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Adamantas: Milos Sightseeing Sailboat Cruise

1. Adamantas: Milos Sightseeing Sailboat Cruise

Embark on a full-day cruise to west Kleftiko from Adamantas. Visit highlights, including Cape Vani and the Sykia cave. Enjoy Greek tapas on board with plenty of swimming and snorkeling stops en route. Starting from Adamantas and sailing close to the east coast of the bay, you will pass the Christian catacombs, the colorful villages of Skinopi, the capital of ancient Milos and the place where the famous statue of Venus de Milo was discovered.  You will then reach Cape Vani, the bay which was home to one of the first metal mines in Milos. After seeing the old 19th-century mines, you will have the first swim at the bay of Kalogries in crystal clear turquoise waters. After swimming and having some fresh fruit, cakes and refreshments the skipper will set sail for Sykia, the biggest and most impressive cave of Milos. After a quick swim, you will take the small motor-boat under a low passage made of lava rocks and visit the cave.  Head back to the boat and enjoy some ouzo with a variety of Greek homemade tapas. Finally, you will reach Kleftiko, the old pirates-lair. Snorkeling here is an amazing experience due to the underwater passages, caves and an unsurpassed water clarity. Back on the boat, refreshments and ice-cold beers will be waiting for you, followed by a delicious meal and dessert. After you eat you can take the dinghy and go explore the unique Kleftiko caves and passages.  Later, the boat will head east towards Gerakas bay, after a short swim, enjoy fresh fruit back on the boat. The cruise ends in the beautiful tranquil bay of Provatas around 7:00 PM. From there, you will travel back to Adamantas in just 15 minutes. 

From Kalamata: Day Trip Hike to Gialova Lagoon with Dinner

2. From Kalamata: Day Trip Hike to Gialova Lagoon with Dinner

Explore the Gulf of Navarino on an evening hiking tour with van pickup at your hotel in Kalamata. Learn about the facinating military history of the Gulf of Navarino from your guide. Look for local wildlife, swim at Voidokilia beach and have dinner in a Greek tavern.  Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in the center of Kalamata and sit back and relax in the spacious and airconditioned van. Take in the stunning Greek countryside on way to the beginning of the hiking trail. Admire views of the  see the old Navarino castle. Start from from the bottom hill and make your way to the top at a leisurely pace. On Keep an eye out for migratory birds like flamingos, ospreys, and royal eagles that travel between Europe and Africa at the Gialova lagoon. Stop for a refreshing dip at the most photographed and well known beach in Greece, Voidokilia beach. Continue to the top of a hill where you can marvel at views of Voidokilia beach, Gialova lagoon, the city of Pylos and the Ionian sea. Have some fresh fruits while learning about the history of the area from 425 BC to today. Finish your tour with a authentic meal in a a Greek tavern right next to the coast before returning to your accommodation.

Messinia: Boat Trip and Greek Lunch at a Country Retreat

3. Messinia: Boat Trip and Greek Lunch at a Country Retreat

Enjoy a tour that includes a boat ride and a full local lunch. Only available in June, July and August. You’ll visit a beautiful coastal village located in Messinia, 65 km from Kalamata. After arriving at the port of the small coastal village, meet your boat captain, Yiannis. You’ll take an amazing boat ride to small islands in Navarino Bay. Along the way, your captain will recount the history of the islands and the area, while you soak up views and enjoy the ride. While there, you can also snorkel, or swim in the deep blue, crystal clear waters. Then, enjoy a full lunch at the estate's restaurant with traditional handmade local food. The retreat is surrounded by olive groves, and it is the ideal place to experience the sea and nature at its finest.

From Kalamata: Olive Oil Tasting in a Greek Olive Mill

4. From Kalamata: Olive Oil Tasting in a Greek Olive Mill

Join us for a 3-hour guided tour of the wonderful land of Messinia and its perennial olive trees: - Part 1: Arrival at the grove - Warm welcome Visit a beautiful olive grove of a small village, located in the west of Messinia, just 10 minutes from Costa Navarino Bay and Nestor’s Palace. It is the ideal backdrop to unravel the history, tradition and ancient myths of this historical place. The owners will welcome you with a homemade Greek local breakfast and the olive experience is enriched with a video presentation about the history of olive and olive oil! - Part 2: Olive Harvest or Olive Grove Olive harvest (available October - November) – You’ll walk through the olive trees and meet local families as they harvest their own trees. You’ll enjoy the experience of a lifetime either by handpicking olives and placing them directly in a basket or by picking them using a net. Olive grove (all year round) – Experience a guided 30-minute relaxing stroll through perennial olive trees. During your walk, you’ll get acquainted with different varieties of olive trees in all shapes and of all ages. - Part 3: Olive Oil Tasting (all year round) What follows is an interactive olive oil tasting workshop by an olive oil lover! The tasting session includes 3 different varieties of extra virgin olive oil, focusing on sensory tasting, defects and positive traits. Discover also the main principles of food pairing and find out which olive oil you like most! - Part 4: Light lunch or full local lunch (optional) Get a taste of traditional, local food, such as lalagia (savoury or sweet looped ribbons of dough), pasto (cured pork), Kalamata olives, or enjoy a homemade full local lunch!

Messinia: Organic Cooking Class and Traditional Local Feast

5. Messinia: Organic Cooking Class and Traditional Local Feast

You’ll begin with a tour all the facilities of the farm, including the amphitheater, the crops, the animal farm, and the vegetable garden. Next, enjoy a leisurely stroll to explore every corner of the farm and marvel at the unique tree houses, which are built from all-natural materials. You'll then stop at the quaint, stone-built amphitheater to learn all about the evolution of the theater in Ancient Greece. You can experience rural life at its best by feeding the animals and picking fresh fruit and vegetables, and throughout the tour you’ll get the chance to enjoy local delicacies, Mt Taygetos tea, or homemade lemonade. Next you will discover the secrets of traditional homemade food based on local recipes, "just like mama used to make". A local cook will guide you through the experience to unravel the mysteries of Greek cuisine, as you learn how to make and bake bread in a wood-fire oven and prepare authentic homemade Greek food and local delicacies in the farm's open-air kitchen. After your cooking experience, get a taste of freshly baked bread, a home-cooked Mediterranean meal, and tasty snacks prepared by you in the farm’s open-air kitchen. All ingredients are from the farm and other local producers. The meal includes local appetizers, mains, and dessert, accompanied by organic wine, soft drinks, Greek coffee, or tea. After you've savored your meal, enjoy a stroll through the cobblestone lanes and immerse yourself in the local culture, finding out the local history of the small village.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 70 reviews

A MUST tour, especially of Kleftiko! Our captain Stavros and his aid Forest were incredibly friendly and catered to our every need. They kept repeating they were there to take care of us and help us enjoy the trip. The food was great (included nutella sandwiches, macaroni with octopus, potato salad, chicken, Greek salad, fresh fruit, and as many beers, wine, ouzo, soft drinks and water as we wanted. Stavros' tour of all the caves was incredible and hands down one of the best parts of our entire Milos trip. He was very knowledgeable and adept at guiding the dinghy into the narrow caves. Forest was our photo "paparazzi" and took great pics of our family on the boat and in the water. Stavros also took pics of us in the caves. Overall I can't say enough about the crew and all the places we stopped and saw. I highly recommend the full day tour so you can see multiple spots and don't feel rushed at any one.

The tour was great! Our guide (George) was very friendly and experienced. He knew the perfect spot and timing to take us. All very organized and super smooth. Would definitely recommend!

Absolutely epic trip! Milos weather is wild and captain George killed it with the route and trip! Super fun and safe! 5 stars! You must do this tour!!! Ps: the food was incredible!

Beautiful tour. The guide is very knowledgable, funny and really makes this tour an unforgettable experience.

Both the activity and the treatment of the two employees were great, highly recommended!