Greek Afternoon Tea & Baklava Class

Discover a new world of teas and one of the all-time great sweets

Duration

3 hours

When

Upon request

Languages

english

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People have been drinking herbal teas for millennia because they’re healthy beverages. Traditional Greek herbal teas are good for you, too. Find out what all the different local teas are used for at a tea-tasting in a Greek home, where you’ll also learn how to make baklava, the kings of sweets.

This is a Private Tour

Our private tours can be booked as featured or be customized especially for you.

Highlights

  • Find out about the history, folk traditions and medicinal properties of Greek teas as you sample three of the most popular varieties
  • Learn how to make baklava and taste a variety of delicious traditional sweets from the islands and Mainland Greece
  • Enjoy true Greek hospitality and the chance to get to know more about Greece from a close but cozy encounter in a private Athenian home

What you can expect

My goodness, it’s tea-time already, but not as you may know it. Greece is, in fact, a tea-drinking country; however, the teas that Greeks drink are different in that they’re not simply beverages. Most Greek teas are made from wild plants and are known for their special health properties. These aren’t just teas – they’re delicious remedies and flavorful tonics.

In the tea-tasting, which will take place in an Athens home, you’ll get to try traditional Greek mountain tea, a dittany tea and an infusion of Greek sage. Each of these is a popular Greek tea that’s consumed all the time, but they’re also renowned for their therapeutic powers. Sage, for instance, is used for sore throats, upset stomachs and headaches, even though it doesn’t really taste like medicine. Dittany tea is made from a plant that only grows in Crete, and it’s said to be an aphrodisiac.

Your hostess will be happy to provide more information on these and other herbal teas, including stories regarding both their origins and their uses.

You’ll be able to find out more about Greek sweets as well since you’ll also be enjoying a marvellously delicious moustokouloura. These are traditional Greek sweet cookies, baked with grape must, flour and sugar. Its recipe varies from region to region. It may be crisp or soft and may be in braids, oblong, circular, with a hole in the middle or without.

Your teas will be accompanied by Greek sandwiches with manouri cheese and olive paste and kasseri cheese and tomatoes. Manouri is a Greek semi-soft fresh, white whey cheese made from goat or sheep milk as a by-product, following the production of feta. It comes primarily from Thessalia and Macedonia, in central and northern Greece. Kasseri is a semi-hard yellowish cheese made of sheep milk, or, where appropriate, a mixture of sheep and goat's milk. It has been granted the title of a protected geographical indication since 1996!

Of course, you’ll also have baklava, but you’ll have to make it first; your hostess will show you how it’s done and let you lend a hand so that you can really learn the recipe for yourself. With a bit of luck (and a little self-control), there’ll be even some left over after you’ve tried the fruits of your labours so that you can take a piece home, too.

Practical info

Duration
3 hours
Languages
english
When
Upon request
Group size
Up to 12 people

What's included

  • English speaking host
  • Tastings and teas and coffee as described
  • Baklava making class

Not included

  • Transportation from/to the workshop venue.

Notes

  • If you suffer from any food allergies or have special dietary requirements, you are kindly requested to contact us in advance before booking this tour.
  • This activity takes place in the center of Athens or in the northern suburbs of Athens. Detailed meeting instructions will be sent to you upon booking.
  • This activity does not operate on January 1st, December 25th & 26th, and Easter Sunday.
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The fun of making baklava and the deliciousness of Greek sweets.

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Awards & Accolades

Testimonials

"Outstanding! Laura was an excellent tour guide. She gave us so much information about the food and about different places in Athens and the history. We got to sample sweet and savory Greek food along with a cup of Greek coffee, everything was wonderful. Then she sent an email to give us the names of the food we tasted and the addresses of the locations so we can find them again, along with some recipes. I highly recommend this tour and Laura as a tour guide."

dhelser2018 - USA, TripAdvisor

"Our guide was excellent. He not only took us to try some great food, but showed us parts of Athens that we could not have found ourselves. I would recommend this tour to others."

Paul M

"This tour was one of the highlights of our amazing Greek vacation. Highly recommend this tour and would suggest doing it at the beginning of your trip. Amazing!!!"

gblody2010- Winsconsin