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JOURNEYS OF TASTES
One experience that every foodie and avid traveler should try out is a gastronomy break. One of the most authentic cultural elements of a place is gastronomy. The unique tastes of a destination’s cuisine are linked to the qualities and characteristics of its society and reveal an important piece of information regarding its cultural and economic history. At the same time, food is also a form of communication, a way to ‘speak’ to someone’s heart.
One of the most authentic cultural elements of a place is gastronomy. The unique tastes of a destination’s cuisine are linked to the qualities and characteristics of its society and reveal an important piece of information regarding its cultural and economic history. At the same time, food is also a form of communication, a way to “speak” to someone’s heart.
Greek cuisine, rich in authentic flavors and aromas represents an age-old cultural unity. It has a history of around 4,000 years, with special characteristics based on pure and unique quality goods of the Greek land. In fact, it was Archestratos who wrote the first cookbook in history (330 B.C.).
Despite what you may believe about Greek cuisine, it is more than just “moussaka”, “souvlaki” and the famous Greek Salad “choriatiki”. It offers a great variety of delicious and healthy dishes that can fully satisfy everyone, both vegetarians and meat lovers.
Dozens of scientific studies have shown the positive effect of a balanced Greek diet on a person’s health, beauty and longevity. Greek cuisine has four secrets: good quality fresh ingredients, correct use of flavorings (herbs) and spices, the famous Greek olive oil and simplicity.
Be your own Greek chef and enjoy the dishes you’ve prepared with amazing downtown Athens views! Our skillful chefs will share their secrets for a tasty meal. The recipes are yours to take back home and surprise your guests.
Discover the philosophy of Greek / Mediterranean cuisine and its unique ingredients. Learn how to prepare delicious spinach or cheese pie, Greek or potato salad, traditional gemista and sweet karidopita (walnut pie). Enjoy your dinner and a glass of wine with splendid Acropolis views. Hands on cooking classes in centrally located Greek gastronomy multiplex.
3 nights’ stay at 4 star hotel
2 traditional lunches and 1 dinner with English speaking escort and transfers,
A cooking session
Return airport transfers.
Arrival to Athens Airport and private transfer to your hotel in the city center of the city. Check in at the hotel and free time for the rest day
Overnight at Athens hotel
Breakfast at the hotel & free time at your leisure.
At noon, you can start your walking tour with our escort who will show you the city center of Athens & the old city guiding you to one of the most famous Greek traditional restaurant (Tavern) for lunch. Greek cuisine has four secrets: good quality fresh ingredients, correct use of flavorings (herbs) and spices, the famous Greek olive oil and simplicity. You will taste the most famous traditional dishes including salad, cold/hot appetizers, main dish & Dessert. After the lunch, our escort will guide you to discover the old city of Athens to have the opportunity for shopping at the old city for the Greek products & souvenirs. After time for rest, in the evening your escort will meet you at the Hotel’s lobby and take you to another local Tavern for dinner to try more dishes of the Greek Cuisine. You will be happy and content after tasting a Greek tomato, cabbage, carrot, onion, parsley and garlic. At the same time, you should not forget the rich flavor and aroma of fresh Greek fruits, such as grapes, apricots, peaches, cherries, melons, watermelons, and of course we should not forget the world-famous honey, used by the Greeks in so many desserts.
Return to the hotel for the overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Our skillful cook will show you the way to be your own Greek chef! A 3 hours program of amazing flavors and recipes, just a few minutes’ walk from the Acropolis.
• “Roumeli” cheese pie – Learn how to prepare phyllo dough & bake a pie
• Tasty potato salad – An ideal dish for anytime of the day
• Gemista, a local favorite – That’s the way our moms do it
• Walnut pie – Traditional sweet “finale”
• Best part of the day? – Time to taste the authentic local recipes that you have cooked!
Let’s knead phyllo dough
Phyllo: The basic ingredient for our favorite pies
The traditional Roumeli cheese pie / tiropita is a staple of the local diet for centuries.
The recipe’s ingredients:
• homemade phyllo dough
• cheese (Feta, Anthotyro, Gruyere)
• olive oil
Your delicious potato salad
Potato salad: It’s nutricious and easy to prepare.
All you’ll need is:
• Potatoes, of course
• Onions and peppers
• Greek yogurt
Gemista – a mom’s classic
Fresh tomatoes & peppers stuffed with rice and Greek herbs
Walnut pie – a sweet “finale”
Check your ingredients list; sugar, flour, eggs, walnuts, cinnamon, cognac
• Knead traditional phyllo dough – 20 minutes
• Preparing the cheese pie – 10 minutes
• Potato salad – 30 minutes
• The gemista basics – 30 minutes
• The recipe of sweet walnut pie – 30 minutes
• Bake everything – 20 minutes
• Enjoy a glass of drink – 15 minutes
• Enjoy your splendid homemade menu – 45 minutes
Overnight at Athens hotel
After breakfast, our deriver will pick you up from the hotel & transfer to the Airport for your departure flight.
All other services not mentioned under Inclusions
*Prices mentioned is starting from, per person based on 2 persons travelling together and sharing twin/double room, subject to seasonal surcharges and availability.
ITL World reserve the right to amend the prices in case of currency fluctuations, changes in rates of exchange, and/or fuel costs, special or high season charges and hike in the airline/hotel/rail/land transportation charges before the date of departure.
For convenience of passengers and / or feasibility of operations, ITL World or their service providers may sometimes amend the itinerary.
International hotel check in time is between 2pm and 3pm and check out time is between 11am and 12pm. (Exceptions apply). Early check in and or late check-out is subject to availability of rooms and may be chargeable.
It is the responsibility of the passengers to ensure they hold valid passport, visa, travel and medical insurance, vaccination etc., as applicable for each destination.
City/tourist tax as applicable, must be paid directly at the hotel.
To assist with visa application process, ITL World would provide copies of air tickets, travel insurance and other ground service vouchers for bookings made and fully paid for. Approval and issuance of visa is at the discretion of respective Embassies or Consulates and ITL World cannot in anyway influence this process. Certain nationals however receive visa on arrival in select countries, subject to prior online approvals