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Full day Gastronomy Tour to Feneos in Corinthia – Somewhere We Know
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Full day Gastronomy Tour to Feneos in Corinthia

Feneos

Full day Gastronomy Tour to Feneos in Corinthia

per person

Tour available upon request! A full-day food tour exploring the fascinating region of Feneos.

Discover the breathtaking, rugged region of mountainous Corinthia only just a few hours away from Athens. Take a full day gastronomy tour and explore the lakes, museums and monasteries scattered about the gorgeous landscape.

The highlands of Corinth are just 2-3 hours by car from Athens. At a distance of just 60km from the capital one can see two lakes, golden reed beds, fields where exceptional pulses are cultivated, mountain plains and alpine landscapes. And all of this next door to the Gulf of Corinth and the breathtaking Corinth Canal. On this full day tour you will discover the best kept secrets of this fascinating region, you will meet with local producers and learn about the cultivation of traditional Greek pulses, you will taste delicious local food made of local agricultural products and unique wine varieties by visiting a traditional wine estate. A perfect tour to escape for a day to nature and to get closer to traditional Greek village life and culture.

Key highlights of this journey:

– Stop at the Isthmus of Corinth to see the famous Corinth Canal
– Explore the beautiful lake Doxa and the historic monastery of Aghios Georgios
– Meet with local producers in Goura village and learn about the cultivation of Greek pulses
– Taste delicious local food made of local products
– Visit the Environment Museum of Stymphalia lake
– Have a wine-tasting experience in a traditional wine estate

Food tour available upon request!

To book this culinary tour, please
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  • Departure
    6 Filellinon Street, Syntagma Square or we can pick you up from your hotel if it is in central Athens
  • Departure Time
    Please arrive by 8:15 AM for a prompt departure at 8:30 AM.
  • Return Time
    19:30 PM.
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Itinerary

We start our day from central Athens with a short drive around the main sights of the city of Athens: the Syntagma square and the Greek Parliament, the three impressive buildings of the Neoclassical Athenian Trilogy: the Academy, the University and the National Library, the Omonoia square and the beautiful building of the National Archaeological Museum. We continue the tour heading south until we reach the Isthmus of Corinth where we have a short stop to admire the Corinth Canal, one of the first major constructions of modern Greece, which connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. After this short break we head towards the broader area of Doxa and Feneou up in the mountains of Corinthia region. Our first stop will be at the man-made lake of Doxa, which was created in 1996 with the construction of a damn that retains the water of the river of the same name. Its circumference is no more than 5 km, but it is rich in variety. On the end of a strip of land that juts out into the water and reaches the middle of the lake, we will find the church of Aghios Fanourios. A short distance away we will visit the 17th century monastery of Aghios Georgios, which is known for its brilliant views over the water as well as the rose spoon sweet that the monks have been making here for 20 years. Continuing our tour we will follow the route that leads to the villages of Feneos plateau surrounded by mountains. The plateau was once filled by another lake, but this was drained in the 19th century. Today, across an expense of 20,000 hectares and at an altitude of 700-800m, PDO pulses are grown, including Fasolia Vanilies Feneou, all about (Feneos “Vanilla Beans”), yellow split peas (fava in Greek), belonging to grass pea and other pulses. We will meet with local producers of Greek pulses and we will learn about their cultivation. In a traditional restaurant we will have a delicious meal tasting local traditional food made of local products. Next we will head towards Stymphalia lake and the interesting Environment Museum. Unlike Doxa, which is man-made, Stymphalia is a natural body of water. In myth, the basin was said to be home to the Stymphalian birds – the man-eating beasts that Hercules defeated as his sixth feat. Visiting the lake we will see flat, cultivated expanses, the pretty view up to the slopes of Mount Ziria, as well as shepherds with their flocks. At the Environment Museum of Stymphalia we will explore the history of ancient and modern humans around the lake which is belonging to the Natural Greek network-protected ecosystem – as well as how they have lived off it. During your visit you can enjoy a view over the water and engage in some birdwatching using telescopes set around the patio of the museum. Our last stop will be at a traditional wine estate at the nearby village of Klimenti where we will meet with local wine makers and have a wine-tasting experience with vine Greek varieties of Roditis and Agiorgitiko. Late in the afternoon we will start our return back to Athens.

Tour Location

Here is a map with the places we visit during this full day tour

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What's included

Private vehicle throughout the tour

Experienced tour leader/driver

Presentation by a local about the cultivation of Greek pulses

Lunch with traditional Greek food

Wine-tasting experience in a wine estate

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Liability Insurance

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Personal expenses

Entrance fees to the Environment Museum

Food, drinks and beverages if not mentioned above

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Anything not specified in the “what’s included” section