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A Greek Culinary Odyssey on the Island of Poros
Poros - Where you come as a Guest and Leave as Family!
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Marriott Vacation Club®
Vistana Signature Network™
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(For Two People, Double Occupancy)
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(For One Person, Single Occupancy)
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7 days | 6 nights
Escape to Poseidon's Playground
Poros is a very beautiful pine-forest island on the gulf between Athens and the Peloponnese. Poros is famous for its naturally formed harbor that bustles with all kinds of activity, a perfect backdrop while enjoying an iced coffee in one of the many terraces along the seaside boulevard. A large number of yachts that sail the Greek waters make it a point to stop in the friendly port of Poros. The island with its neoclassical buildings, an impressive clocktower symbol, tiny alleys laden with flowers, quaint shops and fantastic beaches will definitely charm you! Athens is just an hour away from Poros. During this ideal Greek Culinary Experience you will indulge in the gastronomy, the people, the sea, the history, and the organic bounty of the Mediterranean. This 7 day, 6 night experience includes round-trip Athens airport transfers, 3 hands-on cooking classes, breakfast and dinner daily and most lunches. Tours will highlight the area and you will even learn some Greek with 3 language classes right after breakfast. Relax or Explore as much as you like. This is your time. Taste the delights of farm fresh olive oil, produce, and local wines with each of your meals.
Tour inclusions can change depending upon
seasonality and weather conditions.
•Round Trip Transfer from Athens Airport to Poros
•Daily Breakfast & Dinner
•3 Greek Language Lessons
•3 Traditional Greek Cooking Classes
•Guided Tour of Island of Hydra
•Odyssey Organic Farm Tour & BBQ
•Olive Oil & Wine Tasting
•Local Vineyard & Wine Tasting
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.
This tour runs during the season from May through the end of October. Click the orange button above to check seasonal pricing and dates.
Please note: Actual itineraries are subject to change due to seasonality.
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Round Trip Transfer from Athens Airport to Poros | Welcome Drink
You will be greeted by your driver at Athens Airport and taken to your accommodations at the Odyssey Poros Deluxe Apartments, where a fresh squeezed local lemonade will be waiting for you in the Bistro. Relax and settle into your apartment home for the week. You'll have time to walk on the sand, take a dip in the sea, or explore the area before dinner.
Welcome Dinner with Wine
Your host will greet you in the Bistro with warmth and hospitality. Your welcome dinner will be a Greek meze, which is a combination of several typical Greek courses with snacks and dips. There will be an abundance of food that you'll be sharing with your fellow participants. Enjoy your first night's dinner with a glass of wine and discuss the events of the week with your host.
Breakfast in the Bistro
A big, traditional Greek breakfast will welcome you to the day! Savor fresh orange juice, homemade Greek pastries and pies, fresh fruit, cheese, yogurt, honey, nuts, breakfast breads, and fruit marmalades along with choices of omelets or boiled eggs with lots of coffee and tea.
Fun Greek Language Lesson | Relax by the Beach | Explore Poros | Lunch at Bistro
After breakfast you will have your first language lesson to become familiar with a few basic words and the Greek alphabet. The remainder of the morning affords you some time to explore Poros Island or just relax by the beach. Odyssey is located only a few steps from one of the nicest beaches of Poros, the Askeli beach, so enjoy your swim or fun at the seaside. Lunch will be served in the Bistro.
Traditional Greek Cooking Class with Local Wines | Dinner
Tonight's menu focuses on fresh fish. Your chefs will lead you in the preparation of a traditional 5-course dinner. Only fresh, organic ingredients will be used, many of which are grown right in your host's garden. You'll start with a Greek (or similar type) salad, and a nice aubergine dip or tzatziki. Then you'll prepare the fish and a traditional dessert. You will enjoy a cocktail with some Greek liqueurs and local wine while preparing dinner.
Early Breakfast in the Bistro
Enjoy a big, traditional Greek breakfast to start your day! Fresh orange juice, homemade Greek pastries and pies, fresh fruit, cheese, yogurt, honey, nuts, breakfast breads, and fruit marmalades along with choices of omelets or boiled eggs with lots of coffee and tea.
Guided Tour to Nearby Island of Hydra | Light Island Lunch
Your guide will take you around the island and show you many beautiful places and interesting traditions of this historical island. No motor vehicles are allowed on the island. Horses, mules, donkeys and water taxis provide the public transportation; however, most people walk everywhere. National Geographic Traveler has rated Hydra the highest of any Greek Island (11th out of 111 islands worldwide), as a unique destination preserving its "integrity of place." There are numerous mansions, monasteries and a cathedral to see as Hydra is sure to win your heart with its refined architecture. Hydra's pure understated beauty has always appealed to artists, who seek its inspiration. There are pristine beaches and scenic hiking routes. Return to Poros, where you will dine at the Odyssey or at a local tavern.
Breakfast at the Bistro | Greek Language Lesson - Talk in Sentences!
A big, traditional Greek breakfast will welcome you to the day! Fresh orange juice, homemade Greek pastries and pies, fresh fruit, cheese, yogurt, honey, nuts, breakfast breads, and fruit marmalades along with choices of omelets or boiled eggs with lots of coffee and tea. During the second language lesson you'll get acquainted with some important verbs so soon you'll be able to create a few sentences.
Odyssey Farm | Farm Fresh Cooking Class with Pastries and Pies | BBQ with Locals
Your host at Odyssey will arrange your transfer to the Odyssey farm. Here, you can decide to have a swim in the swimming pool or the sea, or take a small tour of the vegetable gardens, where you will learn about olive oil from the process of gathering the olives to producing organic olive oil. A cooking class with ingredients you just picked up from the gardens will give you the ultimate "from farm to fork" experience. Make your own phyllo dough and create traditional Greek pies. As you might have expected, a lot of vegetable dishes will be on today's menu, along with some local desserts. A traditional Greek farm BBQ with more guests will follow and possibly some local music and fun activities. Return to Odyssey to rest after a full day.
Breakfast in the Bistro | Greek Lesson - English Words with Greek Origin
A big, traditional Greek breakfast will welcome you to the day! Fresh orange juice, homemade Greek pastries and pies, fresh fruit, cheese, yogurt, honey, nuts, breakfast breads, and fruit marmalades along with choices of omelets or boiled eggs with lots of coffee and tea. During the final language lesson learn some familiar English words that have their origin in the Greek language. This will be a fun discovery lesson where everyone can participate and find the unexpected roots of many words you use regularly.
Lunch at Odyssey | Olive Oil and Wine Tasting | The Important Mediterranean Diet History | Dinner
Lunch will be served at Odyssey. In the afternoon you will partake in an olive oil tasting and an ouzo or wine tasting, prepared by your hosts. This will be followed by an introduction to the Mediterranean diet, its history, and its important role in the region. Dinner will represent the best of the Mediterranean Diet with all its flavorful richness and freshness.
Breakfast in the Bistro
A big, traditional Greek breakfast will welcome you to the day! Fresh orange juice, homemade Greek pastries and pies, fresh fruit, cheese, yogurt, honey, nuts, breakfast breads, and fruit marmalades along with choices of omelets or boiled eggs with lots of coffee and tea.
Local Vineyard and Wine Tasting | Lunch
Later this morning, you will visit a local winery for a tour and tasting of some great local wines. This winery uses local grape varieties such as Fox, Roditis, the famous Agioritiko grape, and also Asyrtiko. The grapes are grown on the nearby volcanic soil of Methana at heights between 300 and 500 meters. After your tasting, enjoy a delicious lunch.
Hands-on Cooking Class | The Greek Experience Dinner
Tonight your final cooking class will leave you with many memories of a true Greek Experience filled with surprises.
Breakfast in Bistro | Transfer to Athens Airport
A big, traditional Greek breakfast will welcome you to the day! Fresh orange juice, homemade Greek pastries and pies, fresh fruit, cheese, yogurt, honey, nuts, breakfast breads, and fruit marmalades along with choices of omelets or boiled eggs with lots of coffee and tea. Transfer to the Athens airport. (Please do not book a flight that departs before 1:30pm.) Don't want to go home? You can book additional nights at very special rates!
Not only a boutique hotel, not only a bistro, not only a collection of beautifully decorated rooms that provide that warm and cozy home feeling ... No, we're much more than a place to sleep. You have found a place where friendships are created, happiness is measured by smiles, a home away from home, and a place with a real taste of Greece. Not just a place, but a way of life, it's a place where you arrive as a guest but become a part of our family. Welcome to your new home on Poros! The superior suites are beautifully furnished rooms in a modern Greek style. Guestrooms feature newly designed bathrooms with toiletry amenities, cable TV, hair dryers, individually controlled A/C, internet connections, safe deposit boxes, private entrances, Coco Mat beds and feather pillows with that natural feeling for sleeping, balconies with courtyards and sea views, and daily maid service.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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