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Pyrgi, Mesta & Mastic Museum

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Starting from $109 USD / Adult
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Discover two mastic villages, found in the extreme southern point of Chios, originally built to protect the mastic merchants. During your scenic drive, hear how local farmers score the bark of the Lentisk tree to collect its aromatic gum. Arrive to the delightful village of Pyrgi, which dates back to the 13th century and features a central tower, winding streets, and walled gates. Discover the wonderful architecture, including the many buildings decorated in Xysta, a system of geometric designs in black and white plaster. Next, journey over to Mesta, another wonderful Mastichochorian village dating back to the 14th century and a perfectly preserved example of a Byzantine castle-town. Explore the village castle that features four stone towers, the old church of small Taxiarhis, and the central village square. On your return drive, stop at the beautiful Mastic Museum to learn about the traditions of mastic cultivation and the historical significance.
HighlightsShow
  • Walk the 13th-century mastic town of Pyrgi, admiring its beautifully painted architecture and stunning 16th-century village church.
  • Soak up the old-world charm of Mesta, a perfectly preserved example of a Byzantine castle-town that gives you the feeling of walking through the pages of a storybook.
  • Visit the beautiful Mastic Museum, which highlights the history of the cultivation and processing of the island's most famous product, mastic.
What to BringShow
  • KeyCard
  • Local currency
  • Credit cards
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
What to WearShow
  • Conservative clothing
  • Non-slip shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Weather-appropriate attire
Important NotesShow
  • 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.
  • This tour includes moderate walking and standing, with some steps and uneven surfaces to negotiate.
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible, and may not be suitable for guests with mobility concerns.
  • St. Apostle’s Church in Pirgi may not be open, in which case, you can still view the outside.
  • The Mastic Museum is closed on Tuesdays.
  • Tour sequence may vary.
Location Chios, Greece Chios, Greece
Tour Code HK4L HK4L
Duration4.50 Hours 4.50 Hours
Activity Level#Medium #Medium
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