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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

  • Diverse program including cooking courses and various activities
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Visit the Cyclades Olive Oil Museum
  • Visit the Botanical Garden
  • Visit an organic farm

Dates
This trip runs from March to November and can begin on any date. The minimum number of participants is 2.


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
Mother Earth – Cucina Povera | The day begins with a visit to an organic farm near Hora. The owner, an experienced organic farmer, supplies restaurants all over the island with fresh meat, vegetables, herbs and delicious honey. On the farm, you can pick seasonal fruit and vegetables and learn all about organic farming. Afterwards, we enjoy a light lunch on the farm.

We will use the ingredients harvested on the farm during our evening cooking class, where we will cook some recipes from the “Cucina Povera” of the Cyclades and then eat these dishes together in a cozy atmosphere.

DAY 3
All about olive oil | Enjoy a free morning in the picturesque old town of Andros! This afternoon is all about olive oil. During a visit to the olive oil museum, you will learn all about the use and production of this liquid gold. On an excursion to Ano Pitrofos, we get to know Dimitris Chelmis.

He is the owner of a restored oil mill from the 16th century and will show us how olive oil was pressed in earlier times with the help of donkeys. He will embellish the tour of the museum with lively stories about the production and history of olive oil.

At the final tasting, you will be amazed at how varied and diverse olive oil can taste. Try extra virgin olive oil from the region on bread and rusks or in combination with various vegetables. In Greece, there is a whole category of dishes named after olive oil. They are known as “lathera”, which means “oily”.

DAY 4
Lemons: The gold of Andros and fresh fish | After breakfast, we embark on a journey through history and learn all about the lemon. The citrus fruit has played an important economic role on Andros since the 17th century.

On a short walk through an orchard, you will have the opportunity to pick some lemons yourself before we continue along the Megalos Potamos riverbed to the town center. Herakleia awaits us in the Skalakia restaurant to explain the magical world of lemons.

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

In the afternoon, you will have time to relax or take a dip in the sea before we meet for our evening cooking class, where we will be preparing fish dishes today. The 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 you will get to taste a lot of starters and get to know some classic recipes.

DAY 5
Day of leisure | Today you have the whole day to explore Andros on your own. How about a short hike or a bike tour? Perhaps you fancy a short tour of the island by rental car or scooter? The island bus is also a great way to get from place to place.

Alternatively, you could take the ferry to the neighboring island of Tinos, where the main port of Chora with its famous pilgrimage church of Panagia Evangelistria is definitely worth a visit.

Dinner is individual today. You are welcome to choose a restaurant yourself or get tips from our local guide.

DAY 6
Island tour with tastings of local products | Today we will spend the day exploring Andros and visiting local producers on the way, whose products we will taste directly on site. On the program are a small sausage factory in the north and a family cheese dairy in the south, as well as a beekeeping farm where we will taste winter honey and a picturesque winery where we will get to know award-winning Andros wines.

During this island tour, you will be amazed at how many different foods are produced on such a small island. You can also look forward to cultural treasures and extremely varied landscapes.

Dinner is again individual. You are welcome to choose a restaurant yourself or get tips from our local guide.

DAY 7

Today it’s your turn to cook | In the morning, we visit the botanical garden in the beautiful Agadakis building, which dates back to the 17th century. Here you will get to know the typical flora of the Cyclades: aromatic and medicinal plants, fruit trees, olive trees, plane trees and even mushrooms. Afterwards, we will have a picnic near the river.

In the evening, our last cooking class will take place, where you will get to know the most famous dish of the island of Andros. The “fourtalia” dates back to the Middle Ages and has influenced the entire Mediterranean region. Fresh eggs, local sausage and cheese, accompanied by various starters. The ideal basis for a hearty farewell dinner in a cheerful atmosphere!

DAY 8
Goodbye Andros |  After breakfast, you are brought to the harbor 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 1,700€ (single occupancy 1.850€) per person in a double room
(Prices vary according to season and depend on the selected date. You will receive a detailed offer on request)

This price is applicable for groups of 2 or more from March-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.

-Open Departure 10 May2024 (small group of 8 people)

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
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Visit the Cyclades Olive Oil Museum
  • Visit the Botanical Garden
  • Visit an organic farm
  • 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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