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8 Days VIP Greek Culture and Culinary Holidays in Crete, Greece

8 Days VIP Greek Culture and Culinary Holidays in Crete, Greece

  • Unnamed Road, Kissamos 734 00, Greece

Culinary Vacations Greece

Live your dream holiday in Crete and experience the best of the Greek culture and cuisine. Travel and Do travel holiday experiences are ideal for couple, family, group of friends, or solo traveler. Travel and Do safe and congenial atmosphere brings people together in a way daily life rarely does. With them, you will feel immediately at home, fit in easily to a new circle of friends, establish new bonds, and open yourself up to new possibilities.

Highlights

  • 1 cooking class
  • VIP-quality travel experience
  • Authentic private cultural experiences
  • All entrance fees, transfer costs, tour leading, and guiding fees
  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • Daily healthy delicious meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • German, Greek, English
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The accommodations will either be in one of the luxury villas or apartments of the Travel and Do partner venues network, as per availability. You will have your own private swimming pool.

Day 1: Arrival day

Upon arrival, you can have the time to get to know each other better and adjust to the Mediterranean climate.

Day 2

Today, enjoy a Cretan sea and mountain hike experience. You will also have the opportunity to have an eco-village visit. Your day trip will be featuring a visit to a monastery, the island of Elafonissi, and a short and easy hike along a gorge. You will have a group lunch in the eco village and in the evening you will have group dinner at a high-end restaurant in Kolymbari fishing village.

Day 3:

Today, you will have the chance to get to know the Cretan people. Enjoy wild herbs and bee keeping tour that will include honey tasting session! Have a visit to the oldest olive tree of Crete and the olive tree museum.

You will visit a bee-keeping farm and learn about the production process of the famous Cretan honey. Light brunch is included during the bee keeping tour. You’ll have time to relax by the sea or in the back yard of the villa before your first cooking class.

The cooking class will take place in the courtyard of the cook’s village house where she will show you how to prepare a rich Cretan dinner. After dinner, you’ll go out for dessert and refreshment drinks to soak in a bit of the village nightlife.

Day 4: Pottery workshop and ancient Greek culture

Visit a pottery museum and participate in a traditional pottery workshop. There will be free time to both stroll the streets of the picturesque village and tour the shops of the village’s many authentic workshops. The day will include two hours guided visit to the neighboring ancient city of Eleftherna, where a new impressive museum opened his doors just one year ago.

It is the fourth most important Greek museum inside of an archaeological site after Delphi, Olympia, and Vergina! The day will conclude with a group dinner at a high-end restaurant.

Day 5: Boat tour and bakery tour

Today, enjoy a day trip to the area of Sfakia, one of the most unique and scenic parts of Crete, a land where tradition is alive and time refuses to run fast. You will board to a picturesque beach, and then have late lunch at a seafront tavern. Afterwards, you’ll visit a local bakery and will have a guided tour and a tasting. In the evening, you will enjoy a group dinner in the villa and your cook will prepare the dinner.

Day 6: Eco-farm day including a hands-on experience, a wine tour, and wine tasting

Today you will drive to an eco-farm, and learn how to bake bread, make cheese, make soap, and cook local dishes. At the end of the activity, you can relax under the shady pergola with views over the garden and enjoy a farmhouse meal including the fruits of your efforts!

Day 7: Culinary tour of Chania

Today, you’ll start the day with a visit to the famous Falassarna beach. After a group lunch, you will drive to Chania for a market and city guided tour. You will have free leisure time for shopping in the market and the city followed by a farewell dinner with live music at the old port of Chania .

Day 8: Departure day

Today is your departure day from the exciting culinary tour in Crete, Greece.

This retreat will take place in Kissamos area, on the beautiful island of Crete, Greece. "Out in the dark blue sea, there lays a land called Crete, a rich and lovely land, washed by the waves on every side..." says the famous Homer in "The Odyssey". Crete is perhaps the most famous travel destination of Greece, especially among those who seek the traditional side of the Greek culture.

Offering a unique and diverse landscape, a chance to come close to the local customs, native people with authentic hospitality and the Cretan cuisine, famous worldwide for its taste and health benefits, Crete is a "must explore" for the conscious travelers of today. Although globalization, tourism, and economic growth have inevitably changed the way of life in Crete, especially in the large urban centers, to a modern and cosmopolitan style, the Cretans still preserve the bonds with their rich folk traditions and cultural heritage.

The Cretan dances are still danced at every opportunity and the "madinades" and the "rizitika" songs resound in every celebration. In the countryside, many old Cretan men and women wear the traditional costume and the Cretan idiom is widely spoken even in the large cities. There is an exceptional artistic production in traditional sectors such as pottery, embroidery, jewelry, and of course the very special Cretan music.

Arts and literature had always played a significant role in the life of the Cretan people. Famous painters like El Greco, Michael Damaskinos, writers like Nikos Kazantzakis, poets like Vincenzos Kornaros and Odysseas Elitis, composers like Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hatzidakis and Giannis Markopoulos are Cretans or of Cretan origin.

Today there are many important Cretans with significant contribution in all aspects of the cultural life in Greece. Extra virgin olive oil, legumes, and vegetables still constitute the base of the local cuisine as they have done for thousands of years and make the Cretan cuisine renowned worldwide for its benefits on longevity and good health.

All meals are included in the price.

Ceramic art

During your stay in Crete don’t miss out on visiting the pottery workshop in order to explore the magic world of ceramic art. The workshop is located in a picturesque village dedicated to pottery art since the antiquity!

Learn from Travel and Do artist about the history of ceramic art, view the work and watch the artist transform clay into beautiful artifacts. Take a break and try some local delicacies and then continue creating your own ceramic work of art, with the artist’s expert guidance. Your creation will need a few days to dry and then to be fired. You can order your work to be delivered to you at home!

Cultural excursion

Enjoy a privately guided visit to the monuments of ancient Knossos city, the capital city-state of the Minoan civilization. Knossos is regarded as being Europe ‘s oldest city! There is evidence that this location was inhabited already during the Neolithic times (about 6000 B.C.). On the ruins of the Neolithic settlement, the first Minoan Palace was built.

The Palace covers about 150000 square feet (14000 square meters) of space, the size of more than two American football fields, and was surrounded by a fully functional city of more than 100000 citizens. Between 1700 to 1450 BC, the Minoan civilization was at its peak and Knossos was the most important city-state of Ancient Greece.

The Archaeological Museum in Heraklion houses a whole world of ancient art and history. It is one of the largest, most important, and most visited museums in Greece, and among the most important ones in Europe. You will have a privately guided tour of the most magnificent collection of Minoan art and culture in the world, unique in beauty and completeness.

The museum’s exhibition contains more than 15000 artefacts, covering a period of 5000 years! The exhibits, collected from excavations carried out in all parts of Crete, come mainly from the prehistoric era and form a valuable record of the artistic, social, and economic life of the island during the ancient period.

Cosmetics workshop

Enjoy a guided tour around the workshop and the herb garden, meet the team of producers and hear about their story, values, and ethics. See the machinery used in soap making and learn about their methods used on production, the different soap making processes, and the history of soap.

Finally, optionally participate in a hands-on soap making workshop producing your own pieces of soap to take home! The workshop also produces skin creams of amazing quality and selected essential oils. Beautiful gift packs are available too. At the end of your workshop visit, you will have free time for a swim, optional lunch, or both.

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All entrance fees, transfer costs, tour leading, and guiding fees for the activities as described in the itinerary
  • All necessary local transfers
  • Daily sumptuous meals
  • English speaking holiday facilitator
  • Local or home-made refreshments and simple local snacks for the villa refrigerators
  • Transfers to and from the airport of Chania (CHQ) or Chania port
  • International flights
  • Travel and medical insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chania International Airport (CHQ). Travel and Do will pick you up from the airport. The pickup is included in the price.

There are numerous direct charter flights to Crete, departing from many cities in Europe. Alternatively, you can fly from almost any big European city to Athens and further fly to Crete using Olympic Air or Aegean Air. Early booking is advisable.

Arrival by ferry / boat

After landing in Athens, go by metro to the port of Piraeus and get a boat to Crete. There are daily boat connections to Crete. It's important to know that it takes about one and a half hours to reach the port of Piraeus by metro after you have landed.

From the port of Piraeus, you can buy a high-speed ferry ticket (the ferry to Crete takes about eight hours) to arrive in Chania port. Travel and Do will pick you up from the Chania port (Souda Port). The pick up is included in the price.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 40 days before arrival.

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