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Athens Culinary and Cultural Discovery

(This Excursion has a minimum of 2 people, and a maximum of 18)

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$1,298 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
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4 days | 3 nights

Four Day, Three Night Excursion -
An Introduction to Greek Food, Wine and Culture

Athens is one of Europe's most attractive cities, luring thousands of visitors who seek delightful Mediterranean cuisine, a sea full of vivid colors, breathtaking views and a place plentiful of mystique and ancient archeological remains. 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. Experience a part of history in the Athenian life from classical to current times with your professional guide.

Athens Culinary and Cultural Discovery

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VACATION HIGHLIGHTS
Please note: Our tours are designed with flexible itineraries to accommodate seasonality and desired dates of travel.
3 Nights Accommodations
Round Trip Airport Transfers
Greek Breakfast Daily
Arrival Dinner with Acropolis View
Guided Foodie Tour with Lunch
Discover Athens Guided Tour
Traditional Greek Cooking Class
While our tours are designed as soft adventure experiences, walking, climbing stairs, and in rare cases mild hiking may be required. If you have mobility issues, you should speak with one of our culinary travel specialists to determine if this tour is appropriate for your situation.
AVAILABLE DATES
Year Round Based on Your Travel Dates
SAMPLE ITINERARY
Please note: Actual itineraries are subject to change due to seasonality.
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Day 1
Airport Arrival and Transfer to Hotel Upon arrival into Athens Airport, you will be greeted by your English and Greek speaking taxi driver and taken to your hotel, where you will have a chance to view some of the historical landmarks along the drive. Take time to relax or explore the area at your leisure before dinner.
Arrival Dinner Under the Acropolis For your first evening, there is a very special dinner experience planned for you, enhanced by an incredible view of the Acropolis. Playfully scented Mediterranean dishes are created by the talented chefs, which are complimented with a glass of wine or beer. Exquisite products, and the freshest ingredients are combined with aromatic spices. Dinner starters are served in the traditional Greek style to enjoy family-style, flavored with imaginative performances. Main dishes offer you your choice of pork or chicken fillet accompanied by a sweet Santorini wine, followed by a scrumptious dessert. Enjoy the best view of the city! Special dietary preferences can be accommodated with advanced notice.
Day 2
Greek Breakfast Start your day with a hearty and delicious breakfast. Using only the finest ingredients and local produce from all over Greece, each sweet and savory delicacy will surprise your palate. Indulge in Greek yoghurt topped with homemade jams or organic honey, taste seasonal fruits straight from the local orchards and smell the enchanting aromas of freshly baked pastries. A plethora of treats await you, along with freshly brewed coffee and tea, fruit juices and of course magnificent views in a wonderful, relaxed setting.
Foodie Tour of Athens with Enough Tastings for Lunch 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 will provide enough samples to accommodate lunch. The remainder of the day will be yours to stroll the Athens city center on your own or relax. A dinner of your choice will be on your own this evening.
Day 3
Greek Breakfast Start your day with a hearty and delicious breakfast. Using only the finest ingredients and local produce from all over Greece, each sweet and savory delicacy will surprise your palate. Indulge in Greek yoghurt topped with homemade jams or organic honey, taste seasonal fruits straight from the local orchards and smell the enchanting aromas of freshly baked pastries. A plethora of treats await you, along with freshly brewed coffee and tea, fruit juices and of course magnificent views in a wonderful, relaxed setting.
Discover Athens Guided Tour After breakfast you will embark on a guided 3-hour city tour that will lead you to a discovery of the wonders and magic of Ancient Athens and the Athens of Today! The area is home to fabulous street food, boutiques, specialty stores, souvenir shops and is a major tourist attraction for bargain shopping. The shopping in one of the largest pedestrian zones in Europe (Ermou Street) is amazing! Monastiraki Flea Market is one of the principal shopping districts in Athens. Listed in "1,000 Places To See Before You Die", a visit to the Acropolis will be forever etched in your memory.
Greek "Sunday Dinner" Cooking Class | Dinner Plaka is like a village within the city. It is located in the center of Athens, where time has respected its charm and allows it to shine under the Acropolis. The class will take place in a traditional tavern. The chef will lead you through the preparation of the Greek "Sunday" dinner. You will want to take home the easy to follow recipes so that you can host your own Greek party back home. The seasonal menu typically includes the preparation of 3-4 starters, salad, main dish and dessert. The menus vary according to the season, as well as the freshest produce and meats available at the local market. A glass of wine, beer or soft drink is included, and you can purchase additional drinks on your own if desired.
Day 4
Greek Breakfast Start your day with a hearty and delicious breakfast. Using only the finest ingredients and local produce from all over Greece, each sweet and savory delicacy will surprise your palate. Indulge in Greek yoghurt topped with homemade jams or organic honey, taste seasonal fruits straight from the local orchards and smell the enchanting aromas of freshly baked pastries. A plethora of treats await you, along with freshly brewed coffee and tea, fruit juices and of course magnificent views in a wonderful, relaxed setting.
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. Get ready to impress family and friends back home!
Hotel Hera
Conveniently located right at the foot of the Acropolis hill, the new Acropolis Museum and next to the interconnected archeological sites. Hera boutique hotel offers a unique opportunity to the visitor to enjoy an excellent stay at the hotel, right in the heart of the old Athens and to traverse through ancient times by strolling through the historic center of the city. Hera Boutique Hotel in Athens helps you to experience all of the above beautiful features and many more, such as the Acropolis and its fascinating New Museum, the National Library, the Parliament, the Archaeological Museum and the historic old Athens center. Consider upgrading to an Acropolis View room, ask your culinary specialist for details.
Athens, GreecePlaka, Greece
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Currency is being quoted?
The Currency Code is listed directly after the published amount. If it states USD, then the quoted price is in United States Dollars. If it states CAD, then the quoted price is in Canadian Dollars. If it states EUR, then the quoted price is in European Union Dollars…etc. However, please note that all charges are processed in USD, and Epitourean’s Merchant Bank automatically calculates the currency conversion on the day of the charge.
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?
Generally, you may cancel any tour or getaway package within 30 days of making a reservation, and receive a full refund of any deposit or payments made, as long as the cancellation is made at least 31 days in advance of departure for domestic tours or 61 days in advance of departure for international tours. Cancellations made after 30 days incur a 10% cancellation fee (10% of the deposit amount paid, not the full price of the tour package). Cancellations made 30 days or less in advance of departure for domestic packages (60 days or less for international packages) cannot be refunded due to loss of inventory.
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.
Are Transfers included in the Itinerary?
Round-trip transfers from the airport or train station are normally included in our international tours. Transfers to the destination (for both international and domestic tours) are not included in the tour price. Please see the Sample Itinerary. If it mentions that transfers are included, then yes, transfers are included at no additional cost.
What meals and excursions are included in the tour?
The Sample Itinerary should be your reference. If the meal or excursion is described in the Sample Itinerary, then it is included at no additional charge. For those days where it expressly notes Free time, then any optional activities you elect to participate in might have an additional cost. In addition, if the itinerary states "evening on your own," it would imply that you have the opportunity to visit a restaurant of your own choosing, and at your own expense. If you have any question about inclusions, please submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button under the price section.
Is it possible to book pre or post tours or stays through Edible Destinations?
Yes, we often do have optional 2 and 3 night excursions that are priced separately from the tour. We can also assist with pre and post night stays in a hotel if you choose to come in early before the tour starts, or stay on after a tour ends. The price of those hotel stays are not included in the price of the tour, but we would be happy to provide a quote. Simply ask your Culinary Travel Specialist, or submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button.
Are Guide or Host Gratuities included in the price of the tour?
Since tipping guidelines and customs vary widely between countries, we do not include gratuities in the price of the tour. Your Culinary Travel Specialist can provide you with recommendations. But the general rule is to tip modestly when you are pleased with a guide’s services, either at the end of the tour, or at the conclusion of a specialty day excursion where you will only be with that guide (or chef) on that day.
Should we plan on any personal expenses during the tour?
All lodging, meals, transfers, classes and excursions mentioned in the Sample Itinerary and Vacation Highlights are included in the price of the tour. However, we highly recommend taking local currency for purchasing personal items, souvenirs, tipping, etc. You can either get the local currency at an airport exchange service, ATM or from your local bank prior to travel. However, you should note that many hosted destinations do not accept credit cards for personal purchases.
Do you recommend Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 06-0248. The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N
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