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Cooking holiday on Andros

A culinary journey on an Aegean Island

Greece, with its rich variety of local produce from fruit and vegetables to seafood, provides all the ingredients for an entirely new culinary experience. Forget everything you knew about cooking and join us in preparing nutritious, healthy, and colourful dishes.

We invite you to cook, learn, laugh, experience, and travel with us. Whether you are an experienced foodie or an avid amateur cook, there is plenty for you to discover on this trip to Andros.

Spend a week on the Cycladic Island of Andros, one of the most authentic of the Greek islands. During your stay, you learn all about the cultivation of citrus fruits and olives.

Enjoy the great Greek hospitality and the culinary diversity of the island! In addition to the cooking course, you can enjoy short hikes, visit the beautiful island capital of Chora, swim in the sea, and optionally take a trip to the neighbouring island of Tinos, which is also well worth a visit.


Highlights

  • Cycladic idyll: Enjoy the authentic island atmosphere on Andros
  • Sweet and sour: Insider insights into the magical world of citrus fruits
  • Bursting with colour: Visit a local market
  • Mermaid’s paradise: Swimming in the summer warm Mediterranean Sea


8 days/7 nights
Mar – Nov
Easy
Rafina
Rafina
Persons: 2-8
Age: 8+

Included Activities

  • 7-day cooking course with experienced local chefs
  • Introduction to traditional Greek cuisine with plenty of tricks of the trade
  • Visit to the Cyclades Olive Oil Museum
  • 7-day cooking course with experienced local chefs
  • Introduction to traditional Greek cuisine with plenty of tricks of the trade
  • Visit to the Cyclades Olive Oil Museum

Dates
This trip runs from March to November and can begin on any date. The minimum number of participants is 4.


DAY 1
Arrival on Andros | You take the ferry from Rafina to Andros, where you check into your hotel. Enjoy the Greek hospitality with a welcome drink accompanied by the famous mezes (small starters).

In an introductory briefing, we outline the itinerary and give you an initial insight into the Greek style of cooking.

DAY 2
Lemons: The Gold of Andros and Cucina Povera (the cuisine of the poor) | After breakfast, we embark on a journey through history and learn all about the lemon. Since the 17th century, citrus fruit has played an important economic role on Andros.

On a short walk through an orchard, we have the opportunity to pick some lemons ourselves, before continuing along the riverbed of Megalos Potamos to the city centre. At the Skalakia restaurant, Herakleia is already waiting to introduce us to the magical world of lemons.

Following old recipes handed down by her family through the centuries, we prepare a sweet made from lemons, which in Greece is usually served on a spoon. This is accompanied by fresh lemonade, a lemon cake, and, of course, a Greek coffee.

In the afternoon there is time to relax or even enjoy a swim in the sea before we meet again in the evening to drive to Pitrofos. Here we prepare our first Greek dinner in the spirit of Cucina Povera using fresh vegetables.

DAY 3
All about olive oil | Today is all about olive oil. During a visit to the Olive Oil Museum, we learn all about the use and production of this liquid gold. During an excursion to Ano Pitrofos we meet Dimitris Chelmis.

He is the owner of a restored oil mill from the 16th century and gives us a demonstration of how olive oil was pressed in earlier times, with the help of donkeys. During the guided tour through the museum, he tells us all about the production and history of olive oil, and at the end of the tasting, you are sure to be amazed at how varied and diverse olive oil can taste.

Afterwards, we go to the restaurant Tou Zotef in Pitrofos. Here we learn one of the most important principles of Greek cuisine: Food should be served as pure and natural as possible. Most Greek cuisine is fried, deep-fried, grilled, or boiled, for which olive oil is always used.

Of course, the Greeks also consume olive oil on its own, and for good reason too: It is usually cold-pressed (extra virgin) and therefore tastes particularly delicious. In the evening you are free to do as you please.

DAY 4
Meat and poultry | Following a little free time in the morning, we head off to our friends at the Tou Zozef restaurant. Meat and fresh vegetables play a central role in Greek cuisine and there are many ways to combine these ingredients in the form of delicious casseroles. These vary from region to region and according to the seasonally available ingredients. Together we prepare some of Andros’ specialities.

DAY 5
Fish and Seafood | After breakfast, we head south to the fishing village of Korthi, where we have time to explore the village or have a swim in the sea. Later we meet at a harbour taverna where the cook shares with us interesting information about the local fish specialities.

Greeks love fish and seafood, which is not surprising given their proximity to the sea. Fish is also an important part of the so-called Mediterranean diet, which is considered one of the most balanced in the world. Today we have a lot of appetisers to taste and some classic recipes to try.

DAY 6
Day of leisure | Today you have the whole day to explore Andros on your own. How about a short hike or a bike ride? Maybe you would like to do a little island tour with a rental car or a scooter? You can also get from place to place by island bus.

Alternatively, you could take the ferry to the neighbouring island of Tinos. The island’s main harbour, Chora, with its famous pilgrimage church, Panagia Evangelistria, is definitely worth a visit. Alternatively, you are welcome to join us on a short herb hike.

Along the way, we collect herbs such as oregano, capers, and fennel and learn how these herbs are best dried and stored. After returning, we stop at a Greek taverna where we enjoy the herbs we have collected in a fresh salad.

DAY 7
Today it’s your turn to cook | After breakfast, you choose your favourite dish which you would like to prepare in the evening. We then visit the market and local producers together to buy the ingredients and prepare the menu for the evening. Afterwards, we head to Zozef’s restaurant, where we prepare the food for our farewell evening and bring the week to a close with a lively party.

DAY 8
Departure from Andros | After breakfast, you are brought to the harbour in time for the departure of your ferry.

Charming boutique hotels in Cycladic style

During this trip, you will be accommodated in beautiful boutique hotels, which reflect the typical charm of the Cyclades Islands in their architecture. Here, tradition meets comfort; the spacious rooms are equipped with a shower and toilet, air conditioning, and often have a balcony or terrace.

The friendly staff will ensure that you want for nothing. Every day starts with a rich and delicious breakfast. WIFI is available around the clock in the hotels.

What time of year is this trip available?
You can book this tour between March and November and start on any date/day of the week.

Is this tour suitable for children?
This tour is suitable for children aged 8 and over accompanied by their parents. This tour is especially fun for children who regularly cook with their parents or grandparents at home.

What language is the tour conducted in?
The tour is conducted exclusively in English.

What meals are included in the tour price?
Six cooking classes are included in the tour price, where the prepared meal is enjoyed together afterwards. A welcome dinner is also included. All other meals and drinks are not included.

As this tour is very much about food, we ask that you inform us in advance of any food intolerances or special dietary requirements such as having a vegetarian diet. This tour is unfortunately not suitable for vegans.

Are changes to the tour itinerary possible?
We reserve the right to make changes to the tour in the event of extreme weather conditions or due to organisational necessities. We can also adapt this tour to your individual wishes. Please contact us if you would like to see something on Andros that is not included in our tour itinerary, and we will do our best to tailor the trip accordingly.

How do I get from Athens to Andros and back?
It is easy to get to Andros via the ferry port of Rafina. This is about 17 km / 10.5 mi. east of Athens Airport and can be reached by taxi or bus.

We can gladly also arrange exclusive transfers between Athens Airport or Athens Center and Rafina (prices on request). The ferry tickets are already included in the tour price.

BASIC TOUR PRICE

from 1,620 € per person in a double room

This price is applicable for groups of 2 or more from March-June and September-November. In July and August, accommodation on Andros is more expensive, which also affects the tour price.

If you are interested in taking this trip in July or August, we will gladly inform you about the additional price on request.

INCLUDED SERVICES

  • 7 nights in a double room with shower/WC incl. breakfast
  • Transfers between the port of Andros and accommodation on Andros
  • Transfers during the trip according to the itinerary
  • Diverse program including cooking courses and various activities
  • 6 cooking classes followed by a shared meal
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Recipe book to take home
  • Ferry tickets from Rafina to Andros and back
  • Entrance fees and local transfers
  • 24-hour emergency number
  • English-, Italian-, and French-speaking tour guide

NOT INCLUDED

  • Arrival and departure to/from Rafina
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Hotel tax (2 €/room/day; payable on site)
  • Tips
  • Travel and health insurance 

ADDITIONAL BOOKABLE SERVICES

  • Transfers between Athens city centre or airport and Rafina: prices on request
  • Single room surcharge: on request

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