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Athens: Wines, Lakes & Legends at Corinthia & Stymphalia

Product ID: 107515
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This delightful tour brings together the heady notes of organic wine tasting with the beauty of Lake Stymphalia, the mythology of the Stymphalian bird Labor of Hercules, a reviving hike by the lake to ancient Stymphalos and delectable local cuisine.
About this activity
Duration 10 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy the delicate and sublime bouquets of organic wines artfully created at an old winery at an altitude of 750 meters on the mountains of Corinthia
  • Be inspired by the beautiful Lake Stymphalia and its Environmental Museum
  • Be revived by the lakeside walk and the short hike to the ruins of the ancient town of Stymphalos
  • Relish the flavors at a carefully selected local tavern serving typical Greek cuisine
  • Travel back in time to Hercules and his Stymphalian birds
Full description
This delightful and meticulously researched tour fuses several attractive themes into an irresistible proposition for a same-day program that gives insight to the real, yet not well-known, Greece by combining mythology, natural scenery, archaeology, local wines and traditional cuisine. The tour sets off early in the morning from Athens, so as to embrace the evocative sights, locations, aromas, sounds and flavors of the Corinthia region of northern Peloponnese via a short stop at the lovely coastal town of Loutraki. Corinthia is rich in history, magnificent relics of ages past and in legends. It is also rich in its treasures of the land through its wine and its food.

Driving past the impressive Corinth Canal and through the forested mountains of Corinthia, the first stop is at an old yet modern winery specializing in the production of organic fine wines created from varieties grown at local vineyards at an altitude between 650 and 750 meters in a small region of Corinthia noted for its own and particular microclimate. The wine tasting is harmoniously accompanied by local Corinthian appetizers. The tour then proceeds to Lake Stymphalia, the location where legend has it that the ancient hero and demigod Hercules cunningly managed to destroy the predator Stymphalian birds which plagued the region by performing his sixth Labor.

Lake Stymphalia and its complex wetland ecosystem is a Natura 2000 natural protection area and is also home to the delightful and rich Environment Museum of Stymphalia, which is one of the tour's highlights. The best way to take in any location is by foot and the shores of the lake are perfect for reaching the ruins of the acropolis and the ancient town of Stymphalos. Fittingly, you will rest and relax at a local Greek taverna to sample the local delicacies. The tour will finish in Athens at the designated drop-off point, however what will remain alive are your happy memories of the vibrant nature, myths, legends, historical sites and the aroma and flavors of the wine and the food of this blessed land - arguably one of the best ways to end any day.
Includes
  • Air-conditioned car, luxury minibus or coach
  • Tour guide
  • Wine tasting and cheese platter at the winery
  • Museum entry ticket
  • 3-course lunch up to the value of €18 (appetizer, main course and dessert of fruit) including two glasses of wine at a local restaurant serving traditional Greek dishes
  • One bottle of mineral water during the drive
What’s Not Included
  • Refreshments, beverages and extra wine at the taverna
  • Gratuities at the taverna for the tour guide and driver (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

7:30 AM at The Melina Merkouri Monument on a small square along Amalias Avenue across from Hadrian's Arch. Address: Leoforos Vasilisis Amalias 54, Athina 105 58, Greece. Nearest metro station: Acropolis. Please ensure that you arrive at the pickup point prior to the above times so as to avoid delays. Your tour guide will be holding a sign with 'Wines Lakes and Legends to Corinthia and Stymphalia' written on it.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
Know before you go
• A moderate amount of walking is involved, some of it over rather rough paths
• Please have your passport or other identity document with you
• Comfortable walking shoes are a must
• Clothing depends on season