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WINE ROAD
Naousa - Volos

The Wine Road of the Olympian Gods

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…

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  • Skiathos - Skopelos - Alonnisos
  • Halkidiki
  • Mount Athos
  • Thassos
TOUR PROGRAM
WINE ROUTE of Naousa - Volos

Day 1: Meeting – Naousa

Naousa, is considered as the most famous wine-producing area in Northern Greece. The vineyards in neat, elegant, elevated rows outline the hills and slopes. Here you’ll find some of the most illustrious Greek estates, and we are going to visit the Boutari Winery in Stenimahos. Free time, dinner, overnight stay.

Day 2: Veroia – Vergina

Breakfast and departure for Veroia. However we are obliged to make a quick stop to the Nymfaion of Mieza which is right outside naousa. There the School of Aristotle was housed. We will stroll in the streets of Veroia for a little while and then a visit to Vergina; one of the most important archaeological sites in the country. We return to Naousa for more sightseeing, shopping, food, rest and overnight stay.

Day 3: Tempi - Volos

Breakfast and departure towards the valley of Tempi and Volos to the south. On the way we will stop to the Domain Katsarou winery for yet another gorgeous wine tasting experience. Located on land that was famed in the ancient and Byzantine times for its grapes and wines. We continue our journey towards Tempi and drive through the slopes of mount Olympus; home to the Olympian Gods! A stop at Dion archaeological site is paramount. Arrival at Volos, settling to the hotel, free time and overnight stay.

Day 4: Volos – Skiathos

Breakfast and visit to the Archaeological Museum of Volos, where artefacts from the Geometrical Period (Argonaut Expedition, Trojan War etc) to the early Christian Byzantine period are exhibited.

We get on board to the ferry and off to the island of Skiathos for our day trip.

The most cosmopolitan island in the Northern Sporades is truly a paradise on earth, with lush pine forests and crystal-clear azure waters. Food, free time, shopping and return to the mainland.

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Skiathos - Skopelos - Alonnisos

Skiathos is famous for the golden beaches, the green nature and the vivid atmosphere, Skiathos Greece is a favourite destination for both youth and families. Skopelos is a handsome island of pine forests, vineyards, olive groves, and orchards of plums and almonds, which find their way into many local dishes. Alonnisos rises from the sea in a mountain of greenery, with stands of Aleppo pine, kermes oak, mastic and arbutus bushes, vineyards, olive and fruit trees, threaded with perfumy patches of wild herbs.

Skiathos  activities

  • Maritime and Culture Tradition Museum
  • Akkiton Open-Air Cinema
  • Carousel Cruise
  • Snorkelling
  • Walking trails
  • Kastro
  • Megali Ammos Beach
  • Mountain Biking
  • Walking tour of Skiathos Town
  • Shop in Skiathos Town
  • Riding Centre in Koukounaries
  • Watersports etc

Skopelos & Alonnisos  activities

  • Skopelos Town
  • Glossa
  • Old Alonnisos
  • Patitiri

Halkidiki

Halkidiki has two tourism high-developed island-like peninsulas, namely Kassandra and Sithonia. It is a family-friendly destination combining evergreen forests with unique sandy and rocky beaches.

Halkidiki Activities

  • Petralona
  • Waterland
  • Cruise to Mount Athos from Ormos Panagias
  • Kassandra Round – Jeep Safari 4χ4
  • Scuba diving in Kassandra and Sithonia
  • Watersports etc

Sailing Cruises

  • Full day sailing cruise to Toroneos (Paliouri)
  • Half day sailing cruise to Kelyfos island (Paliouri)
  • Sunset sailing cruise (Paliouri)
  • Romantic Sailing Sunset – Sithonia (Nikiti)
  • Halkidiki Sailing boat trip, Neos Marmaras

ld Alonnisos

  • Patitiri

Mount Athos

The largest and most important monastic state in the Orthodox East is also named ‘the garden of the Virgin Mary’. The monastic state of Athos, which occupies the easternmost, wildest ‘leg’ of the three-pronged Halkidiki peninsula, Mount Athos is the second-most important religious place of pilgrimage, after Jerusalem, for the more than 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide.

Now hosting 20 monasteries, Mount Athos forms an autonomous region within the Greek state, while spiritually it falls under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Although it is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, all females are forbidden entry. But any adult may visit the Holy Mountain, regardless of faith or nationality, simply by obtaining a Diamonitirion or residence permit.

  • Half Day Cruise around Mount Athos
  • Ouranoupolis Visit
  • Male –Only Tour inside Mount Athos (1-6 days)
  1. Explore Mount Athos and the Monasteries
  2. Communing with the monks and absorb the Divine Nature
  3. Visit the Monastery of Great Lavra
  4. A glance into Monastery life

Thassos

An island with crystal beaches and lush greenery, Thassos is the northernmost island of the Aegean Sea, very close to the coasts of the mainland. Ideal for family and relaxing holidays, Thassos island has gorgeous beaches, either organized or totally secluded. The mountainous villages in the inland have traditional architecture, with stone houses, paved streets and grey-tiled roofs. The surrounding landscape is great for trekking with paths leading to abandoned places, castle ruins and caves.

Thassos Activities

  • Water Sports
  • Horse Riding
  • Scuba Diving
  • Around Thassos by boat or cruise boat
  • Hiking
  • Jeep Safari 4×4
  • Fishing
  • Snorkelling

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