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Rethymno Wine tasting & winery tours

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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 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.

Explore the Secrets of Wine and Olives in Rethymno

7. Explore the Secrets of Wine and Olives in Rethymno

Our day safari in the secrets of the Cretan tastes and culture begins with a visit to Klados winery in Panormos. There we will be welcomed by the owner of the winery for a wine tour and a mouthwatering wine tasting experience unraveling the secrets of high longevity in Crete. Continuing our day we follow a route through traditional villages of Milopotamos (Dafnedes, Apladiana, Agridia) and areas with dense vegetation, fresh aromas and unique views, until we reach the historic Halepa Monastery, that used to be a refuge for Cretan rebels during civil wars. The unique view of Psiloritis and Mylopotamos area from the monastery will inspire you to take pictures, combining the highest mountain top of Crete with the beautiful valley. Afterwards our amazing off-road route continues with panoramic views that 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. Continuing our route through picturesque villages nestled amongst lush vegetation we will have plenty of opportunities to take photos of picturesque chapels, sheep, goats, sprawling vineyards and gorgeous olive groves. An asphalt route will lead us to a traditional and modern olive mill in Melidoni village in Rethymnon. There you will have the chance to be guided in three different olive oil factories (ancient handmade production, by the help of diesel engines and modern production with centrifuge) learn everything about the olives harvesting, olive oil production and taste some local olive oil. Working up our appetite we arrive at a small village tavern in Melidoni, where we will introduce you to the Cretan cuisine with plenty of Cretan delicacies and let you feel the very essence of the renowned Cretan hospitality. On the way back we will follow an easy asphalt route through the national road before we reach back into Rethymnon town. A unique wine and olive escape, an exciting adventure to embrace the renowned Greek hospitality, enjoy the sights and professional and relaxed service!!!

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!

From Chania: Zeus Cave & Mountainous East Crete Day Tour

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

Join us on this private day tour and discover all of Eastern Crete's unspoiled beauty. Unearth the mystery of the sacred Psychro Cave in Lasithi and feel its ancient energy. Then immerse yourself in the vivid Cretan culture of the authentic villages of Mochos, Krasi, and visit the iconic town of Agios Nikolaos. Venture through the mountainous region of the Lasithi Plateau on your way to the emblematic villages. Explore the charming streets of Mochos and Krasi, interact with local people, and engage with dramatic nature. Let's take the sacred Minoan path to reach the ancient Psychro Cave fueled with stalactites and stalagmites. Add a guided wine tasting with a ceramic workshop or a delicious Cretan lunch if you'd like to upgrade your experience.

From Elounda: Rethymno - Argiroupoli - Kournas Lake - Chania

10. From Elounda: Rethymno - Argiroupoli - Kournas Lake - Chania

Embark on an incredible cultural adventure along the western side of Crete. Discover traditional villages and striking landscapes on a private guided trip from Agios Nikolaos and Elounda. Make the most of your experience by adding a wine tasting or local lunch at your own expense. Get picked up from your accommodation in Agios Nikolaos or Elounda and head out on a journey through West Crete. With a chauffeured vehicle at your full-day disposal, explore the Venetian city of Rethymno, the charming Lake Kournas, and the romantic town of Chania. Take a break in the ancient village of Argyroupolis for the chance to purchase lunch and eat in a cozy setting, surrounded by mountainous waterfalls. Last but not least, you can also add a guided tasting of homemade wine by Lake Kournas.

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4.9 / 5

based on 20 reviews

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

Hello We are delighted with this activity because of the authenticity of the people we met, the interest in visiting the olive oil mill and the wine castle but also and above all by the humanity of Vincent the guide who deeply touched by his sincerity and the content of his visit We strongly recommend

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

very friendly guide, good explanations, delicious food.