Herbal tea serving

Herbal tea serving

Green field

Green field

Melissohorto

Melissohorto

Field work

Field work

Lygaria

Lygaria

Chamomile

Chamomile

Aromatic plant extract

Aromatic plant extract

Origanum

Origanum

Looking after sheep

Looking after sheep

Taking care of the dog

Taking care of the dog

Processing aromatic plants

Processing aromatic plants

Herbal tea

Herbal tea

Guests will gain experience on the organic agricultural techniques for growing and looking after aromatic plants. They will also become involved in real agricultural work in the field, and learn how to use herbs in cooking as well as herbal drink production

 WHAT you will LEARN: 

  1. Techniques for growing and processing aromatic plants

  2. Hands-on experience of agricultural field work

  3. Methods for herbal drink production, and cooking with herbs

€60, 4 hrs, 4 persons

Haris – Ancient Olympia, organic field cultivation & herbal plants

Itinerary: how we'll spend the day and what we'll do together

  • Place of ORIGIN: Piraeus

  • LIVES in: Smila, Ancient Olympia, Ilia

  • SPEAKS: English

  • LOVES: fishing, travelling, reading, cooking, looking after the animals

  • Has TRAVELLED to: UK, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Romania, Turkey, and many places in Greece

  • Personal TRAITS: very friendly and hospitable, has an acute sense of preserving nature, optimistic attitude, hard working and professional

€60, 4 hrs, 4 persons

Booking details

Haris Vasiliadis is your Host

Haris leads a small family business that deals with cultivation, processing, production and packaging of organic aromatic plants. Their goal is to offer their guests the chance to work with the soil in the actually organic field, without the use chemicals or heavy machinery. Their ambition is to carry the organic cultivation torch forward, by letting people discover the wornderful world of natural herbs

  • Place: Smila, Ancient Olympia

  • Meeting Point: archaeological area of ancient Olympia, or a local hotel (to be determined after booking)

  • Duration: 4 hours

  • Timetable: 11.00-15.00

  • Price: 60 euros per person (food, coffee are included)

  • Availability: 25 April - 30 September

  • Group size: 4 persons max

  • What’s SPECIAL about this experience: this is a unique agro-tourism experience that will acquaint visitors with organic cultivation methods and the wealth of local herbs and plants

 

      Smila, Ancient Olympia - Where the Experience will take place

What wikipedia says

 

Olympia, a sanctuary of ancient Greece in Elis on the Peloponnese peninsula, is known for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times. The Olympic Games were held every four years throughout Classical antiquity, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD.

The sanctuary, known as the Altis, consists of an unordered arrangement of various buildings. Enclosed within the temenos (sacred enclosure) are the Temple of Hera (or Heraion/Heraeum), the Temple of Zeus, the Pelopion, and the area of the altar, where the sacrifices were made.

To the north of the sanctuary can be found the Prytaneion and the Philippeion, as well as the array of treasuries representing the various city-states. The Metroon lies to the south of these treasuries, with the Echo Stoa to the east. The hippodrome and later stadium were located east of the Echo Stoa. To the south of the sanctuary is the South Stoa and the Bouleuterion, whereas the Palaestra, the workshop of Pheidias, the Gymnasion, and the Leonidaion lie to the west.

Olympia was also known for the gigantic ivory and gold statue of Zeus that used to stand there, sculpted by Pheidias, which was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Antipater of Sidon. Very close to the Temple of Zeus which housed this statue, the studio of Pheidias was excavated in the 1950s. Evidence found there, such as sculptor's tools, corroborates this opinion. The ancient ruins sit north of the Alpheios River and south of Mount Kronos (named after the Greek deity Kronos). The Kladeos, a tributary of the Alpheios, flows around the area.

The Olympic flame of the modern-day Olympic Games is lit by reflection of sunlight in a parabolic mirror in front of the Temple of Hera and then transported by a torch to the place where the games are held. When the modern Olympics came to Athens in 2004, the men's and women's shot put competition was held at the restored Olympia stadium.

The town has a train station and is the easternmost terminus of the line of Olympia-Pyrgos (Ilia). The train station with the freight yard to its west is located about 300 m east of the town centre. It is linked by GR-74, and the new road was opened in the 1980s; the next stretch N and NE of Olympia opened in 2005. The distance from Pyrgos is 20 km (12 mi), about 50 km (31 mi) SW of Lampeia, W of Tripoli and Arcadia and 4 km (2 mi) north of Krestena and N of Kyparissia and Messenia. The highway passes north of the ancient ruins. A reservoir is located 2 km (1 mi) southwest, damming up the Alfeios River. The area is hilly and mountainous; most of the area within Olympia is forested.
 

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