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Dakos Crete Greece

Cooking Class in Crete

A Journey Through Ancient Tastes and Modern Cuisine on the island of Crete

Length

7 Days

Group size

4-12 travelers

Travel style

Insider

Crete: A Culinary Discovery - 7 Days

Trip highlights

Olive oil tasting

Experience traditional Cretan farming

Cretan cuisine cooking class

Winery visit & tasting

The Feast experience

Meals and beverages included

Street food tour in Chania

Plant-light-show in botanical garden

Soap making workshop with olive oil

On your 7-day culinary tour of Crete, you will discover the culture and cuisine of the largest Greek island.

You will stay in the picturesque old towns of Chania and Rethymno. In addition, you will get to know authentic Crete in different ways every day: For example, through cooking workshops or visits to regional producers. Of course, you will also taste the famous Cretan wine during a visit to one of the best-known wineries.

Still not enough? Extend your stay by a few days wherever you like.

You can be sure that Crete will enchant you with its authentic and diverse nature and show you a Greece that hardly any other tourist experiences.

Depending on local conditions, the order of the visits can be changed, but the entire programme will be adhered to.

Accommodation may be subject to change depending on availability and season.

Destinations: • Chania • Vatolakkos • Drakona • Rethymno • Zaros

Arrival information: You can fly to Chania Airport. From there we can organise a transfer for you to the hotel.

Why book with Feast?

✔ Experts for culinary discoveries in the Mediterranean
✔ Book with confidence: 20 years of experience VTT
✔ Small groups of 4-12 travellers
✔ All experiences, meals, guides and daily transfers included
✔ Sustainable travel, avoiding mass tourism sights
✔ Complete and flexible rescheduling without inconvenience, complexity, and stress with our Flexi option.

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Itinerary

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Samaria Gorge hike

Embark on a day hike through the Samaria Gorge in Crete and get ready for an exhilarating adventure. Starting early in the morning, you traverse the 16-kilometer trail, pass through diverse terrains, from shaded forests to rocky pathways. As you near the end, you arrive to the coastal village of Agia Roumeli. Here, you can relax with a swim in the Libyan Sea or enjoy local cuisine at a taverna. In the evening, you will return to the hotel and relax after this exciting day. Your hike concludes with a ferry ride from Agia Roumeli to Sfakia, offering stunning coastal views. The Samaria Gorge hike is a must-do for nature enthusiasts and adventurers, blending physical challenge with breathtaking natural beauty. If you are an experienced hiker or interested in hiking the whole Samaria Gorge (around 16km), this Add-on is for you. This Add-on will be accompanied by an experienced Hiking Leader. It depends on availability and season if it is organized as a private tour or with a group. Entrance fee, boat tickets and meals are not included. A minimum of 2 persons is needed for this add-on.

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EUR 59

Kreta Rundreise Chania
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Loutro Crete

Welcome Dinner

Meals Included: Dinner

Transportation: Private Taxi (0:30h), By Foot (2:00h)

Today is the day you arrive on magical Crete! Get ready to meet your guide later in the afternoon. Once you've received a warm welcome at the hotel, it's time to dive straight into the beauty of Chania with an exciting orientation tour.

You will then get to know your fellow travellers better at a welcome dinner in an authentic taverna. With good conversation, fantastic food and a glass of tsikoudia, get in the mood for your time on the gods' favourite island - Yamas and welcome to Crete!

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Hassan Pascha Mosque

Wine Tasting

Street food tour Chania

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transportation: Private Bus (1:00h), By Foot (4:00h)

Get ready for an exciting day exploring Chania on foot! The adventure kicks off with a city tour, weaving through the picturesque harbour, past the iconic lighthouse, and onwards to the historic mosque and vibrant leather street. Pause for a refreshing break with an ice-cold frappé coffee, soaking in the lively atmosphere.

The day continues with a street food tour, where you'll indulge in some of Crete's most famous delicacies, like the sweet or savory kaltsounia.

Come lunchtime, prepare to be whisked away to the renowned Manousakis winery, a gem of Crete. Here, a guided tour awaits, followed by a tasting session featuring the finest Cretan wines.

Afterward, return to Chania with time to unwind and soak in the charming ambiance of this coastal gem.

As the sun sets, gather once more for a memorable evening, savoring another delightful meal together in the heart of Chania.

Chania
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Collect vegetables from farm

Visit honey farm

Farm to Table Lunch

Slow food cooking without electricity

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Transportation: Private Bus (2:00h), By Foot (4:00h)

Get ready for the ultimate Slow Food adventure today. After breakfast, our minibus will take you to the Dounias farm. This isn't just a visit—it's an immersive experience. There you can pick olives, interact with farm animals, explore their honey farm, and harvest fresh vegetables from the garden.

The farmers will then cook a meal using a traditional slow cooking technique that doesn't rely on electricity. Imagine the aroma of freshly prepared dishes made with ingredients you helped gather. Gather around a big table with everyone and indulge in a shared meal—a true taste of Greek hospitality.

After lunch, why not stretch your legs with a scenic hike through the nearby countryside? If you're up to it, you can soak in the stunning views of the area and enjoy a walk though the nature.

Once you've returned to the hotel, you'll have some well-deserved free time to explore charming Chania at your own pace.

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Olive oil trip photo

Visit Exotic Fruit Farm

Monastery Agia Triada

Soap Making with olive oil

Stavros Beach

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ready for some history and culture? Your knowledgable guide will take you to the iconic sights that Chania is renowned for, starting with the Agia Triada Monastery on the enchanting Akrotiri peninsula, which is considered the most impressive monastery of the Venetian era. You will also visit the famous Stavros beach, where Anthony Quinn dances the sirtaki in the film 'Zorbas the Greek'. Maybe you are up for a dance yourself?

Next up is a visit to a local producer who will show you how he grows mangos, lychees, and other exotic fruits right here on the island of Crete. You will for sure be surprised that these tropical fruits grow on the island. Maybe you will also taste some of the delicious fruit!

After having a delicious lunch together, you will drive to Rethymno where you will be staying the rest of your trip. Get ready to immerse yourself in local life: Together you will make fresh soap from local olive oil. During a workshop with the Kotzanioglou family, you will follow all the steps of the soap-making process and take your own product home with you at the end!

As the sun sets, you’ll enjoy a delightful dinner at an authentic taverna in Rethymno.

Rethymno
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Plants Light Show in Botanical Garden

Visit Botanical Garden

Filo pastry making

Farm to Table Dinner

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transportation: Private Bus (1:00h), By Foot (3:00h)

Time to explore Rethymno! You will take a stroll through the old town and get to know the city. During your walk, you will also get a chance to visit a traditional bakery, where you will see how filo pastry is traditionally made - and also have a taste of the famous sweet baklava.

Are you feeling more adventurous? Then book an e-bike tour instead! You'll uncover the hidden gems of Crete on an exhilarating bike tour at the Myli gorge and the surrounding areas. Feel the rush of the cool wind as you pedal through picturesque landscapes, stopping along the way to hear captivating stories and fascinating anecdotes from your guide.

After lunch at an authentic taverna, you will have some time to rest and get ready for a really special visit: Maravel Garden. You will learn all about different kinds of herbs and plants in the botanical garden and have dinner prepared for you with vegetables from the garden. But the real highlight will be the light plant show once it gets dark. This is something you cannot miss!

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Kamihis farm
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Traditional Cretan Cooking Class

Introduction to farm life

Cheese and Pie Making Workshop

Farm to Table Lunch on Farm

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transportation: Private Bus (3:30h), By Foot (0:30h)

Another exciting day awaits you today. After a stop for a traditional Greek coffee with views of Psiloritis mountain you will drive to Kamihis farm. There you will have the opportunity to experience farm life and also to participate at a cheese and pie making workshop! Mihalis will make your stay an unforgettable one with plenty of Greek hospitality. Be a farmer for a day and gather around the big table to have lunch together at the farm.

After resting a bit at the hotel back in Rethymno you will do a Cretan cooking class in the evening and enjoy a self-made farewell dinner.

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Meals Included: Breakfast

After your last breakfast on Greece's largest island, you prepare for your trip back home.

From the plane, take one last look at the sparkling blue sea and the thousand islands in it - you are no longer a tourist on one of them, but have long since made it your home.

Perhaps you would rather not fly back home yet, but extend your trip. Our guides will be happy to give you further tips and advice for an extended stay.

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Samaria Gorge hike

Embark on a day hike through the Samaria Gorge in Crete and get ready for an exhilarating adventure. Starting early in the morning, you traverse the 16-kilometer trail, pass through diverse terrains, from shaded forests to rocky pathways. As you near the end, you arrive to the coastal village of Agia Roumeli. Here, you can relax with a swim in the Libyan Sea or enjoy local cuisine at a taverna. In the evening, you will return to the hotel and relax after this exciting day. Your hike concludes with a ferry ride from Agia Roumeli to Sfakia, offering stunning coastal views. The Samaria Gorge hike is a must-do for nature enthusiasts and adventurers, blending physical challenge with breathtaking natural beauty. If you are an experienced hiker or interested in hiking the whole Samaria Gorge (around 16km), this Add-on is for you. This Add-on will be accompanied by an experienced Hiking Leader. It depends on availability and season if it is organized as a private tour or with a group. Entrance fee, boat tickets and meals are not included. A minimum of 2 persons is needed for this add-on.

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Pilot trip: A pilot trip is the first time a new trip takes place. There might be some bumps along the way - but that's part of the adventure, right? We ask participants to share their feedback with us and to be open to appear in potential publicity photos or videos for the trip. In exchange, we offer a fantastic price!

German speaking tour: This trip will be held in German.

Guide

Alexandra

Alexandra

Your guide for this tour

Alexandra ist in Nordgriechenland im Schatten des Olympus aufgewachsen. Ihre Liebe zur Natur und den Bergen entwickelte sich in jungem Alter bei Wanderungen auf den Gottesberg. Nach ihrem Studium auf Korfu und verzaubert von Licht und Landschaft ist sie nach Kreta umgezogen. Kleine Dinge wie Steine, Krauter, Insekten geben ihrem Forschungsdrang Stoff, um Zusammenhänge zu erkunden. Immer mit Respekt zur Landschaft und Tradition, sucht Alexandra die Harmonie zwischen Natur und Kultur.

The indicated flight times and airlines may change, as we have to plan well in advance of the day of departure.


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2024

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2024

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2024

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English speaking tour: This trip is being conducted in English.

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Your guide for this tour

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The tour guide for this trip will be announced shortly. Our guides are culinary specialists of the Mediterranean area, and are at least bilingual. Each of our guides is unique and brings their own personal touch to the trips, so you can discover the region as if you were travelling with a friend!

The indicated flight times and airlines may change, as we have to plan well in advance of the day of departure.

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Single Room Supplement

When booking online, you can choose the option "share room (if possible)". If no other participant chooses this option, you will be accommodated in a single room. The cost of the single room is EUR 320 and Feast will in that case pay 50% of the single room supplement, the rest will need to be covered by you. We will notify you approximately one month before the start of the tour.

What's included

All transfers during the trip

All described activities & entrance fees

Overnight stays in half double room

Daily breakfast

10 meals: Lunch/dinner (5 in typical local taverns, 3 farm to table, 1 street food tour, 1 cooking class)

German/English-speaking Feast tour guide on site

German/English-speaking local guides

Overnight tax

Travel documents, detailed information and packing tips

Your trip supports the Ventura TRAVEL project for holistic environmental protection

Small daily extras: the Feast+

What's not included

Arrival and departure

Drinks with the included meals

FAQs

If the traveller withdraws before the start of the trip or does not start the trip, Ventura loses the right to the travel price. Instead, Ventura may demand reasonable compensation from the traveller. This shall not apply if Ventura is responsible for the cancellation or if unavoidable, extraordinary circumstances occur at the destination or in its immediate vicinity, which significantly impair the performance of the package tour or the transport of persons to the destination; circumstances are unavoidable and extraordinary if they are beyond the control of the party invoking them and their consequences could not have been avoided even if all reasonable precautions had been taken.

Ventura has defined this claim for compensation to which it is entitled in the following cancellation fees. The calculation is made taking into account the time of the cancellation declared by the traveller up to the contractually agreed start of the trip, the expected saving of expenses and the expected acquisition through alternative use of the travel services. The compensation shall be calculated as follows according to the time of receipt of the declaration of cancellation by Ventura or the travel agent:

a) General cancellation fee (as a percentage of the travel price):

For bookings in the CLASSIC fare: up to 65 days before departure 20% from the 64th to 30th day before departure 25% 45% from the 29th to 15th day before departure from the 14th to 7th day before departure 60% from the 6th day before departure 80% 90% on the day of departure and in the event of a no-show

For bookings in the FLEXI fare: up to 65 days before departure 0% from the 64th to the 45th day before departure 10% from the 44th to the 30th day before departure 20% from 29 days before departure, the cancellation fees are identical to those of the CLASSIC rate

b) Special cancellation fee:

Special offers/specials, individually prepared package tours and group tours may be subject to special cancellation conditions, to which explicit reference is made in the respective service description or travel advertisement/offer and the travel confirmation in accordance with Art. 250 §§ 3, 6 EGBGB.

Ventura reserves the right to demand higher, specifically calculated compensation instead of the above cancellation flat rates, insofar as Ventura can prove the occurrence of significantly higher expenses than the applicable cancellation flat rate.

We advise you to take out travel cancellation insurance, as it can always happen that you are unable to travel shortly before the departure date due to unforeseen illness, an accident or for other reasons. Repatriation assistance insurance is strongly recommended!

If you pay for your Feast trip with your VISA credit card, you are normally insured, but please ask your bank to confirm this. If you do not wish to take out insurance, Feast cannot be held liable.

Feast's travel insurance offer:

We offer 3 types of insurance (cancellation cover/all-round cover/travel cover) when you book online through our partner HanseMerkur. Of course, you can also contact other insurance companies of your choice.

The following links will take you to the insurance booking portal. After booking, you will receive your insurance documents and invoice directly from our partner HanseMerkur.

For Germany, Austria and Belgium, click here https://secure.hmrv.de/rvw-ba/initBa.jsp?baid=419&adnr=4562815&fTypId=0&locale=de_DE

For Switzerland, click here https://secure.hmrv.de/rvw-ba/initBa.jsp?baid=800&adnr=4577797&fTypId=0&st=HMINT&locale=de_CH&mId=21

You can book your travel insurance at any time from the moment you book your trip up to 30 days before the start of your trip.

No, all our tours include an individual journey in order to avoid unnecessary national bundled flights and to give you the opportunity to organise your journey individually.

We are happy to help you plan and decide on flights, train connections or intermediate stages.

If you need a transfer from the airport or train station, we can organise this for you.

A deposit of 20% of the tour price is due upon receipt of the invoice. Please transfer the remaining payment no later than 21 days before departure. Bank transfers from Germany and other EU countries via IBAN and BIC are fast and inexpensive. You can also pay conveniently by credit card.

According to our terms and conditions, we can cancel the trip if the minimum number of participants is not reached up to 21 days before the start of the trip. As a rule, we will inform you one month in advance to discuss alternatives. You can then, for example, choose another date or an alternative trip. If these options are not suitable for you, we will refund the full travel costs already paid. However, it is rare that a trip cannot be realised. As soon as a trip is guaranteed to take place, we will highlight this on our "Dates & Prices" page.

You can start organising and booking your journey as soon as we have confirmed that the trip is guaranteed to take place. This happens at the latest approx. 30 days before the start of the trip. If the minimum number of participants has already been reached, you will of course be informed immediately.

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