Wine tour in Classical Greece. Vineyards, culture and history

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8 DAYS
LEVEL 1

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ancient Nemea: The sanctuary of Zeus in the vineyards
  • Mycenae: The bronze-age citadel and Atreus's treasure
  • Nafplio: The picturesque neoclassical town, former capital of Greece
  • Olympia: The cradle of the Olympic Games
  • Hosios Loukas: The Byzantine monastery with magnificent golden mosaic
  • Delphi: The navel of the ancient world
  • Wine tasting of quality local wines
During this 8-days beautiful holiday, you travel through typical Mediterranean landscapes of the Peloponnese and Central Greece, you visit viticultural regions and taste locally produced quality wines in cellars close to the most important historical and cultural sites of Greece; most of them listed as World Cultural Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome! Trip to Argolis. Ancient Epidaurus

Travel from Athens to the region of Argolis. Via the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf and over the Canal Corinth (short stop) you reach the Peloponnese. You visit the Sanctuary of Asclepius in Ancient Epidaurus, an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. You continue towards the picturesque town of Nafplion; the first capital of the modern Greek state. 3 nights in Nafplion or Tolo.

Day 2: The ancient wine region of Nemea. Mycenae

Today you visit Nemea; one of the oldest viticulture regions of the world! Also, the land where Hercules had killed the monstruous Nemean Lion and where the Nemean Games were celebrated; an event little inferior to the Olympic Games. After an archaeological tour to the sanctuary of Zeus, the museum and the stadium; situated in the vineyards of Neme, you go for wine testing in the local wineries, where the wine of Agiorgitiko grape is produced. Today, you will also visit the legendary “golden” Mycenae; the bronze-age citadel, the treasure of Atreus and the museum. This is also an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

Day 3: Nafplio city-tour. Argos; an inhabited since the Neolithic era region

In the morning, you go for a walking tour in the picturesque town of Nafplion that will bring you closer to the origins of contemporary Greece, while the Archaeological Museum opens a window to the glorious past. From Palamidi; the fortress overlooking the city, you will enjoy the unique view over Nafplion, the gulf of Argos and the region of Argolis. Through orange groves, olive groves and vineyards, you reach the ancient theatre of Argos; perhaps the oldest European city. You will visit local wineries. The vines are probably ancient but you will taste wine from more recent vintages.

Day 4: Mountains, churches and wineries in Arcadia

Today you leave the legendary land of Argolis and you travel to Arcadia; a beautiful region that expands from the gulf of Argos and Myrtoan Sea to the wooded mountainous heart of the Peloponnese. You make a short stop to visit the Loukous Monastery (12th century) and then you continue through olive groves towards the high plateau of Mantineia no olive trees grow; only vines! Moschofilero is the local grape variety that dominates the area. In one of the local wineries, you will taste the local flavor. Overnight in Vytina; a picturesque mountainous village on the feet of Mt. Mainalo.

Day 5: The cradle of the Olympics and a wine region too

Through the scenic Arcadian landscape, you travel to the sacred land of Elis. In Ancient Olympia, you visit the archaeological site: the Stadium, the Palestra, the Sanctuaries of Hera and of Zeus; also listed in an UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage Site and the museum with unique sculptures. Wine testing in a local winery; to savor the same wine, with which the Olympic winners celebrated their victory. Overnight in Anc. Olympia.

Day 6: A historic wine-cellar and a picturesque old harbor

Today you visit the winery of Achaia Clauss; the first export-oriented winery in modern Greece, located on a green hill, 8km south east from the center of Patras. The buildings, dated since 1861, are an example of the industrial architecture of that period. You will experience the unique taste of Mavrodaphne; the local grape variety and so the name of the famous dessert wine. Afterwards; over the straights of Rio-Antirio you reach Central Greece. You visit the city of Nafpaktos; the Venetians’ Lepanto and the romantic seamen’s town of Galaxidi. 2 nights in Delphi or Itea.

Day 7: The Navel of the World and a Byzantine monastery with golden mosaic

Today you visit the archeological site of Delphi; on the slopes of Mount Parnassus with the most famous oracle of the ancient world and also the center of diplomacy. You also visit the monastery of Osios Loukas; another UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Optional visit not in a wine-cellar but an olive-oil mile; overlooking one of the greatest contiguous olive groves of Greece at the plane of Amfissa.

Day 8: The mountain of Muses, the land of Minyans and a winery. Back to Athens

You travel towards the ancient city of Orchomenos and go for wine tasting and visit to the winery of Chatzimichalis, where the homonymous wine is produced, near one of the most significant battlefields of the occidental culture; Thermopylae. Late in the afternoon you return in Athens. Sightseeing walk through the historical center and farewell dinner accompanied with wine from Mesogaia; the ancient (and modern) winemaking area of Attica.

 

SERVICES INCLUDED

- All transfers and tours as described in the itinerary, in private vehicle, from/to Athens
- Accommodation: 7 nights in 3-4 stars hotels, on HB basis
- Professional guide for the whole tour
- Guided visits in the vineyards, the wineries
- Guided visits in archeological sites, museums, monasteries etc.
- Wine testing in 6 wineries
- Entrance in sites and museums (as described in the itinerary)
- Professional liability insurance
- VAT 24% and all taxes

NOT INCLUDED

- Flights to/from Greece
- Drinks/beverages (expt. wines in the wine-testing, which are included)
- Optional visit in the olive-oil mile (day 7)
- Personal travel insurance

RATES

* Contact us with your request and we will send you our offer. Price depends on the number of travellers and the season.

NOTES

This tour is for private groups. Minimum number of participants: 2
Depending on the season, the program might vary.

 

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  • Athens
  • Nemea
  • Mycenae
  • Nafplio
  • Mantineia
  • Epidaurus
  • Olympia
  • Patras
  • Delfi
 
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