Day 1: Corinth Canal – Ancient Corinth – Nemea Wine Tasting – Chambers of Wonder Caves
The Corinth Canal connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, arguably making the peninsula an island.
Ancient Corinth (Archaia Korinthos) was inhabited in the Neolithic period (6500-3250 BC) but the big prosperity begins in the 8th century BC. Corinth was a city-state on the Isthmus (canal) of Corinth, the narrow stretch of land that joins the Peloponnese to the mainland of Greece, roughly halfway between Athens and Sparta.
Wine tasting at one of the many wineries of the Nemea area in Corinth; the Greek Napa Valley!
Ancient Nemea. Authentic Greek lunch & drinks! An important part of all 4 days!
Kapsia Cave. Visit the amazing Chambers of Wonder of the Kapsia cave with its beautiful formations of stalagmites and stalactites. One of the 10 most impressive caves in Greece that ranks among the top 100 that have been deemed suitable for exploitation from a total of approximately 7,500 nationwide.
Our base/overnight on all 3 nights will be at a beautiful and unique location with something to look forward to every evening.
Day 2: Ancient Olympia & Museum
The Archaeological Site of Olympia is one of the most influential ancient Greek sanctuaries, located in western Peloponnese, in Elis. It is positioned in a serene and rich valley at the confluence of the Alpheios and the Kladeos rivers. In antiquity, it was famous beyond the borders of mainland Greece for hosting the Olympic Games every four years, starting in 776 BCE.
Lagkadia village; the stone builders’ home. We access Olympia through the top of the Arcadia mountain range passing by the beautiful villages which are the home of the first stone builders in Greece.
Day 3: The Cooking Experience; maybe the highlight of the tour.
We do a short drive through the Arcadia mountains to meet your lady cook for today, enjoying Greek coffee or even Ouzo on the way. She will open her home for us to watch and taste her traditional cooking. And of course, we will know all about your likes & dislikes to make lunch a treat!
Lousios River. We explore the amazing Lousios gorge and the river while waiting to be treated to our lunch & drinks. Lunch and drinks the way even locals would love to do.
Day 4: The Arcadia cliff-hanging monasteries, Ancient Gortys & the Water Power Museum
The Water Power Museum. This open-air museum highlights the importance of water-power in traditional society. Focusing on the main pre-industrial techniques that take advantage of water to produce a variety of goods, it links them to the history and daily life of the local society over the ages. Not far from the Water Power Museum we approach the first cliff-hanging monastery.
The highlight will be the Monastery of St John Prodromou or Baptist. The most amazing cliff-hanging monastery! The Menalon Trail grows to a length of 75 km. We will walk and follow one small part of the trail signs to one St. John Baptist monastery.
Stemnitsa. The jewelers’ village! Beautiful, authentic, stone-built! Our lunch place before heading back to Athens via a different route through the forests and the mountains.
We will take a short walk to spend a few moments at Ancient Gortys. It is among the most important Arcadian cities of the ancient world. The city is situated next to River Lousios, at an altitude of 350 meters in mountainous Arcadia. It was one of the stops on the route followed by Spartan athletes when traveling to compete in the Olympic Games, as the ancient road of Olympia – Megalopolis – Mycenae – Corinth Canal – Athens passed through here.
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