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Kalamata: The Olive Oil Routes Tour

1. Kalamata: The Olive Oil Routes Tour

Start your small group tour at the arranged meeting point: the magnificent 13th century castle of Androusa, located in the heart of Messinia, just a 20 minute drive from Kalamata and 10 minutes from Ancient Messene. Begin with beautiful olive walks to provide as an overview of the amazing olive groves of Messinia. Witness the olive trees as the guide tells you about the history, the tradition, and the mythical stories of the castle olive trees. The olive grove is the next visit. Walk though the groves and marvel the perennial olive trees. Learn about the different varieties of olive trees in the area and discover the story of the Messinian land as recorded on the stems. In the center of Androusa Village, visit a unique olive oil press and mill, located there for more than 120 years. The fifth generation owner will explain the procedure of extraction, the storage, and standardization process of extra virgin olive oil. Next, join a tasting session, where a dining table is filled with the special blue olive oil tasting glasses ready for you to try. Taste the extra virgin olive oil of 'Koroneiki' variety and learn about its organoleptic characteristics. Learn to recognize the elements that define the extra virgin olive oil. Taste different varieties of Greek extra virgin olive oil, such us 'Manaki', 'Xalkidikis', 'Mavroelia', and evaluate their flavours. What about food? The extra virgin olive oil of different varieties is matched with traditional recipes including fruit, gourmet small dishes, as well as tzatziki, kalamata olives, olive paste, lalagia, pasto (smoked ham) and local cheeses. Enjoy a unique experience in the historic olive groves, and learn about the history, the soul, the tradition, and the gastronomy of Messinia.

Navarino Bay: Sea Kayaking with Lunch

2. Navarino Bay: Sea Kayaking with Lunch

Navarino Bay lies in front of the town of Pylos. It is a natural harbor where the island of Sphacteria stands as a wave breaker, protecting the bay from winds of the open Ionian Sea. The bay offers ideal conditions for Sea Kayaking trips, especially for beginners. The bay itself is a place of incredible natural beauty, with an impressive landscape, warm, crystal clear, waters and golden sandy beaches where sea turtles often return to lay their eggs. Sea kayaking here is a must definitely do without a doubt. Meet your guides at Divari beach just a few kilometers away from the charming village of Gialova. Your guide will brief you on paddling techniques, safety measures, and equipment. Soon we shall hop on our kayaks for a trip around the Navarino bay like never before. Heading west we paddle towards the imposing Rock, the islet located at the south side of the bay. The Rock is also a place of nesting and resting place for many species of birds. We admire its impressive natural stone arch and visit a few of its sea caves and galleries. Our next stop is the unhabituated island of Sphacteria. Here, we jump out of our kayaks, stretch our legs and walk to the island’s viewpoint for taking pictures of an idyllic landscape and for story-telling. A few minutes later we shall make a stop at a secluded beach for swimming and snorkeling, and why not some cliff diving for those who feel more adventurous. Here we shall also taste our homemade picnic of local delicacies and relax under the sun. After this energy pumped stop, we will paddle back to the starting point to end an amazing day in the tranquility of Navarino Bay.

From Kalamata: Day Trip Hike to Gialova Lagoon with Dinner

3. From Kalamata: Day Trip Hike to Gialova Lagoon with Dinner

Explore the Gulf of Navarino on an evening hiking tour with van pickup at your hotel in Kalamata. Learn about the facinating military history of the Gulf of Navarino from your guide. Look for local wildlife, swim at Voidokilia beach and have dinner in a Greek tavern.  Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in the center of Kalamata and sit back and relax in the spacious and airconditioned van. Take in the stunning Greek countryside on way to the beginning of the hiking trail. Admire views of the  see the old Navarino castle. Start from from the bottom hill and make your way to the top at a leisurely pace. On Keep an eye out for migratory birds like flamingos, ospreys, and royal eagles that travel between Europe and Africa at the Gialova lagoon. Stop for a refreshing dip at the most photographed and well known beach in Greece, Voidokilia beach. Continue to the top of a hill where you can marvel at views of Voidokilia beach, Gialova lagoon, the city of Pylos and the Ionian sea. Have some fresh fruits while learning about the history of the area from 425 BC to today. Finish your tour with a authentic meal in a a Greek tavern right next to the coast before returning to your accommodation.

From Kalamata: Ridomo Gorge Hiking Tour with Beach Swim

4. From Kalamata: Ridomo Gorge Hiking Tour with Beach Swim

Hike through the Ridomo Gorge in southern Greece and discover its unique morphology and colorful geological formations. Finish the hike on a beach where you can take a swim and refresh with fruit juice. After pickup from your hotel, set off in an air-conditioned van to Ridomo Gorge. a 25-kilometer gorge that begins deep in the heart of Mount Taygetos and runs to Santova Beach. Upon arrival, you'll be dropped off under the bridge that connects the two sides of the gorge. From there, start your guided hike through the gorgeous gorge. While you make your way through the magnificent natural surroundings, marvel at the varied rock formations around you and discover the lush flora of the area. After 6 kilometers of hiking inside the gorge, end the trek on a beautiful beach away from the resort. Have the chance to swim and enjoy a juice near a well-known and popular local beach bar. Afterward, return to Kalamata for drop-off at your hotel.

From Kalamata: Ridomo Gorge Hiking Tour with Greek Coffee

5. From Kalamata: Ridomo Gorge Hiking Tour with Greek Coffee

Take a thrilling half-day hike through the Ridomo Gorge in southern Greece and explore majestic, untamed nature with a guide. Marvel at the distinct and colorful geological formations, and try a traditional Greek coffee. After pickup at your hotel in Kalamata, transfer to Ridomo Gorge in an air-conditioned van. Upon arrival, prepare for the adventurous 11-kilometer circuit with an energy-boosting coffee at Socrates's cafe, and relish the taste of the Greek coffee Socrates specializes in. Then, set off on your hike to see the best of the Ridomo Gorge, a 25-kilometer gorge that begins in the heart of Mount Taygetos. For the first 2 kilometers, follow a gravel road to the bottom of the gorge. For the next 5 kilometers, climb up the gorge until reaching a manmade cobbled road. Admire the unique morphology of the gorge and take in its aesthetic wonders. During the hike inside the gorge, you might have to use your hands to cross some boulders. For the last 4 kilometers, take another way back to the starting point from the top of the gorge, again on a gravel road. This way, during the hike you'll both cross the most beautiful piece of the canyon from the bottom and enjoy the panoramic views on the way back. After the hike, you will be taken back to Kalamata for drop-off at your hotel.

From Kalamata: Menalon Trail Hike with Mountain Guide

6. From Kalamata: Menalon Trail Hike with Mountain Guide

Wander through Section Four of the Peloponnese’s Menalon Trail in southern Greece on a guided hike. Head out of Kalamata in the comfort of a van to reach the trailhead. Once there, follow your mountain guide through quaint villages, deep canyons, and more as you explore the stunning Greek landscape. Leave Kalamata behind as you sit comfortably in your van and head towards one of the Menalon Trail's sections. This mountain hiking path spans 75 kilometers and runs through the legendary Arcadia in the heart of the mythical Peloponnese. Immerse yourself in a diverse landscape of rugged mountains, canyons, and verdant valleys. Follow the trail as it passes through picturesque villages, such as Elati and Vytina — one of the most striking sections of the trail. Descend from Elati to the riverbed of the Milaon River and pass under the hill where the acropolis of the antique city Methydrion was located. Throughout your whole trail, pass through a dense forest full of fir trees. Stop to smell this intense and calming aroma en route. After a small break for a few dives in the crystal clear waters of the river, reach the village of Vytina — the gem of Menalon. Here, take your time to do some shopping and taste local delicacies before your van picks you back up and brings you back to Kalamata.

From Kalamata: Hiking Day Trip from Dimitsana to Gortina

7. From Kalamata: Hiking Day Trip from Dimitsana to Gortina

Hike from Greece from Dimitsana to Gortyna on this guided day trip from Kalamata. Make your trip a breeze with the provided walking poles and get photos of from your hike. Pass by monasteries, watermills, and charming towns like Stemnitsa and Nymfasia.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your hotel in the center of Kalamata. Relax aboard a spacious van on the drive thorugh the countryside to the Menalon Trail in Dimitsana. Cover 10 kilometers of this 75 kilometer trail and hike along the Lousios Gorge. Admire a diverse landscape of rugged mountains, canyons, and verdant valleys. Stroll by picturesque mountain villages, such as Stemnitsa, Elati, Vitina, and Nymfasia. View the legendary Lousios river where the newborn God Jupiter is said to have had his first bath. Walk by the Open Air Water Power Museum and see religious sights light the10th century and 17th century Monastery of the Virgin of the Philosopher, the 16th century Monastery of Timios Prodromos, and the watermill of the monastery of Prodromos. Reach the 3rd century city of Gortyn which was once the capital of Crete. Learn about local history as you walk. Return to your accommodation in Kalamata at the end of your tour.

Ancient Messene Archaeological Site Admission Ticket

8. Ancient Messene Archaeological Site Admission Ticket

Visit the Ancient Messene Archaeological Site, a must-see for any trip to the southern Peloponnese. Discover the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Messene and the ruins of this ancient Greek city, including its sanctuaries, public buildings, imposing fortifications, houses, and tombs. Discover countless mosaics, engravings, and restored buildings that will help you visualize the history of this impressive site. Take in the beauty of the mountains and the tranquil surroundings. Admire the dominating Ithome limestone, the site of the ancient acropolis and one of the largest theaters of the ancient Greek world, dating back to the 3rd century B.C.

From Kalamata: Traditional Greek Winery and Wine Tasting

9. From Kalamata: Traditional Greek Winery and Wine Tasting

Your tour will begin with an amazing tour of Kapsia Cave, one of the top ten caves in Greece. Located right outside the village of Kapsia, this cave is known for its complex system of natural sinkholes. Another feature of the cave is its rare colors (white, yellow, red, green, and light blue) and its abundance of stalactites and stalagmites. Neolithic fossils, human bones and skulls, and clay lamps dating back to the 4th and 5th century A.D. have also been discovered within the cave. You will then enjoy a tour of the vineyards to find out about the history and philosophy of organic farming, before you experience grape harvesting. This will allow you to get a first-hand look at the harvesting of organic grapes, straight from the vineyards. You can find out all the secrets of traditional wine making from the experts, before taking part in a local cooking class in which you will learn how to make a traditional Greek pie from scratch. You’ll then get the chance to taste your creations throughout a wine-tasting session. Following lunch, take a tour of the wine cellars and discover all the different wine varieties. You will then get a taste of the entire wine range of the winery, immersing yourself in the deep flavors and rich aromas of the 6 different wine labels. Following that, discover the flavors and aromatic petimezi (grape molasses). At this winery, this traditional Greek product and superfood is produced from organic grapes. Following that, you will enjoy a light lunch or full meal. with a full meal available from September to October, and a light lunch available the rest of the year. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your point of origin.

Laconia: Olive Oil and Wine Tasting on an Organic Farm

10. Laconia: Olive Oil and Wine Tasting on an Organic Farm

Your tour will begin with a guided tour around the facilities of the farm throughout which you will find out all about the sustainable farming methods and techniques. Following that, take a majestic stroll through the vineyards and olive groves. Some of the olive trees have been standing on this land for more than 500 years, and you’ll also discover the history and the mentality behind organic farming. It will then be time to discover the rich taste and texture of fresh, extra virgin olive oil and the Greek olive varieties. This unique olive oil experience will teach you how to distinguish among the various olive oil varieties, as well as how to choose the best one for your cooking or dinner table. You’ll also receive tips from the resident experts on how to best store your olive oil. Next up you’ll get to taste 5 different labels of organic wines: Agiorgitiko, Avgoustiatis, Athyri, Kydonitsa, and Moschofilero. Your wine sommelier will guide you through the whole experience and introduce to you to the magnificent world of organic wines. This is a fantastic opportunity to discover varieties unknown outside of Greece, allowing you to embark on a beautiful journey through the unique Greek terroir.

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What people are saying about Kalamata

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 20 reviews

A great tour with a wonderful hostess

The tour by and with Dimitra was just perfect. Everything you could wish for was given. Interesting facts, different locations (castle, olive grove and olive oil production) authentic insight into life around olives and olive oil as well as great food. The olive oil tasting was very educational. The heart and soul of this tour is Dimitra, who does it with passion and enthusiasm and gives personal insights into the work and life of her family. You were made to feel welcome and the hospitality really couldn't be beat. We can only recommend this tour to everyone.

Far more than expected

Very nice tour by the extremely charming and technically perfect Dimitra, organization, timing and information that couldn't be topped, was unexpectedly one of the highlights of our vacation, to be recommended to everyone

Dimitria was an excellent guide! The history of olive oil in Greece and to the Greeks was explained through stories. The tour of the grove was great to see. The tasting was educational and lunch delicious.

It was an absolutely brilliant morning and early afternoon! Very friendly and competent instructors. Thank you for this day. Lea/Antony

Very good Experience.. perfect guide, who were able to tell historic histories about the ancient Peloponnesus … I would go again