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Learn the culinary secrets that have been passed down through generations by joining a cooking class of Cretans' favorite recipes that is fun and, of course, absolutely scrumptious!

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

Tour Highlights

Discover the wealth of the Cretan land with a hands-on cooking class in the beautiful Heraklion countryside. Learn how to prepare the most distinctive Cretan dishes and let expert Cretan cooks introduce you to the culinary tradition of the island!

Enjoy a traditional Cretan cooking lesson in a scenic environment

Cretan cooks to guide you through your cooking experience

Discover the Cretan ingredients that make local food so irresistible


Enjoy a traditional Cretan meal with a picture-perfect view of the Cretan landscape

What you can expect?

Travel to a peaceful, traditional village amidst the countryside of Heraklion in the comfort of a modern vehicle. Just 30 minutes away from the city, your cooking experience will take place in a traditional stone village looking out over herb-scented hilltops and the Aegean sea. An experienced couple of Cretan cooks will welcome you and introduce you to the earthly flavors of Cretan cuisine.

You will prepare step by step famous Cretan appetizers, like 'dakos' – Cretan rusks topped with tomato sauce and feta cheese - and 'dolmadakia' – vine leaves stuffed with a rice mixture. Next up, you'll cook the main course, which includes recipes such as lamb with artichokes or the traditional recipe of 'gemista' - stuffed vegetables - using only seasonal ingredients. Of course, one can't forget about dessert! You will roll out phyllo pastry and make delicious traditional pies with local cheese and honey, an unconventional, yet traditional, dessert of the region.

Time will finally come to taste all those Cretan goodies you’ve made, accompanied by lots of local wine. The friendly atmosphere and picture-perfect scenery will capture your senses on every level and you will return home with a whole new cooking skillset!


  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off 
  • Transport with modern vehicles 
  • Hands-on cooking class
  • Lunch with house wine or other beverages 
  • Services of an excellent English-speaking chef
  • All taxes and VAT


  • Any additional orders or purchases

Know before you book:

  • We can customize your experience further according to any particular dietary requirements you may have (allergies, etc)


What is the spoken language?

The spoken language is English.




  • WHAT A DAY! We learned so many things, thanks to our chef Kostas. The location is amazing and we really enjoyed the views from the village. The food was delicious - thank you for making our stay so memorable!

    - Monique
  • We had never taken part in a cooking class while travelling but this was an amazing tour. We really came closer to the greek and cretan culture via this workshop. Highly recommended.

    - Jillian
  • Service was excellent. Nikos was very helpful while communicating many months before our trip and helped us book this excursion. Our driver Dimitris was friendly and very welcoming. And of course, the cooking experience was one of the highlights of our entire trip. Thank you Greeking.me!

    - JuzG

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The "Traditional Cretan Cooking Class in Heraklion including transportation" 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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