Greek cooking holiday

Greek Islands, Poros, Greece

8 days from
per person

Average user rating

Holiday Itinerary

Tucked away in the peaceful and picturesque village of Askeli in Poros, this friendly cooking school, just a few minutes from the beach is the setting for your Greek cooking holiday experience.

Under the guidance of your fun and friendly Greek host Chef Katerina, you will immerse yourself in Greek life to discover the gastronomic delights of this beautiful area of Poros. Learning about the historical roots of traditional Greek cooking you will learn to cook both traditional and modern Greek dishes.

The aim of the course is to give you the skills to cook fabulous Greek dishes from the region to impress even the most experienced foodies back home. All cooking courses are hands-on and you will all have the chance to visit the lively local fish market and olive groves, lemon groves or an organic Mediterranean vegetable farm.

Combine beautiful Greek sunshine and flavours with fun hands-on Greek cooking lessons on this 7 night / 8 day Greek cookery holiday with a difference.

Who is it suitable for?
- Suitable for all levels from complete beginners to experienced foodies - Your hosts are Greek but speak perfect English
- Minimum age: 10 (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)

I'm a solo traveller - can I join?
- These Greek cookery holidays make great singles holidays and in fact, many people travel solo
- Solo travellers can have a private single room in the exclusive suite in the Odyssey centre for no single supplement
- To check availability for singles please contact us at with your preferred date of travel
- If you are looking to travel solo in July and August please contact us at and we may be able to accommodate your request depending on availability, a single supplement may be applicable
- Please note that apartments can accommodate families of up to 5 people, please contact us at or call us for more information.

Can I bring a non-cooking guest?
- Non-cooking guests are welcome to share a room with a cooking guest and prices for the non-cooking guest will be discounted accordingly, please email or call us for details

When can I start?
- This Greek cooking holiday runs on from April to October
- Arrival days are on Saturday
- All courses include 7 nights / 8 days accommodation in the exclusive suite at the Odyssey centre

Typical itinerary
Please note that the itinerary is for guidance only and may change subject to weather conditions and availability of fresh ingredients at the time of travel

Day 1 – Arrival day
- Check-in to your exclusive suite at the Odyssey centre anytime after 2pm
- Katerina, your chef, will welcome you
- You have the afternoon free to explore Askeli, relax by the pool, or enjoy a swim in the clear blue sea
-  In the evening you will be a guest at the welcome dinner, Katerina will introduce you to some of the food that you will learn to cook during your stay

Day 2 – Free time and cooking class
- Enjoy a leisurely Greek breakfast
- After breakfast, you will have a chance to look more closely at the menus and recipes
- Enjoy guided tasting walk around town followed by lunch
- Your first cookery lesson will begin at 2.30pm, followed by a late afternoon drink or a small siesta
- You will return to your class around 5pm to cook the final stages of dinner which will be served in the relaxed evening atmosphere

Day 3 – Cooking class and visit to the fish market
- An earlier breakfast will be followed by a walk into Poros Harbour to visit the fish market where you will select a range of ingredients for the day’s cooking
- This will be followed by a visit to a local café for coffee and Greek pastries and some free time
- Mid afternoon you will start to prepare the evening meal from the fish selected at the market
- You will then enjoy dinner you have created in relaxed and sociable surroundings at the centre

Day 4 – Visit to Hydra
- Enjoy a leisurely Greek breakfast
- Today will include a visit to Hydra, with lunch provided.
- On return to Poros you will start to prepare the evening meal from the fish selected at the market
- You will then enjoy dinner you have created in relaxed and sociable surroundings at the centre

Day 5 – Free time & private cooking class
- Enjoy a leisurely Greek breakfast
- This is another free morning for you to do whatever you please on your sunshine holiday on Poros Island
- Lunch will be provided at around 1pm
- This afternoon enjoy a cooking class with your chef
- You will enjoy dinner in the evening either at the bistro or a local restaurant

Day 6 – Olive or lemon groves and cookery lesson
- After breakfast an opportunity to visit either the lemon or olive groves to learn about the use of both these ingredients in Greek cooking, a picnic lunch will be provided
- On returning to the school mid afternoon you will begin your final cooking lesson, a classic Greek meal will then be served in the evening
- One evening in the week you'll enjoy a delicious Greek cheese and wine tasting

Day 7 – Final day
- After a delicious breakfast you can relax in the sunshine on the beautiful Greek coastline
 - Depending on the season, you will visit different locations to learn about the importance of seasonal ingredients in Greek cooking, including local herbs
- Lunch will be provided either at the bistro or as a picnic
- In the evening you will enjoy the finale dinner, a true Greek experience with many surprises!

Day 8 – Departure day
- After breakfast you are asked to check out of your accommodation by 10am, taking home with you the skills, experience and recipes that will last long after your holiday is over

Sample Greek menus
Dishes vary according to the season and what food is available but may include:
- Gyros
- Baklava
- Kleftiko
- Souvlaki
- Mezethes
- Lamb and potato cooked in a wood oven
- Tzatziki
- Stuffed vine leaves
- Dolmadakia
- Roast pork
- Greek salads
- Fish sauces
- Roasted vegetables
- Herb dressings

Please note: dietary requests can be catered for, including vegetarians, if advised at the time of booking

About your chef
- The chef at the school is Katerina, she is friendly, professional and passionate about cooking and the historical roots of traditional Greek cooking
- Specialising in both traditional and modern Greek cooking Katerina's skills have become very sought after and when she is not giving lessons in Poros or preparing and supervising the meals at the school’s Bistro in Askeli, she also provides lessons in Greek cooking throughout other parts of Europe

Where will I be staying?
- You’ll stay in traditional style Greek apartments just a few minutes from the beautiful unspoilt beaches of Askeli in an exclusive suite at Odyssey centre
- Your accommodation is located just 2 kilometres from the main town of Poros, 6 minutes by taxi, and you will also be within easy reach of Athens by the modern and efficient ferry service
- The accommodation offers 11 apartments in total that can accommodate between 2 and 5 adults, groups or families
- Each exclusive suite at Odyssey centre is fully equipped with air conditioning, kitchenette and fridge, a bathroom with a shower and a veranda seating area with table and chairs
- Check in any time after 2pm on day 1, and check out by 10am on the day of departure
- Please note: should the accommodation be fully booked but there is still space on the cookery course, you will be placed in alternative accommodation of the same standard; this hotel is located just a 10-minute along the beach from the cookery school

Are meals included?
- Breakfast is included each day
- 6 Lunches and 7 dinners are also included
- Wine is included with the welcome dinner