The islands are the main characteristic of Greece’s morphology and an integral part of the country’s culture and tradition. Greek sovereign land includes 6,000 islands and islets scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, of which only 227 islands are inhabited. This is a truly unique phenomenon for the European continent. The Greek Islands are known for its volcanic-sand beaches, whitewashed buildings, blue roof tops and crystal-clear waters. You will have an adventure of your lifetime exploring ancient ruins, different islands, outdoor water sports and more!
Trip Summary: Santorini | 7 Days
Private Dates: Year Round
Next Group Trip: By Inquiry
Group Size: Max 16 Participants
Price From: $3098 per person
All inclusive package including boutique accommodation for all nights, in-country transport to activities, expert guides & culinary instructors, all activities as listed on itinerary, and all meals. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included.
This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.
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ITINERARY | 7 DAYS
Day 1: Welcome to Santorini! You will be greeted at your port of arrival by your driver who will take you a beautiful drive to your beautiful hotel in Fira, De Sol Resort & Spa. Check into your hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening in the village before dinner. There is no better way to start of your culinary vacation than a fine dining experience overlooking the beautiful Aegean Sea in Santorini, Greece. Enjoy a delicious 5-course menu with great company and beautiful views. Your dinner will be an experience that will spark your curiosity of the flavors & culture of Santorini, and give you the perfect introduction to the magic of the island. Overnight at De Sol Resort & Spa
Day 2: Wake up to a delicious breakfast. Enjoy a free morning exploring the local markets, eateries, and artisan stalls in one of the most picturesque places in Europe. After your morning excursions, enjoy a delicious lunch in the village before embarking on your cooking lesson in the afternoon. Learn the secrets and techniques of Greek cuisine and savor the tastes of traditional Santorinian recipes – by taking culinary lessons from one of the top chefs in Greece (and owner of one the island’s top restaurants). Your cooking lesson begins at 3:00pm, an experience that will allow you to immerse yourself in the Santorinian culture and way of life through delicious cuisine. Learn to cook authentic local dishes such as a variety of Greek salads, Santorini’s favorite fava bean dish with nuts and caramelized onions, and Mussels “saganaki” with tomato, feta cheese sauce and ouzo. At the end of the lesson you will sit down for dinner and enjoy the dishes that you created along with your fellow cooks and your chef, complimented with splendid Greek wines. Are you ready to cuff up your sleeves surrender to the magic of cooking? Overnight at De Sol Resort & Spa
Day 3: Wake up to a delicious breakfast – After which you will embark on a guided tour of two traditional villages known as Pyrgos & Mesa. This afternoon you will explore villages that have held centuries of history, while tasting the flavors of the Greek Cuisine, and letting your senses guide you. As you join your small group for a journey through the Venetian past of Santorini, explore Pyrgos village, historic castles, and even the beautiful abandoned village of Mesa Gonia, where time stands still. As a part of your excursion you will have the opportunity to eat a traditional lunch in the village, learning about the diversity of cuisine across the island. Dinner & Overnight at De Sol Resort & Spa
Day 4: Wake up to a delicious breakfast. Enjoy a free morning exploring the local markets, eateries, and artisan stalls in one of the most picturesque places in Europe. After your morning excursions, enjoy a delicious lunch in the village before embarking on your cooking lesson in the afternoon. This afternoon learn how to prepare mouth-watering recipes, traditional to Santorini. In a beautiful restaurant overlooking the Caldera, your culinary instructor will introduce you to cooking techniques used in both Aegean Theran cooking. Example dishes include Santorinian tenderloin with tomato flavored with tomato, vinsanto, and rosemary, Ntomatokeftedes (special potato fritters), fried eggplant, and a variety of traditional Greek Deserts. By the end of the lesson, you will have learned how to master the culinary art of Greek Cuisine and explored many delicious fragrances and flavors of Santorini. After the cooking class ends, you will sit down for dinner and enjoy delectable dishes you have prepared, along with exquisite wines from the island of Santorini. Overnight at De Sol Resort & Spa
Day 5: Wake up to a delicious breakfast – After which you will embark on a guided volcanic wine tasting expedition. Santorini is one of Europe’s oldest vineyards, with a history of over 4,500 years. Here, traditional cultivation of crops has been preserved throughout the centuries, adding to the superb nature of the local wines. Due to the extremely fertile volcanic soil, and the experience and knowledge of the professional wine-makers, the quality of the local wines is exceptionally high. On your adventure you will learn about the unique pruning and wine production process. Enjoy exquisite views over the Aegean Sea and sunrays peaking over the vineyards, as you enjoy lunch and sip and taste traditional Santorini wines (also known as nectar from the Gods). Dinner & Overnight at De Sol Resort & Spa
Day 6: Wake up to a delicious breakfast. Enjoy a free morning exploring the local village – visiting some of the most beautiful churches & architecture on the island. If you wish – depart of Oia to experience a morning in another one of Santorini’s most beautiful villages. After your morning excursions, enjoy a delicious lunch in the village before embarking on your cooking lesson in the afternoon. This afternoon you will focus on learning how to prepare more traditional Greek dishes such as Moussaka, Souvlaki, and Baklava. Greece is located at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea – and therefore receives much influence on both it’s culture and cuisine from the surrounding European and Middle Eastern Countries. Classic Greek dishes utilize the local produce, with recipes that were brought over from surrounding countries thousands of years ago. As you embark on your cooking experience today, you will also learn about the culture, history, and diversity of the beautiful Greek isles. After your cooking class is completed, you will once again sit down for a delicious dinner – enjoying all the dishes you have just prepared. Great company, delicious food, and lots of wine is a great way to spend your last evening on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Overnight at De Sol Resort & Spa
Day 7: Wake up to a delicious breakfast. Afterwards depart onwards to connect your international flight back home, or ferry ride to your next destination.