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Culinary Crete Escorted Tour

7 nights starting from
£1275

  • Tradition, culture and local life

  • An opportunity to experience ‘the real’ Crete

  • Tastings – local cheese, wine, olive oil and local sweets

  • Wonderful scenery and traditional villages

  • Fantastic local cuisine

  • The local guide – Stelios who shares his passion about his island its food and its culture

Join local restaurateur Stelios to celebrate the food, wine and culture of a very traditional Crete. You’ll find his passion for this island is irresistible as you taste gastronomic delights, take part in a cookery lesson, learn about local produce and experience the local way of life. This adventure isn’t just for ‘foodies’ but for anyone with a love of all things Greek.

Available Departures

From

02 - October - 2018 Sold Out Travel Info On Request

Provisional Timings

London Gatwick

Departing: 02nd October 2018 at 08:10

Returning: 09th October 2018 at 14:40

16 - October - 2018 Limited Availability Travel Info On Request

Provisional Timings

London Gatwick

Departing: 16th October 2018 at 08:10

Returning: 23rd October 2018 at 14:40

ITINERARY

Day 1:  Fly from London Gatwick to Chania.
On arrival, transfer by coach to Kissamos (approx. 30 mins). Tonight there will be a welcome dinner at the Cellar Taverna, situated right on the seafront. This well-established, family run taverna of over 20 years has an excellent reputation with locals and tourists alike.


Day 2:  Morning cookery lesson with the afternoon at leisure.
This morning we will have a cookery lesson at the Cellar Taverna, with hands-on preparation of traditional Cretan dishes such as tzatziki, Greek salad, delicious cheese and spinach pies made with local cheese, yemista and dolmades (stuffed vegetables) and kleftiko (lamb stew). Both lunch and dinner will be at the Cellar Taverna, enjoying the food that you help prepare. This afternoon is at leisure giving you time to explore the town and to visit the interesting archaeological museum.


Day 3:  Morning visit to a rural village, home to Stelios’ parents.
Today’s visit  to Stelios’ parents’ house and their small farm in a tiny village in the hills, provides the opportunity to learn about traditional Cretan life and how it is still possible to be almost self-sufficient when you grow all of your own produce and keep some livestock. There will be some wine tasting, from Stelios’ own barrels, cheese tasting and the chance to taste some of his mother’s produce which she continues to make, grow, or prepare - these include Greek spoon sweets, walnuts, olive oil, raki (a strong Cretan spirit), honey, lemonade and even snails! Lunch today will be at a local taverna in the hills and the afternoon is free to spend as you wish before dinner at the Cellar Taverna.


Day 4:  Morning visit to local producers.
This morning we will visit a winery, a cheese maker, sweet maker and an olive oil factory where you will learn about the cultivation and production of these local products that play a huge role, culturally and economically in Cretan life. Lunch today will be in a taverna in the picturesque village of Deliana, which is also home to a beautiful 13th century church, which we have the opportunity to visit. This evening will be at leisure, (dinner is not included tonight).


Day 5:  Full day visit to Chania.
An atmospheric Venetian harbour town, Chania is set against a spectacular backdrop of majestic mountains and aquamarine seas. A turbulent history saw its occupation by the Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Genoese, Turks and Egyptians, but this has left behind a rich and captivating architectural heritage. We will wander the streets and alleyways of the old town to reach the bustling market where we will have lunch in one of the traditional tavernas. This afternoon is free for you to explore Chania further at your leisure. Dinner is not included this evening, giving the opportunity to stay and enjoy dinner in Chania harbour if you wish.


Day 6:  Full day to relax or explore at your leisure.
Lunch and dinner are not included on this day, giving you the opportunity to explore further afield.


Day 7:  Morning visit to Crete’s botanical park.
Strolling through the wonderful scenery of the botanical park we will learn more about plants, herbs, fruit, vegetables as well as plenty of fascinating local knowledge. Lunch will be at the Botanical Park followed by the afternoon at leisure before a farewell dinner at the Cellar Taverna.


Day 8: Transfer by coach back to Chania airport for your return flight to London Gatwick.

NB: Exact order or excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 15 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Chania including all payable taxes (Manchester & other regional flights may also be available, a supplement will apply) 
  • Seven nights' accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the Galini Beach or Sunny Bay Hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin room
  • Four dinners and five lunches
  • A recipe book to take home
  • Transfers on arrival and departure
  • Tour manager throughout 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement 
  • Regional Flight supplement
  • Drinks and personal expenditure such as drinks, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities
  • Travel insurance  

HOTELS

Galini Beach Hotel (April departure)
Our base for the week is the friendly Galini Beach Hotel, situated on Kissamos' small promenande, right next to the sea. It offers simple, comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, air-conditioning (extra charge payable locally if required), TV, and balcony.

Galini Beach Hotel Website

Sunny Bay Hotel (May and October departure)
Our base for the week is the Sunny Bay Hotel situated on Kissamos' small promenande, right next to the sea. It has simple comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, air-conditioning (extra charge payable locally if required), TV, and balcony.

Sunny Bay Hotel Website

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We enjoyed the cooki ng but would have liked to do more, maybe using fish. A tour of the food stalls at the market in Chania would have been good. The visit to the cheese producer was not interesting.

Review by Brown who travelled 01-May-2018


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What a lovely trip. We felt we were experiencing 'real' Crete while learning about and eating food. It was interesting to visit food producers and we appreciated our hands on cookery lessons. It was good to eat the food we made, straight out of the oven. The visit to a local home was appreciated. Our tour guides and hotel staff were cheerful and helpful and the accommodation was spotlessly clean. We had a happy holiday

Review by who travelled 24-April-2018


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I thoroughly enjoyed this unusual holiday in lovely Crete. Stelios and Lyn worked very hard to ensure they more than delivered on the itinerary. The food was delicious and the hotel was ideal with very helpful staff.

Review by Lamb who travelled 24-April-2018


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The hotel was good and the management and staff extremely helpful but it was a bit more isolated and basic than I would have liked eg. no hairdryer/TV in room

Review by Benemar who travelled 26-September-2017


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Review by Bishop who travelled 26-September-2017


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a very instructive and educational tour. Angela and Stellios were great hosts. perhaps more cooking would have been more interesting.

Review by Bean who travelled 26-September-2017


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I thoroughly enjoyed my trip

Review by who travelled 26-September-2017


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