Taste the local flavors and master the art of traditional Greek food on this fun and entertaining 2-day excursion to Nafplion and Poros Island. Explore historical landmarks including Epidaurus Theatre, Bourtzi Castle, Palamidi Fortress and the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi. Sample locally made honey, ouzo, and learn from an expert chef, helping to prepare our healthy meal made of locally grown and fresh ingredients. This tour is a feast for all the senses with picturesque views of the Peloponnese and quaint seaside towns.
Depart Athens towards the Corinth Canal, driving through the scenic Peloponnese countryside until we reach the classical Theater of Epidaurus. This 4th century UNESCO world heritage site is one of the best preserved Greek theaters. Known for this exceptional acoustics, it is still used today for performances. We continue to the romantic seaside town of Nafplion, where we have free time to roam around the cobblestone alleys in the medieval old town.Our lunch today is at a traditional Mediterranean Greek restaurant by the harbor where we learn about and sample fresh seafood and seasonal specialties. After lunch we walk to the nearby Karonis Distillery Exhibition and Shop, established in 1869, meet the owner and learn about the art of “ouzomaking”. We finish with a tasting of their superb products: Ouzo, Tsipouro, Mastixa and Cherry Liqueur. Before departing Nafplion we have time to view some of the historical landmarks such as Bourtzi Castle, Palamidi Fortress and the 18th century Venetian Archaeological Museum.Next, we drive to Galatas, just over an hour away, to take the ferry boat shuttle to Poros Island. Along the way we stop at a local beekeeper where we sample different varieties of honey made from orange blossoms, wildflower and thyme. In Poros, we check into accommodation near Askeli Beach. We rest up before dining on fresh Mediterranean seafood at seaside restaurant on Askeli Beach.After breakfast the next morning we tour the island and visit the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi. We visit the monastery which is built on the slopes of a pine forest and then we go to see Russian Bay which has the ruins of the Russian Naval Dockyard, an historical symbol of the Greek-Russian military cooperation in the 18th and19th centuries. We have free time to explore the colorful port in Poros and walk up to the Clock Tower to see the panoramic view. We continue to journey with a hands-on cooking class with Chef Katerina Sakelliou at the Odyssey Cooking Centre. Together we will prepare a few dishes for lunch using fresh seasonal ingredients from her garden or the local produce market. Her herbs and wild greens are gathered from the countryside and the fish from the fishermen’s boats at the port. We’ll indulge our senses and enjoy our healthy Mediterranean meal. We savor the tastes and head back to Athens, stopping at the strategically important Corinth Canal.