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Traveling all over Greece though the magical cuisine in 8 days

OVERVIEW
One of the undeniable cultural qualities of any given place is its cuisine. Greek cuisine is a kaleidoscope of delicacies, recipes and traditions, with as many faces as the areas of the truly diverse landscape of the country.

Kos Island is home to a rich gastronomic tradition following Greek and Mediterranean routes. Despite its statues as a cosmopolitan destination, Kos Island has managed to preserve a distinct and true to its beginnings gastronomic identity. Many of the local treats are prepared in connection with religious celebrations, while the islands fertile soil and promising climate have given birth to many peculiar products and unique varieties of wine.
A trademark of the island the posa cheese or wine-cheese is prepared by allowing local goat cheese to mature submerged in red wine, granting it its famous capricious flavor.
Pligouri is notable local specialty made of lightly ground wheat, usually found accompanying pork.
The traditional beverage Kanelada is made of cinnamon and the Alefaskia a tea like herb found on the island.
Also noted for their taste are the local wines and the thyme honey.
All these treats are only a sample of what one may expect of the island’s cuisine.
Do not miss the chance to explore it

Highlights
• 5 cooking classes
• Visit to Hippocrates Garden
• Visit to Olive Factory
• Visit to “Winery” and learn about local wines
• Honey Tour
• 7 nights accommodation
• Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner
Healthy and nutritious traditional Greek meals throughout the week
• Free access to Herbal tea bar

Program

Day 1
Welcome & check in The Small Village Hotel
Swim & relax by the pool

Day 2
Breakfast by the bright terrace of Small Village restaurant.

Morning cooking class at 11:30am.

Learning the” basics” about Greek cuisine.

2 hours class during you will turn some beautiful garden tomatoes and peppers into one of the most traditional Greek recipes Taking tradition to the next level with these vegan Greek stuffed tomatoes and peppers. These “Yemista” are a healthy satisfying meal that screams the flavors of Greece!

Lunch at Small Village Restaurant

Afternoon Visit to a local winery where we will taste local wines and get in touch with the art of winemaking.

Dinner at Small Village Restaurant

Day 3

Breakfast

11:30 Cooking Class with recipes from Cyclades islands
The keyword is simplicity. You will prepare dishes of Cycladic cuisine like Eggplant salad and chicken with olives and Naxos gruyere We will also prepare spaghetti with eggplant sauce, with spicy flavor, fresh herbs, juicy tomatoes, and tender chunks of eggplant A naturally vegan and optionally gluten-free pasta meal that will please all appetites

Lunch at Small Village Restaurant

Afternoon Visit (17:00) to Culture center “ Hippocrates Garden”
Hippocrates Garden” is an exact replica of an Ancient Greek Settlement of 5th century B.C.
It specializes in the revival of the ancient Greek way of life at the time when the great Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, lived.
It consists of an ancient Greek house, an exact replica of a house of this period, a Philosopher s Arcade and a Stone Built Theater.

Here you will have the opportunity through a seminar to get in touch with the biggest secret of Greek cuisine: “Herbs”. Herbs are used both in Greek cooking and in the treatment of many diseases. “Your food is your medicine” are the words of Hippocrates.

Dinner at Small Village Restaurant

Day 4
Breakfast

11:30 Cooking Class: Pies from all over Greece

Picnic-Lunch in Plaka Forester

Afternoon we visit a local oil factory, we will see the way olives become precious oil.

Dinner at Small Village Restaurant

Day 5
Breakfast

11:30 Cooking Class: The basis of traditional cooking is Homemade bread.
We will also cook “katimeria “ Kos island traditional recipe ( fried cheese pies served with syrup or sugar)

Lunch at Small Village Restaurant

Afternoon visit to the Traditional House of Antimachia: an old restored house, a perfect example of a typical early 20th-century house. For its construction, materials from old houses have been used. Part of the house is the entrance which is called the good house, the living room called tavlaos (where guests used to sit), the kitchen, the stable where all the agricultural tools were kept and rooms where women used to bake the bread and work the loom.

Dinner at Small Village Restaurant

Day 6
Breakfast

11:30 Cooking Class: “How to cook perfect Moussaka”
This authentic, foolproof recipe won’t disappoint!
Lunch at Small Village Restaurant
Afternoon Visit to Beekeeping unit “Melissa” in Kefalos. Visitors can experience the Greek beekeeping tradition and taste natural products from the hive. They can safely watch honeybees working inside observation hives and visit the apitherapy house to relax and anti-stress! You can taste and buy unique products like honey, propolis, royal jelly, herbs, cosmetics and more from beekeepers in various flora areas of Greece!

Dinner at Small Village Restaurant

Day 7
Breakfast
Free Day for cruises to nearby islands / sightseeing/ sunbathing

On the last evening you will enjoy a barbecue night with Greek souvlaki & “mezedes” that will accompany our wine. You will enjoy the feast with Greek Music.

Day 8
Breakfast and check out

Things to do (optional) the rest of the day(s)
•One day trip to volcanic island of Nisyros
•Full-day lazy sail in Kalymnos and Pserimos islands
•Asklepion & Island Tour
•Therma Natural Spa beach

What’s included
• 7 nights’ accommodation
• All Cooking classes ( 5 days)
• Daily breakfast ( 7 days )
• Lunch (5 meals )
• Dinner ( 6 meals )
Healthy and nutritious traditional Greek meals throughout the week
• Free access to Herbal tea bar

What’s not included
All Optional trips
Stay over Tax
Cancellation Policy
• A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
• The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
• The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival

8 days / 7 nights Offer
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Price per person in Apartment for 2 persons = 424 euro
Price per person in Apartment for 3 persons=358 euro
Price per person in a Maisonette for 4 persons = 403 euro
Price per person in a Maisonette for 5 persons = 368 euro

Hippocrates Garden

By Experience Culture

The cultural center “Hippocrates Garden” organizes Culture & Heritage Meetings where visitors during their Tour to the Center will get acquainted with Ancient Greek History, Philosophy of Medicine, Botanology and Nutrition, based on the philosophy and history of ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, generally regarded as the father of Western medicine.

Dates : Every Wednesday 9:00-12:00
Duration :3hours
Minimum participation :2 persons
Rate per person : 30euro. Children are free of charge

What’s included:

• Guiding Tours & lectures
• Odysseus’ breakfast
• Herbal teas
• Gift pack of Herbs
• Homemade Organic Beeswax Cream

Culture & Heritage Meetings in brief :

• Welcome & Introduction
The “travel” experience starts with “Odysseus’ breakfast” as it was served in antiquity in the island of Ithaca-Cephalonia and is still preserved today: roasted wheat dried bread dampened with olive oil, white wine, oregano, salt, olives and feta cheese, a glass of white wine, herbal tea with herbs from the Botanical garden, fruits and vegetables & nuts with honey.
• Guided tour to Center’s Museums: Philosopher’s Arcade, Ancient house, Demeter’s Museum, Altar, Apollo temple, Medicine Room(dormitory)
During guiding the participants will get acquainted with ancient Greek history, approach & analyze the famous Hippocrates quote: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” , while visiting the botanical garden they will learn their healing value of the herbs, grown in the Garden, and their use from antiquity to the present

• Enjoying a cup of healing tea the participants will make a beeswax cream to take back home, along with a gift pack of Herbs

About Ancient House-Hippocrates Garden

 

The cultural center Ancient House-Hippocrates Garden is located in Mastichari 5 minutes walk form our Hotel.

It is an exact replica of an Ancient Greek Settlement in the 5th century b.C.  

It specializes in the revival of the ancient Greek way of life at the time when the great Greek doctor lived. It consists of an ”Oikos”, an ancient Greek house-n exact replica of a house of this period, a Philosopher ‘ s Arcade and a Stone Built Theater:-Dancing Satyrs Theater.In these buildings we will pursue philosophical and spiritual matters and we will make our acquaintance with the ancient Greek medicine and daily life.

Oikos: Ancient Greek house. An exact replica of a house of this period, with the estia (sitting room), the bathroom, the kitchen, the Andron (room of the men), the women room, and the room where women spent their time weaving. The house is a two storey stone building, made of local stone. Old tiles are placed on the wooden roof. The handmade furniture is replicas of  the ancient ones.

Philosopher Arcade: constructed with  the standards of the era with handmade pebble- mosaic on the floor and walls embossed copies, which houses works of art and library, where guests can  study the Ancient Greek Philosophers and at the same time admire modern Greek art. There is an exhibition of various items, saved from the modernization flood of the last 50 years in Greece.
Books from the 1920, household items of the 19th and 20th century become our ancestors heritage.

“Dancing Satyr’s Theater”- a stone built theater (of 80 seats) where Performances are conducted with themes  from Ancient Greece and Cultural Events  relevant to the Tradition of the Dodecanese Islands and Kos Island.
All areas are open to visitors, so that guests can participate in our cultural centers happenings. Besides attending the seminars, visitors can stroll in the gardens where herbs, wild cedar trees, vineyards, fruit bearing trees coexist in harmony. One can occupy oneself in botany, grape – growing and biological agriculture issues or can simply take a rest in the almost virgin surroundings. The land around the Center is a wildlife refuge.

The center is dedicated to the brilliance of the ancient Greek philosophers. Our aim is to discover, through their teaching, modern ways into the meaning of life and the realization of the necessity of preserving nature. Seminars on a daily basis are dedicated to this cause.Greek nights also take place where visitors can enjoy traditional Greek music, dancing, food and wine.

CULTURAL AND SPIRITUAL CENTER DEDICATED TO THE WORK OF THE ANCIENT GREEK DOCTOR AND FATHER OF MEDICINE: HIPPOCRATES OF KOS

www.hippocratesgarden.gr

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