Gastronomy and Sceneries of Crete

Details

DURATION

8 days

DIFFICULTY

Easy

GROUP SIZE

Non indicated

SCHEDULE

Upon request

TYPE

Personalised trip

PICK UP PLACE

Airport of arrival

Price List

Highlights

  • Discover Crete through its local products and its gastronomy
  • Come and familiarize yourself with local tastes by tasting wine, raki or olive oil
  • Follow a gastronomic journey in the heart of authentic villages 
  • Get as close as possible to the soul of this island
  • Feel like a real Cretan
  • Stay in beautiful hotels during your whole trip
  • Create with us a 100% personalised trip, just for you
ITINERARY

Every Stop a Unique Experience

1st Day

Arrival in Heraklion

We will meet you at the airport to give you the latest details of your trip before delivering your rental car. You are accompanied to your hotel to drop off your luggage and start your journey into the Cretan history and culture with a visit to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum followed by a stroll through the extraordinary Minoan Palace of Knossos. South of Heraklion is the beautiful village of Archanes. You will walk around this beautiful village to a small "kafeneio" before going to your hotel.

1st Day

Arrival in Heraklion

2 nd Day

Olive oil Tasting in Agios Nikolaos

2nd Day

Olive oil Tasting in Agios Nikolaos

You can start your day with a visit to the famous island of Spinalonga. The Construction of the Spinalonga Fort began in 1574, when the Turks invaded Cyprus. The Venetians predicted that the Turks would begin to expand to the west of the Mediterranean and decided to build a fort on the island, thereby protecting the entire lagoon of Elounda. After Spinalonga, do not miss the chance to visit a Cretan farm to discover the tradition of agriculture in Crete and taste its famous olive oil. Then, direction is Agios Nikolaos for a coffee by the sea. The picturesque lake Voulismeni, a small lagoon located in the center of the city, is the trademark of Saint-Nicolas and serves small ports where fishing boats stop. Optional: visit the Boutaris vineyard, near Archanes, on your way back.

3rd Day

Gastronomy tour in Rethymno

You start off from Archanes village in Heraklion, to reach your hotel in Rethymno. Rethymno is the third largest city in Crete. After leaving your luggage and checking in the hotel, you will participate in a walking tour around the old town of Rethymno, with stops to taste and learn its long and interesting history. Enjoy a traditional greek coffee, have some "loukoumades" and visit an old workshop of "phyllo" pastry, made by hand. End this day by an included light meal in a local taverna, the Cretan way!

3rd Day

Gastronomy tour in Rethymno

4 th Day

Cretan Cooking Class

4th Day

Cretan Cooking Class

Begin your tour by a refreshing short walk, where you will explore the ancient city of Onithe. You’ll have the chance to see an old small orthodox church, a natural spring with clear running water and the mountains of Onithe. In this newly rediscovered impressive historical site, amidst the beautiful cretan countryside, ruins spanning 1000 years of history can be admired. We will return to the square of the village, to find our tavern; then, we will get in a chef’s kitchen, in order to learn all of his secrets! During your cooking class you will learn from the expertise, Mr. Kostas, and his team. Of course, all the ingredients that you will use are organic. At the end of the class, you will taste your creations in a genuine Cretan lunch. Raki and house wine are always in order!

5th Day

Wine and Olive oil Tasting

Today, you will visit the Kanakis olive oil factory to discover its manufacturing secrets and taste the extra virgin oil that Crete produces. Then, you will go to one of the best vineyards in the region, the Dourakis estate, where you will enjoy a guided tour, the opportunity for you to get to know the particular characteristics of Cretan wine better. The guided tour is followed by a tasting, accompanied by brusquettes and olives. Finally, you will head to the village of Vryses for a light Cretan lunch.

5th Day

Wine and Olive oil Tasting

6 th Day

Heavenly beaches on Crete

6th Day

Heavenly beaches on Crete

In the far north-west of the Gramvoussa peninsula lays one of the most beautiful sites in Crete: Balos. It is indeed here that a shallow closed lagoon is separated from the sea by a cordon of sand. The whiteness of the sand and the depth of the sea give this environment amazing colors. A site to be absolutely preserved! In the afternoon you can also visit the beautiful site of Falassarna, with its exceptional beach, crystal clear waters and an archaeological site nearby.The exotic Falasarna Beach is located 59 km west of the city of Chania. At the northern end of the beach are the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Falasarna. The Falasarna bay is one of the most famous beaches in Greece. Its sand is whitish, which makes the water tropical. The region around the site is magnificent and constitutes a protected nature reserve.

7th Day

Τhe venetian city of Chania

Start off by car to explore the city of Chania and visit the Tsagkarolon Monastery, where monks generate unique varieties of wine, olive and honey. You can take the opportunity to go to Seitan Limania, a beautiful secret beach to swim and relax in the sun. Return to Chania to discover the many exceptional Byzantine, Venetian or Ottoman monuments. The city is full of them, as well as of the romantic spirit that makes it ideal for afternoon walks. The Nautical Museum, the Archaeological Museum, the house of El Venizelos and the War Museum are also not to be missed.

7th Day

Τhe venetian city of Chania

8 th Day

End of your "tasty" journey!

8th Day

End of your "tasty" journey!

Depending on your flight schedule, you will reach Heraklion Airport where you will take your return flight. If you have some time, you can visit the old town of Heraklion and its fortress, enjoy a coffee in one of its hidden "kafeneia" and relax before reaching the airport. Have a good flight and see you soon in Crete!

What’s Included

Travel book personalized with maps, practical information, etc.

Pick up at the airport & transfer to hotel

All hotels during the entire stay

Car rental during the entire stay

Meals (as indicated in the program)

All excursions mentioned with english or french speaking guide

Any modification you wish on the activities, hotels and price 

24 hour telephone assistance

FROM NOVEMBER TO FEBRUARY (2 PERSONS)

APPROXIMATELY: 890 EURO P/P

FROM MARCH TO OCTOBER (2 PERSONS)APPROXIMATELY: 1050 EURO P/P
FROM NOVEMBER TO FEBRUARY (4 PERSONS)APPROXIMATELY: 810 EURO P/P
FROM MARCH TO OCTOBER (4 PERSONS)APPROXIMATELY: 950 EURO P/P
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