Music Tour in Rethymno

Details

DURATION

4 - 5 hours

DIFFICULTY

Easy

GROUP SIZE

2 - 6 persons

SCHEDULE

Every day except Sunday

TYPE

Small group tour

PICK UP TIME

10:30

PICK UP PLACE

Four Martyrs Church, Gerakari 6, 741 00

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Highlights

  • Visit a small hidden workshop of Cretan musical instruments and meet the owner
  • Enjoy a greek coffee in a small and quiet "kafeneio"
  • Visit a local's workshop of "baklava", "kantaifi" and other phyllo pastry
  • Discover the impressive old town's narrow streets, the stone built Venetian old houses
  • Dive into Rethymno's magnificent culture
  • Explore the genuine flavors of Cretan thyme honey in a honey tasting
  • Meet the musician Lefteris Tsagarakis and his friends in a small garden "kafeneio"
  • Learn about the history of Cretan instruments and travel through time and tradition by listening to the live music
  • Feel like a local for a day, by tasting the delicious homemade raki and the extraordinary mezedes in the "kafeneio"
ITINERARY

Every Stop a Unique Experience

1st Stop

The Cretan "Lyra" Workshop

The first stop of our walking tour is a beautiful musical instrument workshop, created in 1945 by Manolis Stagakis, a famous "lyraris" (lyra musician) of Crete. Nowadays, the workshop is run by his grandson and it disposes a museum room as well. There, we will learn everything about lyra, the most known musical instrument of Crete, as well as other very known Cretan instruments.

1st Stop

The Cretan "Lyra" Workshop

2 nd Stop

But first, Greek coffee!

2nd Stop

But first, Greek coffee!

Afterwards, we will visit a beautiful coffee place in a unique scenery, where you can enjoy an authentic Greek coffee and a handmade extra thin cheese pie (as we called it "sfakianopita") covered with homemade thyme honey. There will be an introduction to the historical imposing monuments, traditions, customs, and the connection to Cretan Gastronomy by your guide, as you enjoy your Cretan breakfast.

3rd Stop

The last workshop of "phyllo" pastry

At the next stop, travelers will be able to see right inside the old town of Rethymno; a Venetian mansion of the 17th century houses Giorgos Hatziparaschos' phyllo workshop, the oldest of its kind. He is famous for making phyllo for ''kantaifi'' and ''baklava'' more than 63 years now. While the ingredients are simple - flour, water and some salt - the proportions according to Hatziparaschos took years of testing. Traditional phyllo is an essential ingredient for traditional syrupy sweets dipped in honey, such as kantaifi and baklava. If you are lucky, you will watch the master on the job. A fluid mixture falls into a special machine in the back room, where butter aromas are on the air and Mr. Giorgos' hot copper pan doesn't stop turning. Above the flames, hundreds of thin and baked strings of kantaifi are created. Sprinkled with the right balance of cinnamon and chopped walnuts, kantaifi is one of the most favorite sweets.

3rd Stop

The last workshop of "phyllo" pastry

4 th Stop

Thyme honey tasting

4th Stop

Thyme honey tasting

After a short walk around the narrow streets of Rethymno's old venetian city, we will head to a small shop with Cretan natural products so as to try the taste of genuine Cretan thyme honey and learn the history as well as the process of collecting honey. It is very important that this honey is produced in the mountains; this element makes the taste so much different from the other kinds. Especially when these mountains belong to a truly unspoilt environment, away from the urban pollution, in a local ecosystem of extremely dense aromatic flora of endemic, self-sown flower plants, trees and shrubbery.

5th Stop

The Musical part of the tour!

Finally, we arrive at a garden "kafeneio" where our musicians will be waiting to start the musical part of the tour. What’s more exhilarating than a glass of homemade raki and some Cretan "mezedes"? Notes and melodies may be the right answer. Our experts are here to guide you through the Cretan music and its essentials: “laouto” and “lyra” are the most well known musical instruments in Crete. Learn about “mantinada” and “Erotokritos”, as well as the differences between music traditions in provinces. Enjoy your light lunch and raki by the sounds of the most known Cretan musical instruments.

5th Stop

The Musical part of the tour!

What’s Included

  • Local English or French speaking guide
  • Coffee and traditional snacks
  • Small group tour in the old town of Rethymno
  • Light lunch or dinner (vegetarian options included)
  • Live music in a small garden
  • Visit and tour of a traditional musical instrument workshop
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges​
  • Lots of raki and laughter :)
1-2 ADULTS120 EURO P/P
3-4 ADULTS95 EURO P/P
5-6 ADULTS75 EURO P/P
CHILDREN (3 - 12)

50%

INFANTS (0 - 2)

FREE
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