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One of the most beautiful towns in the area of Argolis (in eastern Peloponnese) as well as one of the most romantic cities all over Greece, Nafplio was the first capital of the newly born Greek state between 1823 and 1834.

According to mythology, the town was founded by Náfplios, the son of god Poseidon and the daughter of Danaus (Danaida) Anymone. The town’s history traces back to the prehistoric era when soldiers from here participated in the Argonautic expedition and the Trojan War.The town declined during the Roman times and flourished again during the Byzantine times. Frankish, Venetian and Turkish conquerors left their mark in the town and strongly influenced its culture, architecture and traditions during the centuries. Ancient walls, medieval castles, monuments and statues, Ottoman fountains and Venetian or neoclassical buildings mesmerize the visitor with their unique architecture and beauty.

GASTRO-TOURS

A tasty tour made just for you… An original gastronomical experience, for those who want to understand the Greek traditional delicacies, and learn the tales hidden in them.
You will have the chance to walk through the history of food that took place in the area of Nafplio, taste local food, and walk through some of the oldest food markets of Europe.
If you seek for something to do besides the traditional tours, that allow you to learn the culture and the way locals live, then you cannot miss this guided food walking tour of Nafplio, Argos, Kios and Epidaurus.
Probably, the best and surely the most delicious way to experience the city known for its continuous presence throughout the centuries to discover the rich foodie side of Nafplio your local food expert guide with the specificity of chef shares an up-close insider view of the city culinary traditions.

NAFPLIO CITY

Gastro-tours:
An original experience for everyone to enjoy.
Learn the history behind the flavors of Nafplio, taste the famous delicacies, walk through the old markets, and discover every hidden corner of the old city of Nafplio and drink ouzo and wine.
A complete tour that brings the lost, unknown tastes into light.

Route 1 , includes  a walking tour into the historical center of the city with  5 tasting stops, which are the best selected places that you can find local and greek organic products and delicatessen.
Duration: 3 to 3 ½ hours.
Costs:1-6 persons=47.00€/ Children 6-18: 24 € Children under 6: Free
For groups: special rates
We can arrange tours from 1-50 participants.
Over 50 persons we make special gastro-tours

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Nafplio city

If you want to know more, learning the history of local flavors and tasting local famous
delicacies just gets you started, if you are a foodie at heart, then this is the tour for you!
After walking through the markets and tasting delicacies, you have the chance to know some of the most interesting Greek products like cheese and tasting them along with ouzo, tsipouro or wine brands from the area.

Route 2 : Includes route 1  plus a degustation of different wine brands  accompanied with several small plates, the MEZE.
You will discover the history of wine and its variations in a unique degustation
Duration: 3 ½ to 4 hours.
Costs: 1-6 persons=56.00€/ Children 6-18: 26 € Children under 6: Free
For groups:
special rates
We can arrange tours from 1-50 participants.
Over 50 persons we make special gastro-tours

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Route3, If after walking and eating you desire even more, this tour ends with a real Greek lunch, complete in every aspect.
Eat in a selected local restaurant and taste all that the local kitchen has to offer..
includes route 1 plus the lunch in a local restaurant we collaborate with, serving specialties from the region with a selection of fine ingredients in an elegant and traditional atmosphere.

Duration of the route 1, plus how long you want to stay in the restaurant, aprox. 4-5 hours.
Costs: 1-6 persons=69.00€/ Children 6-18: 38.00 € Children under 6: Free
For groups:
special rates
We can arrange tours from 1-50 participants.
Over 50 persons we make special gastro-tours

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Route 5

Food tour with bicycle.

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Why not?

We choose for you an easy cycling tour about 25 km away from Nafplio, with no uphills and downhills all straight, half main road, half rural road and paths cycling across the sea and river and through eucalypts, poplar trees and crops of vegetables, you will see also famous fish village.

This route has also 5 tasting stops, 2 in Nafplio and 3 at nearby spots during our cycling tour
Duration: 5 hours.
Costs: 1-6 persons=102.00€/ Children 6-18: 80.00 € Children under 6: Free
For groups: special rates
We can arrange tours from 1-50 participants.
Over 50 persons we make special gastro-tours
* Included the bicycle rental

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Extra proposal for route 5

Instead of 5 tasting stops, we propose you 3 tasting stops and 1 ‘dinner at home’ in which the visitor has the chance to have, lunch with a local family with traditional local recipes.

 

Nafplio city

 

Indicative Menu:

STARTERS (Choose 2)

Pie with seasonal greens

Tzatziki

Handmade seasonal cheese

SALADS (Choose 1)

Greek salad (tomato, cucumber, fresh pepper, olives, feta cheese, oregano and olive oil)
Seasonal

MAIN DISH: (Choose 1)

Stuffed tomatoes and peppers with rice & minced meat or
lamb cooked with special local recipe in oven cooked with wine and potatoes or
beef with tomato sauce with aubergines

DESERT: (Choose 1)

Custard filled pastry (with milk from local farmers) or
Sweet spoon with handmade yogurt

WINE: Agiorgitiko

** The menu can be served for dinner or lunch

** All guests must share the same choice from the menu

Min: 2 persons
Max: 8 persons
Duration: 5 hours.
Costs:1-8 persons=80.00€/ Children 6-18: 46.00 € Children under 6: Free

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Indicative menu at the ‘taste stops’:

 

‘Sweet tastes’-Menu 1

Orange juice or milk with flakes
Coffee or Tea or Juice from herbs (cold or hot)
Varity of sweets (halva, pasteli (sesame, honey, almonds)
Cream or rice pudding or yogurt + honey or sweet spoon
Toast or bread with butter or jam or honey or praline
Sweet spoon.

‘Sweet tastes’-Menu 2

Traditional yogurt with honey or with korintian raisins in syrup ouzo,
sweet jellies
Ice-cream (from sheep & goats local milk)
Greek coffee, ‘submarine’ sweet,
Handmade rusks with seasonal marmalades
Greek super foods (sweet frumenty, dried figs, milk pie)

 

 

Salty tastes-Menu 1-

Wine or Beer or Raki
Variety of cheeses
Cold cuts, salted meats, salted preserves
olives
Rusks / bread / gruyere/ cured beef
Ointment (tzatziki or Tirokafteri (chilli cheese sauce /or split peas)
olive Pate

 

Salty tastes-Menu 2-

Wine or Beer or Raki
Assorted cheeses
Assorted cold cuts or salted fish
Olives
Crisps / bread / cheese crisps / pastourma crisps
Tzatziki or Tirokafteri / hummus or split peas
Chickpeas or Giants peas
handmade pie

 

Salty tastes-Menu 3-

Wine or Beer or Raki
Assorted cheeses
olives
Crisps / bread
Tzatziki or Tirokafteri

Route 6
You can taste variety of the Greek spices of fishes (Sand-Smelt or Silverside, Bogue, European seabass,
Gilthead seabream, Sardine, Picarel, Whiting, squid, shrimp) in a traditional taverns next to the sea with panoramic view of the argolic gulf and the surrounding mountains.
Enjoy the route across the sea.. Listen Greek music, taste variety of the tasty fishes and drink cool ouzo or beer.
Try to do foot free foot spa at the mythical Lerni river (Where the Hercules kill the Lernean Ydra)
Swim at isolated beach with sea-caves..
What are else are you looking for?
Food-fish tour with mini bus across the fish villages of Nafplio

Starting point: Nafplio.
Total distance: 60 km
Fish villages: Kios, Myloi, Kiveri, Xeropigado, Astros

Fish food tasting stops: 4
Coffee and sweet taste stop:1
Duration: 5 hours.
Costs: 1-6 persons=95.00€/ Children 6-18: 65.00 € Children under 6: Free
For groups: special rates
We can arrange tours from 1-50 participants.
Over 50 persons we make special gastro-tours
Extra cost:
Transportation 1-4 persons with private car: 40.00€
5-9 persons:140.00 € with mini bus
Over 9 persons: on request

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ARGOS

‘The city ​​of gods and kings, the name, the fame, the glory, was prevalent in all nations!’France traveler Poukevil in1820.’

In an important geographic area that combines naval and land routes, while having the natural protection of two hills ,Larissa and Aspida, Foroneus, the son of Inachos king of Pelasgoi, established the state which afterwards received his son’s name: Argos. Being one of the greatest economic centers of Peloponnese, it played an important role in the development of the region and the ancient Hellenic world.
Reaching the peak of its power at the end of the 7th century BC as the economy and culture flourished, Argos acquired an enviable status in Peloponnese.
The progress was made possible by the city’s advantageous location and its democratic institutions, that brought Argos to an antagonistic position against Sparta in the 8th century BC and eventually lead the city to join the Athenian side during the Peloponnesian wars.
Despite the destruction of its infrastructure and the human loss the city sustained during that war and others that followed, Argos continued to played a dominant role in the region, displaying its historic characteristic of regeneration and vitality.
During the Venetians and Ottomans occupation Argos managed to recover and found its social and economic dynamism again, playing an important role in the process of establishment and organization of the New Hellenic state.

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Αrgos now days-monuments-Hot spots

Numerous ancient monuments can be found in the city today, the most famous is the one of the greatest theaters of the ancient Greek world. (a capacity of about 20000 spectators, bigger than ancient Epidaurus theater) and one of the best regarding its acoustics.
Roman baths (2nd century AC)
The ancient market,
the odium,
neoclassic buildings
, byzantine monuments,
the castle of Larisa,
the public market place
the barracks, famous flea market since 17th century .

In a close distance from Argos you should not miss:

The temple of goddess  Ira that was constructed approximately in 680 BC.-One of the most important archeological sites in the region-

Kefalari, a beautiful village with famous church, cave, folklore museum, water rolls where the people have their carpets washed, river, and taverns offer you an ideal place to enjoy food and relaxation.
The pyramid of the village Hellinico a rare mysterious archaeological monument which remains in good condition.

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Argos city

Gastro-Tours:

Route 1:

This food tour is an ideal tour to meet ‘the real city of Argos’.
Includes a tasting of a Greek breakfast in a local hotel (into a breakfast room) with an introduction to the culinary history of the area followed by a slide show and then our walk to the center of Argos and its surroundings with 5 tasting stops.

We are going to see the ancient theater and market, old churches, traditional neighborhoods, the Municipal Market of Argos consists of a building complex in Kapodistria square which it was constructed in 1889, based on plans by the well-known architect Ernst Ziller, neoclassical buildings, the sanctuary of Isida (underground sanctuary of the 3rd century BC) ,the flea market if it is Wednesday or Saturday.

Starting point: Argos
Duration: 3 to 3 ½ hours.
Costs: 1-6 persons=47.00€/ Children 6-18: 24 € Children under 6: Free
For groups: special rates
We can arrange tours from 1-50 participants.
Over 50 persons we make special gastro-tours

Route 2 : Includes route 1  plus a degustation of different wine brands  accompanied with several small plates, the MEZE.
You will discover the history of wine and its variations in a unique degustation
Duration: 3 ½ to 4 hours.
Costs: 1-6 persons=56.00€/ Children 6-18: 26 € Children under 6: Free
For groups :
special rates
We can arrange tours from 1-50 participants.
Over 50 persons we make special gastro-tour

 

Route3, If after walking and eating you desire even more, this tour ends with a real Greek lunch, complete in every aspect.
Eat in a selected local restaurant and taste all that the local kitchen has to offer..
includes route 1 plus the lunch in a local restaurant we collaborate with, serving specialties from the region with a selection of fine ingredients in an elegant atmosphere.

Duration of the route 1, plus how long you want to stay in the restaurant, approx. 4-5 hours.
Costs: 1-6 persons=69.00€/ Children 6-18: 38.00 € Children under 6: Free
For groups:
special rates

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Route 4

Food tour with bicycle.

Why not?

We choose for you an easy cycling tour about 30 km away from Argos, with no uphill’s and downhill’s all straight half main road, half rural road and paths cycling across the canals of the river Erasinos and through eucalypts, poplar trees, we are going to see the village Kefalari with its cave, famous church, folklore museum, the fish village Nea Kios and the mysterious pyramid.

This route has also 5 tasting stops, 2 in Argos and 3 at nearby spots during our cycling tour
Starting point: Argos
Duration: 5 hours.
Costs: 1-6 persons=102.00€/ Children 6-18: 80.00 € Children under 6: Free
For groups: special rates
We can arrange tours from 1-50 participants.
Over 50 persons we make special gastro-tours
* Included the bicycle rental

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Extra costs: Transportation from Nafplio to Argos (For the routes 1-4)

Transportation 1-4 persons with private car: 25.00€
5-9 persons: 120.00 € with mini bus
Over 9 persons: on request

Or public bus 1.60 € per person/ routes-programmed schedules every one hour-All year-

Epidaurus city

Epidaurus is a stretch of land between the Saronic and the Argolic gulf, with mountains big and small plains, valleys, ravines and majestic seashores. Its gifted land blessed by nature and history.
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Pyramids, castles, bridges, ancient paths, graves, temples, majestic buildings, much envied monuments, scattered all over Epidaurus, are awaiting for you, to teach you, to excite you, to move you.

 

 

Epidaurus city
In the surrounding area of Epidaurus the visitor may admire one of the famous worldwide monuments: The ancient theater which is the best preserved among the theaters of ancient Greece, seating up of 14.000 people.

Besides being the most famous Ancient Greek Theater, it is, in aesthetic terms, the finest one; apart from the perfect harmony of its parts and dimensions, it has perfect acoustics.
No wonder it’s considered the biggest stone resonator in the world.
Epidaurus is a place with long history and unique beauty, chosen by the ancient Greeks to establish the Asclepius, a therapeutic center of antiquity, dedicated to God Asclepius

The olive trees and their products such as olive oil, olives are the most known for their quality, taste, aroma and indicate a high antioxidant content, which is beneficial to health.

Cooking and tasting olive oil and its products it is great gastro-experience!
Mild tasting olive oil with flavors of chamomile or marjoram goes well with fresh, green salad, vegetable pies, dips and desserts such as oil cake with fruits.
The green olive oil with its strong fruity and bitter taste is best used with Greek dishes such as a Greek salad, beans, oven-baked stuffed aubergines and oven roasts.

The only way to taste, to see as much you can within 4-5 hours in Epidaurus in a half day tour is with a mini bus. We propose you the following routes:

Route 1:

This route has also 5 tasting stops, 3 in Epidaurus and 2 at nearby spots during our way
Starting point: Nafplio
Distance from Nafplio:36km (One way)
Duration: 5 hours.
Costs: 1-6 persons=60.00€/ Children 6-18: 37 € Children under 6: Free
For groups: special rates
We can arrange tours from 1-50 participants.
Over 50 persons we make special gastro-tours
Extra costs: Transportation from Nafplio to Epidaurus
Transportation 1-4 persons with private car: 35.00€
5-9 persons: 120.00 € with mini bus
Over 9 persons: on request
Guided archaeological-historical tour into the theater and its museum: 90.00 € independent number of persons –Duration: 1.5 hour

Our tour starts with mini bus from Nafplio. We follow provincial roads to avoid traffic and to see the visitors isolated villages, settlements, Mycenaean bridges, ancient tower.
Our first stop will be 1km before the ancient theater in a traditional-family tavern with experience over than 50 years under the mulberry trees it is an ideal place to start our tasting tour.

Includes a tasting of a Greek breakfast with an introduction to the culinary history of the area

followed by a slide show.
Instead of breakfast (depends from the arriving hour we can start with variety of salty menu with ouzo or tsipouro)
Our next 3 tasty stops they would be at the ancient village of Epidaurus and its surroundings with variety of local products and specialties.

The two of them will be next to the sea with a wonderful sea view and with the sunken city to explore with your goggles!

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The sunken city’
According to information the ancient buildings that have sunk there was the ancient market of Epidaurus, Mycenaean tombs, the sanctuary of the goddess Artemis, port-facilities from the ancient port, remains of buildings from Roman and classical times (14th-12th century)
What else more fascinating??They are waiting for you to discover them!
Next to the sunken city there is a fish tavern and small museum shop with the best olives and olive oil worldwide! Fresh fishes and other local specialties are waiting the visitor to taste them.

The last taste stop would be at the modern city of Epidaurus builded on the rocky slopes of highly fraught with larches, olive trees, fragrant herbs and flowers that all together wrapped in the aura of the blue sea. Picturesque cobblestone streets, flowery gardens, whitewashed stone houses and numerous churches give you the feeling that you’re on an island.
We have choose for you the best place to taste local goodies!
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