthy operation of other organs by reducing cholesterol. Olive oil is an important ingredient in all dishes on the dinner menu. This hands-on class will take you through the process of making stuffed tomatoes, peppers, courgettes, and aubergines…as well as Dolmadakia (little stuffed wraps) with vine leaves, sorrels or pumpkin flowers. These all can be enjoyed as a meze or main course.
CENTRAL CRETE: FORGOTTEN MONASTERY. MOUNTAINS AND THE WOMEN COOPERATIVES ART PASTRY WORK SHOP AND HONEY TASTING:
After your buffet breakfast your tour will start in the direction of Mount Nida (Psiloritis) the highest mountain on Crete, and according to legend, where Zeus was born. A visit to a unique small stoned church of St. Iakinthos (Orthodox Saint Valentine) built by the well-known famous song writer and singer Loudovikos of Anogia. You will taste the finest quality cheeses, including Kefalotyri and Kefalogryere. Next, the village of Axos and the drive ends at the small village of Drossia known by the local people with the Turkish name GENI-GAVE where you will enjoy lunch at the finest little restaurant on the island – Giannis Petoussis Tavern. Lunch will feature everything natural and fresh from the proprietor’s own land, cooked by the lady of the house. After lunch, you visit analmost forgotten monasteriy, and a church with beautiful frescoes.. Next stop at the women cooperative work shop at village Marathos and at Doxa, a small local café run by the owners since 1949. Just 20 km from the city, it is beautifully untouched, and a natural pasture for bees. Old traditional bee-keeping methods ensure ecological, clean honey that is free from any additives. This golden yellow honey is a perfect source of natural vitamins and minerals. You will sample honeycombs straight from the beehive and learn a few secrets know only to the bee-keepers. At the end of this visit you will sample an herbal tea comprised of 9 mountain herbs, and enjoy local donuts called tiganites drizzled with pure thyme honey.
Local Meats and Casseroles Cooking Class. Preparation is the key to the variety of dishes that will be created. Time spent in slicing, dicing, chopping and pealing enables the assembly of various dishes in record time. Pork bites in tomato sauce, and Drunken Pork bites cooked in wine and oregano are wonderful appetizers paired with Raki (an alcoholic drink that is made from the grape peel, after the wine has been produced). Boneless pork with celery and egg and lemon sauce, Dinner will be accompanied with copious amounts of pure, homemade local wines. Viniculture is a 4000 year old practice on the island of Crete.
WINE TASTING, THE PALACE OF KNOSSOS / CITY OF HERAKLION
Today we visit the palace of Knossos.
When visiting the island of Crete someone must see the ancient palace of Knossos, built 3.500 years ago. Combination of archaeological discoveries and food tasting: The day start at 9.30 am and drive to the near village of Sivas where we visit one of the best small family wineries providing organic wines. Spend some time there tasting a variety of wines. Keep driving direction the palace of Knossos. Start at 11.30 AM. Visit takes 1 ½ hour. After the palace we drive back to the city and will walk the streets of the city and meet nutritional wanderings elevating the palate to heaven!! Will explore unique tastes on this walking tour of Heraklion. Visit at a small cheese shop (one of the best in Crete) and taste unique fresh and old Cretan cheese accompanied by a shot of Raki. Walk the central market and stop for an OUZO (anise) with MEZE (small bites accompanies the spirit) at one of the traditional Mezedopolion of the street. On the way back after lunch stop at one of the finest small family wineries and taste some of the best wines Crete provides. Back to the villa.
Farewell Dinner Tonight your dinner will be prepared by the owners of the house.. You will have the opportunity to sample a large variety of specialties (called mezedes) accompanied by the Cretan Snap RAKI! Are you tempted to compare her dishes to those you have learned during the week? You have made wonderful new friends and explored a new region of the world filled with some of the best food you have ever tasted – what more could one ask? After a restful sleep, transportation will be provided for you to meet your departing flight.
LAST DAY IN CRETE / BOAT TRIP TO SANTORINI
After a restful sleep, and breakfast we take you to the port of Heraklion. Embarkation the boat and boat trip to Santorini. Arrival Santorini. Reception at the port and transportation to the hotel. Rest of the day free to explore the island. Accommodation Santorini at beautiful 4**** hotel. (Breakfast)
Breakfast and join a half a day cooking class and wine tasting in Santorini including lunch. (Pick up & return of your hotel - Visit 2 traditional wineries & meet the wine producers - Guidance from an Experienced Sommelier - Scenic tour around the countryside of Santorini & stop at selected vineyards - Learn about the unique viticulture & the indigenous grape varietals - Wine tasting in the wineries / 10 different type & style of wines - Meze Greek style lunch at a tavern located in a beautiful traditional settlement - Walk on the black & red beaches - Visit a family farm and learn about the rural heritage of Santorini, getting to know its unique local products - Liability insurance & designated driver) Afternoon free to explore the island and the famous SUN SET OF SANTORINI. Accommodation Santorini. (breakfast / lunch)
Island at your disposal. Spend the day on the beach. Accommodation Santorini (Breakfast)
SANTORINI / ATHENS:
Early afternoon transportation to the port. Embarkation to the boat and boat trip to Piraeus / the port of Athens. Arrival Piraeus. Reception at the port and transportation to the hotel. Accommodation Athens (breakfast)
ATHENS / FLIGHT BACK HOME:
Transportation to the airport for the flight back home.
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