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Crete: Full-Day Land Rover Safari at Sunset w/ Dinner & Wine

1. Crete: Full-Day Land Rover Safari at Sunset w/ Dinner & Wine

Explore the Cretan mountains outside of Heraklion from the seat of a Land Rover during a guided day tour. Witness a stunning sunset over the Lassithi Plateau before stopping off for a local-style BBQ dinner with wine. Begin your journey with hotel pickup and make your way through the magnificent mountains of Crete. Visit the Aposelemis Dam and an ancient Roman aqueduct as your guide shares interesting insight. Next, stop off in the picturesque village of Kastamonitsa, nestled in the foothills of the Afendi Mountains. Enjoy the chance to sample local products such as olive oil and raki, a distilled alcoholic drink made with grapes and anise. Back in the vehicle, brace yourself as you venture down dirt tracks and follow the Minoan path through mountain passes. Catch spectacular views of wildlife and unbelievable scenery, learning about mythology and history along the way. Take a break to relax over a glass of prosecco and fresh fruit salad while admiring the sunset. Be sure to take plenty of photos to share of the amazing backdrop. After building up an appetite, head to a local tavern for a delicious Cretan-style meal that will include appetizers and main courses as well as vegetarian options. Wash down the food with unlimited wine served with dinner. Make your way back down the mountain roads as you head toward your hotel, marveling at the views of the moonlit coastline and illuminated towns along the way.

Heraklion: Food Tastings Walking Tour

2. Heraklion: Food Tastings Walking Tour

Get an introduction to the best food that Heraklion has to offer by treating your palate to traditional Cretan dishes and exceptional local wines! Go on an unforgettable tasty journey through Heraklion’s local neighbourhoods. After meeting your local guide, start off with a traditional Greek coffee also known as ellinikós kafés. Learn why Greeks love coffee and see it brewed the traditional way in sand and be taught “cup reading”, a centuries-old tradition that reads your future. Enjoy Heraklion’s well-known bougatsa in a family-owned business that has mastered its bougatsa technique since 1922. Consisting of semolina custard, cheese, or minced meat filling between layers of phyllo, bougatsa is a must-taste pastry that you shouldn’t miss while being in the city. Continue to a local market where you’ll meet the local vendors and learn about their products. Sample some of the basic elements of Cretan cuisine such as olives, rusks, and cheese. Become a cheese-tasting expert by receiving local hints and learn how to spot the best local cheeses. Taste the island’s famous olive oil and find out why organic Cretan olive oil is one of the best oils in the world. Sit down for a local organic meat dish or if you want to show yourself how brave you are, sample a dish that is loved by most Cretans: fried snails. Move on to your last stop and taste some local Cretan wines in a family-run shop. Keep in mind that winemaking in Crete has a long history that dates back to the Bronze Age. Before you go, don’t forget to ask your local guide for more tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay.

Heraklion: Cretan Wine Tasting Tour & Gourmet Lunch

3. Heraklion: Cretan Wine Tasting Tour & Gourmet Lunch

Journey through the authentic flavors of Crete at a private wine tasting with professionals from the industry, and sample 15 different wines. Join a small and friendly group of no more than 8 people and learn more about the vines, terroir and gastronomy of Crete. Hear about local produce, such as olive oil and cheese. Benefit from the services of a guide who is a former journalist and restaurant chef, and speaks both English and French. Meet some of the best producers of the island's wines from the central regions of Archanes and Peza, where wine was first made in Crete. Take a tour of 2 of their wineries and vineyards, and then experience the flavors of the wines at a private tasting of 15 wines following a wine presentation. Enjoy a sensational tasting of olive oil and other traditional products from Crete, such as honey, marmalade, wine vinegar and more. Then, meet a selection of chefs at a gourmet lunch in one of the best restaurants in the wine making region; and get ready to be dazzled by their creative talents in the kitchen! 

Heraklion: History & Culture Walking Tour with Food Tasting

4. Heraklion: History & Culture Walking Tour with Food Tasting

Explore the historical city center of Heraklion. Visit, along with your expert tour guide, Heraklion’s major monuments; travel through time and its rich history. Discover the past and the present of a city that combines old with new. The 7th labor of Hercules was performed here, the birthplace of El Greco and Nikos Kazantzakis. On this tour hear stories about Heraklion's turbulent past and visit its legendary churches, fountains, and monuments. On this tour you will also get to enjoy local products finger food and wine amidst Venetian monumental buildings. Stroll through off-the-beaten-path areas in the city, learn about the Mediterranean diet. On this 2-hour tour feed your body and mind.

Heraklion Area: Secrets of Olive Oil and Wine Tasting Tour

5. Heraklion Area: Secrets of Olive Oil and Wine Tasting Tour

Your day will start with a pickup from your hotel where you will travel to the Archanes region. In a small and friendly group you have the opportunity to visit one of the last olive oil family domains and learn the secrets of Cretan extra virgin oil. You'll also visit a dynamic boutique winery, take a guided tour amongst its facilities and discover more about the magic world of wine production, terroir, and local grape varietals. Partake in a sensational visit to a family estate and a traditional olive mill. The owners will lead you to their production area and introduce you to the fantastic world of extra virgin olive oil. This will be followed by some olive oil sample tasting. You will also have a chance to taste other local products. Next up, meet a promising and dynamic winemaker who will guide you through his winery and domain. Get exclusive access to the facilities and get a glimpse into the production process. Then, after a wine presentation, you will experience a wine tasting featuring 5 different varieties made on the island. After your winery tour, visit a traditional restaurant and taste true Cretan mezze cooking for lunch. Enjoy prepared plates consisting of warm and cold traditional mezzes featuring salads, grilled cheese, olive fritters, different meats and vegetable plates. Whilst here, continue your wine tasting and sample a sweet desert wine to aid digestion.

Moires: Cooking Class and Meal at a Family Olive Farm

6. Moires: Cooking Class and Meal at a Family Olive Farm

Explore an authentic Greek farm, taste delicious local vegetables, and sample local wine with your dinner. Afterward, take away the leftovers of your 4 culinary creations to consume later on. Arrive at the farm and explore the outdoor cooking space. Admire the layout with it being situated between two olive trees, covered in a wooden roof to protect from the sun. Cook with pure and natural ingredients from the farm. Learn all about the cuisine of Crete as you learn techniques from your host. Enjoy an experience where all the equipment and your personal apron are provided. Sip on local homemade refreshments and water as you prepare the food. Then, get ready to dine on your culinary creations, accompanied by some local wine. After the meal, receive your packed leftovers to take away. You'll also receive an e-mail with photographs and the recipes from your day, so you can show off your experience and new skills when you get back home.

Crete: Olive Oil Festival with Dinner & Cretan Dance Show

7. Crete: Olive Oil Festival with Dinner & Cretan Dance Show

Experience an evening of live entertainment, taste traditional Cretan food, and take part in local produce workshops on this lively excursion. Begin your outing by visiting a farm in Sissi Village. Head to an 18th-century olive oil mill and learn about the award-winning mill's family history. Then head to a honey workshop and see the local honey-making process and learn about bees' activities. Explore the famous alcoholic beverage called Rakokazano with a workshop. Learn more about how Raki is produced and discover the ritual deeply rooted in Cretan Culture. Delight in learning about homemade Olive Oil soap and hearing about its health benefits for the skin. Have the chance to purchase high-quality local produce directly from the seller after tasting or learning about them. From here, begin your gastronomical adventure with a wine tasting. Sip on outstanding wines from local Cretan grape varieties and taste distinct flavors. Learn all about the wine's production, which dates back to the ancient Minoan Civilization. Tuck into a delicious homemade Cretan meal cooked in a wood-fired oven. Enjoy seasonal greens, fava beans, and salad from the owner's garden accompanied by a wide variety of appetizers and french fries. Finally, appreciate live entertainment and spend a joyful night like a Cretan, dance to Greek rhythms, hear a wonderful orchestra, and see traditional dancing. Head back to the bus for your journey back to your accommodation.

Heraklion: 2–Hour Cretan Food & Sightseeing Walking Tour

8. Heraklion: 2–Hour Cretan Food & Sightseeing Walking Tour

Feed your body and mind in Heraklion, the capital city of Crete. Visit its major monuments with your guide, discover the the modern aspects of the Cretan diet its connection to the history of the city. Learn how the people of Crete eat, and how Crete's enviable food culture was born. On this Heraklion tasting tour, stop at a Cretan family bakery, the daily meeting point of locals. Taste Greek coffee assorted with kalitsounia (traditional sweet pies with soft cheese filling), raisin pies and cinnamon cookies. Discover the herbs and spices at a traditional Cretan shop, and take the chance to savor Cretan mountain tea. Move on to try organic extra virgin olive oil, considered to be the best in the world, made with varieties of table olives. Try goat–sheep cheese, Gruyere, parmesan, soft cheese and natural yogurt with honey.

Crete: Haralabakis Winery Tour & Wine Tasting

9. Crete: Haralabakis Winery Tour & Wine Tasting

Taste 6 of wines on a luxury wine tasting tour of Crete, and sample exceptional wines, including local dishes and more. Travel through the wine-producing villages of one of the world's most famous wine regions. Admire the vineyards of Crete, where great wines are produced. Stop on the hillside of the village to experience a unique location for red and white local varieties of wines. Take part in a prestigious wine tasting in a wine cellar, where you can choose wines paired with typical Cretan dishes, cheeses, and elegant cuisine. Learn more about the local wine growing practices and history of Crete wines. Visit a boutique winery and meet the winemaker.

Dafnes: DAF Winery Tour & Wine Tasting with Cheese Pairing

10. Dafnes: DAF Winery Tour & Wine Tasting with Cheese Pairing

Discover Cretan wine on a tour of DAF Wines. See how they produce the wine and taste 6 varieties, perfectly paired with local cheeses. Begin your visit with a tour of the family-run DAF Wines. As you explore the winery, learn how they use cutting-edge technology and viticulture techniques to improve the winemaking process and produce an innovative style of wine. After seeing how the wine is made, relax with a wine tasting with a local. Taste 6 different varieties of wine from DAF Wines and learn what makes each variety unique. As you sip, enjoy a plate of Cretan cheeses chosen to enhance the flavor of your wine.

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What people are saying about Heraklion Regional Unit

I genuinely cannot recommend this enough. You’re taken from the busy streets of the city out into the beautiful hills outside Heraklion, where there are vineyards as far as the eye can see. Adam (tour guide) stops regularly for refreshments and snacks and points out areas of interest. From here you travel through some small villages to a local vineyard. If you’re in the area and looking for something fun to do I definitely recommend this. We saw more of Crete today than we ever have and get to speak to some local people and really learn about the culture. Also, the bikes are E-Bikes with various modes to suit all levels of fitness. So don’t let that put you off. Thanks Adam for an unforgettable day. Callum & Chloe UK

The people were very nice and considerate. Also a good selection of wines and information about them. Great and beautiful location I definitely recommend this winery!!!

Very good great walk with Pierre who made us share his passion for wine and discover good things to eat. A great day

Awesome way to get out of the city and see some less traveled areas. Guide was amazing, as was the wine and food!

Highly recommended, great course, delicious food, nice people!