This delightful and meticulously researched tour fuses several attractive themes into an irresistible proposition for a same-day program that gives insight to the real, yet not well-known, Greece by combining mythology, natural scenery, archaeology, local wines and traditional cuisine. The tour sets off in the morning from Loutraki, so as to embrace the evocative sights, locations, aromas, sounds and flavors of the Corinthia region of northern Peloponnese via a short stop at the lovely coastal town of Loutraki. Corinthia is rich in history, magnificent relics of ages past and in legends. It is also rich in its treasures of the land through its wine and its food.
Driving past the impressive Corinth Canal (short stop for photos) and through the forested mountains of Corinthia, our next stop is at an old yet modern winery specializing in the production of organic fine wines created from varieties grown at local vineyards at an altitude between 650 and 750 meters in a small region of Corinthia noted for its own and particular microclimate. The wine tasting is harmoniously accompanied by local Corinthian appetizers. The tour then proceeds to Lake Stymphalia, the location where legend has it that the ancient hero and demigod Hercules cunningly managed to destroy the predator Stymphalian birds which plagued the region by performing his Sixth Labour.
Lake Stymphalia and its complex wetland ecosystem is a Natura 2000 natural protection area and is also home to the delightful and rich Environment Museum of Stymphalia, which is one of the tour's highlights. The best way to take in any location is by foot and the shores of the lake are perfect for reaching the ruins of the acropolis and the ancient town of Stymphalos. Fittingly, you will rest and relax at a local Greek taverna to sample the local delicacies. The tour will finish in Loutraki at the designated drop-off point, however what will remain alive are your happy memories of the vibrant nature, myths, legends, historical sites and the aroma and flavors of the wine and the food of this blessed land - arguably one of the best ways to end any day.