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Rethymno: Wine and Olive Oil Tasting Tour with Village Lunch

1. Rethymno: Wine and Olive Oil Tasting Tour with Village Lunch

Learn about traditional Cretan olive oil and wine on this tasting tour through the island of Crete. Begin your tour at the Kanakis olive oil mill, and learn all about the process of making olive oil. Hear experts describe the steps of production and afterward, enjoy a taste of their exquisite virgin olive oil. Continue on to one of the best wineries of the region, Dourakis Winery. There, enjoy a half-hour guided tour to learn about the history, tradition, and production of Cretan wine. After the tour, move to the wine tasting room, where you can taste up to five types of Cretan wine. Finally, end the tour with a visit to either the village of Nipos or Vryses (depending on the weather and the day). Both villages offer up beautiful natural views alongside a traditional delicious lunch.

Crete: Olive Oil Tasting with Cretan Food Pairing

2. Crete: Olive Oil Tasting with Cretan Food Pairing

Create lasting memories in Crete as you enjoy an olive oil tasting experience under the shade of olive trees. This entire experience will be enjoyed in the middle of a 2,000-year-old monumental olive grove. Discover the history, culture, and Cretan civilization of olive oil throughout the centuries. During your walk around the peaceful olive groves such as the holy Gethsemane Garden, you will discover the beauty of the Cretan landscape as well as the myths, flavors, and aromas of olive oil. The activity includes an olive oil tasting of 4 different olive oils at a tasting table in the shade of some olive trees. During the tasting you will be pairing food with more types of olive oil, and you will receive tips on how taste, preserve, choose, cook, and fry olive oil. You'll also receive more information about harvesting and olive oil extraction.

Rethymno: Old Town Walking Tour with Meal & Phyllo Workshop

3. Rethymno: Old Town Walking Tour with Meal & Phyllo Workshop

Take your taste buds on a journey on this guided walking tour of Rethymno's Old Town. Eat like a local as you step into a local café for breakfast. Learn how to taste honey, olive oil and raki like a Cretan. Uncover the secrets to making paper-thin phyllo. Have a feast under a lemon tree.  Start you tour at a Greek style kafeneio café in the heart of the city. Sit down in a square next to a running fountain and orange trees. Indulge in an authentic Cretan breakfast of a traditional Greek coffee or fresh juice and a handmade sfakianopita cheese pie coated with a layer of handmade jam. During breakfast, discuss the historical sites on your tour, the local traditions and customs, and how all these are connected to Cretan gastronomy. Learn how to distinguishing between high and low quality honey, olive oil, and raki with a tasting experience. Make your way to a 17th-century Venetian mansion house of Yorgos Hatziparaschos who has been making phyllo dough by hand for over 63 years. Be memorized by how the simple ingredients of flour, water, and salt are masterfully worked into the thin dough used in Greek desserts like baklava. Continue to a restaurant hidden in an Ottoman-style inner garden. Feast on Cretan meal under the lemon trees. Savor traditional dishes, cooked with fresh local ingredients and served in a stylish, modern way. Reflect on how the past connects with modern Cretan life with your host. End your tour at your meeting point.

Rethymno: Private Old Town Highlights Tour with Street Food

4. Rethymno: Private Old Town Highlights Tour with Street Food

Explore the old part of the city with the assistance of a local guide, who will tell you about the history, culture, and daily lifestyle of Rethymno, as well as the traditional cuisine. Discover the marks the Venetians and Ottomans left behind after their long presence on the island. Find the hidden treasures of Cretan modern life and cuisine by visiting quaint little food shops and taverns. Browse through a variety of local products, such as olive oil, cheese, and local herbs and spices. Visit some artisan shops along the way. Learn about the production process and the cooking traditions still alive today. Get an insider’s perspective by speaking with the people behind the scenes. You'll try a bowl of sheep yogurt with thyme honey and nuts; a selection of delicious mezes; you will sample Cretan cheeses and seasonal local delicacies and desserts and enjoy drinks such as the unique Cretan raki.

Rethymno: Wine Tasting at The Cretan House of Wine

5. Rethymno: Wine Tasting at The Cretan House of Wine

Sample native varieties of Cretan wine at the Cretan House of Wine. Discover delicious flavor and delicate aromas within every glass. Get to know different grape varieties by tasting various vintages. Learn about the characteristics of the region and the personal touches of the winemakers. First, experience the uniqueness of Cretan wines with a tasting of 11 different wines (each of 75ml per glass): White Wines: Vilana, Vidiano, Thrapsathiri, Plito, Dafni, Moschato Spinas, Malavazia Di Candia Aromatica Red Wines: Liatiko, Kotsifali, Mantilari Sweet Wine: Naturally sweet wine of biological agriculture from Liatiko Then, savor a pairing of traditional food with wine, including dishes such as: Apaki: Pieces of smoked pork Dakos: Rusk with tomato and white cheese Tigania: Pork with Cretan herbs fried to olive oil Dolmadakia: Vine leaves stuffed with rice Kalitsounakia: Traditional herb pie Graviera: Aged yellow cheese At the end, play a blind wine tasting game with a bottle of wine as a reward to the winner of the competition.

From Rethimno: Private Tour of Traditional Crete & Cuisine

6. From Rethimno: Private Tour of Traditional Crete & Cuisine

Immerse yourself in the traditional customs of Crete on a private tour from Rethimno. Meet the only living nun at Vossakos monastery and be introduced to Mr. Andreas and Mrs. Eleni at a local pasture. Learn about goat-herding and beekeeping from the experts and indulge in delicious Cretan cuisine. Get picked up from your accommodations in Crete and leave the city center behind for the picturesque countryside. Arrive at the historical Vossakos monastery, settled in a landscape of beautiful flowers, lush trees, and aromatic herbs. Walk towards the monastery and be welcomed within by the one remaining nun who lives here. Be treated to her smile and a taste of the sweet loukoumi, learning about the stories surrounding these holy walls. Depart from the monastery to visit a local pasture. Pass through the entrance of three huge trees and meet Mr. Andreas, the resident shepherd. Listen to him detail his daily routine, including taking care of the goats and the process of producing milk. Indulge in the delicious flavors of traditional Cretan appetizers, such as cheese, olives, and a glass of raki. With a happy stomach, follow the shepherd out to his flock and watch as 100 goats rush out of their pen into the high hills. Say goodbye to Mr. Andreas and be introduced to his wife, Mrs. Eleni. Slide into your beekeeping uniform as she leads you to the hives, demonstrating her mastery over the honey-loving insects. Observe the procedure for honey extraction that Mrs. Eleni undertakes with her bare hands! Learn the family secrets behind why she has no need for her own beekeeper's uniform. Bee welcomed into the home of Mr. Andreas and Mrs. Eleni, situated high up in the mountains with breathtaking views over the village. Take a walk through the peaceful environment, relaxing into this fairytale-like world. Open a bottle of wine and enjoy a glass while a traditional lunch is prepared for you. Tuck into a range of local organic products and finish off your meal with a delicious dessert, such as pitakia with honey on top. After lunch, be guided to the heart of Apladiana, one of the most ancient villages on the island which still adheres to Cretan customs. Cross through a field full of orange trees, reveling in the citrusy breeze, and finish your tour in the village square.

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4.9 / 5

based on 27 reviews

Wow! What a great tour! This booking was so worth it - everything was perfect. Our guide Maria was just great and led us through the day really well. The price-performance ratio is great! There were two of us with our guide Maria alone on a private tour. It started at 10:30 a.m. First to the olive oil factory with tasting. The Greek coffee that we drank there after the visit was included in the price. Then it was on to the winery. There we visited the winery and tasted 5 great wines. There were also snacks. All the wines were very tasty and there was an explanation for each wine, how it is grown and what is special about the wine. Afterwards we drove in the car to a small tavern, where we ate traditional Cretan lunch. There was sooo much food and everything was really tasty and fresh! After that we enjoyed the view and were driven straight to the hotel. It's worth it!!

We had an amazing time on our tour. Our tour guide Nora picked us up and from there we saw beautiful spots around Crete, trying delicious local food and drink and learning about the history of the island. Highly highly recommend this experience!

Our tour guide Maria was so easy to talk to and she really helped us understand some of the history and culture of Crete.

Lovely experience, worth the money. Private and full of meaningful information about Cretan life, food and drinks

Beautiful setting with expert knowledge on olive oil. Highly recommend