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The Miracle of Wine and Olive Oil: Day Tour from Chania

1. The Miracle of Wine and Olive Oil: Day Tour from Chania

Travel through stunning natural landscapes up into the mountains of the Kissamos region on this 7-hour tour from Chania. Stop at a traditional family winery, established in 1993, and learn about the varieties of wine they produce and their ideas for modern farming processes and wine production. Taste award-winning local Vidiano, Muscat of Spina and some international varieties such as Grenache rouge, Syrah and Mourvèdre that each have a unique taste due the local terroir. Next you’ll visit a traditional village and see the oldest olive tree in the world, with an estimated age of 3,000 years. This is a day filled with tasting different wine expressions of noble grapes and a variety of delicious foods. Head to another winery in the Kissamos region to taste a special local blend of white wines with Vilana, Vidiano and Assyrtiko varieties. Walk through the idyllic landscape of the vineyards and visit the family’s olive oil factory. Learn about extra virgin olive oil production. The wine tasting here will be accompanied by a tasting of extra virgin olive oils and local pure products, creating combinations your palate will never forget. You’ll also learn the Cretan way of saying goodbye drinking the award-winning Tsikoudia.

From Rethymno: Lake Kournas and Villages Full-Day Tour

2. From Rethymno: Lake Kournas and Villages Full-Day Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Rethymno, and then journey by bus to the stone church in Kotsifu Gorge. Marvel at the steep cliffs and dramatic rock formations of the canyon, and then make your way to the historic plateau of Askifou. Stop to take souvenir photos of beautiful Plakias Bay, and then drive up into the mountains to visit the traditional village of Kallikrati. Swim in the deep blue waters of the Libyan sea. Stop for a coffee in the village of Argyroupolis near the Roman site of Lappa and marvel at the waterfalls. Next, go to beautiful Lake Kournas and enjoy a well-deserved traditional lunch in a typical village tavern at your own expense. Get a magnificent view of the lake and mountains before you drive back to Rethymno and get dropped off at your hotel.

Georgioupolis Safari Discover The Cretan Culture

3. Georgioupolis Safari Discover The Cretan Culture

This tour is for those who would like to get to know Cretan culture and traditions while enjoying a four-hour off-road excursion. You will visit a modern olive mill, so that you can see how olive oil is produced, and you can also enjoy the opportunity to sample some of the oils. After this, you will explore some myths and stories hidden You also learn about the history of a 400-year-old tower which was built by the most fearsome Turkish Janissary and is still almost intact to this day. After that you will climb 600 metres above sea-level on an off-road route. You will travel through the Lefka Ori woods and you will be stunned by the panoramic views from the trail. Later, you will meet a shepherd who will show you how Cretan cheeses are made and you can try some of the cheeses he makes himself.   Finally, the evening will come to a close with a traditional evening meal. There will be lots of food and traditional dishes for everyone to enjoy, and the evening will leave you with fond memories of your day spent exploring Crete. 

Cretan Olive Oil Tasting and Food Pairing

4. Cretan Olive Oil Tasting and Food Pairing

About During the first part, the visitors will taste 3 samples of Savouidakis Extra Virgin Olive Oils which come from Koroneiki variety of Crete and will learn how to recognize their positive characteristics, «fruity", "bitter", "spicy". They will also learn how to recognize a defective olive oil from a quality one -by tasting 2 extra samples- and in the last part of the session we will discuss on how we can make our cooking recipes boost by simply using the right olive oil. What makes this activity unique? If you are an olive oil lover, our workshop is designed for you! Have you ever thought that olive oil could hide so many pleasant flavors and aromas? Did you ever imagine that each food recipe needs its specific olive oil? Have you ever wondered whether the olive oil you choose for your table is of good quality or not? By attending our workshop all the above questions will be answered and you are going to discover the positive aspects of extra virgin olive oil that you did not know they existed. Feel free to enjoy our "Love at First Tasting" experience.

Cretan Olive Oil Tasting

5. Cretan Olive Oil Tasting

About Our Visitors can experience a guided olive oil tasting session by an educated olive oil taster- in our visitable area in Agia Varvara. In our facilities they will also be able to watch step by step everything that has to do with olive oil labeling and storage. What makes this activity unique? It is of major importance for our customer to be able to judge and select the finest Olive Oil for their table. But we here to provide something more than that. We want to educate people to judge a quality olive oil instead of a defective one. We are dreaming of people accepting nothing less than quality olive oil for their daily nutrition. We invite our guests to embark on a delicious journey which will absolutely stimulate their senses. Above all trying Savouidakis Products is a “Love at First Tasting” Experience.

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4.5 / 5

based on 18 reviews

It was a great tour!! I highly recommend it to anyone interested in wine. You get insights into the production of olive oil and can taste it together with wines from the region. Is also suitable for beginners. There was also a detour to the oldest olive tree in the world.

It was a perfect day, our driver was very sweet and attentive and my fellow companions were a fun and kind group. The two wineries we visited were different but both had wonderful wines to taste paired with some delicious snacks. I enjoyed the experience immensely!

Great day overall. We got to taste some lovely wines as well as learn about the olive oil making process. Our tour guide was excellent and kept us informed and entertained all day. He was very knowledgeable about the wines and the area also.

Lovely wineries, and great guide: very knowledgeable, friendly, engaged & engaging!

Great tour either beautiful views. Would recommend!