Herbal tea serving
Aromatic plant extract
Looking after sheep
Taking care of the dog
Processing aromatic plants
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:
Techniques for growing and processing aromatic plants
Hands-on experience of agricultural field work
Methods for herbal drink production, and cooking with herbs
Haris – Ancient Olympia, organic field cultivation & herbal plants
Itinerary: how we'll spend the day and what we'll do together
Growing aromatic plantsThe guests will have a hands-on experience on the traditional agricultural techniques for growing and looking after aromatic plants. They will also learn how to process them and dry them out, in order to produce herbal drinks and natural cosmetics
Agricultural field workThe visitors will have a first-hand field experience on the actual agricultural work-tasks. They will be able to participate and observe the processes regarding the cleaning-up of the fields by hand, the organic and chemical-free methods for cultivating the field, and, if the season is high, the harvesting of herbs by hand using a special sickle
Producing herbal drinksThe guests will then have the chance to try out various herbal drinks, while learning the multitude of ways that they are produced, as well as their specific properties. Thereafter, they will explore the way their use can be beneficial for the human body, and the way they can be used as an integral part of the authentic greek cuisine, for producing, spicing up and seasoning various greek dishes and beverages
Place of ORIGIN: Piraeus
LIVES in: Smila, Ancient Olympia, Ilia
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
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
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.