Odyssey Activity Centre, located on the island of Poros, offers a unique opportunity to discover the secrets of Greek cuisine combined with a great holiday.
Program Greek Cooking Week
Day 1. Arrival Saturday: Your hostess and chef, Katerina Sakelliou will welcome you upon arrival. The afternoon is kept free for you to explore the area around Askeli, you can take a refreshing swim in the clear blue sea or relax by the nearby pool. In the evening Katerina will introduce you to a number of dishes you will learn to cook during your “cooking holiday”. Dinner is served in our bistro Odyssey’s Corner.
Day 2. Sunday: After breakfast menus and recipes of the week are discussed. Lunch is served at 12:30. You can explore the idyllic beaches or Poros town . At 14.30 starts the first cooking class, we start with a small tour of the kitchen and garden, with all the fresh herbs that we will be using during our cooking lessons . Around 17.00 hours, you return for an aperitif and start finalizing dinner. Then you can enjoy all specialties you prepared in a lovely relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere.
Day 3. Monday: After an early breakfast we start with a historical walk into Poros, you’ll walk through the small alleys and pass by at the fish market in the port. Here you can choose from an extensive range of fresh fish and other local ingredients. Afterwards we’ll take a break in one of the cozy terraces for a coffee and snack. After lunch in Odyssey you might take a siesta. Second cooking class begins in the afternoon and while enjoying a local wine you’ll get started with the fish and other ingredients you selected in Poros. The fish can be grilled on the BBQ, then served with some freshly prepared salads, sauces, and roasted vegetables. Alternatives are cooking the fish in the oven or frying it in olive oil from our own olive grove.
Day 4. Tuesday: Today is devoted to a visit to the car-free island of Hydra, neighboring island of the Saronic gulf with a picturesque harbor-town. Hydra has a rich history and there are many sights and small churches. The narrow streets are full of small artistic shops. You are free to enjoy Hydra by yourself after the wonderful and friendly tour that you are getting from our guide. On return to Poros dinner will be served at Odyssey or we go to a local tavern to eat.
Day 5. Wednesday: Depending on the season we will visit a number of locations to learn some more about the importance of seasonal ingredients in Greek cuisine, such as picking of indigenous vegetables and herbs. A cooking class is taking place either at the Odysseys cooking studio or on location. Lunch is at Odyssey (or picnic).
Day 6. Thursday: After breakfast you will visit our own lemon and olive grove to learn a bit more about the use of these ingredients in Greek cuisine. In this orchard, lunch is served picnic-style. After returning to Odyssey we begin in the afternoon on our third cooking: a traditional Greek meal which can be enjoyed under a balmy summer night sky in a lovely and relaxed atmosphere.Tonight is the last and most special cooking class, and the preparation of this dinner promises an authentic Greek experience with several surprises
Day 7. Friday: This is a day that you can devote entirely to yourself. You can explore the island itself, or perhaps the mainland (the Peloponnese). But just relax on the beach or by the pool is also possible. There is plenty of choice in excursions and activities and we will give you advice on the possibilities. Lunch will be served around 13:00 at Odyssey and dinner at around 20.00.
Day 8. Saturday: departure, after your delicious breakfast this “working holiday” is already over.
– 7 nights in Odyssey Centre, including daily breakfast.
– 4 Greek cooking workshops, followed by dinner.
– 3 Additional dinners in our bistro (Odyssey’s Corner) or other local tavernas.
– 6 Daily lunches, either in our restaurant, on-site or a picnic.
– 2 Guided tours (see weekly program), depending on the holiday Month.
– 1 Guided trip to the island of Hydra.
Arrival: Transfer by taxi from the airport in Athens to Odyssey Centre Poros Island
Departure: Transfer by taxi to hydrofoil or ferry and then on with a taxi from Piraeus to the airport or hotel in Athens.
Extras: Recipe book, Cooking School apron
21 – 28 March 2020 (A week dedicated to Greek Preserves)
11 – 18 April 2020
18 – 27 April 2020 (A week dedicated to Greek Easter)
2 – 9 May 2020
30 May- 6 June 2020
4 – 11 July 2020
5 – 12 September 2020
19 – 24 September 2020
17 – 23 October 2020 (Special olive picking and cooking week)
The prices including transfers as indicated in the weekly program if the following conditions can be met,
–>The arrival at the airport in Athens should be, between 10:30 and 18:30.
–>Departure from Athens Airport after 12:00.
-The prices without transfer and you make the journey from airport to Odyssey by yourself.
-In case of included transfer we need the flight number and arrival time at least 1 week in advance!
-If you would prefer that the taxi pick you up from a different location in Athens instead of the airport, this is possible, just let us know in advance
*Companion: Weekly program only without any cooking related items such as cooking classes and preparatory sessions or trips
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