(10 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Athens, Crete, Istanbul
On this private culinary tour of Greece and Turkey, savor the flavors of the renowned cuisines of the region, tour local food markets, enjoy cooking classes, and dine at the best local restaurants. Also, enjoy in-depth private cultural touring of Athens and Istanbul—two of the most ancient and culturally rich cities in the world—and get to know Crete, an island steeped in culinary and mythological traditions.
Begin in Athens, Greece. During flexible cultural touring with your private guide, visit the iconic Acropolis, the spectacular Acropolis Museum, and the ancient Agora, where Socrates and Plato once strolled. One morning, explore the lively Athens food markets to learn about local ingredients and see stalls overflowing with the freshest produce and seafood. Then, enjoy a cooking class in a small, upscale restaurant with a Greek chef who creates some of the finest modern Greek cuisine in the city. The next morning, learn to make traditional Greek pies, including rolling the dough and filling it with ingredients such as spinach, feta, meat and herbs. In the afternoon, take a scenic excursion to Cape Sounion to see the Temple of Poseidon and watch the sun set into the Aegean Sea.
Continue to Crete, the largest of the Greek Islands and home of one of the world’s oldest and, some say, healthiest cuisines. Cretan recipes take advantage of local ingredients such as flavorful olives and olive oil, tender artichokes, fresh herbs, and seasonal fruit such as oranges, figs and grapes. During private touring, stroll through the beautiful old town of Chania (Hania). Learn about the town’s eclectic history, reflected in its Venetian-built harbor, Turkish mosque and Jewish synagogue. Explore the surrounding region, including Arkadi Monastery and Rethymnon, a scenic port. One day, visit a bucolic organic farm to enjoy a cooking class focused on Cretan cuisine. Venture into the farm’s vineyards, fruit orchards, olive groves and herb gardens to see firsthand where the fresh ingredients are grown and harvested.
Time permitting, tour the fascinating Palace of Knossos—built during the height of Crete’s ancient Minoan civilization—en route to the airport for your flight toTurkey.
During in-depth cultural touring in Istanbul, visit the highlights of this extraordinary city, such as the Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia), Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace (including its beautiful tiled Harem), and an ancient underground cistern. Time permitting, also visit the Grand Bazaar to browse for locally produced handicrafts such as carpets, jewelry, textiles and ceramics. One morning, enjoy a private tour of Istanbul’s vibrant Spice Bazaar to see stalls displaying neat piles of spices, herbs and fruit, and learn how these ingredients are used to create classic Turkish dishes. Later, enjoy a private cooking class with an expert in Turkish cuisine, followed by a lunch of your creations. In the afternoon, visit different neighborhoods to see Istanbul’s best street-side food stalls and small local restaurants.
Private transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Private afternoon city tour
Morning market tour and cooking class
Morning market tour and cooking class. Afternoon sunset visit to Temple of Poseidon
Athens – Crete
Private transfer to airport for flight to Chania, Crete. Private transfer to resort for 3 nights
Private half-daytour of Chania
Private tour of Rethymnon and villages. Afternoon cooking class
Crete – Istanbul
Private tour of Palace of Knossos if time permits en route to airport for flight to Istanbul. Private transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Full-day private city tour
Morning private market tour and cooking class. Afternoon private food-focused city tour
Private airport transfer
Hotel Grande Bretagne
Minoa Palace Resort
Four Seasons Hotel at the Bosphorus
Per person (double occupancy)
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