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Culinary Odyssey

8 days
English
Arcadia
Argolis
Athens
Mani
Starting time,  duration and/or meeting point can be adapted to your wishes

In this majestic tour you will delve deep into Greece’s gastronomy and history by exploring the region of the Peloponnese, the most pretty, historical, and geographically varied area in mainland Greece. The tour will include visits to main tourist destinations and sites, as well as to many hidden gems of the region, carefully selected by our Insider team in order to provide you with an authentic experience of Greek culture and people.

Our experienced insider guide, who is also a professional chef, will introduce you into all facets of Greek food and wine in a tour that includes visits in wineries, farms and cheese making facilities, foraging, regional recipe cooking demonstrations, meals in handpicked local restaurants and tavernas, and a lot, lot more…

While the main focus is gastronomical, the tour will also include non-culinary activities, such as visits to major archaeological sites, museums, towns of historic importance and natural monuments.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City orientation tour through Athens and its unique neighborhoods
  • Guided tour to the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum
  • Wine Tasting Experience in Greece’s most famous wine region
  • Visit the monumental ruins of ancient Mycenae and atmospheric town of Nafplio
  • Delve into the mountainous regions of Arcadia and explore historic townships
  • Experience the local cuisine through hands-on cooking lessons
  • Discover the culinary tradition of the region by visiting dedicated artisans and witness the producing methods of local products (cheese, oil, honey)

Culinary Highlights
Visits, demonstrations, tastings in wineries, organic raisins Farm, agritourism facility, honey producer, cheese making facility, butcher shop, bakery with wood-fire oven.

Areas Visited
Athens, Nemea, Acrocorinth, Mycenae, Nafplio, Argos, Arcadia region, Mani region, Sparta

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in 4* Hotel
  • Centrally located hotel
  • Breakfast x 7
  • Lunch x 7
  • Dinner x 7
  • Private transfers with luxury vehicles
  • Private airport transfers
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Top-end restaurants
  • Hand picked local taverns
  • Private guided tour by state-licensed guide at the Acropolis & Acropolis Museum
  • Entry fees at archaeological sites
  • Food tour with many tastings
  • Greek wine tasting
  • Private services of a professional and highly specialized Insider guide
  • All taxes
Exclusions
Gratuities (optional)
Personal expenses
Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival
Airport to hotel private transfer. Welcome drink. Orientation walk & Acropolis visit & guided tour. Welcome dinner.

Day 2 – Nemea
On the first day of the tour you will depart for Nemea, the biggest wine-producing area of Greece and a site of rich ancient Greek history. Before arriving at Nemea the first stop will be at Acrocorinth, the ancient Acropolis of Corinth and a mighty medieval fortress perched atop a steep hill. There you will learn a lot about the history of the Peloponnese and enjoy a majestic view of the Isthmus, the Corinthian and Saronic Gulfs and the surrounding countryside.
From Acrocorinth you will depart to a land of Herculean myth, Ancient Nemea where you will visit the ruins of the temple of Zeus, completely surrounded by vineyards, the site’s museum, and the ancient stadium of Nemea, the location where the ancient athletic Nemean games were taking place. After Zeus’ temple you will visit an organic farm, producing some of the most delicious shade dried blackcurrants or black Corinthian raisins, as they are called in Greece. Following a light lunch at a local taverna, you will depart for one of the best wineries in Nemea, situated on the hills overlooking the plains, where you will sample a selection of the best wines of the region and take a guided tour of the state-of-the-art facilities. Following the wine tasting you will enjoy a home-cooked meal highlighting the local cuisine at the winery’s restaurant. Overnight stay at the winery.

Day 3 – Argolis
Enjoy your breakfast at the winery and be prepared for your departure to Argolis. On this full-day excursion you will have the chance to experience the glory of the Mycenaean civilization and discover the hidden precious gems of atmospheric Nafplio, one of the most well-preserved historic towns of the country.
After a scenic drive into the mountainous land of Peloponnese you will reach the archaeological site of Mycenae. There, you will enjoy a guided tour of the site and museum, and get to admire the monumental ruins and the golden treasures of a civilization that flourished roughly around 1600 BC.
After you have explored this astonishing archaeological location you will make a stop for lunch at a famous and historic taverna in the town of Argos, and then set off to the picturesque town of Nafplio, which sits wedged between a hilltop fortress and a harbor. You will have plenty of time to lose yourself in the cobbled alleyways of the charming old town, explore the many sights it has to offer, and sample a selection of local cheese and cured meats. For dinner you will savor a delicious meal at a traditional seafood restaurant set by the seashore, followed by a visit to one of the best ice-cream shops in Greece. Overnight stay at Nafplio.

Day 4 – Arcadia
On this day you will depart for Arcadia, one of the most picturesque mountainous regions of Greece, an area full of villages steeped in history and tradition, sitting in the lush green valleys and slopes of the surrounding mountains. Our first stop will be at a village wedged among the mountains and a visit at a modern agritourism facility run by the co-operative of the village’s women. There you will enjoy a guided tour of the in-house museum and a walk in the estate’s orchards where you will see all the crops and collect seasonal vegetables for a demonstration of a traditional dish by a local cook. The visit will be completed with lunch at the facility’s restaurant followed by a small walk to a 12th century byzantine church nearby. You will then depart for the village of Elliniko, where you can enjoy a walk along the stone paved walkways and admire the traditional architecture of the village. Light dinner at a local taverna, overnight stay at Elliniko.

Day 5 – Dimitsana and arrival to Mani
After breakfast, you will visit a local cheese making facility where you will witness the cheese making process and sample a selection of local cheeses. Then you will depart for the neighboring village of Dimitsana where you will visit the water-power museum, an 18th century complex of great historic significance, that includes water-powered flour and gunpowder mills, as well as tanneries and a tsipouro (a traditional spirit made from grapes) distillation copper still.
Leaving Arcadia, you will depart for the wild and beautiful region of Mani, a peninsula in the south of the Peloponnese, a land where the breathtaking scenery of ragged rocky hills, blue-green sea, and clear skies is awash with myths and stories from the past involving fiercely independent locals defending their land against pirates and invading armies, as well as blood feuds among noble families waging wars from their towering stone houses. Your base in Mani will be Areopolis, a picturesque town rich in history which best highlights the local architecture and culture. Following a traditional lunch you will visit a local honey producer, retrieve honey from a beehive, sample a variety of honeys and honeycomb, and savor a traditional homemade pastry. Overnight stay at Areopolis.

Day 6 – Areopoli and Mani
In the morning you will visit a local butcher shop, to taste the famous siglino, a locally produced smoked ham, followed by a visit to the farm where the ham is produced and smoked with the burning of wild sage and rosemary. After the farm, you will visit the village’s bakery with the 180-years-old wood-fire oven, to taste the freshly baked bread, rusks, pancakes, and pies, and to see a demonstration of a local wild greens and cheese pie by the bakery’s owner.
In the afternoon you will visit the breathtaking Diros caverns voted among the most beautiful in the world, a 5 km system of chambers full of stalagmites and stalactites following the course of an underground river that you will explore in boats. Overnight stay at Areopoli.

Day 7 –  Olive oil museum and press – Departure to Athens
In the morning you will visit the Museum of Olive and Greek Olive Oil in the legendary city of Sparta, located in the heartland of Laconia, one of the main olive-producing areas in Greece. In a guided tour, you will learn about the importance of olives and olive oil in Greek culture and economy from prehistoric times up until the 20th century, as well as about the advances in olive oil production and olive oil soap-making from antiquity to the modern times. After the museum you will visit a local olive oil press where you will sample the variety of the olive oils and olives produced.
Following a lunch at Sparta, you will depart for Athens, making a stop to witness the Corinth canal, a 19th century project that cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth, thus connecting the Corinthian with the Saronic gulfs. Dinner and overnight stay in Athens.

Day 8-  Athens & transfer to airport
On the last day of the tour, you will further explore the city of Athens. Following a light breakfast at the hotel, you will take a walk in the stone-paved streets of the historic neighborhood of Plaka, where you can marvel at the 19th century neoclassical buildings sitting under the Acropolis, while doing your shopping at selected establishments.
Following Plaka, you will focus your attention to the gastronomical delights offered to you by Greece’s largest city. First, you will have a break for Greek coffee and herbal tea at the oldest coffee house in Athens dating back to the 19th century, where you can learn about the history of Greek coffee while enjoying an amazing view of the Acropolis. You will then continue your walk, making stops to sample one of the best souvlaki in town as well as loukoumades, a doughnut-like dessert soaked in honey syrup and cinnamon, to end up in the central food market where you will learn a great deal  about Greek cooking and the seasonality of the produce by our chef guide, while having an authentic experience of everyday Athenian life. The tour will end at a traditional mezedopolio, a restaurant serving a wide variety of small plates of food to accompany ouzo or tsipouro.

At this point, your epic journey has come to an end. It’s time to farewell your newly-made friends and make your way to the airport for your trip back home or to new adventures.

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights or 8 days /7 nights

Languages: English

Starting time: 08.00 a.m.

Notes & Clarifications
This vacation package is also available in a shorter version of 4 days/ 3 nights

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What makes us different?

  • We offer only private tours. No mixed groups
  • We are absolutely flexible. Our tours can be customized to your wishes
  • Special requests are always welcome. We love to tailor holidays
  • All of our tours are designed and operated by our company
  • Our tour leaders “Insiders” are thoroughly selected and trained, each one of them expert in his field
  • We always match the most suitable tour leader “Insider” that matches your profile and interests

 

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