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Kalamata: The Olive Oil Routes Tour

1. Kalamata: The Olive Oil Routes Tour

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.

Navarino Bay: Sea Kayaking with Lunch

2. Navarino Bay: Sea Kayaking with Lunch

Navarino Bay lies in front of the town of Pylos. It is a natural harbor where the island of Sphacteria stands as a wave breaker, protecting the bay from winds of the open Ionian Sea. The bay offers ideal conditions for Sea Kayaking trips, especially for beginners. The bay itself is a place of incredible natural beauty, with an impressive landscape, warm, crystal clear, waters and golden sandy beaches where sea turtles often return to lay their eggs. Sea kayaking here is a must definitely do without a doubt. Meet your guides at Divari beach just a few kilometers away from the charming village of Gialova. Your guide will brief you on paddling techniques, safety measures, and equipment. Soon we shall hop on our kayaks for a trip around the Navarino bay like never before. Heading west we paddle towards Sfaktiria, the island located at the west side of the bay. Here, we jump out of our kayaks, stretch our legs and walk to the island’s viewpoint for taking pictures of an idyllic landscape and for story-telling. A few minutes later we shall make a stop at a secluded beach for swimming and snorkeling, and why not some cliff diving for those who feel more adventurous. Here we shall also taste our homemade picnic of local delicacies and relax under the sun. After this energy pumped stop, we will paddle back to the starting point to end an amazing day in the tranquility of Navarino Bay.

From Kalamata: Polylimnio Waterfalls Guided Hiking Tour

3. From Kalamata: Polylimnio Waterfalls Guided Hiking Tour

Experience the beauty of southern Greece on a guided hiking trip to the Polylimnio waterfalls. Located outside of Kalamata, this stepped waterfall system consists of 15 small lakes, hidden in the surrounding forest. Hike through the lush vegetation and marvel at the spectacular waterfall cascades. After a short van ride from Kalamata, follow your guide down a narrow path into the surrounding forest. Wander over picturesque bridges, pass by flowing waterfalls and clear lakes, and marvel at the diverse and unique flora poking out from each nook and cranny. Continue your trek to the bottom of the gorge to reach the final and highest waterfall. Here you can soak your feet, swim, or climb up a rope ladder to high-dive into the turquoise waters. After an hour of exploration and enjoyment, it's time to hike back. Before boarding the bus, pause to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee or snacks from the local cafe. Listen as your guide shares fascinating facts, anecdotes, and stories about the surrounding Messinia region.

Greece: Europe 5G eSim Mobile Data Plan

4. Greece: Europe 5G eSim Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to Greece hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Greece and another 43 European regions (full list below). Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Most devices released after 2019 are compatible with eSIM (e.g. iPhone XR, XS of models beyond, Google Pixel 4, and beyond). If you are unsure, please check the compatibility guideline photos to confirm eligibility. Network coverage: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece (including Cyclades), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy (including Vatican, San Marino, Sardinia), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal (including Azores and Madeira), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including Canary Islands and Balearic Islands), Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan.

Olive Oil Tour & Tasting in Kalamata, Messinia, Greece

5. Olive Oil Tour & Tasting in Kalamata, Messinia, Greece

You will visit one of the most beautiful coastal cities of the Peloponnese: Kalamata, in Messinia region. The olive oil tour and tasting experience is available all year round either in the mornings or in the afternoons. Gree official holidays are excluded. The Olive oil Experience If you want to get to know all about the unique features of olive oil or simply wonder what an olive-oil tasting seminar involves, this activity is right up your alley! Part 1: Olive grove & Visit at an Olive oil Mill Olive grove (available all year round) You’ll walk through the perennial olive trees and experience a 30' relaxing stroll through an olive grove located just 10' away from Kalamata. During your walk, you’ll get acquainted with different varieties of olive trees in all shapes and of all ages and learn the history of the olive tree and the olive oil from the Neolithic era until today! Olive oil mill (depending on season & availability - From March to October) You will learn all about the extraction process, from the olive grove to bottling and if it is the olive harvesting season, you’ll get to taste fresh and warm extra virgin olive oil, during our olive oil tasting! Part 2: Olive Oil tasting experience Along with our professional and certified olive oil expert, you’ll learn about the queen of Greek olive-oil varieties, Koroneiki, as well as other just as superb Greek olive oils. You’ll discover their key aromas, flavours and tastes, and will learn which olive-oil variety to pair with your favourite food. Part 3: Light or Full lunch (upon request & at an extra charge) If you wish to conclude your olive oil experience with a delicious light or full lunch, full of Messinian flavours, in one of the most welcoming Coffee Shop-Cum-Ouzo Taverns in the heart of Kalamata’s historic centre, just let us know and we can arrange it for you!

Kalamata: Tastes and Traditions Food Tour

6. Kalamata: Tastes and Traditions Food Tour

Be accompanied by a local Greek guide to visit several food shops. Meet and speak with local shop owners and have the opportunity to taste traditional food and learn about the Greek food culture.  Listen to Greek myths and stories about food that will deepen your knowledge about this beautiful country. Taste food ranging from bread products, olives, pies, meat products, to sweets. Enjoy your lunch at a local souvlaki restaurant.

Kalamata: Food tour and Olive Oil Tasting with Light Lunch

7. Kalamata: Food tour and Olive Oil Tasting with Light Lunch

Discover the richness and inventiveness of Greek cuisine! You will visit the historic centre of one of the most beautiful coastal cities of the Peloponnese: Kalamata, in Messinia region. The place is known for its exquisite olive oil and its world-famous black Kalamata olives. However, the city has so much more to offer and this tour will help you uncover its hidden gems. Visit local family-owned food and pastry shops, learn old stories and feel the authenticity of the locals. Stop 1: Visit to Traditional Workshop and tasting of Local Home-made products Many times, you can find the tastiest local products in the most unlikely places of a town you visit, where you’d never think to look. Together we’ll discover a traditional Workshop, literally hidden in the tiny alleys of the city. The local women working at the Workshop will show how to make one of the oldest delicacies of Messinia and Mani, using the simplest of ingredients, flour and olive oil. And while enjoying this staple of the Spartan warriors and satisfying your sweet tooth in the healthiest of manners, you’ll also learn about its long history and inextricable link to the local tradition. Stop 2: Tasting of Spoon Sweets, Corinthian Raisins and Healthy Local Delicacies Upon entering the shop, the aroma of the exquisite herbs and spices wafting through the air will transport you to the top of Mt. Taygetos, the local mountain. You’ll get to taste homemade glyka tou koutaliou (spoon sweets), black Korinthian raisins and other products of the Messinian and Greek land, discovering their nutritional value and their importance in a well-balanced diet. Stop3: Greek Coffee Tasting at Local Coffee Grinding Shop It’s time for your morning coffee! And what’s better than a hot traditional Greek coffee prepared by Giorgos, who’ll reveal the secrets to its proper preparation. You’ll find out all about the origins of this type of coffee, how it got its name and how it has become a part of the Greek tradition and temperament. Stop 4: Tasting of Local Appetizers at a Traditional Greek Coffee Shop-Cum-Ouzo Tavern Right in the heart of the city, under the shadow of an age-old plane tree, flavoursome Messinian appetizers - mezedes are waiting for you to discover them. Stop 5: Visit to an Olive Oil Shop & short Olive oil tasting You’ll find out all about the Koroneiki variety and its unique features, and will taste different quality olive oils. Stop 6: Visit to a Shop with Local Wines & short wine tasting Find out all the local varieties, including Fokiano, Roditis, Malaguzia and Moschofilero, as well as how they are combined with foreign varieties to produce excellent white, rose and red wines through a short wine tasting along with Mr. Giannis! Stop 7: Light Lunch with Mediterranean or Messinian Dishes and Local Wines A light yet filling lunch will conclude your gastronomic experience and spoil your senses, in one of the cosiest Coffee Shop-Cum-Ouzo Taverns in the heart of the city.

From Kalamata: Day Trip Hike to Gialova Lagoon with Dinner

8. From Kalamata: Day Trip Hike to Gialova Lagoon with Dinner

Explore the Gulf of Navarino on an evening hiking tour with van pickup at your hotel in Kalamata. Learn about the facinating military history of the Gulf of Navarino from your guide. Look for local wildlife, swim at Voidokilia beach and have dinner in a Greek tavern.  Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in the center of Kalamata and sit back and relax in the spacious and airconditioned van. Take in the stunning Greek countryside on way to the beginning of the hiking trail. Admire views of the  see the old Navarino castle. Start from from the bottom hill and make your way to the top at a leisurely pace. On Keep an eye out for migratory birds like flamingos, ospreys, and royal eagles that travel between Europe and Africa at the Gialova lagoon. Stop for a refreshing dip at the most photographed and well known beach in Greece, Voidokilia beach. Continue to the top of a hill where you can marvel at views of Voidokilia beach, Gialova lagoon, the city of Pylos and the Ionian sea. Have some fresh fruits while learning about the history of the area from 425 BC to today. Finish your tour with a authentic meal in a a Greek tavern right next to the coast before returning to your accommodation.

From Athens: Messinia Region Guided Day Tour

9. From Athens: Messinia Region Guided Day Tour

Starting your tour from Athens you will start seeing the nice landscape of Attica as exiting the city. Your first stop will be at the Corinth canal. Your driver will explain to you the history of the canal and you can take a lot of pictures. After a 1 hour drive you will stop at the Meligalas well. There you will learn the history of the civil war that took place in Greece. Your next station will be at the Ancient site of Messini. You will have the chance to meet this great civilization and enjoy the ancient site. You will learn where and how the medical site of Asklipios was functioning. Then you will leave for the great and sea city of Kalamata. There you can have free time and explore the marvellous city and have luch until you return back to Athens.

Olive Grove Tour & Olive Oil Tasting and Lunch in Messinia

10. Olive Grove Tour & Olive Oil Tasting and Lunch in Messinia

A 3-hour olive oil tour and tasting experience that includes a visit and a walk through a family olive grove, an olive oil tasting workshop and a light local lunch. Where Join us for a 3-hour tour of the wonderful land of Messinia and its perennial olive trees. You will visit an olive grove located in a small village 50km (31 mi) from Kalamata in Messinia region, Peloponnese, towards Pylos coastal town, just 10' away from Costa Navarino resort. The Olive oil experience The Olive oil tour and tasting experience is the outcome of a local couple for olive oil, nature and the land of Messinia. Their dreams found a home in a small village in Messinia, in their olive grove and the flavour of extra virgin olive oil. Nowadays, their mission is to introduce visitors to the wonderful world of olive oil and help them get a taste of Messinia. Part 1: Arrival and visit at the family Olive grove – Warm welcome You will visit a beautiful olive grove of a small village, located in the west of Messinia, just 10 minutes away from Costa Navarino Bay and Nestor’s Palace. It is the ideal backdrop to unravel the history, tradition and ancient myths of this historical place. The owners will welcome you with a homemade Greek local breakfast while the olive experience is enriched with a video presentation about the history of olive and olive oil! Olive grove (April - October) – Experience a guided 30-minute relaxing stroll by the locals through perennial olive trees. During your walk, you’ll get acquainted with different varieties of olive trees in all shapes and of all ages. Olive harvest (available only in October) – You’ll walk through the olive trees and meet local families as they harvest their own trees. You’ll enjoy the experience of a lifetime either by handpicking olives and placing them directly in a basket or by picking them using a net. Part 2: Olive Oil Tasting (April - October) What follows is an interactive olive oil tasting workshop by an olive oil lover! The tasting session includes 4 different varieties of extra virgin olive oil, focusing on sensory tasting, defects and positive traits. Part 3: Light local lunch Get a taste of traditional, local food, such as lalagia (savoury or sweet looped ribbons of dough), pasto (pieces of cured pork), Kalamata olives, local cheese and enjoy a homemade local lunch!

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Our meeting with Maria, was exceptional, she is so knowledgeable and friendly and made us not want the tour to be over. Far exceeded our expectations, expected a group tour but it was a personal private tour just for us and we got to experience Kalamata and its abundance of character and delicous delicacies. So many different vibrant individuals and their local produce. Each one made us feel at home and gave us an amazing experience, which we will treasure and definitely hope to try again and again hopefully on our next visit 😊

It was a great tour!!! My wife and my 4 year old daughter love Kalamata Olives. For our trip to Greece they were most excited about visiting Kalamata and doing this Olive oil tour!!! Let me tell you, it was worth every last penny and way more!!! It is a must do trip for all. Dimitra is lovely and she takes the time to explain everything, connect with the people including my 4 year old and does not rush into anything. Infact, the hospitality was way beyond expectations!!! We highly recommend! Thank you Dimitra!!! 😊❤️

The guides were extremely kind and exlained everything to perfection. The different stations were well designed and gave a great insight into the production of olive oil. We also liked that the tour laid an emphasis on the culture and history of olive trees in Greece. The tour was very interesting, the oil tasting fascinating and the food delicious. Overall an amazing experience for everybody. Greetings from Rita, Daniel, Chiara and Gian aka Χαραλαμπος

We so enjoyed this tour! Maria was an amazing host! I would recommend this guided experience at the beginning of your Kalamata stay so you yourself can have some knowledge of the delicious food and drinks Kalamata has to offer. She was extremely kind, thoughtful, knowledgeable, and taught us not only the history of this great city but all the wonderful foods and drinks it has to offer. 100 % recommend Mamma's Flavor to any Kalamata visitor.

Maria was exceptional showing us around town. She is very friendly and accommodating. We enjoyed our food tour and we will recommend her to our friends and family.