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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: Wine Tasting at The Cretan House of Wine

4. 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.

Heraklion: Private Wine Tasting Tour

5. Heraklion: Private Wine Tasting Tour

On this private wine tasting tour, dive into the world of Crete’s indigenous grapes, explore some of the region’s most beautiful scenery and vineyards, lightly trek to ancient wine presses and hidden Byzantine churches, and taste some of the best wines that Crete has to offer. Get picked up from your accommodation before visiting two authentic Cretan wineries, their vineyards, and their cellars while learning their stories. Afterward, indulge in a full wine and Cretan lunch pairing, one of the healthiest cuisines of the Mediterranean. Enjoy a total of 11 wines and a traditional 5-course Cretan meal, designed especially to match the wines served.

From Rethymno: Cretan Night

6. From Rethymno: Cretan Night

Enjoy a fun introduction to Cretan culture on this evening tour. Continue to a traditional village to enjoy live Cretan music and dance. Sip Greek wine and feast on typical island dishes for dinner. Depart from Rethymno at 6:30 PM with a convenient pickup service near the hotel. Settle in on your comfortable ride and be driven for 30 minutes to a family-run winery near Rethymnon. Let the entertainment begin with an evening of Cretan folklore performances. Reach your dinner venue at 8:30 PM and unwind for a traditional Greek night in a charming taverna. Enjoy a Cretan dance show along with a traditional Cretan music group till 11 PM. After relaxing to dances and songs of Crete over dinner, hop back on your ride to return to Rethymno.

From Chania: Zeus Cave & Mountainous East Crete Day Tour

7. From Chania: Zeus Cave & Mountainous East Crete Day Tour

Explore the glorious Cave of Zeus and East Crete's unspoiled landmarks with maximum comfort and privacy. Your private local insider guide will customize for you uncharted itineraries to the mountainous region of Lassithi where you will visit authentic Cretan villages, connect with locals, and engage with the stunning nature of East Crete. Furthermore, you will experience local wine-tasting and savor traditional lunch in a picturesque place. Last but not least, you will visit a ceramic workshop and the iconic town of Agios Nikolaos. Don't forget that among Crete's iconic gems like Elafonisi beach, Chrissi island, Knossos Palace, and safari there are so many other things to explore!

Rethymno - Argiroupolis - Kournas Lake - Chania Private Tour

8. Rethymno - Argiroupolis - Kournas Lake - Chania Private Tour

Escape to Western Crete - an idyllic destination on the island that effortlessly captures the spirit of authentic Philoxenia (“Hospitality”). With a chauffeured premium vehicle at your full-day disposal, you will explore the Venetian city of Rethymno, the charming lake of Kournas, and the romantic town of Chania by enjoying maximum comfort and privacy. Your private local insider guide will enrich the day with a visit to the village of Argyroupolis (Ancient Lappa city), where you will experience an authentic lunch at a cozy place surrounded by mountainous waterfalls, the smell of tasty grilled lamb on the spit (Cretan Antikristo) and friendly locals. Last but not least, you will have the chance for a unique homemade wine tasting by Kournas Lake. Prepare to excite all your senses. Don't forget that among Crete's iconic gems like Elafonisi beach, Chrissi island, Knossos Palace, and safari there are so many other things to explore!

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What people are saying about Rethymno

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 20 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