The olive tree played a great role from antiquity as a symbol of Goddess Athena who according to the Greek tradition, she was the one that she planted the first olive tree in Greece, in Athens.

It was used to made wreaths of olive branches during the Olympic games, as offerings to Gods as a therapeutic treatment and many other uses. Greeks were the first that they planted and cultivated the olive trees in the Mediterranean area.

Nowadays Greece is one of the top three countries that produce olive oil for the worldwide market. How we collect the fruit, what is the procedure of making this gold juice, as Greeks use to call it, and what makes it so special around the world?

Come and find out a story to tell!

 

Highlights:

  • Ancient Messene
  • The castle of Androusa
  • Olive walk with  Expert English speaking tour guide
  • Guided tour at the olive press factory (mill)
  • Training & Olive oil tasting in 4 different extra virgin olive oils by experienced olive oil taster (member of certified olive oil panel).
  • Olive oil & Food Pairing with at least 4 different taste combinations
  • Traditional plates such as lalagia, pasto, Kalamata Olives, tzatziki, feta, olive paste etc
  • Wine and ouzo
  • The impressive Monastery “Andromonastiro”

Your journey begins from Athens and unfolds to the ancient Messene.

Ancient Messene

Messene is a significant ancient city in terms of its size, form, and state of preservation, and still has much to offer. It possesses not only sanctuaries and public buildings, but also imposing fortifications, and houses and tombs. It enjoys, amongst other things, the advantage of never having been destroyed or covered by later settlements, and is located on an unspoiled inland site. Its natural setting combines the grandeur of the mountains of Delphi with the low-lying, riverine tranquillity of Olympia, the dominating bare limestone mass of Ithome, the site of the ancient acropolis, with the low fertile valley around the ancient city.

Descending from Mavromati village, we reach the Museum. Passing through the vineyards and the olive fields, we see on the right the theatre of ancient Messene with its spectacular walls, and on the left, the Arsinoi Fountain. Moving on to a narrow path, we see on our left the Market, and after that, the sacred area of Asklipieion. Take your time to feel the particular energy of this place! 

It is about time we proceed to our next stop...

The castle of Androusa

The castle was built sometime after 1250 by the ruler of the Principality of Achaea Guillaume II de Villehardouin.
In 1381 became the seat of the Navarrese Company, a company of mercenaries, mostly from Navarre and Gascony, who fought in Greece during the late 14th century and early 15th century, in the twilight of Frankish power in the dwindling remnant of the Latin Empire
The company was hired to help James of Baux to claim the throne of Achaea. They were not very successful, but eventually, they became the dominant rulers of the Principality of Achaea and Androusa was their seat.
In 1417, the Paleologi family, the Byzantine rulers of the Despotate of Mystras took the castle. In those times, around the end of the 14th century, it was one of the most important castles in Peloponnese.
In 1462 the Turks captured Androusa.

We walk through the castle outer wall, in a hidden path, we watch the olive trees and we talk about the history, the tradition and the mythical story of the castle olive trees. After our 30’ olive walk, in the center of Androusa Village, we will visit a unique Olive Oil press mill that is located there for more than 120 years. The 5th generation owner will explain to us the procedure of the extraction, the storage and standardization process of the extra virgin olive oil in the past and nowadays.

Τhe dining table is filled with the special blue olive oil tasting glasses and you are about to become a tasting expert! Taste the extra virgin olive oil of “Koroneiki” Variety and learn about its organoleptic characteristics…recognize the elements that define the extra virgin olive oil…taste different varieties of Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil such us “Manaki”, “Xalkidikis”, “Mavroelia” etc and appreciate their fine quality. 
What about food? The extra virgin olive oil of different varieties is matched with traditional recipes including fruit, gourmet small dishes and surprises us. Tzatziki, kalamata olives, olive paste, lalagia, pasto and of course wine and ouzo!
The history, the soul, the tradition, the gastronomy of Messinia have revealed through the Olive oil paths… enjoy a unique experience in the endless olive groves filled with the wisdom, the flavor and the aroma of Peloponnese.

Your evening will be free to explore the surrounding area and discover the local coffee shops, nature, people and more.

Overnight in Messinia

After an energizing breakfast, you will check out in order to proceed for your next point of interest.

The impressive Monastery “Andromonastiro”

A monastic complex with fortifications and one defensive tower. It is abandoned for more than a century.
It was built during the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Andronikos II Palaiologos (end of 12th-beginning of 13th century). Since then, the monastery went through six additional construction phases.
In 2011, restoration works started and the project was completed in 2017.

Cherish every step of this snap journey and make it yours for the years to come because this is the time to hit the road back to Athens again.

 

 

What to expect

  • Ancient Messene
  • The castle of Androusa
  • Olive walk with  Expert English speaking tour guide
  • Guided tour at the olive press factory (mill)
  • Training & Olive oil tasting in 4 different extra virgin olive oils by experienced olive oil taster (member of certified olive oil panel).
  • Olive oil & Food Pairing with at least 4 different taste combinations
  • Traditional plates such as lalagia, pasto, Kalamata Olives, tzatziki, feta, olive paste etc
  • Wine and ouzo
  • The impressive Monastery “Andromonastiro”

Who it's for

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

Itinerary

  • 1-night accommodation in a bed & breakfast basis
  • Maps and detailed travel information
  • All Transfers 
  • Guided Experiences
  • All taxes and service charges
  • 24hrs Assistance phone number

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