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Masticulture

Mesta, Greece
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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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LaoTse wrote a review Aug 2019
Athens18 contributions18 helpful votes
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 know how mastic tree farmers take care of their trees and how they get the final product after a long and strenuous procedure. Participants learn quite a few things about mastic and its cultivation which are then blended smoothly with the exquisite museum. Many thanks to Roula, Vassilis and their kids (Marianna and Giorgis) who made this experience unforgettable and worthwhile!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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HAKAN Y wrote a review Jul 2018
New York160 contributions56 helpful votes
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 fan of mastic pudding at home.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Francis H wrote a review Aug 2017
Central Florida, Florida6 contributions
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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 to visit to a hotel that had a working orchard. Then on to the Mastic farm with a demonstration of how mastic farming is done. From there to Mesta which was a beautiful village that was one of the best kept and interesting villages we visited. We followed that with a picnic on a secluded beach occupied by locals. Vassilis treated us to the best his island had to offer and did it in a very professional and interesting way. He is very knowledgeable and was willing to answer any and all questions we had about the island and its people. VERY highly recommended.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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Pauline M wrote a review Jul 2017
Woluwe-St-Pierre, Belgium118 contributions55 helpful votes
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 the recently-opened Masticha Museum; topped it off with kayaking from Emporios to a small cave and the beach of Mavra Volia. Informative, pleasant, and fun company with their super well-behaved five-year old twins. Highly recommended for families, groups of friends....an insightful view into local history and life from a couple who chose to move back and give back to the island.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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worldtraveler3465 wrote a review Jun 2017
Tempe, Arizona58 contributions20 helpful votes
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 us a citrus grove, a hands on mastic cultivation tour, visits to out of the way churches down dirt roads, a great lunch at a seafood taverna along with a swim on a black pebble beach, then a visit to the brand new and very interesting mastic museum located on a stunning hillside, then the beautiful village of Prygi with its great decorated houses, and finally a present arranged for my wife of a ride on a farmers donkey thru the fields ( not a "tourist" donkey, but a well treated farm animal). During the whole day Vasillis had great stories to tell, and offered us advice on dining choices in Chios Town and where I could find mosaics, a passion of mine. All this crammed into a just wonderful, our heads were spinning with joy as we dropped us at our hotel. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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