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Traditional Cooking Class at Vatos Village Crete

Greece, Greece
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6 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English
Teaching yourself Cretan cooking would usually mean working from a recipe book. This village culinary experience from Rethymno and Heraklion lets you learn hands-on from a local cook, so you pick up authentic... More
Teaching yourself Cretan cooking would usually mean working from a recipe book. This village culinary experience from Rethymno and Heraklion lets you learn hands-on from a local cook, so you pick up authentic techniques from a master. As you prep and savor dishes such as ‘stifado’ stew, you’ll also experience a Cretan village house and rural life, and hear stories from the cook—all difficult to arrange independently.

Highlights

  • Discover Cretan village cooking on a tour from Rethymno and Heraklion
  • Learn and prep dishes direct from a home cook: hard to organize on your own
  • Savor your creations and hear gems on local life and food you’d miss alone
  • Includes lunch and return travel, with transfers from other locations for extra cost

What To Expect

‘Spiti’ means home – so “Cretan Spiti” is our home that you are welcome at, during this cooking experience. Although this activity highlights the traditional factor of the Cretan lifestyle, on the other... More
‘Spiti’ means home – so “Cretan Spiti” is our home that you are welcome at, during this cooking experience. Although this activity highlights the traditional factor of the Cretan lifestyle, on the other hand a “traditional” description of its “programme” hardly does it justice. This may sound vague, but during these 6 hours (approximately) you will... More
‘Spiti’ means home – so “Cretan Spiti” is our home that you are welcome at, during this cooking experience. Although this activity highlights the traditional factor of the Cretan lifestyle, on the other hand a “traditional” description of its “programme” hardly does it justice. This may sound vague, but during these 6 hours (approximately) you will experience the traditional Greek way of life, the culture, the Greek art of cooking. It is not what you will do, it is mostly how you will do it. During this time you will learn traditional tips and cooking methods that have made Crete and Greece, loved by its friends and visitors, but most importantly you will instill the hospitality and the everyday lifestyle of a traditional Cretan family. To become a bit more specific, after you are collected from your hotel (or the port or the location you prefer) and transferred to Vatos Village, Vangelio, born and raised in the Cretan Village, will wholeheartedly invite you into her traditional Cretan home and create a unique atmosphere that will turn this visit into a highlight of your trip. You will first taste a fresh baked bread from a traditional oven. Vangelio will share stories about Cretan true lifestyle and chat with you while you will taste and enjoy some Cretan meze snacks like dakos with feta cheese and tomato, apaki (sun dried pork fillets), wine and Cretan raki. All the dishes are made of genuine pure Cretan products such as olive oil, vegetables, cheese, meat, wine…and of course all the ingredients are fresh and local. You will wander through “ sohoro” her vegetable garden and olives, and learn about local organic farming and enjoy a wonderful time. And then onto the kitchen where we you will make stuffed courgette, stifado, local goat meat with potatoes, and everything else in our Cretan Spiti’s traditional menu. All guests, will be supplied with protective equipment (aprons) from the Cretan Spiti farm-estate. Most cooking ingredients will be readily available in special bowls in the kitchen area ready for the menu preparation. Vangelio will guide you through the whole procedure, giving the opportunity to everyone to master their cooking skills. There is a small intermission between the preparation and the tasting stage, which can be used for a short period of relaxation and to enjoy the company of those around you, but after that lunch starts, where you can consume as much as your belly holds. There are many other details to the “class” that we could share with you but the essence is that as you can see, this is much more than learning to cook a fabulous Greek meal. It is also about family, conversation, food and culture and becoming a member of a family that perhaps you didn’t even know you had. It is quality time in the home of someone close to you, finding yourself in their kitchen helping to cook, enjoying the experience of meeting new people and honouring us by becoming a part of our family.

What's Included

Cretan Spiti" exclusive cooking class.
Lunch - wine, drinks, soft drinks are free.
Local treats during, Free small bag with local products at the end.
Personal protective equipment for kitchen.
Commemorative photo shots.
The pick-up and drop off from your hotel is not included in the price. From Heraklion and Rethymno there is no extra charge, but from other pick-up points (depending on the location), there may be an extra charge.
The procurement of traditional products and cookbooks from the venue's market.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages beyond those included in the fixed menu.
A custom menu and decoration of the property (special order)
Anything that is not specified in the program as included.

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Rethymno & Heraklion are free-of-charge. All other locations are upon request and will have an extra cost.

Departure Time

The departure times depend on the pick-up location. Travellers will be informed about the exact pick-up time upon confirmation.


Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Travelers are kindly informed that there may be an extra fee for transportation, according to the pick-up place.
  • Children
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  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Travelers are kindly informed that there may be an extra fee for transportation, according to the pick-up place.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Our company is not responsible for the client’s failure to
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  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Travelers are kindly informed that there may be an extra fee for transportation, according to the pick-up place.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Our company is not responsible for the client’s failure to appear at the meeting point for the booked tour or activity.
  • Last minute cancellation of flights or inability to disembark from a cruise ship, is not our company’s responsibility, therefore any refund requests due to such incidents will not be accepted. Should the client be aware of such a change, he/she is requested to communicate with our company more than 24 hours before the tour or activity starts, in order to discuss possible date or time amendment (subject to availability)
  • Refund requests for last minute cancellations (up to 24 hours before the tour or activity), for any reason, will not be accepted.
  • All clients are kindly requested to send their preferred meeting point and location until 3:00pm of the previous date, regarding their pick-up for the booked tour or activity. Should they fail to do so, our company will do anything it can in order to locate them (telephone, email, etc), however it is not responsible for any failure to meet them. Meeting points could be, anywhere on the island and the information necessary is either the hotel name or the name of the cruise ship they are arriving with. In the occasion that they are staying at an apartment, clients are requested to send us a google map, a nearby hotel or any information that would help us locate them. Any delay of behalf of the client (up until 15 minutes that we will be waiting for them) affects the transfer schedule and disrupts the smooth conduct of the tour/activity.
  • For no-name accommodations, our company will set the most convenient location for the pick-up.
  • For accommodations that are located in a pedestrian zone, our company will set the best possible pick-up point.
  • Our company is not responsible for knowing whether the client is supposed to book transfer or not. The transfer schedule is prepare less than 24 hours before the operation, therefore we cannot predict such necessity.

Cancellation Policy

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


Product code: 16666P19

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