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Crete: Cretan Culture Tour and Pottery Workshop

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Activity provider:Allcretetours
Day trip

Crete: Cretan Culture Tour and Pottery Workshop

Activity provider:Allcretetours

From US$ 36.49 per person

Discover Crete on a guided tour that visits the most historic spots and has hands-on activities like pottery making and an olive oil tasting.

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  • Discover the historical Monastery of Arkadi
  • Take a pottery lesson and create your own ceramic
  • Taste Cretan olive oil
  • Marvel at views of the Melidoni Cave
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See Crete on a guided tour that combines history and craft for a hands-on experience. Visit the most historical spots on the island, learn their history, and enjoy a pottery lesson and olive oil tasting. Visit the Museum of Ancient Eleftherna, Melidoni Cave, and more. Start by getting picked up from your accommodation in Rethymno, then arrive at the most important monastery of Crete: the Monastery of Arkadi. Explore the museum where many icons, monastic relics, and weapons reveal the monastery’s history. Enjoy an hour of free time. Next, visit the Museum of Ancient Eleftherna with its historical findings from Homer’s era. This is the first archaeological site museum in Crete. The museum hosts the whole history of Eleftherna from 3000 B.C. to 1300 A.D. Afterward, enjoy a tour of the pottery workshop “TSIKALARIO” in the village of Margarites to learn about the art of pottery and create your own ceramic. The tradition of pottery goes back many generations in this villa. Later, visit Margarites village where you will have free time for lunch or a walk. Next, head to an olive oil manufactory. Learn how Cretan people made olive oil in the past and see the evolution up to today. Take part in an olive oil tasting before heading to the next stop, Melidoni Cave. Lastly, arrive at Melidoni, also called “Gerodospilios,” a historic cave filled with stalactites and stalagmites. This 220-meter altitude cave was used for religious ceremonies and as a place of worship. Learn the cave's archaeological and historical significance before heading back to Rethymno.
  • Guided tour
  • Opportunity to create your own ceramic
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Transportation
  • Entrance to the Arkadi Monastery (3€/per person)
  • Entrance to the Eleftherna Museum (4€/per person)
  • Entrance to the Melidoni Cave (3€/per person)

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Perfect mix of scenery from monastery to museum to olive oil to pottery and cave. Even though we couldn’t make our pottery- upon request our guide was very helpful to request to have my son try it and experience it!

October 13, 2022

Great small villages to visit

June 18, 2022

October 30, 2021

Product ID: 396327