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Navarino Bay: Sea Kayaking with Lunch

1. 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.

Kalamata: The Olive Oil Routes Tour

2. 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.

Ancient Messene Archaeological Site Admission Ticket

3. 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: Day Trip Hike to Gialova Lagoon with Dinner

4. 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.

Olive Oil Tour & Tasting in Kalamata, Messinia, Greece

5. Olive Oil Tour & Tasting in Kalamata, Messinia, Greece

You will visit one of the most beautiful coastal cities of the Peloponnese: Kalamata, in Messinia region. The olive oil tour and tasting experience is available all year round either in the mornings or in the afternoons. The Olive oil Experience If you want to get to know all about the unique features of olive oil or simply wonder what an olive-oil tasting seminar involves, this activity is right up your alley! Part 1: Olive grove & Visit at an Olive oil Mill Olive grove (available all year round) You’ll walk through the perennial olive trees and experience a 30' relaxing stroll through an olive grove located just 10' away from Kalamata. During your walk, you’ll get acquainted with different varieties of olive trees in all shapes and of all ages and learn the history of the olive tree and the olive oil from the Neolithic era until today! Olive oil mill (depending on season & availability - From March to October) You will learn all about the extraction process, from the olive grove to bottling and if it is the olive harvesting season, you’ll get to taste fresh and warm extra virgin olive oil, during our olive oil tasting! Part 2: Olive Oil tasting experience Along with our professional and certified olive oil expert, you’ll learn about the queen of Greek olive-oil varieties, Koroneiki, as well as other just as superb Greek olive oils. You’ll discover their key aromas, flavours and tastes, and will learn which olive-oil variety to pair with your favourite food. Part 3: Light or Full lunch (upon request & at an extra charge) If you wish to conclude your olive oil experience with a delicious light or full lunch, full of Messinian flavours, in one of the most welcoming Coffee Shop-Cum-Ouzo Taverns in the heart of Kalamata’s historic centre, just let us know and we can arrange it for you!

From Kalamata: Hike the Biliovo Hiking Trail Guided Day Trip

6. From Kalamata: Hike the Biliovo Hiking Trail Guided Day Trip

Hike the traditional stone-built path from Sotirianika to Altomira on this guided hike on the Biliovo Hiking Trail. Take in breathtaking views of the majestic nature of the Messenian Gulf. Keep your energy up on your day trip with the included coffee, water, and snacks.  Enjoy the convience of being picked up from your accommodation in the center of Kalamata. Relax on the drive in the comfortable van to the Biliovo Hiking Trail in Sotirianika. Walk along the 100-year-old paved path to the village of Altomira on the outskirts of Taygetos. Follow your guide around 83 turns which skirt steep cliffs. Stroll along with at a leisurely pace with minimal inclination. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like birds and lizards. Stop for some refreshments at Altomiraspings before heading back to your accommodations.

Kalamata: Guided Bike Tour with Drink and Snack

7. Kalamata: Guided Bike Tour with Drink and Snack

Enjoy a 3-hour bike tour experience around Kalamata in Messinia region, one of the most beautiful cities of the Peloponnese, and explore its hidden gems. Whether this is your first or umpteenth time here, one thing that’ll surely amaze you is how quickly you can get from one end of the city to the other. Join us with your own bike or let us provide a bike for you. Where You’ll cycle around one of the most beautiful coastal cities of the Peloponnese: Kalamata. You may have been here before, or you may have already been around it on foot or by car, but how about exploring it on a bike, just for something different? A 5km bike lane starts from the historic centre of the city and ends up at the beautiful awarded beach of Kalamata, making the bike a great way to get around. When The Bike tour experience is available Monday-Saturday, all-year round, either in the mornings or in the evenings. Sundays and official holidays are excluded. The Bike tour experience Put on your helmet and get ready to explore the history of Kalamata accompanied by our experienced bike rider! Meeting Point Maria, our passionate food lover and local host, will be waiting for you at the beautiful square 23rd March Square (Πλ. 23ης Μαρτίου) in front of the Byzantine Church of the Holy Apostles (Αγιοι Απόστολοι) in the historical centre of Kalamata. Why tour the city Each city has a unique identity that makes its stand out. Some are perfect for winter getaways, while others are ideal for summer holidays. Kalamata is a city where its rich history is evident wherever you go, blending in beautifully with the modern way of life and making it the ideal destination and choice whatever you may be looking for! What you’ll discover Cycling in a laid-back manner and taking in the beautiful scenery, you’ll go past some amazing sights and discover their hidden history. Some of the Bike Tour highlights: •Upper Square / Church of Presentation of Jesus (Ypapanti tou Sotiros) •St. Constantine and Helen Convent •19th century Classical and Neoclassical Buildings •Old Karelia Tobacco Factory •Historical and Folklore Museum of Kalamata •Archaeological Museum / Old Market •Down Square / Byzantine Church of the Holy Apostles •Othonos Square and Vasileos Georgiou II Square •Church of Agios Ioannis o Prodromos (St John the Baptist) •Cultural Centre – Nikolaos and Regina Pantazopoulou Building •Kalamata Municipal Railway Park / Open-Air Museum •Old Flour Mill / Roller Mills •Customs / Kalamata Port •Kalamata Beach (Navarinou Street) Naturally, even the most relaxing exercise needs energy. But don’t worry, we’ve thought of everything. If you wish, we can make a quick stop at a shop with traditional, home-made delicacies, so you can get a taste of the rich culinary tradition of this area. During the bike tour, you’ll have time to do some shopping and at the end you may wish to enjoy a mouthwatering local lunch in one of the cosiest Coffee Shop-Cum-Ouzo taverns in Kalamata.

Kalamata: Private Highlights Walking Tour with Snacks

8. Kalamata: Private Highlights Walking Tour with Snacks

Join us for a wonderful journey through space and time, where legends come to life and become a game, weaving the marvellous history of Kalamata in Messinia region. Where You’ll stroll around one of the most beautiful coastal cities of the Peloponnese: Kalamata. Our journey through time starts from Homer and the heroes of the Iliad. It then continues on to the Byzantine years with the Franks, the Venetians and the Turks, reaching all the way up to the 19th and 20th century, when Kalamata was reborn through the ashes and transformed into the beautiful modern city it is today. The Walking tour experience Put on your walking shoes and enjoy a beautiful stroll through the streets of Kalamata! Meeting Point Maria, our passionate food lover and local host, will be waiting for you at the beautiful central square of Kalamata, Vasileos Geogiou Square, (Πλατεία Βασιλέως Γεωργίου) in front of the Statues (Agalmata) of the Messinian war Heroes of 1821. What you’ll discover After a warm welcome, you’ll set off on your walking experience and together we’ll discover some of the more interesting sights. You’ll not just find out all about their history, but also about the people of the time, their way of life and funny stories about their day-to-day routine. Some of the Walking Tour highlights: •Cultural Centre – Nikolaos and Regina Pantazopoulou Neoclassical Building •General State Archives Building •Church of Agios Nikolaos •19th century Classical and Neoclassical Buildings •Mavromichali Square •Victoria G. Karelias Collection of Greek Traditional Costumes Museum •Frangolimna Square •Old Karelia Tobacco Factory •Upper Square / Church of Presentation of Jesus (Ypapanti tou Sotiros) •St. Constantine and Helen Convent •The area around Kalamata's Frankish Castle •Archaeological Museum •Amfeia Square or Paplomatadika (Quilt Makers) •Byzantine Church of the Holy Apostles •Othonos Square •Varvoutsis and Lontos Galleries The leisurely stroll continues around the small alleys of the city and walk around the sights that interest you. Half-way through the tour, you might feel a bit peckish, so stopping at a small traditional shop for a few minutes is a must! It’s the ideal way to get to know the rich culinary tradition of this area, tasting one of its local delicacies. During our walking tour, you’ll have time to do some shopping and at the end you may wish to enjoy a mouthwatering local lunch in one of the cosiest Coffee Shop-Cum-Ouzo taverns in Kalamata. Why tour with a local Visiting a new place is always a unique and beautiful experience. You usually visit museums, marvel at monuments and the sights, go shopping around the main streets and maybe watch the people go by. How would you feel if you were able to discover the old, hidden stories behind everything you see? Or if you found out about true stories of love and betrayal that have become novels? If you have a local walking next to you, you’ll get to do all that and so much more!

Kalamata: Food tour and Olive Oil Tasting with Light Lunch

9. Kalamata: Food tour and Olive Oil Tasting with Light Lunch

Discover the richness and inventiveness of Greek cuisine! You will visit the historic centre of one of the most beautiful coastal cities of the Peloponnese: Kalamata, in Messinia region. The place is known for its exquisite olive oil and its world-famous black Kalamata olives. However, the city has so much more to offer and this tour will help you uncover its hidden gems. Visit local family-owned food and pastry shops, learn old stories and feel the authenticity of the locals. Part 1: Visit to Traditional Workshop and tasting of Local Home-made products Many times, you can find the tastiest local products in the most unlikely places of a town you visit, where you’d never think to look. Together we’ll discover a traditional Workshop, literally hidden in the tiny alleys of the city. The local women working at the Workshop will show how to make one of the oldest delicacies of Messinia and Mani, using the simplest of ingredients, flour and olive oil. And while enjoying this staple of the Spartan warriors and satisfying your sweet tooth in the healthiest of manners, you’ll also learn about its long history and inextricable link to the local tradition. Part 2: Tasting of Spoon Sweets, Corinthian Raisins and Healthy Local Delicacies Upon entering the shop, the aroma of the exquisite herbs and spices wafting through the air will transport you to the top of Mt. Taygetos, the local mountain. You’ll get to taste homemade glyka tou koutaliou (spoon sweets), black Korinthian raisins and other products of the Messinian and Greek land, discovering their nutritional value and their importance in a well-balanced diet. Part 3: Greek Coffee Tasting at Local Coffee Grinding Shop It’s time for your morning coffee! And what’s better than a hot traditional Greek coffee prepared by Giorgos, who’ll reveal the secrets to its proper preparation. You’ll find out all about the origins of this type of coffee, how it got its name and how it has become a part of the Greek tradition and temperament. Part 4: Tasting of Local Appetizers at a Traditional Greek Coffee Shop-Cum-Ouzo Tavern Right in the heart of the city, under the shadow of an age-old plane tree, flavoursome Messinian appetizers - mezedes are waiting for you to discover them. Part 5: Visit to an Olive Oil Shop & short Olive oil tasting You’ll find out all about the Koroneiki variety and its unique features, and will taste different quality olive oils. Part 6: Visit to a Shop with Local Wines & Traditional Spirits Find out all the local varieties, including Fokiano, Roditis, Malaguzia and Moschofilero, as well as how they are combined with foreign varieties to produce excellent white, rose and red wines through a short wine tasting along with Mr. Giannis! Part 7: Light Lunch with Mediterranean or Messinian Dishes and Local Wines A light yet filling lunch will conclude your gastronomic experience and spoil your senses, in one of the cosiest Coffee Shop-Cum-Ouzo Taverns in the heart of the city.

Kalamata: Olive Grove Tour with Olive Oil Tasting and Lunch

10. Kalamata: Olive Grove Tour with Olive Oil Tasting and Lunch

A 3-hour olive oil tour and tasting experience that includes a visit of a small village, a walk through an olive grove and an olive oil tasting workshop. Where Join us for a 3-hour tour of the wonderful land of Messinia and its perennial olive trees. You will visit an olive grove located in a small village 50km (31 mi) from Kalamatai n Messinia region, Peloponnese, towards Pylos coastal town, just 10' away from Costa Navarino resort. The Olive oil experience The Olive oil tour and tasting experience is the outcome of a local couple for olive oil, nature and the land of Messinia. Their dreams found a home in a small village in Messinia, in their olive grove and the flavour of extra virgin olive oil. Nowadays, their mission is to introduce visitors to the wonderful world of olive oil and help them get a taste of Messinia. Part 1: Arrival at the grove - Warm welcome Visit a beautiful olive grove of a small village, located in the west of Messinia, just 10 minutes away from Costa Navarino Bay and Nestor’s Palace. It is the ideal backdrop to unravel the history, tradition and ancient myths of this historical place. The owners will welcome you with a homemade Greek local breakfast while the olive experience is enriched with a video presentation about the history of olive and olive oil! Part 2: Olive Harvest or Olive Grove Olive harvest (available only in October) – You’ll walk through the olive trees and meet local families as they harvest their own trees. You’ll enjoy the experience of a lifetime either by handpicking olives and placing them directly in a basket or by picking them using a net. Olive grove( April - October) – Experience a guided 30-minute relaxing stroll by the locals through perennial olive trees. During your walk, you’ll get acquainted with different varieties of olive trees in all shapes and of all ages. Part 3: Olive Oil Tasting (April - October) What follows is an interactive olive oil tasting workshop by an olive oil lover! The tasting session includes 3 different varieties of extra virgin olive oil, focusing on sensory tasting, defects and positive traits. Part 4: Light local lunch Get a taste of traditional, local food, such as lalagia (savoury or sweet looped ribbons of dough), pasto (cured pork), Kalamata olives, local cheese and enjoy a homemade local lunch!

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based on 33 reviews

This olive tour is not to be missed when in this part of Greece. Super well organized and informative - no questions remain unanswered. Here you can find out everything you always wanted to know about olives and olive oil. Expert advice from our tour guide. In addition, it was very well attended for our physical well-being. Thanks for the delicious wine.

This is not just an olive tour, it’s a unique and authentic Greek experience. A must if you are visiting Kalamata or Costa Navarino. The host, Dimitra, is amazing and will ensure you have a truly memorable day!

We were a small group of only 4 people + guide. It is already very commendable that the tour was carried out with only a few participants. It was very pleasant and had a certain individuality.

The tour was great! Our guide (George) was very friendly and experienced. He knew the perfect spot and timing to take us. All very organized and super smooth. Would definitely recommend!

Beautiful tour. The guide is very knowledgable, funny and really makes this tour an unforgettable experience.