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10 Day Best Culinary and Wine Holiday Greece

Athens, Attica, Central Greece, Greece

Exciting Wine Holiday in Greece

Discover Athens and walk through a mix of flavors, cultures, as well as contrasts and take the opportunity to admire the Parthenon and the Acropolis Museum. The trip to the Peloponnese will reward you as all the history and nature of the Mediterranean lies in this place. Explore various destinations of authentic beauty, each with its own special features, Argolida, Corinth, Messinia, Ilia, Arcadia, and Laconia. You will taste local flavors from all the regions - each has its own specialty! Follow Porto Planet on a journey of tastes and delights of culture and history, and get to know the authentic side of the Peloponnese.

Meet the instructors

Rallou & Yiannis
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Highlights

  • 8 wine tours / tasting
  • Nafplio and Athens walking tasting tours
  • Visit to the Museum of the Olive and Greek olive oil
  • Visit to Acropolis Museum, the Parthenon, Olympia, and Aghia Theodora
  • Visit the ancient theater of Epidaurus and the Asklepieion
  • Tour the Mycenae of Homer and mythical Atreides
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 9 nights' accommodation

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8 days with instruction
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated at an A-class hotel in Athens for 2 nights, A-class accommodation in Corinth for 1 night, A-class accommodation in Nafplio for 2 nights, 3-star accommodation in Pylos for 1 night, A-class accommodation in Sparta for 1 night, A-class accommodation in Gytheio for 1 night, and A-class accommodation in Olympia for 1 night.

Program

Overview

In the Peloponnese, you will have the opportunity to admire the splendor of ancient Greece - discover Ancient Olympia, the place where the Olympic Games were born, tour the “Mycenae” of Homer and mythical Atreides, visit Epidavros with its famous ancient theater that is also the world’s finest open theater, and the Asclepieion - a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the impressive and well-preserved castle of Mystras in Sparta and Pylos. The olives and olive oil of the Peloponnese is famous throughout the world and you will have the opportunity to learn the history and the way of production. You will have the chance to sample the wines of the most diverse vineyard and discover its wealth while exchanging views and having fun. You will try wines from native varieties like Agiorgitiko, Moschofilero, Moschato, Kydonitsa, and also from international varieties like Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay - all from the authentic vineyards of the Peloponnese.

Itinerary

Day 1: Athens

Upon arrival, the reception will be at the airport. You will be transported and check in to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day to relax or take a stroll along the streets of Athens to enjoy the flavor of the city.

  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner (depending on the time of arrival)

Day 2: Athens - Corinth

You start your day with the Athens city tour including the Acropolis - Parthenon and the archaeological museum of Athens. You will visit the Parthenon which is the brightest monument of the Athenian state and the colonial Doric temple and has been included in UNESCO’s list of monuments of world cultural heritage. As a physical venture, it is the most credible evidence of an advanced technological and aesthetic culture which more or less has significantly influenced the development of the modern so-called “Western” world. You will admire the Acropolis Museum, an archaeological museum centered on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. Later, you will head to Corinth.

  • Accommodation: In Corinth
  • Meal plan: Breakfast / lunch / dinner

Day 3: Corinth - Ancient Corinth - Corinth wine road - Nafplio

You will visit Ancient Corinth. Ancient Corinth was an important city-state of the ancient Peloponnese and was considered the richest city in the ancient world. You will visit the Corinthian Wine Route. The Corinthian Wine Roads cover most of the wine-growing zone of the PDO Nemea wines, which is the largest in Greece, both in the area of vineyards and in production (second on a geographic area). You will visit two wineries and taste local and foreign varieties. The vineyard of Nemea is the kingdom of Agiorgitiko, but it is also planted elsewhere in the Peloponnese, Greece and in the world. Nemea, with the homonymous PDO Nemea wine, is the largest red wine designation zone in Greece. After the wine tours, you will head to Nafplio in the first capital of Greece.

  • Accommodation: In Nafplio
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Nafplio - Mycenae - Argolida wine road - Epidaurus - Nafplio

You will visit Mycenae, one of the largest centers of Greek civilization, forming a strong military fortress that dominated most of southern Greece. The period of Greek history between 1600 BC until around 1100 BC. is called “Mycenaean,” referring to Mycenae. You will admire it (most of the gold and are characterized by their marvelous art), the treasure of Atreas (vaulted tomb), the vaulted tomb of Clytemnestra, the Lions Gate, the Royal Palace, the temple, the North Gate as well as the Underground Tank, etc. Then, you will take the Argolida wine road and visit the local winery. After the wine tasting and tour, you will visit Epidaurus and the Asklepieion. The theater of Epidaurus is considered the finest ancient Greek theater in terms of acoustics and aesthetics. With a maximum capacity of 13,000 - 14,000 spectators, the theater hosted the musicians, song and drama struggles included in the worship of Asklepios. The Asclepieion of Epidaurus became the most famous of all aspicides in ancient Greece because of the many and serious cases that were cured there. In this, they arrived from all over Greece and from the Mediterranean basin sick, begging of divine mercy. Its area was very large and it had hostels, a gym, a stage and the famous, for its acoustics, theater, for the entertainment of the people. Return to Nafplio and take a walk through the local tastes of the area.

  • Accommodation: In Nafplio
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Nafplio - Kapsia Cave - Arkadias wine road - Sparta

Arrive in Arcadia and visit the Kapsia Cave. Kapsia Cave is 15 kilometers away from Tripoli and 1.5 kilometers from the village of Kapsia. Experts rank it in the list of the 10 most valuable caves in the Greek territory. It is located on the periphery of the closed geological basin of the Mantinea Plateau and is connected to the complex system of natural sinks that characterize the aquifer. Among the findings of the cave are human bones and earthenware utensils. One of the places in the cave of Kapsia has the name “Hall of the Wonders”. Explosive colors, red and yellow and blue create a work of art of incomparable beauty made of nature itself.

You will take the wine of Arcadia and visit two wineries. Arcadia has a lot to tell about wine and it is no accident that the god Dionysus and his faithful follower Panas, according to mythology, lived in Mainalo. There, among the mountains of Parnonas and Mainalos, are hidden vineyards of the strong PDO zone of Mantineia. Approximately, 5,500 acres are cultivated with one of the most important white Greek varieties, Moschofilero. Later, you will head to Laconia.

Accommodation Sparti (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Day 6: Sparta - Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil - Mystras - Laconia wine road - Gytheio

You will visit the Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil in Sparta. At the museum, you have the opportunity to see the first testimonies about the presence of olive and the production of olive oil in Greece: Rarely fossil olive leaves, 50.000 - 60.000 years, Santorini, the oldest findings proving the presence of an olive tree in Greece. Linear B signs of the 14th century BC (exact copies) with the first written testimonies of olive and oil. Your museum travels to the culture, history, and technology of olive and olive oil production in Greece, from the prehistoric times until the beginning of the 20th century.

You will visit the Castle of Mystras. Built on the slopes of Taygetos, the Castle of Mystras takes the visitor on a journey in time. It remains almost uninhabited and deserted, generously offering an unprecedented cultural experience (and not only) to a landscaping landscape that awakens the senses. Later, you will head on the road of Laconia wine and visit a winery where you will taste wines by filling your glasses. After your winetasting, you will head to Gytheio.

  • Accommodation: Gytheio
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Gytheio - Aghia Theodora at Vasta Arcadias - Messinias wine road - Pylos

You will visit and see the chapel of Aghia Theodora with the 17 trees that come out of the roof and have entered the Guinness Book as a “miraculous temple”. Then, you will head to the streets of the wine of Messinia. The history of the wine of Messinia is interwoven with the history of the place and is lost in the depths of the ages. Homer refers to the pine-filled land of Pylia and then to Pausanias, according to which Dionysus first exclaimed “Ewi”, meaning he was eating, tasting a wine from Messinia. You will have a wine taste and a tour of the winery. Later, you will head to scenic Pylos.

  • Accommodation: In Pylos
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8: Pylos - Hlias wine road - Olympia

You will visit the beautiful castle of Pylos with their long history and go to the bastions. You will take the road to the wine of Ilia and visit the vinification of the area.

  • Accommodation: In Olympia
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 9: Olympia - Athens

You will admire the archaeological site of Olympia as the cradle of the Olympic Games. Olympia was the most glorious sanctuary of ancient Greece, dedicated to Zeus. It was the venue for the Olympic Games that took place during the Olympic Games, the most important celebration of Greeks during most of the antiquity, and is one of the UNESCO cultural monuments. You will take the way back to Athens. After your arrival in Athens and the necessary rest, you will have the opportunity to admire through a gastronomic excursion the incredible flavors and perfumes from the capital of Greece.

  • Accommodation: In Athens
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 10: Athens (departure)

You will be transported to the airport for the flight back home.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Instructors

Rallou Portokalaki

Yiannis Fournaros

Location

This vacation will take place in various locations in Greece including Athens, Corinth, Nafplio, Pylos, Sparta, Gytheio, and Olympia.

Food

You will be served Greek food and Mediterranean cuisine for your breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 8 wine tours / tasting
  • Athens walking tasting tours
  • Nafplio walking tasting tours
  • Athens city tour and private professional tour guide on site
  • A visit to the Museum and an archaeological site and a private tour guide on site
  • A visit to the miracle of Nature or God/phenomenon at Agia Theodora in Vasta
  • A visit to the Byzantine city of Mystras
  • A visit to the Mycenae and Epidavros
  • All transport to and from the excursions
  • 9 days exclusively chartered minivan with English speaking driver
  • Athens city tour including the Acropolis - Parthenon and the Archaeological Museum of Athens
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 9 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Entrance fees for Athens city tour
  • Entrance fees a visit to the Museum and an archaeological site
  • Entrance fees a visit to the Byzantine city of Mystras
  • Entrance fees a visit to the Mycenae and Epidavros
  • Guiding fees for a visit to the Mycenae and Epidavros
  • Guiding on sites (where not mentioned)
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Athens International Airport (AIA).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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