Availability
March till November
Group size
1-8 People
Days
7
Price per person from
1.270€

Holiday Overview

In a peaceful village among olive groves, vineyards and lemon trees, Dionysia’s ceramic studio opens its doors to welcome you to a hands-on ceramics course. Add a little water and play with clay. Let your hands and imagination collaborate as you create your unique pieces. You will never be short of inspiration, surrounded by the natural beauty of this stunning island.

Dionysia will provide you with all necessary equipment, materials, inspiration, guidance and will encourage you to acquire or enhance your ceramic skills in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The course features hand building, assembling pieces, glazing and decorating techniques.

As you are practicing in a small group, tuition will be adapted to each participant’s specific needs, whether it is learning the fundamentals or taking existing skills to the next level.

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Included in the price:

  • 7 days accommodation at Villa Spiros w/breakfast
  • Airport transfers
  • 3 Ceramic Workshops / 8h of tuition
  • 5 meals (2 lunches & 3 dinners)
  • Beach pic nic at Kalamaki sand dunes
  • Boat tour to the west coast of the island
  • Swimming at the Shipwreck beach and the Turtle Island
  • Swimming at Tsilivi beach
  • Visit Zakynthos town
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Dine in style in a Seaside taverna
  • Traditional Homemade meals
  • A Greek celebration night to remember

Holiday Itinerary

Please note, the following itinerary is for guidance only and subject to change depending on the season and group’s needs and wishes, but all the following activities will take place some time during the week.

  • Day 1

    Arrival and welcome Traditional Zakynthian dinner with your hosts

    On arrival you will be transferred to your accommodation, Villa Spiros in Laganas. Famed as the home of the sea turtle Caretta Caretta, Laganas will be your base for this exciting ceramics holiday. You will have time to unpack, and settle in your new surroundings.

    A little while later your hosts will invite you to join them for an informal welcome meeting and home cooked meal over which you can discuss the week’s proposed itinerary and familiarize yourself with the many things there are to do and see in this diverse, lively resort.

    In the evening, you may like to enjoy a leisurely stroll along the unending Laganas beach. Let the sound of the sea and the gentle breeze melt away the stresses of your journey. There are plenty of seaside tavernas if you would like to enjoy dinner, with magnificent views over Laganas Bay.

  • Day 2

    Ceramic workshop 1 & beach pic nic at Kalamaki sand dunes

    Today your ceramic experience begins. After breakfast your host Antonio will drive you to the ceramics studio, where your course begins. This morning’s activity will last three hours.

    Your day continues with swimming at Kalamaki sand dunes, one of the most important nesting grounds of the sea turtle Caretta-Caretta. Turtle nests are scattered all along the golden sands, protected by little cages, and watched over by passionate volunteers from the National Marine Park of Zakynthos, who are always happy to share all their expertise on the subject of the turtles, just ask.

    Just a little way out to sea the secluded uninhabited Islands of Pelouzo, Cameo and the Turtle Island, provide a stunning backdrop to a spectacular setting. Time, now to truly unwind and enjoy a relaxing morning by the sea. Swim, try a spot of snorkeling to see if you can spy a Caretta-Caretta, enjoy a beach picnic, among the relaxing sounds and aromas of the Ionian Sea. Simple, yet wonderful!!!

    In the evening, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional dinner at a local tavern in the heart of a typical Greek village neighborhood. Here, meet happy locals who find happiness in cultivating their land and in simple things in life. Relax and let all of your senses enjoy and take in the magic of the surroundings, while the traditional cuisine and local wine happily tantalize your taste buds.

  • Day 3

    Ceramic workshop 2 & visit Bohali, the most desired place to live in Zakynthos island

    Today after a traditional breakfast, continue your ceramic workshop and art work at the ceramics studio for another 3 hours. Then, visit Bohali, the highest part of Zakynthos town and most desired area to live. Walk through the cobblestone blooming streets of historic Bohali village, take the most beautiful pictures and enjoy a drink or a light lunch over panoramic views of Zakynthos town far below, the port and the Ionian Sea.

    Later, return to Villa Spiros and explore the surrounding area. You may like to go for a swim to Laganas beach or simply relax at the villa. This resort offers a great combination of everything a traveler could desire. In the famous sweeping bay, with its shallow, crystal clear water, you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and if you are lucky, find yourself swimming alongside the large, graceful loggerhead turtles. Sun beds and seaside tavernas are plentiful if you just want to relax. Go skinny dipping if adventurous enough at the nudist beach at the far end of Laganas beach.

    Spend a leisurely evening at Laganas. Down the beach you can find many seaside tavernas and cocktail bars where you may like to enjoy a coffee or your favourite tipple to relax you while the sun goes down on another spectacular day.

  • Day 4

    Ceramic Workshop 3 & swimming at Tsilivi beach

    Today, after breakfast back to the studio to put the final touches to your works of art, each as individual as the person who created them. After this evening’s class you will have the opportunity to sit in the shade of the trees, sipping Dionysia’s lemonade made from fresh lemons from her garden.

    After the class, go swimming at Tsilivi beach, where you can relax, swim and enjoy the many little shops. You will have plenty of time here for a coffee or a relaxed lunch before your return to Villa Spiros.

    In the evening, visit Zakynthos main town. First stop is at the Church of the island’s patron saint, St. Dionysius. The huge inside is richly decorated with gold and icons. The saint’s remains are here in a silver casket, which on some occasions is open for viewing. Later, enjoy a gentle walk and get familiarized with the Ionian architecture, recharge your batteries at a café by Solomos square before you loose yourself in the market street to taste and buy local products and delicacies. Before returning back to Laganas, why not treat yourself to a delicious ice cream at locals favourite gelateria.

  • Day 5

    Free day

    Today, spend the day at leisure, or you may treat yourself to today’s exclusive optional excursion. There are plenty of choices for activities ranging from gardening, horse riding, photography tours, hiking, clay shooting, cycling, knitting to swimming, massage and spa treatments. Or let us know if we can help you arrange something specifically for you, we will be happy to.

  • Day 6

    Boat tour to the west coast, the Shipwreck Bay and the Blue Caves

    Wake up to another fun and exciting day.

    From Agios Sostis fishing port start a once in a lifetime boat trip experience towards the breathtaking west coast of Zakynthos with the secluded coves, crystal clear water, dramatic blue caves to arrive at mesmerizing Shipwreck bay. This is what we call a natural eye delight. If the weather is too windy for the boat, we will drive north and still be able to admire the shipwreck from the viewing platform set into the cliff top.

    In the evening, join your hosts for a meal and enjoy the traditional pita souvlaki with either pork or chicken skewer at Villa Spiros gardens.

  • Day 7

    Olive oil tasting. A Farewell Greek celebration to remember in the evening

    Today after breakfast, together with Antonio, drive to Lithakia village and see the unique perennial olive trees, truly amazing natural sculptures. Then visit Aristeon Olive Press.

    At the olive oil museum, learn how the humble olive becomes liquid gold the precious oil that gives Zakynthians their lust for life. See the display of machinery from the old days before touring the modern factory with your guide. At the end is a chance to taste a variety of extra virgin oils on village bread and buy their products.

    Continue your day with swimming at Laganas beach and in the evening, dress up for the farewell party at “Dennis”, our favourite tavern in Lithakia village. There, we will enjoy a traditional Greek celebration, with great BBQ and plenty of local wine and of course Greek live music and dancing. Enjoy the sounds of bouzouki while learning how to dance syrtaki.

    Phew! A grand finale to a great week!

  • Day 8

    Departure Day

    This morning enjoy a lovely traditional breakfast, maybe a walk to Laganas Main Street for last minute shopping, or a stroll to Laganas beach to take a last dip.

    Your driver will take you to the airport or port in good time for your departure.

    By now you will truly be feeling at home here, Zakynthian through and through, and definitely like a member of our family.

    “Kallo Taxidi! (safe journey)

Accommodation Options

Villa Spiros, in Laganas resort
Villa Antonio, in Romiri village

Getting there

Please note that prices for the holidays do not include flights. We recommend using skyscanner.net to check flights.

Nearest airports

  • Zakynthos Island airport ZTH (4 km away)
  • Kefalonia Island airport EFL (10 min flight to Zakynthos)
  • Athens airport ATH (45 min flight to Zakynthos)

Pre-booked transfers from airport or ferry

  • All transfers are included from Zakynthos airport or from Zakynthos ferry terminal to the villa
  • Full, detailed directions will be shown on your booking confirmation voucher

Dates and Bookings

Holiday start days:

  • This holiday runs from 25th March until 7th November last departure.
  • You may arrive on any day of the week.

Villa Spiros

Low season

1.270€ per person

March / April / October / November

Mid-season

1.340€ per person

May / June / September

Hign season

1.550€ per person

July / August

Villa Antonio

Low season

2.950€ price for 2 4.250€ price for 3 5.200€ price for 4 6.500€ price for 5 7.450€ price for 6

March / April / October / November

Mid-season

3.300€ price for 2 4.600€ price for 3 5.550€ price for 4 6.850€ price for 5 7.800€ price for 6

May / June / September

Hign season

4.000€ price for 2 5.300€ price for 3 6.250€ price for 4 7.550€ price for 5 8.500€ price for 6

July / August

Discounts

  • 10% Early booking discount, to bookings made until 30 April 2020
  • 10% Discount to repeated customers, families and U3A members
  • 5% Discount for 2 or 3 people booking together

Please contact us for our offers on group bookings »

Duration

7 nights/ 8 days

Want to stay longer or less days?

- It is possible to add extra nights accommodation to this holiday. Please contact us for more information »

- It is possible to stay min 3 nights.

Payment instructions

Just pay a deposit now to secure your place

Our booking system allows you to keep your money with you for longer. This is how it works: there's no need to pay for the entire holiday course up front – all you do is pay a 20% deposit and then pay the remainder upon arrival.

We accept: Credit / Debit Card (Mastercard / Visa) or bank transfer to a GR bank account

Full details of how and when to pay the balance will be given during the booking process and will be printed on your confirmation voucher.

Extra activities (not included in the price)


The following activities are priced seasonally, but your hosts will get you the best prices while you’re there:

  • Horse riding through a pine forest and Kalamaki sand dunes
  • Sailing
  • Kitesurfing
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • SUP
  • Diving

Additional information

  • Who is it suitable for?
    • Suitable for all from beginners to experienced artists
    • Minimum age 17 with no upper age limit
    • Your hosts and tutors are locals speaking fluent English, so all activity classes are taught in English
    • Many people on the course travel solo and this course attracts guests from around the world for a wonderfully sociable and creative experience
    • All dietary requirements must be communicated at the time of booking
  • I'm travelling solo - can I join?
    • Many solo guests travel on this holiday and the groups are fun and sociable
    • Each guest is allocated a private ensuite room, with fridge and fully equipped kitchen and there is NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
  • What if I am traveling with someone?
    • A discount can be applied for couples or friends sharing a room
    • Please see the 'Costings and extras' tab for more details on pricing
    • Discount can be applied on groups of more than 2 people
  • Can I bring a non-activity participating partner?

    Non activity participating guests are welcome to join. Prices will be discounted accordingly. Please contact us for more information »