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Crete: Bygone Adventure with Cooking Class

Product ID: 72708
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You will explore the rich Cretan culture, villages, and hiking trails that don’t see too many tourists. Visit a medieval town, pass through the oldest olive groves in the Mediterranean, see iconic historic sites, learn the culinary secrets of the island.
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Duration: 11 hours
Starting time 8:15 AM
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Highlights
  • Travel through time and discover what rural life was like on Crete back in the late 19th century
  • Learn Cretan cooking skills, then enjoy a home cooked meal made with organic products
  • Find out about Cretan herbs and flora while walking through a remote village
  • Channel your inner explorer at an abandoned monastery, and on a trek through the greenest gorge you’ve ever seen
Full description
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, you spend the morning sipping coffees in the courtyard of a house made famous through folklore, and you also get to meet the owner of the house and hear about life in 19th-century Crete. As you continue your drive, you’ll see a side of Crete that tourists don’t often get to see – namely, the rural areas beyond the city centers.

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, your 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. 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, take the opportunity to explore this remote region. With the help of a local, 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! Spend some time exploring the nature around you and learn all about Cretan herbs and their use in everyday life — from medicine to cooking!

You 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 you walk through the deserted rooms that were once full of life. At this point you’ll be probably be starving. But worry not, your bus will take you back to the village, where you get to taste not only your 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 your bellies stuffed and your heart's content, end your night off with a walk through one of the most beautiful gorges in Crete. You 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.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Transportation
  • Coffee, sweets
  • Lunch
  • Light dinner
  • Fresh orange juice for children
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs or personal shopping
  • Tips/gratuities for your driver and guide

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Meeting point

There are 2 meeting points — please double check the meeting point in your chosen departure city. Chania: Chania Municipal Market at 8:15 AM. Rethymnon: The Square of the Four Martyrs in the centre of Rethymnon at 9:00 AM. Please note: starting January 1, 2019 the new starting time will be 12:00 PM, and the new tour duration will be 4 hours.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. A hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses are must-haves in the summer
• For your tour you will be placed in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
• This is a child-friendly tour
• Please inform us upon booking of your preferred meeting point; Chania or Rethymnon city
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Product ID: 72708