This journey promises to be a gastronomy experience that your palate will never forget. Here you’ll take part in a game of discovering new tastes and aromas, new combinations of foods, new fruits of the earth. 

The gastronomy here will excite you: traditional Greek breakfast, colorful authentic Mediterranean cuisine, local products, fine wines, flavorful beers, and local spirits. Even the things you 've tasted before will be more tasteful! 

Every corner of the country has its unique  specialties and dishes that have evolved over time

 

Highlights:

  • Multi-destination experience
  • Guided gastronomy tours
  • Guided wine tasting experiences
  • Guided cultural tours
  • Cooking Lessons

Day 1 Athens

Welcome to Greece! We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel in the heart of Athens to settle. What better way to explore Athens than with a culinary journey through picturesque streets and lively markets. An award-winning experience, a private Foodies Walking Tour, will help you discover the history of Greek gastronomy while tasting delicacies and lovingly made dishes from Athens’ best artisans. From charcuterie to cheeses, street food to decadent desserts this is a tour that will satisfy all of your senses. You will have some rest time before we will take you to the next level of gastronomical pleasure. As the sun sets, under a starry Athenian sky we will take you to an excellent Athenian taverna on the slopes of the Acropolis. Overnight in Athens 

Day 2 Athens

Our day starts at 10 am when embarking on a private Acropolis Walking Tour with our expert guide and archaeologist. Learn about the significance of the majestic Acropolis, take in spectacular views and discover the myths and legends that pervade the very ground you walk upon. Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch with traditional dishes in the old town of Athens. By late afternoon in Athens, it is time for a break; have a siesta or an ice coffee as you watch the world go by in the historic neighborhood of Plaka. Early evening, meet with your knowledgeable, local guide & historian for a private Evening Athens Highlights Tour with dinner. Admire iconic sites like Syntagma Square, Theatre of Herodus Atticus and the Stoa of Attalos as you discover Athens vibrant night scene. From the fairytale lamps of Pittaki street to the sweeping esplanade of Dionysiou Areopagitou you will discover the city’s most picturesque places. At the end of the walk enjoy a light mezedes dinner with wine at an excellent taverna with live music. Overnight in Athens.

Day 3 Crete

In the morning, we will leave Athens behind us to catch a flight for Heraklion. You will arrive at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport with plenty of time to check-in and enjoy a Freddo espresso at the pop-up outdoor cafe at Departures level. At Heraklion, you will be picked up by your local driver who will take you to your accommodation. As the sun sets enjoy your private Wine Tasting experience with dinner. Our local guide will show you around the 19th-century building where this atmospheric experience will take place. The sommelier will introduce you to a palette of Cretan wine flavors. During dinner, your guide will be there to give any insights about the city. Overnight in Heraklion.

Day 4 Crete

Awaken on the island of King Minos! What better way to start your day than a private Heraklion for Foodies Tour. Follow a scenic city trail through Heraklion's streets and narrow alleys to find traditional eateries whilst experiencing the local morning vibe! After a short siesta, meet with your official guide for a Tour of Knossos palace and the renovated Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Learn of the long history of Knossos city and how the palace is associated with the exciting myths of “the Labyrinth and the Minotaur” and “Daedalus and Icarus”. The evening is free for you to explore the city or take a stroll by the port to take in the beautiful sea views. Overnight at Heraklion.

Day 5 Corinth & Nafplion

Early in the morning, after a good breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back to Athens. When you arrive, a new journey will start. Leaving Athens behind, your day continues with the impressive feat of engineering that separates the Peloponnese from the mainland, the Corinth Canal. Admire the steep limestone walls and observe as vessels navigate their way through the isthmus of Corinth. Afterwards, grab a bite to eat at a local cafe or restaurant. Then, we move on to an organic vineyard and bake with “Petimezi” an ancient sweetener and must flour from grapes. Explore the vineyard and learn about the different organic produce they make. Try your hand at making “Moustalevria” (a Greek pudding) or “Moustokoulora” (grape must cookies) to have with your fresh coffee. The evening finds you in charming, Italianate Nafplion, the ‘Naples of the East’ rich in Venetian architecture, cobbled squares and towering castles with commanding views of the Argolic Gulf. Afterwards unwind by the harbor or get lost in the colorful back streets of the most elegant town in mainland Greece. After dinner, enjoy a short but very tasty visit to a family-run distillery for a tasting of Greek Spirits. Overnight in Nafplio.

Day 6 Nafplion

After breakfast, join our local historian and guide and discover the many eras that have influenced the first capital of modern Greece on your private walking tour of Nafplion. Straight after, it’s time for a morning swim in the blue waters of nearby Tolo. Plenty of time to work on that suntan, enjoy a cold coffee and a bite to eat. The afternoon is reserved for a private hands-on Cooking Class of Greek Regional Classics. Join your host at her state-of-the-art Cooking School where she uses only organic ingredients. A mouth-watering experience, you will understand why “simple” is the new “rich” when it comes to Greek classics. After eating your creations, enjoy a free afternoon back at Nafplio. Overnight at Nafplion.

Day 7 Nafplion

With your guide and archaeologist embark on a private tour as you discover the impressive remnants of Mycenaean glory. Admire sites such as the Tomb of Clytemnestra, the infamous Lion’s Gate, the Cyclopean walls and learn of their bloodstained past. At the Museum of Mycenae, you will also have the opportunity to see ornate frescoes and carvings which shed light on the day to day existence of the people of Mycenae. No trip to the Peloponnese is complete without a wine tasting in Nemea. With a history of viticulture dating back to antiquity, the region boasts some of the finest wines in Greece. Your Seminar of Modern Wines of Greece takes at a traditional vineyard located next to a manor house, home of one of the first families that bottled wine in Nemea. Their experienced oenologist will guide you through the most important Greek grape varieties as he unfolds the secrets of tasting techniques and introduces you to wines from across Greece. You will also have the opportunity to pick your own vegetables for a delicious salad. The tasting will be accompanied by a rich Greek barbeque with many delicacies, your homemade salad and your favorite wines from the seminar. Overnight at Nafplion.

Day 8 Vytina & Dimitsana

Today you continue south to the mountainous region of Arkadia into rural bliss, cliff-hanging stone villages and a plethora of fresh dairy, meat, and honey products. The region is known for a cuisine that celebrates simplicity and the bounty of locally grown produce is served in generous, rustic dishes. Your local guide will meet you at your hotel and spend the whole day with you. First, you visit a rural family-run fromagerie, a local business with international fame. Their yogurt was featured in the New Yorker and has won numerous awards. The owner will introduce you to the cycle of traditional cheese and yogurt production. Expect a tasting platter of their deliciοus products at the end of your visit. Your road climbs up to the appraised Kapsia Cave, one of the most impressive stalagmite caves in Greece. Your entry fee gives you a guided tour into the colorful chambers of the cave with a short narration about its discovery and formations. Lunch will be served at our favorite nearby “Hani” -where travelers used to rest in the past. This taverna is situated amidst gorgeous Arcadian countryside and serves authentic dishes of the village using vegetables from the family gardens. A short walk around Vitina is in order, after lunch. Here you will encounter a large selection of delicatessens and local specialty groceries selling all kinds of regional fresh produce including the truly exceptional fir-honey of Vitina! A full day comes to an end with your driver taking you to your accommodation at Dimitsana, a very charming village set above the famous Lousios Gorge. Enjoy a quiet walk or look for a bar with a terrace to enjoy the spectacular views of the valley. Overnight at Dimitsana / Stemnitsa.

Day 9 Dimitsana

Dimitsana played an important role during the Greek War of Independence (18th-19th centuries AD), being in the center of the many water-powered gunpowder mills hidden in Lousios Gorge. Sunrise on the mountains is absolutely worth the effort of an early wake-up call. Your first excursion of the morning is to the magnificent Temple of Apollo Epikurious nestled in the lonely heights of the Arcadian mountains. The design may seem familiar to you and that is because it was designed by Iktonis, the architect of the Parthenon. Unusual in its display of Doric, Ionic and Corinthian style it is a breathtaking sight indeed. We journey on to the logic-defying Church of Agia Theodora with it’s a remarkable roof and that sustains the weight of the plane trees which grow from it! Learn the rather gruesome tale of how the church got its name and relax by the calming river that flows by this woodland spot. For lunch, we head to the neighborhood taverna to enjoy a fresh meal and a quiet calm. For the afternoon we travel to a family-run farm, where you can enjoy idyllic surroundings as you walk amongst the animals that roam freely. At this small holding you will encounter all sorts of animals from deer to rabbits, geese, horses and donkeys (keen to see if you have an apple!) Enjoy an afternoon of coffee, cake and some therapeutic company of Arkadia’s friendly furry friends! After a drive back to your hotel in Dimitsana, enjoy a free evening to relax and enjoy dinner with a sundowner. Overnight at Dimitsana.

Day 10 Arkadiani & Kalamata

This morning you could opt for a short self-guided easy-moderate walk into the gorge. Alternatively, you could visit the very attractive Open-Air Water Power Museum of Dimitsana. This visit is unguided since this well-appointed museum has all signage and videos translated. Travel back in time during the early industrial era of the Peloponnese through beautiful installations, unique exhibits, and a real water-powder mill! Just before lunch, your private driver will take you to visit the tiny village of Psari and the Arcadiani Agrotourism Collective where you will also attend a Country Cooking Class. The collective is an effort to couple the innovation with heritage and tradition. Their facilities, amongst others, features a traditional pasta factory, organic gardens, and a collection of rare cooking books. Spend the afternoon at this model establishment and learn about sustainable growth in the Greek countryside. The day finishes at the seaside Kalamata city, a region renowned for its exquisite olives. Overnight at Kalamata.

Day 11 Kalamata & Sparta

Begin your day with a private guided tour of Ancient Messene & Museum. This site is simply outstanding. It is a rare example of an entire city that has never been destroyed or covered by later settlements. Follow the narration of your official guide and admire the architectural perfection of sites like the Sanctuary of Asclepius, The Herron, and the Stadium. There will be time for lunch at the local cafe under the prominent Ithomi mountain. Greece is a country where olive and olive oil production is inextricably linked with our Greek and Mediterranean identity. Visit the unique and very well appointed Museum of the Olive & Olive Oil for a well-rounded picture of its culture and technology. After the theory, it is time for practice. We have designed for you a private Olive Oil Tasting, at a local boutique delicatessen that specializes in products of the Spartan land. Late afternoon finds you back at your accommodation with plenty of time to unwind and enjoy the local surroundings. Overnight at Kalamata.

Day 12 Athens

Today we are leaving the majestic Peloponnese for the way back home. Pack your olive oil bottles as you are heading back to Athens to catch a flight for your return. 

 

What to expect

  • Multi-destination experience
  • Guided gastronomy tours
  • Guided wine tasting experiences
  • Guided cultural tours
  • Cooking Lessons

Who it's for

Our multi-destination trips are designed for private and corporate groups looking to explore the beauties of Greece while enjoying a ride.

Itinerary

  • 11 nights accommodation in a bed & breakfast basis
  • Maps and detailed travel information
  • All Transfers 
  • Guided Experiences
  • All taxes and service charges
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