Together with your Bon Appétit Culinary Center Chef, enjoy a relaxed morning with a Greek family at their restaurant - Hatzikelis, followed by a sumptuous luncheon in their garden restaurant in the heart of Old Town Rhodes. Learn how the family shops for fish and produce for today's menu, help with some hands-on cooking and then enjoy a magnificent luncheon of authentic Greek classics and local wines amongst the splendor and grace of this magnificent ancient city.
Join your Bon Appétit Culinary Center Chef for an overview of today's tour and luncheon. Then, leave the ship by foot for a short walk to the Old City. Your walk passes along the waterfront and through the magnificent walled archway into the heart of ancient Rhodes, ending at the Hatzikelis Taverna. Upon arrival, you will be met by the friendly and enthusiastic family and staff, your hosts for the morning and luncheon. The spacious and open Taverna sits amongst the ruins, with bougainvillea blooming as it climbs the rocky walls of the ancient city.
During your visit, your group will be treated to an 'insiders look' at how the restaurant sources fish and produce for their always fresh and seasonal menu. You'll be given a glass of 'ouzo' as a greeting, the anise-flavored Greek liqueur, as you are treated to a tour of the family kitchen. It is likely you will see whole fish being cooked over an open flame and salads being made from scratch for today's patrons. You will also see fish, shrimp and lobster being cleaned and hear from the cooks themselves how they select the freshest product for their recipes.
After a tour of the kitchen, you will move to a private area set-up for a cooking demonstration. There, traditional Greek classics like Tzaziki will be made, and you will have a chance to join in the making of stuffed eggplants or a Greek salad. Greek cuisine is among the freshest and healthiest known, and you will learn the secrets to the famed Mediterranean Diet which originated in Greece. Relax and sip some local wine and taste local cheeses while watching the chefs make the lobster sauce for a pasta dish you will enjoy later for lunch.
No doubt you will have worked up an appetite, so next you'll be seated for a sumptuous lunch of Greek classics with each course served being given an explanation from the chef. The menu has been specially designed by Oceania's Bon Appétit Culinary Center Chef along with the chefs of Hatzikelis to ensure you sample authentic Greek dishes, shared with you by a most generous and gregarious Greek family. Local Greek wine will be served with your lunch and you'll hear about how Greece is the 'birthplace' of the grapevine.
Following lunch, you are free to stroll about the Old City and take in the magnificent ambience of its cobblestone streets and plazas, or you can return to the ship with your guide.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 30-minutes moderate walking that includes some uneven surfaces and a few steps. There may also be some standing involved. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.