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In this wine tour and culinary holiday, we learn all the secrets of wine and winemaking. We walk through the vineyards of Nemea, we taste unique varieties of wines and we meet their producers. We meet the derivatives of grapes and we cook Greek food with Greek wine as the main ingredient. In addition to our experience, we visit the historic monuments of Argolis and we admire their long history. Mycenae, Epidavros and Nafplio are waiting for us to recount their rich history to and carry us into the past.
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.
In Greece, as in all Mediterranean countries, the wine tradition is very rich and it is the benchmark of the nutritional habit of the Greeks, their religious and folk tradition and their cultural heritage. The wine-growing zone of Nemea is a blessed wine region of 19,000 acres, where a proposed tourist route of the wines of Korinthia and Argolis is operating for some years now with perhaps the noblest variety in Greece.
We come in contact with wine at the place of its origin, we learn about the varieties, the production conditions and the harvesting. We visit the wineries of the region to get to know the technique and the secrets of wine and we tour in their vineyards. Finally, we learn to cook Greek cuisine, traditional Greek recipes with wine as the main ingredient and we sit all together on a table to eat our specialties, accompanied with Greek wine from the vineyards.
Our accommodation is at Nafplio, the beloved destination, both for Greek and foreign travellers. We visit the point of reference for the city, Bourtzi, a small fort built on the little island of St. Theodors in the harbour that continues to keep the legends alive. In the old city of Nafplio, the two Venetian castles stand out with their preserved architectural physiognomy, Akronafplia and Palamidi, with its 999 steps according to tradition.
In addition to our experience, we visit the historic monuments of Argolis and we admire their long history. 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, and the Ancient theatre of Epidavros that took "flesh and bones" in 340 BC are waiting for us to recount their rich history to and carry us into the past.
We pick you up from Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport and we depart for the majestic Nafplio.
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 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.
We gather to discuss the plan for the next days and the activities that will follow.
Tour in Nafplio and its castles
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 Mpourtzi.
Then, we have lunch at one of the traditional taverns of Nafplio, where we can taste local Greek delicacies, while a bit later we explore the unseen side of the city.
With the help of local escorts, we tour on paved paths and we travel through time. We admire the view of Nafplion from the Castle of Akronafplia and we are fascinated by its unique architecture.
In the evening we return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Hiking in vineyards, visit of two wineries of Nemea and an organic unit for vinegar and petimezi
After breakfast we depart for the richest and largest wine growing region of Greece, Nemea.
We visit a small organic vinegars production unit, we hike through the self-owned vineyards and we are briefed about the production conditions and the harvest procedures.
The owner reveals the secrets of organically grown vineyards and offers to us petimezi, tahini with petimezi and several varieties of vinegars accompanied by the appropriate dishes.
Next stop, a large winemaking unit with panoramic views of the valley of Nemea and its breathtaking vineyards. We visit its modern facilities and we taste 5 different varieties of wines.
Afterwards, we visit a traditional winery, where the experienced winegrowers teach us the secrets of wine and winemaking.
We taste 4 different varieties of wines and we dine in the picturesque winery with Greek dishes accompanied by wines.
Then we return to Nafplio, where we will have endless free time for strolling and shopping, while in the evening we return to the hotel and we stay overnight.
Tour at Mycenae and Epidavros and visit to an ouzo distillery
After breakfast, 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 Epidavros that took flesh and bones in 340 BC. We wander in Aslipieio, and we are impressed by the perfect acoustics of the theatre, which still hosts rich musical, dance and theatrical performances.
After lunch, we learn 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 dinner and overnight stay.
Visit to two wineries of Argolis and a workshop of traditional sweets.
After breakfast, we visit a small traditional winery of Argolis, which produces a small but exquisite variety of wines.
After a tour at its premises and tasting of its wines, we depart for a picturesque village where a small family business of Greek traditional sweets is located.
Depending on the season, we watch all the manufacturing process of the fruit into traditional sweet and we taste unique flavours of traditional Greek sweets and liqueurs with Greek fruit as the main ingredient.
Next stop is an award-winning and internationally recognized modern winery outside the city of Argos.
After a tour at the vineyards and at the production and bottling area, we continue with the tasting of 2 white and 2 red wines in the beautiful wine cellar where some of the varieties of wines are kept, inundating our palate with heady flavours and our lungs with rare aromas.
We learn all their secrets and we complete our experience by dining inside the winery, overlooking the Argolic Plain and its endless crops.
Finally we return to Nafplio, where we will have endless free time for strolling and shopping, while in the evening we return to the hotel and we stay overnight.
Cooking lesson and farewell celebration
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. We enter in the sanctuaries of the Greek cuisine and we cook Greek traditional recipes with Greek wine as the main ingredient.
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 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 at 10:00.
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.