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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, cycle through the charming island of 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 5:30pm on the final day of the trip. Please refer to Day 9 of the itinerary for details, and before booking any flights.

Tour details
Tour Provider Intrepid Travel
Price From
$3,098
Number of Days
9
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 Open 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 ancient sites for which the city is famous, including the Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Greece is home to a culinary culture that is thought to be more than 4000 years old. While wheat, olives and wine are considered seminal, Greek food is equally renowned for vibrant Mediterranean vegetables, liberal use of herbs such as dill and mint, succulent lamb, locally caught seafood, and syrup-soaked sweets. Greece is credited with spreading ancient culinary traditions well beyond its borders and, in turn, its cuisine reflects Ottoman influences through Arabic, Persian and Turkish-tinged flavours. While many dishes require patience and time to prepare, Greek food celebrates a rustic simplicity, and it is most likely this quality which has made it one of the world's best-loved cuisines. 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.
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. The ferry ride takes approximately 40 minutes. After checking in at your hotel, strap on your helmet and take a charming bike ride to visit a 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. Your leader will have some excellent local suggestions come dinnertime.
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. There are no land vehicles here, not even pushbikes, 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-roast lamb then relax with a stroll along the marina, before returning to Poros in the evening.
Day 5: Nafplio
Take a private vehicle from Poros to Nafplio. Your first stop will be at 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 visit the Treasury of Atreus, also called Tomb of Agamemnon – believed to have been erected in the period between 1350 to 1250 BC, this is one of nine intriguing beehive structures unearthed in this area. Next up is a visit to 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 for an incredible tasting of local cheeses, salamis and yoghurt. The rest of the day is free to explore. In summer, boats are also 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 by private vehicle (approximately 4 hours), 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 and olive oil tasting before getting back on the road. Stop in Kalamata for a short walking tour and market visit with food tasting and free time for lunch. 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. Pack some hiking shs and walk one of the town's seaside trails or venture out to the nearby Diros caves (approximately 1 hour from Kardamyli). 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. In the afternoon, be welcomed at a local farm 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
Your Real Food Adventure concludes on arrival at Monastiraki Square in the centre of Athens at approximately 1pm. We recommend that onward flights be booked no earlier than 5:30pm. Your leader can advise on the best way to reach your next destination. If you wish to extend your Greek adventure, why not enjoy a spot of island-hopping from Athens to the idyllic Santorini. Check out our Athens to Santorini (ZMSE) trip for more details.
Inclusions
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Transport: Private vehicle, Bicycle, Ferry, Metro
  • Accommodation: Hotel (8 nights)
  • Athens - Welcome Dinner
  • Aegina - Bike Tour
  • Aegina - Pistachio Farm Visit
  • Poros - Cooking Class
  • Hydra - Day Trip
  • Epidaurus - Guided Tour
  • Kranidi – Beekeeper farm visit
  • Nafplio - Ouzo Distillery Visit and Tasting
  • Mycenae - Treasury of Atreus
  • Nafplio – Cheese and salami tasting
  • 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
Start End Availability Price NZD
09 Jun 2022 17 Jun 2022 7 $3,098
14 Jul 2022 22 Jul 2022 8 $3,610
01 Sep 2022 09 Sep 2022 7 $3,790
15 Sep 2022 23 Sep 2022 6 $3,830
29 Sep 2022 07 Oct 2022 9 $3,610
13 Oct 2022 21 Oct 2022 6 $3,680
18 May 2023 26 May 2023 12 $3,940
08 Jun 2023 16 Jun 2023 12 $3,790
13 Jul 2023 21 Jul 2023 12 $3,790
31 Aug 2023 08 Sep 2023 12 $3,940
14 Sep 2023 22 Sep 2023 12 $3,940
28 Sep 2023 06 Oct 2023 12 $3,790
12 Oct 2023 20 Oct 2023 12 $3,790