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Greek Easter in Corfu April 18th to April 25th 2014

Everybody knows that Easter is an important holiday for the Greeks. Celebrating Easter in Greece is a unique experience but particularly so in Corfu…

Easter in Corfu is a huge festival in which various components are harmoniously combined; the Orthodox Christian faith, the Roman Catholic community, the powerful presence of Saint Spiridon, the Venetian influence, the pagan traditions, the music of the philharmonic bands, the genuine Corfiot humour and of course the arrival of spring and blossoming nature. The Corfiot Easter has a mixture of East and West and of ecclesiastical, civic and military pomp which gives it a strongly individual flavor.

Corfu is the place where… The mind travels to the open sea, searching for old traces, history, arts, music, culture, nature that blossoms throughout the year, greenery, beautiful secluded beaches, untouched villages and warm, smiling and welcoming locals!

Welcome to Corfu and to our Corfiot Easter Cooking Adventure!!!

A special treat that can only take place once a year where you will experience and enjoy the magic of Greek Easter combined with real Greek Life and Greek Dishes as it is cooked at the homes of the Greeks.

Cooking Adventures – Greek Easter – Our Itinerary

GOOD FRIDAY – April 18th 2014: A warm welcome and a first “taste” of the Corfiot Easter!

All Guests should arrive in Corfu by latest 16:00 hrs
  • Pick Up and transfers by taxi from Corfu’s International Airport “Ioannis Kapodistrias” to the hotel
  • Check in and free time to enjoy some fresh fruits and a drink at the privacy of your balcony or room
  • Afternoon Gathering of all our guests with welcome drinks and introductions
  • Buffet Dinner served at the hotel offering a wide selection of all the fasting dishes of the local cuisine
  • Evening Visit to Corfu Town to experience the last but most imposing Epitaphios*, the one of the Cathedral. It is born by marine soldiers and all the priests of the town participate, as well as three philharmonic bands. The Philharmonic band of Corfu plays the “Adagio” by Albinoni, the Mantzaros Philharmonic band plays the “Marcia Funebre” by Verdi, and the Kapodistrias band plays the mourning “Suentura” by Mariani.
    *Epitaphios or in English Epitaph is the procession of a representation of dead Jesus

HOLY SATURDAY – April 19th 2014: Corfu Town and its Easter Traditions!

  • Early Breakfast at the hotel and early morning departure for a second visit into Corfu town to enjoy a full morning of Easter activities starting with the procession of Saint Spiridon, the patron Saint of the island, followed by the “shower” of all kinds of pottery that descend from the upper stories of all houses and apartments; old jugs, huge painted red pots (offered each year as gifts to the locals by neighboring cities including Brindisi), and anything that can be filled with water which will break into a thousand pieces as it hits the ground, to the delight of the town’s people and the puzzlement of the tourists. (The police have taken all necessary precautions and people are well protected)
  • Then off to lunch, served at one of the islanders’ favorite local fish tavernas with tables just by the sea where a formal introduction to the delicious local sea-food and fresh fish will take place/li>
  • Return to the hotel and free time
  • Night out and about for Dinner and more Easter Festivities

EASTER SUNDAY – April 20th 2014: A festive day full of cooking, tasting, eating and fun!

  • Buffet breakfast enhanced with Greek Delicacies
  • 1st Cooking Lesson Demonstration & Some hands-on cooking (Lamb on the spit, Kokoretsi, Salads, Tzatziki, Easter Eggs, Local Cheeses, Salamis, Noumboulo, Sweets, Drinks and much much more)
  • Easter Lunch the Greek Way
  • Late Afternoon and Evening free

EASTER MONDAY – April 21st 2014: Let us show you Corfu!

  • Buffet breakfast enhanced with Greek Delicacies
  • A day full of changes of scenery! A long but joyful tour of the whole north part of the island with lunch at a traditional restaurant and full introduction to the Corfiot Cuisine and Specialties. Coffees and Deserts at a special place with breathtaking views
  • A late afternoon return to the hotel and time to relax before a special dinner prepared by the owners of the hotel exclusively for our guests

TUESDAY – April 22nd 2014: Grocery Shopping & Cooking!

  • Buffet breakfast enhanced with Greek Delicacies
  • Morning visit to the local market where all fresh vegetables and fruits are sold daily by local producers
  • 2nd Cooking Lesson
  • Lunch with everything we have cooked
  • Afternoon & Evening free

WEDNESDAY – April 23rd 2014: More out and about & More Cooking!

  • Buffet breakfast enhanced with Greek Delicacies
  • A visit to the Achilleion Palace, Kanoni and Pontikonissi
  • Early Afternoon Hours at leisure
  • 3rd Cooking Lesson
  • Dinner with all that we have cooked

THURSDAY – April 24th 2014: More Cooking & a special farewell dinner!

  • Buffet breakfast enhanced with Greek Delicacies
  • 4th Cooking Lesson
  • Lunch with all that we have cooked
  • Afternoon at leisure
  • Thank you and Farewell Dinner at one of the very best restaurants of Corfu!

FRIDAY – April 25th 2014: Thank you & Goodbye!

  • Buffet breakfast enhanced with Greek Delicacies
  • Check out
  • Transfer by taxis to the airport

PRICE PER PERSON:

  • Cooking Sessions’ Participant: 2,395.00 GBP
  • Non Cooking Participant: 1,980.00 GBP
  • Single Supplement: 205.00 GBP

  • 7 nights with Breakfast at Saint Nicholas Hotel sharing a Twin Room
  • Arrival & Departure Transfers by Taxi from Corfu Airport or Port to the hotel
  • A series of Greek Easter activities on Good Friday, Good Saturday and Easter Sunday as described in the itinerary
  • 4 Cooking Classes (Demonstration & Hands On)
  • A total of 10 meals as described in the itinerary
  • 1 visit to the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Market in Corfu Town
  • 1 Full Day Excursion exploring the North of Corfu Island & a visit to an Artisan’s workshop to get introduced to the art of crafting the local olivewood
  • 1 Morning excursion to the Achilleion Palace, Kanoni & Pontikonissi
  • Wine, Water & Refreshments with all meals (Excluding other alcoholic drinks, beers and special wines)
  • Apron to take back as a souvenir
  • Round Trip Flights to Corfu
  • Travel Insurance (Obligatory)
  • Drinks, Wine, Beers and other alcoholic beverages that are not specifically described in the itinerary
  • And anything else that is not described in the itinerary

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • All Cooking Sessions are in English!
  • Please kindly note that this is the summary of the program. The FULL program details will be provided to you along with our final confirmation. We reserve all rights to withdraw or modify at any time the arrangements published. In circumstances where we are unable to provide the course, we will return to you all monies paid
  • A non-refundable deposit of GBP 500.00 per person is required to secure your participation in a cooking adventure. Participation will be confirmed upon receipt of the signed form and deposit. This deposit will be fully refunded to you if the adventure is cancelled by us as stated in our terms and conditions. If you make the initial request less than 8 weeks prior to commencement date of the cooking program, full payment is required.
  • All our cooking adventures are subject to a minimum number of participants in order to run therefore we advise guests not to make any travel arrangements (book flights or other related travel services) until they have received our final confirmation which will be no later than 8 weeks prior to the commencement date of the adventure. As stated in our terms and conditions, we do not provide any air, land or sea travel for participants, nor can we be held liable or responsible for any travel issues, such as cancellations or delays or any other problems experienced by a participant with their travel carrier. Early travel arrangements you make (early bookings of your flights etc) are entirely at your own risk.

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    Beautiful idea and concept! Congrats to all of you!
    The Greek Cuisine is soooo delicious