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7 Days Roads of Olive, Greek Culinary Holidays

  • Nafplio - Mycenae - Epidaurus - Argolis - Peloponnese

Olive Tours in Greece

The olive oil is the basis of the Mediterranean food chain, which has been proved to be a model of a correct and healthy diet and longevity. Olive oil comes from the fruit of an evergreen and perennial tree, the Olive tree. We learn all the secrets of this holy tree from prehistory until today. We walk in olive groves, we collect the fruits of a tree and we turn them into pure olive oil. We will visit the olive museum in Sparta and cook Greek meals with olive oil as the main ingredient. In Argolis we will visit the world famous historical monuments. Mycenae, Epidavros and Nafplio, to admire their long history, combined with our tour to Greek olives and olive oil.

Highlights

  • Greek cuisine cooking class
  • Traditional ouzo distillery tour and tasting
  • Olive oil tour, visit olive oil museum in Sparta, Mystra
  • Hiking in groves, olive picking, oil processing, olive oil tasting
  • Excursions in Napflio, Mycenae, Epidavros
  • Visits to archaeological sites, castles
  • 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Adiandi Boutique Hotel, Napflio, Greece

The hotel Adiandi, located in the old town of Nafplio, is a new alternative for contemporary travelers. Perfectly combines aesthetics, comfort and functionality. It is designed to attract art lovers of all ages. The guests will experience the combination of artistic and modern aesthetic, as expressed through the works of the Italian artist, Francesco Moretti.

Amymone Pension, Napflio, Greece

Amymone Pension is located in the old, neoclassical city of Nafplio in an idyllic location, 50 meters from the beach, and it is housed in a mansion that was restored in 2003 and renovated in 2010. The Neoclassical exterior architecture Pension Amymone accompanied uniquely with the internal in a perpetual game between different art forms and styles of painting, sculpture, photography.

Pension Marianna, Napflio, Greece

Pension Marianna is a family hotel in the center of the Nafplio, located in the old town of Nafplion, just under the rock of Akronafplia and very close to the Venetian walls. A small hotel with rooms with traditional local style, they combine peace with luxury and cleanness. All rooms are air-conditioned and have private bath, mini bar and TV.

Perivoli Hotel, Nafplio, Greece

Perivoli hotel is located in Pirgiotika village, just 8.5 km from the town of Nafplio. It is an ideal haven for relaxation and quiet, nestled into a mountainside with panoramic views sweeping out over the old orange groves that surround it. Renew yourselves while using the hotel as a base to enjoy what nature has to offer, the spectacular areas in the region, the mysterious stunning day trips, the buzzing nightlife of Nafplio town and the beaches.

Argolis is a place rich in olive trees and olive oil production. In the seven-day journey of olive, we learn all the secrets of this holy tree from prehistory until today. We come in contact with the olive and the oil in the production place and we learn about the varieties and the conditions of the production and harvest of the fruit.

Like a traditional Greek family, we walk in olive groves, we harvest the fruit from an olive tree and we experience all the special harvest procedure, exactly as it happens for thousands of years. We take the fruit we harvest to the oil press factory, where we convert it to oil and and we taste the freshly pressed oil that weve just made on freshly baked bread.

Finally, we visit traditional laboratories manufacturing herbal soaps and cosmetics with olive oil as the main ingredient, engaging ourselves in the whole process and producing our own herbal products.

The learning trip is completed with a visit to the Museum of olive oil in Sparta, where we learn about the processing, storing and exploiting in general of the olive oil from the Prehistoric to the Industrial era.

Finally, we learn to cook Greek food with hands-on experience, we learn about traditional Greek recipes with olive oil as the main ingredient and we sit all together on a table to eat what we have cooked, accompanying it with Greek wine and ouzo.

LandLife Olive Oil Culinary Holidays in Greece Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

At 17: 00 we pick you up from the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, and we depart for the majestic Nafplio.

An hour later we make a brief stop at the Isthmus Canal, an international maritime transport hub, which connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf through a narrow sea channel with a total length of 6.3 km.

We continue our journey (one more hour) through the rich vineyards hillsides of Nemea and the Argolic plain with endless orange groves and we arrive at our hotel, where we settle and have dinner.

In the afternoon we gather to discuss the plan for the next days and the activities that will follow.

Day 2: Excursion, distillery visit & tasting

Tour in Nafplio and its castles, visit to an ouzo distillery and tasting

After breakfast, we set off for our acquaintance with the city of Nafplio, accompanied by an experienced guide, to learn about its long history as we wander in the picturesque alleys with its neoclassical mansions and Venetian balconies.

We walk at the castle of Akronafplia and we visit the little peaceful port to board on one of the traditional boats to reach out and explore the Venetian fortress of Bourtzi.

Then, we have lunch at one of the traditional taverns of Nafplio, where we can taste local Greek delicacies.

Two hours later we continue our tour in the castle of Palamidi, which dominates imposingly to a height of 216 meters above the city. We are informed about its history while admiring the magnificent views of the Argolic gulf and plains.

Finally, our day ends with a learning journey into the secrets of Greek ouzo and raki by visiting a traditional distillery.

There, through tasting, we learn everything about the ways of manufacture and consumption, while admiring its history through the museum of the distillery.

In the evening we return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 3: Excursion, olive picking, processing & tasting

Hiking in groves, olive picking, oil processing and tasting

After breakfast we depart for the magical world of olives and olive oil.

We start our tour with an intra-day hiking through lush olive groves, admiring the priesthood of this tree, next to the historical monuments of Epidaurus land.

Then we visit one of the most modern mills in the area, where experienced agronomists pass on their knowledge on the olive and olive oil. We collect the fruits of an olive tree in the same traditional way and we carry them inside the mill in order to produce our own olive oil.

We learn all the stages of processing, quality control and bottling, while rich scents of freshly-pressed oil are invading our lungs.

Finally, we sit together around a table and we eat fresh olive oil on bread, accompanied by Greek delicacies based on olive fruit and its derivatives.

At noon we have lunch at a picturesque tavern and a bit later we visit a small traditional unit, which produces organic cosmetics with olive oil as the main ingredient. There we can see the entire production process and we learn the history of traditional soap.

Finally, we return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4: Excursion, olive museum visit

Visit to the olive museum in Sparta and Mystra

After breakfast, we leave from Nafplio to Sparta, the town with the 300 heroes of Leonidas who sacrificed their lives in the famous battle of Thermopylae back in 480 BC.

Our first stop is the Museum of olive and Greek olive oil, where we tour in the culture and history of the olive and olive oil production. We learn about the olive's contribution to the Greek economy and ways of exploitation from prehistory until today, while we admire old processing equipment surviving from antiquity to the early industrial era.

After lunch, we visit the world heritage site with its beautiful castle, Mystra. We tour the Frankish and Ottoman monuments as we walk on Byzantine paths.

Two hours later we return to our hotel.

Day 5: Excursion, free time

Guided tour at Mycenae and Epidaurus

This includes a visit and tour at the most historic and famous monuments of Argolis.

Our first stop is the famous Mycenae, home of the Mycenaean civilization and Greek prehistory, where we visit the famous burial circles, the Gate of the Lions and the famous vaulted tombs of Atreus and Clytemnestra.

Our next stop is the famous theatre of Epidaurus that took "flesh and bones" in 340 BC. We wander in Asklipieio, and we are impressed by the perfect acoustics of the theatre, which still hosts rich musical, dance and theatrical performances.

On our return we stop to a traditional tavern and we return to our hotel having all our afternoon free for walks and shopping in the magnificent town of Nafplio.

Day 6: Cooking class, free time, farewell dinner

Cooking lesson and farewell celebration

We enter in the sanctuaries of the Greek cuisine and we cook Greek traditional recipes with Greek wine as the main ingredient.

After breakfast, we head towards a beautiful scenic place where, with the guidance and assistance of our experienced local chef, we prepare traditional Greek food, using pure and fresh ingredients of the Argolic land.

A few hours later our dishes are ready and our experience turns into a feast. Altogether as one group of locals we sit around a table and we eat the tasty dishes accompanied by Greek traditional music and local wine. Joys, teasing and laughter accompany us throughout the meal.

Our afternoon is free to enjoy our latest rides in the beautiful town of Nafplio, while in the evening we gather for a beautiful farewell celebration, accompanied by wine, ouzo and Greek foods, reminiscing the moments that we experienced.

Day 7: Departure

Return

After breakfast, we depart from our hotel and we arrive at the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport.

Everyone returns to its destination full of memories and knowledge.

Argolis is one of the regional units in Greece. It is considered to be one of the most famous destinations in Greece. Argolis is the ideal place for travelers who would like to visit priceless ancient monuments and enjoy at the same time, the marvelous and picturesque natural scenery. It is situated in the eastern part of Peloponnese peninsula.

Due to its geographical position, the specific area holds the highest percentage of sunshine in Greece, throughout the whole year. Its temperate Mediterranean climate during summer time, along with the mild winter time, offers the visitor a very pleasant and relaxing stay.

The capital city of Agrolis is Nafplio. It is a seaport town which expands up the hillsides near the north end of the Argolic Gulf. Nafplio was the capital of the First Hellenic Republic from the start of the Greek Revolution in 1821 till 1833. Nafplio is pretty much famous for its marvelous castles along with the archeological sites that surround it, such as Mycenae, Epidaurus and Tiryntha.

Most arable land lies in the central part of Argolis. Its primary agricultural resources are oranges and olives. Argolis has a wonderful coastline on the Saronic Gulf in the northeast and on the Argolic Gulf in the south and southeast.

Notable mountains ranges are the Oligyrtos in the northwest, Lyrkeio and Ktenia in the west, and Arachaio and Didymo in the east which give the opportunity to the visitor to experience nature through picturesque paths for walking or cycling and taste unique flavors of local products in traditional villages.

Moreover, the visitor can very well participate in feasts and activities of the local community. Throughout the whole year, local people organize different kind of feasts in order to celebrate the harvest of citrus fruits offering generously to the visitors fresh, healthy and delicious dishes from the local production.

  • 6 nights accommodation at hotel of Nafplio
  • 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • All entrances to the archaeological sites, museums and to the distillery
  • All road transports
  • All taxes
  • Brochures and maps
  • Cooking class
  • Costs of English guided tour of Nafplion, Mycenae and Epidaurus
  • Escort
  • Liability insurance
  • Anything not mentioned above
  • Extra travel insurance package
  • The drinks at the meals
  • The flights to and from your destination country
  • Visa for residents of countries which required
For information about the booking conditions, please send LandLife an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Elizabeth V
    10 out of 10

    "We had a private day trip visiting a winery, Wisdom of Life vinegar distillery, and Nemea ruins, including the Nemean games site and the site of Hercules' first labor. I highly recommend this tour as a great value, off the beaten path, and a good mixture of time with the guide and time to wander alone. Lovely area, lovely guide!"

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  • Review by Glynn B.
    10 out of 10

    "We enjoyed a full day of touring seeing the best of Mycenae, Epidaurus, and Corinth as well as a few highlights of Nafplio. Nikos was a knowledgeable tour guide and had much to offer. His English was good and easy to understand. We wanted to see as much as possible during our 1 day cruise stop in Nafplio and Nikos kept us on a timeline so that we could see it all and we did! I highly recommend this tour company!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Colorado, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Our guide, Vasilis, made our day in Nafplio spectacular. We were scheduled for a four hour guided tour of Nafplio and Nemea. Walking tour of city of Nafplio was informative. Vasilis not only guided us he shared his home city and country. We were able to take a peek into true Greek living, culture and history. Nemea, where 70% of Greek wine is produced is beautiful. The Semeli Winery is beautiful and produces some very nice wine. We bought several bottles. What a find! Although not scheduled our day ended with a traditional Greek lunch in an outdoor cafe owned by an acquaintance known by Vasilis. Lunch was delicious and extremely reasonable. Our experience truly exceeded our expectations. I should have known from the moment we met Vasilis when I confirmed our tour was 4 hours and his response was, "it's as long as you want it to be.". We made a friend that day!"

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  • Review by Miriam W from Vienna, Austria
    10 out of 10

    "We had the opportunity to organize our round trip of Peloponnese under the coordination of LandLife. Nikos by LandLife was very friendly and very forgiving to our special requirements. We had only five days leave from our jobs, so we wanted everything to be perfect! They made for us the best itinerary based on our needs and they booked all the necessary suppliers (hotels, transfers, guides, etc)! Everything was great! Thank you."

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  • Review by Nikolas S from Vienna, Austria
    9 out of 10

    "We stayed for 5 days in various places of Peloponnese and everything was amazingly organized by LandLife travel! Hotels, transfers, activities, sightseeing tours and of course our knowledgeable and very friendly escort made our trip to Peloponnese unforgettable! We highly recommend LandLife team to everyone! They are the absolute experts!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Los Angeles, California
    10 out of 10

    "We had a fantastic two days touring around the Nafplio area with Nikos. He was immensely helpful with our touring plans and logistics before we even arrived in Greece. When we arrived, we were welcomed with his warm hospitality and willingness to make our visit as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. He is very knowledgeable of the region and provided us with interesting and unique experiences that we would not find on other tours. Our children especially enjoyed the excursion with the beekeeper and learning about (and tasting!) Greek honey. Nikos really went above and beyond to make our experience in Nafplio one of the top memories of our entire trip to Greece. We would highly recommend Nikos/Land Life Travel to anyone visiting the area – you are sure to have a wonderful time."

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  • Review by Marco D
    9 out of 10

    "I decided to book a tour through Mycenae and Epidaurus by Landlife after reading the good coverage here on TA. I have to say I was very satisfied too. It was very easy to find their website and Mr. Rodopoulos quickly answered all of my questions. On a sunny morning in Nauplia, Mr. Thanos met me at my place and drove me very comfortably firstly to Mycenae (explaining and guiding me also inside the archeological sites), where the impressive Lions Gate grasped all my attention, then to the amazing Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus letting me take my time to enjoy what it was in front of me, thirdly to Palamidi Fortress back to Nafplio, where we enjoyed a wonderful view upon Nauplia itself. Therefore, I would highly recommend a tour such this and I still am grateful to Mr. Thanos and Mr. Rodopoulos."

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  • Review by a traveler from Liverpool, United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "We booked the tour through Viator and received prompt instructions and a map about where the tour guide would be waiting for us. He is very knowledgeable about the place and its history and adapted to our own pace and let us know in advance the times that we would have available in each site, so we managed to see what we wanted to see and we have now a much better understanding of these magnificent sites."

    "Our first stop was the famous Mycenae, home of the Mycenaean civilization, where we visit the famous Cyclopean walls surrounding the triangular acropolis, the Lion Gate which was the symbol of the power of the Mycenaean rulers and the famous vaulted tombs of Atreus"

    "The next stop was Epidaurus, which is considered to be the birthplace of medicine. We wander in the Ancient Theater which is the most beautiful and the best reserved among all the ancient theaters and we are impressed by its perfect acoustic. "

    "Finally we returned to Nafplio and visited the castle of Palamidi, which dominates imposingly to a height of 216 meters above the city. "

    "We really recommend LandLife they are very professional and answer promptly any requests."

    "Just one little comment and its that would have been good to have a bottle of water given to us at the beginning of the tour as we had to walk for quite some time, not so bad in winter but very necessary in summer."

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  • Review by Panni from Bekescsaba, Hungary
    9 out of 10

    "I spent a wonderful week in Argolida. I like so much Greece, so fantastic world. I ride with my friends between the orange gardens,through the olive gardens.Everybody are so friendly and the horses are beautiful.We see from the mountain Lefkakia.We had a great time.I am richer a great experience.I miss it.Thanks for all!!! Visited October 2014"

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  • Review by a traveler from Bucharest, Romania
    10 out of 10

    "Hello! I would like to thank and, at the same time, recommend LandLife if you want to have a great, assisted experience in Nafplio. We had a bike tour with breath-taking views, a lot of care in organizing it, valuable information offered by Thanos, our tour-guide, professional photos at sunset and a very fun and relaxing afternoon in the end.They struggled to find the best solutions for the entire group, meet all of our needs and offer assistance through our entire stay. I would definitely recommend collaborating with LandLife again and trust them for whatever tourists activities they propose, because they are indeed professionals!"

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  • Review by Dave R from Washington, USA
    10 out of 10

    "From the first moment we made contact and throughout the tour, Nikos was very accommodating and eager to assure that he would do everything he could to make it an enjoyable one. He arrived as scheduled with a clean and spacious mini-bus and a very capable driver. Througout the drive he gave us information about the area and answered our questions about the sights that we would see. It is clear that Nikos is very proud of Greece and its history. We thoroughly enjoyed our visits to Epidauros theater, Palamidi fortress and Nafplio.As part of a walking tour around Nafplio, Nikos led us to a restaurant that ideally suited our tastes and we enjoyed a wonderful and affordable meal. He maintained his enthusiasm throughout the entire tour. Our family of eight felt that the day with Nikos was a highlight of our week's trip and we recommend him highly to others."

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  • Review by Astrid from Kalmar, Sweden
    9 out of 10

    "I spent five days in Nafplio and the region around it and had a really good time. The hosts gave me a warm welcome and were very eager to make the most of my holiday. My opinion was important to them so we could together combine a package of different activities. During my days in Greece I went hiking, picked olives, visited ancient monuments and got a guided city tour of Nafplio. Since Im interested in food and drink many of the excursions had this as a theme. I saw olives being pressed into olive oil, visited an ouzo distillery, vineyards, a vinegar producer and a beekeeper. I also had a cooking lesson and two Greek language lessons. My holiday was at the end of November, which was still a lovely time to visit. I choose to travel alone and this was no problem. I can highly recommend the charming city of Nafplio as a destination and Land Life as a company. You get to see and know more than on other holidays and feel that youre experiencing Greece more than just the surface of it. Visited November 2014"

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  • Review by Alekos from Athens, Greece
    10 out of 10

    "My personal tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable in the history, culture and traditions of the city of Nafplio. He drove me around the town, gave me advice on what to do with my spare time and made the extra effort to get to know me and make me feel comfortable. Nafplio is a great town to stay for at least one week, exploring the local shopping strips, archaeological museums, ice cream stores and excellent restaurants. It is also popular amongst movie producers, and i was lucky enough to see a series being filmed in the main square! In my tour with land life, I explored the local Ouzo manufacturing facility and learned all about the history of how Ouzo was made and got to sample a few varieties of the local product. My second activity was visiting the Apiary (Honey Farm), learning about the bee life-cycle and how to manage hives. I also sampled a few different types of honey. My last activity was visiting the Stables (Horses) and learning how to ride a horse! Speaking with the locals and learning about their arts and practices was an unforgettable experience which I'll always remember. Land Life is a well organised company who treats their clients like friends of their own and will go the extra mile to ensure you are satisfied with their services."

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