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Athens and Aegina Culinary Adventure - Fall Savings

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$2,989 USD *
For One Person, Double Occupancy
* Plus taxes. Rates based on availability
7 days | 6 nights

A Food Lover’s Foray
Through Athens & the Greek Island of Aegina

The native cuisine of Greece is delightfully uncomplicated, relying on fresh seasonings, meats and vegetables. While eating is a national pastime and a leisurely pleasure, preparing Greek food is an adventurous journey into the cradle of civilization and the land of the Gods of Olympus. Greek food typically comes along with wine and conversations that can last all afternoon and into the night. Three days in Athens will combine foodie tours, tastings, markets, site seeing, local restaurants and a tour of Athens complete with an Acropolis visit. The ferry trip to Aegina Island will transport you to four days of island living. Three hands-on cooking classes, Ouzo tasting, fish market tour and visits to a pistachio nut plantation will further immerse you into the Greek way of life.

Athens and Aegina Culinary Adventure - Fall Savings

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VACATION INCLUSIONS
6 Nights Historic Accommodations
Airport Transfers & Welcome Dinner
Breakfast Buffet in Athens & Aegina
Foodie Tour of Athens with Tastings
Ancient Greek Dinner in Athens
Discover Athens Guided Tour
Ferry Transfers to Aegina Island
Mezedopolio Dinner Experience
Guided Aegina Island Tour
The Greek Kitchen Cooking Class
Pistachio Nut Plantation Tour
All Things Stuffed Cooking Class
Village of Perdika Fisherman's Dinner
Greek Sweets Baking Class
AVAILABLE DATES
Sunday through Saturday, year-round (Blackout dates 12/21/15-01/03/16 & 03/27-04/02/16)
SAMPLE ITINERARY
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Day 1
Airport Transfer to Hotel & Welcome Dinner Upon your arrival at the Athens Airport you will be met and transferred to the hotel by an English speaking driver. The hotel is located in the Athens city center, a 45 minute drive from the airport. In the afternoon your host will meet you at the hotel and review all necessary information for your time in Greece. You will then be escorted to your first authentic Greek experience in a typical taverna in the old town of Planka under the Acropolis. This is a traditional taverna and is the preferred choice of distinguished personalities of the political world, business circuit and art scene. The menu is abundant in fresh selections, with a broad range of traditional Greek dishes and fabulous desserts.
Day 2
Foodie Tour of Athens with Tastings Galore The English speaking guided foodie tour of Athens is a wonderful opportunity to sample a wide variety of local delicacies ranging from the mouth-watering syrupy “loukoumades” to traditional meats, and the ever-popular sesame “koulouri". You will visit various specialty food shops, colorful and enticing delicatessens, aromatic and tempting bakeries, grocery and pie shops. 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 colorful world of fruit, spice, meat and fish stalls will fascinate you. The tour is conducted using necessary public transportation like Metro or bus and you will have free time later in the afternoon to stroll the Athens city center.
Day 3
Ancient Greek Dinner Dinner is in a unique restaurant featuring an Ancient Greek menu. The foods of ancient Greece were varied: meats were roasted on spits, cooked in ovens, fish was often cooked with cheese and there was a concentration on vegetables, legumes and fruits. You will learn the ancient Greek recipes and unique way of eating. They used only forks and spoons and not knives as eating was a peaceful and friendly encounter (knives were considered to be “war” tools.) The infamous potatoes and tomatoes will not been seen during the meal as they were imported much later...around 1828, after the revolution war against the Turkish occupation. The ancient flavors delight the palate and bring the old world into the present.
Day 4
Discover Athens Guided Tour After breakfast a guided 3 hour city tour will lead discovery of the wonders and magic of Ancient Athens and the Athens of Today! The shopping in one of the largest pedestrian zones in Europe (Ermou Str) is amazing. The Monastiraki Flea Market is one of the principal shopping districts in Athens. The area is home to fabulous street food, boutiques, specialty stores, souvenir shops and is a major tourist attraction for bargain shopping. A visit to the Acropolis listed in "1,000 Places To See Before You Die” will be forever etched in your memory.
Day 5
Ferry to Aegina Island with Resort Welcome After the Athens tour, you will be driven to Piraeus port for a seventy minute trip on the ferry to Aegina Island. As you enter the port, drink in the view: a moon crescent harbor with fishing boats, fruit filled kayaks and glamorous yachts jostling for position. Aegina is known for its small ouzeries and fish mezedes on the waterfront, easily recognizable by the small grills and fish cooking on them. Upon arrival you will be greeted and taken to your hotel to check in and enjoy a drink and light refreshment.
Day 6
Mezedopolio Dinner Experience Variety is the “spice of life” and you’ll feast on a wide assortment of wonderful appetizers and main dishes. This is an opportunity is to sample many wonderful flavors and creations from the Greek kitchen. The Meze in small plates will be served in the middle of the table so that the many tastes can be enjoyed together. The emphasis here is on sharing; collective dining that transforms a meal into an experience. There will be ample Ouzo and local wine to compliment the dining experience. The chef will also prepare some recipes based on the Aegina pistachio nut in both main courses and desserts. The chef will share some of his cooking “secrets” with you to take home to your own kitchen.
Day 7
All Things Stuffed Cooking Class Greece is a nation of small farmers who produce an incredible array of mainly organically produced cheeses, oils, fruits, nuts, grains, legumes, and vegetables. The Chef will lead as you prepare cheese pie and a wide variety of stuffed vegetables (gemista) with traditional fillings prepared from the freshest of local ingredients. Proper temperature and serving styles enhance flavor of these dishes and you will learn both. Side dishes and meza will be chosen from the local seasonal ingredients.
Day 8
Fisherman’s Dinner in Lovely Village of Perdika The traditional fisherman village of Perdika is the site for this evening's dinner. Many visitors love this village with a great passion. Perdika is built on a hill, with fantastic views toward the blue waters of the sea and the small island of Moni. Perdika is one of the towns on Aegina that is extremely picturesque and has maintained its traditional look and characteristics. Mr. Notis, the owner of the restaurant, will personally prepare your meal of a variety of starters and 2-3 main courses served in the traditional Greek family-style presentation.
Day 9
Aegina Island Tour & Dinner at Hotel The island tour by private car and English speaking escort gives you the highlights of Aegina. On the tour you will see important sites such as Aphaia Temple, an ancient temple built in the 5th century BC and used as a model for the Athens Acropolis and Parthenon. The Monastery and Church of St. Nektarios was built to honor one of the mostly widely known of Greek Orthodox Saints. Visit a pistachio nut plantation. The Aegina pistachio nut is a product very famous all around Greece and the rest of the world known for its unique taste and quality. These nuts will be used in many of your cooking classes. Taste ouzo and small fish appetizers (meze) for lunch at a traditional small tavern in the fish market. This is a great way to get acquainted with your island home. There will be time to relax before dinner being served at the hotel.
Day 10
Traditional Greek Sweets Baking Class After breakfast, the morning is filled with pure indulgence as you learn to prepare the traditional Galaktoboureko, crispy pastry with honey and filled with vanilla cream, which is baked to perfection. The Glyko Koyaliou dessert can be made from any kind of fresh fruit cooked with syrup of water sugar and cinnamon. This is a great opportunity to embrace the culture, and relax with Greek coffee and new friends.
Day 11
Free Day & Farewell Aegina Cooking Class After breakfast, you have a full day to enjoy the great sandy beaches and stroll through the town of Aegina. Notice that it is a real living and working island, thankfully not a victim of mass tourism. Tonight’s farewell Greek cooking offers an incredibly rich and diverse array of foods that are the culmination of literally thousands of years of living, cooking and eating. While each Greek meal is fresh and inviting, it is also a trip back through Greece’s history. Learn the basics of the traditional Greek kitchen. The selection and preparation of classic cuisine using pure olive oil, tomatoes, olives, onions, feta cheese, garlic and fresh herbs will be explored. In this hands-on cooking class, you’ll prepare some traditional favorites of the Greeks such as the healthy Greek Horiatiki Salad, Tzatziki, Cretian style vegetables and the popular Grilled Pork Soulaki and Pita Bread. Feast on all your hand-made dishes with local wines as you savor the experience.
Day 12
Port Transfer, Ferry to Athens & Airport Transfer After breakfast, say good-bye to the lovely Aegean Island. Transportation is arranged from the hotel by car to the port of embarkation on the ferry to Piraeus Port in Athens. Car service will then take you to the Athens airport for your departure flight. Please arrange departure flights no earlier than 12:00 noon.
Land and Sea Package
Your nights in Athens will be in a hotel located in the historical triangle of Athens. Magnificent views to the Acropolis, Lycabettus Hill, Piraeus Harbor and the sea can be seen from the Hotel Stanley. A full Greek breakfast buffet consisting of ham, eggs, cheese, bread and fruits will be offered each day. The roof top gardens and swimming pool operating seasonally offers a respite from the city. In Aegina, the charming atmosphere will surround you from the first moment. Just a 5 minute walk to the nearest beach and a 10 minute walk from the main town is the Fistikies Hotel. The location combines peace and tranquility in a cozy atmosphere, with easy reach to all island activities. Each apartment-style accommodation has a private terrace with a view of the sea and the pool. All rooms feature ensuite bathroom with bath and shower, lounge area, individual climate control a/c, color flat screen TV, fully equipped kitchen, and Wi-Fi internet service. A buffet breakfast is included to suit all taste requirements.
Aegina Island, Greece
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Currency is being quoted?
All prices are quoted in USD. The price quoted on the first page of a tour is always per person, double occupancy.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Is a Deposit required to book a tour or getaway?
Yes. We require a 30% refundable deposit for all our domestic (USA and Canada) getaways and tours, and a 50% refundable deposit for international destinations outside of the USA and Canada. Reservations made for destinations within the USA and Canada must be paid in full 30 days prior to departure. Reservations made for destinations outside of the USA and Canada must be paid in full 60 days prior to departure.
Does Epitourean (and Edible Destinations) offer Travel Insurance?
At this time, Epitourean does not offer travel protection directly. However, we highly encourage the purchase of travel insurance or travel protection in case something unexpected occurs that forces you to cancel your trip after the cancellation period has lapsed, or should you experience a medical emergency while traveling outside of the USA or Canada.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or customerservice@epitourean.com to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Our full cancellation policy is stated in the Terms and Conditions when making your reservation. Cancellations with a full refund are allowed up to 31 days or more prior to departure for USA and Canada tours, or up to 61 days or more prior to departure for international tours. No refund is allowed 30 days or less prior to departure for USA and Canada tours, or 60 days or less prior to departure for international tours.
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