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Get hands-on with Crete’s traditions and culture and join a culinary journey through Chania’s most traditional recipes!

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  • #Family
  • #LocalExperience
Duration
7 hours
Availability
Daily
TRIP ADVISOR RATING
Group Type
Small Group or Private

Small Group Tour: Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 3.00 pm       Private Tour: Daily

FROM
55/Person

Tour Highlights

Get to know the Mediterranean diet first-hand in this tour filled with delicious dishes from hundred-year-old recipes passed down through generations. Discover the healthiest cuisine in the world, get your hands dirty and enjoy the fruits of your labors. We even have a little surprise for you at the end!

Vegetable picking and hands-on cooking class

Hotel pick up and drop off

Presentation of Crete through the ages in an authentic Cretan home

Savor the freshly made dinner along with fine Cretan wine

What you will taste on this tour:

  • Gemista’- tomatoes and other vegetables stuffed with herbed rice
  • Dakos’- Cretan meze consisting of a slice of soaked dried barley rusk topped with chopped tomatoes and crumbled feta or mizithra cheese
  • Tzatziki’- dip made from salted strained yogurt mixed with cucumbers and herbs
  • Kaltsounia’- Cretan cheese-pies
  • Local cheeses
  • Fruit preserves
  • Cretan wine varieties

What you can expect?

Being the biggest island in Greece, Crete has a lot to offer besides its breathtaking beauty. One of those things –the most important one, in our opinion- is its distinctive cuisine. Join us on a trip to flavor-ville, also known as the town of Chania, to discover the smell and taste of Crete through a cooking lesson designed just for you!

Taking place in a local’s kitchen in the high peaks of the White Mountains, you will have the opportunity to cook some of the most well-known local dishes, made with fresh, organic ingredients grown in the Cretan land. Extra-virgin olive oil, fresh vegetables hand-picked from our own garden, local meat, dairy products and the most aromatic of herbs will be used to create mouth-watering delicacies that will ensure your stay in Crete will be both exciting and flavorful. The main course dish will consist of the traditional Greek recipe of gemista, which is a dish of tomatoes and other vegetables stuffed with herbed rice, a delicious dish that both vegetarians and meat-eaters love to taste!

Following the first part of the superb cooking experience, you will be served with delightful, aromatic Cretan wine, complemented with a variety of local cheeses. A feast for your mouth as well as a feast for your eyes, you will be able to enjoy the Cretan delicacies along with an exquisite view of the Cretan mountains. After you have relished the wine and cheese and as the main course is getting cooked, get ready to prepare some traditional appetizers, such as ‘dakos’, ‘tzatziki’ and the widely held Cretan cheese-pies ‘kaltsounia’. By the time you’re done with your appetizers, it will be time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Taste your own creations, accompanied by sumptuous local wine and try some traditional fruit preserves for dessert.

The long life-span of Cretans is often attributed to the Mediterranean diet. After your cooking class in Chania, you can put this theory to the test form the comfort of your own home!

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off with a modern minivan
  • English speaking, local driver/guide and wine specialist
  • A hands-on cooking class of traditional Cretan recipes
  • Wine and food tasting during the class
  • Commemorative gifts
  • Recipes and photos taken on tour sent electronically via email
  • All taxes and VAT

Exclusions

  • Any additional orders or purchases

FAQs

Are there any extra costs?

No. The costs include a 7-hour tour with an enthusiastic guide and all wine & food tastings! 

 

Reviews

  • What a warm & wonderful experience! Our host, Yiannis could not have been any more gracious or knowledgeable about his Greek history, and the food we all helped to prepare was delicious!! Terrific way to spend a late afternoon into evening in Chania.

    - MidgeNewJersey

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