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Greek Cuisine

Corfu Culinary Autumn Retreat

  • Group Size Max 10
  • Date Oct 2023
  • Location Corfu, Greece
  • Price from 2090€/person
from 2090€/person

Highlights

You’ll be staying in a tranquil, luxury villa near Kassiopi with stunning sea views over Kalamaki Beach.

5 course hands on cooking class at Ambelonas on Taxidiotis Corfu Retreat

Explore the flavours and tastes of authentic Greek cuisine with a 5 course hands on cooking class at Ambelonas, a local winery.

Homemade recipe for moussaka by yiayia Nikki in Corfu

Cook with a local Corfiot yiayia (granny) with her secret, time-honoured recipes

Our walking tour of Corfu Town is the perfect marriage of history, inside knowledge and unique cuisine.

Swimming in the sea on a Corfu greek Retreat

Indulge in time for relaxation on private boat trips or tours to discover the jewel of the Ionian Sea, Corfu

Old lady on Greek Island

The retreat introduces you to the people I know, to share in their knowledge and experience Greek cuisine firsthand.

a basket of freshly caught seafood by a Greek fisherman

Sample locally caught seafood, fresh from the ocean and prepare a special dish only cooked by fisherman.

Overview

The Retreat

Generous hospitality is at the heart of Greek culture. Gathering around the table together for a delicious meal, the desire is for everyone to feel welcome and leave with unforgettable memories. 

My culinary Greek retreat introduces you to the people I know, to share in their knowledge and experience Greek cuisine firsthand. Designed as an intimate experience with just 10 people on each retreat, it’s a chance to immerse yourself in local culture and cookery. 

Of course, the best people to teach us are the ones that live here; they’re my partners in helping to uncover the real Corfu. From meeting local yiayias (grannies) with their secret, time-honoured recipes to visiting Vasiliki, the owner and cook of a local winery, we’ll explore the flavours and tastes of authentic Greek cuisine.

Imagine walking through a lush olive grove or preparing a greek recipe with local yiayias (grandmothers) to learn their secrets. Feel and taste the flavours of the freshest produce in a hands-on cooking class or sample locally caught seafood, fresh from the ocean.  As for our walking tour of Corfu Town, it’s the perfect marriage of history, inside knowledge and unique cuisine as we share some of the Old Town’s best-kept secrets and eating spots. 

Travel and food are a match made in heaven and this curated retreat of Greek cuisine is entirely arranged to make things simple for you. All you need do is come along, relax and enjoy the slow pace of life Corfu is renowned for. 

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Scheduled dates

Oct 2023 Corfu, Greece

Hosts

Lynette

I’m your host, Lynette. I became a resident on the island of Corfu after falling in love in a story that spans South Africa, London and Greece. But that’s one for another time. I’m looking forward to giving you the warmest welcome and sharing my love of Corfu with you. Having been immersed in Greek culture for a while now, I’m no stranger to picking olives, making wine or planting vegetables and I want to share my firsthand experience of everyday life so that you can enjoy it too. Greece is a constant source of inspiration to me and it’s my honor to make sure you get to experience authentic Greece and its most beautiful gems.

Included

  • 7 days / 6 nights stay at luxury villa on the north-east coast of Corfu
  • All activities and excursions
  • All meals during the workshop
  • Group airport transfer
  • All transfers on the island for activities and excursions
  • Full use of all Kardaki Estate facilities

Activities

  • 5 course hands on cooking classes
  • Food-market tour
  • Dine with a local
  • Cook with a celebrity chef
  • Private guided tour of Corfu Town
  • Fishing excursion in the Ionian Sea
  • Walking city tour of Corfu Town
  • Private car & driver throughout

Why book?

Love Greek Locals
Of course, the best people to teach us are the ones that live here; they’re my partners in helping to uncover the real Corfu.
Unique experiences
I’ve spent the last few years uncovering the very best that Corfu has to offer so that you don’t have to do all the hard work.
Small groups
Small groups of 5 to 10 people maximum. Guaranteed departures from 5 people.

Location

Corfu

The jewel of the Ionian Sea, Corfu with its azure waters, lush hillsides, blue skies, beautiful beaches, delicious food, and historical monuments will ensure an unforgettable trip. I’ve spent the last few years uncovering the very best that Corfu has to offer so that you don’t have to do all the hard work. Corfu is a constant source of inspiration to me and it would be my honour to make sure you get to experience authentic Greece and its most beautiful gems.

Corfu Info

You can fly directly to Corfu Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport (CFU) from the United Kingdom or from European cities or if you’re travelling from Outside of the EU & UK connect via Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH).

Group return airport transfers from the villa and to Corfu airport are included in the retreat programme. Your driver will be waiting at arrivals holding a sign with the Taxidiotis logo.

If your flight arrives a few hours earlier please inform us and I’ll try to arrange luggage storage and transfer to Old Corfu Town for an additional fee of 10euros per person.

Transfer to the villa takes about 45 minutes.

European Union (EU) citizens may enter Greece for an unlimited length of time. British citizens must have a valid passport, while citizens of Ireland can enter with a valid identity card or passport. Nationals of the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand can stay for up to 90 days within any 180-day period upon production of a valid passport; no advance visas are needed. South Africans require a Schengen Visa, applied for in advance at a Greek embassy or consulate.

If you’re considering to extend your stay in Corfu before or after the retreat see below my list of recommendations:

Resorts:

  • Old Corfu Town
    • Suites: Townhouse Co
    • Hotel: Siorra Vittoria, Bella Venezia, Acanthus Blue Hotel
    • B&B: Locandiera Corfu
  • Kassiopi
    • Hotel: Melina Bay

Transfers

Corfu Private Chauffeur Services 

Landmarks to explore:

  • Achilleion Palace
  • Paleokastritsa
  • Mon Repos Gardens
  • Old Perithia
  • Vlacherna Monastery
  • Kanoni & Mouse Island
  • Kaisers Throne
  • Pelekas Beach
  • Hike Pantokrator

As of May 14, 2021, all passengers age 5 years or older traveling within Greece by air or ferry to the Greek islands must provide either:

  • Proof of full vaccination at least 14 days prior to travel; or
  •  A negative PCR test no older than 72 hours

Taxidiotis takes extra precautions by ensuring everyone on the retreat has a negative test result taken within 72 hours of check-in at the retreat. In the event, someone has COVID-related symptoms during the retreat a mandatory rapid test will be required. These safety measures allow guests to enjoy their experience and roam the villa mask-free.

Official Link: travel.gov.gr

Retreat Info

Accommodation

Kardaki Estate

You’ll be staying in a tranquil, luxury villa near Kassiopi with stunning sea views over Kalamaki Beach. With beautiful outdoor spaces to enjoy a Mediterranean al fresco feast, this is a haven of peace and comfort. 

The villa was designed by award-winning design team Skinner & Skinner and mixes traditional Corfiot architecture with every luxury you’d expect to find in a villa. There’s a generous, modern swimming pool and secluded areas surrounded by olive trees; it’s the perfect place to unwind and relax. 

Room options
Corfu Retreat room option with twin beds and ensuite bathroom

Seaview shared twin room

Seaview room with twin beds with ensuite bathroom €2490 per person

Seaview superking room solo

Seaview rooms with superking double bed and ensuite bathroom. €2790 per person

Seaview superking room for 2ppl

Seaview superking double bed with en suite shower room to be shared with partner/friend. 2 tickets should be purchased together. €2090 per person
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Seaview master suite solo

Superking master bedroom with en suite shower room & terrace €2990 per person
Twin bedroom with ensuite bathroom_Corfu Culinary Retreat

Seaview master suite with partner/friend

Superking master bedroom with en suite shower room & terrace to be shared with partner/friend €2290 per person
Amenities
  • Each bedroom with en-suite bathroom
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Heated infinity pool with amazing views
  • Maid service 6 days a week
  • Air conditioning & ceiling fans
  • Wi-fi

Free time will be given during the retreat explore the time at your own leisure. You can choose to enjoy the facilities of the villa or venture out and discover Corfu. if you’re considering to book tours or trips during your free time please feel free to contact me on info@taxidiotisgreece.com to get the exact days. 

04 October 2021: Check-in: 16:30

10 October 2021: Check-out: 10:00

The activities will officially begin 19:00.

October, like September, in Corfu, Greece, is a moderately hot autumn month, with temperature in the range of an average low of 13.4°C (56.1°F) and an average high of 23.2°C (73.8°F). I would advise bringing a jacket for the evenings as things can get a bit chilly. 

Included

  • 7 days / 6 nights stay at Kardaki Estate
  • All activities and excursions on the itinerary 
  • All meals with vegetarian options 
  • All transfers for activities and excursions
  • Full use of all Kardaki Estate facilities
  • Corfu airport pick-up at 16:00 on October 2021
  • Villa transfer to Corfu Airport at 10:00 on October 2021

Excluded

  • Air fares
  • Souvenirs
  • Visas
  • Transfers during free-time
  • Any excursions additional to the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance

I ask for a 30% deposit for your retreat so that I can secure the best accommodation and experiences for you. If you need to cancel your retreat once it’s booked, this deposit is not refundable. 

  1. If you need to cancel your place on the retreat more than 60 days before the start date, I will refund any payments made, less the 30% deposit. 
  2. In the event that we don’t have the minimum number of participants for the retreat, it will be postponed. You will have at least 2 months’ notice if this happens and you’ll get first preference on upcoming dates. 
  3. If you need to arrive late to the retreat or leave early I’m afraid that I don’t offer credit for the time missed. 
  4. In the case that you have no choice but to cancel your retreat, I’m happy to accept someone else to take your place. 
  5. The published itinerary is a guide and I reserve the right to make changes in the case of bad weather or unforeseen circumstances that might occasionally arise. If that happens, it’s my commitment to replace the advertised itinerary with an experience of equally exceptional quality. 

Payment

Depending on when you cancel, cancellation fees may apply.

  • To reserve your spot in the retreat I require a 30% non-refundable deposit using the automated booking system on Taxidiotis website. 
  • I will confirm with you when I’ve received your deposit by email following receipt.

Full payment for your booking is required no later than 8 weeks before departure (unless otherwise specified). Failure to make payment within this time will result in you losing your booking and your deposit. If you book 8 weeks prior to the retreat the full payment for the retreat is required at the time of booking. 

How to Pay

Payments can be made online through our automated system with debit or credit card. 

We can not accept credit/debit card details by email as this is not a secure payment method.

Travel Insurance

Guests must have adequate travel insurance to cover the retreat activities.

Please note, even if you have private health insurance in Greece or your respective Country of residence, it is unlikely that this insurance will cover overseas trips such as the retreats offered by Taxidiotis.

It is your responsibility to organize suitable travel and health insurance. Although we strongly encourage you to do so, you acknowledge that Taxidiotis is not in the business of providing insurance products and cannot be held liable if your failure to arrange suitable insurance coverage leaves you exposed, medically, financially or otherwise.

Photo / Video Release Form

You hereby grant Taxidiotis the right and permission to use photographic material & video in which you are featured and are taken during the course of the retreat. Taxidiotis holds the right to use/republish / copyright, etc. this material for advertising and promotional purposes. You hereby release and discharge Taxidiotis from any and all claims and demands arising out of or in connection with the use of the photographs and video footage, including without limitation any and all claims for libel or invasion of privacy.

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