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8 Days Valentine's Day Unique Couple Yoga and Culinary Holiday in an Organic Farm in Laconia, Greece

Eumelia Organic Agrotourism Farm, Gouves, Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece

Yoga and Cooking Holiday Greece for Couples

A you-and-your-other-half retreat, mind, body, and a unique culinary experience unite in a beautiful organic farm aesthetic ambiance. Cook farm to table meals together, taste natural wines and learn about olive oil. Take serene walks in an ancient olive grove and vineyards as you explore Eumelia. Enjoy drinks and open fire pit cooking under the starlit sky. Couple’s yoga will bring you closer and couple’s massage will help you relax. Venture out to the romantic castle town of Monemvasia and the seaside town of Gytheio as you explore the Mani region. This week-long retreat for you and your other half where all the details and planning have been taken cared of by the Eumelia team, all you have to do is bring your smile and sense of romantic adventure.

Meet the instructors

Frangiskos & Marilena
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Highlights

  • Couple's yoga and massage
  • A romantic day trip to the beautiful region of Mani
  • Local cuisine cooking class with a twist and lunch
  • Sustainability tour of the organic farm and guesthouse
  • Visit the most romantic castle town of Greece, Monemvasia
  • Organic breakfast, farm to table lunch and dinner
  • Olive oil, olive tasting, and wine tasting activities
  • 7 nights private accommodation

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6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Greek, Italian, Spanish, English
Airport transfer available:
Kalamata International Airport (US$168 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Athens International Airport (US$337 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Shopping
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding

Eumelia, which means harmony, is a unique sustainable development agrotourism and ecotourism accommodation. Eumelia host yoga retreats, organic and weddings as well as workshops and events for wellbeing. Wine, olive oil makers, wine and olive oil tastings, cooking classes with organic farm to table gastronomy. Olive picking and grape harvest and other agricultural activities. Eumelia’s organic farm is designed along the principles of homeodynamic / biodynamic / permaculture and the accommodation facilities are created using entirely eco-friendly materials and technology, such as recycling, compost, geothermic heating / cooling, and water recycling. Located in the prefecture of Laconia near the village of Gouves, visitors from Greece and around the world are welcome to visit Eumelia throughout the year.

The house

Built with elements from traditional Greek farmhouse architecture with modern elegance each of the houses has its own private garden and a large veranda with great view of the ancient olive grove and the surrounding mountains.

Program

Couple Culinary Holiday Greece Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrival at Eumelia
  • Welcome farm to table dinner

Day 2

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast
  • Sustainability tour of the organic farm and guesthouse
  • Farm to table lunch
  • Yoga
  • Couples massage
  • Farm to table dinner

Day 3

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast
  • Olive oil and olive tasting
  • Farm to table lunch
  • Yoga
  • Couples massage
  • Farm to table dinner

Day 4

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast
  • Local cuisine cooking class with a twist and lunch
  • Visit the most romantic castle town of Greece, Monemvasia

Day 5

  • Couples yoga
  • Private homemade handmade brunch at your house
  • Hot wine and Rakomelo at the fire-pit
  • Private dinner in your house

Day 6

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast
  • A romantic day trip to the beautiful region of Mani

Day 7

  • Private homemade handmade brunch at your house
  • Wine tasting
  • Open fire pit cooking all together

Day 8

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast
  • Farewells and departure

Local cuisine cooking class with a twist and lunch

Learn all the secrets of the local Laconic gastronomy with the guidance of the farm chef. Prepare and bake your own sourdough bread made with locally sourced and milled organic flour. Pick fresh eatable wild greens from the farm and learn to prepare filo dough and make those famous local pitas. Pick the vegetables and herbs you need from Eumelia’s organic gardens and herb spiral and prepare your own local cuisine traditional meals with a twist.

From farm to your table, prepare and cook an organic, traditional, local cuisine and zero-kilometer meal. The organic vegetables and the famous organic olive oil are combined with local delicacies to offer you a unique gastronomic experience. Put together the gastronomic puzzle of the region, boil, bake and create special dishes from the symphony of local products

Included excursions

Sustainability tour of the organic farm and guesthouse

During this tour, you will learn, come in contact with the Greek agricultural landscape.

Olive oil and olive tasting

Learn all the secrets of the green gold of Greece, how to distinguish a fresh extra virgin olive oil, the eatable Greek olive varieties and how to store your olive oil properly. Meet the perennial olive trees that age more than 2000 years – you can even hide in their trunks!

Visit the most romantic castle town of Greece, Monemvasia

Walk among the cobblestone walkways, an amazing tasting of local products, a romantic dinner and then drinks in this mystical castle

A romantic day trip to the beautiful region of Mani

Head to the famous Diros caves, an amazing seafood lunch in the picturesque seaside town of Limeni. Then we head to Gytheio and the small island of Kranai where Helen of Troy and Paris spent their last night before heading to Troy. A romantic Valentines dinner by the seaside town of Gytheio and then drinks

Instructors

Frangiskos Karelas

Marilena Karadima

Retreat location

Laconia is a diverse destination in the Peloponnese in southern Greece that includes a vast range of ancient sites, culture, historical monuments, museums, beaches, and picturesque villages on the mountains or by the sea side. The Laconic Gulf between the two mountain ranges of Taygetos and Parnonas provide the area with an amazing variety of experiences from local cuisine, architecture, nature, scenery with alternating horizons and backgrounds.

Unique features

General

  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck

Services

  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding

Food

This holiday includes three organic meals per day. The organic homemade handmade breakfast includes some of Eumelia’s specialties such as lavender butter cookies, rosemary chocolate cake, freshly handmade bread with figs or olives, and infusions with wild herbs from the farm.

The chef will prepare for you an organic and zero-kilometer meal. Eumelia’s organic vegetables are combined with local delicacies and form a unique gastronomic experience. When eating out, Eumelia takes great care and chooses carefully the taverns and restaurants based on their atmosphere and quality of the local and regional cuisine. All meals except breakfast include wine.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

There are a number of activities that you can enjoy in Laconia, a magnificent part of the world, such as cave exploration in Diros, visit a petrified forest in Cape Maleas, or go to the end of the world as it was known in ancient Greece in Cape Taineron and the southernmost tip of the Balkan peninsula. You can choose to experience surfing, scuba diving, mountain biking, hiking up on the mountain ranges of Taygetos and Parnonas, visiting the ancient port of Sparta near Gytheio.

You can also walk around the medieval castle town of Monemvasia or along the monasteries and churches in Mystras, home to the last Byzantine Emperor. There are other options that you can do such as experience the rugged beauty of the stone home fortresses of the Mani region, walk around the delta of the river of Evrotas, a Natura protected natural habitat, live in ancient Sparta, or feel the mighty strength of this ancient Greek state.

In Laconia, you can do agritourism activities, get a massage, do a mountain bikes, or daily trip excursion to Mount Parnonas and the villages of Geraki and Kosmas. You can also visit the castle of Geraki and head to the cobblestone village of Kosmas where you can have lunch at a traditional mountain taverna, traditional Greek coffee and visit the local herb store.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All activities listed
  • All meals mentioned

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Transportation to Eumelia

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Athens

  • From Athens, take the national highway Α8 / E94 towards Corinth.
  • Then take highway Α7 / Ε65 to Tripoli and from there you continue towards Kalamata on the Α7/Ε65.
  • Take exit 14 Lefktro towards Sparta on the A71 and then take the exit to Sparti.
  • Take the direction to Gytheio on the E961 and you turn right at the signpost with direction to the town of Monemvasia.
  • Go through the town of Skala then you head towards the village of Vlachioti.
  • After passing through the village of Vlachioti, turn left at the signpost Gouves and head towards the village of Gouves.
  • When you reach the village on your left-hand side you will see a church in a corner, make a left turn there and follow the signpost to the farm.

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Kalamata International Airport. Transfers are provided for 150 EUR each way. Transfers from and to Athens International Airport are 300 EUR one way or 500 EUR both ways.

Arrival by bus

You can take the bus to Vlachiotis town bus station. From there, it is a 15-minute taxi ride to Eumelia.

Airport: Kalamata International Airport Airport transfer available: Kalamata International Airport (US$168 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Athens International Airport Airport transfer available: Athens International Airport (US$337 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Sunday February 9, 2020
Departure: Sunday February 16, 2020

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