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Cuisine & Culture of Crete


Crete is approximately 260 km long and 60 km wide. Crete consists of four prefectures: Chania, Rethimno, Heraklion and Lasithi. If there was a beauty contest for Greek islands, Crete would surely be among the favorites. Indeed, some say there is no place on earth like Crete. This view is strongly supported by those fortunate enough to have visited the island. Crete, with a population of approximately 650,000, is not just sun, sea and sand; it is a quite distinct place full of vitality, warmth, hospitality, culture and of course an excellent infrastructure. Crete is well known for its seas and beaches but it has a very contrasting landscape. The island goes from fertile coastal plains to rugged mountains and from busy metropolitan cities to very peaceful hillside villages!

Your vacation will take place in the county of Heraklion. Heraklion is the capital of Crete and one of the Mediterranean region΄΄s most fascinating and vibrant cities. It is full of places to discover. With the current efforts to open up the wonderful mediaeval city centre, it speaks to us of a past full of history and great events that reflect its location at the crossroads of three continents.

The city is also the commercial and technological centre of the island. It has a strategic geopolitical position in the south-eastern Mediterranean Sea connecting three continents and many different cultures.


The Cretan Legacy

Cuisine & Culture of Crete

This itinerary will enable you to discover and explore the abundant history and culture of the capital county of Crete – Heraklion, especially in its exceptional food and wine. Our guide is incredible! Along with the excellent cuisine and wine, are fantastic ancient monuments like Knossos and the living history of Koules castle! Enjoy a wine tour, take a cooking lesson with an incredible chef, discover Cretan traditions and learn all about Cretan history!

Day 1-Arrival

  • Arrival to Crete. You will be transferred to your 4 star accomodation in Heraklion on a minibus
  • Dinner on your own
  • Overnight

Day 2-A Food Walk

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • After breakfast, let us guide you through the city of Heraklion, the Venetian “Regnio di Candia” and as we walk through, we will stop and taste local delicacies! You will see all the highlights and monuments of Venetian and Medieval Heraklion, its landmarks, the Lion fountain, the Loggia, the St. Titus cathedral. You will taste Cretan products that comprise the famous Cretan cuisine.
  • Lunch & dinner on your own
  • Afternoon free
  • Overnight

Day 3-Free day

  • Free day for individual activities. Suggestions: Visit the cities of Chania and Rethymnon or the famous Samaria Canyon
  • Lunch & dinner on your own
  • Overnight

Day 4-The Palace of Knossos

  • After breakfast you will visit with our guide the famous palace of Knossos. The Minoans settled in the area continuously, starting from the aceramic Neolithic period, approximately 7000 B.C. (terracotta was not used during that period) till the Mycenaean invasion, then the area was used by the Mycenaeans until finally it was abandoned. Human presence on the site is evident for thousands of years, before the construction of the first palace. Knossos is the largest palace in Minoan Crete.
  • After Knossos you will visit some important Cretan wineries and you will have wine tastings
  • You will have a light lunch in the village "Archanes"
  • Afternoon free
  • Dinner on your own
  • Overnight

Day 5-Lassithi Plataeu

  • After breakfast you will explore with our guide the glorious Plataeu of Lassithi.The hillsides of Lassithi are beautiful, with hidden natural paradises where you can relax and enjoy nature. Particularly the Plateau of Lassithi is an ideal place for agricultural tourism with farms designed for this purpose.
  • Light lunch will be had at an amazing rustic tavern
  • During our tour we will explore the village Krasi ( photo stop) walk up to the cave Psychron ( 15 min walk- level medium difficulty – a bit steep, walking shoes needed) were according to the Greek myths it was the birthplace of Zeus, drive through village Jermiado and visit the the Monastery of Kera Kardiotisa. We will also visit a pottery workshop. 
  • Dinner on your own
  • Overnight

Day 6-Some Cooking

  • After breakfast you will be taken to a winery for a cooking lesson and some more wine tasting! You will learn to prepare  pork with grains, zucchini croquettes, stuffed vine leaves and famous Cretan sweet pies with honey . Then for lunch you will enjoy the fruit of your labour!
  • Afternoon free at your leuisure
  • Dinner on your own
  • Overnight

Day 7-Depatrure

  • Departure day then and you will be transferred to tha airport of Heraklion or port (after breakfast)

I was happy, I knew that. While experiencing happiness, we have difficulty in being conscious of it. Only when the happiness is past and we look back on it do we suddenly realize - sometimes with astonishment - how happy we had been.”
Nikos Kazantzakis “Zorba, the Greek”

Cuisine & Culture of Crete

4 star Hotel in Heraklion

The facilities of all 32 refurbished and comfortable guestrooms of our hotel are as follows:

  • ✓ Balcony
  • ✓ Air-condition
  • ✓ Fridge
  • ✓ Hairdryer
  • ✓ Television
  • ✓ Safe deposit box
  • ✓ Internet access (Wi-Fi and LAN)

All of the above, well-combined with a surpassing view either to the Cretan sea or the town of Heraklion, ensure a pleasant and memorable stay for you!


Important notes

The order of the activities is subject to change


Prices & Terms

Dates:  June 12-18/2021

Price: 1579€ based on double occupancy

Single supplement: 385 €

Children discount: From 0 till 2, 99 years old FREE

Minimum number of participants : 2

Maximum number of participants : 10

  • 30% of the amount is required at the time of booking for reservations mail us on

Price includes

  • Transfer from/to Heraklion Airport or Port on a modern mini bus (or taxi to and from accomodation)

  • 7 days / 6 nights at a 4 star boutique hotel in Heraklion  with daily breakfast

  • All transfers to and from the activities

  • 1 Food Walk

  • 1 Knossos Guided Tour

  • 3 Lunches

  • 2 Wine Tastings

  • 1 Cooking lesson with Cretan & Minoan Recipes

  • 1 Winery Visit 

  • 1 Pottery Workshop visit

  • 1 Lassithi Plateau & villages Guided Tour


Price does not include

  • Flights

  • Meals, drinks, excursions that are not listed in the program

  • Travel insurance, personal expenses, tips.

Read more about our prices and conditions here: Terms & Conditions

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