Et in Arcadia ego !
Groups of 10 to 24 people
Included in the Tour:
- Athens pick-up and drop-off (toll fees, fuel, liability insurance included as well)
- Three (3) accommodations at Papanikola hotel with handmade traditional breakfast!
- Entrance fees to the Forestry Museum, Open-Air Water Power Museum, Kapsia cavern, Kalogris Winery
- Four (4) meals provided
- Activities (hiking-riding, Cooking lessons).
1 Day 1 : Athens - Kapsia Cavern - Kalogris Winery - Vitina - Piana (205 km)
Our Arcadia sightseeing tour starts by visiting Kapsia village with the homonymous cave, located just 154 km away from Athens, which claims a place among Greece’s 10 most remarkable caverns.
Just a stone’s throw from the cave, we will drive to Kalogris Winery, Peloponnese’s first certified organic winery.
Kalogris family will welcome you with a guided tour in the restored building dating back to the 1870s where you can get a spectacular insight into organic agriculture and taste unique organic wines accompanied by traditional pastries!
Our next stop is at Vitina picturesque village. Wander the charming narrow streets of this amazing place, take time to do your shopping among the traditional shops (don’t miss out on the local honey!) and grab your coffee next to Aghios Trifonas church placed in the central square.
As a wonderful day comes to an end and we ride back to our hotel through a magnificent itinerary surrounded by the fir-tree forest of Mainalo, round off your day with appetizing meat plates and delicacies (mezedes) at “Panas” traditional taverna in the local square of Piana!
Arrival at Papanikola hotel
2 Day 2: Dimitsana - Power Water Museum - Stemnitsa - Prodromos monastery - Ancient Gortyna - Hrisovitsi - Piana (109 km)
After a typical Greek traditional breakfast has been served, we start our day off with a visit to the Open - Air Water Power Museum on the outskirts of Dimitsana. Thanks to the museum’s great audiovisual equipment, you will have a great chance to discover the traditional installations and water- powered mechanisms such as the gunpowder mills, the watermills and the tannery and travel back in time to a period when hydromovement was being exploited by residents and small businesses catering to local needs, such as weft cleaning, tsipouro liquor distillation and flour production.
We continue our day trip to Stemnitsa, undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary traditional villages in Greece and of course a great spot to enjoy your coffee or dessert in its charming square or take a stroll along the beautiful cobble-stoned roads with the scenic houses.
Enjoy a breathtaking 15 minute trail to the Holy Monastery of Timios Prodromos, which was built in the 16th century. Hanging off the cliff precariously perched, offers panoramic views across the Lousios gorge and its verdant landscape. We will follow a 2km very well maintained and signposted hiking trail, taking us to Ancient Gortyna on the river’s mouth - one of the most significant Arcadian cities of the ancient times - where you can admire the impressive archaeological remnants.
On your way back to the hotel, sample a great variety of delectable local specialties like delicious appetizers, salads, home-cooked meals and freshly grilled meat plates, as you stop at a traditional restaurant in Hrisovitsi village. Immerse yourself in the region’s rich culinary culture at “To Steki tou Moria” !
Transfer to hotel and overnight stay.
3 day 3 . Chrysovitsi Forest History Museum - Horse Riding - Kolokotronis House - Limpovisi
After breakfast we will start for the forest history museum of Mainalo in Chrysovitsi. It is a place that traces the first steps of the industrial revolution in the Arcadian area and at the same time highlights the importance of the great mountain, Mainalo, in the history of the place.
Then, we will visit the village of Elati and will live a unique riding experience with Christos and his horses in the green forest of Mainalo
Along the way, you will also discover the historical village of Libovisi,village of the Kolokotronis family which stands invincible, towered up at 1200 metres altitude above the Mainalo canyon. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere of the place, where twelve generations lived and prepared for the constant threat of attack during the Greek War of Independence in 1821. You will get the chance to explore the ancestral home of Theodore Kolokotronis - prominent hero of the Greek Revolution - which now runs as a museum and hike on a nearby path for approximately 2 hours, following in the footsteps of the great leader. Don’t leave without tasting greek traditional pasta and fresh meat right next to the historical café and quenching your thirst with babbling water right from the water spring by the centenarian plane-trees.
Day 4. Piana - Athens
After breakfast Miss Asimina will reveal the secrets of an authentic greek cooking session and learn how to create a traditional village style pie.
Then we will walk in the alleys of the village to see the panoramic view from the church of Agios Georgios, we will visit the local folklor museum and the historic church of panagia polykammeni.
After we will enjoy a very nice homemade menu in the hotel papanikola
Drive back to Athens
Total distance 531 km