Messolonghi – Olive Picking
24 – 30 November 2019
An opportunity to experience the entire olive oil production process
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Holiday Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
24 – 30 November 2019 (7 day tour)
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.
- Daily experiences
- One evening meal.
- Travel insurance
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.
Returning to Messolonghi for lunch.
In the afternoon we will be changing our mode of transport and renting bicycles to ride out to the island of Tourlida to visit the traditional wooden fishermen’s houses called pellades at sunset which stand up on stilts above the surface of the water.
Then onto the Chalazias family olive production plant to see how the olives are separated and prepared for their journey to the press.
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.
After lunch we head back to Athens.
Goodbye dinner at the hotel and some free time in Athens for those that want to have a final wander.
Final goodbyes and flights home.
The accommodation is located in an organic olive grove, near the historic city of Messolonghi, perched on the slope of a hill and surrounded by the verdant mountainsides of Arakynthos, enjoying a wonderful panoramic view. Features a traditional taverna, outdoor bar, pool, space and sports equipment (basketball, volleyball, table tennis, archery, cycling).
This place offers you the chance to escape the chaos of the city in a tranquil natural environment. You will have plenty of time to relax and unwind but also time to do things together, to experience adventure, fun and entertainment.
There will be a fair amount of easy hiking and you will need to be able to get up hills, flights of stairs, and be OK with a certain level of heat. If you are carrying a camera bag full of equipment you will need to be OK with having this on your back for several hours at a time.
No, you have to make your own way to the destination, but wherever possible we will meet you at the airport in Greece.
Yes. We always ensure you will be staying at the best accommodation possible in the area. This means it will be clean and well presented, although in the more remote locations may not be as fancy as in the cities.