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Mesta, Greece
About Masticulture
Masticulture is the only business on the Island of Chios specializing in ecotourism. Since we opened our doors in 2007 we have worked hard to provide our customers with authentic experiences on Chios, experiences that explore the island's culture and nature in the most imaginative and creative ways possible.According to others, we've accomplished this goal: Lonely Planet's guide to Greece lists Masticulture among the top 10 green choices for responsible vacations in Greece.And the Chios Chamber of Commerce awarded us with a special prize for innovation and for our efforts to promote sustainable tourism on the island.Apart from our popular mastic harvest tour, we also offer hiking, scuba diving, sailing yacht trips, cycling, cooking classes and other special tours like star gazing! All activities are organized and hosted by us or by our carefully selected partners-people who share our ethical and business high standards as well as the goal that you experience the best Chios has to offer.
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Reviewed August 6, 2019

The first impression is that these guys are your friends who, by the way, show you around to make some money. What a lovely way for a tourist to start a unique tour! And it is unique indeed, in the sense that you get to...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank LaoTse
Reviewed July 22, 2018

We had 3 nights at Mesta and traveled all Chios excepth the northern side. MAstic trees nd the way they are harvested, its value, pirates running after to steal this valuable product, you will catch a different story. Need less to say I am a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Reviewed August 1, 2017

We read the reviews on this site and had to have Vassilis give 6 of us a tour. It was one of the best tours we had on an amazing 23 stop, 28 day cruise. The tour started with a trip down winding narrow streets...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Francis H
Reviewed July 30, 2017 via mobile

Friends had arranged for Vassilis & Roula to give our 10-person group a fantastic day: we started with a tour of a mastic grove and fresh & tasty picnic with local delicacies under the shade of the grove; moved on to a personal tour of...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank earthmother65
Reviewed June 23, 2017

We arranged weeks in advance for Vasillis Ballas to give us a customized day tour and are we glad we did. Versailles is the best tourist guide we have hired in 25 years of international travel. We spent 11 hours with him as he showed...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank worldtraveler3465
Reviewed June 14, 2017 via mobile

Only had one day in Chios on a cruise so I emailed Vassili and he offered our group of 4 a full day tour. Well, we have just had the best day of our cruise I think. Vassili picked us up from the ship and...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed August 12, 2016

This is a village surrounden by a fortress to provide safety back in old days. Now this is a touristic place where you can buy some souvenirs and handmade ornaments. Just take a walk on the streets and feel the old culture of Aegean.

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank Umut Y
Reviewed June 18, 2016

The gentleman who did the Mesta town tour was rude to non-Greeks and I understood enough to know that he mocked the foreigners or joked about them in Greek more than once with the Greeks on tour. He spent the entire tour speaking almost exclusively...More

Date of experience: July 2015
3  Thank CarmenAK
Masticulture, Owner at Masticulture, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2016

Dear Carmen, I am Vassilis, the "the young mastic farmer" you mentioned that ran the farm tour. Thank you for your flattering words. And thank you for a 5 star review despite the negative experience, it means a lot to me. With my wife Roula...More

Reviewed May 29, 2016

DAILY MASTIK TREE & VILLAGE MESTA EXCURSION We did a Daily excursion to greece chios island across the famous beach center Çeşme-İzmir.to reach chios takes half an hour by katamarine boat from çeşme turkey. Though the islandis the 4th greatest island of the mediterannean, the...More

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank spartaroma
Reviewed May 14, 2016

We had a beautiful day of sea kayaking with Vassilis Ballas, owner of Masticulture Tours. He is a wealth of information about life in Chios and mastic cultivation and history. The kayak equipment was great and it was safe and fun. We had a lovely...More

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank SanFranciscoDahlia
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soni m
August 23, 2015|
Response from ThomsonJo | Reviewed this property |
I think that you will be rushing if you do it that way. I would recommend the car hire so that you can adjust your trip if necessary. Do remember that the roads of Chios are not straight because of the mountain terrain, so... More
soni m
August 23, 2015|
Response from ThomsonJo | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry, I can not remember. The price is on his website though.
Christina K
August 15, 2015|
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Response from Lesley Anne W | Reviewed this property |
The Masic tour is about 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours long. It starts off with a walk through the Mesta village and a run down of the history of the village. Then you walk through a town gate into the countryside and down to a... More