Wine & Well Being

Greece, Peloponnese / 6 Days

Food and Wine, Private Touring

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
  • Check-out
  • 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
  • Tastings
  • 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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Price

$2797 per person

Please note that your final price will be subject to the number of guests, the time of year you travel, availability of inclusions at time of booking and exchange rate fluctuations.


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