Taste of Cretan Nature

Details

DURATION

6 - 8 hours

DIFFICULTY

Easy

GROUP SIZE

2 - 6 people

SCHEDULE

Every Monday and Wednesday

TYPE

Small group

PICK UP TIME

09:00 (Depending on your hotel)

PICK UP PLACE

Hotels in Rethymno district

Highlights

  • Visit a Cretan shepherd refuge and watch over 100 goats run free towards the mountains 
  • Enjoy a glass of homemade raki with olives during your discussion with a Cretan shepherd
  • Wear your special uniform and become a beekeeper for the next 30 minutes
  • Find your bee queen and learn about the honey extraction process
  • Enjoy the hospitality of the shepherd's house 
  • Have a traditional homemade lunch prepared by the shepherd's wife
  • Stroll around Apladiana village and learn all about our customs and traditions 
ITINERARY

Every Stop a Unique Experience

1st Stop

An old monastery

After 1 hour of driving, we will visit a historically important Cretan monastery. In a lush landscape, full of beautiful flowers, the Vosakos monastery lies before our eyes; stone-built and magnificent. Get to know the last nun of the monastery who welcomes you by offering you a traditional "loukoumi" treat. Admire the sophisticated and imposing architecture and get to know its tumultuous history.

1st Stop

An old monastery

2 nd Stop

The shepherd's pastureland

2nd Stop

The shepherd's pastureland

At the entrance, three huge trees create an impressive door that welcomes you to their land. Live for a moment the life of a real Cretan shepherd. Learn about the daily routine, daily habits, milk production process and caring for the goats while you try the homemade raki and some ordinary Cretan appetizers such as gruyere and olives.

3rd Stop

A unique apiary

On our next stop and depending on the period, we will visit an apiary in a spectacular landscape where all the flowers bloom (spring season) and burst all the refreshing aromas. We can wear special uniforms and observe the honey extraction procedure. Discover all the secrets of Cretan beekeeping as well as the importance of herbs and flowers in the production of real thyme honey. Fun tip: don't forget to remove the upper part of the outfit on your head, before reaching in to taste the honey!

3rd Stop

A unique apiary

4 th Stop

Enjoy a traditional Cretan meal

4th Stop

Enjoy a traditional Cretan meal

An integral part of the Cretan tradition is the warm hospitality of the locals. Mr. Andreas and Mrs. Eleni open their house to you. They welcome you with a glass of raki and Mrs. Eleni has prepared a traditional meal especially for you. Enjoy!

5th Stop

Explore the rest of the village

After lunch, you will be guided to one of the most ancient and traditional villages, Apladiana, which still adheres to all the Cretan customs. On your way, you will cross orange trees and if you wish, you can cut a fresh juicy orange with your bare hands and eat it on spot. Once arrived at the village's square, your guide will explain where and how the famous Cretan weddings take place in these traditional villages.

5th Stop

Explore the rest of the village

What’s Included

Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off (Only Rethymno District)

English or French speaking guide

Local driver/guide

Transport by air-conditioned car​/mini bus

Entrance to the monastery​

Honey extracting with uniforms

All taxes, fees and handling charges​

Lunch (vegetarian option included)

All taxes, fees and handling charges​

Lots of raki and laughter :)


1-2 ADULTS

160 EURO P/P
3-4 ADULTS120 EURO P/P
5-6 ADULTS110 EURO P/P
CHILDREN (2 - 12)50%
INFANTS (0 - 2)

FREE

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