Live like a local in Greece's idyllic Argolic Gulf with this active 10-day itinerary. You'll explore Athens for a few days and even hop onboard a fishing boat with an expert fisherman before you head to seaside Nafplio, home to winding streets and a historic water fortress. Explore this beautiful area of mainland Greece via foot, bicycle, and kayak, then get hands-on in an olive grove and flute away as a shepherd for a day.
The olive tree is a symbol of the goddess Athena, who, according to Greek tradition, first planted the tree in Greece in the city of Athens. Therefore, the Greeks were the first to plant and cultivate olives in the Mediterranean region! Today, the country is one of the top three to produce olive oil for a worldwide market.
You'll start by learning about the quality of olive oil produced at the farm, plus the crop's history. Then, you'll watch the extraction process and explore how to bottle and store the oil. Once you understand the process and different varieties, you can start your tasting. Your host will lead you through a range of oil variations, explaining how to distinguish the taste and what factors impact the flavor.
Next, speak directly with the owners as they share stories about their farm and the heritage they strive to preserve. In the end, you'll walk away with newfound knowledge and a bottle of your own olive oil! Before you head back, enjoy a light lunch surrounded by nature and olive groves. Taste a glass of local wine with your meal, and feel free to use lots of olive oil.
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Itineraries with Olive Farm Visit & Tasting with Lunch on the Peloponnese
Live like a local in Greece's idyllic Argolic Gulf with this 6-day itinerary. You'll explore Athens for a few days, including a unique guided tour of some of the city's most important ancient sites before you head to seaside Nafplio, home to winding streets and a historic water fortress. Explore this beautiful area of mainland Greece, then get hands-on in an olive grove before you head home.
Go from the city to the sea and back on this comprehensive itinerary. You'll start with the Acropolis and a sunset tour of the Temple of Poseidon before venturing down to Mykonos and Santorini for farm dinners and wine tasting. Next, head to Crete's charming cities and rugged Samaria Gorge before you return to the mainland, where you'll wrap up your journey among the monuments of Nafplio.
You've probably heard of feta, but what about graviera? Mizithra? How about their cousin kefalotyri? Meet every member of the Greek cheese family and more on this 11-day itinerary. You'll see them straight from the source along with other culinary and cultural highlights as you play shepherd for a day, learn how to put them to use in a Cycladic cooking class on Tinos, and visit the many other cheese habitats with a Naxos food tour before you return to Athens.
Your school-aged children can learn about Greek culture in a sun-filled and interactive style on this itinerary. You'll start off by creating comic books or learning some Greek language skills in Athens. Then head to the Mani Peninsula, full of beautiful beaches and stone villages to explore. Finish your trip in the famous olive region of Kalamata, with cooking lessons, archery, scenic hikes, and more.