Peloponnese food and wine holiday in Greece
Hand made hamper of organic produce.
Breakfast items and fridge staples.
Taverna meal and wine every day.
All trips, visits, entrance fees and transfers (Kalamata).
Athens transfers at cost.
Description of Peloponnese food and wine holiday in Greece
Have a great Greek escape on the Peloponnese peninsula – a corner of mainland Greece famous for impressive classical ruins, long sandy beaches and rich natural beauty. However, less well-known are its outstanding gastronomical delights, consisting of delicious food and wine made from fresh local ingredients. It will be our pleasure to introduce you to this fabulous cuisine.
There’s no better place to enjoy this special part of the world than from Lavender Lodge, a luxurious log cabin surrounded by terraces of herbs, with a pool, air conditioning and a wood-burning stove. Your host Bill, also your tour leader, will be delighted to welcome you.
The stunning eco log cabin nestles on a hillside looking out to sea. On arrival you will find breakfast items, fridge staples and a hamper of our own produce such as olive oil and olives. You can spend time in the aromatic herbal gardens or relaxing by the pool.
When you’re not relaxing at the lodge your host will take you on trips to some of the wonderful local places of interest, often little-known. Since this is a tailor-made tour, you can choose from a long list of amazing experiences, such as swimming under waterfalls, trekking to tiny chapels at the top of mountains with breathtaking views, visiting deserted beaches for snorkelling and swimming with giant turtles, mountain biking along secluded dirt tracks and browsing around some of the excellent museums in the area. Bill is an Oxford Classics graduate who has been running tours in Greece for over 30 years. In addition to these cultural trips, you will be visiting a carefully selected range of local tavernas, chosen for the excellent quality of their food and wines, the choice available on their menus, especially their local dishes, and their authentic ambience. They are all far removed from the usual tourist taverna! You will also have the opportunity to meet some of the producers of the ingredients and the wine-makers, with a tour of a local winery.
There are beautiful beaches: just 2 km away stretch the unspoilt, protected beaches of Kyparissia bay, where the baby turtles hatch throughout July and August and where you can take beautiful sunset swims. The itinerary given below is a typical example but may be changed according to the time of year and the interests of our guests, being a truly tailor-made experience running all year round, with a minimum of one and a maximum of six participants. Solo travellers are welcome with no supplementary charge .
3 Reviews of Peloponnese food and wine holiday in Greece
Reviewed on 14 Nov 2022 by Tim CapelFirst class. The mixture of culture and Greek cuisine proved to be exactly the kind of vacation I was looking for. I cannot praise our guide, Bill enough. His innate ability to relate the ancient stories of each site we visited, and marry them to the historic relics we were viewing, made for a compelling and memorable trip. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Aug 2022 by Shane MuldrewThe most memorable part of our holiday overall was our time spent with Bill. He is a wonderful host and his knowledge of ancient history and Greek culture is outstanding. We quickly felt like old friends rather than guests. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Jun 2019 by Suzanne Webb-ReesEvery experience we had on this magical holiday was fun and memorable. The most adventurous activity was hiking into a gorge and then entering a stream where we walked through the water into a cavernous area with stalactites and a surprise at the end! Read full review
PlanetWe have made substantial donations to Archelon, the Sea Turtle protection society of Greece which operates along Kyparissia bay and we include a conservation visit in our itinerary of activities when appropriate. We employ local professional skippers for our boat trips and support all local tourist conservationist enterprises.
Energy efficiency: We heat our properties by using wood-burning stoves to burn our own wood which has been naturally pruned each year from our olive trees. We heat our water with solar panels.
Water use and conservation: We encourage all guests to save water through the use of appropriate signage. We use waterbutts and onsite underground reservoirs around the property to conserve natural rain-water for irrigation of the land and for any other use.
We grow most of our own food and obtain the rest from local suppliers. We run every trip from a standpoint of environmental conservation, highlighting issues of pollution, litter or any action contrary to the preservation of the ancient artefacts or cultural importance attached to the sites which we visit.
Recycling: We provide separate recycling bins for our guests at Lavender Lodge and we dispose of these appropriately, recycling as much paper, plastic cardboard and glass as we can.
PeopleWe are committed to our policy of employing local skills wherever possible. We aim to work in accordance with local practices, customs and expectations regarding olive farming and sustainable living. We always use local labour for all jobs undertaken either in the olive grove or in Lavender Lodge.
We support our local business by buying exclusively from them for all of our farming requirements. We also make a point of introducing our guests to many of our local producers, shopkeepers and taverna-owners. We use the services of our local dry-cleaner for all of our laundry requirements.
We employ local olive pickers and farm maintenance workers when necessary and use the local press for our harvests.
Before each archaeological trip all guests are given information covering the history (both social and political) of the place to be visited in the form of a talk followed by a guided tour and they are provided with access to up to date guide book material, which our guests often buy from local shops.