Experience both the sea- and the mountainside of Halkidiki and taste a unique blend of most beautiful Mediterranean landscape, overwhelming history, rich culture and diverse cuisine.
Halkidiki is a colorful Mediterranean canvas consisting of golden beaches and turquoise waters; surrounded by lush pine forests and silver green olive groves; joyful, authentic, hospitable people; a rich, world-admired cuisine; charming small mountainside villages with traditional architecture and breathtaking views to the Aegean Sea; great history traced in the ruins of ancient cities that once gave birth to the Philosopher Aristotle. A truly thrilling experience for every visitor!
Day 1: Arrive and get settled
Arrive to Halkidiki. Check in at a 5* resort hotel, located by the sea. Have a welcome dinner at the resort and meet with your guide and group.
Day 2: An introduction to Kassandra
Get on board for a half day cruise in the southwest of the Kassandra peninsula. Test your fishing skills while you experience swimming in the crystal clear waters and explore many secret beauties accessible only by boat. Have your first demonstration of Greek cooking and enjoy fresh fish and "meze" with a stunning view to the Aegean Sea. Attend a professional food photography seminar. In the afternoon, pay a visit to some of the area’s producers and taste their top quality products.
Day 3: The charms of Sithonia
Start your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. You will proceed to the safest natural anchorage in Northern Greece, named by the great historian Thucydides "Porto Koufo" (deaf port), because the open sea's agitation never reaches its waters. You'll attend a hands-on cooking lesson in one of the area’s best traditional fish taverns and prepare your lunch with the help of an expert chef, using selected ingredients and traditional techniques. One visit to this sea-side traditional fish tavern is enough to become addicted to the mouthwatering dishes of the original Mediterranean cuisine.
Day 4: Mountainous Halkdiki
The tour starts in the village of Arnaia, the best example of well-preserved traditional architecture in the area. Have a quick demonstration by a honey producer and beekeeper and try five varieties of honey and the famous honey-tsipouro "Mountovina", only found here. Proceed to a local winery and have a tour and wine tasting. Have lunch as it was made in ancient Greece, prepared for you by a specialized chef. Reach the "Aristotle Park", dedicated to the great philosopher Aristotle near the ruins of his birthplace, the ancient city of Stagira. On the way back, visit an agro-touristic farm and taste the fine, organic meat of Mt. Holomontas.
Day 5: Relax in Kassandra
Visit the picturesque village of Afytos. Proceed at a lovely beach and have a swim in the turquoise waters. Afterwards, we leave you to the hands of an expert chef on Greek cuisine, who will give you an unforgettable cooking class, and pass on to you some of his knowledge and passion about the local cuisine. In the evening, dine at the charming little square in the village of Kryopigi.
Day 6: An unexplored side
On this tour, we will visit one of the most important wineries in Greece, with a history exceeding 100 years, where exceptional wines and spirits are produced. You will learn how ouzo and tsipouro are distilled and you can also taste them on the spot. Continue with a trip to Nea Gonia and visit a family-owned organic vineyard, where we will be guided through the vineyard and the production unit and we will have a cooking seminar on how to prepare a typical Greek delicacy: "dolmadakia". Move on to Petralona Cave, where the oldest European hominid was found. Experience the best example of healthy and traditional home cooking practices together with a strong taste of great hospitality in a family owned establishment. In the evening enjoy a goodbye dinner, tasting fine seafood prepared by an award winning chef.
Day 7: Departure
It’s time to leave Halkidiki, full of fine memories and a satisfied appetite, and with the thrill that comes with any Culinary Experience!
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