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Crete: Olive Oil Tasting with Cretan Food Pairing

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

2. 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.

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.

Heraklion Wine Country Tour

4. Heraklion Wine Country Tour

The region of Heraklion is the largest wine region of Crete where most wineries are located and holds the biggest number of Protected Denominations of Origin for winemaking. Hop on board of our van for this exciting wine tour, where you will dive into the world of Cretan indigenous grapes and explore some of the region’s most beautiful sceneries and vineyards. You will visit two authentic Cretan wineries, their vineyards and cellar and learn about their story, tradition, and philosophy. After the full wine tasting at the first winery, you will indulge in an amazing wine and food pairing lunch experience at the second winery, with a typical Cretan lunch prepared for you by a local taverna. We will pick you up and drop you off with the other guests at a central meeting point, GDM Megaron Hotel, in Heraklion City Center.

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.

From Rethymno: Cretan Night

7. 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 Rethymno: Off-Road Vehicle Safari with Lunch

8. From Rethymno: Off-Road Vehicle Safari with Lunch

Embark on a guided off-road driving adventure in discovery of the history and traditions of Crete. Meet locals, see nature and wildlife, and embrace the renowned Cretan hospitality. Then enjoy a relaxing lunch featuring local food and wine. Head south from Rethymno, passing through the villages of Halepa, Garazo, Faratsi, and Veni, known for their dense vegetation, fresh aromas, and unique views. Stop off at the historic Halepa Monastery, former refuge for Cretan rebels during civil wars. Take pictures of the magnificent mountain tops and valleys that surround you. Continue the drive while taking in the panoramic views and trying to spot wild eagles and goats along the way. Arrive at a mitato (shepherd’s hut) and learn all about the shepherd lifestyle and cheese-making process. Satisfy your appetite at a traditional Cretan tavern in the village of Axos and savor the local cuisine and wine before returning to Rethymno.

Rethymno: Explore Shepherd’s Hut and Cheese Making Process

9. Rethymno: Explore Shepherd’s Hut and Cheese Making Process

Combine some of the most unique panoramic views, visit a honey factory and taste, drive through traditional Cretan villages and find out all about the lifestyle of a Cretan shepherd by exploring an original shepherd’s hut called ‘’Mitato’’ with a small group of 6-8 people in each vehicle. Learn about the history and the traditions of the Island, meet the locals, explore the wildlife of Crete, embrace the renowned Cretan hospitality and taste the delicious Cretan cheese and cuisine. Our day starts from Rethymnon city heading south east through coast line road until Melidoni Village and Apithano Honey factory where we make our first stop for a guided tour in the factoiry and tast some honey. After our morning stop and driving through the traditional villages of Milopotamos (Melidoni, Apladiana, Doxaro, Agridia Tsaxiana) and areas with dense vegetation, fresh aromas and unique views. The amazing route and views continue until we reach the historic Halepa Monastery, that used to be a refuge for Cretan rebels during civil wars where we make our second stop. The unique view from the monastery will inspire you to take pictures, combining the highest mountain tops of Crete with the beautiful valley. Afterwards our amazing off-road route continues and on the way up to the shepherd’s hut called “Mitato” the panoramic views will take your breath away. If we are lucky, we will get to marvel up close some wild eagles and goats and take some photos. The road will lead us up to a traditional Shepherd’s hut where you will find out all about the lifestyle of a shepherd and the cheese making process. Leaving the shepherd’s hut and already working up our appetite we will soon arrive at a traditional Cretan tavern in Axos village, where we are going to introduce you to Cretan cuisine and heartfelt hospitality with plenty of local platters. Enough time will be provided after lunch for those who wish to enjoy a cup of coffee. On our way back we will follow an asphalt road that will lead us to the city of Rethymnon. Embark on semi private safari tour for up to 6 or 8 persons per vehicle

Rethymnon Premium Sunset Safari Tour

10. Rethymnon Premium Sunset Safari Tour

Premium Sunset Safari Tour with best panoramic view of Rethymnon city from above, Potamon dam, traditional Cretan villages and mountains. Allow yourself to indulge in a romantic premium off-road experience with the best panoramic views and premium service in a semi private small group tour up to 8 persons per vehicle. Our evening tour begins from Rethymnon city centre and tourist areas, heading towards the inland of Rethymnon through traditional villages and uncharted mountain routes. Our premium off-road vehicles driven by well trained escorts will help you enjoy the best service and panoramic sunset view of Rethymnon from above. Unpaved off-road routes, wild and dense vegetation, non tourist places, unique panoramic view of Potamon dam and mountains ideal for sunset capture stops, are only some of the experiences that you will receive in a 4 hours premium off-road sunset safari tour. After our exploration through traditional Cretan villages of Pigi, Adelle, Sain Dimitrios, Holy Trinity and Harkia and following an uncharted off-road route we reach an amazing point in the hill above Potamon dam at 650m altitude. From that point we will have the best panoramic view of the dam, Cretan inland and mountains to capture some great photos. Following our unpaved route and admiring the unique Cretan terrain we reach a unique sunset spot to admire the romantic view and the entire city below. We continue our road-trip until reach a small family owned tavern where our Cretan delicacies platter will be served accompanied by a glass of wine. Our sunset tour comes to an end through an easy asphalt road to reach Rethymnon city full of memories, experiences, amazing sights, romantic views and premium service that only Uncharted Escapes experienced escorts can provide.

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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!!

Our guide Kostos made the tour informative, fun, interesting and very enjoyable . His knowledge of local and country history, architecture and Greek mythology , traditions of Creten life, families / communities helped us appreciate and enjoy our time here all the more. The food was amazing , we will buy honey and olive oil with knowledge now and of course the sampling of local alcohol . We thoroughly recommend this tour to add depth and fun to your holiday in Rethymno . Brilliant fun

Had such a great time on this tour. First of all Nora was absolutely fantastic and her knowledge of Crete is also amazing! The olive oil tour and tasting was great along with the beautiful scenic wine tasting. The village lunch is also lovely! Make sure you're hungry as there is certainly a lot of great food :D This tour is well worth it and was a highlight of our trip. Alex and Lindsay xx

Small group is great because you get to meet new people and get around the town easier.

very friendly guide, good explanations, delicious food.