The guests will enjoy a unique rejuvenating session which combines Pilates training, swimming at a little –known Paros beach, and relaxation. This programme draws upon Thalia’s extensive theoretical & practical experience, and aims at offering an opportunity for relaxation and joy.
Rena, VOULA, ATTIKI
The guests will visit local museums and learn about the Arts, and will then spend the rest of the day with Rena, swimming, chatting, relaxing and enjoying themselves in different beaches at the south of Athens.
Dimitris loves to offer travellers a chance to get acquainted with local spots of interest, on bikes. He offers a comprehensive city trekking bike tour in Athens on the brand new Athens bike road, ending up at a traditional winery with wine tasting sessions and lessons.
The guests will have the opportunity to visit picturesque villages in Rhodes, which still retain their traditional color. They will also sample the delicious local cuisine at small taverns that are off-the-beaten-track, and mingle with the locals in order to appreciate their way of life.
Christos, SARONIC GULF
The guests will spend the day travelling on an inflatable boat to destinations in the Argosaronic gulf and will have the opportunity to sample local traditional greek cuisine and meet the locals.
Archontia, KYPARISSI, LAKONIA
The guests will acquire a deep understanding of greek history and folklore culture, learn the secrets of bread baking, visit local olive oil mills and traditional livestock units, and take a walk along designated Natura paths.
The guests will get the chance to visit the historical and modern city center of Kalamata, explore the most significant hot-spots and sights and acquire a good understanding of the locals’ day-to-day life. They will also visit the town’s magnificent beach, and will then end-up with sampling the local cuisine with its traditional recipes and delis.
Aggeliki, AGIOS NIKOLAOS, CRETE
The visitors will visit enchanting and “mythical” mountainous and seaside places, discover a multitude of local dishes and recipes as cooked by the locals, and learn about alternative, healthy and eco-friendly ways of living.
Visitors will have a unique and thorough chance to have a global view of Greek History by visiting three representative monuments of the Mycenean, Roman and Byzantine era in Patras. They will also have the opportunity to learn, see & listen to traditional music and Art
Guests will enjoy a spiritual get-together, whereby they will visit various christian-orthodox chapels and small churches in the area. They will then head back home, in order to enjoy a hands-on cooking experience, and have lunch with Tetty. After that, an invigorating stroll to the little-known sites of Gazi and Kerameikos will give them the insider’s story of these two districts.
The visitors will become acquainted with the greek history, customs and culture, and will also undertake a series of outdoor activities in order to appreciate the greek flora and fauna.
Guests will enjoy a walk around the historic Athens center, visiting places of historic interest and getting a deep understanding of greek history and modern athenian way of life. They will then enjoy lunch at a traditional tavern, and will continue with a complete aromatherapy session where they will have a hands-on experience of cream production based on pure oils and essences.
Guests will become acquainted with the day-to-day life of Thessaloniki’s locals, as well as the city’s distinguished culture, gastronomy, history and culture.
Amalia, VOULA, ATHENS
Guests will have a chance to know a real lady, who is a typical representative of Greeks who were born and raised in Constantinople. She will let them into her life’s rare experiences, take her guests to beloved places, and teach them the secrets of the famous Constantinople cuisine. This is a “live history” session.
Guests will visit places far away from the tourists’ trail, like the central market, a local flea market and a picturesque local tavern, and take learning sessions in greek cooking, patchwork creation & dancing.
Guests will enjoy a unique whole-day walk-about to the “unknown” Rethymno natural surroundings, including mountains, canyons and local flora.
Visitors will receive theoretical knowledge on botano-therapy and its ancient roots. After a long walk to places of rich biodiversity where they will learn to distinguish, collect and process herbs and greens, they will take-up detailed lab sessions in order to learn how to create their own shampoos, body/facial oils, and herbal food and drink products.
The visitors will have a rare chance to know the “hidden” hotspots of Chania, either on foot or by car, and engage in “cooking and consuming” sessions regarding a range of traditional cretan delis, against a friendly and invigorating atmosphere.
Guests will visit “hidden” hotspots of natural beauty on the island of Rhodes, enjoy an exquisite meal with a local family, and visit animal shelters that provide care and food to unwanted animals.
The guests will follow a number of intricate routes along the city of Thessaloniki, in a journey towards discovering culture, local cuisine, traditional and modern life, ancient greek civilization, and dancing.
The guests will enjoy a full day walking & cycling excursion in and around Heraklion, visiting many places of interest. The day will end up with an exhilerating evening cretan BBQ.
Christina, PORTO RAFTI
Guests will sample local cuisine, collect herbs, visit local wineries, visit monasteries and chappels, take a walk along the sea shore, collect shells, and experience painting on porcelain.
Maria, DROSIA, ATTIKI
The visitors will have a chance to attend a unique creative course that will teach them how to create ornamental glass beads, using a special torch, which they will then take with them at the end of the workshop.
Georgia, AGIA PELAGIA, HERAKLION
The guests will practice and experience cretan cuisine in the town of Agia Pelagia near Heraklion, Crete, and will also learn the basics of cretan dancing, while enjoying the breathtaking view towards the Agia Pelagia bay.
Mykonos is more than sea, sun and partying. It is also a culturally vibrant island. Visitors will plunge into a unique mix of experiencing long-lasting island traditions, food-sampling sessions, and visiting local attractions.
Guests will join Yiota at a gourmet family meal with traditional dishes and sweets, which they will take active part in the preparation of, while enjoying the sea view from Yiota’s balcony, over refreshing chit-chat.
Vasilis, ARGOLIC GULF
The guests will take a boat trip in the Argolic gulf, visit all nearby picturesque towns and sea resorts, and indulge in swimming and fishing.
Yiota, LAGANAS, ZAKYNTHOS
The guests will exercise their imagination and creativity, in order to hand-transform “useless” recycling materials like wood and paper into beautiful jewels, gifts and ornaments. The results are stunning.
The visitors will enjoy a full day which includes a history trip to the Marathon classic route, a stroll through the local producers’ stalls and stands, a refreshing swim at the famous Schinia beach, and an invigorating family time with coffee, fresh juice and chit-chat.
Anna, CAPE SOUNIO
This experience will offer visitors a unique all-day greek experience at Cape Sounio, including swimming, beach volley, coffee and a barbeque, traditional delis, and greek dancing.
The visitor will take part in a unique course covering experiential painting and drawing techniques in the open air, in the city of Chania.
The guests will visit numerous Thessaloniki archeological sights, byzantine monuments and museums of modern art and acquire a great sense of the city’s cultural evolution.
Christiana, PARALIO,ASTROS KYNOYRIAS
The guests will have the unique opportunity to experience things like cooking local deli foods, collecting herbs and greens, dancing, and taking a swim under a local waterfall.
This experience will give guests the opportunity of acquiring a thorough insider’s view of worthy hotspots on the island of Rhodes, including visiting beautiful beaches, fishing, cooking and drawing activities, and hands-on gardening.
Yiannis will take his visitors through a “behind the scenes” walk-about in Thasos, covering all interesting places and sites on the island, including visiting villages with traditional architecture and sampling local delicacies.
Maria, IRAKLEIO, ATTIKI
This experience will help guests exercise their handcrafting capabilities over a journey on traditional weaving that connects yesterday’s traditions and crafts with today’s needs. They will learn how to hand-craft appliqués, patchworks, quilts, decorative textile creations, through a creative game of imagination and aesthetics.
The guests will have a chance to acquire a hands-on experience on greek cuisine, take part in the actual preparation & cooking of numerous greek dishes, and consume the dishes that they have created.
Dimitris, LAKE PLASTIRA
Guests can choose among different activities: paragliding course and flight will help them fly as a “free bird”, Kayaking at Lake Plastira is ideal for beautiful and peaceful paddling in a magnificent landscape, while Trekking-Mountaineering in well-charted mountain routes that ran across the Agrafa mountains offer a breathtaking experience.
Experience ceramic workshops and Byzantine iconography in Heraclion, Crete, and walk through an exquisite gastronomy trail, by sampling local wines and food delis.
Get to know Crete’s culture and history, agricultural activities, traditional day-to-day habits, and modern cretan lifestyle.
Katerina loves taking her guests on walk-abouts around her picturesque village and the magnificent surrounding landscape, and helping them learn the local activities of oil extraction and gardening. She wants them to experience the authentic cretan lifestyle and collect fond memories.
Art and painting lessons in Patmos at Marias own studio, will offer a cleansing experience to guests, together with walk-abouts to the island and painting sessions in the open.
Experience the real cretan way of life, in and around the picturesque village of Arhanes, Crete. Visit winemakers, oil mills, raki boilers, small villages, old churches, local cafés, and enjoy traditional cretan food and music.
The visitor will have a chance to get an insider’s view of the cretan way of life in Hersonissos, including cooking, visiting cretan families, and visiting the nearby villages.
A comprehensive journey covering the arts, exchanging travelling experiences, and a unique acquaintance with traditional greek cuisine.
This experience will take visitors along a walk-about on Kalymnos island, featuring worth-knowing sights, local culture and cuisine with the help of a local family.
The visitor will get a hands-on experience, at Magda’s own workshop, of traditional Byzantine-style iconography and mosaic making, using either chippings or pebbles, by going through the process and the different stages in a step-by step manner. He will also get to create various ornamental artifacts using natural materials.
The visitor will explore the ins and outs of the beautiful city of Kavala, and get involved in abstract painting, artifacts’ creation from local natural materials, and traditional food preparation.
The visitor will enjoy a comprehensive behind-the scenes walk-about in the city of Kavala and its diverse and exceptional day-to-day life.
Yiannis will take his visitors through a “behind the scenes” walk-about in Thessaloniki, covering off-the-beaten-track places and sites throughout the city center, the historical center and the numerous monuments and landmarks.
Sotiris will offer a unique and thorough acquaintance with all aspects of life on Syros island, including visits to local hot-spots, walk-abouts, hands-on experience with traditional ship-building, sampling local cuisine, collecting plants, and spending precious time with a local family.
Valentina will offer a comprehensive food and wine tour on the island of Tinos (Cyclades), where the visitors will have a chance to get actively involved in the preparation and sampling of local deli dishes. In addition, visits to local wineries, breweries and marble art craftsmen will be organized.
Kostas lives and works in Chania, Crete, where he will offer a comprehensive whole-day walk around the town. Being a multi-talented individual (engineer, photographer, entrepreneur, writter, amateur astronomer, media producer) he will walk his guests to everything worth knowing about Chania: the municipal market, the old venetian harbour & walls, obscure and unknown spots of interest, the old soap factory, local shops, the great mansions & churches, and a generous sampling of the local cuisine.
Eleni & Lina, MESSINIA
Eleni and Lina live in Chora (a mountain village in Messinia, Peloponnese) and belong to a large family with a long tradition in the art of silversmithing. They offer a unique experience that involves learning how to craft ancient-style greek jewels, while offering their visitors the opportunity to hand-craft their own dream-jewel. Within walking distance from their home, the visitors have the chance to visit the local archeological museum, and the ancient remains of King Nestor's Palace.
Toula lives in Agiassos, a small mountain village in the island of Lesvos. She offers an invigorating experience which includes a strolling excursion to the local chestnut forest, collecting chestnuts from their own farm, an informative walk-around the village points of interest (including the local Deli shops and the local cultural, byzantine and carnival museums), and drinking coffee and tasting sweet preserves at a local traditional village cafe'.
Catherine is what you call a "real cosmopolitan". She offers a "get-together" experience involving greek cooking, greek herbs, traditional sweet liqueur drinks, natural beauty products, invigorating discussions, and experience exchanging within a typical warm greek family home. She also loves kids!
Dimitra offers an exquisite hospitality experience for quests which she considers as "her friends". The experience is based around her stone-built house near Chania Crete, which features a large yard as well as lots of flowers and trees, and includes excellent local food cooking, invigorating chit-chat, unique village-strolls, and learning opportunities regarding the local traditions.
Fotini is big in Art. She offers a comprehensive and rare experience of "life in a greek village" which includes: sculpture (creating small artifacts), building small ornamental structures with natural materials, and hands-on involvement in home-based cultivations in her family garden.
Yiannis takes advantage of his extensive experience and personal involvement in the "sailing for pleasure" as well as the "food & catering" sectors, in order to offer a thorough walk-around experience covering various places of local interest, especially sailing-and-food-related, in Athens and Piraeus.
Maria, SKYPE online
Maria holds a Ph.D in English literature, and is an experienced qualified teacher of English & Greek languages. She offers a comprehensive 9-hour online course on: modern day-to-day Greek language (five 1.5-hour daily lessons), and contemporary greek History & Culture (one 1.5-hour lesson).
Athena is based in lovely Panorama of Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece. She offers a warm family hospitality experience within her welcoming family, in her own house, including a lot of traditional cooking, and long experience-exchanging conversations.
Dimitris offers a warm 10-hours hospitality experience within his family, which will immerse the traveller into the typical greek way of life. Shopping, cooking, chatting, strolls to the local mountain, religious, charity, food tasting: the whole lot!