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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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.