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Wine and Culinary Tour in  Greece(14 Days)

A great combination of city breaks and tours, full of cultural elements, travelling through some of the most renowned Greek vineyards!

Enjoy the natural beauty along the wine roads of Northern Greece and explore the history that infuses the entire region, from archaeological sites, churches, monasteries, museums and more – to the wineries themselves, restaurants, taverns, hotels and inns, and local gourmet workshops and stores stocked with regional culinary specialties. Meet the producers and seek out the traditional products of each region’s unique cuisine. The visits to the wineries often feature lunch on site or at a nearby traditional Greek tavern, so you can experience the authentic Northern Greek gastronomy and wine culture.

Visit Petralona where traces of the first homo sapiens in Europe were found, Vergina – the burial site of the Kings of Macedonia, explore Meteora, a natural phenomenal unique in our planet. A guided boat trip takes visitors along the coast line of Mount Athos – a unique monastery republic where you can view the unique landscape and the magnificent architecture of the monasteries. Visit Thessaloniki, a city with spectacular food, nightlife & history.
Savour culture, history and culinary delights all along the way.

ITINERARY:
Day 1: Arrival

• We will be waiting for you at the Airport of Thessaloniki upon your arrival.
• Reception at the airport and transportation to the hotel in Thessaloniki Centre.
• Later in the afternoon, we can make our first walk in the city and have lunch depending on your time of arrival, then well have dinner at a local tsipouradiko with a variety of traditional specialties.
• Accommodation Thessaloniki.

Day 2: Wine tour, meze class, ouzo/tsipouro tasting, distillery visit, enology museum

• Very close to Thessaloniki, on the hills of Epanomi, at an ideal ecosystem for wine cultivation, we will visit Domaine Gerovassiliou voted in the top 100 wineries for 2006. The varieties of Assyrtiko, Malagouzia, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and Syrah, Merlot, Grenach Rouge, Limnio Mavroudi, Mavrotragano give the Regional Wines of Epanomi.
• Less than 45 minutes North of Thessaloniki, on the slopes of Mt Vertiskos lie the vineyards of Babatzimopoulos Estate. You will have the chance to walk around the organically cultivated vineyards, visit the winery and of course taste the wines.
• Meze class (demo and partly hands-on); ouzo or tsipouro tasting.
• Visit distillery and maybe meet or even dance with the modern Greek Zorba. Mr. Anestis Babatzimopoulos is a visionary winemaker, so be prepared to be surprised from his wines that combine some of the most known international with local varieties.
• Besides the great wines you will taste, there is a very interesting enology museum, with a collection of rare corkscrews dating back to 18th century, 28 rare handmade wine-presses from the18th to the 20th century, amphorae of Mycenaean and Byzantine time, and many other old items and tools of the viticulturist.
• Evening dinner, where we will have the chance to explore Thessaloniki’s local cuisine.

Day 3: Excursions, transfer

• After breakfast, we drive to Kavala, following the Egnatia highway, built on the path of the Roman Via Egnatia.
• Arriving Philippi, we will visit the archaeological site of Philippi, with the Forum Romanum; the ruins of the two early Christian Basilicas, the prison where St. Paul was held and preached in 50 AD; as well as the ancient Greek theatre.
• Ending the tour at Philippi, we will visit the Texni Oinou domain at Mikrohori Dramas as well as the Vivlia Chora and the Manolesaki, three of the greatest wineries of Northern Greece Texni Oinou domain at Mikrohori Dramas.
• The district, enjoying propitious soil and climatic conditions, has a long history of wine-making, a history which is now being revived thanks to the personal initiative and passion of the two winemakers, Yiannis Papadopoulos and Yiannis Kalaitzidis. From these vineyards, the estate produces each year no fewer than 60,000 bottles of its label Techni Alipias – the Greek word Techni meaning art or skill, and the word Alipia from ancient Greek meaning absence of sorrow. The name was inspired by ancient texts which tell us that Dionysos, the son of Zeus and Semele, bestowed on making the gift of wine so that men might forget their sorrows.
• Accommodation: Drama

Day 4: Excursions, honey tasting, wine tour, wine tasting, transfer

Breakfast and the tour start in the village of Arnaia, the best example of well-preserved traditional architecture in the area.
• Arriving in the village, you will receive a quick demonstration by a honey producer and beekeeper and try five varieties of honey and the famous honey-tsipouro Mountovina, only found here.
• Proceed to the local winery, Papayannis, and have a tour and wine tasting.
• Have lunch as it was made in ancient Greece, prepared for you by a specialized chef.
• Reach the Aristotle Park, dedicated to the great philosopher Aristotle, near the ruins of his birthplace, the ancient city of Stagira.
• Ending the tour, we will drive to the village of Polygyros, where you will stay for the night.
• Dinner at the hotel with local specialties.

Day 5: Boat ride, excursions

From Polygyros, we drive to the village Ouranoupolis for a boat trip along the coastline of Mount Athos, the unique autonomous monastic community, internationally recognized as a sanctuary of the Orthodox Christian faith, where they can view the unique landscape and the magnificent architecture of the monasteries.
Departure time is 10:30 and the cruise last around 3 hours. The ship heads to the southwestern part of the peninsula and in approximately 10 minutes, it reaches the sea-borders of the monastic state and its territory.
From there, it arrives in approximately 15 minutes in the area of the first Russian cloister and, after sailing by unique beaches, it arrives in the area of the first monastery, Iera Moni Dochiariou, in around 40 minutes.
Another 7 monasteries follow then, as well as the Holy Mounts central port, Daphni, and finally the cloisters, small villages, where groups of monks live in every house.
• Ending the boat trip, you will have a break for lunch and then, you will visit the Papayannis winery at Arnaia.
• You will go back to the hotel in the late afternoon.
• Dinner and accommodation at Polygyros.

Day 6: Wine tours

• Today we will head to the area of Chalkidiki.
• Sithonia hosts the largest winery in Greece and it is also considered one of Europe’s largest at 400 hectares. Across the gulf to the east on the Athos peninsula, within the monastic republic, is a Tsantali vineyard, which has the goal of bringing the traditional Mount Athos wines to the outside world.
• The two of the wineries we will visit today is the Domaine Porto Carras and the Tsantali Agios Pavlos Winery.
• Lunch in one of the two wineries and head back to the hotel in the early afternoon.
• Dinner and accommodation at Polygyros.

Day 7: Excursions, transfer

• Just a 70 minutes drive from Polygyros, the caves of Petralona are a very popular destination. When you enter the caves of Petralona, it's like embarking on a voyage to the beginning of time with fascinating stalactites and stalagmites including the remains of what is thought to be the oldest in Europe – 700,000 years old. The caves are also considered among the most important monuments of human prehistory with findings including the fossilized cranium of a prehistoric man.
• A possible visit to the Petralona winery and lunch with a big variety of seafood at Nea Moudania.
• After lunch, drive back to Thessaloniki where we accommodate.
• Dinner at Thessaloniki at a Tsipouradiko with variety of dishes and tsipouro

Day 8: Excursions, market visit, sweets tasting

Thessaloniki is Greece’s second largest city and the capital of Macedonia also voted Best Mid-Sized European city for human capital and lifestyle by Financial Times in 2014. It offers a rich cultural and historical heritage as well as a cosmopolitan life.
We will visit some of the splendid churches as well as the Byzantine church of St. Dimitrios. Naturally, there’s also time to enjoy the shopping and cafés downtown.
What do you get when you combine Greek coffee, pastries and pieces of bread, sweets, Meze, and ouzo? The best introductions into Greek cuisine and culture, all on this tasty Thessaloniki tour.
• We will taste koulouri and bougatsa. While koulouri is fairly plain (but nonetheless delicious), bougatsa can be filled with almost anything cream, spinach, cheese, mince and much more. With both pieces of bread having a history that dates back to the Byzantine.
• A tour of the Modiano Market ,with charming paved alleys, hundreds of people, and fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, meat, spices, dairy, homemade products, and many local specialties filling the stalls and Meze lunch at Modiano.
• The tour could not end without a visit to one of the city's oldest confectioneries for a sample of siropiasta. These syrupy sweets are still made from the original recipes that Greek refugees brought with them during the1920s from Istanbul and Asia Minor, the perfect Thessaloniki food to finish off this tour and aid your digestion.
• Evening dinner will be on to Athonos Square, where you will be amazed by beautiful scenery that compliments the numerous old-world ouzeris and small taverns.
• Visit one of the best ouzeris in the city and taste meze accompanied with ouzo or tsipouro – some flavors you won’t be forgetting in a hurry, that’s for sure.
• Accommodation: Thessaloniki.

Day 9: Excursions, wine tour, wine tasting

• Today we will head to one of the most historic places in Greece and the old capital of the ancient Macedonia state.
• The ancient capital of the Macedonian empire, this has been a wine producing region since antiquity. Archaeological findings have depicted Dionysus the Greek god of wine.
• Some of the most important remains are the palace, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground, with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century B.C. The tomb of the Macedonian King Philip, father of Alexander the Great, is recognized as a Monument of world heritage by UNESCO. Philip’s tomb, complete with its unique valuables, are kept in a specially designed museum.
• The first and the second capital of Macedonia, Vergina, and Pella, give to the visitors the whole history of Macedonia with the spectacular findings of the royal graves in the outstanding museum of Vergina and the brand new museum of Pella. The archaeological sites are 2 of the most interesting in Greece.
• From here, we will continue to Naoussa, the area of Xinomavro. The area of Naoussa is known for the VQPRD Naoussa’ made exclusively of Xinomavro.
• Wine tasting in one of the eleven wineries in the area. From Xinomavro and the other red varieties cultivated in the region, mainly Merlot and Syrah, are produced the regional wines of Imathia, a white Blanc de noirs and a fleshy and opulent red that endures through time.
• Esperides hotel Naoussa offers relaxing atmosphere, and with our dinner arranged at the hotel we have nothing to worry about, except what wine to choose to accompany our dinner, specially prepared for us with local recipes.

Day 10: Excursion, wine tour, wine tasting, transfer

• Morning departure for the Macedonian hinterland. This mountainous region of Greece has become a large wine-producing region.
• One of the highlights is Kastoria, an ancient center known for its fur productions, beautifully situated on Lake Orestiada. The town of Kastoria, renowned center for the fur industry and also famous for its lake and 75 Byzantine churches. A Neolithic lake settlement, 7000 years old, was discovered here, and you will have the opportunity to stroll through and admire the reconstruction of the village which represents the contemporary musicological concept.
• Wine tasting in one of the few of the wineries: Amyndio Winery, Kir Yianni Amyndio Winery, Voyatzis Estate, Zandes Winery.
• Keep driving south direction Meteora and Kalambaka where we will stay for the night.
• Dinner at Kalambaka.

Day 11: Excursion, transfer, cooking class

• Visit Meteora. Among striking scenery, perched on the top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art.
• Depart from Kalambaka direction Delphi. Arrive in Delphi in the early afternoon.
• Enjoy the Greek kitchen cooking class at Delphi.
• Accommodation in Delphi.

Day 12: Excursion, wine tour, wine tasting, transfer

• Visit the archaeological site and museum and drive the mountain of Parnassus to the village of Polydroso, where we visit the winery Argyriou, one of the best small wineries in Greece.
• Wine tasting and lunch on spot.
• Departure direction Athens.
• Arrival in Athens in the early afternoon.
• Dinner at a beautiful restaurant in Athens.
• Accommodation in Athens.

Day 13: Excursion, restaurant visit, free time, farewell dinner

• Guided Athens city tour including Acropolis.
• Lunch at the most well-known restaurant in Plaka Mpairaktaris.
• Walking tour and shopping time at the center shopping area of Athens Ermou Street.
• Farewell dinner.
• Accommodation Athens

Day 14: Departure

• Breakfast and transportation to the airport for the flight back home.

UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES

• You will taste Greek coffee, ouzo, the famous honey-tsipouro “Mountovina” and unique traditional desserts
• You will taste unique varieties of wines from northern and central Greece
• You will visit the ancient region of Philippi. Apostle Paul founded Philippi – the first Christian Church in Europe
• You will visit Delphi, an ancient Greek city where the most important oracle of the ancient Greek world was operated
• Visit Meteora – it is the second most important monastic complex in Greece, after Mount Athos, and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
• You will visit Vergina’s first capital of Macedonia and admire the royal tombs
• Visit Petralona where traces of the first homo sapiens in Europe

We provide

13 nights Accommodations at 4**** and 5***** or class traditional boutique hotels / double occupancy on bed and breakfast basis
Airport Transfers days of arrival and departure
All meals: 13 Breakfasts – 12 Lunches – 13 Dinners
14 days exclusive chartered mini van with English speaking driver (George)
Fuel and road taxes
The Cave of Petralona: It is where traces of the first ‘homo sapiens in Europe’ were found.
Foodie tour of Thessaloniki with tasting
• “Mezedopolio” Dinner Experience in Thessaloniki
• Foodie Tour of Athens with Tasting
• Winery tours and wine tasting in Thessaloniki: “Wine route of Thessaloniki”
• Winery tours and wine tasting in Drama: Wine route of Dionysus In the Thracian province of eastern Greece, this tour takes you around Kavala, Philippi, and Drama. .
• Winery tours and wine tasting in Chalkidiki: “Wine route of Chalkidiki” Sithonia hosts the largest winery in Greece and it is also considered one of Europe’s largest at 400 ha
• Winery tour and wine tasting “Wine route of Pella” The ancient capital of the Macedonian empire, this has been a wine producing region since antiquity. Archaeological finds have depicted Dionysus the Greek god of wine.
• Winery tour and wine tasting at Naoussa “Wine route of Naoussa”
• Winery tour and wine tasting “Wine route of the Lakes” at Kastoria
• Winery tour and wine tasting at Parnassus
• The Greek Kitchen Cooking Class in Delphi
• Lunch at the most famous and well known restaurant in Plaka – Athens “Mpairaktaris”
• Farewell Dinner in Athens

We do not provide

Entrance fees at archaeological / historical sites, a guide on sites not mentioned, tips, drinks, personal shopping, and anything not mentioned above
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