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10 Day Classical Wine Holiday Greece

Athens, Attica, Central Greece, Greece

Educational Wine Tasting Holiday Greece

Enjoy an educational tour visiting the best of classical Greece. Immerse yourself in 5000 years of history while exploring the ruins the ancient Greeks left behind. Explore the glory of ancient Greece with this unique tour and visit and enjoy six of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. You will have a chance to sample the wines of most diverse vineyards and discovering its wealth while exchanging views and having fun. You will try wines from native varieties like Agiorgitiko, Moschofilero, and Moschato, all from the authentic vineyards of the Peloponnese. Also, taste the local flavors from all the regions - each has its own specialty!

Meet the instructors

Rallou & Yiannis
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Highlights

  • 3 wine tours / tasting
  • A visit to archaeological sites of Delphi
  • Athens city tour and visit Acropolis Museum
  • A visit to archaeological site of Olympia and private tour guide on site
  • A visit to the archaeological sites of Mycenae and Epidavros
  • A visit to Meteora and private tour guide on site
  • Daily breakfast, 5 lunches, and 9 dinners
  • 9 nights' accommodation

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9 days with instruction
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in an A-Class hotel in Kalambaka / Meteora for one night, A-Class accommodation in Delphi for one night, A-Class accommodation in Olympia for one night, a three-star accommodation in Nafplion for two nights, and A-Class accommodation in Athens for four nights.

Program

Day 1: Athens - arrival

Upon arrival, the reception will be at the airport. You will be transported and check in to your hotel. Lunch and dinner depending on your arrival time.

  • Meal plan: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Athens

Day 2: Athens - Athens city tour and Acropolis Museum

From the Acropolis to Omonia Square and with a half-day sightseeing and Acropolis museum tour, you will see all the famous sites of ancient and modern Athens. The Athens half-day tour departs for a photo stop at Panathinaiko Stadium where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896. It is the only stadium built out of white marble. Proceed and pass by Zappeion and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. You will then pass the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library.

Then continue passing by the National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the unknown soldier, Schliemann’s House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Old Parliament, Constitution Square, Russian Orthodox Church, and finally Acropolis. Visit Propylaea, the temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, and Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens. Continue with the expert-guided Athens sightseeing and museum tour with a pleasant short walk, passing by Herodion and Dionysos Theater, in order to visit the Acropolis museum.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast and dinner
  • Accommodation: Athens

Day 3: Athens - Epidaurus - Mycenae - Olympia

You will depart from Athens to the Corinth Canal (shortstop) then drive to Epidaurus and visit the Ancient Theatre, world famous for its outstanding acoustics. Proceed to Nauplia (shortstop) and through the plain of Argos, arriving at Mycenae. Visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. In the afternoon (after an optional stop for souvenirs), you will depart for Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games.

  • Meal plan: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Olympia

Day 4: Olympia - Delphi

Visit the archaeological site with the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the altar of the Olympic flame, the Stadium and the archaeological museum. Depart via Patras (shortstop) to Rion, cross the Corinthian bay by the bridge to Antirion. Pass by the city of Nafpaktos and from there on, along the coastal road to Delphi, known in ancient times as the navel of the world. In the afternoon, you will visit the picturesque mountain village of Arachova.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast and dinner
  • Accommodation: Delphi

Day 5: Delphi - Kalabaka

You will visit the archaeological site and the Museum of Delphi. Delphi is an ancient Greek city in which the most important oracle of the ancient Greek world operated. Then, depart for Kalambaka via central Greece (shortstop by Lamia). Overnight stay will be in Kalabaka, a small town built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks and crowned by the Meteora Monasteries.

  • Meal plan: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Kalambaka

Day 6: Kalambaka - Meteora - Thermopylae - Athens

Leave in the morning for nearby Meteora to visit the Byzantine monasteries. Then return to Athens, passing the heroic monument of Leonidas of Sparta at Thermopylae. The Battle of Thermopylae is one of the most important battles in Greek and world history.

  • Meal plan: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Athens

Day 7: Athens - Ancient Corinth - Winery - Nafplio

Depart from Athens for the Ancient Corinth. The Ancient Corinth was one of the largest and most important cities of Greece, with a population of 90,000 in 400 BC. You will visit the archaeological site of ancient Corinth, an important trading city in Greek and Roman times that stood at the meeting point of southern and northern Greece. Explore the ruined temples, bathhouse, forum and theater, and see the bema - a stone platform where it’s believed Saint Paul once stood in front of gathered judges. You will drive the Corinthian wine route which covers most of the wine growing zone of the PDO Nemea wines. This is the largest in Greece, both in the area of vineyards and in production (second on a geographic area). You will visit a winery 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 tour, you will head to Nafplion in the first capital of Greece.

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

Day 8: Nafplio - Mystras - Winery

After breakfast, you depart from Nafplio to Mystras. You will visit the ‘dead state’ of Mystra which was the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of Mystras. The mountaintop city of Mystras is a UNESCO World Heritage site and among the most impressive Byzantine ruins in Greece. You can view a Byzantine church and fortress as well as do a lot of hiking around the area. Afterwards, you will head off on the road of Laconia wine and visit a winery where you will taste do some wine tasting before heading back to Nafplio and the afternoon is free.

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

Day 9: Nafplio - Kapsa Cave - Winery - Athens

Arrive in Arcadia and visit the Kapsa Cave which is 15 kilometers away from Tripoli and 1.5 kilometers from the village of Kapsa. Experts rank it in the list of the ten most valuable caves in the Greek territory. It is located on the periphery of the closed geological basin of the Mantinetian 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 Kapsa is named ‘Hall of the Wonders’ where explosive colors of red, yellow, and blue create a work of art of incomparable beauty made of nature itself.

You will taste the wine of Arcadia and will 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 the vineyards of the strong PDO zone of Mantineia. Approximately 5,500 acres are cultivated with one of the most important white Greek varieties, Moschofilero. Finally, you return back to Athens and the afternoon is free.

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

Day 10: Departure

Transport to the airport for the flight back home.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Instructors

Rallou Portokalaki

Yiannis Fournaros

Location

This vacation will take place in Greece including Athens, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Kalambaka, Meteora, Thermopylae, Ancient Corinth, Nafplio, Mystras, and Kapsa Cave.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • 3 wine tours / tasting
  • Athens city tours and Acropolis Museum
  • A visit to Meteora and private tour guide on site
  • A visit to archaeological sites of Delphi - guiding included / entrance fees
  • A visit to archaeological site of Olympia and private tour guide on site / entrance fees
  • A visit to the archaeological sites of Mycenae and Epidavros - guiding included / entrance fees
  • Transport to and from the excursions
  • Services of a professional and licensed guide
  • Visit Kapsia Cave and entrance fees
  • Wineries - entrance fees included
  • Fuel and road taxes
  • Daily breakfast, 5 lunches, and 9 dinners
  • 9 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Visit to the Byzantine city of Mystras - entrance fees are extra
  • Visit to the Ancient Corinth - entrance fees are extra
  • Tips / gratuities (optional)
  • 4 days' lunch
  • Drinks and beverages

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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