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Greece Real Food Adventure

Uncover a world of ancient treasures and authentic food on this indulgent adventure through 4000 years of culinary culture. From the pistachio farms and fish markets of the Saronic Islands to the olive groves and rugged coastline of the Peloponnese region, meet passionate cooks and local producers as you explore the diverse flavours and faces of Greece. Beginning in the historic hub of Athens, explore the farms of charming Aegina, cook up a storm in a local kitchen in Poros, relax on the beaches of Kardamyli and marvel at the legacy of ancient Greece at the Theatre of Epidaurus and Mycenae's Treasury of Atreus. With a hearty serving of breathtaking sites and mouth-watering bites, savour iconic Greek flavours from ouzo to olive oil on a real food adventure that’s sure to spoil your senses.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. 
2. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please advise us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking so that we can ensure you’ll enjoy this trip.
3. This trip ends at approximately 1pm on Day 9 in central Athens. We recommend that onward flights be booked no earlier than 6pm on the final day of the trip. Please refer to Day 9 of the itinerary for details, and before booking any flights.

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Tour Provider Intrepid Travel
Number of Days
9
Price From
RRP: $4,820 Our price: $3,374
Start Location
Athens, Greece
End Location
Athens, Greece
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 12
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Food
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Itinerary Expand all
Day 1: Athens
Yiasou! Welcome to Athens, the capital of Greece. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. If you arrive early, be sure to explore some of the iconic ancient sites, including the Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After your meeting, celebrate the start of your foodie odyssey with a plant-based mezze feast – an array of small plates typically accompanied by a glass of wine or ouzo, in a rustic taverna. Zucchini balls, vegan moussaka, salads, tomato balls, fresh beans with zucchini, fava beans and stuffed vegetables are just a few of the flavoursome dishes that may be on offer tonight. Greece is home to a culinary culture that is thought to be more than 4000 years old.
Day 2: Aegina
This morning, take the city train to Piraeus port and travel by ferry to the island of Aegina, your first stop in the Saronic Gulf. After checking in at your hotel, drive to a local farm where you'll meet the owners for a tasty tour of their property. Say hello to their sheep and cows, sample their homemade cheeses and help make rizogalo (rice pudding). Next up is a visit to a local pistachio farm. It’s thought that pistachio trees were first planted on the island in the 19th century, brought to Aegina via Syria, and the Greek island of Chios. Enjoy a sample from the farm and be sure to seek out fistikato or fistiki Aeginis glyko, specialty pistachio sweets of Aegina. The late afternoon and evening are free for your own exploration.
Day 3: Poros
After breakfast, stroll down and check out the catch of the day at the open fish markets by the port. Perhaps also stop past the island's most famous pastry shop to pick up some pistachio goodies to take with you. Next, board another ferry bound for Poros, a small Greek island renowned for lamb, olive groves and charming white houses with terracotta roofs. Take part in a cooking class with a local chef and learn to prepare some classic regional dishes, then feast on your creations over lunch. Enjoy a free afternoon by your accommodation’s pool and be sure to ask your leader for recommendations for dinner tonight.
Day 4: Poros
Take a day trip to Hydra Island, a quintessential Greek getaway. Hydra is truly the gem of the Saronic Gulf and stands alone among Greek islands as the one free of wheeled vehicles – no cars, no scooters – just tiny marble-cobbled lanes, donkeys, rocks and sea. So, put your walking shs on and get acquainted with the locals with a spot of people watching and enjoy this one-of-a-kind, Greek Island. Enjoy a delicious lunch of spit-roasted lamb then relax with a stroll along the marina, before returning to Poros in the evening.
Day 5: Nafplio
Take a short ferry ride this morning before jumping in a private vehicle from Poros to Nafplio (with plenty of interesting stops along the way). First up, a small, family-run apiary. Visit their honey museum to learn how their bees make honey, before sampling their products with aromatic Greek tea, homemade bread and cheese. Travel onwards to the ancient site of Epidaurus. Named after Epidauro, the son of Apollo, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Epidaurus comprises the remains of the Sanctuary of Asklepios (the ancient god of medicine) as well as one of the best-preserved theatres of ancient Greece. Your final stop today is at a family-owned ouzo distillery for a taste of their iconic Greek aperitif. Traditionally distilled in copper pots, ouzo acquires its distinct flavour from the addition of anise. Star anise, fennel, mastic, cardamom, coriander, cloves, and cinnamon may also be added, and recipes are often closely guarded family secrets. Arrive in Nafplio in the late afternoon, a charming seaside town, considered one of the most beautiful in the eastern Peloponnese, it reflects the legacy of Frankish, Venetian and Turkish conquerors in its culture and architecture.
Day 6: Nafplio
Start your day with a visit to Mycenae to see the Treasury of Atreus, also called Tomb of Agamemnon. You’ll join a local guide to learn more about how the tomb is believed to have been erected in the period between 1350 to 1250 BC and is just one of nine intriguing beehive structures unearthed in this area. Next up, visit a family-owned boutique winery to sample their finest drops, accompanied by a selection of delicious snacks. Take a walk in the vines to stretch your legs before heading back to Nafplio where the rest of the day is free to explore as you wish. In summer, boats are available to the Venetian fortress of Bourtzi, one of the most photographed sites of Nafplio.
Day 7: Kardamyli
Continue to the seaside town of Kardamyli, stopping en route to visit an olive oil mill. Walk through the olive groves and visit their mill, seeing the oil production process from start to finish. Enjoy a farmer’s snack here and tuck into some of their incredible local produce (alongside an olive oil tasting) before getting back on the road. And finally, stop in Kalamata for a short walking tour and market visit with a few more food tastings for good measure. You’ll arrive in Kardamyli by early afternoon, located in the rugged coastal region of the Mani Peninsula, south of Kalamata, this stunning village is set against a beautiful backdrop of the open ocean, cypress trees, wild olive groves, and distant snow-capped mountains. The afternoon is free for you to explore. In the evening, settle back into your accommodation and enjoy a glass of retsina while watching the sun set over the Messenian Gulf.
Day 8: Kardamyli
This morning you may like to do an optional sea kayaking activity, exploring the coastline and caves of the Mani Peninsula or simply enjoy a little free time at your leisure. In the afternoon, be welcomed at a local home and learn how to make lalagia – a delicious Greek doughnut that can be served sweet or savoury. Afterwards, enjoy one final Greek feast with your new friends. Home-cooked moussaka, stuffed vegetables, rice, salad and ice cream await!
Day 9: Athens
Depart Kardamyli and stop to take in views of the Corinth Canal, a narrow, man-made canal that connects the Ionian and Aegean Seas. Journey onwards to Athens where your tasty travels will come to an end on arrival at Monastiraki Square in the centre of Athens. If you’re not ready for the adventure to end just yet (we don’t blame you) and would like to spend more time in Athens, we can arrange extra accommodation for you, subject to availability.
Inclusions Expand
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners.
Transport: Private vehicle, Ferry, Metro.
Accommodation: Hotel (8 nights).
Athens - Welcome Dinner.
Aegina - Pistachio farm visit.
Aegina - Farm visit with cheese tasting and dessert making.
Poros - Cooking Class.
Hydra - Day Trip.
Epidaurus - Guided Tour.
Kranidi – Beekeeper farm visit with tastings.
Nafplio - Ouzo Distillery Visit and Tasting.
Mycenae - Guided Tour.
Argos – Winery visit and tastings.
Kalamata - Market visit with olive tasting.
Parapougki – Olive mill visit and tastings.
Kardamyli – Lalagia making.
Kardamyli – Home-cooked dinner.
Departure dates Expand
Start End Availability Price AUD
05 Sep 2024 13 Sep 2024 5 $4,730
$4,257
10 Sep 2024 18 Sep 2024 9 $4,820
$3,374
12 Sep 2024 20 Sep 2024 6 $4,865
19 Sep 2024 27 Sep 2024 10 $4,820
24 Sep 2024 02 Oct 2024 3 $5,200
26 Sep 2024 04 Oct 2024 3 $4,870
03 Oct 2024 11 Oct 2024 8 $4,820
08 Oct 2024 16 Oct 2024 1 $4,860
17 Oct 2024 25 Oct 2024 5 $4,550
08 May 2025 16 May 2025 10 $4,730
15 May 2025 23 May 2025 12 $4,730
22 May 2025 30 May 2025 12 $4,915
29 May 2025 06 Jun 2025 12 $4,915
05 Jun 2025 13 Jun 2025 12 $4,915
19 Jun 2025 27 Jun 2025 12 $4,915
10 Jul 2025 18 Jul 2025 12 $4,915
21 Aug 2025 29 Aug 2025 12 $5,105
04 Sep 2025 12 Sep 2025 12 $5,105
09 Sep 2025 17 Sep 2025 10 $5,105
18 Sep 2025 26 Sep 2025 12 $5,105
23 Sep 2025 01 Oct 2025 12 $5,105
25 Sep 2025 03 Oct 2025 12 $5,105
02 Oct 2025 10 Oct 2025 12 $4,915
09 Oct 2025 17 Oct 2025 12 $4,730
16 Oct 2025 24 Oct 2025 12 $4,730
07 May 2026 15 May 2026 12 $4,930
14 May 2026 22 May 2026 12 $4,930
21 May 2026 29 May 2026 12 $4,930
28 May 2026 05 Jun 2026 12 $4,930
04 Jun 2026 12 Jun 2026 12 $4,930
18 Jun 2026 26 Jun 2026 12 $4,930
25 Jun 2026 03 Jul 2026 12 $4,930
09 Jul 2026 17 Jul 2026 12 $4,930
23 Jul 2026 31 Jul 2026 12 $4,930
20 Aug 2026 28 Aug 2026 12 $4,930
03 Sep 2026 11 Sep 2026 12 $4,930
08 Sep 2026 16 Sep 2026 12 $4,930
10 Sep 2026 18 Sep 2026 12 $4,930
17 Sep 2026 25 Sep 2026 12 $4,930
22 Sep 2026 30 Sep 2026 12 $4,930
24 Sep 2026 02 Oct 2026 12 $4,930
01 Oct 2026 09 Oct 2026 12 $4,930
06 Oct 2026 14 Oct 2026 12 $4,930
08 Oct 2026 16 Oct 2026 12 $4,930
15 Oct 2026 23 Oct 2026 12 $4,930