Cooking class & boat tour

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Mama's Flavours

Hello everyone! I welcome you to my beautiful country Greece! I am Maria Monastirioti and I come from Lefkada and Corfu, two of the most beautiful islands in the Ionian Sea! My job profession is a librarian but since 2014, I have been working on Mama’s flavours, a Social Enterprise specialized in travel experience and gastronomy tourism.

The Experience

Relax and enjoy nature at its finest at a traditional country retreat!

Choose one of 2 guided tours and discover the beauty of Messinia. Depending on the time of the year, you can choose between a cooking class tour or a boat ride tour. Whatever you choose to do, get ready to be steeped in the local culinary tradition. 

Your Itinerary

Warm Welcome by Marina

Cooking Class Tour


Marina, the owner of the estate, will welcome you with homemade koulourakia (traditional Greek cookies) and lemonade.

Walking Tour of the Olive Groves

You’ll set off on a walking tour of the estate’s olive groves, accompanied by Marina. 

She’ll tell you all about the concept behind the retreat, the history and gastronomy of the area, and her efforts to preserve the local culinary tradition.

On this last point, she works closely with the Women’s Association of the small village and they recently published a book with local recipes.

Cooking Class

Guided by Christina, a local cook, and Marina, you’ll learn how to cook seasonal Messinian recipes and local delicacies, just like mama used to make!

They’ll reveal to you the secrets of the local gastronomy and their recipes, from making your own filo pastry to preparing seasonal salads, local appetizers and main meals.

The dessert is also homemade.

Full Lunch

You’ll enjoy a traditional feast with everything you made during the cooking class.

Local drinks and wine are also included.

Arrival at the port of the small village

Boat Ride Tour Join us for a 5-hour tour that includes a boat ride and a full local lunch. Only available in June, July and August.

You’ll arrive at the port of the small village and meet your boat captain, Yiannis.

Boat Ride to small islands

You’ll take an amazing boat ride to small islands in Navarino Bay. Along the way, Yiannis will recount the history of the islands and the area, while you’ll enjoy the ride.

While there, you can also snorkel, fish or swim in the deep blue, crystal clear waters!

Full Lunch at Local Restaurant

Marina, the owner of the estate, will welcome you back with homemade koulourakia (traditional Greek cookies) and lemonade.

You’ll then enjoy a full lunch at the estate’s restaurant, with traditional local delicacies.


To make your visit even more memorable, here are some tips:

  • Wear comfortable shoes and a hat, as you’ll spend quite a bit of time outdoors.
  • Notify us of any special dietary needs (e.g. vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, flexitarian, etc.)
  • Notify us of any allergies (e.g. food allergies, allergies to bees, etc.


All taxes
Full local lunch and drinks
Local treats & water bottle
Public liability insurance
Tour leader


Tips & gratuities (optional)
Transfer (Optional)

I live in Kalamata since 2006 with my family which is the capital of Messinia region in the southwest Peloponnese. From the first time I came to this wonderful city, I was impressed of the harmonic combination of the rich architectural and cultural legacy with the modern way of life!

Kalamata for me is the ideal place to live not only as a single but also with your family. It offers a high quality of life, endless fascinating sites to visit, magical sandy beaches to swim, vast olive groves, hidden small villages to explore, and of course a unique gastronomy tradition! 

I would definitely suggest it to every traveller and anyone who wishes to choose Kalamata as a place to live!

From 110,00€

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