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Androusa | The Olive Oil Picking and Harvest experience

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Duration

4-5 hours

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Tour Type

Specific Tour

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Group Size

50 people

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Overview

Bringing you the best olive picking  and harvesting experiences:  Be a farmer ,help with the olive harvest and reward yourself with your own fabulous extra virgin olive oil. This tour is designed to guide you to the best olive picking procedure showing you the way of olive picking and harvesting... More

Bringing you the best olive picking  and harvesting experiences:  Be a farmer ,help with the olive harvest and reward yourself with your own fabulous extra virgin olive oil.
This tour is designed to guide you to the best olive picking procedure showing you the way of olive picking and harvesting in the small village of Androusa where you can participate in the olive harvest.

On an olive picking day you will be working and staying in beautiful surroundings (olive groves are often full of wild flowers and butterflies), you will receive a warm welcome from owners keen to share with you their way of life and gain the satisfaction of helping to gather in the harvest. Even better you will discover that nothing tastes nicer than fresh extra virgin olive oil produced from the olives that you have helped to hand pick from the tree and will have watched being pressed in the local mill.

Trigilidas travel also brings you a hand picked range of other olive related experiences … walking and cycling tours through olive groves, books written by people living the dream, and museums to visit, information on olive cultivation including growing, harvesting and production methods, find out where to buy hundred year old olive trees, extra virgin olive oil, olive oil beauty products  … in fact everything a lover of olives and olive oil could possibly want.

A 3h guided Olive oil tour that starts with the visit at the magnificent 13th century castle of Androusa, the harvesting of the perennial olive trees, the olive mill visit to produce fresh olive oil, and ends up with a revealing olive oil & Kalamata olives tasting accompanied local goods.

Olive picking and Harvest period October till end of January , probably begging of February, depending the weather conditions and the quantity of the production.

Live the unique experience , join and learn about the olive oil secrets among olive trees and grooves with fauna and flora !!

Prices / 2 up to 4 persons

  • 85€/person for minimum 2 participants.
  • 60€/Kid age 3-16 years for 2 participants.

Prices / 5 up to 8 persons

  • 75€/person for minimum 5 participants.
  • 50€/Kid age 5+ for 5 participants.

For less or more participants please contact us in order to offer you flexible rates.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Our meeting point is at the magnificent 13th century castle of Androusa, located in the heart of Messinia, just 20 minutes drive from Kalamata and 10 minutes from Ancient Messene. At this idyllic landscape we talk about the history, the tradition and the mythical story of the castle olive trees…
  • The olive grove is our next visit. We walk though the perennial olive trees, we meet local families that harvest their own trees and they teach us how to pick up some olives. Hand picking the olives directly into a basket or with a net is a lifetime experience.
  • In the heart of Androusa Village we visit a unique Olive Oil mill that is located there since 1904. The 5th generation owner will explain to us the procedure of the extraction, and we are going to taste directly from the separator fresh and warm extra virgin olive oil.
  • Τhe dining table is filled with the special blue olive oil tasting glasses and you are about to become a tasting expert! Taste the extra virgin olive oil of “Koroneiki” Variety and learn about its organoleptic characteristics…recognize the elements that define the extra virgin olive oil …taste different varieties of Greek Extra Virgin Olive oil such us “Manaki”, “Xalkidikis”, “Mavroelia” etc and evaluate them.
  • What about food pairing? The extra virgin olive oil of different varieties is matched with traditional recipes including fruits & gourmet small dishes and surprises us.
  • The history, the soul, the tradition, the gastronomy of Messinia are revealed though the Olive oil paths… enjoy a unique experience in our endless olive groves filled with the wisdom, the flavor and the aroma of Peloponnese.
  • The participation in oliving picking and harvesting in the Olive mill.
  • The fresh extra virgin olive oil produced from the olives.
  • Traditional Messinian Lunch with local house wine.
  • Typical greek nature with olive grooves cypresses with flowers and butterflies.

Itinerary

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Summary - Activity plan :
Summary - Activity plan :

A fun and informative tour :

1.Explore the castle of Androusa
Our meeting point is at the 13th century castle of Androusa, located in the heart of Messinia, just a 20 minute drive from Kalamata and 10 minutes from Ancient Messene, so as to reach an ancient olive grove. We prepare our coffee next to the perennial olive trees and we start our relaxing walk towards the vineyard. We discover the Greek wine varieties, and find out stories and secrets about the supreme wine that we are going to taste.

2.Explore the castle of Androusa
The castle of Androusa with the magnificent view at the endless olive groves of Messinia is our next destination. We have fun by discovering an “olive treasure”, while we talk about the history, the tradition and the mythical stories of the castle’s olive trees…

3.Visit an olive oil mill
In the center of Androusa Village, only 200m away, we visit a unique Olive Oil mill that has been located there for more than 120 years. The 5th generation owner will explain to us the procedure of the extraction, the storage and standardization process of the extra virgin olive oil in the past and nowadays.

4.Discover the quality of extra virgin olive oil in an olive oil tasting workshop!
Τhe dining table is set with the special blue olive oil tasting glasses awaiting you to become a tasting expert! Taste the extra virgin olive oil of the Koroneiki variety and learn about its sensory characteristics, recognize the elements that define the extra virgin olive oil, taste different varieties of Greek extra virgin olive oil such us “Manaki”, “Chalkidikis”, “Makris” etc and evaluate them…

5.Pair your food with extra virgin olive oil!
What about food? The extra virgin olive oil of different varieties is matched with traditional recipes including yogurt, fruit and vegetables. You will be surprised!

6.Enjoy a traditional light meal
The day, full of emotions and new knowledge, ends with a variety of traditional dishes..Fresh vegetables from our garden, Greek Gruyère cheese, tzatziki, Kalamata olives, olive tapenade, lalagia (local breadsticks), smoked ham and sausage, spinach pie, vegetable stew and of course wine and homemade dessert.

Suggested equipment taking with you:
Suggested equipment taking with you:

Comfortable shoes - Clothing.
Hat.
Backpack.
Bottle of water.
Sunglasses.
Sunscreen ( During summer period)

Meeting points and departure time :
Meeting points and departure time :

Meeting point : Castle of Androusa.
Every day meeting time : 10:00 am.

Departure time anf information will be advised by sms or email one (1) day before the departure of your tour/activity.
Optional extra transport from/to your accommodation.

Entry requirements :
Entry requirements :

Basic physical condition.
No olive picking experience required. Light walking is nessecery.

Please let us know if you have any food allergies or food intolerances.

Children need to be accompanied by an adult.

Level of difficulty / Characteristics :
Level of difficulty / Characteristics :

Participants should feel comfortable in walking and able to walk.

Important notice :
Important notice :

For any tour is required a minimoum number of participations in order to be materialized. In case of less participants our travel agency has the right to cancel the tour or to postpone the date in another with more participants.Last day of information about the materialisation of the tour can be 1 day before departure as some new last minute - bookings or cancelations can influence the tour.

Cancellation Policy :
Cancellation Policy :

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the prebooked tour.

Covid19 special information :
Covid19 special information :

All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned
Social distancing is maintained in vehicles
The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds.
Masks are required, please bring your own...

Included/Excluded

  • Olivewalk at the castle of Androusa, with background the endless Messinian olive grove valley.
  • Harvesting the perennial olive trees together with local families.
  • Guided tour to the Olive Mill, watching the production of extra virgin olive oil and tasting it directly from the separator, fresh and warm!
  • Tasting different varieties of extra virgin olive oils and a mini seminar by experienced olive oil taster (member of certified olive oil panel).
  • Tasting local products, based on Olive oil such as olive paste, kalamata olives, olive marmelade, dried figs, sesame bar with honey, bread sticks with olive oil, local cheese etc.
  • Light lunch in the old olive mill.
  • Liability Insurance.
  • Anything not mentioned above :
  • Transport from/to your hotel.
  • Entrance tickets to Archaelogical sites and museums.
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal Insurance
  • Any kind of extra food and beverage.
  • Tips and Portages.

Tour's Location

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FAQs

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I'm not staying in a hotel, what is the closest pick up point?
You will need to provide the nearest major hotel to where you are staying, and enter these details
as the pick up in your booking request. Alternatively you can make your way to the main departure
point (Nedontos 79 str.).
Are you offering special group rates?
Trigilidas Travel as a tour organizer is specialized also to groups and private tours so please mail us at info@trigilidas.gr or info@trigilidas.com
Can I change/amend my booking?
It may be possible to amend your booking; however, this depends upon the type of amendment
required and is at the discretion of the travel service provider. Contact Trigilidas Travel
customer care department with your current booking details and specific details of your amendment,
and we will be able to advise if the change/amendment is possible.
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These are explained in the Additional Information field, located on the tour & activity information page
( Mentioned as Important Notice). Most tours are confirmed at time of booking however, others will be
advised to you within 12-48 hours. If confirmation or otherwise is not received within 48 hours,
please contact us for further assistance.

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