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8 Day itinerary in Greece, Europe

Gastronomy Exploration in Greece

Welcome to Greece! The city of Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities, the historical capital of Europe and a city of culture, history and philosophy. Athens today is a vibrant metropolis that blends it’s proud past with its dynamic modern present. At the same time, you will have the chance to e... Read More

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Overview

Physical Difficulty

Easy
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Recommended Age

Everyone

Operated in

English

GUIDANCE

On Some Day Trips

starting point

Athens

trip type

Private

trip attributes

Visit markets

Meet local people

Rural home stays

Indigenous culture

Outdoors & Nature

Culture & Arts

Food & Drink

Start / End

Highlights

1

Acropolis & Flavors Combo Tour

2

The 7 Villages of Apokoronas Tour

3

Santorini Cooking and Wine Tasting

4

Cooking Lesson in Chania - The Real Cretan Cooking Experience

Itinerary

High-End Accommodation expand_more

Day 1

place Arrival

pon arrival, your driver will be awaiting for you at the airport with a sign with your name on it. You will be transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation:

  • High-End Accommodation: 4* Hotel
Day 2

place Acropolis & Flavors Combo Tour

A perfect tour to get a true feel of Athens! Ascend to the top of the sacred rock of the Acropolis to be confronted by one of the world’s most important structures in history, the Parthenon. Once there you will enjoy a guided tour which will reveal the magnitude and the rich heritage of Athens and the cultural achievements of the Greek civilization of the Golden Age. After visiting Acropolis, get ready for a 3-hour food tour that will truly make you feel like an Athenian! Sense the intriguing Greek cuisine and local food culture through an experiential food tour in the heart of the bustling capital of Greece. Wander through authentic corners of the city and visit a number of dedicated artisans that have perfected their recipes over the decades, specialized food stores sourcing the best products from all over Greece as well as the vibrant central food market. Rest of the time - Leisure Stroll in Old Town Plaka You will enjoy a leisurely walk through the old quarter of the city to marvel Plaka neighborhood with its picturesque cobbled streets and quaint restored buildings and distinct and atmospheric architecture. Along the way you will walk by the Roman Agora, the Tower of the winds, Hadrian’s Library, Lycicrates Monument, Fetihye Mosque, beautiful neoclassical buildings and many more Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman traces of the old city.

Guide: Included for the day

Day 3

place Domestic Flight from Athens to Santorini

Upon Arrival, your driver will be awaiting you with a sign with your name on it. You will be transferred to your hotel. Explore Satorini at your own pace. Without mentioning dazzling panoramas, the mesmerizing sea or vibrant villages, Santorini's culinary tradition would be something worth experiencing on its own. Borrowing a pronounced Mediterranean diet from the mainland, Santorini shares a tendency to use vegetables, quality olive oil, meat and fresh seafood generously, creating its own cuisine by adding products that are cultivated solely on its fertile soil. Try the island's peculiar white-eggplants with mozzarella, or sample the unique "Tomatokeftedes", tomato fritters made of Santorini's own produce, and accompany it beautifully with a glass of Vinsanto – Santorini is in all aspects a work of art, and its souvenirs and local produce doubtlessly reflect the island's beautiful facets. Oia and above all Fira are the island's major shopping destinations, places of unrivaled charm where traditional shops line up neatly down narrow streets. In Santorini a visit to one of the local art galleries is a must: evocative handicrafts, folk art and jewelry can be bought at accessible prices, guaranteeing a souvenir that mirrors the authenticity of the villages. Another worthy shopping experience is all about local produce. The diversity of products makes it hard to choose from the numerous delicacies grown on the island's volcanic soil. Fava, the Greek version of split peas, is particularly unique in Santorini and it is used to make a down-to-earth, yet scrumptious, puree. The island's grapes make a heavenly wine that is exported worldwide and can be bought in any of the local wineries. Last but not least comes Santorini's trademark tomato, the locals' pride and a must try for food-aficionados - wonderfully appetizing and juicy.

Day 4

place Santorini Cooking and Wine Tasting or Santorini Eat&Walk Food Tour

Option A: Santorini Cooking and Wine Tasting A blend of Santorini’s best tastes and flavors with a “touch” of your effort to cook authentic Santorinian recipes are the main ingredients of the experience that is the Cooking & Tasting Experience Tour. The tour includes the a visit to a winery and a hands-on cooking lesson, by local experts, along with information about the local wines and finally, the pleasure of enjoying your gastronomic creations. What will you take with you? Experience the joy of cooking traditional Santorinian dishes, savor the memory of an exquisite gastronomic experience with the delicious tastes of the island, and take home a booklet with all the recipes you cooked. This tour is perfect for foodies, honeymooners, cooking class aficionados, or food and wine lovers. Option B: Santorini Eat&Walk Food Tour Our goal is to showcase the flavors and ingredients of Mediterranean cuisine from a local standpoint, in a fun & informative manner to really let you experience Greek food as the locals do! Our fun local food expert will meet you at a starting point in Firostefani and lead you through the traditional towns of Firostefani and Fira, following a pebbled downhill footpath right on the edge of world famous Santorini caldera. Start your day with a traditional Greek coffee, follow your guide through the historical alleyways and hidden paths of Fira with several stops for samplings of local treats, including an olive oil tasting and a quick bite of souvlaki - the ultimate greek street food. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to taste Santorini & Greek food, street food, samples of local beer, wine and raki, Cycladic cheeses & cold cuts, olive oil tasting, delicacies from bakery and traditional sweets. Of course, a lunch at a caldera view restaurant combined with some local wine is a 'must'!

Guide: Included for the day

Day 5

place Hydrofoil boat from Santorini to Heraklion

Upon Arrival, your driver will be awaiting you with a sign with your name on it. You will be transferred to your hotel, the drive will be around 2 hours. Free time at leisure in Chania Old Town Walk through the stone paths and the narrow streets of the Old Town and discover the hidden spots of the Venetian Harbor. You will enjoy a leisure stroll in the puzzled alleys where the Venetians, the Ottomans and the old Cretans used to live and occupied. Enjoy this incredible flower-decorated neighborhoods, meet the locals and of course, eat like locals! The unique Cretan Gastronomy is something you would not wanna miss!

Day 6

place The 7 Villages of Apokoronas Tour

This is a tour of the unique area of Apokoronas, the East province of Chania Region. Heading to Apokoronas one of the first villages is Armenoi. You will enjoy a coup of Greek coffee next to the nature and water springs of the village. Following a route through the nature and traditional Cretan villages like Stylos, Tsivaras and Kalives you will arrive in Gavalochori village and visit the folklore museum of Apokoronas. The 7 rooms of it, will reveal everything about history, handcrafts and the everyday life of the people. Leaving Gavalochori, driving towards Vrises village you will enjoy the view of the river and the square. The village of Emprosneros is following to see the theatre “Mikis Thodorakis and the hidden church of St. Antony, built on the rock. The experience of Cretan cheese-making process follows.. You visit a cheese factory and taste the local “Graviera” “Mizithra” or “Anthotiros” cheese varieties. You will also taste some olive oil on warm bread, cookies and Cretan biscuits in the local bakery. After that you will enjoy lunch in a traditional “kafeneio” in Fres village, speaking with the locals and learning many things about the countryside way of life. You will have the chance to see the pure beauty and feel the real Crete around you. Apokoronas is one of the most historical places in Crete because of its people. Apokoronas is waiting to reveal his secrets a whole place is ready to be explored by you!

Guide: Included for the day

Day 7

place Cooking Lesson in Chania - The Real Cretan Cooking Experience

Follow us to the extraordinary journey through the Cretan flavors and taste the real Cretan way of life. Up in the high peaks of the White Mountains, you will prepare some traditional and extremely tasty home-made dishes. Using only healthy organic Cretan ingredients like extra-virgin olive oil, fresh vegetables picked from the garden, dairy products and the most aromatic herbs. You will have the chance to walk around our vegetable gardens to see, feel, smell, touch and taste the pure products of Mother Earth. Your host will also reveal the secrets of local herbs, how the Cretan olive oil affects the people’s health and useful tips about the local products you will use. You will prepare a traditional Cretan recipe with your own hands, learn how Cretans cook. After the magnificent cooking experience you will taste delicious Cretan wine paired with local cheese. The view of the mountain is breathtaking right out of our window. Enjoying the extraordinary wine you will feel just like it’s heaven on earth! Later, after the tasting you will prepare some appetizers like “Ntakos” and “Tzatziki” and of course, the popular Cretan Cheese-pies “Kalitsouni”. You will definitely love the bread-making as well. In the meanwhile, the meal will be ready. You will taste your own dishes, paired with fruity local wine and taste some traditional jar desserts at the end. The healthy Mediterranean diet and the famous Cretan cuisine have already been revealed in front of your eyes.

Guide: Included for the day

Day 8

place Departure

Today, you will have to say goodbye to the beautiful Greece. Your driver will pick you up and transfer you to Chania Airport where you will take the domestic flight back to Athens. Once arriving in Athens Airport, check-in to your international flight and depart Greece.

What’s Included

Accommodation expand_less

  • 4* Hotel

Transport expand_less

  • Athens Airport Pick up
  • Domestic Flight from Athens to Santorini
  • Hydrofoil boat from Santorini to Heraklion
  • Private transfer from Heraklion Port to Chania
  • Domestic Flight from Chania to Athens

Activities expand_less

  • Acropolis & Flavors Combo Tour
  • Santorini Cooking and Wine Tasting or Santorini Eat&Walk Food Tour
  • The 7 Villages of Apokoronas Tour
  • Cooking Lesson in Chania - The Real Cretan Cooking Experience

Not Included expand_less

  • International Flights
  • Meals not specified as included
  • Tips for Guides and Drivers
  • Travel Insurance

About Eleni

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Cycling

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Visit markets

Meet local people

Rural home stays

Indigenous culture

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Meditation

Wellness retreat

Detox

Outdoors & Nature

Classic Sights

Food & Drink

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