Crete's First Olive Harvest Holidays - at ELEONAS Resort.
Want to be part of Crete's olive harvest this autumn? Live like a local with Greece’s hottest travel team at ELEONAS Cottages, located in Crete’s prettiest rural heartland, on NEW six day holidays, with guided forays to ancient olive groves, mills and small producers.
Course Dates: 29th of October to 23rd of December. (Check-in day Every Monday)
From only EUR 980 per person
- Six nights private accommodation
- Airport transfers
- All tuition
- Meals and wine
- Six guided excursions to groves, mills, ancient sites and local artisans (flights extra)
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Olive Harvest Holidays at ELEONAS Resort
The ELEONAS Hotel, Zaros, Greece, means ‘olive grove’ in Greek. Not only is it buried deep in groves, but the surrounding area, a UNESCO National Park is the olive producing heartland of Crete fed by the natural springs of Mt Psiloritis.
Our regulars have begged us for years for tours which will allow them to join the harvest (starts November, through the winter), join olive tasting classes, cookery classes, visit the ancient groves in jeep safaris, visit the sacred sites like Gortyn where trees date back 1,000 years, and simply sample a slice of the healthy Cretan lifestyle outside the peak summer season.
THE OLIVE HARVEST TOUR PROGRAMME
Our six day tour includes full board, drinks, wine, olive tasting sessions (in English) with local experts, service, six nights accommodation in private stone cottages, escorted excursions with renowned travel expert and writer, airport transfers (Heraklion). Our food ingredients are 100% home grown on ELEONAS family farm, or sustainably sourced within 5km.
- Exclusive use of the ELEONAS Hotel
- Immediate access to the E4 walking trail, to the Rouvas Gorge and ancient forest.
- FREE use of hotel facilities including games room, sundecks, lounge, WiFi and internet. Lending library; read up on Cretan flora, fauna and history in front of the fireplace.
- Welcome fruit basket and tea, coffee and raki.
Welcome arrival at Crete Heraklion airport. Private car transfer to ELEONAS Hotel in Zaros (45 mins). Check in and orientation of resort with complimentary drinks.
We head off in trucks to the nearby olive groves to join the harvest. Enjoy a light picnic lunch with wine. Join Greeks foraging for wild greens in the countryside, return to hotel around 4.00pm.
Walking tour through olive groves to the historic monastery of Vrontisi. A tasty light lunch is provided, before an afternoon guided visit to an olive oil factory to see the production.
Escorted walking tour from the monastery to Zaros’ water mills. Live demonstration of bread making in a working wood oven, fired with olive wood. Followed by light lunch with fresh breads, tomato, olives and Cretan cheeses.
Guided visit to Moni Odigitria, an ancient olive press. Next we tour the village of Kouses with its fascinating herb store, Botano. A light lunch taken in the village. Drive onto ancient site of Gortyn followed by award winning winery tour of Zacharioudakis.
Morning at leisure to explore Zaros village for last minute shopping. Evening escorted tour of Niviritos village for a Cretan style dinner with live music and entertainment.
Departure for Crete Heraklion airport.
Six day olive harvest tour
Option 1: 980 Euro per person including full board, excursions and private accommodation, based on two sharing.
Option 2: 1.190 Euro per single person booking.
29th of October to 23rd of December. (Check-in day Every Monday)
Option 1: Companion fare, 800 Euro. One week full board, no excursions.