Welcome to Athens the capital of Greece. Upon arrival you will meet your guide and driver and transfer to your hotel for overnight.
This morning you will meet your guide for a tour of Athens & Acropolis. We visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and Erectheum before viewing Athens atop Mars Hill. Additional sites include the Agora (ancient market place and center of Athenian public life), the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Olympic Stadium, and Presidential Palace. After your tour you continue to Markou winery & Wine Museum. There you will learn about the wine history of Attica. Athens is the only country capital that has wineries, and wine can be cultivated so close to the city. The indigenous varieties of Athens are Savatiano & Roditis. Savatiano is a white wine variety. A variety from Mainland Greece, with its cultivation centered in the Attica region. It produces wines with the aromas of yellow fruit and low acidity. Roditis is a red grape variety, and it produces wines that are light on the aroma scale. These wines can be steely or fruitier (depending on the site), with a fresh vein of acidity, medium body. But those are not the only varieties that flourish in the area.
This morning we drive south to the riviera of Athens, along the way you will be stunned by the beautiful sea views. Today we are visiting Sounio and the temple of Poseidon. The Temple of Poseidon is a 5th Century BC temple with a breathtaking view of the Aegean sea. It was an important site of Greek Mythology as it was mentioned at Homers Odyssey. After your tour, you will continue to Mesogaia, for a wine tasting and dining experience at the Papagianakos winery. There besides the indigenous varieties of Savatiano and Roditis, you will taste Assyrtiko & Agiorgitiko. Agiorgitiko, King of the red grapes in the Peloponnese, Agiorgitiko is cultivated in Nemea. It produces wines that are deep red in color, with a pronounced gooseberry and blackberry flavor, and a rich, mature, velvety, luscious texture. The soft new Agiorgitiko wines are fruit-forward and are enjoyed at an early age. However, there is a potential for long-term cellaring (5-10 years). Assyrtiko is the noblest white variety found in Greek vineyards, and its cultivation is centered in the Cyclades. However, it has successfully migrated to Chalkidiki, Epanomi, Drama and the Pangeo Mountain in Northern Greece, as well as to the Peloponnese. It maintains its high acidity even in full ripeness. Its wines are rich and refreshing with crispy acidity and excellent minerality. The aromas of the wine remind us of citrus, lemon blossoms, orange peel and grapefruit. Overnight in Athens
This morning we are driving west. Your first stop for today will be Ancient Corinth. Alng the way to Corinth your bus will stop at the breathtaking Corinth canal for photo shoot and coffee. The Corinth Canal connects the Gulf of Corinth in the Ionian Sea 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. The archaeological site of Ancient Corinth lays on the northern foothills of the Acrocorinth hill, around the Archaic Temple of Apollo. Extended excavations and have brought to light the Roman Forum, temples, fountains,porticoes, baths, latrines and various other monuments. The investigations extended also to the fortress on Acrocorinth, tto the south of the organized Archaeological Site. After you tour of the archeological site, you will continue to the town of Nemea. Neméa is arguably Greece's most important red-wine appellation, located in the northeast corner of the Peloponnese peninsula. The mountains and valleys surrounding the small village of Neméa have been producing wine for centuries, mostly from the native Agiorgitiko grape. We stop at Gofas Winery for a tour of the winery and vineyards followed by a wine tasting. Continue to Nafplio for overnight.
Today you wake up in Nafplio, following your breakfast your guide will take you to the fortress of Palamidi, Nestled on the crest of a 216-metre high hill, the fortress was built by the Venetians during their second occupation of the area. It has panoramic views of the city! Today, the fort can be accessed either by the road which terminates at the eastern gate or by the famous steps which are located on the western side to the east of the Grimani bastion. These steps are traditionally supposed to number 999, the thousandth having been destroyed by Kolokotronis' horse. Rest of the day is in leisure to enjoy this picturesque city.
This morning we leave behind the beautiful city of Nafplio and our first stop is the Archeological site of Mycenae. Along with your guide you will have the chance to explore the remains of the ancient city of Mycenae a major centre of Greek civilization from 1600BC to 1100BC. Mycenae was one of the major centers of Greek civilization and a military stronghold which dominated much of southern Greece. You will see the Cyclopean Walls, the Lion’s Gate, the Royal Tombs, including Agamemnon Clytemnestra's, and the Treasury of Atreus, a magnificent 14th-century B.C. structure. After your tour you will continue to probably the biggest winery of the are, Skouras Winery. After a walking tour through the outstanding facilities you will enjoy a wine pairing with cold cuts and cheese at the terrace of the winery overlooking the vineyards. Farewell Dinner in Athens and overnight.