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Exquisite Culinary Tour in Crete

This will be a fantastic tour for people seeking unique experiences in Crete and collect moments! Crete is a unique island, with different people, cultures, and experiences that will surely remain marked in your mind and soul when you visit it. On this tour, you will visit four of the famous towns of Crete. Heraklion, Chania, Rethymno and Agios Nikolaos.

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Rallou
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Highlights

  • Tasting real Cretan food and products
  • Wine tasting, walking food tour, cooking class
  • Learn cheesemaking process, olive oil tasting, olive oil museum
  • Visit Chania’s town market and taste the famous bread of Georgioupolis
  • Visit graphic town Agios Nikolaos with beautiful lake and port
  • Visit Spinalonga Island, Cretaquarium, Knossos Palace
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


5 days with instruction
Group size: 2-8 participants
Airport transfer included: Heraklion International Airport (Nikos Kazantzakis Airport)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

At the city’s main square, in the historic center of Crete’s capital city and right next to one of Europe’s most important museums, the renowned Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Capsis Astoria Hotel offers upgraded and sophisticated services to both corporate and leisure travelers.

Capsis Astoria is the most centrally located hotel in Heraklion and a popular meeting point for both locals and travelers. It is the ideal accommodation choice, due to its nodal location and its fully renovated facilities.

The hotel features stylish and modernly decorated rooms, state-of-the-art conference facilities, restaurants, a gym, and an outdoor swimming pool in the Roof Garden. With an experience of over 50 years in hospitality, the hotel delivers upscale services that generate an ambiance of warmth and intimacy, the “trademark” of all Capsis properties.

Kriti Hotel is perfect if you want to stay in the city center with immediate proximity to the town's most popular attractions including the Venetian harbor, with beautiful views of both the sea and the town.

Rest and relax in one of the 84 modern designed rooms which were renovated in 2014 and enjoy the Cretan hospitality at its best. The hotel's friendly and well-educated team will offer you comfort and make sure that your stay at Kriti Hotel will be as pleasant as possible. You can enjoy free high-speed wireless Internet in your room and throughout the hotel.

A good night’s sleep is assured by the comfortable beds and our special pillow menu. Coffee and tea facilities in each room, and all rooms are non-smoking. In addition, the hotel offers accessible rooms and amenities upon request, ensuring a comfortable stay for all of the guests.

Program

Crete is famous for local cuisine, unparalleled products, beautiful sites, its people, culture, history, which have made Crete stand out for centuries. Crete, an “ark” of rare natural beauty, Mediterranean culture, and history. “Whoever touches this island feels a mysterious power, through their veins and into the soul,” writes Nikos Kazantzakis, the great Cretan writer, in his book “Reference to Greco”.

A fantastic tour for people seeking unique experiences in Crete!

Crete is famous for its products and its culture. In Crete, you will explore the Cretan cuisine, you will learn about the Mediterranean diet, enjoy local food, taste local wines and Cretan products. You will discover amazing sites and places.

You will have the opportunity to learn about the ancient Minoan culture and the history of Crete. The trip involves visits to a winery, museums, cretaquarium, archaeological site, cooking classes, cheese-making lessons, tasting of olive oil, and wine tastings. You will explore beautiful places, unique landscapes and live like a local.

What are you expecting? Follow Porto Planet and live like a native of Crete!

Day 1: Heraklion - Arrival

Arrival and reception at Heraklion airport with a taxi driver. Check into your room, relax and explore your surroundings before dinner.

  • Meals included: Dinner
  • Overnight: Heraklion

Day 2: Heraklion Knossos - archeological museum - city/food tour

Today you will visit the Palace of Knossos. The Palace of Knossos is one monument you must see in Crete. It was built 3500 years ago! After that, you continue to Heraklion and you have the chance to admire Minoan culture at the archaeological museum.

After visiting the museum, you will start the walking food tour. You walk on the streets of the city and taste unique flavors that will elevate your palate to heaven!

  • Meals included: Breakfast - dinner
  • Overnight Heraklion

Day 3: Agios Nikolaos - Elounda - Spinalonga

You will drive along the north coast of the island and get an amazing view of the Selinari gorge on the way to Elounda. Elounda’s harbor, known as the Gulf of Korfos, is a natural, beautiful lagoon which is bordered by rugged peninsulas, and with the island of Spinalonga.

Let’s head to fascinating Spinalonga Island or just “The Island” according to Viktoria’s Hislop book. For decades from 1913, it was a leper colony serving the whole of Greece. Its small inner network of run-down streets and houses, abandoned by Turkish occupants at the end of the previous century, became home to the so-called “living dead”.

After walking to Spinalonga you drive to Ag. Nikolaos, that is different from all other towns in Crete. The town has a beautiful lake and port. Its unique features start with the lake (“Voulismeni”), a folklore-inspiringly deep body of water that is connected to the sea by a narrow inlet.

  • Meals included: Breakfast - dinner
  • Overnight: Heraklion

Day 4: Heraklion - Cretaquarium - cooking class

Today you will visit the Cretaquarium. The expertise possessed by the Aquarium on the presentation of the Mediterranean species and ecosystems is backed up by the long experience of the center in Mediterranean marine research. The Mediterranean Sea preserves impressive biodiversity, gave birth to ancient civilizations, and welcomes millions of visitors each year.

Afterward, discover the culinary delights of Crete from real people. You will be a part of their day-to-day life and share with them their knowledge of local products and delicacies. Be part of true Crete. Enjoy a homemade lunch in the most unique and beautiful environment. Enjoy unlimited exceptional local wine. A Small-group tour limited up to eight people.

  • Meals included: Breakfast - dinner
  • Overnight: Heraklion

Day 5, Rethymno city tour - Geni Gave - lunch/cheese making class

Your first break is the city of Rethymnon, the capital city of the region. It bears traces of the many different periods of its long history.

A beautiful fine, sandy beach surrounds the city. During the Venetian occupation, the city was considered to be the commercial and cultural center of Crete. Byzantine churches stand alongside the Turkish minaret and characteristic stone Venetian buildings show the traditional character of the city.

You can visit the castle of Fortezza, built on the hilltop that overlooks the city, Lotzia which is an archaeological museum, the Rimondi Fountain, the remains of the Venetian fortifications, and several residences characteristic to the Venetian architectural style. Walk the narrow streets with hundreds of small tourist shops.

After you drive in the maintenance of the Rethymnon area, you will have lunch in one of the famous taverns in Crete with real Cretan food. Here also you have the opportunity to learn about the cheese production process!

  • Meals included: Breakfast - lunch - dinner
  • Overnight: Heraklion

Day 6: Wine tour and olive oil tasting - olive oil and tree museum

Drive through the beautiful Cretan mainland scenery to the Kydonia Mountain. You will visit a traditional winery. You will sit in a beautiful olive grove and sample a fleet of local wines including Vidiano and Muscat of Spinas as well as some international wines such as Grenache Rouge, Syrah, and Mourvedre.

You will visit the Olive Tree Museum. You will see the oldest olive tree in the world, one of 14 classified as Monumental Olive Trees in Crete, aged an estimated 3,000 years.

You will then drive to a different winery in Kissavos Mountain, where their Cretan wine tasting experience continues. You will taste a new fleet of wines consisting of local varieties including Vilana, Vidiano, and Assyrtiko, accompanied by food comprising local products.

Afterward, you will visit an olive oil factory owned by the same family, where they will learn about extra virgin olive oil production.

Meals included: Breakfast - lunch or dinner

  • Overnight: Chania

Day 7: Chania city free day

You have a free day to spend in Chania. Chania is a scenic city that combines the strong traditional color of living history with the virtues of a modern city. The traces of all cultures and nations that dominated the city in the past are more than obvious as the city is a living museum where architectural styles and cultural attitudes have been harmonically blended.

Visit the Chania town market dating from the 1900’s – it is a cross-shaped gallery that houses over 65 food stores, presenting fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy products, bread, legumes, and anything else you may like, such as cafés, restaurants, and shopping, to the old town of Chania.

  • Meals included: Breakfast - lunch or dinner
  • Overnight Chania

Day 8: Chania - Departure

You will leave after breakfast.

THANK YOU FOR COMING. Have a nice flight back home! KALO TAXIDI!

Included excursions

  • Visit Chania’s town market dating back to the 1900s and taste the famous bread of Georgioupolis
  • Visit graphic town Agios Nikolaos with a beautiful lake and port
  • Wine tasting, walking food tour, cooking class, cheesemaking, olive oil tasting, olive oil museum
  • Visit Rethymnon that bears traces of the many different periods of its long history
  • Visit the Palace of Knossos. It was built 3,500 years ago and was the seat of the wise King Minos. Intriguing myths of the labyrinth with the Minotaur and Daedalus with Icarus, are linked to the palace of Knossos
  • Visit Heraklion city and admire castle Koule with old port and archaeological museum
  • Tasting real Cretan food and products
  • Visit Spinalonga Island
  • Visit Cretaquarium

Instructors

Rallou Portokalaki

Location

This tour takes you to amazing places in Crete, such as Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos, Rethymno, and Chania.

In Heraklion, you find the city’s main square, in the historic center of Crete’s capital city, and right next to one of Europe’s most important museums, the renowned Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

In Chania, you will stay in the city center with immediate proximity to the town's most popular attractions including the Venetian harbor, with beautiful views of both the sea and the town.

Food

The included meals are 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners (at the hotel).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Lactose Free
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 the old town of Chania for shopping

Visit the Heraklion by night

Spa treatments

Take a spa in Chania city or Heraklion city

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodations
  • 5 nights standard accommodation in Heraklion at Astoria Hotel (four-star) or similar
  • 2 nights standard accommodation in Chania at Kriti Hotel (three-star) or similar
  • Transportation airport - hotel on the day of arrival and hotel - airport on the day of departure
  • Vehicle/minivan with English speaking driver
  • Meals – The included meals are 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners (at the hotel)
  • All private tours
  • All excursions tranfers
  • All entrance fees

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Guiding at the Knossos Palace and Archaeological Museum
  • Overnight tax
  • Tips
  • Anything not mentioned above or below

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Heraklion International Airport (Nikos Kazantzakis Airport) Airport transfer included: Heraklion International Airport (Nikos Kazantzakis Airport) 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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This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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