A unique journey with special flavors and wines based on the magical microcosm of mushrooms and the rich tradition. The participants who choose this tour will have the possibility to explore in depth the hunting of mushrooms in Greece and to experience new tastes. Also they will learn to prepare many dishes (appetizers, soups, main dishes, desserts) and recipes that will remain unforgettable and certainly will integrate them in their daily lives when they return home. Finally, they will follow trails in superbly unspoiled nature and will visit picturesque towns and villages with great history, flavors and fragrances. The participants will discover Greece. It is without question that in the end they will have the willing to come back again…
Our Greek tour guides are qualified, specialized and experienced in teaching Greek gastronomy (qualified chefs). They are available after lesson to chat with their students about topics of interest and to help them in discover the beauty and charm of the places they are visiting.
At the end of the day, the participants will have enjoyed the famous experience of the Greek music, traditional dances and the unique nightlife.
Thessaloniki International Airport “Macedonia”
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Arrival at airport of Thessaloniki (Macedonia International Airport). Our transfer will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to your hotel in Grevena. Stopover in Vergina for a short tour (A shocking experience for travelers which take them back to the era of mighty Macedonian state and magnificence of Alexander the Great, the place of the Royal Tombs, where you see the King’s mausoleum and the famous museum with finds of the Tombs of King Philippos II, father of Alexander the Great. The travelers will visit the most important remains of the monumental palace of the Kingdom of Macedonia, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century B.C.)
Transfer to the hotel in Grevena, the city of mushrooms in North Greece. Check in. The participants will be a welcome meeting with the group leader and a tour around the hotel. Travelers will receive the detailed agenda and download mobile application of tour. Meeting with members of the Association of Mushroom Friends of Western Macedonia – Discussion – questions – answers – books and videos for the collection of wild mushrooms. Free time to explore the city of Grevena and dinner at a local tavern.
Mushroom hunting. Participants will have the chance to enjoy an amazing tour in a unique mountain scenery in the National Park of Valia Calda. The tour combines a rout with 4×4 jeep and easy hiking. Participants will collect mushrooms and they will learn a lot about these and other herbs of the forest. They will cook the mushrooms and they will enjoy the nature. After the mushroom tasting, they will visit the famous stone bridges of Grevena through a beautiful route. They will visit the double-arched bridge Ziakas (41m. long and 3m. wide), which is next to the new bridge that leads to the village at the river Velonia.
They will also visit the traditional village Spileo and the Monastery of the Assumption before they make a stop at the observatory for coffee, where they will enjoy the spectacular view. The next visit will be at the Paleontological Museum of Milia, which hosts the largest tusks in the world, (5.02 m. long), from a three million years old mastodon, which recently were awarded with the Guinness Record.
Dinner at “Avles” a restaurant specialized in wild mushroom meals which prepares up to 100 different mushroom recipes !!!
The paths of wild truffle. Trip to Kastoria where participants will have the unique experience of hunting of wild truffle. In Kastoria, participants will meet members of the Association of Mushroom Friends of Western Macedonia, and, accompanied by trained dogs they will start the hunting of the ‘gastronomy diamond’ wild truffle. Participants will learn a lot about wild truffle and the secrets of their collection. They will learn the story of the famous white truffle found for the first time in Kastoria and they will participate in the hunting through specific paths. They will also have the chance to see, smell and photograph fresh black truffles and enjoy a wonderful walk in the forest.
The walk will be followed by a visit at the city of Kastoria with the beautiful lake where participants can enjoy their coffee and visit the luxury fur and leather shops. Kastoria is the most important productive fur center in Europe. Before returning to the hotel participants will make a stop at the famous Monastery of Panagia Mikrokastrou.
Back to the hotel – Dinner will include a lovely mushroom soup and tagliatelle with parmesan and truffle that has been collected, accompanied by local organic wine – Free time.
Walk beside the holy rocks of Meteora. Excursion in Kalambaka for new experiences in new places where mushrooms grow. Participants will visit the Natural History Museum and Mushroom Museum of Kalambaka. The Mushroom Museum has a rich collection. It consists of mushroom sculptures constructed one by one, maintaining absolute color similarity, shape and size. Mushrooms are presented in three phases of their development, so that the visitor can have a complete picture of their life cycle. The presentation is based on the ecosystem in which species grow (beech, pine, fir, oak, meadow, etc.). Walking in a specially designed area, which simulates the real environment, participants can collect information about each mushroom type. During the tour at the Mushroom Museum and with the guidance of experts, participants will have the opportunity to build their own sculptures-mushrooms, which they can take home as a souvenir. In a short distance from the Museum participants will seek, photograph and collect wild mushrooms, a product that exists in abundance at Greek mountains, especially in this region. Mushrooms are collected in forests and meadows, along with experienced guides and mushroom collectors. Participants will enjoy a meal in an excellent restaurant with the view of Meteora.
The tour will be completed at Meteora, where participants will visit a unique geological phenomenon, a breathtaking landscape in which they will have the opportunity to see the achievements of the monks who have built the monasteries of Meteora in rugged peaks rocks centuries ago. Meteora are included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO. Participants will visit 2 of the 6 monasteries and will remain overwhelmed by the view and the rocks in which the monasteries are built in the 14th century AD.
Return at the hotel in Grevena. Dinner with local traditional pasta “petoura” with mushrooms and organic wine. At the end of the meal participants will taste the famous “sweet mushroom” which was firstly prepared by the Association of Mushroom Friends of Grevena. Free time.
Mushroom hunting at the botanical paradise “Bourinos”. Participants will be transferred at the Bourinos Mountain which, due to its great ecological importance and its unique biodiversity, is included in the NATURA 2000 Network, the European Network of Special Areas of Conservation, which is famous for having the rarest wild flowers and herbs worldwide. They will first visit Siatista, just 20 minutes away from Grevena. Participants will meet the members of the Mountaineering Club and mushroom collectors who will guide them at the Botanical Museum of Siatista, which hosts a huge number of rare wild flowers and herbs of Bourinos.
They will have a brief tour at the Ecclesiastical Museum, at Saint Dimitrios church and at the famous church of Saint Paraskevi (built in 1677) with the gilded carved iconostasis and subversive paintings in which ancient Greek philosophers are depicted among the saints.
Before departing from Siatista participants will taste the unique “iliasto” wine of Siatista at a local winery, and then, together with guides of the Mountaineering Club, they will start the ascent of mount Bourinos.
Participants will have a walk to the mountainous nature, where they will have the opportunity to see wild mushrooms among rare wild flowers and herbs during the whole route. They will learn about the geology of the mountain and enjoy the indescribable view of the Mesiano Water Valley from the terrace of the Mountaineering Club’s shelter. The renovated shelter will offer mushrooms and other forest products such as wild strawberries, blueberries and tea. Return at the hotel in Grevena.
Cooking seminar. How to prepare mushrooms delicacies. The participats will learn how to cook a Greek salad, tzatziki, saganaki, fried mushrooms, grilled wild mushrooms, pickles, omelets with wild mushrooms. Then they will enjoy the meal cooked by them accompanied with local tsipouro or wine.
After breakfast travelers will be transferred to the airport for the return flight. If the flight is late afternoon the participants can enjoy optionally a city tour which includes seven hot spots of Thessaloniki center. The tour starts from the White Tower (the main landmark of the city) and is followed by a visit in Agia Sofia and Agios Dimitrios, Byzantine church and its crypt, Byzantine castles (Ano poli), the Galerius Arch (Kamara), the Aristotelous Square, the Port of Thessaloniki and finally the famous Archeological Museum.
The participants will have experienced a photo safari in the wild nature and received a lot of knowledge for the secrets of photograph. They are given the opportunity to see the amazing mainland Greece. Also, they will have enjoyed Greek gastronomy and they will have gained extraordinary experiences of Greek music and dances.
It is almost certain they will soon return to another V-travel tour & trip……..
You cannot be a mushrooms fan and not have followed this tour …. It is surprising and unique in the world !!!!!!