WINE ROUTES IN THE LAND OF MYTH

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover rare wines from local varieties cultivated in beautiful vineyards
  • Explore state-of-the-art winery facilities and get to know the masterminds behind these innovative businesses
  • Admire landmarks of great archaeological importance such as Mycenae and Epidaurus Ancient theatre
  • Indulge in the welcoming Greek sunny landscapes of the Peloponnese
  • Taste traditional mouth-watering delicacies and gourmet creations

INTRO

Greek wine has made huge steps reaching top-class quality levels and gaining more and more supporters worldwide.

Faithful to our commitment to showcasing the true excellences of Greek history, staples and culture, we are proud to present you the first of a series of week-long wine trips, in the main wine producing areas in Greece.

The tour is meant for wine connoisseurs and experts. Accompanied by a wine expert tour leader you will have the chance to familiarize yourselves with the rich Greek terrain and its varieties. Our team is not only knowledgeable about wine, but also has excellent connections with the wineries that we will visit in the region, which will share with you their best labels and vintages, for one-of-a-kind experiences.

The program includes classical visits to important archaeological sites as well, and casual strolls around beautiful villages and less commercial areas in the Peloponnese. Our focus, of course, is always on wine-making and the history of wine in this holy place where people have appreciated wine for millennia. Get on board with us, and Greek wine will have no secrets for you after this amazing journey.

PELOPONNESE

Nobel-prize-winning poet Odysseas Elytis said that “a late afternoon in the Aegean contains joy and sorrow in such exact doses that in the end only the truth remains.” It is this truth that the visitor encounters in the Peloponnese, which, much like a big island, puts all of it quirks and assets on display with honest clarity.

Remarkable archaeological sites like Olympia, Epidaurus and Messene, amazing beaches on both the Aegean and Ionian sides of the peninsula, and an abundance of natural beauty from the land and sea come together to create an impressively attractive wine destination. Every region in the Peloponnese has its vineyards, from Achaia in the northwest and Argolis in the east to Arcadia in the hinterland and Messinia in the southwest; Nemea in Corinthia is the undisputed wine-country star.

Greek grape varieties can be confusing, but don’t be intimidated by the difficult pronunciations. Here’s a guide to familiarize you with the most exquisite Greek wines you will taste on this wine expedition.

You can start by reading about the wines that you will taste during this tour in our SHORT GUIDE (pdf file).

THE PROGRAM IN BRIEF

Here you can read the full-fledged PROGRAM (pdf file).

(B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

DAY 1 – Arrival to Athens. Getting to know the staples of the Greek Oenopanorama (D)

  • Welcome by our tour leader and pick-up from the airport. Transfer to Athens
  • Check-in at the hotel in downtown Athens
  • Free time to explore the city-center
  • Presentation of the Greek wine panorama and dinner at a wine bar-restaurant with a special set menu
  • Overnight

 

DAY 2 – Start of the tour. Corinth and Northern Peloponnese (B-L-D)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit of Ancient Corinth and Acrocorinth
  • Wine tasting at Tetramythos winery and lunch
  • Odontotos rack railway ride to Kalavryta village
  • Check-in at the hotel in Kalavryta
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight

 

DAY 3 – Nemea & Nafplio (B-L-D)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit the Cave of Lakes (optional)
  • Wine tasting in Aivalis Winery
  • Wine tasting and lunch at Gaia Wines
  • Guided tour at the Archaeological Site of Nemea
  • Arrival in Nafplio and check-in
  • Free time
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight

 

DAY 4 – Et in Arcadia Ego (B-L-D)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided visit of Ancient Epidaurus
  • Wine tasting at Tselepos Winery and lunch
  • Check-in at the hotel in Mystras
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Overnight

 

DAY 5 – The Deep South! (B-D)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Optional visit at the Byzantine village of Mystras
  • Check-in at the hotel in Monemvasia
  • Free time (Spa)
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Overnight

 

DAY 6 – Travelling back in time… (B-L)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Walking tour in Monemvasia Castle
  • Wine tasting focusing on Monemvasia Winery, inside the lunch venue in the castle
  • Free time and free dinner at the hotel
  • Overnight

 

DAY 7 – Back to Argolis, and Mycenae (B-L-D)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Departure
  • Wine tasting at Domaine Skouras and lunch
  • Guided visit of Ancient Mycenae
  • Return to Athens and check-in at the hotel in the city-center
  • Dinner at a rooftop restaurant with a view to the Acropolis and the Parthenon
  • Overnight

 

DAY 8 – Time to say goodbye… (B)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Private transfer to El. Venizelos international airport for departure

INCLUDED

  • All transfers with private bus or van with English-speaking driver
  • An English-speaking tour leader
  • Admissions and guided tours to all archaeological sites mentioned above, except optional visits
  • 7-night accommodation in hotels/resorts (double or single occupancy) in deluxe/ executive rooms including breakfast
  • Wine-tasting experience in the wineries mentioned above
  • Meals wherever clearly stated (5 lunches and 6 dinners)
  • Farewell gift
  • General liability insurance
  • All applicable taxes and VAT

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfares (ticket service available upon request)
  • Souvenirs and tips
  • Wine purchased at the wineries separately from the wine-tasting and meals
  • Private personal medical insurance (available upon request)
  • Anything else not expressly mentioned

NOTES

Please have comfortable walking shoes with you, a hat, suncream and mosquito repellent. If you have any health or allergy issues, or food intolerance please inform us in advance. Single individuals are welcome to book the tour as well. Other than the dates indicated, we will be happy to discuss about the possibility of organizing this tour for groups of min.6 participants. International flights and extra health and accident personal insurance are available upon request.

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