Music Tour in Rethymno

Details

DURATION

4 - 5 hours

DIFFICULTY

Easy

GROUP SIZE

2 - 6 persons

SCHEDULE

Every Wednesday and Saturday

TYPE

Small group tour

PICK UP TIME

10:30

PICK UP PLACE

Eglise "Four Martyrs", 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
  • Meet the musician Lefteris Tsagarakis and his friends in a small garden "kafeneio"
  • Learn about the history of Cretan instruments and travel through time by listening to the live cretan music
  • Feel like a local for a day, by tasting the delicious homemade raki and the delicious 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. His mastery has been passing from generation to generation in their family. Nowadays, the workshop is run by his grandson and it disposes a room dedicated to the family's history, operating as a museum. There, we can admire all the musical instruments they produce, made by hand, and 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

Before we continue, some Greek coffee!

2nd Stop

Before we continue, some Greek coffee!

Afterwards, we will stop at a beautiful cafe, located in a less-known square in the heart of the old town. This small, unfrequented square with its running fountain will be our first stop. There, we will enjoy an authentic Cretan breakfast, which consists of a traditional Greek coffee or juice and a handmade cheese pie (as we called it "sfakianopita") covered with organic thyme honey. During this stop, we will have an introductive discussion to the historical monuments, traditions, customs, as we all enjoy our Cretan breakfast in the calm atmosphere of this quiet cafe.

3rd Stop

The last workshop of "phyllo" pastry

After that, we will be able to see right through the heart of Rethymno; a Venetian mansion of the 17th century houses “Yorgos Hatziparaschos” phyllo workshop, the oldest of its kind. He is famous for making phyllo for more than 63 years now. Traditional phyllo is an essential ingredient for traditional syrupy sweets, such as kantaifi and baklava. While the ingredients are simple - flour, water and some salt - the proportions according to Mr. Hatziparaschos took years of testing. If we stand lucky, we will observe the master on the job! A fluid mixture falls into a special machine in the back room, where butter aromas fill the air; in the meantime, Mr. Yorgos' 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 of the Greeks. The taste cannot described with words; you just have to try it!

3rd Stop

The last workshop of "phyllo" pastry

4 th Stop

The Musical part of the tour!

4th Stop

The Musical part of the tour!

Finally, we will arrive at a garden "kafeneio" where our musicians will be waiting to start the musical part of the tour. What’s better than a glass of homemade raki and some Cretan "mezedes"? Notes and melodies may be the right answer. Our experts are here to guide us through the Cretan music and its essentials: “laouto” and “lyra” are the most well known musical instruments in Crete. As we enjoy our lunch, we will learn about “mantinada” and “Erotokritos” in the most interactive way, as well as the differences between music traditions in provinces. Let's leave the rest to our musicians, who will transfer us to another era through the sounds of the most known Cretan musical instruments.

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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