Cretan Food & Wine Holiday - Crete, Greece

Tasting
Wine, Olive Oil, Local Food
Activity
Meet The Maker, Workshop, Cooking Class
Included
Hotel, Pick up, Tour guide
Languages
English, Greek
Theme
Countryside, Cultural, Historical
Minimum Drinking Age
18
$
1,442
07
/ Person
Andreas M
Activity Overview
Week’s vacation - Monday to Monday 
As I walked down a road one day, a woman stopped me, unfolded her apron — which was filled with red cherries — and insisted I help myself. Then Cretan villagers invited me into their homes for meals. That moment made me create this original itinerary not just for active foodies, but mainly for all those people who love and continuously search for the extraordinary. 
Crete is known for a lot of wonderful things, but it is primarily known as a world-class leader of hospitality and products such as honey, olive oil and herbs. This fertile land of Crete has made Aegean Flavours offer an itinerary based on a nutritionist's dream diet. If you want to feel your stress melt away, this is for you. 

Day 1 Monday – Arrival Day Welcome to Crete
Pick up at arrival time at Chania international airport or port and transfer to the cottage in the heartland of Crete in Vamos, near Geourgioupolis. Enjoy welcome drinks followed with some free time to settle in.
Tonight’s dinner will feature contemporary Cretan cuisine and will be served by your hosts at a Vamos tavern.
Overnight

Day 2 Tuesday – Learn how to cook
Spend the first part of the day strolling round Vamos before heading out into the gorgeous countryside after lunch to participate in a cookery course in an old Olive Mill. Our top chef Koula will take you through some local dishes, frequently replenishing your glass with wine. Then, enjoy what you have cooked in the shade of the olive trees.
Dinner (included)

Day 3 Wednesday – Making authentic Greek bread and cheese.
Head to a family owned dairy farm where you will learn the art of cheese making before heading on to a bread making course where you will create genuine Greek loaves in a kazani fireplace. Bread and cheese are a match made in heaven! S
Lunch on your own
Free afternoon for personal activities (suggestions : you can go and relax to the beach in Kalives or trip to the beautifull town of Rethymno)
Dinner (included)

Day 4 Thursday – Tasting olive oil and wine
We start at 10 in the morning, after breakfast, from the local Olive Oil pressing factory where the specialist will demonstrate the olive oil producing process. The taste of pure local oil is followedby the explanation of secrets of Cretan virgin olive oil. 
We continue on to a Winery: You will share the passion for Cretan wine & you will discover all the winery. Tour is followed by a wine tasting, sampling quality Cretan wines (served with some traditional meze), while the hosts will answer all of your questions.
Lunch on your own
In the afternoon, another delicious moment will start with your second Cretan cooking class waiting for you. You will have for dinner the dishes you prepared with your chef.
Overnight

Day 5 Friday – Chania food and walking tour
Walk through the picturesque Chania town, soaking up the historic atmosphere, and punctuate your stroll with some amazing local dishes. This food tour combines a walking tour through some of the most picturesque parts of Chania while stopping to taste authentic traditional foods at shops along the way! You will enjoy a unique blending of local food culture, tradition and history as you explore Chania with all your senses! After this, free time in the town where you can take the opportunity to do quality shopping or to have lunch in a great tavern in the port or in the narrows streets.
Lunch on your own
You will be back at your accommodation in the afternoon.
Dinner included

Day 6-Saturday – Free Day
Free day for your activities. There is an optional walking guided tour you can do in the morning. It is a walk in the mountain meeting history and nature. We can suggest and organise different wonderful options upon your request; for instance excursion in the south of Crete in the Lybian Sea, or to Samaria Gorges or to Knossos Palace in Heraklion.
Lunch on your own
Dinner included

Day 7 Sunday – Final Cooking Class
Free morning for personal activities ( suggestion : Kournas Lake NEAR Georgiopoulis)
In the afternoon, last cooking class. You will have the pleasure for the last time to see our legendary chef at the Old Olive Mill and enjoy cooking with her. After the class a tremendous goodbye dinner will be offered.
Dinner (included)

Day 8 Monday – Departure
After taking a delicious breakfast at the cottage, we will provide you with a transfer to either the port or the airport to complete your onward journey.
 
Practical information
Accommodation, Small Cottage:
A/C, central heating, fireplace
Facilities: tv, dvd player, fridge, toaster, boiler, coffee pot, small oven, 2 hot plates, hair dryer, wireless internet
Maid service: change of sheets and towels after 3 nights of stay
Pets allowed: on request
Distance: s/m & bakery 200m, tavern 50 m, cafe 20m, bank with ATM 300m, gas station 250m, nearest beach 6 km

Accommodation - Biggest Cottage with two levels:
First level: a large traditionally furnished sitting and dining room with fire place and central heating, comfortable sofa/bed (for 2 persons), fully equipped kitchenette, tv and a/c, and a nice veranda, wooden steps leading up to the second level: bedroom with two single beds, a comfortable bathroom with bathtub, another veranda with a wonderful view to the old neighbourhood of Vamos and the White Mountains (Lefka Ori). Accommodates max 4 persons.
Bathroom: 1 (bathtub)
Beds: 2 singles & 2 sofa beds
 
Included
  • Transfer from/to Chania Airport or Port on a modern mini bus or taxi
  • 8 days / 7 nights at a premium quality Cretan Cottage with daily breakfast made solely of local ingredients
  • All dinners
  • 3 Greek Cooking lessons taught by one of the most awarded chefs of Crete at an old olive oil mill
  • Meals (with wine) after the cooking classes eating what you made with your chef
  • 1 Wine tour & Olive oil tour
  • 1 Cheese making tour & Bread making tour
  • 1 Food tour in Chania
  • Our price for the the week-long unforgettable culinary program in Vamos, a village near Chania in Crete includes a double room occupancy, daily breakfast, meals and activities/excursions mentioned in the program.
Not Included
  • Flights
  • Meals, drinks, excursions that are not listed in the program
  • Travel insurance, personal expenses, tips.
  • Transfer from and/or Heraklion port or airport (it can be offered at the rate of 60 € per person each way)
Group-size:
2 - 12 People
Rates
Per
Price
Pricing Info
Person
$
1,442
07
Adult
Children
Per
Price
Pricing Info
Child
$
0
0 - 2 years old for FREE
Child
$
721
03
3 - 11 years old
Timing
Dates
Weekly on Monday
Duration
8 Days
More Info
Cancellation Policy
Very Strict
  • Cancellations made 15 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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