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5 Star Culinary Experience in a Mediterranean Masterpiece

Enjoy six nights and seven memorable days, with a focus on the culinary delights of the region, in one of Greece’s two luxury resorts on the island of Rhodes. Situated in the south-eastern corner of the Aegean Sea in Greece, the romantic island of Rhodes is a timeless holiday destination. Spectacular stretches of sand, emerald waters, beautiful historical sights, an inspiring medieval town, unlimited options for dining, entertainment and leisure promise unforgettable travel experiences for all, including couples and families.

This is not your typical one day food festival with many vendors and people wandering around. Rather it is a true celebration of Greek gastronomy, an authentic immersion in the vibrant culture of Rhodes, the Greek islands and its people while savoring the traditional cuisine that has delighted the palates of people around the world for millennia.

Getting There

The all-inclusive packages includes everything in the itinerary- all meals, and unlimited alcohol and more. The only thing that is not included is the air and getting to Rhodes is easy.. and flights from the US are a bargain in October with convenient connections through most major European gateways including: Athens, Amsterdam, London, Paris, Rome, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Brussels, Copenhagen, Vienna, Tel Aviv and more. Please contact us or your travel professional to book the air component.

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Itinerary

DAY 1 WEDNESDAY – OCTOBER 12

Arrival to Rhodes where you will be met at the airport and transferred to one of the festival host hotels. Check in at the hotel and remainder of the day at your leisure to explore the local surroundings. In the evening you will take part in cooking lesson made up of 3 different authentic local recipes, exclusively presented at the terrace of the main restaurant with an amazing view to Aegean Sea lead by the resort chefs. Recipes include:

“Pitaroudia” for starters, a traditional Rhodian appetizer (fritters) made of flour, water and with different adding of vegetables or chick peas and a lot of herbs served with yogurt sauce & aromatic tomato sauce.

“Kappama” Lamb with rice & herbs for main course.

“Diples” for dessert. The dish is one of the traditional desserts offered as a treat for weddings in Dodecanese. It is fried dough pastries served with honey, walnuts, cinnamon & sesame.

All followed by Welcome Dinner.

DAY 2 THURSDAY – OCTOBER 13

Breakfast at the hotel (Aegean or American style) and depart for a guided tour of the Medieval City of Rhodes, the oldest inhabited medieval city in Europe! After a panoramic drive along the coast passing the Acropolis of Rhodes, you will enter the ancient city and visiting the Palace of the Grand Masters, the actual headquarters of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem and through the famous street of the Knights conveying an excellent impression of the medieval times. Stroll through the labyrinth of the Medieval city you will discover byzantine churches, mosques since the Ottoman occupation of the island as well as a synagogue still operating, in the heart of the area called “La Juderia”. At the end of our walking tour, you will have free time to explore Rhodes Old Town. Here you will find many shops and cafes to enjoy and shop for local delicacies such as Greek herbs and olive oil, soaps, smoothies with local fresh fruits.

During your free time you may complete your visit on your own, with a nice cool refreshment or a local beer or even a nice cold coffee in a typical café of the town, do not forget your swim wear as we will visit Ronda beach for swimming and wine tasting and a late lunch before returning to the resort. Dinner late evening at the resort.

DAY 3 FRIDAY – OCTOBER 14

Breakfast at the hotel and depart for a guided scenic drive down the east coast to Lindos.

Lindos is the regions’ iconic fishing village and one of the most impressive archaeological sites on the island. At first sight everybody inevitably stops to admire the natural landscape which is enhanced by the beautiful, whitewashed houses embracing the rock of Lindos with the Acropolis enthroned above. The view is breathtaking! You will have the chance to stroll through the narrow alleyways and climb some 300 steps up to the Acropolis of goddess Athena where you will be given a guided tour.

Following our tour of the Acropolis visiting we will move on to the St. George Church for a photo opportunity of the church and vistas. Lastly we will participate in an exclusive Melekouni cooking class in a traditional captain’s lodge. Leaving Lindos, we will enjoy time in Saint Paul’s Bay, hidden at the back of the village for lunch with Greek traditional plates meze style on the beach at the Tambakio restaurant. Be sure to pack your swimwear as we will have time to swim in the crystal clear Aegean sea.

After sunset, return to the hotel for dinner.

DAY 4 SATURDAY – OCTOBER 15

Full day at leisure to enjoy the resort amenities or activities. – OR choose from the two optional tours:

Option 1: Aegean Marine Biology- Blutopia Marine Park

Situated within one of the most important marine ecosystem of the Mediterranean sea, on the west side of the Greek island of Rhodes, Blutopia Marine Park is Greece’s first and only private marine park and the natural habitat of an amazing array of fish, large marine mammals, rare underwater plants and algae in one of the world’s most flourishing ecosystems.

This tour explores four islands delving into marine life, biodiversity and conservation issues. Participants get up close and personal with aquatic life in its natural habitat, as they snorkel and dive with more than 50,000 sea bream, graceful rays, tuna weighing up to 250 pounds, and endemic Mediterranean seagrass.

Blutopia’s friendly team of professional marine biologists and passionate ecologists lead this full day’s excursion, exploring uninhabitable rock islets with secluded bays. Masks, fins and snorkels are provided.

The day begins with a transfer from your hotel to the Kamiros Skala port of Rhodes to board the private boat. The cruise swings past the islets of Makri and Stroggili en route to Alimia, where a working marine farm offers a rare opportunity to feed and later swim with thousands of fish. If ocean conditions cooperate (as they usually do), there is a 90% chance to swim with frolicking bottle-nose dolphins.

The last stop is the island of Halki, where you’ll indulge in a fish fry with sea bream, octopus and squid at one of the many tavernas by the sea. In addition, the comfortable boat is stocked with delicious Greek treats including fresh fruit and other snacks, soft drinks and cold beer.

This is an excursion not to be missed on your Rhodes adventure. Besides sharing many unforgettable memories, the Blutopia staff takes photographs and video of guests above and below the surface of the sea. Usually, by evening the photos have been emailed to you.

Option 2: Wine and Dine Rhodes Style

Begin the day with a visit to the Triantafillou Winery where we will enjoy wine tasting and a cooking class at a world class family estate. As we arrive at the estate, we find ourselves between rows of vineyards and greeted by the owner & host.

First things first, wine is “made” in the vineyards, therefore we need to understand why that matters and which choices in viticulture impact the final product the most, we take a stroll in the vineyards and with the help of our guide to better understand the cycle of the vine through the seasons. After having our time under the sun, we take shade next to the outdoor bar overlooking the vineyards and we are initiated in the simple yet interesting technique of wine tasting. During the sampling of the wines, we discuss what happens in the winery, from the moment the grapes are brought in.

Once the thirst is quenched, we take a step in Greek cuisine, with the help of the cook of the estate we learn how to make simple, yet delicious traditional dishes of the land from fresh & local ingredients. This should get the appetite going for sure, so it’s time to have lunch. The team behind this experience believes, that a tapas style menu, “Mezedes” in Greek is most adapted for discovery. After having tasted the wines and discussed their characters, it’s up to us to mix & match them with the multitude of Greek dishes available at our table.

Finally, a good relaxing meal requires a good digestive, and that’s what “Tsipouro” does best. We make our way indoors for a last bit of information about distillation, next to the only operational professional distillery in Dodekanissos. Vine, wine, a nice meal and a strong finish, it’s time to head back to the resort.

DAY 5 SUNDAY – OCTOBER 16

Morning to relax and enjoy the resort amenities before departing after an early lunch for the Asklipio Village, a traditional village built amphitheatrically and stands out for its unique natural surroundings. The most important feature of Asklipio is the Medieval Castle which was built by the Knights of Saint John in the13th century. The white mass of small traditional houses is a typical example of the folklore architecture. In the heart of the village of Asklipio lies the Byzantine church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary. The church’s preserved frescoes are a narration of the visions of St. John the Theologian, who according to tradition, was inspired in the Cave of the Apocalypse on the island of Patmos.

The iconographic cycle of the book of Revelations of John is rarely found outside of Mount Athos. Dating from 1060, this church was built in the shape of a cross but was extended later in the century to accommodate larger congregations. In this lovely mountainous village you will get a true culinary experience with cooking classes lead by the locals where you will learn to cook according to the local tradition. After class, the evening will consist of the Panigiri Culinary Festival Feast featuring authentic traditional homemade food served while a Greek folk band sings and plays traditional Greek instruments- followed by a long evening of dancing and celebration under the stars. Τhe Panigiri Festival is centuries old and full of tradition and culture- a bucket list experience that should not be missed.

DAY 6 MONDAY – OCTOBER 17

Breakfast at the hotel and depart for the port to venture off to the Island of Symi. The enchanting Symi is located appriximately 25 miles northwest of Rhodes. Rekindling images of traditional Greek island lìfe, Symi a must-visit destination for visitors to Greece’s Dodecanese island group.

The optional tour begins with hotel pickup at in the morning and transfer to the port of Mandraki to the less-visited sanctuary. Charming pastel-colored homes and shops climb the hillside above Symi’s Gialos Harbor, the bustling port with its tavernas, bars, painted fishing boats and kafenions (serving murky Greek coffee). Yalos village is divided into two main parts: The old town of Chorio sits up the hill. Guided tours of the narrow streets include traditional sponge and spice shops.

After you’ve wandered the meandering streets of the island’s only enclave, Saint George beach beckons with its turquoise waters. Enjoy a swim, then a traditional Greek meal on the boat. Spend the rest of the day on your own, strolling, shopping and taking inspiring photos for memories that will follow you back home.

At 6 p.m., the boat departs Symi for Rhodes Mandraki port, where guests are transferred back to their accommodations. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, wear comfortable walking shoes, pack swimwear and bring your camera. Farewell dinner at resort.

DAY 7 TUESDAY – OCTOBER 18

Transfer to the airport. Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport

Add a stop-over in Athens or Israel after the festival! Click here for details on the Israel add-on extension.

OPTIONAL ATHENS ADD-ON

Day 1:

Arrival to Athens, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Check in at the hotel and prepare for late afternoon/evening tour.

Your evening begins with a short panoramic drive through the city center and on the slopes of the sacred hill you will be able to see, admire and
take photos of the illuminated Acropolis.

Then a pleasant walk through the narrow picturesque streets of Plaka, the old city, will bring you at a Typical Greek Tavern where you will enjoy your
dinner following a floor show with live music and Greek Folk Dances in traditional costumes.

The mesmerizing and graphic Plaka was developed mostly around the ruins of Ancient Agora of Athens in an area that has been continuously inhabited
since antiquity. During the years of Ottoman rule, Plaka was the known as the “Turkish quarter of Athens”, and the seat of the Turkish Voivode
(Governor).

During the Greek War of Independence, Plaka like the rest of Athens, was temporarily abandoned by its inhabitants because of the severe battles that
took place in 1826. The area was repopulated during the first years of King Otto’s rule. Plaka had a sizable Arvanite community till the late 19th
century, which led some to refer to it as the Arvanite quarter of Athens.

Day 2:

Transfer from the hotel to the airport.

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What’s Included?

  • Six Nights at Your Choice of Two All-Inclusive Luxury Resorts

  • Traditional Greek Breakfasts Every Morning

  • Tour along coast to traditional vineyard with wine tastings and light hors d’ouevres

  • Guided tour of the medieval city of Rhodes

  • Visit the best restaurants and famous beaches for sunbathing, swimming & delicious Aegean cuisine

  • Experience the whitewashed houses & Acropolis of Lindos on a guided tour with locals

  • Transportation to all excursions and to & from airport

How to Make Your Reservation

STEP 1

CHOOSE YOUR
LUXURY RESORT

The Ixian Grand

or

The Alila Resort & Spa

STEP 2

CHOOSE YOUR
ROOM TYPE

Garden View

or

Sea View Upgrade

STEP 3

ADD ON TOURS (OPTIONAL)

Winery or

Bluetopia or

Athens or Israel Post Tours

Host Destination

Rhodes, Greece

By far the largest and historically the most important of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes (ro-dos) abounds in beaches, wooded valleys and ancient history. Whether you’re here on a culture-vulture journey through past civilizations, or simply for some laidback beach time, buzzing nightlife, or diving in crystal-clear waters, it’s all here.

The atmospheric Old Town of Rhodes is a maze of cobbled streets that will spirit you back to the days of the Byzantine Empire and beyond. Further south, in the picture-perfect town of Lindos, capped by an ancient Acropolis, sugar-cube houses spill down to a turquoise bay.

While both Lindos and Rhodes Old Town get very crowded in summer, Rhodes is large enough to allow plenty of room to breathe that pure Aegean air.

At the same time cosmopolitan and traditional, timeless and modern, simple and spectacular – Rhodes is the home authentic and innovative cuisine while ideal for beach holidays and so much more.

Choose From 1 of 2 Luxury Resorts

Learn More About The Ixian Grand & All Suites

Host Resort Option #1

The Ixian Grand

A truly magnificent beach front resort hotel consisting of 348 rooms & suites dedicated to Adults Only.

The Ixian Grand & All Suites is the ideal base for you to explore the endless beauties of the Island of Rhodes. Enjoy the cool breeze of the West Coast, the most beautiful sunsets by the beach and feel the ultimate comfort at the luxurious surroundings.

Learn More About Alila Resort & Spa

Host Resort Option #2

Alila Resort & Spa

Six Nights and Seven Days at the Alila Resort & Spa is the richest ultra-all-inclusive, family friendly beach resort in Rhodes and a member of the Mitsis Premium Collection. Opened in May 2013 with amazing architecture and epitomizing style, Alila lies at one of the most cosmopolitan resorts in Rhodes, Faliraki, right on a Blue Flag awarded beach. Alila Resort & Spa offers numerous gastronomic delights and tastes from around the world at its main and 8 à la carte restaurants, as well as its 5 bars.

Children can enjoy a wide variety of fun activities such as cooking classes, games, handicrafts, sports and more. A pool with water slides is available all day and the children’s disco keep the little ones entertained every evening.

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Double Occupancy Ixian Deluxe Resort View

$2,990pp
  • The Deluxe Rooms with Resort View feature free Wi-Fi, a comfortable king-size bed, large wardrobes, a sofa which can be converted to double bed, flat screen TV with satellite channels, mini fridge and safe deposit box. All bathrooms feature a large walk-in shower, bathrobes, slippers and personal care amenities.

Single Occupancy Ixian Deluxe Resort View

$3,690pp
  • The Deluxe Rooms with Resort View feature free Wi-Fi, a comfortable king-size bed, large wardrobes, a sofa which can be converted to double bed, flat screen TV with satellite channels, mini fridge and safe deposit box. All bathrooms feature a large walk-in shower, bathrobes, slippers and personal care amenities.

Double Occupancy Ixian Premium Sea View

$3,290pp
  • The Premium guestrooms are designed in every detail to heighten your accommodation experience. The cozy character of this room is reflected by the light colors and the comfortable spaces. Kick back and slow down by your private or sharing pool to enjoy nothing but the sun. The guestroom features a king-size bed with premium mattress, tiled floor, seating area, private/sharing swimming pool overlooking the lush gardens, Led TV with satellite channels. The bathroom features a walk-in shower and luxury personal care amenities.

Single Occupancy Ixian Premium Sea View

$4,190pp
  • The Premium guestrooms are designed in every detail to heighten your accommodation experience. The cozy character of this room is reflected by the light colors and the comfortable spaces. Kick back and slow down by your private or sharing pool to enjoy nothing but the sun. The guestroom features a king-size bed with premium mattress, tiled floor, seating area, private/sharing swimming pool overlooking the lush gardens, Led TV with satellite channels. The bathroom features a walk-in shower and luxury personal care amenities.

Double Occupancy Alila Resort Mountain View

$2,990pp
  • These relaxing and comfortable rooms can accommodate up to 3 guests. Carefully appointed spaces furnished with fine furniture and decorated with luxury details. All rooms have an open plan bedroom and a marble bathroom and are equipped with all the desired amenities and conveniences for a wonderful stay.

Single Occupancy Alila Resort Mountain View

$3,690pp
  • With views over the peaceful hotel’s surroundings, these rooms are suitable for a solo stay. Well-appointed rooms with a luxury bathroom with bathtub and shower. They are all nicely decorated with attention to detail and offer all the comforts of a five-star resort.

Double Occupancy Alila Resort Sea View

$3,390pp
  • These relaxing and comfortable rooms can accommodate up to 3 guests. Carefully appointed spaces furnished with fine furniture and decorated with luxury details. All rooms have an open plan bedroom and a marble bathroom and are equipped with all the desired amenities and conveniences for a wonderful stay.

Single Occupancy Alila Resort Sea View

$3,890pp
  • With views over the majestic sea, these rooms are suitable for a solo stay. Well-appointed rooms with a luxury bathroom with bathtub and shower. They are all nicely decorated with attention to detail and offer all the comforts of a five-star resort.

Family Premium Suite Alila Resort Sea View

$4,390pp
  • Family rooms that combine luxury and relaxation. Elegantly decorated, these two-bedroom rooms with partition offer all the amenities expected for delightful family holidays. The furnished balcony is the ideal spot to enjoy your morning coffee under the Mediterranean sun admiring the stunning sea views.
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