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Athens Culinary Excursion in Food, Wine and Culture

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$1,289 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
* Plus taxes. Tours sold on an availability basis.
4 days | 3 nights

The Acropolis, Foodie Excursions and Delicious Athens

If you are a lover of good food, history, beauty, culture and customs; in other words if you are a connoisseur of all things good in life, you will find it on this full immersion four day program. You will enjoy authentic Greek experiences while gaining a valuable understanding of Greek cuisine through hands-on cooking and unique restaurants. You are a part of history in experiencing the Athenian life from classical to current times with your professional and guide.

Athens Culinary Excursion in Food, Wine and Culture

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VACATION INCLUSIONS
3 Nights Deluxe Accommodations
Airport Greeting and Transfers
Dinner at Mikrolimano Yacht Port
Foodie Tour of Ancient Athens
Guided Tour of the Acropolis
Cooking Class with Chef Maria
AVAILABLE DATES
Year Round Based on Your Travel Dates
SAMPLE ITINERARY
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Day 1
Airport Greeting and Transfers Upon arrival into Athens Airport, you will be greeted by your English and Greek speaking escort to transport you to the hotel. You will have a chance to take a look at some of the historical landmarks on the drive to the Hotel Divani Palace Acropolis. Take time to relax, or explore the area at your leisure. Your guide will meet with you in the afternoon to brief you on what is in store for the evening and for the next few days.
Dinner in Mikrolimano Yacht Port Mikrolimano is beautiful little harbor with fishing boats and luxury yachts. Many Greek films have used this location because of its idyllic atmosphere. Your welcome dinner will be served at Plous Podilatou with only the freshest, just caught fish specialties and a variety of tapas side dishes. The offerings vary according to the seasons bounty and customer preference. Chef Alvanidis uses traditionally inspired recipes from the Mediterranean region with emphasis on seafood, to prepare rich dishes that are fresh creative and abundant with flavor. This dining experience is complete with wines and ouzo in a atmosphere that is unique and romantic.
Day 2
Greek Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast with breathtaking Acropolis views. The hotel serves a full Greek buffet breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and pastries, as well as cooked items.
Foodie Tour of Athens | Lunch After a bountiful breakfast buffet, be ready to discover a side of Athens which lies in the shadow of the famous Acropolis where a kaleidoscope of colors, smells, tastes and textures await. Your expert and totally passionate about food guide will lead you past produce stalls bursting with color, intoxicating spice shops, enticing sweet shops, bakeries and of course the bustling central food market of Athens. This foodie adventure will introduce small, hidden specialty food shops where free samples of a wide variety of Greek delicacies ranging from mouth-watering syrupy “loukoumades”, savory “pastourma” and real Greek olives are abundant.
Acropolis Visit The crown jewel of the Greek civilization, the Acropolis is considered the epitome of architectural design, sculpture, art, beauty and measure by most of the world. As you begin to climb the sacred hill a breathtaking view of the city below unfolds. While walking at a comfortable pace your guide will provide you with a detailed explanation of the glorious monuments of the Acropolis such as the Parthenon, the most important building surviving of Classical Greece, dedicated to the goddess Athena. The Erectheion, the Propylaia, the Nike Temple as well as surrounding landmarks and monuments of equal importance and splendour such as the Philopappos, Mars and Pnyx Hills, the Ancient Observatory, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the Ancient Agora will be visited and their place in history will be explained.
Day 3
Greek Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast with breathtaking Acropolis views. The hotel serves a full Greek buffet breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and pastries, as well as cooked items.
Leisure Morning with Afternoon Cooking Class and Dinner After breakfast you will have time to visit sites that may be on your list. Owner/Chef Maria will welcome you to the cooking lesson with a small glass of “raki” for all who are out to be initiated into the fascinating world of Greek cooking. The hands on cooking course includes 4 starters and a main course. Get to know the wonderful world of Mediterranean cuisine; the herbs, the fresh vegetables, the choice meats that are always used and learn the basics on how to prepare a full Greek Sunday dinner with easy to follow recipes. And the best part, after you have successfully prepared a meal fit for a king under the constant guidance of Maria, is enjoying the meal you have helped to prepare with a glass of wine.
Day 4
Greek Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast with breathtaking Acropolis views. The hotel serves a full Greek buffet breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and pastries, as well as cooked items.
Check-Out and Departure | Airport Transfer On your last day, the driver will transport you and your luggage to the airport. You will take home your memories of Athens and the wonderful recipes that you have learned to prepare to impress your family and friends.
Hotel Divani Acropolis
The Hotel Divani Palace Acropolis, 5 star hotel is located in the shadow of the Acropolis, moments away from the old quarter of Plaka, the brand new archaeological Museum of Acropolis and the well known Herodion theatre. The hotel’s rich history is within the touch of your fingertip, starting with the ancient Themistocles wall which is exhibited in the basement of the hotel. Divani Palace Acropolis features an outdoor swimming pool with adjacent Pericles Bar that offers a selection of cocktails and fresh light meals. Aspassia Restaurant creates a rich American buffet breakfast daily as well as lunch and dinner. A memorable summer experience of fine dining in the lovely “Acropolis Secret” is not to be missed. The guest rooms feature large windows with beautiful Acropolis, Lycabettus Hill and Philopappou Hill views.
Athens, 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.
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.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Should I Purchase Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a Travelex travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click here or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228- 9792 and reference location number 06-0248.

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