Messolonghi Olive Picking 25 Nov - 2nd Dec 2018


Messolonghi Olive Picking 25 Nov - 2nd Dec 2018


Join us shooting the entire olive oil production process. You will get to see first hand how the olives are picked, sorted and pressed as well as meet the families who have been making olive oil in this region for generations.

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When's the next one? 25 November - 2 December

How much is it? £3,100

Join us shooting the entire olive oil production process. Getting to see how the olives are picked, sorted and pressed as well as meeting the families who have been making olive oil in this region for generations.


Day 1

Sunday November 25th

Arrive in Athens to unwind and settle in. A chance to get to know each other and then a tour of the picturesque centre of Athens taking in famous and photogenic areas such as Plaka, Monastiraki and of course the Acropolis!

Dinner at the hotel.

Day 2
Monday 26th November

Breakfast at the hotel and then hit the road to Delphi to consult the Oracle about our important life and photographic decisions! For the Ancient Greeks, Delphi was considered the centre of the world represented by the stone monument known as the Omphalos of Delphi. The stunning scenery around Mount Parnassos makes for the perfect location for some landscape photography and the archaeological site is a UNESCO world heritage site.


Lunch at Nafpaktos on the way to Messolonghi. Check into the hotel and settle in. Dinner together in town.

Day 3

Tuesday 27th November


In the morning we will be taking a boat trip to explore the lagoons that dominate the landscape and are such an integral part of life here. This is a chance to photograph the incredibly diverse bird life that inhabits the area, and to see the lagoons from the perspective of the fishermen who have worked these waters for countless generations.

Back to Messolonghi for lunch.

In the afternoon we will be changing our mode of transport and renting bicycles to ride out to the island of Tourlida to photograph the traditional wooden fishermen’s houses called pellades at sunset which stand up on stilts above the surface of the water.

Then to the Chalazias family olive production plant to see how the olives are
separated and prepared for their journey to the press.

Day 4
Wednesday 28th November

We take a trip up to the olive groves to photograph the olives being picked and the views down to the salt mines. 

We then head to pone of the local olive presses to document the transformation of the olives into oil.

Day 5
Thursday 29th November.

We take a drive along a beautiful scenic route that includes the archaeological site at Plevrona. On a hill on the northwest side of Messolonghi a big part of the 3-kilometre long walls of Ancient Plevrona are still kept in a very good condition. And specifically, of the New Ancient Plevrona also known as Castle of Kira Rini (Lady Rini). In this impressive archaeological site you will have the chance to see a huge, natural 6-metre tall stone tank, part of the market, the ancient road and a wonderful ancient theatre with the great panoramic view of the sea on west of Messolonghi.

We will see the island of Aetoliko. This tiny land mass is one of the most densely populated areas of Greece with a maze of ramshackle streets and houses to photograph and plenty of local life.

Afterwards we’ll visit the salt flats or “alykes”. These are the largest saltpans in operation in Greece. Salt has played a crucial role in the history of civilization and in Greece. In fact, in ancient Greece it was used as a commodity for trading slaves. It is said that the time held expression of “not worth his salt” came from this practice. Also, in ancient times, most civilizations were accompanied by myths, religious and magic rites involving salt and Greece was no exception. With tales of its usage during sacrifices and religious rituals, the history of salt is as exotic as is the amazing alykes, or salt marsh gardens that extend for miles on end in Messolonghi.

After dinner we will be doing a photo critique to give everyone a chance to get personalised feedback on their photographic results so far and have homework to work on too. 

Day 6

Friday 30th November

Road trip to the traditional village of Katochi where we will admire the banks of the river Acheloos and then head into the wild and rugged landscape of Dioni in the far Western Greece. Stopping on the way to our friend Christos to get a glimpse into traditional life in a pellades complete with traditional Greek hospitality.

After lunch we head back to Athens.

Goodbye dinner at the hotel and some free time in Athens for those that want to have a final wonder.

Day 7
Sunday 2nd December

Final goodbyes and flights home.