Agiassos and Plomari Villages and the Barbayanni Ouzo Distillery
- Barbayannis Distillery and Museum: The Barbayannis family has preserved traditional ouzo distilling techniques for five generations – taste the results!
- Plomari: Wander this picturesque town on your own, or seek out an ouzerie for another sampling – or several – of Plomari's most famous product.
- Agiassos: Explore a pretty village with narrow cobbled streets, an icon-filled church, and tiled-roof houses rising into a verdant landscape.
About This Mytillini Tour
The Greeks believe drinking ouzo is an art. Share their appreciation for this anise-flavored aperitif at Barbayannis Distillery, where they say you'll taste 150 years of passion in just one sip. Learn about the techniques brought to Plomari in 1860 by the distillery's Russian founder and sample its secret recipe. The distillery and museum serve up a timeless taste of this traditional Greek drink.
You'll have free time to get a taste of Plomeri too. Naturally, the town's cafeneons serve ouzo, and they may tempt digressions from sightseeing. To get the knack of handling this potent beverage, mix your ouzo with water. The alchemy turns the ouzo a little milky. And pair ouzo with snacks, called mezedes, to keep the effects of the alcohol from taking over. You now know the secrets to why Greeks can sit drinking slowly for hours.
Happily, you have a designated driver to take your motorcoach on to Agiassos. You'll have free time to wander this scenic village on the olive and pine-covered slopes of Mt. Olympos. The church of Panayia in the middle of town is the epicenter of the island's religious life. Go inside and you've entered a glowing jewel box, with an extraordinary collection of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine icons adorning the walls.
Famed traditions of pottery and wood carving create the town's artistic ambience. Visit the Folk Art Museum or browse village shops for authentic examples of locally made ceramics and carved wooden items. You'll also see lots of tavernas dotting the town – another chance to practice the art of drinking on the island famous for its ouzo.
Depart from port and drive to the eastern part of Lesvos island to the beautiful coastal resort of Plomari. Plomari's attractive houses dated mostly from the 19th century , spill off the slope above its harbor and stretch to the banks of the usually dry Sedountas river,where is well known as the islands ouzo capital, with five distilleries in operation,the most famous being Barbayiannis. There you will have the chance to visit the ouzo museum, watch the presentation of ouzo production and taste ouzo with snack. Before return back to the port free time to Agiassos Village which is widely regarded as the most beautiful hill town of the island.
Mytillini is famous for producing ouzo (famous aniseed high alcholic beverage).Guests participating in this tour can also purschase ouzo from Barbayanni distillery.If European Language guides are required (SPA, FRE, GER,ITA) it is always subject to availability.Under the age of 18 years old alcohol is prohibited.
There's a little Italian in that ouzo
In the 19th century, Thessaly exported silk cocoons to Marseilles, stamping the crates with the words uso Massalia (Italian for "to be used in Marseille") to denote their high quality. One day, a gentleman sampling tsipouro, the strong locally distilled spirit. proclaimed its excellence by saying, "This is uso Massalia, my friends." The new use of the term spread by word of mouth, and tsipouro gradually became known as ouzo.
Please enter the port terminal to meet your guide. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
Mytillini is famous for producing ouzo. This is a famous aniseed high alcoholic beverage that can be purchased from the Barbayanni distillery.
Walking is over cobblestone and inclined terrain, with some steps. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Scenic, Food & Wine, Shopping
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Legal drinking age in Greece is 18 years.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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