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Culinary Crete Escorted Tour

7 nights starting from
£1375

  • This tour provides an opportunity to experience 'the real' Crete and some of its long held traditions and culture 

  • Taste and see how some of the local products, cheese, wine, olive oil and Cretan sweets, are made

  • Enjoy the wonderful untouched western Crete scenery and some of its traditional villages

  • Experience the tasty local cuisine

  • Stelios, the local guide for this tour, will share his passion (and humour) for his island

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

01 - October - 2019 Limited Availability Travel Info Please Call

Provisional Timings

London Gatwick

Departing: 01st October 2019 at 08:00

Returning: 08th October 2019 at 14:35

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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Taverna some distance from Hotel. Cooked breakfast at Hotel always cold! Assistance at Gatwick North on return appalling. Slelios brilliant.

Review by Gould who travelled 07-May-2019


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Both the Hotel Sunny Bay and the Cellar Taverna were excellent. The guides, Sophia and Stelios , went out of their way to help . The food without exception on the tour was excellent. The hot food at Sunny Bay was a little disappointing, however there were plenty of other choices.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 07-May-2019


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It would have been helpful to tell us in advance that the Cellar Taverna , where we ate most of our included meals , was 10+ minutes walk away.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 07-May-2019


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Sophia was very helpful. I wanted to see the real Crete and get to know the food better and I feel these aims were met. It was a very relaxed trip with plenty of free time. As a vegetarian, I was well catered for.

Review by Knibbs who travelled 16-April-2019


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The tour manager, Sophia, was the tops!

Review by Fellowes who travelled 16-April-2019


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Very well organised tour and the guides (Stellios and Sophie) did an excellent job introducing us to the Cretan culture, their food and how to cook some of the same. Most enjoyable holiday.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 16-April-2019


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 16-October-2018


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We had a delightful time and felt immersed in the real Crete. Stelios is such a lovely man and looked after us very well even coming to take us from the hotel to the taverna when it was raining heavily. His passion for all things Cretan, history, family, customs, religion and food was truly infectious. We loved our week.

Review by Ruff who travelled 16-October-2018


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I thoroughly enjoyed this holiday. The hotel accommodation was good and I was impressed that as a single traveller, I paid not much extra for a large room with balcony overlooking the bay. Good to have a hotel pool when it was too windy to swim in the sea. Stelios, our tour guide, is a one off! He is a proud Cretan and was anxious to show us the Cretan way of life. His restaurant food was excellent and it was good to eat and share with the other 12 people at a communal table. The whole holiday was just the right mix of cooking demonstration, interesting visits to local food and wine producers and sightseeing at a leisurely pace.

Review by Williamson who travelled 02-October-2018


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Interesting trip with good visits to local people. Stelios worked extremely hard but did feel that the walking group dominated at times. The arrival was a muddle at the airport with so many walkers and Iris rather bossy! The hotel was passable but our rooms looked out over the car park! Not very good! Food good and a great privilege to visit Stelios's mother and the restaurant in the hills. Botanical Gardens excellent and the food producers good and meal in the market in Chania. Also Aptera on our extra day very good. A great insight into Cretan life - thank you!

Review by Anonymous who travelled 16-October-2018


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Hotel coffee and juice dispensers abysmal. Greeks can do so much better - as the hotel's bar managed to. Stellios a splendid tour manager. High points: (1) visit to his home village, (2) botanical garden like no other!

Review by Anonymous who travelled 16-October-2018


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Prior to the Culinary Crete tour we spent a week in E. Crete, hotel based and with a hire car. Our impressions of the Eastern side of the island were better than the Western side. It seemed more developed, cleaner and less expensive the menus were more varied and more interesting. Sunny Bay Hotel was fine, friendly and helpful staff, good food and facilities. Stelios was very friendly and helpful. The tours were interesting. The Cellar restaurant was disappointing, particularly the final dinner. Thanks to everyone for the kindness shown to my wife, who had an accident on arrivsal at Chania airport and was incapacitated for the week.Thanks too to Travel Editions who arranged the special assistance at Gatwick on our return.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 02-October-2018


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We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, but would point out that the walk from the Sunny Bay hotel to the Cellar Taverna was really not seven minutes. Perhaps you can do it in that time if you really stride out. But it is a holiday! Our party was middle-aged to elderly people, which I guess is fairly normal for this tour and we all agreed that it was fifteen minutes or more. It is also a somewhat depressing walk. Also the transfer time to and from Chania Airport is stated as 45 minutes. Our journey time was just under the hour with a very fast driver and a clear run and just over the hour on the other trip.

Review by Dalton who travelled 02-October-2018


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 02-October-2018


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A thoroughly fascinating trip. Enjoyed every minute of our experience. Thank you.

Review by De lara who travelled 02-October-2018


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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

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