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
$
1,360
32
/ 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
$
1,360
32
Adult
Children
Per
Price
Pricing Info
Child
$
0
0 - 2 years old for FREE
Child
$
680
16
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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Duration:
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Description

We commence our tour from Chania city center around 10 am, head towards an outstanding, historical hill to appreciate the beautiful view of the town. The wine tour continues to a fantastic monastery located in the foothills of an old mountain, built in the 17th century by two mocks from the traditional Cretan family. The building was designed by the well-known Veronese architect Sebastiano Serlio. In 1821 it was burned down by the Turks but renovated in 1892.
The monastery plays a massive part in the history of wine-making and olive oil production. The monks produce local Cretan and international wine varieties including; “Romeiko,” “Muscat of Alexandria,” “Trebianno,” “Cabernet” and more. One of the monks will lead us through the history of the monastery while the other will make a presentation on the Cretan culture and the history of wine-making. You will also have an opportunity to eat a traditional Cretan rusk made with cheese and fresh tomato accompanied with extra virgin oil and the best Cretan wine. After that will visit the two museums with magnificent treasures inside the monastery.
We then leave the monastery, visit a beautiful nature park situated a few kilometers from the city center. Admire the nature as we walk through the blooming vegetation and hear the birds chirp. The nature walk will take place if the weather is favorable. Alternatively, will visit the ancient Aptera city and the Venetian fortress.
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Duration:
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Tour Highlights

Wine tasting in Cretan and international varieties

Visit the traditional old cellar

Details about winemaking tradition in Crete and the art of food pairing

Explore the cellar of the winery inside an old cave near the heart of the mountain

Walk through the winery’s herbal garden and the art gallery

Learn about local viticulture, grapes, and vine-growing

Learn how to properly taste wine and sample organic varietals paired with locally produced meats or cheeses

Discover the Cretan tradition and admire the unique museum exhibits

Visit the cheese factory and discover the secrets of cheese-making posses

Taste the local cheese like “Graviera” or “Mizithra”

Chauffeured private tour ensures a more relaxing and personal experience

Delicious gastronomy experiences and traditional Cretan lunch

Description
Remarkable things will occur in Apokoronas area. A day filled with gastronomy, history, and wine. Initially, we will visit a charming rural community, which has the traditional- historical Apokoronas museum, with seven rooms of Cretan olden times and explanations about the lifestyle in the ancient times. Here we can find out how the people used to exist, admire the typical Cretan house and old daily tools that they used. We will also learn about the aged and inconceivable knitting skill of “Kopaneli”!

Some few kilometers from here, we will have a cup Cretan tea “malotira” and of coffee at a historical area of the Cretan revolt, where a beautiful river crosses the square and divides the village. While seated right next to the clear water of the river we will experience the peaceful plateau scenery of the tall trees.

Afterward, we drive up to the White Mountains foothills, feeling the surroundings altering as we go to the neighborhood winery. Here we will meet up the experts of the prized “Romeiko.” Its manufacture executed remarkably and its aroma is just awesome. Also, we will savor other wine assortments such as “Vidiano,” “Malvazia,” “Kotsifali” and “Vilana.” The winery has an excellent sight of the White Mountains and an exciting art gallery. Here, we can see an antique treadle, which is half-century old, and walk in the herbs garden and the museum of conventional Cretan displays. Going underground, feeling the White Mountains heartbeat, we will tour the cellar which is the cave where relentless rocks wrap the cylinder bottles.

The subsequent stopover is at Emprosneros, the Cretan revolution cradle against the Ottomans. We will see the ruins of the Alidakis tower and tour the area cheese factory to taste the local cheese types such as ”Gravier,” “Mizithra” and “Anthotiros” we will be shown the cheese-making procedure. Obviously, we will mix our cheese tasting with “rakomelo,” “raki” and Cretan Rusk! You will certainly be hungry by now; thus the next stop will be a neighborhood “kafeneio” in Fres village to eat a traditional Cretan luncheon.
$
78
39
/ Person
Chania, Greece
Duration:
6 H
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Wine tour to family wineries, olive oil factory and magnificent places to admire the nature’ s miracle… Tour Highlights Taste different varieties of Cretan and international wine ... more

Details about winemaking traditions in Crete and the art of food pairing

Walk through the pure nature

Delicious gastronomy experiences

Explore the cellars of each winery and see where the wine is bottled and matured

Visit the oldest olive tree in the world and admire incredible museum exhibits

Visit the art gallery of the first winery

Learn about local viticulture, grapes, and vine-growing

Chauffeured private tour ensures a more relaxing and personal experience

Learn how to properly taste wine and sample organic varietals paired with locally produced meat or cheese

Discover the history and mythology of Crete

Description

Today we'll explore the breathtaking landscape of the Kissamos Mountain Range while visiting a traditional family winery. Under the olive trees, we'll dive deeply into award-winning wines like Vidiano and Muscat of Spinas. We'll also sample some international blends like Grenache Rouge, Syrah, and Mouverde that offer exceptional taste because of the local Terroir.

Leaving the winery with a delicious taste lingering on our palates, we'll trace a path through the Cretan villages. In winter, we'll smell the humid lands, but in summer, we'll enjoy profuse vegetation. In an ancient village museum, we'll witness olive trees that are said to be over 3,000 years old while enjoying a variety of expressions of the noble grapes with equally delicious food.

We'll then head to a winery in the Kissamos region to sample local white wines like Vilana, Vidiano and Assirtiko. After trekking through an idyllic landscape, we'll visit the family factory to learn about extra virgin olive oil production. Tasting wine with extra virgin olive oil creates a sensation your palate will never forget. We'll then say goodbye in the traditional Cretan way -- with a final sip of award-winning Tsikoudia.