Mountains and Olive Routes
Travel back in time to spend a half-day discovering the age-old oil production process in a historic rural village, catching breathtaking views of the Ionian Sea outside a historic church, and more on this scenic Argostoli tour. Your tour includes a comfortable and easy 20-minute transfer to explore the mountainous rural village of Dilinata, where you'll enjoy a 30-minute guided tour and demonstration of its historic Olive Mill and oil museum as you learn how the locals make olive oil. Your tour also includes a 30-minute stop for a delicious lunch with cheeses, olives, oil, local wine, and freshly baked bread from a local bakery and tavern, with the chance to catch stunning views of Argostoli and the Ionian Sea outside the Church of Panagia. With a 15-minute guided walking tour in Dilinata's central square and a 15-minute stop at the cave chapel of Agia Varvara, this tour is ideal for history buffs and cultural connoisseurs alike.
Begin this cultural tour by meeting up with your tour guide at your cruise port and take a 20-minute scenic drive from Argostoli into the mountainous region, where the traditional rural village of Dilinata lies. This historic town's economy relies on agriculture, so you'll be quick to find local villagers tending to sheep and goat or making various dairy products like cheese as well as producing olive oil. Upon arrival, step back into time as you learn about the centuries-old olive oil production process as you tour the Olive Mill in the center of Dilinata, one of the few oil mills left in the region.
The Olive Mill dates to 1938 and was one among 200 oil mills in Kefalonia, before the earthquake of 1953 destroyed many of these mills. You'll get to see the large equipment that oil millers used to produce this precious commodity, like the large bucket used to receive olive fruit, the bronzed press, and winch, as you tour the Olive Mill's recently renovated museum. Your tour will also take you to explore the outskirts of the iconic Church of Panagia, which owns the Olive Mill. Take pictures of this 17th-century church and stunning city and water views of the Ionian Sea, as you feast on a delicious lunch with fresh bread from a local bakery and cheese, olives, and oil at a local tavern outside the church, and whet your palate with mouth-watering local wine.
Next, follow your guide to the central square of Dilinata Village on a guided walking tour before leaving this mountainous, rural town. Before heading back to your port, wrap up your tour with a stop at the quaint Agia Varvara Chapel. This hidden gem rests under a bridge in a cave in a ravine and has a raised floor that protects it from flooding.
From discovering the process of olive oil production to exploring a chapel hidden in a cave, this scenic tour offers much to see and do. Book this exciting tour today and get ready to travel back in time when you visit the beautiful region near Argostoli