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5 Days
Zakynthos
Zakynthos
Min Age : 6
Max People : 12

A Perfect Permaculture Camp

This very special 5 day program is intended to learn organic olive and olive oil production on Zakynthos Island. You will be staying in a family farm  surrounded by wooded hills, olive groves around beautiful farmhouses, fig trees. 80 hectares of absolute freedom within nature, spreading on the gentle slope of the Vasilikos peninsula, in southern Zakynthos. An eco, well-being retreat on a family organic farm. During 5-day learning trip you will experience;  Olive harvesting, Olive pressing and Olive Oil production, Olive Oil tasting and Evaluation, Local Kitchen cooking courses with Olive Oil and fresh farm ingredients, local wine tasting, short island tour. This is a unique private experience starting from 4 people.

Olive groves, forests and golden beaches at your doorstep. Farmhouses designed for an easy greek summer living. Fresh organic fruit and vegetables and ‘tailor-made’ tantalizing menus from our chef.

Farmhouses in Mediterranean light, following Greek traditional architecture. Colors of the Zakynthian countryside blending in harmony with the natural surroundings. Organic farming and traditional local recipes giving us authentic tastes of local cuisine. Countryside horse riding for a unique experience within nature. Free provided mountain bikes for an absolute ‘’green’’ way of getting around.  People who love and respect Mother Earth, reducing the consumption of energy, recycling and using each natural resource responsibly. We strive to contribute to a sustainable eco-tourism development.

Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Zakynthos 

Price Includes

  • Zakynthos airport transfers.
  • 5 Day accommodation in an independent farmhouse for each couple of guests.
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches,3 dinners, as described in itinerary.
  • 2 cooking courses, 1 olive oil tasting course, 1 wine tasting, 1 guided 2 hour walk to Gerakas beach, 1 olive grove visit/harvesting, 1 olive press visit/production presentation,1 tour to the mountainous part of Zakynthos.
  • Local english speaking guide in all activities/tours/dinners.
  • Certified Olive oil sommelier for olive oil tasting.
  • English speaking chef for cooking courses.
  • Extended use of accommodation till late on departure day.
  • Flexible menu adjustable to any dietary restrictions (vegetarian, vegan etc.)

Price Excludes

  • Flights from/to Zakynthos
  • Meals other than mentioned in the inclusions
  • Beverages
  • Rental Car (35€ per day mini compact car)
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Sales tax 4.75%
What to Expect

Itinerary

Day 1Zakynthos Arrival

Arrival from Athens with the morning flight. (08.25 according to current flight schedule) Airport pick up and transfer to the farm. Settling in the farmhouses. Meeting point at the olive press area for a short welcome coffee/tea/refreshment. Short description of the tour for the next days.  A stroll to the farm’s olive groves. Presentation of the manual harvesting procedure and explanation of the method. Introduction into the olive trees world, with a presentation of the different tree varieties of the farm and explanation of differences. Return to the olive press area and preparation for lunch. After noon free time for swimming / relaxing / siesta etc.

Overnight : Farmhouse Meals: Lunch – Dinner

 

Day 2Zakynthos

After breakfast, visit to the olive groves and harvesting olives. Participation and observation. Combing olives off the trees, collecting them from the nets, sacking them and preparing them for the olive mill.  After lunch, meeting for an easy walk from the farm to Gerakas beach and back for aprox. 2 hrs. Return to the farm, 1 hour time for shower/relaxing.

 

 

Cooking with olive oil at the farm’s open plan cooking area. Together with our chef guests will learn how to prepare local dishes based on olive oil and fresh farm ingredients.Guests will enjoy what they have previously prepared with the chef.

Overnight : Farmhouse Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 3Zakynthos

After breakfast, guided visit to the mountainous part of Zakynthos. Stop to a winery for a local wine tasting. Lunch at a small traditional tavern in Zakynthos capital After-noon return to the farm. Time for swimming / relaxing / siesta

Overnight : Farmhouse Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 4Zakynthos

After breakfast, visit to the olive press and observation/explanation of the traditional pressing method of producing olive oil. Tasting of the freshly produced olive oil. Olive oil tasting course. Explanation of the positive sensory attributes of extra virgin olive oil and tasting and evaluation of three different samples of olive oil. Cooking with olive oil at the farm’s open plan cooking area. Together with our chef guests will learn how to prepare local dishes based on olive oil and fresh farm ingredients. After noon, free time for swimming/relaxing/siesta etc. Visit to Zakynthos capital city for dinner at a local taverna with unplugged traditional Zakynthian music.

Overnight : Farmhouse Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 5Zakynthos Departure

After breakfast free time at leisure until your transfer to the airport. Late check-out included 

Overnight : N/A Meals: Breakfast 

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