Monthly Archives: September 2013

Athens Classic Marathon – Special Offer for runners at AthenStyle

Athens Marathon Accommodation in Athens

Ever thought of running the real Marathon? The countdown has begun & we are giving away free nights’ stay for participants to the 31st Athens Classic Marathon that will take place in Greece on 10th of November. Book a min of 3 nights at AthenStyle (www.AthenStyle.com) and email us your registration to the Marathon: we will give you a free additional night!

Along with the 5 and 10km races, the 1000m Kids Run and the Special Olympics Hellas race to be held along the Marathon course this year. More than 7,500 Marathon runners of all ages from Greece and abroad have already submitted their registration. The goal of 10,000 runners in the Marathon Race set by the Organizing Committee is to be met very soon, while the percentage of those coming abroad will be 25% higher than last year.

A little bit of history:

According to the legend, the very first marathon in the world appeared on the route where the present day Athens Classic Marathon takes place. In 490 BC a huge Persian army invaded the small town of Marathon (Greek: Μαραθωνας). However in the Battle of Marathon that ensued, the Greek army defeated the Persians, and a messenger named Pheidippides (Greek: ο Φειδιππίδης) was sent to Athens to bring news of the victory. The young Greek ran the 42 km from the battlefield to the capital as fast as he could, announced his joyous message, and died. And according to folklore, this is the inspiration for the marathon race we know today. Apart from the obvious connection to the legend of Pheidippides, the Athens Classic Marathon is dedicated to Gregoris Lambrakis (Greek Γρηγόρης Λαμπράκης), a Greek athlete and Member of Parliament who, after his politically motivated assassination in 1963, became a national symbol of democracy and social justice.

What happened last year:

Last year the Athens Classic Marathon celebrated their 30th anniversary. There were around 30.000 runners from all over the world for 5 and 10 kilometers distance in Athens centre and of course for the classic 30 kilometers distance. Last year a new record was set by a runner from Kenya for 2 hours and 40 minutes.

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The Olive Tree Experience

Time to go back to nature, escape the city and its noise, watch the stars at night and wake up with the birds’ singing. Welcome to our olive grove, located in Kalamata, in the south of Greece in the region of the Peloponnese. You might have heard of Kalamata olives, exported all over the world. Here we have decided to keep the production limited to small amounts and all natural. We make enough olive oil for our family and our hostel in Athens (www.AthenStyle.com) where our guests can enjoy it at breakfast over fresh bread or during their meals on our rooftop restaurant.

This year we would like to share this experience with a few more friends interested in taking part with us to one of the oldest traditions in the Mediterranean: the olive picking, pressing and tasting.
We pick our olives at an early stage, when the olive has received less water from the rainfalls that usually start later on in December. Picking olives in late November/beginning of December gives origin to the name of the olive oil called “Agourelaio”. It has a more intense aroma as it contains less water and a greener color. We don’t care about the quantity of the oil we will obtain, but of the quality of the same as it is aimed to our family and a few more friends.

You will join us at the olive grove, will help the picking of the olives and the transportation of the same to the pressing mill. The soonest the olives get pressed after picking, the less oxidation process they undergo. We like acidity of our oil to be low so we will patiently wait our turn at the pressing mill on the same night of the picking. It is a great moment to chat with other local producers at the mill, bringing local wine, fresh bread and cheese to celebrate the first precious “olive juices” we all have been working hard for.
On the third day we will celebrate with a barbecue for everyone! We will taste local meats, veggies, wine & of course freshly pressed olive oil over bread.

WHEN
End of November. Exact dates will be communicated to participants before the end of September so that flights can be booked.

HOW LONG & HOW MUCH
You can choose between 2 options:

The 3-day “Olive Tree Experience”
A concentrated 3 days of olive picking experience, visiting the olive groves of Kalamata, road trips to villages of the Peloponnese and meals of local produce. Olive pressing and tasting. (for the detailed program see below)

Participation fee is 400 euro per person for 3 days and includes:

3 nights accommodation in a shared 4-bed room (upgrade to a private double room depending on availability at exra 50 euro/room/night) & daily breakfast. Our apartments are located in Kalamata;
transport to and from the olive grove which is located approx 20 km away from Kalamata;
unique chance to learn how olives are picked and to assist the whole process with a local English speaking guide, fully immersed in nature;
final barbeque!

Meeting point for this tour is Kalamata – if you need advise on transport to Kalamata please let us know!

The one week: «Athens & the Peloponnesean experience»

A unique mix of history and nature, including Athens and more cities such as Ancient Corinth on the way to Kalamata. This trips includes transport from Athens and joins the “Olive Tree Experience” in Kalamata on day 4. (for the detailed program see below)

Participation fee is 900 euro per person for 7 days and includes.

2 nights accommodation in Athens and 4 nights accommodation in Kalamata in a shared 4-bed room (upgrade to a private double room depending on availability at exra 50 euro/room/night) & daily breakfast;
transport from Athens to Kalamata and back, as well as to and from the olive grove which is located approx 20 km away from Kalamata;
Athens walking tour and Ancient Corinth visit;
unique chance to learn how olives are picked and to assist the whole process with a local English speaking guide, fully immersed in nature;
final barbeque!

Meals are not included except for breakfasts at AthenStyle and final barbeque. We will visit local tavernas and markets for you to buy food for sandwiches during the trip. You can decide to join dinners later (cost approx 10 to 20 euro/person). Tickets to the monuments are not included.

TRANSPORT
You may reach Kalamata by public bus from Athens. Renting a car is also recommended as there are many sites to visit around Kalamata. You may extend your stay before or after the Olive Tree experience and take part to our other daily trips to Sparta, etc.
Kalamata is also connected to some European destinations by air – check out Ryanair or ask us to check locally.
You may also take advantage of spending 3 days in Athens where you will receive a free night’s stay at AthenStyle every 3 nights booked because you are and Olive Tree Experience participant! So why not take the chance to visit the famous Greek capital in the off season out of the crowds with no queues and when everything is cheaper?

DETAILED PROGRAM

The one week: «Athens & the Peloponnesean experience»

Day 1 – arrival in Athens, check in at AthenStyle, free time, dinner on the Rooftop. Meet other travel mates and your guide.
Day 2 – breakfast and city walk, free time, afternoon philosophical talk, dinner & drinks! Pre-departure meeting to define last details of our trip.
Day 3 – breakfast and check-out. Travel to Ancient Nemea region for lunch. Ancient Corinth visit on the way to Kalamata. Arrival at Kalamata in the evening. Seafood dinner at local restaurant.
Day 4 – orientation in Kalamata, historical centre and stroll on the beach. Visit of local wine producer and wine tasting. Dinner at local restaurant and pre Olive Picking meeting.

The 3 days “Olive Tree Experience”
Day 5 – early departure for the Olive Grove. Olive picking experience. Lunch at local taverna near the olive grove. Olive pressing and tasting.
Day 6 – morning at Kalamata’s local market to shop for the barbeque. Back to the olive grove, more olive tree experience & picking wood for the bbq. Dinner at Petalidi, local seaside village.
Day 7 – barbeque at Kalamata and party!

Info & bookings: info@AthenStyle.com, attention of Sofia

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