1. 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.