Step off that tourist trail and get a taste of the Real Greece in the Athens Riviera with a private guide!
If you want to get away from the crowds and get a taste of The Real Greece this tour is an excellent choice! Find your sense of well-being in the wonderful coastal Athens area. Experience several aspects of Hippocrates (the Father of Modern Medicine) approach first hand by:
• swimming in the therapeutic waters of the natural hot springs Lake Vouliagmeni
• hiking in Greek nature whilst observing and collecting Greek native medicinal herbs and wild greens
• preparing and eating Greek natural food "al fresco" incl. recipes from Ancient Greece!
Transfers to and from the venue, Lake Vouliagmeni by minibus or car are included.
We start on the southern coast of Attica (=the province of Athens). Here lays the magical and mysterious Lake Vouliagmeni-a small fresh-water lake fed by an underground hot spring current, creating an ecologic mineral spa. Replenish mind, body and soul in the therapeutic waters followed by sunbathing along its shore.
"Walking is man's best medicine" - Hippocrates 460-370 BC
After this we start hiking in the small nature reserve of "Faskomillia", meaning "Sage" in Greek. Apart from Greek Sage (Salvia fruticosa) we will discover more remarkable plant species used by Hippocrates. We also collect some herbs and wild greens.
"Hippocrates believed that food was the human's medicine. Today, food is the reason that people need medicine. "
When we reach our destination, the charming seaside town of Varkiza, we prepare our own "al fresco" and all natural lunch. We use the herbs and wild greens we collected. The food served is based on recipes from Ancient Greece, just like Hippocrates would have eaten!
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Lake Vouliagmeni in Vouliagmeni or I can pick you up by minibus or car from Athens hotel or airport
End location: Varkiza (beach town 45 minutes South of Athens) or your place (your hotel or address in Athens)
Duration: 5 hours
The weather and time of the year may affect this tour.
Transfer to and from the port or hotel included by car (VW Passat 5-seater), A/C. Or minibus that takes up to 6 passengers and a driver (7-seater). In the area we walk.
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Chantal was an amazing host! Patient, knowledgeable, friendly and very welcoming. She engaged in very open and natural conversation, and was able to educate us on herbal plants throughout he hike, as well as talk about what life is like in Athens. We arrived on a 40 degree day, so cut the nature walk short, but spent more time in the natural pools and at lunch which were both amazing! Definitely something we never would have found as tourists, and found them so energizing yet relaxing at the same time.