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8 Day Cooking Vacation in Vamos, Crete

Aegean Flavours cottage, Vamos, Crete, Greece

Authentic Crete Cooking Vacation Greece

Enjoy this authentic cooking vacation at Crete, the southernmost point of Europe at the crossroad of three continents and five seas. It is a Greek place, with a unique blend of elements from the creative assimilation of various cultural forms in a natural frame of astonishing beauty. Experience this protective effect of the Cretan diet for human health, which has a significant influence on several body functions. Whether you come to Crete for the sea and the sun, the culture, food, and traditions, the peaceful seaside villages of South Crete, or the dramatic landscapes, there is always something for everyone.

Highlights

  • Greek cooking lessons
  • Amazing food tour in Chania
  • Cretan cheese and bread making activity
  • Opportunity to explore the charming village of Vamos
  • Winery tour followed by a wine tasting
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

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6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis")
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Fireplace
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wireless internet

You will be provided with seven nights accommodations at a week-long unforgettable culinary program in Vamos, a village near Chania in Crete based on a double room occupancy, daily breakfast, meals, and activities/excursions mentioned in the program.

Small cottage

Small Cottage with AC, central heating, fireplace, and facilities like TV, DVD player, fridge, toaster, boiler, coffee pot, small oven, two hot plates, hairdryer, and wireless internet. You will also be provided with maid service for change of sheets and towels after three nights of stay. Pets are allowed on request.

Big cottage with two levels

First level is a large traditionally furnished sitting and dining room with fireplace and central heating, comfortable sofa/bed (for two persons), fully-equipped kitchenette, TV and AC, 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).

Program

When you refer to the Cretan diet, you should take into consideration that the diet in question was applied under specific social conditions and constituted an inextricable part of a general lifestyle. Apart from the specific choice of food, there were probably numerous other factors which contributed to the beneficiary effects of this diet to human health.

The protective effect of the Cretan diet for human health was attributed to its high monounsaturated fat content, due to the daily use of olive oil, as well as to low saturated fat, due to the low consumption of red meat. At present, it is well aware that this particular nutritional scheme possesses important additional features, since it is a diet that, when applied in sufficient quantities, provides all the necessary micro-constituents (i.e. vitamins and minerals), and is rich in Omega-three fatty acids, vegetable fibres, antioxidants and various phytochemicals, which have significant influence on several body functions, and a beneficial effect on your health.

Day 1

  • Pick up at arrival time at Chania International Airport (CHQ) or port and transfer to the cottage in the heartland of Crete in Vamos, near Georgioupolis
  • Enjoy welcome drinks followed with some free time to settle in
  • The dinner will feature contemporary Cretan cuisine and will be served by your hosts at a Vamos tavern
  • Overnight

Day 2

  • After breakfast, during your free morning, you will have an opportunity to take a stroll around the charming village of Vamos or even take a bus or taxi to Georgioupolis
  • Lunch on your own
  • In the afternoon, enjoy with Chef Koula in the Cretan countryside with a glass of wine in your hand, cooking at ease in the “kitchen” and then devour the delicious foods you have just created! (The lesson will take place at an Old Olive Mill)
  • Dinner (included)

Day 3 (cheese and bread making activity)

  • In the morning, you will go to a cheese dairy farm of two brothers who are the most authentic cheese producers of the area
  • All the products are handmade using an old, all traditional process which utilizes the “kazani”, the fireplace, no machinery is used
  • Go to see how the Cretan bread is made using the old methods (Greek bread has always played an important part in the Greek diet)
  • Lunch on your own
  • Free afternoon for personal activities (suggestions: you can go and relax to the beach in Kalives or trip to the beautiful town of Rethymno)
  • Dinner (included)

Day 4

  • You will start at 10:00 a.m. 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 followed by the explanation of secrets of Cretan virgin olive oil
  • You continue on to a winery: you will share the passion for Cretan wine and 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

They will take you this morning to the famous town of Chania for an amazing food tour. 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

  • 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. They can suggest and organize 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

  • 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

  • Breakfast at the Cottage
  • Transfer to the airport or port of Chania

Location

During this vacation, you will be staying at Aegean Flavours, Crete, Greece. Crete is the southernmost point of Europe at the crossroad of three continents and five seas. It is the meeting point of different populations, by ancient and disparate cultures of centuries.

The island offers amazing variety, combining snow-capped mountains, rolling hills covered with olive trees and over 1,000 kilometers of varied coastline. Crete has far more endemic plants than any other island in Europe. Crete is also a mix of large tourist resorts, small fishing villages, remote settlements, and cities such as Chania, Agios Nikolaos, Rethymno, and Heraklion which have been inhabited for almost 8,000 years.

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Mountain walking
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Beach
  • Fireplace

Services

  • Hair dryer
  • Wireless internet

Food

You will be provided with daily breakfast and dinner. Lunch is not included in the same.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Visit Kournas Lake near Georgiopoulis
  • Take an optional walking guided tour (a walk in the mountain meeting history and nature)
  • Take an excursion in the south of Crete in the Lybian Sea, to Samaria Gorges, or to Knossos Palace in Heraklion

What's included

  • 1 wine tour and olive oil tour
  • 1 cheese making tour and bread making tour
  • 1 food tour in Chania
  • 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
  • Transfer from/to Chania Airport or port on a modern minibus or taxi
  • 7 nights at a premium quality Cretan cottage with daily breakfast made solely of local ingredients
  • All dinners

What's not included

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program
  • Excursions that are not listed in the program
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Transfer from and/or Heraklion International Airport (HER) or Heraklion port (can be offered at the rate of 60 EUR per person each way)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis") Airport transfer included: Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis") No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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