Food and Wine in the Peloponnese
Saga Hosted Hotels
Experience the best of Greece – food and culture. Take in some of the most breathtaking and significant archaeological sites of the Peloponnese towns. Enjoy leisurely tours through olive groves and scenic vineyards. Finish the days inspired, as 2019 MasterChef winner Irini Tzortzoglou demonstrates some of her best-loved Greek cooking using the local ingredients the Peloponnese is famed for, such as dairy, olive oil and wine. Irini may even show you a dish incorporating red wine: 'Drunken Pork'.
Included excursions and visits
Museum of the Olive and Olive Oil
Axion Esti honey museum
Kotsonis Estate, Velanidia
Athens City Tour with Acropolis & Acropolis Museum
Chef Irini Tzortzoglou
Chef Irini was born in a small village on the island of Crete. Eating fresh home-cooked food surrounded by a home of loving people was an early memory for her and has continued to impact her appreciation for food.
In 2018, after a 30-year career in banking, Irini wanted a challenge as she approached her 60th birthday, and what better way than to enter the BBC MasterChef competition - which she won, wowing the judges with Greek flavours and ingredients they had not seen or tasted before...
Irini subsequently won the hearts of the UK, and her following successes include the publication of her recipe book 'Under The Olive Tree', her ambassador work with 'Women in the Food Industry', as well as her collaboration with the Royal Overseas League in Mayfair.
Surrounded by orange groves and vineyards, Hotel Alkyon has a cosy lobby with welcoming open fireplaces and a central circular bar for enjoying the nightly free drinks. It’s a comfortable place to stay, with lovely rooms and public areas, plus a great indoor pool that’s perfect for the cooler months. The curved outdoor pool and lush gardens mirror the surrounding Corinthian landscape and a pebble beach is only a quick stroll away, with spectacular views across the bay.
Expert Host, 2019 Masterchef winner Irini Tzortzoglou
Welcome drinks reception
Included excursions and visits
Half board plus: All breakfasts and dinners
Free bar open 2 hours a day - unlimited free bar of standard local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
Afternoon tea and biscuits, daily 4pm to 6pm
A weekly return shuttle service to Athens and Corinth
International flights. Prices are based on return flights with easyJet from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
Return transfers direct to your hotel
Vrachati, Peloponnese Peninsula
International flights not included
Half Board Plus
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction if not required
Food and drink
Discover authentic Mediterranean and Greek cuisine at the on-site restaurant. If you tend to get peckish around 4pm, you'll love the complimentary tea and biscuits are offered at the hotel between 4-6pm. The bar is free for two hours a day before dinner for Saga guests, offering Greek spirits, draught beer, house wine, gin and tonic and ouzo.
During your stay, enjoy the following programme of activities. Some activities may be at an extra charge and activities may change from time to time. A weekly return shuttle services to Athens and Corinth is included during your stay. Greek cookery demonstration (extra charge) BBQ evening once per week (weather dependent) Cinema night Saturday Greek music night Greek DJ night Wine tasting (extra charge)
The locally rated 4-star Alkyon Resort Hotel & Spa, spread across spacious gardens next to a peaceful beach, presents the ideal getaway for a serenely relaxing stay away from the hustle and bustle.
- Live entertainment
- Courtesy shuttle bus
- Indoor and outdoor pools
- Sunbeds and parasols
The hotel is a perfect base from which to explore the fascinating city of Athens and some of the other wonders of ancient Greece close by. Weekly shuttles to both Corinth and Athens are included and in the latter, you’ll arrive close to the Acropolis to wander alongside the Parthenon or visit the outstanding Acropolis Museum. Or head on further to the city’s oldest district, the village-like Plaka.