Live like a local for eight days and partake in an amazing journey through the picturesque hidden secret of Southern Greece, the Mani Peninsula.
Our journey from November 2nd – November 9th offers the unique opportunity to experience the culture and beauty of the historically-significant cities of Athens, Kalamata and Nafplio. Take part in the Liokareas harvest traditions that have been refined over 5 generations by picking, then pressing your own Extra Virgin Olive Oil straight from our family-farm.
Your itinerary includes accommodations, meals and transportation to, within and from Greece as well as authentic cultural activities including tours, and visits to historic villages and sites within the Southern Peloponnese. All tours, activities and instructions will be conducted in English.
Depart the United States for Athens, Greece.
Welcome to the birthplace of democracy…and mythology, and drama, and philosophy. You get the idea. Relax after your long journey and take in the ancient history and contemporary cool that makes Athens one of the top travel destinations in the world. Unwind from any vantage point and behold thousands of years of majesty from the magnificent Acropolis to the neoclassical style of the 19th century that surrounds you throughout the city. Join us for an evening meet & greet and get to know your guides and fellow travelers
Enjoy a scenic drive from Athens to Corinth along the shores of the Saronic Gulf. Pass beautiful beaches and view the spectacularly narrow Corinth Canal built to link the Saronic and Corinth Gulfs during the 1890s. Stroll around the relics of Corinth, before continuing to Gythio for lunch. Your day’s travel will culminate by arriving in Limeni Village — your home away from home for the next 7 days. Soak up unforgettable views of the sea and the surrounding gulf from your personal room-side terrace.
Begin your day back in time with a tour of Areopolis. Apart from its beauty and authenticity, Areopolis holds great significance as the sight of the Greek quest for independence in 19th Century. Continue your stroll through time as the Liokareas family welcomes you to Lagada for a family-style lunch, tour of the village and lesson in it’s 5th generation olive harvesting process. Your night concludes with the authentic Greek sounds of Bouzouki. Pack your dancing shoes!
Today the old stone cottages and cafes of Kardamyli will enchant you as you tour the town and its recently refurbished Mani Tower & Museum. Continue down the coast toward the town of Stoupa. Itsbroad stretch of pale sand, lying in a wide sweeping bay will host you for lunch and a little relaxation time. Wrap up the day’s excursion with a trip to the olive press, where you’ll learn about and witness the stages of olive oil pressing and extraction. You won’t work up an appetite, but also won’t want to miss the authentic grilled Greek spread being served for dinner.
From the farm to the press. Today you’ll follow in the footsteps of five generations before us as you partake in an authentic Liokareas harvest. Seriously. Using only simple tools as we’ve done for over 150 years you will have the opportunity to pick your own olives and follow them to the press where you will walk away having tasted your own unique extra virgin olive oil. We’re not gonna let you go hungry though. Between all the pickin’ and pressin’ lunch will be catered at the farm, and to celebrate your harvest, you’ll enjoy dinner and fresh fare in the seaside town of St. Nikolas.
Explore the extensive and spectacular Diros Caves. Hop aboard a punt with your very own underworld ferryman and embrace the natural wonder of the stalactites reflecting in the crystal-clear water. After your expedition you’ll visit the picturesque small coastal village of Gerolimenas, which means "Old Harbor" in Greek. And, as if you hadn’t already made enough memories prepare your cameras for the ancient village of Vathia. Perched high above the sea, and littered with medieval towers, Vathia is a snapshot of just how extraordinary this region once was.
Today you begin your travels north back toward Athens, but first a day and overnight stay in Nafplio, one Greece’s historic wine-growing zones. Visit two wineries of the region and tour their vineyards as you taste unique varieties of wines, accompanied by Greek dishes. You will learn about the special varieties of the area, like Moschofilero, Roditis (white variety) and Agiorgitiko (red variety), meet their producers and discuss the details of wine-making. You’ll wrap the evening at closing reception to celebrate new friends and new memories made on your journey.
Depart the Athens, Greece for United States.
$3,990 per person, double occupancy; Single room supplement: $380$500.00 non-refundable deposit due upon registration.
Balance due 45 days prior to departure.
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