Corfu: Olive Oil Experience - The Governor's Olive Mill
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 3 hours
My husband and I booked this tour last week when we were on a cruise. First, it's important to say that we were NOT picked up at the time we had confirmed. Thankfully, we were given their number in the confirmation email. My husband called and spoke to one of the sons who acted as if he was not aware we were scheduled. He had scheduled a group of 4. He told us that his father would pick us up and to stay where we were. I called again and the son got snippy with me. An hour later, my husband found the 4 people inside, who were waiting just as long, and then the father arrived. These people have no sense of time. The tour ran long and we weren't able to do anything else that we had planned outside this tour. No apology from anyone. Having said that, we were able to pick olives, see lots of very old olive trees, sample olive oil and how it's made and see the wild oregano mounds. The son showed up very briefly to give his little talk and then left. A woman gave the rest of the tour.
George met us at the port in Corfu and spent the whole day telling us about his island, family and olives. We learned history of the island and the art of olive oil making. We toured through the olive tree forests, saw castle ruins and a 900 year old Olive tree! We got to help harvest, learned the processing and did a wonderful tasting. Everything about this tour was perfect. George and his family are kind and welcoming and very knowledgeable. I would do this tour over and over again :)
George picked us up at Paleokastritsa, on our way to the mills was talking about history of the island and history of olive trees and olive oil here. The tour itself and the tasting were very informative, we learned a lot and will now definitely use this knowledge in our life. Olive oil itself extremely tasty. It was a great pleasure to learn about olives and olive oil from people who are so passionate about what they are doing. And for sure George is a star!
An amazing experience, George is as fun as he is knowledgeable! We took away great tips and facts that will inform how we get our olive oil in the future. The whole family was so welcoming and the tour itself felt really personal. A great way to get in touch with other elements of Corfu other than tourism. Also the picking up and dropping off is really handy!
This family run business is unique and incredibly interesting. After the tour, we felt as though we had experienced the true local culture from an authentic family and an authentic olive mill. The olive oil itself is totally gourmet! Thank you George and family! Highly recommended.