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Greece, Peloponnese – Wine & Well Being

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From AUD: $2,797

Duration: 6 Days

Offer Expires: Dec 31, 2019

Short Description

If you would like to explore ancient Greece and enjoy the food and wine of the Peloponnese peninsula this small group package may well be for you. With the curious theme of ethonobotany (the use of plants as medicine and food) combined with wine and well being you are sure to not only experience the best of Greece but also learn a great deal too.

After a successful first tour on the topic of ethnobotany, wine and well-being in spring 2018, we are offering this extraordinary round trip for the second time. On our journey through the beautiful and wild Peloponnese we will get insight into the traditional use of plants as medicine and food or their symbolic and ritual meaning from antiquity, through the Middle Ages to the present day. We will visit sites of world cultural heritage, discover the authentic Mediterranean cuisine and the excellent wines of selected winemakers. Join us for this active trip, well-balanced between culture and pleasure.

Tour guides: Dominik Brun, Organizer and tour guide of Venikos wine & culture travels. His extensive network in the Peloponnese, focused on wines, gastronomy and organic products, as well as his in?depth knowledge of Greek culture, allow him to offer deeper insights into vibrant Greece of today.

Andreas Lardos, Ethnobotanist and ethnopharmacologist. Expert on the traditional use of plants in the Eastern Mediterranean, in particular Cyprus and Greece, with a detailed understanding of the herbal medicine of Greek antiquity as well as the Byzantine and Islamic Middle Ages.

Monday Arrival in Athens, Giannikos Winery, dinner with the wine maker
Individual arrival in Athens, pick up at the airport by Venikos
Drive to the hotel at the Corinthian gulf, check-in
Visit to the organic winery Giannikos in Corinth, walk through the vineyard with an introduction to organic viticulture, tasting the wines of the winery
Dinner together with the wine maker in a local fish restaurant at the Gulf of Corinth – Mezze with fresh local fish and traditional plates, accompanied by the wines form the winery

Tuesday Gorge Vouraikos, cog railway, winery Tetramythos
Drive to Diakopto on the Gulf of Corinth. We take the 120-year-old cog railway which meanders through the beautiful gorge of Vouraikos over bridges and through tunnels up to Kalavrita
Hike through the floristically interesting gorge of Vouraikos with several endemic species
Lunch at a local tavern
Visit to the organic winery Tetramythos, tour through the vineyard with an introduction to the modern wines of Greece, followed by a wine tasting
Dinner at a local tavern

Wednesday Byzantine ruins of Mystras, healing art in Byzantium
Check-out from the hotel
Drive to Mystras
Dinner at a local tavern with regional specialties
Insight into Byzantine medicine and its role in the transmission of ancient and oriental knowledge
Hike through the Byzantine ruins of Mystras
Drive to the hotel, check-in
Dinner at a local tavern

Thursday Parnonas mountain, village Kosmas, monastery Elonis, Leonidio, Nafplio
Drive through the olive tree groves and the fertile plain of Sparta up to the Parnonas mountains
Coffee break in the mountain village Kosmas
Exploration of medicinal plants and wild vegetables in the Parnonas Mountains
Short visit at the impressive monastery Elonis
Drive down the beautiful mountain road to the sea until Leonidio
Lunch in a selected fish restaurant directly on the beach
Continue along the scenic coast of Arcadia and across the Argolic Gulf to Nafplio
Check-in to the hotel in the old town of Nafplio
Dinner in a restaurant in Nafplio

Friday Epidauros, temple of Asclepios, olive oil production
Drive to Epidauros, visit to the impressive amphitheater and the temple of Asclepios the ancient Greek god of healing
Introduction to the healing cults of Greek antiquity
Visit to a modern olive oil mill, introduction to the production process of organic olive oil, tasting of the products
Drive to the beautiful beach near Nafplio
Picnic at the beach, time to relax, read and swim
Drive to Nemea, traditional dinner in private environment with local delicacies and selected fine wines

Saturday Nafplio, Corinth Canal, Eleusinian mysteries, departure
Check-out and drive towards Corinth
Short stop at the Corinth Canal with an introduction to the history of the canal
Lunch in a selected ouzeria in Corinth
Drive to Eleusis, visit of the ancient place of worship, introduction to the Eleusinian mysteries – what do we know about the plants that played a role in this cult?
Farewell coffee break and continuation to Athens Airport

Overnight stay in 3 to 4 star boutique hotels (double or single rooms)
All meals (breakfast, lunch or picnic, dinner in selected restaurants and taverns incl. beverages and wine),
Entrance fees to archaeological sites
All planned activities and seminars
Transportation in comfortable minibus

Not Included
Flight tickets, insurances

Recommendation for arrival
The program is designed for arrival in Athens around 2 pm and the return flight in the late afternoon. If you have other arrival or departure times, the program will be adjusted accordingly. Alternatively, it is possible to arrive by land or water via ferry boats, trains or cars. In this arrival variant the pick?up place can be customized.

Departure Date
Monday 20 May until Saturday 25th May 2019
Group size 5-12 persons

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