Tinos island Mediterranean gastronomy tour, Aegean Sea

Learn all the secrets of the healthy and delicious Mediterranean diet, with this 7-day tour of culinary discovery in Tinos. Sylvain, an ASAM guide, takes you on this unique tour, tasting and collecting fresh local products, and learning delicious recipes.

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

7 days

Mountain Range

-

People per Guide

12 people

Trip Level

Easy

Offer Period

Feb

Type of Trip

Not specified


 

Tinos is a fascinating and still unknown island of the Cyclades Archipelago, in the beautiufl Aegean Sea. The island has stayed away from massive tourism, preserving its culture, traditions and nature.

Tinos is the perfect setting for a culinary and cultural discovery trip. I invite you to join me on a unique 7-day stay in Tinos for an initation into the secrets and precepts of the Mediterranean diet and gastronomy. 

Every day, you will have the chance to discover and learn about production activities and specialties of the island. We will collect local products, prepare delicious meals and have cooking lessons.  You can check the day-by-day itinerary below this text.

 

Price per person

 
Group of 4
1939 CHF

Group of 5
1721 CHF

Group of 6
1576 CHF

Group of 7
1472 CHF

Group of 8
1394 CHF

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
 The price includes transfers during the program, supervision, accommodation with full board except drinks. The price does not include air transport, airport shuttle to Rafina, ferry (half-fare), insurance, entries of sites and museums, drinks and personal expenses.
 

 

What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund.Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.

 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1: Tinos

    11h30: Arrival at the port of Tinos, transfer to the hotel and accommodation in rooms. Meeting at the restaurant for the presentation of the programme, around a raki-mezze.

    2.30 pm: Visit of Kostas vegetable garden, vegetable supplier of the restaurant near the hotel.

    4.30 pm: Ascent of the Vrekastro hill to admire the beauty of the sunset on the Aegean Sea.

    5:30 pm: Return to the hotel. Relaxation or individual health interview.

    19:30: dinner and demonstration of the different ways of preparation of vegetables picked up in the morning.

  • Day 2: Exomvourgo Massif-Farm visit-Cheese and desserts course

    08h00: Breakfast made of local products (milk, butter, yogurts, fruit juice, homemade bread, eggs, vegetables, etc).

    09h00: Departure by car on direction to Kionia for a walk to the Exomvourgo massif, with a stop at the village of Tarambados for the visit of the farm of Markos and a demonstration of milking cows and their breeding. Picnic at the top of Exomvourgo.

    5:30 pm: Return to the hotel

    18.30: Course of cheese and desserts manufacturing with previously recovered milk. Tasting of local cheeses. Dinner. Free evening or individual health interview.

  • Day 3: Falatados Village-Vegetable garden and raki destillery-Herbs and aromatic plants

    8h00: Breakfast

    9:00 am: Departure by car to the village of Falatados and visit the Papandonis estate. Visit the vegetable garden and the raki distillery. Tasting of raki accompanied by homemade cheeses and cold meats.

    12.30: Departure on foot on the path towards Livada, collecting herbs and aromatic plants on the way. Arrival in Livada and picnic on site.

    5:30 pm: Return to the hotel by car. Relaxation or individual health interview.

    7:30 pm: Meeting at the restaurant and cooking demonstration with the plants that were previously picked up. Dinner.

    9 pm: Lecture on the Mediterranean diet by Sylvain Garraud

  • Day 4: Kalatha-Mushroom and plant collection-Visit to winery and vineyards-Tasting-Cooking class

    08h00: Breakfast

    9:00 am: Drive to Kalatha for mushroom and plant collection with a local guide. Naturalistic walk in the surroundings.

    13h00: Visit to the winery of Alavaggelou (T-oinos). Walk in the vineyards then tasting of wine and mezze.

    5:30 pm: Return to the hotel by car, relaxation or individual health interview.

    19:30: Meeting at the restaurant for a cooking class of mushrooms and herbs picked up in the morning. Dinner.

  • Day 5: Exomeri-Hives-Honey tasting-Panormos-Ways of marinating fish

    8:00: Breakfast.

    9:00 am: Departure by car to Exomeri (Isternia, Pyrgos, Panormos). Stop in Isternia for a visit to Mr Xantakis’ hives. Honey tasting.

    10.30am: Arrival at Panormos, meeting local fishermen and fishing demonstration with traditional methods. We will visit a fish tavern and make fish soup with the ingredients recovered earlier. Lunch.

    15:00: Departure to Pyrgos by car and visit of museums. Greek coffee on the plane tree square in the village.

    5:30 pm: Return to the hotel by car, relaxation or individual health interview.

    19h30: Demonstration of the different traditional ways of salting and marinating fish. Dinner.

  • Day 6: Smardakito Village-Nature Hike-Musical evening

    08:00: Breakfast.

    09h00: Departure to the village of Smardakito. Visit the historic church of Chrisospiliotisa.

    12:00 pm: Traditional lunch in an inn.

    14h30: Nature walk on one of the oldest trails on the island.

    17:00: Return to the hotel. Preparation of an aperitif with a Mediterranean flavor.

    19:30: Dinner 9:00 pm: Small musical evening

  • Day 7: Basilica and museums-Brewery with beer tasting-Departure to Rafina

    08:00: Breakfast.

    09h00: Visit to the Basilica Agias Panagias and museums.

    11:00 am: visit to the Nissos brewery. Beer tasting and light meal.

    14h30: Boat departure to Rafina.

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required
First time
Fitness level required
Occasional
Accommodation

Accommodation is provided at the Marithia Inn behind the restaurant. People will be divided into pairs or individually. The hostel is new and has all the features of a hotel room.

The inn is located by the sea on a large beach east of Tinos overlooking Syros and the Aegean Sea. It is a place renowned for its modern and healthy cuisine inspired by the local culinary tradition.

More info

-The price per person for a group of 9 people is 1334 CHF.

-We will have all meals at the Marathia restaurant in the dining room. Breakfasts are served at the restaurant. They are traditional and composed of fresh and local products.
The food will be Mediterranean with vegetables, fresh fish, olive oil and the various preparations made collectively throughout the stay. Meals will be a picnic or lunch on the tavern and at the restaurant in the evening. Secial diets will be taken into account as far as possible provided we warn the cook before the stay.

-You should bring a small backpack of less than 30 liters for hiking, to put everything you need in the day.

-Besides hiking shoes or boots suitable for stony ground, and comfortable clothes, you should bring a swimsuit, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

 

About the Guide

 
 

Passionate about botany and ornithology, trained in ecology, I have long worked in environmental protection, rural development and adaptation to climate change in the Sahel.

Coming from a family of (small) farmers in the West of France, my initial training focused on the management and protection of nature. My associative activities have also allowed me to develop a solid naturalistic culture.

My professional career began with a regional development project in the Alpes de Haute-Provence. Afterwards, I was an ornithological animator in the Eastern Pyrenees. At 25, I went to Niger and worked there for 7 years, first as an international volunteer (France volunteers) then as a technical advisor for the German cooperation services (DED/GIZ). After a brief return to France and a visit to Canada to perfect my English, I went back to West Africa - this time to Senegal where I coordinated a climate change adaptation project for a French NGO.

Tired of the contradictions of the associative and institutional milieu, I finally chose to fly on my own while keeping a privileged link with nature. While my stays in so-called "developing" countries have led me to grasp the fragility of life, it is quite naturally that I wanted to take a closer interest in health.

I then trained in naturopathy with the Herbothèque (Quebec) and the Mandorle School (Switzerland), and specialized in scientific aromatherapy with Dominique Baudoux. I also returned to my first loves: botany and the study of plants. Settled in Switzerland since September 2015, I also trained as a mountain leader at the Saint Jean d'Anniviers school in Valais. I opened my naturopathic practice in Neuchâtel in the summer of 2016 and am a member of the Syndicat des professionnels de la naturopathie (SPN) and the central committee of the Association suisse des accompagnateurs en montagne (ASAM).

Two caps - naturopath and herbalist and hiking guide - for the same passion: nature. My vocation today is to share and transmit it in many ways.
I propose "nature and health" or "nature and culture" stays, cooking-nutrition courses, herbal walks, botanical walks. It's about walking, discovering a region, its nature, learning about wild plants, who they are, what they do. A complete naturopathic check-up can be integrated into the program. This allows individuals to have a complete view of their health status and to obtain an individualized health optimization program.

The proposed destinations are regions to which I am strongly attached and/or that I know well for having lived there: the Mediterranean basin, West Africa, South-West and West France, Switzerland :

France: the Languedoc Roussillon Mediterranean and its causses, the eastern Pyrenees, the Grenoble region with the Chartreuse and Vercors, the Charente Maritime, Brittany, the Southern Alps.
Southern Italy, Naples region.
Greece: Cyclades and Parnitha Natural Park
Sahelian Africa: Northern Senegal, Niger, Burkina Faso.
Morocco: from Essaouira to the South of the Atlas Mountains
Switzerland: Vaud, Neuchâtel and Bernese Jura, pre-Alpes, Valais.

The stays take place either from a fixed point in a gîte, or while roaming. In both cases, healthy local cuisine will be at the party.

Any reservation of my stays abroad for my Swiss clientele is made through the travel agency "Le goût du voyage". This partnership is based on mutual trust and a shared travel ethic. The organization of the pre-trip is thus delegated to competent and experienced professionals, which allows me to concentrate on my work as a guide and to secure this activity on the legal level.

Other tailor-made offers can also be proposed. Feel free to contact me.

The past and present programming of my health hiking activity can be found on the "Events" page.

A blog also presents articles on hikes or stays proposed to inspire you (choose the "hiking trips" category).

 
 
FROM 1394 CHF per person

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