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
$
1,394
46
/ Person
TRUSTED PARTNER
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
$
1,394
46
Adult
Children
Per
Price
Pricing Info
Child
$
0
0 - 2 years old for FREE
Child
$
697
23
3 - 11 years old
Timing
Dates
Start Time
More Information
More information about the timing
Weekly on Monday12:00 PMStart time to be confirmed
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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$
99
26
/ Person
Chania, Greece
Duration:
6 H
 (2)
Wine tour to a gorgeous family winery and vineyard… Taste the famous Cretan cheese and enjoy a meal like the locals do! Tour Highlights... more

· Discover the secrets of the local grapes inside a vineyard

· Experience wines of Greece in a traditional house introduced by a wine specialist

· Visit the family cheese factory and discover the cheese-making posses

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

· Explore a local family winery and tour around the facilities of the place

· Wine tasting in Cretan and international varieties

· Visit the traditional old cellar inside the cave

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

· Learn about local viticulture, grapes, and vine-growing

· Small-group tour ensures a more relaxing and personal experience

· Delicious gastronomy experiences and traditional Cretan lunch in a village

Description

Driving up to the foothills of the White Mountains, you’ll feel the environment changing while you are heading to the first destination. Inside a family vineyard, wine specialist will introduce the local grape varieties. Analyzing the wine making tradition you’ll get a lot of useful information. You will continue with wine tasting of Greek labels in a traditional village house. By discovering rear ancient grape varieties and the modern type of Greek wines you will definitely feel flawless.

The next stop will be in a traditional Cretan village, situated in the altitude of 300m. There you will experience a local family cheese factory. After the tour of the factory you will taste the cheese varieties like ”Graviera”, “Anthotiros” or “Mizithra” and you will be in touch with the cheese-making process. There will be a combination of cheese tasting with Cretan dry-bread and “raki - tsikoudia” that you’ll love.

A few minutes from the village is the local winery. There you will meet the specialists of the awarded “Romeiko” variety. You will taste wine varieties like “Vidiano”, “Vilana”, “Malvazia” and “Kotsifali”. The winery provides a great view of the White Mountains and an impressive art gallery. There, you can see an ancient treadle, which is aged 500 years old, and walk around the herbal garden and the museum of traditional Cretan exhibits. Moving underground, feeling the heartbeat of the White Mountains, you will visit the cellar which is inside the cave where steadfast rocks cover the cylinder bottles. Tasting is following and with a satisfied palate, we are off to the final stop for lunch. In the charming square of a traditional Cretan village you will experience the local cuisine. Full of incredible tastes the tour is coming to its end leaving us the best memories.

Pick up points:

· 08:40 – Hotels of Kalamaki, Stalos, Agia Marina, Platanias, Maleme, Tavronitis

· 09:00 – Xenios Dias and Golden Beach central parking (for hotels around the Golden beach and Agioi Apostoloi)

· 09:15 – Sunny Rent Car (For hotels in Nea Chora)

· 09:25 – Talos Square – Hand fountain (For hotels around: West old town and harbor, East Nea Chora)

· 09:35 – GS Tours offices (For hotels around: East and Central old town/harbor, Chania city center)

· 09:40 – Kriti hotel (For hotels around: Koum Kapi neighborhood, East old town and Chania city center)

· 10:00 – Kalives (For hotels in Kalives area)
$
99
26
/ Person
Chania, Greece
Duration:
6 H
 (2)
Wine tour to family wineries, olive oil factory and magnificent places to admire the nature’s miracle... Tour Highlights · Visit a traditional olive mill and learn about ... morethe olive oil-making process

· Taste the famous Cretan extra virgin olive oil

· Visit the oldest olive tree in the world and the museum

· Explore two family wineries of the region

· Tour around the facilities of the wineries

· Taste exceptional varieties of Cretan and international wines

· Learn about local viticulture, grapes, and vine-growing

· Delicious gastronomy experiences

· Small-group tour ensures a more relaxing and personal experience

· Discover the culture, traditions, history and mythology of Crete

Description

Today you will travel through wonderful nature’s landscapes. Up to the mountains of the Northwest province of Chania, you will visit traditional family wineries and an olive mill.

The tour starts from the olive mill and factory. A local family business that extracts the olive oil in the traditional way. The heavy stone mills are crushing the olives and through the press the extra virgin olive oil is produced. There are always analytic descriptions and tour of the facilities but live extraction process during the harvesting months (Autumn). Olive oil tasting is following and an incredible taste will fill your palate. After that, you will have the chance to admire the oldest olive tree in the world, which age is estimated at 3000 years old and the olive museum. The miracle of nature stands proud in front of you and its deep roots are holding it through the centuries.

The day continues with wine. You will taste different expressions of Cretan and international varieties paired with delicious local dishes. Visit first a local family winery, in a beautiful environment, surrounded by olive trees and citrus fruits. Wine specialists will analyze the harvesting process and the wine-making traditions through the tour around the place. Tasting is following and experiences of different local varieties. The second winery we are visiting was established in 1993. Wine-makers with specialized knowledge and fresh ideas of modern processes of farming and wine production will introduce you different labels of wines. Traditional Cretan lunch in the winery paired with wine will make you fall in love with this special place. Diving deep into nature’s miracle, tasting awarded labels of wine and experience the local Terroir will offer you unforgettable experiences and beautiful memories from your trip.

Pick up points:

· 08:20 – Kriti hotel (For hotels around: Koum Kapi neighborhood, East old town and Chania city center)

· 08:30 – GS Tours offices (For hotels around: East and Central old town/harbor, Chania city center)

· 08:40 – Talos Square – Hand fountain (For hotels around: West old town and harbor, East Nea Chora)

· 08:45 – Sunny Rent Car (For hotels in Nea Chora)

· 09:00 – Xenios Dias and Golden Beach central parking (for hotels around the Golden beach and Agioi Apostoloi)

· 09:20 – of Kalamaki, Stalos, Agia Marina, Platanias, Maleme, Tavronitis
$
93
35
/ Person
Chania, Greece
Duration:
6 H
Join us and live an incredible journey through the Cretan cuisine and culture… Tour Highlights · Introduction and welcome drink... more

· Vegetable picking from the family garden

· Cooking class of traditional Cretan recipes

· Experience the use of the old wood-oven

· Hear the stories and origins behind each dish

· Wine tasting combined with cheese platters in Cretan varieties

· Tour around the theme rooms of the family house

· Introduction of the Cretan weaving tradition

· Admire extraordinary artifacts of the past and learn about the Cretan way of life in the previous centuries

· Feel part of a local family inside an embracing environment

· Enjoy the spectacular front and rear view of the cottage to the sea and the mountain

· Savor the freshly made dinner along with good Cretan wine

Description

Follow us to the extraordinary journey through the Cretan flavors and taste the real Cretan way of life. Up in the high peaks of the White Mountains, you will prepare some traditional and extremely tasty home-made dishes. Using only healthy organic Cretan ingredients like extra-virgin olive oil, fresh vegetables picked from the garden, dairy products and the most aromatic herbs.

You will have the chance to walk around our vegetable gardens to see, feel, smell, touch and taste the pure products of Mother Earth. Your host will also reveal the secrets of local herbs, how the Cretan olive oil affects the people’s health and useful tips about the local products you will use. You will prepare a traditional Cretan recipe with your own hands, learn how Cretans cook.

After the magnificent cooking experience you will taste delicious Cretan wine paired with local cheese. The view of the mountain is breathtaking right out of our window. Enjoying the extraordinary wine you will feel just like it’s heaven on earth! Later, after the tasting you will prepare some appetizers like “Ntakos” and “Tzatziki” and of course, the popular Cretan Cheese-pies “Kalitsouni”. You will definitely love the bread-making as well. In the meanwhile, the meal will be ready. You will taste your own dishes, paired with fruity local wine and taste some traditional jar desserts at the end. The healthy Mediterranean diet and the famous Cretan cuisine have already been revealed in front of your eyes.

Pick up points:

· 15:40 – Kriti hotel (For hotels around: Koum Kapi neighborhood, East old town and Chania city center)

· 15:45 – GS Tours offices (For hotels around: East and Central old town/harbor, Chania city center)

· 15:55 – Talos Square – Hand fountain (For hotels around: West old town and harbor, East Nea Chora)

· 16:00 – Sunny Rent Car (For hotels in Nea Chora)

· 16:10 – Xenios Dias and Golden Beach central parking (for hotels around the Golden beach and Agioi Apostoloi)

· 16:25 – Hotels of Kalamaki, Stalos, Agia Marina, Platanias, Maleme, Tavronitis

· 16:45 – Hotels in Kalives

· 17:00 – Agioi Pantes village