Whether you're strolling, eating, or both, you'll get a full taste of Greek culture and history on this 13-day itinerary. After a mythology tour in Athens, go down to the island of Rhodes to get lost in its medieval old town. Follow that with a trip to Crete for more history and interactive olive grove and vineyard experiences, then tours through Corfu's food and architectural scenes before you return to Athens.
Your first destination is a local family vineyard set in the scenic foothills of the White Mountains. A wine specialist will introduce the local grape varieties and teach you about the island's wine history. You'll also taste other Greek wines and discover some of the country's heritage and indigenous grapes.
The next stop is a traditional Cretan mountain village to explore a family-operated cheese factory. After a tour of the facility and learning about the cheesemaking process, you'll enjoy a delicious tasting. Try some of the island's most popular cheeses, including Graviera, Anthotiros, and Mizithra. Along with your cheese, enjoy bread and the local spirit, raki–tsikoudia.
After your tasting, you'll head to another local winery to try the award-winning Romeiko variety. You can also taste other popular and unique grapes, including Vidiano, Vilana, Malvazia, and Kotsifali. This winery offers a magnificent view of the White Mountains, an underground cave cellar, and an impressive art gallery. View an ancient 500-year-old treadle and other traditional Cretan exhibits.
Before heading back to Chania, you'll return to the humble Cretan village for a lunch of traditional rural cuisine. Taste some more wine or simply relax in the town's peaceful ambiance.
Itineraries with Chania Food & Wine Tasting Tour
Both Rhodes and Crete dwarf most of the other Greek islands, and you'll see some of their expansive contents with this eight-day itinerary. See the medieval history and villages of Rhodes, then sample ancient palace life and wines on Crete before your return to Athens.