Known since antiquity, the most beloved tree of Greece, eternal symbol of Peace, Victory, Honour and Unity will accompany us in our in depth culture trip in the South Peloponnese and allow us come into contact with the best historical and natural sites of this legendary region.
This does not mean this is an exlusively olive-picking holiday in Greece but it will give us the pleasure of experiencing for half a day the picking of olives, putting all the olives in linen sacks and transferring them to the press mill, seeing and participating in the whole process and tasting the first oil coming out of the machine. Then a hot soup of beans“fasolada”is waiting for us by the home fireplace together with a fresh salad, local pies and Kayanas“tsigarida”or “syglina” accompanied by local wines.
We leave the hospitable house holding in our hands a bottle of our produced olive oil and a box of olives.
We start then on a beautiful route to get to know a big part of the Peloponnese and its enormous cultural background through an unforgettable Pick an Olive experience.
Why you’ll love this tour
Olive oil tasting and picking up olives experience in the region of Messinia combined with a city break in Kalamata and a visit to the very well preserved site of Ancient Messini
Visit the Argolic plain of Hercules, Perseus and Agamemnon. The glorious Mycenae surrounded by massive “cyclopean walls”, Argos and the theater of Ancient Epidavros, famous for its symmetry and beauty and admired for its exceptional acoustics
Walk into the narrow streets of the romantic Nauplion, the first capital of Greece
Taste the exquisite Arcadian wines in high quality boutique wineries.
Travel back in time in Monemvasia, the uniquely preserved medieval castle – city. Walk this carved in stone city of knights, crusaders emperors and pirates!
Discover the glorious city of Sparta and walk up Mystras byzantine castle city
Explore the entrance of the Underworld! Get on the boat and discover a cave of unique beauty, formed by stalactites and stalagmites. The Diros caves in Mani.
Get acquainted with the most hidden secrets of the Mani peninsula
Reach Cape Tainaron, the 2nd southernmost tip of continental Europe (Matapan) – 35 minutes Walk until the symbolic edge of the cliff.
Enjoy your coffee at Pylos and visit the Palace of Nestor and the beach of Voidokilia
Visit the birth place of the Olympic Games in the Arcaeological site and the stadium of Ancient Olympia
Finally, on the way back to Athens cross the mountainous utopian Arcadia and taste the ambrosial local wine variety “Moschofilero” accompanied by delicious local cheeses
Meals • 6 breakfasts • 7 lunches with a soft drink or beer or local wine (250 g) • 2 dinners in traditional taverns with a soft drink or beer or local wine (500 g)
Transportation • Luxury minivan or Car or 4wd SUV • Hotel pick up services
Entrance fees included • Tickets in caves • Olive oil museum
Activities Included • Wine Tasting • Olive oil tasting and picking up olives experience in the region of Messinia combined with a city break in Kalamata • 30mins of undercave boat trip
Transfer to and from the Airport
Drinks and soft drinks (except the above)
Museum Tickets and Archaeological Sites
Athens-Isthmos (Stop for half an hour) – Epidavros theater – Lygourio (lunch) – Mycenae Archaeological site + museum -– Nafplion – Palamidi castle –evening walk– dinner – overnight stay.
Early walking in the narrow streets of Nafplion – departure for Monemvasia through Argos – Paralio Astros –Leonidion-Elona monastery- Plaka (Lunch)- Fokianos- Kyparissi- Gerakas-Monemvasia – visit the medieval town of Monemvasia -dinner – overnight
Departure for Mystras byzantine castle city – Sparta (archaeological site – olive oil museum – lunch – Gytheion (walking at the central coastal road by the port to the isle of Kranae – Areopolis (Dinner – overnight stay)
Cape Tainaron (Matapan) – 35 minutes Walk until the symbolic edge of the cliff – Porto Kayo beach (lunch ) – Vatheia traditional village – Diros caves – Limeni – Areopolis –(dinner – overnight stay)
Visit an oil press (for oil tasting with bread) at Thalamai village – Stoupa beach – Foneas beach – Kardamyli (lunch) – Ancient Messini (well preserved archaeological site) – city of Kalamata – dinner – overnight
All our Epic Tours offered are accompanied by one of our local English speaker group guides. The aim of the group guide is to take the hassle out of your trip and to help you have the best experience possible. The guide has excellent knowledge of the places visited and will provide you information throughout the whole trip, including historical, cultural and social aspects. Your guide takes care of all the essential things of the tour, offers suggestions for things to do and see and introduces you to the local communities.
We use a minimum three-star rating,conveniently located hotels and apartments with all the essential modern conveniences. Lodges that practice good eco-tourism, use products and hire staff from the local villages, walk lightly on the surrounding environment and are true to the area they represent. Accommodation on all our trips is on a twin or double bed basis. Single upgrades are available upon request and depend on availability.
Concerning the transportation, our company cooperates with leading transfer companies which use vehicles of the latest technology with the most stringent standards. All minivans are equipped with comfortable seats, air condition and large windows. Our experienced drivers will do everything they can so that your transfer be safe and pleasant. In all our Epic tours offered, we have made an effort to include as many attractions as possible, therefore reducing our stay in the bus to the minimum, by making many stops.
When it comes to meals, Epos Travel & Tours strikes a perfect balance, since gastronomy is one of the main aspects of the total tour experience offered. We include most meals (at selected seaside or traditional taverns) to save you time and money, yet we also leave enough free time so you can sample Greece’s gastronomic delights on your own. Epos travel packages vary as to the number of meals included.All provided meals are clearly stated on the tours’s inclusions section. As most of our hotels offer anything from coffee to a full breakfast, you can start the day the way you like best with high quality local products. Lunch is your chance to make culinary discoveries of your own – Your tour guide can give you tips about recommended places if asked. When your itinerary includes a special experience, such as fishing on a hired boat,rafting or wine tasting, lunch will be included. Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements you should inform us prior to the trip. We can provide vegetarian and vegan meals. Please feel free to contact us, regarding any questions you may have about food, so we can provide you the best options possible.
Meeting and finishing point: Most of our tours -unless otherwise stated in the trip’s information section- start and end at Syntagma square in Athens. Tours commence at 08:00 on the starting date and finish between 21:00 and 22:00 on the finishing point. Please note: In case you leave Greece on the day the tour ends,it is advisable to book your return flight at least 3 hours after our scheduled return time. That will give you the tranquillity and ease of mind, avoiding any unfortunate events that could blemish you vacation.
When you book with us, please have in mind that our tours don’t include any accommodation before or after the tour. So we advise you to make any stay arrangements for the date the tour ends. In relation to your arrival date and your stay in a hotel in Athens or in another city for one or more days before or after the trips, please feel free to contact us and we shall arrange it at no cost.
With regard to your transfer to and from the airport, we are able to help, if you ask us about it. We can arrange a private transfer from the airport to your hotel in Athens and vice versa 24/7. Your private driver will be waiting for you at the exit of the airport, holding a placard with your name on it. Regarding the issue of your air ticket you know that the sooner you buy it the more cheap it comes. You are most likely to find lower prices in your home country. But it is worth trying together.
Please check if you belong in one of the Free or Reduced admission categories below.
Free admission for:
• Members of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece and equivalent Chambers of member-states of the EU, upon presentation of their membership card
• Members of the ICOM-ICOMOS, upon presentation of their membership card
• Students of University – Higher Education Institutes, Technological Educational Institutes, Military Schools or equivalent Schools of EU member states, as well as Schools of Guides, upon presentation of their student identity card
• Young people, up to the age of 18, upon presentation of their Identity Card or passport for age confirmation.
Reduced admission for:
• Greek citizens and citizens of other Member – States of the European Union who are over 65 years old, upon presentation of their ID card or passport for verification of their age and country of origin • Students of University – Higher Education Institutes, Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent Schools of countries from outside the European Union, upon presentation of their student ID cards