Food Tours


8 nights, 9 days
July 2018

Join me, Mary Valle, for a deliciously, amazing foodie retreat to Ikaria, Greece…it is time to relax and reward yourself.

Immerse yourself in 9 glorious days and 8 nights of traditional Greek village life and culture. We will be learning about this Blue Zone region of the world, with one of the world’s highest concentration of centenarians, it is known as the island where people forget to die…what is the secret to their longevity, joy and peacefulness? There will be cooking, discussions about the food and the secret to living longer the Greek way, and of course there will be dancing, fun, swimming and time for relaxation…I hope you return back home inspired and rejuvenated.


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The retreat includes:

  • 8 Nights accommodation
  • Return transfers to and from Ikaria airport
  • Welcome drink and mezedes on arrival
  • Daily breakfast of eggs, homemade cheese, homemade marmalades, yogurt, Ikarian honey, wild herbal teas and coffee
  • Most lunches and dinners
  • Transfers to excursions on the island
  • Hands-on Cooking classes
  • Ikarian knowledge about longevity and the Blue Zones
  • Honey tasting
  • Winery tour Farm visit…get ready to get your hands dirty…gathering whatever is in season, collecting eggs, milking goats and back in the kitchen to prepare lunch.


Additional highlights:

  • Enjoying and taking part in the local panayiri (festival)…be ready for some dancing!
  • Visit the monastery of Theoktistis
  • Swimming in the Aegean sea
  • Hike and picnic
  • Farewell dinner
  • Surprises


Retreat exclusions:

  • International flights to and from Greece
  • Travel insurance


$3895 per person twin share
Single supplement available on request

Payment plans are available for this retreat
Booking terms and conditions apply


Early bird

Book by 14th February 2018 to receive a signed copy of Mary’s cookbook and to go into the draw to win a personalized, 3 hour, one-on-one cooking class worth $295 with Mary.


“Nestled in amongst the Greek islands near the shores of Turkey sits the rugged Ikaria, a place of legends and enjoys a fascinating history. Arriving there is easy with a short shuttle flight from Athens airport then a transfer to the hotel in Nas enjoying spectacular views along the way. Forget your busy scheduled life once you arrive on the island! People don’t live forever if they are stressed by schedules! Relax and enjoy a full realm of activities that may not follow the itinerary, but it all gets done when the weather or day is right. Don’t worry, there is lots to do such as a fantastic personal winery tour where you can taste fabulous Ikarian wines and maybe buy a bottle or two to take back home, or you may enjoy the bee farm and honey tasting. Ikarian honey is amazingly delicious and healthy. (Make sure you bring an empty suitcase for the kilos of honey you must bring back with you!) There is a monastery visit, thermal springs, time on the farm picking your own fresh produce to cook later and plenty of free time to enjoy the local Nas beach, or simply read a book with the most stunning views from the Inn.

Learning to cook the Greek way, is fun and easy and the best part is you will get to eat it later. We had the most beautiful food for the entire stay, and the Greek coffee is the best way to start your day.

There are over 100 festivals on the island and you are sure to go to one. The food, atmosphere dancing and especially the music under the stars will hypnotise you into wanting to buy a house and move to Ikaria permanently.

I highly recommend Mary’s Ikarian Retreat for a taste of everything, particularly some of the most delicious food you will ever eat.”

– Sue Naether

Pre tour in Athens

Join me for an exciting pre-tour, 3 nights in beautiful Athens, walking tour, visiting the Acropolis and more. Email me to register your interest.


Mary Valle
For more information contact Mary
mobile: 0412 324 846


For travel bookings and payment contact Jodie

mobile: 0410 302 105