Day 1: Meeting – Naousa
Day 2: Veroia – Vergina
Day 3: Tempi - Volos
Day 4: Volos – Skiathos
END OF TOUR
WINES OF THE GODS
…Greece played a vital role in the history of wine-making and the proliferation of global wine trade and wine lifestyle…
A look through the keyhole… Wine in Greece
Greece is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world and the first wine-producing territory in Europe. The earliest evidence of Greek wine has been dated to 6,500 years ago where wine was produced on a household or communal basis. In ancient times, as trade in wine became extensive, it was transported from end to end of the Mediterranean. Greek wine had especially high prestige in Italy under the Roman Empire. In the medieval period, wines exported from Crete, Monemvasia and other Greek ports fetched high prices in northern Europe.
Evidence confirm that Greece is home to the second oldest known grape wine remnants discovered in the world and the world’s earliest evidence of crushed grapes. The spread of Greek civilization and their worship of Dionysus, the god of wine, spread Dionysian cults throughout the Mediterranean areas during the period of 1600 BC to the year 1. Hippocrates used wine for medicinal purposes and readily prescribed it. Greek wines and their varieties were well known and traded throughout the Mediterranean.
The Ancient Greeks introduced vines such as Vitis vinifera and made wine in their numerous colonies in Italy, Sicily, southern France, and Spain. The Vitis vinifera grape which thrives in temperate climates near coastal areas with mild winters and dry summers adapted well and flourished in the Northern Mediterranean areas. The most reputable wines of ancient Greece were Chian, Coan, Corcyraean, Cretan, Euboean, Lesbian, Leucadian, Mendaean, Peparethan wine, Rhodian and Thasian.
In 1937, a Wine Institute was established by the Ministry of Agriculture. During the 1960s, retsina suddenly became the national beverage. With rapidly growing tourism, retsina became associated worldwide with Greece and Greek wine. Greece’s first Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard was planted in 1963. In 1971 and 1972, legislation established appellation laws.
Our divine Wine Route…
Naoussa has gradually turned from a quiet fishing village into an increasingly stylish resort and visitor destination. Perched on the shores of the large Plastira Bay, there are gorgeous beaches nearby, excellent restaurants and an ever-expanding number of chic beachside hotels, cafes and bars. Behind the waterfront is a maze of narrow, whitewashed streets.
Around 75km west of Thessaloniki, Veria is a small city that is definitely worth explorating. The old Jewish quarter, Barbouta, is atmospheric and its history fascinating, and the small but lush Tripitamos River that runs through is a natural beauty. The two town museums are well presented, and Veria is en route to Aigai and the magnificent Vergina tombs. Add to that some fantastic accommodation options and some decent restaurants, plus the ski areas at Mt Vermio, and you have a real little treat.
The city of Aigai, the ancient first capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia, was discovered in the 19th century near Vergina, in northern Greece. The most important remain isthe monumental palace, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes. Of equal importance is the burial ground with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century B.C. One of the royal tombs in the Great Tumulus is identified as that of Philip II. He is the king who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the way for his son Alexander; and the expansion of the Hellenistic world.
The Vale of Tempi located between Olympus to the north and Ossa to the south. The valley is 10 kilometers long and as narrow as 25 meters in places, with cliffs nearly 500 meters high. Pineios River flows through the valley, on its way to the Aegean Sea. In ancient times, it was celebrated by Greek poets as the favorite haunting site of Apollo and the being home to the Muses. On the right bank of the Pineios sat a temple to Apollo, near which laurels used to crown the victors in the Pythian Games.
Known as Iolkos in Ancient Greece, Volos was the mythic home of Jason and his band of Argonauts. These days, Volos is a large and bustling university city on the northern shores of the Pagasitikos Gulf. Its convenient location acts as a gateway to the Pelion Peninsula and the Sporades, and draws many tourists to the city.
Skiathos is blessed with some of the Aegean’s most beautiful beaches. So it’s little wonder that in July and August the island can fill up with sun-starved northern Europeans, as prices soar and rooms dwindle. Skiathos Town, the island’s major settlement and port, lies on the southeast coast. The rest of the south coast is interspersed with walled-in holiday villas and dreamy pine-fringed sandy beaches.
- Accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room.
- All transfers from/to the airport.
- All transfers/tours as per the program.
- Choice of selected Hotels.
- Half-board (Breakfast & Dinner).
- Experienced Tour Guide.
- Civil Liability Insurance.
- Entrances to all museums and archaeological sites as per the program.
- Drinks, souvenirs and personal expenses.
- Whatever is Optional as per the itinerary.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Air fares are not included in the price. Return Airfare can be arranged/included upon agreement.
- Prices are based on groups of 25 travelers.
- Prices can/will be subject to change depending on the number of participants and the duration of the journey.
- The program might be altered on the day but no visits/tours shall be missed.