Oliveology’s Gastronomic Sailing Experience includes:
You will visit the following islands and ports: Lefkas – Kastos – Kioni (Ithaca) – Vathi (Ithaca) – Fiskardo (Kefalonia) – Assos (Kefalonia) – Meganisi. More details on the island ports here.
A culinary expert from the Oliveology Team to accompany you during your trip.
Accommodation of 7 days, 7 nights on the yacht.
Daily culinary (and other) activities:
-cooking classes on board
-visits to local producers and wine makers
-shopping in farmers’ markets
-learning sailing skills
-eating at local tavernas
All activities on offer can be adjusted according to your interests, so that we create together the perfect holiday!
Freshly prepared vegetarian (optional pescatarian) meals on board:
-All breakfasts (7 days)
-All lunches (7 days)
-Dinners (3 days)
-Snacks, soft drinks, Greek wine and beer
Full use of the yacht, facilities and snorkelling equipment available.
Price includes all taxes. Flights are not included and need to be booked separately. The starting point of the trip is on the island of Kefalonia.
Nafsika Papacharalampous is a PhD researcher in the Anthropology of Food at SOAS, University of London and a trained chef. She is researching Greek cuisine, traditional foods and markets, focusing on national and class identity, memory, and the Greek crisis. Nafsika is also a consultant for artisan food companies, restaurants and food organisations in Athens, London and Berlin, creating unique culinary experiences. She is a food blogger at www.NafsikaCooks.com where she indulges her passion for both cooking and writing. She holds an MA in Anthropology of Food from SOAS, and an MBA from the Athens University of Economics and Business.
Lida Papamatthaiaki is a trained chef and an anthropologist, focussing on food and the senses. Her experience working with food is diverse. Lida has worked in professional kitchens in Greece and London, consulted artisan food companies, joined food conferences and culinary seminars. She has also been writing and developing recipes for Oliveology for the last five years. In addition she has been volunteering in social kitchens for refugees in Athens. Lida is passionate about tangible and intangible heritage. She participated in an oral history research project documenting food practices in Northern Greece and worked for museums in Greece, developing food-related creative learning programs. She brings in her memories from her place of origin, Crete. Her workshops are inspired by the intersection of food heritage, culture and history.
EY+ was created by Panos and Elias, who wanted to share with their guests their experiences and passion for sailing in Greece. They have been sailing since 2009 in the Ionian Sea, Gulf of Patras and Gulf of Korinth, exploring Greek island culture. EY+ takes great care in social and environmental responsibility. All of their partners are local (cleaning services, maintenance, suppliers). When travelling, sails are used as much as possible, therefore moving with zero fuel and zero emissions. Solar panels are used to generate electricity. Guests are encouraged not to waste fresh water and use sea water whenever possible (for example in cleaning dishes). Of course, the preservation of marine life is of the highest priority and guests are inspired to admire yet respect nature.
All menus are finalised one month before the departure date. Please contact us directly with any dietary requirements and we will do our best to accommodate you. As the kitchen on the yacht is shared, we cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment.
Please be advised that due to nature of the experience, there will be no refunds or cancellations. So please ensure you will be able to attend before registering. Of course, you have the option to give your ticket to a friend or family member.
Upon registering, a deposit of 50% is required. Final payment is due 2 months before departure.
Sailing life is quite different than any other holiday experience. Space and facilities on board are limited. Even though you are not to expect a 5* hotel environment, you are to experience nights under the stars, swimming in secluded locations, fresh food, and good company.
What to bring with me:
Here are some ideas on what to pack: swimsuits, flip flops, comfortable clothes for warm weather, boat shoes, sunscreen, a light jacket, a hat. You will also find on the boat towels, linen, blankets, snorkelling equipment and some books in various languages!
Lito, the yacht:
Lito is a Bavaria 44′ (44 feet or 13.4m long), built in 2003 and has 4 cabins and 2 WCs. She can carry up to 8 passengers maximum (6 guests + Oliveology member + skipper) and is equipped with oven, fridge, BBQ, PC, WiFi, dinghy with outboard motor.
How to get there:
Our departure point is on the island of Kefalonia. Easyjet has regular directs flights from London Gatwick to Kefalonia, and you can also have a look at other charter flights here.
Transport to-from the boat
We can arrange for you a minivan (for larger groups), or a local taxi for up to 3 people. The cost is 100€ one way for the van and 60€ for the taxi. There is also the more affordable option of using local buses, please contact us for more details.