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 host's house

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

"Loved it! If you want to see the not-so-usual site of Athens, this tour is totally worth it! It's amazing how much impressive street art there is. And as street art usually can be found in the less touristic, more alternative neighbourhoods of a city, this is your chance to get to know them. Our guide Nikos was super knowledgable and very friendly. Highly recommended!"

RenePfitzner, Zurich, Switzerland - TripAdvisor

"Lena and Kristos were fantastic. They fed us lots of food and drinks. The best part, however, was the discussions we had with them. Whenever I travel, I always try to schedule a meal with a local family, or a cooking lesson, and I've never been disappointed. You'll learn so much about the culture! We spent almost four hours in their home and left with a new understanding of the Greek psyche."

jennykvb, Brooklyn, New York

"Nikos, our guide, was excellent at explaining the various art displays he took us to, and getting us to appreciate the difference between street art and graffiti. We walked through marginal areas, as well as upcoming areas. Our perception of street art changed with this tour!"

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