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5 Day Olive Immersion and Culinary Vacation in Laconia, Peloponnese
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Eumelia Organic Agrotourism Farm & Guesthouse, Gouves, Gouves Laconia 230 55, Greece

Unique Cooking Holidays in Greece

Immerse yourself in the amazing world of liquid gold "olive oil". Live in an ancient olive grove with perennial trees more than 2000 years old. Pick olives and learn how olive oil is made. Cook with the healthiest oil there is and make natural soap with it. Learn the great qualities and history of this nutritious oil. Touch, smell, taste, and cook in one holistic experience that will forever make you fall in love with olive oil.

Meet the instructors

Frangiskos & Marilena
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Highlights

  • Organic farm to table cooking class
  • Natural soap making with olive, olive picking, and olive tasting
  • Learn how olive oil is created and see it pressed before your eyes
  • Learn all you ever wanted to know about olive oil and olives, qualities, history
  • Daily organic breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 4 nights’ accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Greek, Italian, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Eumelia, which means harmony, is a unique sustainable development agrotourism and ecotourism accommodation. Eumelia hosts yoga retreats, organic and weddings as well as workshops and events for wellbeing, wine, olive oil makers, wine and olive oil tastings, cooking classes with organic farm to table gastronomy. Olive picking and grape harvest and other agricultural activities will be provided. Eumelia’s organic farm is designed along the principles of homeodynamic / biodynamic / permaculture, and the accommodation facilities are created using entirely eco-friendly materials and technology, such as recycling, compost, geothermic heating / cooling, and water recycling. Located in the prefecture of Laconia near the village of Gouves, they welcome visitors from Greece and around the world to visit Eumelia throughout the year.

Program

Day 1

  • Arrival at Eumelia.
  • Welcome farm to table dinner. The chef will prepare for you an organic and zero kilometer meal. Eumelia’s organic vegetables are combined with local delicacies and form a unique gastronomic experience.

Day 2

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast, including some of Eumelia’s specialties such as lavender butter cookies, rosemary chocolate cake, freshly handmade bread with figs or olives, and infusions with wild herbs from the farm.
  • Sustainability tour of the organic farm and guesthouse, learn and come in contact with the Greek agricultural landscape. The aim and wish are to establish a sustainable example of an ecotourism / agrotourism / education / culture space that receives, entertains and educates visitors as well as the local population on issues such as environment, environmental technology, organic farming methods, alternative health, sustainability, self-sustainability, and progressive educational tools.
  • Local cuisine cooking class with a twist and lunch: learn all the secrets of the local Laconic gastronomy with the guidance of the farm chef. Prepare and bake your own sourdough bread made with locally sourced and milled organic flour. Pick fresh eatable wild greens from the farm and learn to prepare filo dough and make the famous local pitas.
  • Pick the vegetables and herbs you need from Eumelia’s organic gardens and herb spiral and prepare your own local cuisine traditional meals with a twist. From farm to your table, prepare and cook an organic, traditional, local cuisine and zero kilometer meal. The organic vegetables and the famous organic olive oil are combined with local delicacies to offer you a unique gastronomic experience. Put together the gastronomic puzzle of the region, boil, bake, and create special dishes from the symphony of local products.
  • Olive oil and olive tasting. Learn all the secrets of the green gold of Greece, how to distinguish a fresh extra virgin olive oil, the eatable Greek olive varieties and how to store your olive oil properly. Meet the perennial olive trees that age more than 2000 years - you can even hide in their trunks!
  • Farm to table dinner.

Day 3

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast.
  • Olive picking, join our picking crew and learn how to prepare the harvest nets, pick the olive trees and get the olives ready for the olive mill.
  • Natural olive oil soap making. Experience firsthand how to make your own natural soap. Select the herbs of your choice, combine them with organic extra virgin olive oil from our farm and make your personal soap bar with the natural cold method.
  • Farm to table dinner.

Day 4

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast.
  • Take a guided tour of the olive mill, witness the whole process of making olive oil and taste fresh olive oil with toasted bread.
  • Lunch at a local tavern that uses olive oil in their cooking with mastery.
  • A tour of the Olive Oil Museum in Sparta, one of nine in the world, learn how ancient Greek made olive oil and how it has evolved in the last 4-5 thousand years.
  • Return to Eumelia.
  • Farm to table dinner.

Day 5

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast.
  • Departure Eumelia.

Instructors

Frangiskos Karelas

Marilena Karadima

Location

Laconia is a diverse destination in the Peloponnese in southern Greece that includes a vast range of ancient sites, cultural and historical monuments, museums, beaches, and picturesque villages on the mountains or by the seaside. The Laconic Gulf between the two mountain ranges of Taygetos and Parnonas provide the area with an amazing variety of experiences from local cuisine, architecture, nature, scenery with alternating horizons and backgrounds.

There are a number of activities that you can enjoy in this magnificent part of the world, cave exploration in Diros, visit a petrified forest in Cape Maleas, go to the end of the world as it was known in ancient Greece in Cape Taineron and the southernmost tip of the Balkan peninsula. Surf, scuba dive, mountain bike, hike up on the mountain ranges of Taygetos & Parnonas, visit the ancient port of Sparta near Gytheio, walk around the medieval castle town of Monemvasia.

Walk along the monasteries and churches in Mystras home to the last Byzantine Emperor, experience the rugged beauty of the stone home fortresses of the Mani region. Walk around the delta of the river of Evrotas, a Natura protected natural habitat. Live in ancient Sparta, feel the mighty strength of this ancient Greek state.

Features

General

  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Patio

Services

  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet

Food

This holiday includes Greek slow food culinary and gastronomic experience, three meals per day (organic breakfast made from Eumelia’s organic products, lunch, and dinner). They take great care and choose carefully the taverns and restaurants based on their atmosphere and quality of the local and regional cuisine. All meals after breakfast include wine.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Agritourism activities
  • Massage
  • Mountain bikes
  • Nature walks
  • Yoga

What's included

  • Olive picking, olive oil, and olive tasting
  • Farm to table cooking class
  • Natural soap making with olive oil
  • Visit an olive mill, tour of the olive oil museum, tour of the organic farm
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • 3 meals per day (organic breakfast made from Eumelia's organic products, lunch, and dinner).

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Transport

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Kalamata International Airport. Transfers are provided for 150 EUR each way. Transfers from and to Athens International Airport are 300 EUR one way or 500 EUR both ways.

Driving directions from Athens

  • From Athens, take the national highway Α8 / E94 towards Corinth
  • Then take highway Α7 / Ε65 to Tripoli and from there you continue towards Kalamata on the Α7/Ε65
  • Take exit 14 Lefktro towards Sparta on the A71 and then take the exit to Sparti
  • Take the direction to Gytheio on the E961 and you turn right at the sign post with direction to the town of Monemvasia
  • Go through the town of Skala then you head towards the village of Vlachioti
  • After passing through the village of Vlachioti, turn left at the sign post Gouves and head towards the village of Gouves

Arrival by bus

You can take the bus to Vlachiotis town bus station. From there, it is a 15-minute taxi ride to Eumelia.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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