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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.

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Heraklion: Cretan Wine Tasting Tour & Gourmet Lunch

2. 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! 

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Heraklion: Authentic Greek Food Cooking Class

3. Heraklion: Authentic Greek Food Cooking Class

In the serenity of the Cretan countryside, visit a traditional village and see stunning views of the Heraklion prefecture. After a tour of the village and a visit to the Museum of Cretan Folk Art, it will be time to get practical and learn the secrets to some much beloved Cretan dishes.  Try your hand at making sarikopites, delicious Cretan xynomyzithra stuffed cheese pieces with honey and dolmades, stuffed vine leaves. Or why not see if you can make the best tzatziki with stuffed vegetables and grilled lamb to follow? All of course will be accompanied by rich, aromatic Cretan wine. Live a perfect afternoon with a winning balance of activity and relaxation. Immerse yourself in Cretan culture and of course, fantastic food.

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Rethymno: Traditional Village Bakery Class & Tour w/ Lunch

4. Rethymno: Traditional Village Bakery Class & Tour w/ Lunch

This activity is a combination of a traditional baking class and an experience of the village way of life. Here at Vatos village, potential or experienced "bakers" will be equipped with the tools that they need in order to create delicious village bread. You will focus on mastering the fundamentals as well as discussing traditional techniques as you practice making bread on the stone mill and wood ovens. Your instructor and host is the best around - talented and exceptionally passionate about the craft of baking, she will be more than excited to to pass along her tips, recipe and enthusiasm. The activity will begin with a pick-up from your selected location and you will be driven to Vatos village, where you will arrive at approximately 10:15. You will be taken to the house of Eleftheria (your host), who will greet you with a traditional treat and make you feel welcomed and apart of her family. You will then be taken to a specially arranged cooking spot in order to start your baking lesson, and specifically with the kneading of the bread dough, an approximately 1-hour process. When you have finished, the dough will be left to rest for approximately 45 minutes during which time your village tour will take place. Get to see the village school, the traditional village water faucets, the raki cauldron and "grandma's" traditional kitchen. By the time you return, it will be time to continue with your baking lesson and to shape the bread into its final form. This step takes approximately 1.5-hours and when you are done, the bread will be put in the oven for approximately 45 minutes.    When the baking process comes to an end (at approximately 14:00), you will head towards Vangelio's house, where its owner will invite you into the premise and create a unique family atmosphere. You will first taste your freshly baked bread and enjoy the outcome of your lesson. Vangelio will also teach you about Cretan culture and history, share stories about her family’s life and make you feel just as if you are visiting close relative or friend. Lunch will be served with all the dishes made of genuine pure Cretan products such as olive oil, vegetables, cheese, meat, wine and of course, all the ingredients are fresh and local. The experience will come to an end at approximately 16:00, when you will be driven back to your original starting point.

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Crete: Farm Experience with Cooking Class, Pottery and Meal

5. Crete: Farm Experience with Cooking Class, Pottery and Meal

Experience the traditional Cretan way of living on this private tour. Get picked up from your hotel in Heraklion or Agios Nikolaos and drive through the countryside in a private minibus. A driver and tour guide will accompany you safely and will share stories about the local area with you. Visit traditional villages, walk around hundred-year-old olive trees, and take memorable photos of the majestic landscapes. Then, visit a Cretan farm and learn how its famous olive oil is produced. Collect milk and make your own cheese with the help of the local farmer. Taste it together with other local fresh products. Afterwards, you will join a hands-on cooking class, where you will learn to cook Cretan recipes. Feast on your own creations, which will be accompanied by other local dishes. Finally, participate in a ceramic woskshop and learn how to create pots and ceramics with your own hands. At the end of this experience the driver will take you back to your hotel.

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Rethymno: Full-Day Small-Group Tour with Lunch

6. Rethymno: Full-Day Small-Group Tour with Lunch

Start your Rethymno excursion with a visit to Maria's traditional wood oven bakery, passed down from generation to generation, in the picturesque village of Axos. Here, enjoy a short demonstration on how to make traditional Cretan baked goods, like paximadi, a twice baked bread, and smell the freshly-baked biscuits coming straight out of the oven. Close off this visit with a sip of local Raki, a fragrant, grape-based pomace brandy. Next, continue further into the village and meet another local resident, Mr. Giorgos, who makes spectacular, oversized wooden sculptures. Using wood from local fallen trees, some of his sculptures are three meters high, including the iconic image of Hercules killing the lion of Nemea. Carry on to visit Mrs. Antonia, who is known for her traditional embroidery and weaving techniques. Learn how Cretans have used sheep's wool to create intricate patterns over the decades, and follow the process from start to finish from the spinning of the wool to the weaving in a traditional loom. After another drink of warming Raki, visit the ancient St. George of Diskouri Monastery to learn about Crete's long-standing religious customs. Marvel at the premises, full of colourful flowers, and verdant trees and bushes, all carefully tended to by the nuns. The monastery resembles a small fortress, as it was built during the last period of the Venetian rule when they were protecting the island from the potential invasion of the Turkish army. End your tour with a delicious traditional lunch in the historically important village of Drossia, and in the most famous tavern in the area. Tuck into pork, potatoes, and salad, or a vegetarian option, as your guide recounts the island's history.

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Crete: Cooking Class with Shepherd's Wife

7. Crete: Cooking Class with Shepherd's Wife

Be picked up at your accommodation and travel through the Krousta forest. Be enchanted by its rich fauna and flora as you journey east, towards the settlement of Kalo Horio on the lacy coast of Merambello. Arrive at the shepherd's hut surrounded by mountains. Here you will meet the shepherd’s wife and create unique traditional recipes, such as cheese pies, fresh pasta, stuffed vine leaves, Gamopilafo goat with rice, and much more.

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Chania: Far West Private Day Trip with Food Workshop

8. 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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Crete: Baking Class in Vatos Village

9. Crete: Baking Class in Vatos Village

Experience a unique tour that is part traditional baking class, and part cultural experience in a small village on Crete. Visit Vatos village and take the breadmaking knowledge with you when you leave. Master the fundamentals and learn traditional techniques as you practice making bread using a stone mill and a wood oven. Take a tour of the village while you wait for the dough to rest. See the village school, traditional water faucets, and the cauldron used for making raki. Go back to your dough after 45 minutes and shape the bread into its final form. Move over to a traditional family home where you'll savor a home-cooked lunch of Cretan food alongside your freshly-baked bread.

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Crete: Cooking Class in an Authentic Village House

10. Crete: Cooking Class in an Authentic Village House

Visit a traditional home in Vatos Village, where your local Cretan host will share all the knowledge of her family and traditional Cretan home. Taste freshly baked bread from a traditional oven. Chat with your host while you taste and enjoy some traditional Cretan meze snacks, wine, and Cretan raki. Afterwards, head to the kitchen, where you will learn how to make traditional Cretan dishes from your host. All guests will be given aprons, and most cooking ingredients will be readily available in the kitchen area. Your host will guide you through the whole procedure, allowing everyone to master their cooking skills. While you're waiting for your lunch to cook, you can relax and have a chat with those around you.

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What people are saying about Crete

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 10 reviews

My 7 year old son and I just returned home to California from our month long stay in Greece, with one of those weeks staying on the stunning island of Crete, and while we were there we had the wonderful opportunity to do several tours/excursions with this amazing company and I can’t put into words just how much fun we had with every last person associated with G S Tours!! First we headed out to the White Mountains and had the pleasure of spending the evening with the awesome Ioannis, Pantelis, and Eleftheria, learning first hand how to prepare the most DELICIOUS true Cretan meal!!! We cooked together, laughed together, and learned together… we learned about their beautiful country and all of the wonders of Crete… both from a historical perspective with Ioannis’s amazing account of where Crete has come from over the last several thousand years, and also from a social perspective by learning about all of the fabulous traditions and cultural aspects of the lovely Cretan people!

It was a very nice evening for us. We had a nice group and a great guide. We have cooked various vegetarian classics from the regional cuisine. The individual slopes can also be carried out without any problems for people who otherwise do not have to cook. There is also a lot of interesting information about the products, the country and the people. Oh yes, and it tasted good in the end.

It was absolutely awesome! We were a dozen young adults. Departure at 4 p.m., return at 10:30 p.m. from the center of Chania. The guide Yanis is really exceptional, kind and passionate! we cooked in a fabulous place, met beautiful people, ate, did a wine tasting and talked about history. To do.

We really enjoyed this experience. It was in a beautiful setting with a very knowledgeable guide who was very passionate. Ioannis definitely knows a lot and you could ask him many questions about Crete, not just about food.

This was one of the best tours I have ever done! From the gorgeous ride up the mountain, to the scenic mountain views, to sharing a delicious meal the entire group helped create. Everyone should do this tour!