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Wine Tasting Tour: Former Royal Estate "Queen Amalia"
Overview

An exceptional experience, Athens wine tasting tour.

Explore a unique and rather unknown landmark of modern Athenian cultural history, and taste uniquely brewed wines.

The Queen’s Tower or Pyrgos Vasilissis (as it is known in Greek), is quietly tucked away in suburban western Athens with lush gardens, vineyards, olive groves and an impressive neo-gothic tower building that was used as retreat for Greece’s first king, Otto von Wittelsbach and his spouse, Queen Amalia.

The Queen’s enthusiasm for trees and flowers was the driving force behind this beautiful estate that served as a model for the improvement of Greece’s farming and livestock production. Queen Amalia, known for enjoying horseback rides in nature, instantly fell in love with the site during one of her strolls in 1848 and convinced King Otto to purchase it and create one of the most beautiful plantations of its time.

As the hills on the estate were six, she built a seventh, where in 1854 she built a tower there on her seventh hill, known as Eptalofos [Seventh Hill], which also gave the area [Seventh Hill].

 

An emblem of romantic architecture of its era, it was built between 1851 and 1854 and was inspired by Bavaria’s Hohenschwangau Castle, where King Otto grew up. It remains untouched over the years, casting an almost fairy-tale light with its decorative towers and turrets. Its gardens are adorned with statues and fountains paying tribute to an era long gone.

Today Queen Amalia’s estate has been transformed into a contemporary organic vineyard, with grapevines, olive groves, fruit numerous trees and woods, vegetable gardens and horse stables.

 

Tour Features

 

Short tour around the key sights of Athens

Visit to one of the oldest olive trees ever, the “Peisistratos Tree”

Guided tour to the Queen’s Tower

Enjoy a walk through the vineyards, olive groves, fruit trees and horse stables

Wine-tasting experience with naturally brewed wines produced at the estate

 

Itinerary

 

We start our day with a tour from central Athens with a short coach tour around the key sights of Athens: Syntagma square and the Greek Parliament, that used to house the Royal Family in the past, the three impressive buildings of the Neoclassical Athenian Trilogy: the Academy, the University and the National Library, the Omonoia square and the beautiful building of the National Theatre.

 

We continue the tour heading north-west until we reach the “Peisistratos Tree” in Agioi Anargyroi. This impressive tree, is located by the banks of the Cephisus River, and is considered one of the oldest olive tress in the world, a remnant of an olive grove planted by Athenian tyrant Peisistratos in the sixth century BC.

 

Our next stop is the Queen’s Tower estate where we will have a well guided} tour to the Tower and the surrounding grounds, vineyards, olive groves and vegetable gardens. The tour will be completed in the stable – which once was home to giraffes! – by enjoying mouth watering wines of five types of red and white from the organic grapevines, accompanied by home-made pies, smoked cheeses and sweets.

Tips & Useful Info

Starting point: 6 Fillelinon street, Athens
Languages: English, Greek
Included Amenities: Private vehicle throughout the tour, Experienced tour leader, Wine-tasting experience, Information material, Liability Insurance, all applicable taxes
Excluded Amenities: Personal expenses, Travel Insurance, Transportation to the meeting point, Air tickets to/from Greece, Food, drinks and beverages if not mentioned above, Tips, anything not specified in the inclusions section
Minimum number of guests needed: 3
Maximum number of guests: 5
Physical Level: No difficulty. Previous experience is not required. Basic level of agility and fitness is needed.

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