08:30 – 10:00 Traditional breakfast with locally sourced produce
La Moara owners and kitchen staff, will have you drooling over their recipes. Traditional pies and homemade comfits are always the order of the day.
10:00 – 13:00 Visit Arcturos Bear Sanctuary & Village Tour
Seeing brown bears in forested enclosures, where bears rescued from poor captive conditions can spend their remaining years in a natural environment, is a rare and fulfilling experience.
A purpose- built tour to introduce the history, architecture and culture of the Nymfaio village and its people. The “waymen”, guardians of the most important Imperial road, the Via Egnatia, who turned into the most prominent silversmiths and goldsmiths in the Balkans and later on into Tobacco merchants left their mark on the finely decorated mansions, the magnificent Saint Nicholas Church and the monumental Nikeios School, the likes of which could very rarely be found, if at all, in the whole of Greece.
13:00–14:30 MIdday break (tsipouro & mezes/pies/herbal tea/coffee)
A midday break – under the shade of a tree in the summer or in a cozy place in the winter – accompanied by high quality Tsipouro (strong distilled spirit, usually offered as an aperitif and accompanied by olives, fresh onions, cucumbers and various local meze – nibbles) is an old Greek tradition that can be traced back to the 14th century.
14:30–17:00 VIP Wine Tasting at Alpha Estate
Alpha Estate is the biggest winery in Greece and broadly represents “The new beginning”, the “birth” of a new era in the world of Greek wine. Our VIP wine tasting session will give you the chance to sample more than 14 different wines. Angelos Iatridis (the winemaker) was nominated for Winemaker of the Year 2014 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine!
17:00–18:00 Rest & relaxation
18:00–20:00 Dinner at “Kontosoros” Restaurant/Tavern
The late Nikos Kontosoros – owner and chef – had been running one of the best restaurants in Greece off the tourist trail but just a stone’s throw away from where we will be staying. His wife and daughter have now taken over determined to protect his unique approach to re-inventing traditional Greek recipes. Dinner at Kontosoros makes for a truly unforgettable tasting experience.
21:00 Return to La Moara guesthouse