Guided tour

Kalamata: The Olive Oil Routes Tour

Kalamata: The Olive Oil Routes Tour

From US$ 79.05 per person

Open up to the true taste of Messinia. Visit the perennial olive trees and olive oil mill, join an olive oil tasting session by a certified taster, taste local olive based goods and feel the passion for olive oil, nature, tradition and Greek gastronomy.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Greek, English

Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at the perennial olive trees and learn more about Greek olive traditions
  • Visit an olive oil mill and learn about the production of extra virgin olive oil
  • Join an olive oil tasting session led by an expert taster
  • Combine olive oil with at least 4 different plates and make your own olive taste combinations
  • Taste local olive based products, such us kalamata olives, olive paste, lalaggia, sfela, and smoked ham (pasto)
Full description
Start your small group tour at the arranged meeting point: the magnificent 13th century castle of Androusa, located in the heart of Messinia, just a 20 minute drive from Kalamata and 10 minutes from Ancient Messene. Begin with beautiful olive walks to provide as an overview of the amazing olive groves of Messinia. Witness the olive trees as the guide tells you about the history, the tradition, and the mythical stories of the castle olive trees. The olive grove is the next visit. Walk though the groves and marvel the perennial olive trees. Learn about the different varieties of olive trees in the area and discover the story of the Messinian land as recorded on the stems. In the center of Androusa Village, visit a unique olive oil press and mill, located there for more than 120 years. The fifth generation owner will explain the procedure of extraction, the storage, and standardization process of extra virgin olive oil. Next, join a tasting session, where a dining table is filled with the special blue olive oil tasting glasses ready for you to try. Taste the extra virgin olive oil of 'Koroneiki' variety and learn about its organoleptic characteristics. Learn to recognize the elements that define the extra virgin olive oil. Taste different varieties of Greek extra virgin olive oil, such us 'Manaki', 'Xalkidikis', 'Mavroelia', and evaluate their flavours. What about food? The extra virgin olive oil of different varieties is matched with traditional recipes including fruit, gourmet small dishes, as well as tzatziki, kalamata olives, olive paste, lalagia, pasto (smoked ham) and local cheeses. Enjoy a unique experience in the historic olive groves, and learn about the history, the soul, the tradition, and the gastronomy of Messinia.
Includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Olive oil tastings
  • Food tastings, including small plates with local olive based goods
  • Expert local tour leader
  • Certified olive oil taster
  • All taxes
  • Photos from your tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

Meet your guide outside the castle of Androusa, on the main road. The meeting point is reachable by car or taxi and is a 20 minute drive from Kalamata and 10 minutes from Ancient Messene.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5

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A great tour with a wonderful hostess

The tour by and with Dimitra was just perfect. Everything you could wish for was given. Interesting facts, different locations (castle, olive grove and olive oil production) authentic insight into life around olives and olive oil as well as great food. The olive oil tasting was very educational. The heart and soul of this tour is Dimitra, who does it with passion and enthusiasm and gives personal insights into the work and life of her family. You were made to feel welcome and the hospitality really couldn't be beat. We can only recommend this tour to everyone.

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October 17, 2019

Dimitria was an excellent guide! The history of olive oil in Greece and to the Greeks was explained through stories. The tour of the grove was great to see. The tasting was educational and lunch delicious.

September 22, 2019

Sehr kurzweilig und Dimitra macht das toll

September 19, 2021

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