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Chania: Authentic Cooking Class in the White Mountains

1. Chania: Authentic Cooking Class in the White Mountains

Taste the authentic foods of Crete at a unique cooking class using only healthy organic ingredients, such as extra virgin olive oil, local meats, aromatic herbs and freshly picked vegetables. Stroll around the vegetable garden to get a feel for the raw produce and learn more about the herbs. Then, prepare a traditional meal and learn the secrets of how the locals cook. Go for a mountain walk to a shepherds and hear how olives are harvested. Return to the house to sample some cheese and wine from Crete and prepare some appetizers such as ntakos and tzatziki. End with a tasty lunch with wine pairings and traditional jar desserts.

Crete: Food & Wine Tour

2. Crete: Food & Wine Tour

Experience the day-to-day life of the Cretan villages and share with the locals their knowledge on local products and delicacies. After meeting your guide, head to the region of Kisamos, famous for its olive oil and wine production. Visit the oldest olive tree in the world that still produces olives and learn about the history of its sacred land. Next, it’s time to taste organic extra virgin olive oil. Visit a family-owned, olive mill, specializing in the artisan production of organic olive oil using millstones and presses. Get an introduction to Cretan olive oil and olive oil quality, while visiting the production facilities, and tasting various delicious olive oils. Make your way to a family-run farm to sample the famous dairy products of the region, such as freshly produced cheese and yogurt. Roll up your sleeves and grab your baskets as you walk into the farmer’s vegetable garden to select the products for your next mission. Take part in a hands-on cooking class and discover the most tempting recipes of the Cretan cuisine, selected to be matched at their best with the farm olive oils and wine. While your meal is slowly cooked over a fired wooden oven, walk around the tiny hilltop village and collect herbs to make your own mountain tea. Continue into the farmer’s cellar where you are free to sample different wines, straight from the barrels. And if this wasn’t enough for your taste buds, go on to sample what is considered the best honey in the region at a small family-owned business. By the end of this culinary adventure, you will have enjoyed the best treasures of this sacred land.

Chania: Far West Private Day Trip with Food Workshop

3. Chania: Far West Private Day Trip with Food Workshop

Leaving Chania, you will venture into a completely different landscape, going deep into the unique region of Sfakia. The White Mountains will be your stomping ground for a day of activities for the whole family. Your first stop of the day is at a family owned small-scale cheese factory for a Cretan cheese and yoghurt tasting. You will learn about the traditional local production from this expert cheesemonger, and have the opportunity to sample what locals consider to be the best yoghurt on the island. Afterwards, you’ll head to Askifou Plateau at an altitude of 730m, a picture-perfect valley surrounded by the White Mountains. From there, you’ll start your hike into the 8km Imbros Gorge. It is an easy walk for the whole family with multiple stops for photos and discussions around the flora and fauna in the area. The gorge is spectacular, with several very narrow passages. Your guide will share thrilling stories about how this area was used by Australia, New Zealand and British soldiers in the war. Then, get ready to experience the local culture through gastronomy with your hands-on food workshop. Amongst the delicious flavours and aromas mixed in with local wine, you will discover the secrets of local cuisine while you enjoy a traditional meal, delicious desserts and locally-farmed fruit. At the end of the day, enjoy a glass of wine as you will visit one of the best wineries in Crete for a tasting. You can taste 4 different wine varieties in the traditional cellar, taking in the experience with all of your senses. The tasting is a fitting finale in Crete’s Far West.

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What people are saying about Chania Regional Unit

The whole trip was a great experience. The transport from the pick up point, the information about the region & the hosting of our group was such a unique experience. Ioannes was an amazing host and provided really interesting information about the region, Crete and family life. To top it all off the food and wine was very tasty. I would recommend this tour to everyone.

Well worth every penny, I went on this with my Girlfriend (we’re both students so this was quite a bit of a splash for us) but it was absolutely fantastic! Would recommend to anyone, a very memorable evening with lovely hosts and guests for company, and another meal to cook when I’m back at uni!

The absolute best tour I’ve ever been on. Don’t think, just book. The hosts were wonderful and kind and the guide was amazing. Commemorative gifts and a superb level of kindness and hospitality during this tour. The trip was excellent throughout and the food was fantastic!

Amazing, one-of-a-kind experience in Crete! Breathtaking views in the hills at a private home and garden set the scene as you learn, laugh, cook, and enjoy the company of the group. We had people from all over the world in our group and it was so special for everyone.

Superb activity. The Γιάννης guide is amazing. Sharing, meeting, nature and history. Everything is there to live an exceptional evening. The setting is magnificent. To do 100%. On site, the hosts welcomed us like at home, kindness and generosity.