Meet your guide in the evening at Rethymnon’s Square of the Four Martyrs. You’ll start with food excursion with a ‘jolt,’ sipping on some traditional Greek-style coffee. This caffeine-infused brew is made using the unexpected method of placing the cups inside a bowl of hot sand.
Continue on a walk through the charming streets of this historic city, stopping at a 100-year-old local bakery for your next tasting. Enjoy a bite of ‘kalitsounia,’ a famous Crete-style pastry pie stuffed with cheese, spinach, fennel, and sampling of wild local greens. The historic venue will make your snack that much tastier.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, proceed to one of Rethymnon’s oldest buildings, a structure that was originally constructed by the Venetians, and down inside the building’s 700-year-old wine cellar. You’ll then enjoy a one-of-a-kind food and wine tasting workshop, learning about Greek wines as you taste samples of red, white, rosé, and dessert wines paired with local food.
Follow your food and wine tasting by enjoying a palate cleanser at a special Rethymnon sweet shop that focuses on organic, locally-sourced treats. You’ll sample some baklava and sheep’s milk ice cream, made with products from a nearby farm.
Now that the food portion of the trip is done, it’s time for a drink. Head to one of the city’s top art venues, where you’ll meet the resident creator and enjoy a tasting of locally-made beer and meze. If cocktails are more your style, not to worry: your last sample of the evening is a libation made with ‘raki,’ the local liquor. Your trip finishes in the Venetian Harbor of Rethymnon.