Dionysus and Orpheus Tales
5-Day Package
Price on request
Dionysus is the god of wine, fertility and vegetation. Worshiped by the Thracian Hedonians, hence this area, in ancient times was called Hedonida.

Myths, legends and the tradition of wine are interwined with god Vackhos and many historical events and customs –such as Babougera, the fires of Dervena and the custom of Arapides, emanate from them. Dionysus’ worship extends in the entire area of Pangeo mountain and Menikio mountain as well as in the area of Drama. Dionysus’ successor was Orpheus, “the charmer of music and divination”, originator of mystic ceremonies, religious poet, prophet and priest.

Orpheus is associated with the myth of the Argonauts and the kidnapping of Persephone. According to tradition this took place in the Zygakti river, where much later, the first European Christian was baptised by Apostle Paul.
This travel experience is specially designed by historians, travel guides, chefs and local wineries to present you to the myth of god Dionysus and Orpheus, through history, ancient temples, myths, gastronomy and customs of the Philippi Park region.

What a great chance to experience the Valley of Philippi, the Pangeo Mount, the Archeological site of Philippi (UNESCO site), along with the Dionysian gastronomy, five of the finest Dionysian Wineries and Estates and the highly appreciated music and philosophy of Orpheus. The city of Drama and the city of Kavala with its beautiful beaches and old town.

A totally spiritual travel experience that will advance the visitor’s knowledge of the ancient Greek philosophy, music and customs, will elevate his taste with wine tasting of local grape varieties accompanied by the local gastronomy and finally can pay a visit to the creations of man and nature at this very important region where some of the most important historical events took place, like the baptism of the first European Christian by Apostle Paul as well as the famous Roman Battle of Philippi that changed the rue of democracy in Europe.
  • 5 day (4 nights) accommodation at a 5* hotel, breakfast included
  • Bus transfer to and from Airport
  • Bus transfer to all guided tour
  • Official guide of Philippi Park for all guided tour
  • Official leader of Philippi Park during the whole tour
  • Entrance at the Archeological Site of Philippi & Philippi Museum
  • Entrance fee at Dionysus Sanctuary in Prosotsani region
  • Entrance fee at all wineries
  • Three (3) lunch and one (1) Dinner, featuring Philippi Park gastronomy products
  • 1-hour Welcome session at the hotel, connection with local history, the Philippi Park region
  • Welcome drink (wines of god Dionysus)
  • Philippi Park gastronomy box with local products
  • Official photographer of Philippi park to cover the expedition
  • Map and things to do in the city

Additional Free Seasonal Activities:
  • Participation at the custom Arapides in January
  • Participation at the custom Babougera in January
  • Participation at the custom Dervenas on the last Sunday of Mascarade (February or March)
Arrival at the Airport of Thessaloniki / Kavala Bus transfer to the hotel and hotel check-in 1-hour Welcome session the hotel, connection with local history, the Philippi Park region and Welcome drink from local Dionysus wines. Free time to stroll around city.
Gathering at starting point Guided Tour at the monument of Vibius Quartus, the so-called “Orthopetra” or “Dikili Tash”. Otherwise known as the “crib of Bucephalus” overlooking the homonym hill of the prehistoric settlement. Here we will discuss the prehistoric settlement, the population’s history, any archeological findings and discoveries. Guided tour of the archaeological site of Philippi (UNESCO monument) – Navigation through the archaeological space and connection with Dioysus and his findings which reveal his influence in the culture and history of the area Dionysus Food and Wine Tasting - Guided tour and Lunch at local winery Guided Tour at the Environmental Natural Path of Palea Kavala. An impressive guide through the natural terrain of this well preserved path bird and flower watching through the whole route, watermills and waterfalls Return to starting point
Gathering at starting point Through the Philippi Park Plain we will navigate to Nikisianni village and present the traditions and customs of the Arapides, an ancient custom with deep roots in the Dionysus worship (costumes and video presentation) Transport and guided tour at the Sanctuary of Dionysus in Prosotsani region. The one of a kind holy excavated landmark in the region connecting directly with the life and customs of the people living there. Dionysus Food and Wine Tasting - Guided tour and Lunch at local winery Dionysus Wine Tasting - Guided tour at local winery Return to starting point
Gathering at starting point Guided Tour at the water Fountains of Kefalari region and a visit at the Oxirinhos fish cultivation unit. Dionysus Wine Tasting - Guided tour at local winery Dionysus Food and Wine Tasting - Guided tour and Lunch at local winery Return to starting point
Breakfast and hotel check out Bus transfer to airport and depart to final destination
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