OVERVIEW

“The olive tree is surely the richest gift of Heaven.”  – Thomas Jefferson

Since ancient times, the olive tree has been the most revered tree in Greece. Cultivated from deep antiquity to the present, the olive tree was considered sacred to Zeus, the king of the gods, and his daughter Athena.  Greece is particularly well suited for the cultivation of olive trees.  They thrive in areas not far from the sea with dry and hot summers.  Extensive olives groves are found in practically every corner of Greece, with some trees as old as 2,000 years.  Greece produces some of the finest olive oil in the world and an incredibly wide variety of olives.

This is not an ordinary trip.  It is unusual because travelers will have the opportunity to participate in the harvest of the olives at an organic olive grove near ancient and modern Sparta, one of the best olive oil producing areas of Greece.