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Experience Cretan gastronomy and culture

Tour Overview

A unique experience to explore and learn the Cretan gastronomy but also to have a real insight into traditional Cretan life.

Tour Highlights

  • Experiencing authentic local culture
  • Cookery lesson with fresh, locally produced food
  • Beautiful scenery and traditional villages
  • Visit small farm in a tiny village
  • Visit Winery,  a cheese maker, a sweet maker and an olive oil mill
  • Chania walking Tour
  • Crete’s botanical park

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Chania. On arrival, transfer by coach to Kissamos (approx. 60 mins) to the hotel. Tonight there will be a welcome dinner at the Cellar Taverna, situated right on the seafront. This well-established, family run taverna of over 20 years has an excellent reputation with locals and tourists alike.

Day 2: Morning cookery lesson with the afternoon at leisure. This morning we will have a cookery lesson at the Cellar Taverna, with hands-on preparation of traditional Cretan dishes such as tzatziki, Greek salad, delicious cheese and spinach pies made with local cheese, yemista and dolmades (stuffed vegetables) and kleftiko (lamb stew). Both lunch and dinner will be at the Cellar Taverna, enjoying the food that you help prepare. This afternoon is at leisure giving you time to explore the town and to visit the interesting archaeological museum.

Day 3: Morning visit to a rural village, home to our Tour leader’s parents. Today’s visit to Tour Leade’s’ parents house and their small farm in a tiny village in the hills, provides the opportunity to learn about traditional Cretan life and how it is still possible to be almost self-sufficient when you grow all of your own produce and keep some livestock. There will be some wine tasting, from family’s own barrels, cheese tasting and the chance to taste some of his mother’s produce which she continues to make, grow, or prepare – these include Greek spoon sweets, walnuts, olive oil, raki (a strong Cretan spirit), honey, lemonade and even snails! Lunch today will be at a local taverna in the hills and the afternoon is free to spend as you wish before dinner at the Cellar Taverna.

Day 4: Morning visit to local producers. This morning we will visit a winery, a cheese maker, sweet maker and an olive oil mill where you will learn about the cultivation and production of these local products that play a huge role, culturally and economically in Cretan life. Lunch today will be in a taverna in the picturesque village of Deliana, which is also home to a beautiful 13th century church, which we have the opportunity to visit. This evening will be at leisure, (dinner is not included tonight).

Day 5: Full day visit to Chania. An atmospheric Venetian harbour town, Chania is set against a spectacular backdrop of majestic mountains and aquamarine seas. A turbulent history saw its occupation by the Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Genoese, Turks and Egyptians, but this has left behind a rich and captivating architectural heritage. We will wander the streets and alleyways of the old town to reach the bustling market where we will have lunch in one of the traditional tavernas. This afternoon is free for you to explore Chania further at your leisure. Dinner is not included this evening, giving the opportunity to stay and enjoy dinner in Chania harbour if you wish.

Day 6: Full day to relax or explore at your leisure. Lunch and dinner are not included on this day, giving you the opportunity to explore further afield.

Day 7: Morning visit to Crete’s botanical park. Strolling through the wonderful scenery of the botanical park we will learn more about plants, herbs, fruit, vegetables as well as plenty of fascinating local knowledge. Lunch will be at the Botanical Park followed by the afternoon at leisure before a farewell dinner at the Cellar Taverna.

Day 8: Transfer by coach back to Chania airport for your return flight.

Important Tips

  • Travel Bite date and/or time might be modified or cancelled due to weather conditions and in this event the option of an alternative date or full refund will be given.
  • Exact order or excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager’s discretion
  • We would recommend to bring with you good walking (closed toes) shoes with non-slippery soles, a camera hat, sunscreen
  • Single occupancy with extra charge 150 euro per person (in case of interest please send email from contact us section or here)

Tips & Useful Info

Starting point: Kissamos, Chania, Ελλάδα
Languages: English, Greek
Included Amenities: Public Liability Insurance, seven nights' accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at a local 3-star hotel based on double occupancy of a twin/double room, four dinners and five lunches, a recipe book to take home, Transfers and excursions as detailed in the itinerary, transfers from Chania airport or Chania port to hotel on arrival and from hotel on departure, tour manager throughout
Excluded Amenities: Personal Travel & Health Insurance, personal expenses, gratuities, meals not mentioned in inclusions, Airplane tickets, single room supplement, Sea view supplement, Regional Flight supplement, Meals other than those stated, transfer from/to Heraklion airport.
Minimum number of guests needed: 4
Maximum number of guests: 14
Physical Level: No difficulty. Previous experience is not required. Basic level of agility and fitness is needed.

Reviews & Comments (2)

Nikola N
Athens , 10
5 out of 5

A super holiday-thank you for opening Stelio's family home and showing us a traditional way of life. I've really enjoyed all the visits and the cooking experiences – many thanks for all your efforts.

Catherine K
Athens , 10
5 out of 5

Brilliant combination of activities to give us insight into Cretan life & history + brilliant combination of organizational & culinary skills and lively sense of humor to keep us happy, well fed *(almost too well fed!) + interested. Thank you Stelios, Angela & Iris!

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