Get ready for gorgeous views and a healthy dose of history on this 10-day tour of Athens and the Peloponnese. You'll learn about ancient Greek mythology at the Acropolis, visit the home of Helen of Troy, and see where the Olympics were born. Along the way, you'll sample wines at the vineyards of Nemea, explore the Byzantine castle of Mystras, and consult the oracle at Delphi.
Like any great wine-producing nation, the secret to its viniculture lies in the soil. In Greece, the land most ideal for cultivating grapevines is in the Nemea region, on the Peloponnese. There are quite a few wineries here, with many producing the indigenous Agiorgitiko varietal. This wine was believed to have been grown from a vine brought by the god Dionysus. The grapes are similar to Merlot and are regarded as one of the finest Greek reds. They're certainly time-tested — they've been growing these specific grapes in the region for thousands of years, possibly since the 4th century BCE.
As one of the world’s oldest wine-producing regions, this tour gives you a glimpse into the heart of modern Greek wine. Your specialist guide will lead you through three selected boutique wineries, all known for high-quality wines. You'll meet with winemakers and oenologists to taste wines from the most important Greek and international grape varieties. Along the way, your hosts and guide will share about wine production and the long history of winemaking in Greece.
After your wine tasting, visit an organic vinegar manufacturer and discover organic farming techniques. You'll also learn about the manufacturing process and sample some products. Before you head back, enjoy a delightful lunch of local products paired with selected wines from the region. Relax in one of the beautiful vineyards overlooking the Nemea Valley.
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Itineraries with Nemea Winery Exploration
Three weeks gives you enough time to take in Greece from all angles. Survey the city of Athens from atop the Acropolis before you move to Mykonos and Santorini for farm dinners and caldera cruises. Crete awaits next, full of stone villages to explore, before you return to the mainland to travel back in time to famous spots like Delphi, Meteora, and Mycenae.
You'll have plenty of time to see some of Greece's standout regions with this 25-day itinerary. Start with day and evening experiences of the myths and modern neighborhoods of Athens and the surrounding region before you head to the islands, with farm dinners in Mykonos, catamaran cruises in Santorini, and the landscapes of Crete all on the agenda. Then it's back to the mainland to experience some of the stars of Greek history, culture, and scenery.
Spend two weeks treating yourself to some of Greece's finest food and wine traditions. You'll start with four days among the fields of Nafplio in the Peloponnese, followed by a full week in the Cyclades where you'll learn to cook on Tinos, visit a Mykonian farm, and tour the tavernas of Naxos. Cap it off with a cooking class under the Acropolis upon your return to Athens.