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Athens and Aegina Island Culinary Adventure

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$3,498 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
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7 days | 6 nights

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

During your visit to one of the most glamorous destinations in the world, you’ll be introduced to the Greek kitchen through foodie tours and restaurants in Athens, and see the Parthenon and Acropolis complex to re-live 2,500 years of history. Greek food is simple and elegant, using only the freshest organic meats and vegetables locally produced. All Greek meals are joined with wine and conversation, many such interludes lasting all afternoon or into the night. Your culinary adventure provides the opportunity to experience one of the most colorful, historic and food-centric cities on Earth. Three days in Athens will combine foodie tours, tastings, markets, sightseeing, typical local restaurants, and a city tour of Athens that includes an Acropolis visit. The ferry trip to Aegina Island will transport you to four days of island living. Three hands-on cooking classes, foodie activities including Ouzo tastings, a fish market tour, and a visit to a Pistachio Nut plantation are planned. Taking in the wonders of Aphaia Temple, a Monastery and Church, fishing villages...plus time to relax and become a part of the local lifestyle are all on the menu.

Athens and Aegina Island Culinary Adventure

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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
Year-Round Based on Your Travel Dates
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 taverna in the old town of Plaka under the Acropolis. A traditional taverna, it 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
Greek Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day’s activities. The hotel serves a full Greek breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and pastries, as well as cooked items, served in the breakfast areas.
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 such as the Metro or a bus and you will have free time later in the afternoon to stroll the Athens city center.
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 and cooked in ovens, fish was often cooked with cheese and there was a concentration of vegetables, legumes and fruits. You will learn the ancient Greek recipes and their unique way of eating. They used only forks and spoons, not knives, as eating was a peaceful and friendly encounter and 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 against the Turkish occupation. The ancient flavors delight the palate and bring the old world into the present.
Day 3
Greek Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day’s activities. The hotel serves a full Greek breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and pastries, as well as cooked items, served in the breakfast areas.
Discover Athens Guided Tour After breakfast a guided 3-hour city tour promises 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 hunters. A visit to the Acropolis listed in "1,000 Places To See Before You Die” will be forever etched in your memory.
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.
Welcome to Aegina Cooking Class | Dinner Your host has orchestrated tonight’s welcome to Aegina Island with a cooking class that offers an incredibly rich and diverse array of foods, the culmination of literally thousands of years of living, cooking and eating the Greek way. While each meal takes advantage of seasonal ingredients, they are also a trip back through Greece’s history. At the conclusion of your instruction, you'll feast on your labor of love, as you relax and marvel at your growing culinary skills.
Day 4
Greek Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day’s activities. The hotel serves a full Greek breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and pastries, as well as cooked items, served in the breakfast areas.
Aegina Island Tour | Lunch Arranged by your host, an island tour by private car and English-speaking escort offers you the highlights of Aegina. On the tour 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 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 at the hotel before dinner.
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 5
Greek Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day’s activities. The hotel serves a full Greek breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and pastries, as well as cooked items, served in the breakfast areas.
All Things Stuffed Cooking Class | Lunch | Dinner 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. Of course you will enjoy everything you helped prepare for lunch at the conclusion of your class. You will also have time to relax back at the hotel in the afternoon. Maybe a dip in the pool before dinner this evening at the hotel.
Day 6
Greek Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day’s activities. The hotel serves a full Greek breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and pastries, as well as cooked items, served in the breakfast areas.
Traditional Greek Sweets Baking Class | Lunch 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.
Free Afternoon for Shopping This afternoon you have time to enjoy the great sandy beaches and stroll through the village of Aegina. Notice that it is a real living and working island, thankfully not a victim of mass tourism. Take in the local scene, and pick up a souvenir or two before you depart this ancient world.
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 7
Greek Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day’s activities. The hotel serves a full Greek breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and pastries, as well as cooked items, served in the breakfast areas.
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 are in a hotel located in the historical triangle of Athens. Magnificent views of the Acropolis, Lycabettus Hill, Piraeus Harbor and the sea are visible 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 offer a respite from the city.
Hotel Klonos - Aegina Island
Being one of the most famous Greek islands since ancient times, Aegina is the ideal destination for your holidays and time of the year. Located only 45 minutes away from Piraeus, Aegina is characterized as the beauty of the Saronic Gulf. Hotel Klonos is amidst a lush area just half a mile away from the village center and the port of Aegina, as well as only a 5-minute walk to the beach. The hotel offers facilities such as a swimming pool, pool bar, tennis court, restaurant and cozy lobby bar for relaxing with friends. It has an excellent view to the sea, which contributes to the peace and tranquility guests like to enjoy while on holiday.
Athens, GreeceAegina 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.
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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In Aegina we got to know the people of the island, visited people in their homes, learned about their favorite foods. Ate at a variety of restaurants. Yannis was the perfect host. What a very nice and special person. Enjoyed meeting his family and friends. He even gave us a fabulous Greek cookbook as we were boarding our boat.
Linda - August 2016
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