One of the most pleasant surprises one can experience in Greece is the discovery of local food.
It was, after all a Greek who wrote the world’s first cookbook!
Archestratus, 2400 ago set off on a culinary adventure to sample and taste the best that our land had to offer.

Once the main part of your Greek holiday is completed (and you’ve enjoyed the historical highlights and the natural beauties of our country)…
now it’s time to relax and experience the “real deal” of Greek hospitality!

 

Join us in a Culinary Venture spending three unforgettable days with a Greek family at a remote island village, where conventional tourists will never find you.

This is your opportunity to gain a hands- on experience of life in a local community.

Experience the benefits of the Mediterranean healthy cuisine and learn how to prepare your own Greek dishes.

Looking through the lens of a Greek family and behind the curtains of tourism you’ll meet local producers, swim in the sparkling Aegean waters and join a local fisherman on his boat and help him collect his nets…

 

 

Based on its popularity, we suggest the 3 days trip.
Yet, if you can take a few more days, we will be happy
to design a tailor- made cooking venture based on your time, needs and special dietary interests.

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Greeks are known for opening Greek restaurants around the world…

 

Well, some stereotypes are true!

 

For over 100 years and for three generations, the Kanaris family has been involved with Greek food, from the production to the consumption! Three generations of pastry chefs, taverna owners and restaurant managers, hold all the secrets to good, homemade, delicious Greek food.  And keeping up with the tradition of Greek hospitality, the Kanaris family is sharing the knowledge at their beautiful, seaside bed and breakfast with visitors who are up for the challenge!

 

So, join us today in discovering old family recipes and all time Greek favorites, with fresh ingredients and exotic spices, come and pick fresh vegetables from the village gardens, go fishing with the local fishing boats, learn how to make baklava and most importantly, live life like a Greek for a few days.

In a word, have a bite of Greece!

 

Venture’s highlights

 

Enjoy a first hand experience on Greek cooking and learn all the secrets that touristy cookbooks would never share!

 

Magnificent location –only one step way from the beach!

 

Collect and eat ostrich eggs from the family farm next to your lodge.

 

Visit a farmer’s market and interact with the locals

 

Take the family recipes at home

Besides the daily Cooking Master classes that are always provided, depending the season, additional activities in the area can vary according to the season. For example during summer months, a deep in the Aegean can soothe your soul whereas at late October is the harvesting season of the olives and the local olive pressing installations are ready to offer a unique experience to our guests!   The following itinerary is to give you an idea of how sharing life in a Greek community would feel like.  

Day 1

  Depart from Athens and enjoy a 2 hours drive to the southern part of Evia, the second largest island of Greece. Upon arrival, your hosts, the Kanaris family, will extend their very warm welcome to their premises. You will be given your keys and escorted to your room. Once settled, put on your bathing suit and enjoy an orientation walk of the area. See where the family grows their fresh fruits and vegetables, the farm where the ostriches are kept and finish your tour by the beach. After your swim, meet Makis and enjoy an introduction to the art of Greek Cooking. Make your own tzatziki and eat it at dinner along with other delicacies that Makis will have prepared ahead of time.   In the afternoon, help Mr. Konstantinos to collect some vegetables from the garden and then join Makis for the first session of the Greek Cooking Masterclass: Learn how to make your own "dolmadakia", rice and herbs wrapped in wine leaves, Greek meatballs, the famous "Keftedakia" and have them at dinner that same evening served with home made local wine.

Day 2

  After a delicious breakfast, join the local fisherman on a fishing adventure. Whatever you will catch that day, we will cook together later in the evening. Delicious fish soup, grilled octopus, and “shrimp saganaki” are some of the dishes we’ll teach you how to cook.   We will also take you to a lovely hike along the path that joins two villages to enjoy the typical Greek scenery with olive trees and vegetable gardens surrounding you along the way. The walk ends at a small cove right by the Aegean Sea, where we’ll enjoy a Greek style picnic.   Afternoon Greek Cooking Class and dinner  

Day 3

  Today is the day to learn how to make “spanakopita” and “baklava” from the best! The walnut trees of Evia island are famously delicious, and the local version of baklava features them as the main ingredient.   While the spanakopita and the baklava are in the oven, we will visit a local cheese factory, learn about famous Greek FETA cheese and also about different local cheese and yogurt produced in the area. We buy our cheese and we cook it and eat it at lunch in many different ways- fast easy and absolutely delicious…   After lunch we are ready to depart for Athens. On the way, we stop at the award winning "SEPTEM' micro-brewery. The two brothers who own the company are aspiring to "flavor your day" by having a different label for every day of the week. Join us and have a taste of their products including Sunday’s Honey Golden Ale, AWARDS Quality award “Gastronome 2013” – Drink of the Year!   Arrival back to Athens Hotel and Overnight  
Argo Hotel is a sea front hotel in Aghioi Apostoloi, a small traditional village at Evia island -only 2 hours away from the bustling city centre of Athens. It is a family business and took its name from the famous myth related to Jason and the Argonauts.   Guests visiting Argo hotel are the usually the kind of travellers that value hospitality higher than luxury and are always impressed with the kindness of their hosts. The rooms and studios are spacious with garden or sea view and are all equipped with A/C and free WiFi.   The personable services and the cleanliness of the rooms will make you feel at home from the very first moment!
Greek Hospitality is endless and guests are welcome at the Argo premises all year round. However, the best time of the year to spend a few days with the Kanaris family and enjoy the opportunities that area offers would be from April to November. Depending the season, our guests get the chance to treasure different authentic & local experiences in their hearts! Prices start from 208 € per day per person (based on four travellers)   Groups over 15 persons will be offered a 10% discount.  

Price includes:

 
  • 3 days (2 nights) accommodation
  • Transportation by private Mercedes vehicle
  • All meals included (breakfast – lunch –dinner)
  • Daily Greek Cooking Masterclass and all necessary equipment for participation
  • Printed and pdf copy of all recipes learned (and we guarantee they work!!!)
  • All tours and local activities
   

Price does not include:

 
  • Gratuities for driver hotel staff and hosts
  • Shopping local products and personal expenses
 
 

Travel Tips

   

If you are visiting from late May to late September, pack your swimsuit along!

 

Bring a bug repellent as our activities include picking up greens and other outdoors activities.

 

Please be so kind to let us know ahead of time if you have any food allergies.

 

Good walking shoes are recommended for hiking and exploring the area on foot