Explore the Evia Island, Greece Culture And Cuisine Tours
Come and explore the gorgeous, unspoilt island of Evia and notice a traditional way of life long gone from the majority of Greece.
Experience unique Greek culture and village life.The discerning traveller will love the calm peaceful island of Evia where delicious cuisine is ready for you and historical monuments unique towards the island will interest you.
The standard, calm and peaceful island of Evia, Greece’s second largest continues to be relatively undiscovered and offers a number of fascinating historical monuments and stunning scenery. Discover Evia’s cultural and culinary heritage through the week and observe local villagers demonstrate traditional specialties. Sample home-made products for example pastelli (sesame and honey sweet), and kourkoubines (Evia’s traditional pasta). Benefit from the delicious cuisine of fish, meat and vegetable dishes in seaside tavernas. Not to mention taste wine and olives! Be a part of a discussion with a Greek food writer. Walk along ancient paths, visit Roman ruins and medieval castles. Benefit from the sunset on a fishing boat and swim at beautiful beaches. Don’t your investment famous Greek hospitality! This really is Greece with a difference.
Day 01 : Athens.
On the first evening we’ll all meet at our included hotel for any pre dinner welcome drink then dinner at a taverna situated underneath the Acropolis. On arrival in Athens help make your own way to the hotel before meeting your guides at night, at 7:00 pm. Make sure to visit the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum before joining all of those other group this evening. We’ll have a drink around the hotel rooftop before walking ten or twenty yards to dinner. Dinner included.
Day 2: Guided walk of ancient Athens and transfer to Evia.
After breakfast we’ll go out on our guided walk around ancient Athens. The walk takes us up Philippapou Hill with splendid views from the Acropolis and the Ancient Agora and, on the clear day, the island of Aegina. We stroll beyond the Byzantine church of Agios Dimitrios, around the hill from the Pnyx and the Aeropagus from where St Paul addressed the Athenians. The tour finishes in Monastiraki (the Turkish quarter of Athens) where we are able to have a quick lunch before going back to our hotel and transferring towards the port of Agia Marina (approximately 1.5 hours) to trap our ferry to Evia. The crossing is Forty-five minutes to Nea Styra where we will be staying in the Delfini Hotel by the sea. There must be time for a dip within the Aegean Sea before dinner! Breakfast and Dinner included.
Day 3: Trip to Dragon Houses.
After breakfast around the hotel terrace overlooking the ocean we will shuttle into the wild countryside towards the Dragon Houses. These extraordinary unique neolithic monuments happen to be a mystery to archaeologists since they were discovered. Debate around the date of their origin ranges in the 13th to the 3rd century BC. Some may decide to visit the ancient quarries from which came the large rectangular stones used in their construction. Lunch is within a small family taverna, where we’ll try some home-made local specialties. To walk off our lunch it’s 1.5 hours, mostly downhill to the hotel. For those wishing to go straight back for any siesta, transport will be provided. Dinner by yourself this evening. We have plenty of recommendations. Breakfast included.
Day 4: Village women cooking demonstration, Limnionas Beach.
We transfer towards the village of Raptei (15 minutes) where we’ll watch the village women making cheese, and cooking pita (wild greens and cheese pie) within the open fire. After sampling the end product we can walk (transport provided also) via a series of small villages, passing donkeys and goats and old stone walls towards the beautiful beach of Limnionas. Wish to consider lunch at one of the seaside tavernas. You will see time for swimming before our go back to Nea Styra. We will dine together today in a waterfront taverna. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 5: Transfer to Karystos, tour of Karystos town, food demonstration.
Today we transfer to Karystos (approximately One hour). After checking in to our seaside/harbour view hotel we’ll explore the town of Karystos by walking, beginning with the archaeological museum then the St. Nicholas church and Roman ruins. Time for you to join the locals around the waterfront for a coffee or ouzo before our included lunch that the well-known food writer Linda Makris will discuss and demonstrate. Afternoon at leisure. You might want to make a visit to the new Environmental Centre. Dinner by yourself. Recommendations provided. Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 6: Castello Rosso, trip to winery.
After breakfast, we enter the centre of Karystos and join Vangelis because he makes pastelli, by hand, using the same methods as his father and grandfather. Then we transfer to the village of Grabia as well as on to the medieval Castello Rosso (Red Castle) what are known as either because of the colour of its stone or its bloody history. After viewing the Killindri Roman quarry and medieval aquaduct in the castle we continue on to lunch in the lovely hillside village of Mili. From lunch we are able to walk or shuttle (your decision) to the Montofoli Estate and winery for any tour of their organic vineyard, and wine tasting. Walk or shuttle to hotel. This evening we will present an optional sunset cruise on the small fishing boat to a tiny island within the bay of Karystos where we’ll sample the captain’s own wine and mezedes. Dinner by yourself on the waterfront. Breakfast included.
Day 7: Coastal walk, food demonstration, lunch in Marmari.
Following a leisurely morning in Karystos we go to a factory where the famous Karystos stone (slate) is processed. After this, for those who are interested, there is an easy 2 hour coastal walk with views towards the mainland, the island of Kea and also the Petalli islands. This leads you in to the picturesque fishing village of Marmari where we’ve chosen what we consider to be the very best seaside taverna in this area! Our hostess invites us into her kitchen and shows us how she prepares a number of seafood dishes for our included lunch near the sea. Enjoy a farewell dinner today. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 8: Departure Day.
The tour finishes in Athens about 1:00 pm. We transfer towards the port of Marmari and catch the ferry towards the mainland port of Rafina (approximately Half an hour from Athens International Airport). We usually go ahead and take 10:15 am ferry which enters Rafina at 11:15 am (ferry times can alter). From Rafina ferries depart for many of the Cycladic Islands and you may wish to continue your Greek adventure and go to Andros, Tinos, Mykonos or Santorini. We can assist with onward travel plans. Those going back to Athens will be taken to the Philippos Hotel. Breakfast included.
Changes might be necessary to the above itinerary because of weather, political or local conditions.