CRETAN CUISINE AND WINE

16 - 23 June

Considered by nutritionists as the best in the world, the Mediterranean diet has Crete at its epicentre and is basically a modus vivendi on olive oil and wine, fresh, local produce which is traditionally slow-cooked and shared with family and friends. Crete is recognised even by Greeks as the temple of taste for the fact that everything tastes better, starting from the simple tomatoes ripening under the hot Mediterranean sun, to the best olive oil and local delicacies, produced in small quantities and difficult to find beyond the borders of the island. Join us for a week of exclusive culinary experiences to uncover the secrets of ancient Minoans, while we dive into the local culture and nature, guided by passionate experts.   
The package includes:​
Cost: €1.395 / person (double occupancy)
(single supplement add €250)​
Not included:
  • Flights to Chania (contact us if you need help in booking your flights)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
Accomodation:
Adult Exclusive seaside resort offering a luxurious, relaxing, child-free environment, in a totally serene atmosphere. Double rooms with fine decoration and authentic comfort, opening up to furnished balconies, or terraces with wonderful direct views to the sea or to the hotel’s blooming gardens.
  • free WiFi throughout the hotel
  • swimming pool
  • restaurant / bar
  • flat screen TV with satellite channels
  • air conditioning
  • free welcome package

OLIVE OIL PRESS TOUR

Crete is the biggest producer of olive oil in Greece, not only in terms of quantity but also quality, as a result of a unique combination of the soil, climatic environment and the obstinate use of traditional means to harvest. We will visit to a local traditional olive press company where we will see the process of cold pressing the olives and turning them into the extra virgin liquid gold with opportunity to taste, learn and recognize various qualities of olive oil.

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BOTANICAL PARK

The famous botanical gardens of Crete consists of some 20 hectares of undulating land and terraced plantation areas, packed full of fruit trees from all over the world, in addition to herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants, where the land’s formation and the region’s microclimate make it a paradise for hundreds of indigenous only to Crete plants and animals.

CHANIA OLD HARBOR

The history of Chania, explained in a leisurely walk through the charming cobbled streets of Venetian heritage, followed by a lavish, delicious Cretan dinner of authentic local dishes, with chilled wine, in a dramatic sunset setting, right near the sea.

WINERY TOUR

Visit to a local winery, a family business developed through generations, where passion, experience and tradition meet technology. Vineyards, stone built cellar, wine museum and a tasting room overlooking the Kissamos bay will take us through a journey in time, discovering how the Minoans made and stored wine thousands of years ago, what are the local varieties and how the local antrepreneurs are blending ancient types of grapes to create unique wines.

COOKING AND WINE TASTING

Visit to a local fruit and vegetables market followed by a hands-on cooking lesson that will show you the secrets of Mediterranean diet and how simple is to eat healthy. We will enjoy a relaxed lunch of Cretan dishes paired with local wines, some of ancient origin.

BEACH AND FISH LUNCH

This day is a real treat, not just because Falassarna beach on the west coast offers stunning views, whitish soft sand stretching on over 3 km and some of the most beautiful crystal clear water to swim, but because the lunch included on this memorable day out is taken at one of the most authentic, fabulous yet totally rustic fish taverns on the whole of the island of Crete, made famous by its world beating kakavia (Cretan fisherman’s soup).

APIARY VISIT

A first-hand experience of how a mega brain that is a bee colony is organized, we will witness through a glass-hive the absolute order and progress that defines it, with explanations about the amazing life of the bee Queen and how it controls the entire colony. At the end of the tour we will taste the artisan honey but also other beneficial products such as pollen, royal jelly, propolis and rakomelo - a local alchoolic drink made with honey and raki. 

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