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Heraklion: Cretan Cooking Lesson with Dinner in Arolithos

1. Heraklion: Cretan Cooking Lesson with Dinner in Arolithos

Receive a short 30-minute tour on your arrival at the museum of rural history and folk craft in the Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village. Traditional Cretan cuisine is considered to be one of the healthiest in the world. Here you can learn from the masters while they create famous Cretan dishes which you can participate in before making your very own. You can create stuffed vine leaves, stuffed vegetables, pork with wine sauce, lamb with green beans, traditional Cretan ntakos, tzatziki and sarikopites, and coiled cheese pies. Afterwards, you can sit down to enjoy the dishes you have prepared with local wine and mineral water. Participants will also receive a cooking certification document, which has been authorized by the Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village.

From Heraklion: Day Trip to Knossos and the Lasithi Plateau

2. From Heraklion: Day Trip to Knossos and the Lasithi Plateau

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Lasithi Plateau on a day trip from Heraklion. Admire the remaining windmills and the drainage system that dates back to the Venetian Empire. Pass through traditional villages such as Psychro. Visit the Dikteon Cave, where Zeus is said to have been born. Continue to the village of Tzermiado and enjoy lunch in an authentic tavern before going to the Keras Kardiotissas Monastery, known for its remarkable murals. Next, visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos and learn the legend of the settlement at sites such as the Throne Room and Royal Chambers.

Crete: Lasithi Plateau and Knossos Palace Day Tour

3. Crete: Lasithi Plateau and Knossos Palace Day Tour

Visit the monastery of Kera Kardiotissa and the Dictaean Cave then meet a potter at work on this exciting day trip. You’ll see panoramic views of the Lasithi Plateau and discover the epic Minoan Palace of Knossos. Your first stop is the Monastery of Kera Kardiotissa, an Orthodox nunnery dedicated to the Virgin Mary, situated near the village of Kera. Famous for the icon of Mary, believed to be miraculous, it’s surrounded by fortified walls and the church features murals dating back to the 14th century. The next stop is the village of Psychro, where you’ll take a walk to reach the Dictaean Cave, found above the village of Psychro at 1025 meters altitude. According to Greek mythology, it’s believed to be the place where Zeus, the father of Greek gods, was kept and fed from Amalthia, a goat, in secret to be protected from his father.  A most impressive sight is the lake at the lowest point, surrounded by massive stalactites and stalagmites. In the village of Psychro, a local potter will show the process of making his art at his ceramic workshop, following centuries-old traditions. A great opportunity to try it for yourself!  The next stop is Seli Ambelou for lunch with a panoramic view of the Lassithi Plateau.  It’s then time for the final destination, a visit to Knossos Palace, the capital of Minoan civilization. You’ll walk through the ancient site and learn how the citizens, believed to be the first Europeans in an organized community, lived 4,000 years ago. You’ll explore the palace and learn about the throne room, the frescoes, and the Minoan columns. 

Knossos Palace and Village Pottery Tour

4. Knossos Palace and Village Pottery Tour

Explore the Palace of Knossos and learn the traditional craft of pottery on this tour of Cretan culture and heritage. After pickup at your hotel, start your day at the Palace of Knossos, one of the birthplaces of the modern world. Visit the palaces, the villas and other excavated buildings. Continue to a traditional pottery village in the mountains, driving on pretty roads lined with olive trees. See how Cretans have produced their wonderful pottery for thousands of years. Enjoy the fantastic opportunity to try your hand at this ancient craft, with the guidance of a master potter.  During the tour, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant with wine or water included. At the end of a wonderful day, start the drive back to your hotel, where you’ll be dropped off.

Heraklion: Guided Olive Oil Tasting and Cretan Cuisine Tour

5. Heraklion: Guided Olive Oil Tasting and Cretan Cuisine Tour

About During the first hour, our visitors will taste 4 samples of our Extra Virgin Olive Oil Brands and 2 sample of defective olive oil to learn the positive flavors and aromas of quality Olive Oil and evaluate them opposite to the negative characteristics of a low-quality olive oil. They will learn to combine olive oils with different aromas with specific cooking recipes. Finally, they will enjoy dishes from our local cretan cuisine. What makes this activity unique? In this session you will become an olive oil expert for one day. You will learn the "fruity", "bitter" and "spicy" part of extra virgin olive oil. You will learn how to combine different cretan olive oils with special food recipes and you will enjoy our local cretan cuisine. We strongly recommend this tasting experience, because we believe that we can offer our visitors a combination of relaxation and new knowledge as far as our daily nutrition is concerned. Our visitors will learn to judge the quality of olive oil they buy, or they are served.

Savathiana Monastery Trip & Rodia Komboloi Class with Lunch

6. Savathiana Monastery Trip & Rodia Komboloi Class with Lunch

Enjoy the tranquility and beauty of Crete combined with their warm hospitality. This 5-hour tour takes you to a small paradise on earth. Hop aboard a minibus to be taken to your destinations in comfort. First, visit the picturesque Monastery of Savanthiana, a hidden gem in the hillside villages of Crete. The way to the monastery offers a breathtaking view. Admire the beauty of the spectacular gardens. Marvel at the stunning mosaics that are found in every corner of the monastery. Learn about the history of this nunnery. Drink a cup of coffee or a Cretan herbal tea offered by the hospitable nuns and see the ornate weavings and handicrafts made in this monastery. After this peaceful visit, make your way to Rodia to meet Katerina, a Cretan artist. This mother of 3 followed her heart and talent to open a small workshop in a traditional house. She lovingly restored the house and now makes beautiful jewelry and the traditional Komboloi. Join Katerina to create your own Komboloi or worry beads. Pick the pearls and ribbons of your choice and get expert help to complete your personal rosery. Afterward, follow the narrow street to the quaint traditional Greek café run by Katerina’s mother. Taste a homemade Cretan lunch and enjoy the breathtaking views of Heraklion.

Heraklion Crete: Cretan and Greek Dance Lesson at Arolithos

7. Heraklion Crete: Cretan and Greek Dance Lesson at Arolithos

Start your day of dancing at the Arolithos Traditional Cretan village. Upon your arrival, you will be met by the warm and welcoming staff with a serving of traditional raki and nuts. As you enjoy your local delicacies, your friendly staff will give you a run-down of the 2-hour dance lesson. During your course, you will learn to dance the Greek and Cretan way. Under the tutelage of a professional dancer, you will learn the most famous and popular dances of Greece and Crete. You will be taught how to dance the famous Zorba, Sirtaki, Kalamatianos, Anogianos and many others.   After your dancing lesson, you will take a 30-minutes visit to the Musem of Rural History and Folk Craft where you will learn about the various historical traditions that exist in Crete. At the end of your day of fun, you will be given a CD with Greek and Cretan music for you to take home and enjoy. 

Crete: SSI Open Water Diver Certification

8. Crete: SSI Open Water Diver Certification

Start your scuba adventure in the sunny Mediterranean sea, with the SSI Open Water Diver program. Have some fun in the sun in Mononaftis beach, on the northern coast of Crete, and work towards a certification that lets you dive anywhere in the world. Join an international class with a multilingual instructor, and enjoy 2-3 action-packed days of diving and making friends. Online training is combined with 4 in-water practice sessions to ensure you have the skills and experience to feel fully comfortable when geared-up in the water. The SSI online training program lets you study at your own pace. You can complete the academics online when you sign up, and then attend review sessions at the Dive Center in Crete. In the water, you’ll experience everything you learned through the online sessions, hands-on and head-first. After your open water dives and passing the final exam, you’ll be a certified diver. The SSI Open Water Diver certification is recognized worldwide, so your diving possibilities are limitless. Take some time to explore the rest of the island, or head off on your next adventure.

Crete: Farm Experience with Cooking Class, Pottery and Meal

9. Crete: Farm Experience with Cooking Class, Pottery and Meal

Experience the traditional Cretan way of living on this private tour. Get picked up from your hotel in Heraklion or Agios Nikolaos and drive through the countryside in a private minibus. A driver and tour guide will accompany you safely and will share stories about the local area with you. Visit traditional villages, walk around hundred-year-old olive trees, and take memorable photos of the majestic landscapes. Then, visit a Cretan farm and learn how its famous olive oil is produced. Collect milk and make your own cheese with the help of the local farmer. Taste it together with other local fresh products. Afterwards, you will join a hands-on cooking class, where you will learn to cook Cretan recipes. Feast on your own creations, which will be accompanied by other local dishes. Finally, participate in a ceramic woskshop and learn how to create pots and ceramics with your own hands. At the end of this experience the driver will take you back to your hotel.

Agia Varvara: Cretan Olive Oil Tasting Workshop

10. Agia Varvara: Cretan Olive Oil Tasting Workshop

About During the first part, the visitors will taste 3 samples of Savouidakis Extra Virgin Olive Oils which come from Koroneiki variety of Crete and will learn how to recognize their positive characteristics, «fruity", "bitter", "spicy". They will also learn how to recognize a defective olive oil from a quality one -by tasting 2 extra samples- and in the last part of the session we will discuss on how we can make our cooking recipes boost by simply using the right olive oil. What makes this activity unique? If you are an olive oil lover, our workshop is designed for you! Have you ever thought that olive oil could hide so many pleasant flavors and aromas? Did you ever imagine that each food recipe needs its specific olive oil? Have you ever wondered whether the olive oil you choose for your table is of good quality or not? By attending our workshop all the above questions will be answered and you are going to discover the positive aspects of extra virgin olive oil that you did not know they existed. Feel free to enjoy our "Love at First Tasting" experience.

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What people are saying about Heraklion

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 17 reviews

My husband and I decided to do this cooking class as a part of our honeymoon trip. Though we did not realize it originally, it was a private cooking class just for us! It started off with a tour of the village and some history about the traditional Cretan way of life. The food we made was all amazing and tasted fresh, we just made so much it was hard to eat everything! Our guide was amazing, very knowledgeable, patient, and made the whole experience very enjoyable. To top it off, we got to eat our creations out on the patio with an amazing view of Heraklion and the sea. We absolutely enjoyed our day and highly recommend this activity for anyone looking to learn a little more about Cretan food and history!

We arrived to be greeted by Mary, a wonderful woman, she was so kind, patient and answered everything that we wanted to know about the beautiful village we were exploring. Mary really knew her stuff! She speaks excellent English and taught us some common sayings in greek also! we just had such a wonderful experience. The village itself was beautiful, and we particularly enjoyed the little church, the mosaic workshop, the museum and the visits from the village kitties (cats) while we ate our lunch. The cooking lesson was absolutely excellent and we will 100% be trying the dishes at home! Thank you so much for a wonderful day trip!

This was an excellent activity. I signed up for a cooking lesson last minute and everything was great. The property is so charming, made to look like an old Cretan village. Mary gave a fantastic tour and also a great cooking lesson. I was the only one who signed up that day so it was basically a private lesson for myself. The dishes were simple to make and very tasty. We made tzatziki, stuffed vegetable with rice, grape leaves and a pastry desert. They also had a demonstration of two other meat dishes. Then I got to eat everything overlooking Crete. Such a great experience, would definitely recommend!

So we just liked it from the beginning to the end, our tour was postponed due to Corona, but great communication and everything went perfectly! You got to know the country and the people and our guide Petra was just great ... she seemed to us as if we had known her for years and she told so many interesting things about Crete and nature ... just great

This was a blend of museum tour, cooking class, and excellent dining experience. Everyone was so welcoming and kind. The food was unbelievable! Would absolutely recommend.