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Full Day Bygone Crete Cooking Class Adventure

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Chania, Greece
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At a Glance

11 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English
Get a taste for the idyllic scenery, customs, and culture of the Cretan countryside 11-hour sightseeing trip with a small group. Travel to areas few tourists ever see as you visit the historic Monastery... More
Get a taste for the idyllic scenery, customs, and culture of the Cretan countryside 11-hour sightseeing trip with a small group. Travel to areas few tourists ever see as you visit the historic Monastery of Arkadi, learn to bake bread in a picturesque mountain village, take a hike through a beautiful gorge, and much more. Lunch, a light dinner, snacks, coffee, and transport are included.

Highlights

  • Discover what rural life was like on Crete back in the late 19th century
  • Learn Cretan cooking skills, then enjoy your own home-cooked meal made with organic ingredients
  • Explore Cretan herbs and flora while walking through remote villages
  • Channel your inner explorer at an abandoned monastery and trek through a gorge

What To Expect

Your Crete tour will commence with a wonderful scenic ride to a tiny village set in rolling hillsides. If that alone isn’t enough to entice you, we’ll spend the morning sipping coffees in the courtyard... More
Your Crete tour will commence with a wonderful scenic ride to a tiny village set in rolling hillsides. If that alone isn’t enough to entice you, we’ll spend the morning sipping coffees in the courtyard of a house made famous through folklore, and we’ll also get to meet the owner of the house and hear about life in 19th-century Crete. As we continue... More
Your Crete tour will commence with a wonderful scenic ride to a tiny village set in rolling hillsides. If that alone isn’t enough to entice you, we’ll spend the morning sipping coffees in the courtyard of a house made famous through folklore, and we’ll also get to meet the owner of the house and hear about life in 19th-century Crete. As we continue our drive, you’ll see a side of Crete that tourists don’t often get to see – namely, the rural areas beyond the city centres. Our next stop is one of the island’s most famous landmarks: the Monastery of Arkadi. Surrounded by striking natural beauty, and combined with a rich and prestigious history and numerous legends, this landmark of architecture will steal your heart. You’ll also have time to take a tour within its walls and admire the refectory, the museum, an icon shop, as well as the religious edifices.
From here on, our next mission will be to get you acquainted with rural life — so roll up your sleeves as we teach you how to cook, Cretan style! We’ll participate in a hands-on cooking class in a picturesque mountaintop village. Discover all the techniques required to make the perfect Cretan meal. While your food is slowly cooked, we’ll grasp the opportunity to explore this remote region. With the help of a local, we’ll marvel at a quaint Byzantine church from the 11th century. The exceptionally beautiful and well-preserved mosaics and frescoes are certainly something to marvel at! We’ll also spend some time exploring the nature around us and learn all about Cretan herbs and their use in everyday life — from medicine to cooking!
We will then take some time to explore an abandoned monastery, located in the heart of the Amari Valley. This Byzantine monastery flourished during the late Venetian and Turkish rule, but was turned into an agricultural school in the mid-20th century. You’ll feel like an explorer as we walk through the deserted rooms that were once full of life. At this point you’ll be probably be starving. But worry not, our bus will take us back to the village, where we’ll get to taste not only our fresh-baked bread, but other products from the family’s farm! A three-course meal and a million-dollar view — what else could one need?
With our bellies stuffed and our hearts content, we’ll end our night off with a walk through one of the most beautiful gorges in Crete. We’ll venture and explore for about half an hour through lush, green scenery and along running waters — to make room for some traditional Cretan sweets and raki, of course!
Though the day may come to a close very quickly, you’ll be left with a sense of appreciation for being able to experience a side of Crete that most tourists on the island are unaware of.

What's Included

Local English-speaking guide
Transportation
Coffee and/or Tea
Sweets
Lunch
Light dinner
Fresh orange juice for children
Hotel drop-off (selected hotels only)
Additional food and drinks
Souvenirs or personal shopping
Gratuities
Hotel pickup

Departure & Return

Departure Point

1: Municipal Market of Chania, Pl. Agoras 69, Chania 731 32, Greece
2: Church Of Four Martyrs, Gerakari 6, Rethymno 741 00, Greece

Traveler pickup is offered
Chania: Chania Municipal Market 8:15 AM
Rethymnon: Square of the Four Martyrs in the centre 9:30 AM

Departure Time

8:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. A hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses are must-haves in the summer
  • This is a child-friendly tour
  • Small group of a maximum of 12 people
  • Please inform us upon booking of your preferred meeting point; Chania or Rethymnon city.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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