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Crete Hiking Tour with Cooking Classes

Explore the Wonders of Crete: Unforgettable Trails and Culinary Adventures

Length

7 Days

Group size

4-12 travelers

Travel style

Wanderer

Crete: Active Taste Adventures - 7 Days

Trip highlights

Hike the famous Samaria Gorge

Traditional Cretan cooking class

Charming old towns Chania & Rethymno

E-biking through Cretan landscape

The Feast experience

Meals and beverages included

Private hiking tours almost daily

Experience traditional Cretan farming

Slow food cooking experience

Crete is one of the most famous islands in Greece. While it is well-known for its Mediterranean cuisine, it is also famous for its amazing hiking trails and landscapes. Get to experience both in this 7-day tour of Crete.

You will stay in the Old Towns of Chania and Rethymno during your trip. Every day a new activity awaits you. Explore the unique landscape by bike or on foot and taste the authentic Cretan cuisine through cooking classes and other culinary experiences.

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.

Travel information: Airport Chania (from there we can organize 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
✔ Sustainable travel, avoiding mass tourism sights

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Every booking supports local communities through a small donation to our V Social Foundation. By clicking on this link, you can find out more about these projects.

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Itinerary

Chania Port
Welcome dinner Athens
Chania

Meals Included: Dinner

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

Welcome to Crete! Today is the start of your trip and you will arrive in Chania. Your tour guide will welcome you at the hotel in the evening for a short tour, during which you can get to know the winding alleyways of this enchanting town. Afterwards, a first dinner awaits you, where you will have a first taste of traditional Crete cuisine.

Yamas and welcome to Crete!

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Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transportation: Private Bus (3:00h), By Foot (3:30h)

Ready for your first full day on Crete? After a filling breakfast, you will drive by bus to the starting point of your first hike. Enjoy the lush landscape and the enchanting springs of Tromarisa during your two hour hike.

After your hike you will get the ultimate Slow Food experience. Get to know the tavern Dounias, where you will be able to experience activities like picking olives, feeding the farm animals and collecting vegetables from the garden. The farmers will cook a delicious meal with the produce you collected using a special slow cooking technique - without any electricity! Gather around a big table and enjoy the lunch you helped prepare! Did you know that in Greece dishes are shared when eating together?

After returning to the hotel and resting for a bit you will have dinner together at one of the many authentic taverns in Chania.

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Samaria Gorge Crete

Samaria Gorge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transportation: Private Bus (1:00h), By Foot (5:00h), Boat (1:00h)

Today you will hike the famous Samaria Gorge, so prepare yourself for some unique natural spectacles! You will finish the hike around the afternoon and perhaps you will also have some time for a swim - a perfect reward for this challenging day!

You will then take a small boat to the picturesque bay of Sfakia. There, small fishing boats rock gently on the waves. From there your bus will bring you back to Rethymno where you will enjoy a tasty well-earned dinner in the evening.

Hiking information: Length: 16 km, difference in altitude: 1200 m, hiking time: 5 hours

Terrain: Steep descent. The terrain is uneven. The entire hike is not recommended for people with knee problems, diabetes (instability) or similar health impairments. We advise against open footwear (e.g. sandals or flip-flops) and recommend sturdy, sure-footed and closed hiking boots.

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Soap making with olive oil

Myli Gorge e-bike tour

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

New day, new activity!

Today you will discover Crete by bike! On a bike tour in the Arkadi region, you can enjoy the cool wind and make small stops to hear interesting anecdotes along the way.

Afterwards, you can rest over lunch in a taverna.

Then it's time 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!

After this eventful day, you will enjoy a relaxed dinner with delicious Cretan food.

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Kamihis farm

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The day starts with a hike around the mountain Plirotis. You will take in the breathtaking scenery and also learn a thing or two about the local herbs, fruit and vegetables growing in the region.

After your hike, you will drive by bus to meet one of the local shepherds. See how cheese is made, how the vegetables he grows there are cultivated and maybe also visit the distillery, where the local product Tsikoudia is made! How exciting to meet locals of this region and enjoy your lunch there.

After returning to your hotel and resting for a bit you will get to participate in a Cretan cooking class in the evening, where you will learn all about the traditional dishes and get to prepare your own dinner!

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Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

Explore the Southern region of Rethymno today, while doing a hike around the region of Preveli. Explore the island while discovering unbeaten paths and end your hike at the beautiful Preveli beach. Maybe you are in the mood for a dip in the water?

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

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Rethymno Crete

Meals Included: Breakfast

Transportation: Private Taxi (0:30h)

A last breakfast is scheduled for today before you set off to leave Greece behind you for the time being. Blissfully, you look back on unforgettable moments and unique memories and swear to yourself on the way to the airport that you will come back to continue travelling the real Greece.

Or would you prefer not to fly back home just yet? Then why not spend a few more days here or maybe in Athens? Whatever you decide to do, our travel specialists will help you discover the most beautiful places.

Dates & Prices

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15

Sep

2024

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Sep

2024

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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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15

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2024

21

Sep

2024

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2025

17

May

2025

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New departure! : Due to high demand, we are offering this newly opened departure date!

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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11

May

2025

17

May

2025

New departure!

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Available

From

USD 2,187

USD 2,296


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Desired date not available? Get in touch with us! We will be happy to organize alternative travel dates for your private trip with family or friends (min. 4 people). Trust our experts and experience unforgettable moments. Contact us

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Single Room Supplement

When booking online, you can choose accommodation in a "single room" with a surcharge, or alternatively we will be happy to help you find a room partner of the same gender. To do this, select "Share room (if possible)". If no other participant chooses this option, you will be accommodated in a single room and feast will take care of 50% of the supplement (you only have to pay the other 50% of the supplement). We will inform you about one month before the start of the trip whether we have found a room partner. Please note that if you book the last available place or book at short notice, we can only confirm the "half double room" if a suitable room partner has already registered. Otherwise, we will offer the single room at the full price.

What's included

All transfers during the trip (comfortable, air-conditioned minibus)

All described activities & entrance fees

Travel documents, detailed information and recommendations on what to take with you

All Meals as specified in the programme

Tour guide on site

Overnight stays in half double room (as standard) - single room available at an extra charge

Overnight tax

10 EUR donation to the VSocial Foundation to support community projects https://www.vsocialfoundation.org/

Lots of fun and experiences!

What's not included

Arrival and departure, transfer from the airport or railway station

Additional drinks

Tips

Travel cancellation and travel health insurance

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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