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Gefsi

830€

per person

The Greek cuisine offers an incredibly rich and diverse array of foods and beverages that are the culmination of literally thousands of years of living, cooking, and eating.

Greek Agriculture
Visit the cities of Athens, Kalambaka, Metsovo & Thessaloniki
 

*Geusi, is the Greek word for taste. While each Greek meal is fresh and inviting, it is also a trip back through Greece’s history.

This tour is a great opportunity to discover and admire at the same time the Greek civilization and Greece’s natural beauty. The combination of these different destinations can offer to the traveler a unique experience combining history and astonishing places. The historic center of Athens is an open-air museum, yet the city’s cultural and social life takes place amid these ancient landmarks, merging past and present. Meteora, on the World Heritage Site by Unesco and the second largest monastic and pilgrimage mount, consists a natural work of art which worth to visit. Metsovo, which perches on the beautiful slopes of Pindus, is offered for getting to know the agricultural products process. Thessaloniki, the second largest city and capital of Macedonia, will transfer you to the Byzantine era through its architecture.

Points of Interest

  • Farm to Fork

    Surrounded by vineyards and olive trees, on this 20 acre field, there is use of natural farming practices by enriching the land with our own manure and by watering through their own irrigation system so that they keep mechanical methods to a minimum. With the farm’s microclimate supporting their efforts, they manage to fill the table on a daily basis with the products they produce themselves. We invite you to enjoy the gifts of this land and share their knowledge of nature with you at The Margi Farm.

    They use natural farming practices by enriching the land with their own animals’ manure and by watering through our own irrigation system so that they keep mechanical methods to a minimum. Available for private or group bookings and giving people the chance to experience authentic farm life and organic Greek dining in a beautiful natural rural environment.   Each menu is carefully selected and based on the vegetables in season, from farm to fork!

  • Natural History Museum of Meteora

    The Mushroom Museum has a rich collection. It consists of mushroom sculptures made one by one, maintaining an absolute color, shape and size similarity. Mushrooms are presented in three stages of development, so that the visitor forms a complete picture of their circle of life. Their presentation is based on the ecosystem that each species grows (beech, pine, fir, oak, meadow, etc.)

    In a distance not very far from the Museum and in a short time, you will have the opportunity to look for, collect and get pictures of mushrooms. You will have the advantage to cook them while fresh in nature and finally taste this very unique and nutritious product, which is generously given by nature to greek mountains and especially to our area.

    Mushroom hunting takes place in forests and fields near the Museum with the help of experienced guides and mushroom hunters, making this experience both enjoyable and useful

  • Katogi Averof

    Cultivating the highest-altitude mountain vineyards in Greece at Metsovo since 1959, Katogi Averoff offers unique wine-centric experiences in a winning combination of wine, art and hospitality. The Yiniets vineyards are Greece’s highest (950–1050m above sea level). On the slopes of Mount Pindus the seasons unfold at their own pace, and the vines take their time ripening. Yiniets (the Vlach word for vineyard) is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Traminer, Syrah, as well as the region’s lesser-known indigenous varieties, such as Vlachiko, Gudaba and Pyknoassa.

  • Dairy Foundation Tositsa

    The dairy of the foundation of the baron Michael Tositsa, is operating in Metsovo since 1955. The vision of Evangelos Averof Tositsa was to make it a study school. For that reason we made sure that some young boys from local farmers went to study in Italy. The young men managed to combine the production method of certain Italian cheeses with the Greek recipes and techniques choosing the relevant hard cheese types that matched with the milk characteristics from Metsovo.  This is how Metsovone the famous local cheese was born according to the Italian provolone. Even today the dairy is operated by young cheesemakers.

  • Axios Delta Halastra – Mussel farmers huts – Observation tower – Danio channel

    The first thing you see is the agricultural zone of the National Park. Most of this vast area (about 10,000 hectares) is given over to rice production so rice fields occupy one third of the whole park area, becoming thus one of the characteristic ecosystems of the park.

    On reaching the sea you will see the little church of Saint Nikolaos and just beyond that you`ll encounter the wooden huts of the mussel producers. These constructions serve for work, rest and tool storage. This area is the main source of mussels in Greece.  You can watch fishermen and the mussel producers working, using the tools of their trade,  but don`t miss seeing cormorants and pygmy cormorants- the real “professionals” -at work fishing under water or drying their wings in the sun.

    On your return continue north towards the national road and follow the river embankment along the channel called “Danio”. If you need to open the gates put there by the stock breeders, make sure you close them after you. The fresh water in the channel attracts glossy ibises, herons, spoonbills, mallards and the rare ferruginous duck. There`s also a good chance of spotting coypu here. This invasive large “river rat” breeds here, though it is a native of South America.

At a Glance

Discover must-see sights such as Acropolis, one of the 7 wonders of the world

Visit Meteora, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

Explore the Mushroom Museum & enjoy a truffle hunt

Visit the Dairy Foundation Tositsa

Visit the Katogi Averof, for a tour in the vineyards & wine – tasting

Visit the American Farm School

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  • Departure Time
    A new accommodation (city) tax will be imposed as of January 01, 2018. This tax will vary from EURO 1,00 to EURO 5,00 per room, per overnight (depending on hotel's category) and will be paid DIRECTLY by the guests to each hotel, on check out time.
  • Include
    4* Accommodation
    3* Accommodation
    Personal Guide
    Airport Transfers
    Breakfast
  • Not Included
    Departure Taxes
    Entry Fees
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Day 1

Upon arrival you will be met by our assistant and transferred to your hotel by our driver. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Athens.
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Day 2

In the morning you will participate in a city tour of Athens, during which you will visit all the major points of interest that the city center has to offer. After that you will visit the famous and astonishing Acropolis hill. You will then continue on foot to the new Acropolis Museum. Following, you will visit a local farm in the outskirts of Athens (Koropi) where you will get the chance to experience natural rural environment. Later in the afternoon you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Athens.
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Day 3

After breakfast, you will depart for Kalambaka by coach. Short photo stop at Arachova, a picturesque mountain village and Delphi, where you will visit the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and the Theatre, built 2,500 years ago, seats 5,000 people. You will also visit the local Archaeological Museum. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka (Meteora).
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Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, you will discover the astonishing Meteora, an area of strange rock formations rising from the plain and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will visit the Meteora Monasteries famous for their Byzantine museums perched precariously on huge finger-like rocks, exhibiting superb icons, old manuscripts and unique mosaics and frescoes. Free afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka (Meteora).
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Day 5

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will visit the Mushroom Museum that consists of mushroom sculptures made one by one, maintaining an absolute color, shape and size similarity. Later, you will participate in an amazing truffle hunt! Special trained truffle dogs with their trainer are searching for this unique fruit of Greek nature. Participants will have the opportunity to taste an exceptional truffle pasta dish in the forest! Free afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Kalambaka.
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Day 6

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Metsovo by coach. There you will have the chance to visit the Dairy Foundation Tositsa, operating in Metsovo since 1955 producing the world famous Metsovone Cheese. Following, you are going to visit the Katogi Averof, for a wine – tasting and overnight. Overnight in Metsovo.
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Day 7

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Thessaloniki by coach. On your way there you will visit agricultural zone of the National Park the Axios Delta. Amongst others you will watch the fishermen and mussel producers working, using the tools of their trade. You will then continue to Thessaloniki for a free afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Thessaloniki.
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Day 8

After breakfast, you will visit the American Farm School. You are going to visit the School’s poultry division introduced the Omega 3 egg to Greece in 1997 in partnership with Thessaloniki’s Aristotle University as well as the fully operational dairy farm which serves as a training center for teaching and demonstration in a real life environment. Overnight in Thessaloniki.
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Day 9

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, you will visit the Gerovassiliou Winery, a vineyard cultivated with great care and enthusiasm that leads V. Gerovassiliou to constantly research and experiment with Greek and foreign varieties, both well- and less- known. After that you will visit its museum with viticulture, winemaking, bottling and cooperage tools from around the world. Overnight in Thessaloniki.
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Day 10

After breakfast, you will visit the Forest Botanical Gardens of the Aristotle University. It covers an area of about 6.2 hectares, with 111 species of ligneous plants which belong to 74 plant genera – 24 are gymnosperm and 87 angiosperm species which contains one or more plants of each species. Overnight in Thessaloniki.
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Day 11

After breakfast, your trip back to Athens will begin. Short stop in Lamia and check in and overnight in Athens.
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Day 12

Breakfast and transfer to airport.

Tour Location

Athens, Kalambaka, Metsovo, Thessaloniki