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Explore the treasures of the Cretan Land with a tour through the abrosial flavors of Chania!

  • #Culinary
  • #LocalExperience
Duration
6 hours
Availability
Daily
TRIP ADVISOR RATING
Group Type
Small Group or Private

Small Group Tour: Every Wednesday at 9.00 am       Private Tour: Daily, starting time can be customized

FROM
64/Person

Tour Highlights

Embark on an extraordinary journey through Crete’s cuisine and culture with a day full of luscious tastings. Explore the land of Chania and come across the Apokoronas province, a location hidden from the curious eyes of tourists. In just a few hours, get the opportunity to experience Crete like a true local; meet the local producers and taste authentic Cretan goodies.

Explore Chania and learn about the history and culture of Crete

Visit small family businesses and meet the local producers

Taste the Cretan olive oil, Raki, cheese, honey and other delicacies

Chauffeured private tour for a more relaxing experience

What you will taste on this tour:

  • Cretan olive oil
  • ‘Raki’ or ‘Tsikoudia’
  • A variety of local cheeses
  • A variety of baked goods
  • Traditional Cretan cheese pies
  • Spinach pies
  • Greek salad
  • A traditional Cretan recipe of eggplants with tomato sauce
  • Sweet Sfakian pie with cheese and honey for dessert

What you can expect?

This compelling tour will begin with a stop at a local olive mill, where you will be introduced to the olive oil production and learn all about its finest form: extra virgin olive oil. Additionally, you will get a step-by step explanation of the whole olive oil-making process, from harvesting to tasting it. Its luscious texture and flavor is a good enough reason for you to come back for more.

After the olive mill visit, you will head to a local distillery in Xirosterni village, where you will discover the secrets of the ‘Tsikoudia’ or ‘Raki’ production, one of the most famous and loved spirits of Crete and Greece altogether. Giving you a comprehensive picture of how the spirit is being made, within the distillery, you can come in contact with both the traditional and modern production methods. The educational experience will, of course, end with a tasting of the spirit, just so you can have an opinion yourself. It’s for educational purposes only, we promise!

Following a picturesque route through Chania’s villages in the comfort of your minivan, you will arrive in the foothills of the White mountains. And just when you thought things couldn’t get any better, we prove you wrong with a visit to a local bakery in the village of Embrosneros, where you will get the chance to taste the succulent, superior flavors of taste local bread, cookies and biscuits. From there, the tour will take you to a traditional cheese factory. The secrets of “Graviera”, “Anthotiros” and “Mizithra” cheeses will be shared with you, while getting a detailed overview of their production. You’ll be awarded with a tasting of the local cheeses, accompanied with l honey and rusk. The combination is as magical as it sounds.

Last but not least, the tour will conclude in a local coffee shop, or ‘Kafeneio’ as we say it in Greek, where apart for coffee, you will be able to savour a traditional Cretan lunch. The elements of Cretan gastronomy will be revealed to you through the unique flavors of the traditional dishes you will be offered in the charming square of the village of Fres. This light meal, consisting of traditional cheese and spinach pies, an eggplant-based local dish and sweet Sfakian pies with cheese and honey, among others, will be impossible to forget.

Don’t let a minute pass by without a new experience during your stay in Crete, with this tour full of culture, nature and heavenly delights! You body and soul will thank you for it!

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off by air-conditioned minivan
  • English speaking, local driver/guide
  • Olive mill: tour & tasting
  • Raki distillery: tour & tasting
  • Cheese factory: tour & tasting
  • Bakery: tour & tastings
  • Traditional Cretan lunch
  • All taxes and VAT

Exclusions

  • Any additional orders or purchases

 

 

FAQs

Are there any extra costs?

No. The costs include a 6-hour tour with an enthusiastic driver/guide and all food, spirits & olive oil tastings! 

 

Reviews

  • We had assigned an excellent guide who is very passionate about Crete. We did a tour starting in a museum of Cretan life, followed by a vineyard tour and tasting, then our guide took us to a local bakery and cheese factory. Throughout he was exemplary and made everything feel fully authentic. We felt overwhelmingly welcome wherever we went and we’re given lots of raki! This is an amazing tour and highly recommended.

    - Will_S

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The "The Treasures of Cretan Land: Chania Food and Local Goods Tour " is available as a private tour, in order to further customize your experience to fulfill your specific needs & expectations. Simply tell us your preferences in the booking form below.
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