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Eggares Olive Oil Museum, Greece

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Naxos Island: Highlight Bus Tour with Swim Stop at Apollonas

1. Naxos Island: Highlight Bus Tour with Swim Stop at Apollonas

Explore the wonders of Naxos island on this guided bus. Visit the valley of Gyroula and the marble quarries of Apollonas. Stop at the villages of Chalki, Apiranthos, and Damalas along the way. Start with a pickup from a variety of locations on Naxos and first travel to the green valley of Gyrula. You will visit the marble temple of the Goddess Demeter, one of the most important ancient monuments on the island. The next stop will be the tiny village of Damalas. Learn everything about the old procedures of olive oil production at a restored olive press museum. Afterward, visit a traditional workshop of a third-generation potter and know the secrets of his art dating back to ancient Greece. Continue to Chalki village, an ancient commercial center and a place of beautiful Venetian architecture. You can also take an optional visit to a local "kitron" distillery and learn about liquor production along with tastings. Next, explore the village of Apiranthos located at the foot of Fanari mountain. Admire the beautiful views of Venetian Towers, marbled alleys, cozy tavernas, verandas, and traditional tiny shops with local products. Take a short stroll through the village and hear about its history and traditions. Leaving Apiranthos behind, drive past Koronos village and the famous emery mines, before arriving at Apollonas. See ancient marble quarries where you can admire an unfinished marble Kouros Statue that is 11 meters tall and that is 2500-years-old. Have free time in a picturesque fishing village where you can go for a dip or purchase lunch. Drive along the west coast, one of the most beautiful routes on the island with an amazing view of the ocean, and be returned to your pickup point.

Naxos: Half Day History and Culture Guided Tour

2. Naxos: Half Day History and Culture Guided Tour

Meet your guide at Naxos Bus Transfer Office, right outside Naxos Port and drive directly to your first stop, Demeter’s Temple. Admire the impressive restored sanctuary, take amazing pictures and visit the small on spot museum. Next stop will be Panagia Drosiani, a church of unique architectural style devoted to Virgin Mary. Some of its frescoes date to the 6th century and are considered among the oldest in the Balkans! The church is part of an old monastery and is a Byzantine gem hidden among the olive groves of Tragea valley. Continue driving past Kinidaros. Here you will make a short stop to photoshoot the contemporary marble quarries before you reach Flerio valley. Walk through the lush gardens and meet the Kouros Statue, one of the most striking examples of Naxian marble art. Your last stop is a tribute to one of the most treasured Greek products. In Eggares olive press museum you will learn everything about the old procedures of olive oil production and you will also taste delicious olive products.

Naxos: Lowlands & Aegean Sea E-Bike Tour with Farm Tastings

3. Naxos: Lowlands & Aegean Sea E-Bike Tour with Farm Tastings

Stroll among olive trees, canes, and citrus fruits as you absorb the natural beauty of Melanes Valley. Then, marvel at two imposing Kouros statues - examples of ancient sculpture. Continue to Eggares citrus valley, described in poetic terms by nine-time Nobel Prize nominee, Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis, as "If paradise was on earth, it would be here". A guided tour of an old olive press with a stone mill follows, before getting behind the scenes with tasting samples of delicious cheeses, vegetables, and homegrown wines and raki in a local farm. Depending on the season, you may even witness cheese in the making! On a windless day, you may wish to take a short swim at the less popular Amitis Beach. Take a relaxing ride back in a breathtaking itinerary overlooking the ocean while processing the flood of information you ‘ve gathered in this unforgettable journey.

Naxos: A Riverbank Adventure (Kinidaros - Eggares villages)

4. Naxos: A Riverbank Adventure (Kinidaros - Eggares villages)

You’ll start your hike at Kinidaros, a scenic village nestled amid marble quarries towering over it. At one time or another, most of the village men have been quarrymen but Kinidaros is famous for a completely different trait: Music! For the Kinidaros locals music comes first. Most of them are skilled musicians, everyone plays an instrument (or two or three), and everyone keeps the Cycladic folk music tradition alive and well. You’ll leave Kinidaros behind to walk on a dirt trail which gives you the opportunity to gaze at the awesome marble quarries from a distance. The dirt trail turns into a cobblestoned path that takes you all the way down to the river. The views of the nearby mountains as they blend with the deep blue of the Aegean, the lush greenery that awaits you below, the path itself which actually traverses a small ravine cannot be beaten. As soon as you reach the riverbanks, the landscape changes completely. The 18th-century, double-arch, stone bridge known as Mill of Hadji stands guard over everything and once you’ve walked past it towards the riverbank, you’ll notice the difference: the air is cooler, shady spots abound, and vegetation is rioting next to abandoned watermills, lagoons, and small waterfalls, while crabs and water turtles make their way at the water’s edge next to oleander bushes and plane trees. A little later, the trail takes you past the serene, small, country church of Aghios Georgios in the fertile Lagada area and a majestic four-arch water mill. You continue making your way surrounded by plane trees and reed beds until you reach the 18th-century tower of the Pradouna Elders. At that point, you enter the traditional farm settlement of Mesa Geitonia. Last, the trail takes you to Eggares, an old, quiet farming village in the embrace of a fertile plain where you’ll have the chance to visit one of Naxos’s oldest remaining olive mills: recently renovated, the Eggares Olive Press dates back to at least the late 1800s when it pressed locally-grown olives for the village community. At Eggares, we’ll share a great, leisurely meal at one of the village’s best traditional tavernas. Then our transport will take you back to your accommodations!

Naxos: Family Experience in Eggares Olive Oil Museum

5. Naxos: Family Experience in Eggares Olive Oil Museum

Find out what made the olive tree sacred to ancient Greeks on this guided tour specially designed for the whole family. See an old olive mill, create a piece of artwork with your kids, plant some seeds in the garden all together, savor a delicious salad, and try some local olive oils. Discover how the old mill used to work on a guided tour of the museums. Hear a myth about Athena and Poseidon that explains the importance of olive trees to the Greeks. Head to the garden to plant some vegetable seeds and become a real farmer. Sit outdoors under the shade of an umbrella and cool-off with a salad that is topped with traditional olive oil from Naxos. Expereince local flavors as you try some extra virgin olive oils. Find out how fun children's games were in ancient Greece by playing them. Craft your own masterpiece to take home with oil colors, burlap canvas, and brushes, and observe actual copies of Ancient Greek Games made of clay in our little museum corner.

Naxos: Olive Oil Tasting with Local Gastronomy

6. Naxos: Olive Oil Tasting with Local Gastronomy

Our expert storytellers will introduce you to the importance of olive oil from Ancient to modern day and how we combine olive oil with almost everything in our daily lives. We will accompany you with a journey back in time with a tour of our 5th generation, family owned and operated Olive Press Museum. This museum was in operation as an olive press from the late 1700’s through the mid 1960’s. Upon completion of the museum visit, you will take away an understanding behind the evolution and production of olive oil from the past to the present. You will also learn about the different types of olives used in the production of olive oil and some of the key characteristics needed to optimize olive oil extraction. Taste the difference in different types of olive oil with a professionally guided experience. The authentic Greek warmth and hospitality is what we strive for. You will join us in our garden for a five course, olive oil themed menu. The menu is seasonal based on availability, since it is full of locally sourced, farm to table and naxian products. All by being surrounded by the sites and sounds of our quaint village.

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What people are saying about Eggares Olive Oil Museum, Greece

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 184 reviews

This is an excellent way to get a sense for the island. You visit a couple of villages, a beach, and a pair of archaeological sites. You also get a pottery making demonstration and a lesson on olive pressing. In season, the tour includes a stop at an olive museum and store. The natural beauty of the Naxos is apparent as you drive up into the mountains, stop in the quaint towns, and descend toward the sea. Demetris provides a friendly and accessible narration, and Vasilis drives the bus with consumate skill. We met fellow travelers from all over, and enjoyed the entire experience.

The tour was excellent and a great way to see the island. I can remember the exact names of our guide and driver (I think our guide was Dimitri?) but they were both very nice and our guide had lots of interesting facts to tell us. It was beautiful getting to see some of the villages and the mountains of the island. The swim stop was also beautiful. I will say that it’s a pretty packed day so keep that in mind if you want more time in each stop. “It takes a lifetime to discover Greece but only a second to fall in love with her” - and I couldn’t agree more.

The tour was excellent! Our driver and guide were both fantastic - very knowledgeable and funny. We really enjoyed all the stops on the tour, and although it would've been nice to have some more time at some, we understand why it wasn't possible. Very enjoyable - thank you so much! (-:

I could not have easily accessed all these attractions across remote mountain roads on my own. This was just right for a low energy outing on day 37 of my current sojourn.

Nice day tour in Naxos, the guide knew his stuff for sure !