Interact with local people, learn their traditions; many remaining little changed over the centuries, and explore the beautiful natural environment, untroubled by the passage of time. Enjoy some of our beautiful beaches, rural villages, and ancient cities. My trips enrich your senses and give you a unique and personal experience.
Greek cities and islands have all the ingredients for a warm, relaxing holiday with something new to experience every day. My tours are completely bespoke, I have explored every region I take you too, talking to locals to find the best place to stay, drink, eat, and where to take in the most incredible views.
In addition to exploring the the unbeaten tracks of Greece, I will help you capture your memories of your unique experiences through the power of your camera lens. Come on an adventure with me and learn to take truely spectacular images of such a fanastinating country.
Join us to experience the entire olive oil production process on a cultural trip in Messolonghi. You will get to see first hand how the olives are picked, sorted and pressed as well as meet the families who have been making olive oil in this region for generations.
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One evening meal.
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Arrival and Unwind
Arrive in Athens to unwind and settle in. A chance to get to know each other and then a tour of the picturesque centre of Athens taking in the famous and photogenic areas such as Plaka, Monastiraki and of course the Acropolis!
Dinner at the hotel.
Consult the Oracle!
Breakfast at the hotel and then hit the road to Delphi to consult the Oracle about our important life decisions! For the Ancient Greeks, Delphi was considered the centre of the world represented by the stone monument known as the Omphalos of Delphi. The stunning scenery around Mount Parnassos makes for the perfect location for some landscape photography and the archaeological site is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Lunch at Nafpaktos on the way to Messolonghi.
Check into the hotel and settle in.
Dinner will be taken together in town.
In the morning we will be taking a boat trip to explore the lagoons that dominate the landscape and are such an integral part of life here. This is a chance to witness the incredibly diverse bird life that inhabits the area, and to see the lagoons from the perspective of the fishermen who have worked these waters for countless generations.
Olive Groves and Salt Mines
We take a trip up to the olive groves to take part in the olive picking and to admire the views down to the salt mines.
We then head to the local olive presses to document the transformation of the olives into oil.
Archaeological Site at Plevrona
We take a drive along a beautiful scenic route that includes the archaeological site at Plevrona. On a hill on the northwest side of Messolonghi a big part of the 3-kilometre long walls of Ancient Plevrona are still kept in a very good condition. And specifically, the New Ancient Plevrona also known as Castle of Kira Rini (Lady Rini). In this impressive archaeological site you will have the chance to see a huge, natural 6-metre tall stone tank, part of the market, the ancient road and a wonderful ancient theatre with great panoramic views of the sea on the west of Messolonghi.
We will see the island of Aetoliko. This tiny land mass is one of the most densely populated areas of Greece with a maze of ramshackle streets and houses, with plenty of local life to experience.
Afterwards we’ll visit the salt-flats or “alykes”. These are the largest salt-pans in operation in Greece. Salt has played a crucial role in the history of civilisation and in Greece. In fact, in ancient Greece it was used as a commodity for trading slaves. It is said that the time held expression of “not worth his salt” came from this practice. Also, in ancient times, most civilisations were accompanied by myths, religious and magic rites involving salt and Greece was no exception. With tales of its usage during sacrifices and religious rituals, the history of salt is as exotic as is the amazing alykes, or salt-marsh gardens that extend for miles on end in Messolonghi, Greece.
After dinner there will be an opportunity to relax and unwind with your fellow travellers.
Road trip to the traditional village of Katochi where we will admire the banks of the river Acheloos and then head into the wild and rugged landscape of Dioni in the far Western Greece. Stopping on the way to visit our friend Christos to get a glimpse into traditional life in a pellades complete with traditional Greek hospitality.
Final goodbyes and flights home.