Though it still belongs to the Greek archipelago, Crete has a distinct character all its own (and the size to prove it). Explore the island's western Chania region on this 9-day itinerary from its craggy gorges to bright blue lakes and seafront. You'll also visit historic villages, learn about olive oil production, relax on Mediterranean beaches, ride horses, and sample fresh food along the way as you see what sets Crete apart from the pack.
Next, you'll make your way toward the village of Vrises and enjoy a tour of a traditional distillery. The local spirit tsikoudia (or raki) is a staple in every household. Learn the secrets behind its production, visiting both traditional and modern parts of the facility. To truly understand the drink, you need to taste it! Enjoy other local Cretan products as you sip the liquor.
The next stop is the village of Emprosneros with an ancient theater and the hidden church of St. Antony. You'll learn the history of the town before visiting its local cheese factory. Discover Crete's traditional cheesemaking process and taste several local varieties, including Graviera, Mizithra, and Anthotiros. Enjoy your tasting with olive oil, warm bread, and Cretan biscuits.
Then, enjoy lunch in a traditional kafeneio in the village of Fres. As you eat, you'll meet some of the town's locals and learn about their daily life in the Greek countryside. Savor the authentic experience and see a unique side of Crete.
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Itineraries with Cretan Villages Food and Culture Tour
Over 10 days you will discover Greece's best islands, learn about ancient Greek mythologies, watch the sunset over Santorini during a cruise, and much more. The trip will start with two days and a city tour in Athens before heading to Greece's most famous archeological site, Delphi, and then to Meteora which is home to spectacular clifftop monasteries. We then head to the islands, starting with a few days in Santorini before taking a ferry to Crete where you'll learn about the local history and culture of Chania during a village tour.
Take an agricultural journey with this week-long trip to two of Greece's most dynamic islands. After your first night in Athens, you'll ferry to Naxos for an immersive food tour, then onward to Crete to see working olive groves, the seasonal harvest, and historic villages.
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.
Spend just over two weeks eating Greek delicacies to your heart's content with this food- and culture-focused itinerary. You'll visit four Greek islands, starting in the Cyclades and then heading down to Crete, with a culinary experience on each guaranteed to increase both your knowledge of Greek cuisine and ability to make your own once you've returned home.