Dionysus’ Gift-Wine Tour
ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT OF ATHENS-CONTINUE TO TOLON-OVERNIGHT
Collection of the group at the airport of Athens. We will continue our journey along the west coast of Saronic Gulf, crossing the Canal of Corinth (the world-famous artificial canal connecting the Saronic Gulf with the Gulf of Corinth). Short stop for photographs. If the group wishes and provided the weather is good and there is enough time, we could visit the archaeological site of ancient Corinth. We will continue our journey to Tolon in the Argolic Gulf. Dinner and overnight.
ARGOLIS (A VERY OLD WINE-GROWING AREA)-NEMEA, ADMINISTRATING DISTRICT OF CORINTH (HERCULES’ BLOOD)-VISIT TO PALIVOS WINE CELLAR-VISIT TO MYCENAE-RETURN TO OUR HOTEL
After breakfast, we will head to Nemea. Our destination is contemporary Nemea, an world-known wine-growing area. It is also known for the Lion of Nemea of the Greek mythology, killing of which was one of the twelve Heracles’ (Hercules’) Labors, later celebrated with games like the Olympic Games. Towards Zeus’ sanctuary, we will visit a winery, where grapes for the well-known Agiorgitiko wine are grown. We may also try wine from its wine-bar. The winery lies between a vineyard and an olive-grove. On our return, we will visit Mycenae, excavated by German admirer of Ilias Heinrich Schliemann. Then, we will return to our hotel in Tolon. Dinner and overnight.
NAUPLIA-VISIT TO EPIDAURUS-VISIT TO SKOURAS WINE CELLAR-RETURN TO TOLON
Once we have breakfast, we will head to Epidaurus, known in the past for its vineyards and olive-groves as well as the sanctuary and sanitarium of Asclepius, god of medicine. In addition, we will visit the ancient theater will its famous acoustics, where a theater-festival is held in summer. After that, we will visit another winery which includes two wine-cellars in Peloponnese, in the region of Nemea. Closing our visit there, we will go to the city of Nauplion, which is built on the coast of the Argolic Gulf and offers not only many attractions but also a marvelous view of the Aegean Sea. We will have a walk across the old town, which along with many newly-built neighborhoods and the archaeological museum will open a window to the past. Dinner in Nauplia. Overnight in Tolon.
OLIVE MUSEUM IN SPARTA-TROUT FARM-WINE GROWING ESTATE TSELEPOS-TOLON
Having had our breakfast, we will head to the Olive Museum in Sparta. In the Olive and Olive Oil Museum there will be an exhibition of the ultra-modern olive-tree cultivation and processing. After our visit there, we will go to the small town of Kastori, where we will have a short visit to the a trout farm, which has won many “Gourmet” prizes. Then, we will go to a winery, which operates under principles that promote and establish local wine and types of grapes. After wine tasting, we will return to Tolon.
OLYMPIA, CRADLE OF OLYMPIC GAMES AND WINE AREA-WINE GROWING ESTATE MERKOURI-OVERNIGHT IN THE AREA OF PATRAS
Continuing our tour, we will cross Arcadia to Zeus’ sanctuary in Olympia, city of the ancient Olympic Games. We will be guided in the excavation site of ancient Olympia and the museum. Leaving the sanctuary and the museum with the unique sculptures, we will visit a historic wine cellar, a 140-years-old traditional olive-oil and wine producing facility, that has won European prizes for its excellent quality of wine. Then, we will continue our journey to our hotel in the area of Patras. Dinner and overnight.
VISIT TO DELPHI-WINE GROWING ESTATE LAZARIDIS-RETURN TO ATHENS
After breakfast, we will head to Delphi from Rion in Peloponnese over the largest suspension bridge of Europe to Antirrion in the mainland and will pass from Nafpaktos, Galaxidi, Itea, Amfissa and Delphi. Provided the weather is good and there is enough time, we will stop in the romantic city of Galaxidi for coffee and promenade. Later, we will pass from Amfissa to Delphi. We will visit the archaeological site of Delphi, with its ancient oracle on the slopes of Parnassos, a sacred place dedicated to god Apollo, god of music and poetry. After that, on our way to Athens, we will visit a winery in Kapandriti. There, a 20-hectar vineyard of organic cultivation near the banks of Marathon Lake is kept for a new generation of wine, with many gold medals “Oenotria” won for Cabernet-Sauvignon and Agiorgitiko 2007 “Mundus Vini 2011”-Germany. Transfer to our hotel in Athens. Dinner and overnight.
ATHENS CITY TOUR-VISIT TO WINE GROWING ESTATE VASSILIOU-EVENING TRIP TO CAPE SOUNIO
After breakfast, we will have a city tour in Athens, visiting both old and modern city of Athens (Zeus temple, University, National Library, Parliament, Kallimarmaron Stadium). Visit to Acropolis and new Acropolis Museum. Acropolis is not only a landmark in Athens, but also the national monument of Greece. In the afternoon, we will have a trip to Cape Sounio, in the south end of Attica in the Aegean Sea and visit to the 5th century BC temple of Poseidon. Leaving Cape Sounio, we will visit the last winery, where we will be guided and try wines. Finally, we will enjoy the marvelous sunset from the temple and have dinner in a fish tavern. Return to Athens and overnight.
Preparation for return and transfer to Athens airport, “Eleftherios Venizelos”