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Learn the culinary secrets that have been passed down from generation to generation; enjoy a class of Cretan’s favorite recipes that is super fun and, of course, absolutely scrumptious.

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

Tour Highlights

Discover the wealth of the Cretan land with a hands-on private 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 traditional art of cooking. For real gastronomy adventurers only!

  • Enjoy a private, traditional Cretan cooking lesson in a peaceful environment
  • Our chefs will guide you all the way through your cooking experience
  • Find out about the raw ingredients of our land that make Cretan food so irresistible
  • Enjoy a rich meal in a convivial atmosphere, along with the picture-perfect view of the Cretan landscape

What you can expect?

Ready for a hands on Cretan cooking lesson? Now you have the opportunity to out our grandmothers' recipes for a range of traditional dishes and return home with a whole new cooking skillset!

Travel to a peaceful, traditional place amidst the countryside of Heraklion in the comfort of modern vehicles and enjoy a beautiful route through the Cretan villages. Just 30 minutes away from Heraklion city, your cooking experience will take place in a traditional off-the-beaten-path location looking out over herb-scented hilltops and the 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. You will get your hands on making the main course, which includes recipies such as lamb with artichoke or “gemista” - stuffed vegetables - using only seasonal ingredients. Of course, one can't foget 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, which you will acompany with lots of wine. The friendly atmosphere and picture-perfect scenery will capture your senses on every level.



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


  • Extra drinks or anything else you would like to order

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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