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Find out the secrets to the healthiest diet in the world, on a tour full of mouthwatering flavors and traditional recipes; Cretans’ secret to longevity of life is fascinating and, more importantly, delicious!

  • #Culinary
  • #Family
  • #LocalExperience
4 hours
Group Type

Tour Highlights

Discover the wealth of Cretan gastronomy and indulge in a medley of earthy flavors with our Heraklion food tour! Follow a scenic city trail through Heraklion's streets and narrow alleys to find traditional eateries, while experiencing the local vibe! Taste puffy Cretan pastries, delicious cheese, traditional Cretan dishes and mouthwatering desserts, while learning all about the Cretan cuisine! All the rich and fresh products of the Cretan land straight to your plate!

  • Discover Cretan culture through traditional dishes and local eateries
  • Relish at least 15 tastings of traditional Cretan food & enjoy local drinks such as wine & raki
  • Explore the best eateries in Heraklion and the city itself
  • Adjusted to any food requirements you may have

What you can expect?

What better way to experience Heraklion city than eating your way through it? Whether you are a passionate foodie or a traveler going after unique experiences, this gastronomy tour will excite your senses! Eat unique dishes and taste Cretan flavors in places that locals prefer, far away from the tourist traps. Walk through the bustling Heraklion city and taste the best cream pie in town, the famous “bougatsa”. Duck into the Old Market of the city and visit the best place to taste delicious local cheese; devour different kinds of Cretan cheese and find out about the cheese tradition in Crete with the assistance of your expert food guide! Next, your cullinary experience will lead you to a small honey shop where you will be introduced to the art of beekeeping and you will taste two different kinds of local honey full of Cretan aromas!

Wander through small laneways around the Old Market just to discover unique traditional bakeries; time to indulge in delicious Cretan pastries, such as “kalitsounia”, and Cretan biscuits, such as "ladokouloura" - everything made according to locals' grandmother's recipes! Explore the thousands of different Cretan herbs in a cozy herb shop and enjoy a reviving tea made with herbs from the Cretan mountains. Continue your culinary experience with traditional loukoumades, a dessert consisting of fried doughnut holes drenched in honey or chocolate, and traditional pie-bites.

Lose yourself in the town's alleys for a while, end up in a cozy restaurant by the Venetian Harbour of Heraklion, where the striking blue of the Aegean sea stretches before you, and relish local dishes, such as 'Dakos', 'Dolmadakia' and first-class seafood! Ending the tour on a high note, traditional dessert and raki will be served!

This is where your journey to the Cretan cullinary scene of Heraklion comes to an end. You are now equipped with the best of memories from the city, and a big smile for you to take back home!


Meeting Point:

  • Lions Square, in front of the fountain (transfer can be arranged if you are not located in Heraklion)


  • A 4-hour private food tour in Heraklion
  • Services of a foodie expert guide
  • All food and drink tastings


  • Anything else you would like to order or purchase

Food Subs: We can accommodate vegetarians, vegans and food allergies.


What is the tour language?

The tour is available in English.



  • Thank you very much for the lovely experience. We started our day with coffee and Bugatsa and carried on with a wide selection of different delicacies. Finished our day with lovely seafood restaurant on sea front . The next day my husband enjoyed the wine tasting in opus wine bar while I enjoyed the accompanying food. Athena and Dimetra were fabulous guides.

    - Lauren
  • Communication with Dimitra was excellent and they can cater the tour for food allergies, preferences or perceived "intolerances". We were met at the arranged time and we then embarked on a tour of honey shops, herbalist, pastry shops, taverna and seafood restaurants. Our guides were very informative about the food and Heraklion in general. Their English was perfect. We cannot recommend enough!

    - Brandon
  • Every establishment that we entered for the tour greeted us warmly and truly made us feel special. We learned the importance of pure and fresh ingredients and that the herbs and grasses used for food and teas are gathered fresh in the wilder areas of Crete. Athina, our guide, is passionate about sharing her knowledge about food and Crete!

    - dlcharl5713
  • We enjoy learning about the culture of an area we are visiting through its food and this food tour met all of our expectations! Athina, our guide, has a passion for and substantial knowledge of Cretin foods as well as the establishments we visited.The food tour experience is about "food," but it is the guide that brings the excitement and interest to the tour and Athina does a great job.

    - Konacontent
  • We had such a great tour, loved our tour guide, got an incredible behind the scenes tour of Cretan Food. We were so happily stuffed at the end of the 4 hours, be prepared to eat a ton!

    - Marci R
  • This food tour was by far the best we've ever been on. Athina was bright,articulate and very passionate about the food and the restaurants we visited.We cannot compliment her and your company highly enough for this tour. It made our visit to this beautiful island memorable. Athina has made us want to come back for a longer visit Many thanks.

    - Janine & Michael McLennan
  • Our guide Athina was amazing! So passionate about the food and culture of Crete and supportive of all the local businesses. With the Cretan tradition of providing complimentary desserts and the local wine Raki at the end of each large meal, to the fascinating local herbal apothecary, we cannot recommend this tour highly enough. We love foodie tours & have participated in many all over the world, but this one is the best by far

    - Michael1289
  • Wonderful, well-planned foodie walking tour. We meet conveniently in the center of town and walked to various boutique food venues to sample all included! Demetrius with Crista was our guide and he did a wonderful job in customizing the pace. ALSO, he had a great depth of knowledge around Cretan food and history. I recommend this highly!

    - JonL
  • BEST FOODIE TOUR EVER! Athina was the best! She shared her passion for all of her favorite food stops in the Heraklion Center City. From the great bakeries to the cheese stop to the herbologist to a fantastic 9 best Cretan foods at a classic locals only restaurant, we loved every minute! Highly recommend this one. You will not be disapointed!

    - Jd92660
  • The tour was an amazing experience. We had a real in sight of many different tastes of different food. We loved the family businesses. Our guide Athena was amazing as well.

    - Sparkles1212

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