Heraklion for Foodies: Private Culinary Tour in Crete

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

4 hours
Group Type
From €85 / person
for a group of 4

Discover the wealth of Cretan gastronomy alongside a licensed guide and indulge in a medley of earthy flavors with our Heraklion or Foodies tour! Follow a scenic city trail through Heraklion's streets to find traditional eateries while experiencing the local vibe! Taste puffy pastries, delicious cheese, traditional Cretan dishes, and mouthwatering desserts while learning all about the Cretan cuisine

Discover Cretan culture through traditional dishes and local eateries

Relish up to 15 tastings of traditional Cretan food and enjoy local wine and raki

Explore the impressive Heraklion food market


Passionate licensed guide to share the fun with

What you can expect?

Taste unique Cretan flavors in places that locals prefer, far away from the tourist traps. Walk around the bustling Heraklion city and try the best cream pie in town, the famous 'bougatsa.' Duck into the old market of the city and visit the best place to devour different kinds of Cretan cheese while learning about the cheese tradition in Crete with the assistance of your licensed food guide! Next, come by a small honey shop to get introduced to the art of beekeeping and taste two different kinds of local honey full of Cretan aromas!

Wander through small laneways around the Heraklion food market and discover traditional bakeries; time to indulge in delicious Cretan pastries, such as 'kalitsounia,' and Cretan biscuits, such as 'ladokouloura'. Explore the thousands of different Cretan herbs in a cozy herb shop and enjoy a reviving tea from the Cretan mountains. Continue your culinary experience with 'loukoumades,' a traditional doughnut-like dessert drenched in honey or chocolate, and traditional pie bites.

After wandering around the beautiful city, hit a cozy restaurant by the Venetian Harbour of Heraklion, and relish local dishes, such as 'Dakos,' 'Dolmadakia,' and first-class seafood! Ending on a high note, traditional dessert and raki will be served!

This is where your journey to the culinary scene of Heraklion comes to an end. Whether you are a passionate foodie or a traveler going after unique experiences, this gastronomy tour will excite your senses!

Inclusions & Exclusions
  • A 4-hour private food tour in Heraklion
  • Services of a licensed guide
  • All food and drink tastings
  • Anything else you would like to order or purchase
  • We can accommodate vegetarians, vegans, and food allergies
Trip Advisor
You must do this tour. Athina is an incredible guide. In love with her country and with all the good foods that you can find in Crete. Absolutely no need to take a breakfast before. You will eat really well and with all the flavors. I was expecting a good experience and it was close to a dream!
Our guide, Athina, was an amazing foodies guide! Not only did she take us to those unique places promised by you, she also made sure we have no allergies, what kind of food we're interested in, etc. We visited small places in which only local ingredients are being used, such as spices, herbs and honey and got small and sweet gifts from those places.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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