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Swap the cruise port for a masterclass in Greek cooking with this private, half-day shore excursion in Crete. Leave the Port of Katakolon and travel to a traditional taverna for your cooking class. With a local host to guide you, you’ll help cook a selection of classic Greek dishes, including moussaka, dolma and meatballs. At the end of your class, sit down and feast on the fruits of your labor with wine.


  • 5-hour Greek cooking class shore excursion at Katakolon
  • Prepare meatballs, moussaka, spinach pie, dolma and more
  • Hear about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle as you cook
  • Enjoy eating your creations with wine at the end of the class
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The host is really funny and seems to know all the secrets of Greek cuisine! Beside the amazing food, you don’t need to waste any time organizing transport to and from the cruise port – it’s all arranged for you!

What You Can Expect

Katakolon Shore Excursion: Private Greek Cooking Class

Learn how to prepare authentic Greek dishes during this private cooking class!

Meet your host near the Port of Katakolon, and then travel by luxury minibus to a traditional Greek tavern for your 5-hour cooking class. Aprons and cooking utensils are provided, so all that’s required is an interest in Greek food!

Then, enjoy one-on-one attention from your private host and learn all about classic Greek dishes. While many countries in the Mediterranean region take pride in their cuisine, Greece is passionate about it, and recipes are often handed down from generation to generation.

Learn how to cook classic Greek staples, like meatballs, spinach pie, souvlaki (skewered meat, fish or vegetables) and, of course, moussaka – a rich layered creation made with eggplant, lamb and béchamel. See how to wrap vine leaves around rice to make dolma, and try making stuffed vegetables, baked in a traditional wood-fired oven.

Toward the end of your session, sit down with your host and group to eat your creations! Dishes are paired with local wine, and you can also enjoy some home-baked bread, too. As you eat, chat about the Mediterranean diet, hearing about its health benefits and links to longevity. Before returning to the port by minibus, your host will give you a recipe card so you can recreate the food at home to impress family and friends!

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return to the Port of Katakolon for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

Barbara K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This is the best tour ever and should not be missed. It was like living with the people. The activity was wonderful. Many locals came to see us working including the parish priest. DO NOT MISS

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