Learn­ing Hol­i­days

Santorini Traveler - - EDITORIAL - For avail­abitity, par­tic­i­pants, du­ra­tion, lan­guage, price and tran­fers, con­tact the Hel­lenic Cul­ture Cen­ter or visit https://www.san­torini­cul­tur­alac­tiv­i­ties.com/

Have

you ever com­bined trav­el­ling with learn­ing? It is a re­ally re­fresh­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and of­fers true in­sight at our is­lands civ­i­liza­tion.

Here are some cre­ative ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties and tours by the HEL­LENIC CUL­TURE CEN­TRE, in San­torini.

• In­tro­duc­tion to the Greek lan­guage

Learn one of the most beau­ti­ful lan­guages of the world.

This crash course is a fun way to start learn­ing Greek. It is a good in­tro­duc­tion to every day ba­sic vo­cab­u­lary. You will also dis­cover the Greek al­pha­bet and words with Greek roots in other lan­guages. Learn how to greet peo­ple, in­tro­duce yourself and, most im­por­tantly, or­der a drink in a ‘kafeneio’ or ‘taverna’..

This is a Begin­ners' crash course for those who don't have any pre­vi­ous knowl­edge of mod­ern Greek. If you wish to take more ad­vanced lessons, check http://www.hcc.edu.gr/en/ to dis­cover our of­fer of lan­guage cour­ses for all lev­els.

• Visit Thi­ras­sia, trib­ute to the past!

A half-day ex­cur­sion to Thi­ras­sia island, brunch In­cluded.

Thi­ras­sia, an island un­spoiled by tourism. You will be en­chanted by the island's un­spoiled beauty with its lit­tle white­washed houses and colourful gar­dens. In Thi­ras­sia you’ll es­cape from the monotony of ur­ban tourism de­vel­op­ments and will en­joy to­tal peace and tran­quil­ity. All par­tic­i­pants are ac­com­pa­nied to the Am­moudi port in Oia and then to Thi­ras­sia by a 10-minute boat trip. A brunch in a lo­cal panoramic tav­ern will be of­fered dur­ing the guided tour at no ex­tra cost.

• Dis­cover San­torini’s most in­ter­est­ing churches

Church trail and learn­ing about the Church - State re­la­tions in Greece.

Can you guess the ex­act num­ber of churches in San­torini? Why are there so many churches on such a small island? What is the role of the Ortho­dox Church of Greece in so­cial and po­lit­i­cal life to­day? You will at­tend a pre­sen­ta­tion and then visit six churches and one ceme­tery.

All par­tic­i­pants are ac­com­pa­nied by car through­out the whole tour, from one stop to the other. A lunch in a tra­di­tional tav­ern will be of­fered dur­ing the guided tour at no ex­tra cost.

• En­joy a walk around Me­ga­lo­chori and the caldera

Visit one of the most beau­ti­ful tra­di­tional vil­lages and be in­tro­duced to its res­i­dents.

Our walk takes us through the tra­di­tional vil­lage of Me­ga­lo­chori, one of San­torini’s most beau­ti­ful vil­lages. We learn about its his­tory and cul­ture and talk to lo­cal peo­ple for an authen­tic in­sight into vil­lage life. The walk ends at the Caldera and the "Heart of Me­ga­lo­chori", a rock in the shape of a heart!

• En­joy a Walk­ing Tour from Me­ga­lo­chori to Pyr­gos or vice versa

You will love this guided walk through a foot­path from Me­ga­lo­chori to Pyr­gos, the high­est vil­lage in San­torini. On the way we come across chapels and ob­serve the vine­yards. When ar­riv­ing in Pyr­gos, we see be­hind us an un­ex­pected sight: an old cas­tle. Inside the cas­tle we find the old houses of the vil­lage and some of the old­est churches on the island. We might end up at a cozy cof­fee shops for a glass of San­torinian wine!

• Dis­cover Em­por­eio through a quiet foot­path

Walk­ing Tour from Me­ga­lo­chori vil­lage to Emporio vil­lage OR vice versa.

Have you ever heard of Emporio cas­tle? It’s the

most well-pre­served me­dieval cas­tle in San­torini and the most im­pres­sive from an ar­chi­tec­tural point of view. We of­fer a guided walk through a foot­path in the vine­yards, walk­ing down from Me­ga­lo­chori to the cen­tre of Emporio.

All par­tic­i­pants are ac­com­pa­nied by our tu­tors through­out the whole tour. You can choose to take the walk­ing tour ei­ther from Me­ga­lo­chori to Emporio or from Emporio to Me­ga­lo­chori, ac­cord­ing to your pref­er­ence. The foot­path is easy and suit­able for any age. Com­fort­able shoes and a hat are any­way sug­gested.

• WINE TAST­ING - Guided tour around up to four lo­cal winer­ies

Wine is good for the heart and the soul! We will visit up to four winer­ies in Me­ga­lo­chori. You will sam­ple de­li­cious wines and dis­cover the unique aro­mas of the island’s viti­cul­ture.

All par­tic­i­pants are ac­com­pa­nied by car through­out the whole tour, from one stop to the other. You can choose be­tween a 2-hour tour with visit, les­son and tast­ing at one win­ery or a 4-hour tour with 12 to­tal wine sam­ples in four dif­fer­ent winer­ies.

• Learn the se­crets of San­torini Soil!

Visit to a lo­cal farmer and learn­ing about San­torini lo­cal prod­ucts.

Have you ever seen peo­ple work­ing the land? Usu­ally they stop work­ing and smile at passersby. They are some of the friendli­est and most hos­pitable peo­ple in San­torini, which is why we visit them! A walk through the vine­yards of Me­ga­lo­chori takes us to a lo­cal farm out­side the vil­lage. There we meet a lo­cal farmer who shares the se­crets of the San­torini soil on which he grows some of the island’s de­li­cious prod­ucts.

All par­tic­i­pants are ac­com­pa­nied by our tu­tors through­out the whole tour. The path is easy and suit­able for any age. Com­fort­able shoes are any­way sug­gested.

• Cook­ing Les­son - Ex­plore the taste of Greece!

Tra­di­tional cook­ing hands-on les­son and pre­sen­ta­tion on Greek food.

If you love food you will re­ally en­joy this! You’ll start by hear­ing a short ten minute lec­ture about Greek food and eat­ing habits, then take part in an in­ter­ac­tive game to learn more about Greek food cus­toms. Then, with the help of a pro­fes­sional cook, you will pre­pare your own dishes with fresh in­gre­di­ents in a tra­di­tional tav­ern in Me­ga­lo­chori vil­lage. ALSO AVAIL­ABLE: LAND­SCAPE PAINT­ING LES­SON • FRESCO PAINT­ING WORK­SHOP • ICONOGRAPHY PAINT­ING WORK­SHOP • DANC­ING LES­SON • SING­ING LES­SON

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