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An agro-ecological journey to the olive’s environment

Discovering olive’s environment, Culinary (cooking lessons)

How is the most basic ingredient of Mediterranean diet cultivated? Is olive oil better than other oils and why? Does landscape has an effect on the olive production, or is it the contrary? Do we produce today better olive oil than a century ago? Is cultivation of olives bad for the environment and does it really matter if it’s “organic”, or rather not?

Crete, besides being the cradle of Mediterranean diet, is a major olive cultivation place, where for centuries takes place the extraction of the precious ingredient, from millions of olive trees, within a landscape of wind and stars…

You may join us in a journey through the Cretan olive orchards and the millennial history of olive oil and get familiar with the annual circle of farming practices which deliver a high quality product.

We will learn how to understand the functions of the olive orchard ecosystem and “read” the agricultural landscape, while we will be introduced to the principles of ecological olive farming and understand the “footprint” of an olive orchard on the environment.

  • type: Guided Trips/Tours, Courses & Seminars
  • activities: History/Archaeology, Local products,Culinary (Cooking Lessons)
  • tags: Agrotourism, Cretan olive oil, Cretan diet & cuisine, Traditional products
  • duration: 2 days
  • on request: Yes
  • location: Messara Plain, Center of Crete (Heraklio hinterland), Heraklio
Type
Guided Trips/Tours, Courses & Seminars
Activities
History/Archaeology, Local products,Culinary (Cooking Lessons)
Tags
Agrotourism, Cretan olive oil, Cretan diet & cuisine, Traditional products
Indicative Price (Total)
€180 per person
Indicative Price (Daily)
€90 per person
Costs

9-12 persons: €120
6-8 persons:   €145
4-5 persons:   €180
2-3 persons:   €295

Minimum No. of persons
2
Maximum No. of persons
12
Difficulty Level
1 (Very Easy)
Languages

Greek, English

Duration
2 days
Notes

1st day

Gortina antiquity > plain of Mesara > Kommos beach > Zaro’s village
DURATION: 10:00 - 18:00 
 
Starting location for guiding: Gortina
Return location: Gortina & Zaro’s village
 
Provisional programme:
Visiting, walking and guiding in ancient olive fields, as well as in olive groves that are currently cultivated by different methods. Swimming in Kommos, a famous beach in south Crete, from where the commerce (also of olive products) flourished in ancient times. Dinner in Zaro’s village.
Sleeping: in Zaro’s village 
 
Distance covered by car: 65 km
Distance of trekking / walking: 0

2nd day

Gortina antiquity > plain of Mesara > Kommos beach > Zaro’s village
DURATION:  09:30 - 15:00 
 
Provisional programme:
Breakfast
Cooking lessons with local cooks in a traditional tavern and lunch 
 
Distance covered by car: 65 km
Distance of trekking / walking: 0
On Request
Yes
Schedule

Upon request: with at least 7 days’ notice (May-October & upon request)

All inclusive
Yes
Included Services

Presentation of Trip’s theme

  • Guiding by a Specialist Agronomist in sustainable agriculture and agrobiodiversity (English speaker)
  • A manual in English for each traveler (with references, texts, photos, maps etc)
  • Group-work / mini seminar – experiment / Cooking lessons

Personnel

  • Extra guide for the next day (English or French speaker)
  • A Cook for the cooking lesson on 2nd day

Food / Accommodation

  • 1 Breakfast
  • 2 Branches
  • 2 Meals
  • Water
  • Sleep in double room on 3* hotels or traditional apts. with 3* facilities

Other

  • Personal Insurance
  • Entrance fees to museums and organized archaeological sites
Not Included Services
  • Translator
  • Driver
  • Beverage (soft drinks)
  • Transfer from/to Crete
  • Transfer to the starting point of the trips & return
  • Transportation to the sites of the trip
  • Tours to organised archaeological sites
  • Personal expenses, tips, visa’s cost, taxes
  • Rucksack, trekking poles
  • Whatever is not mentioned above 

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