Food Tour of Crete

Crete is not only the largest of the Greek islands, but it also has one of the most interesting food cultures. For most of its history, Cretans subsisted on a diet of fresh produce, dairy products like yogurt, honey, olive oil, red wine, and other Mediterranean ingredients. However, as living standards improved in the mid-20th century, they began adding more poultry, fish, and red meat to their diet, effectively rounding out their cuisine and making for some of the freshest, tastiest fares anywhere in the islands. This guided tour reveals insight into Cretan food culture and includes visits with farmers in traditional villages, like Vamos, to learn about the local cuisine and sample their products. 

The tour begins at an olive oil factory, where visitors glean insight into the production process and sample some fresh oil, learning about what distinguishes Cretan virgin olive oil from other regions. Next is a visit to a local cheesemaker to learn about the production of graviera cheese (a slightly sweet, hard sheep cheese), which includes free samples as well as a bit of raki—a grape-based spirit that's also Crete's national drink. Finally, the tour ends at a second olive oil press, home to a rarer organic olive oil, and concludes with a traditional lunch in a local taverna.

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Itineraries with Food Tour of Crete

Athens and Crete Family Adventure - 14 Days

Spend two weeks taking your family through the largest of the Greek islands with this Crete-focused itinerary. After a quick stop in Athens, you'll head out to the town of Chania to explore Crete from all angles, whether you're on a trek through the natural beauty of the Samaria Gorge, historic village tour, or interactive food experience.

Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 17 Days

From Athens to Crete, you'll do more than hang out beachside on the 17-day version of this itinerary.  Watch the sunset over the Temple of Poseidon, hike the lunar landscape of Volax, bike past the beaches of Naxos, and trek the Samaria Gorge in the Cretan White Mountains. With opportunities to snorkel, ride horses, and other outdoor activities throughout, your trip will end with a culinary excursion in the traditional village of Vamos.

Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 22 Days

Get ready to hike, kayak, and surf your way around the Greek mainland and isles with this 22-day itinerary. In just over three weeks, you'll see the Athenian Riviera by bike, learn traditional fishing techniques from the locals, and spend time surfing and diving on the beaches of Tinos and Naxos. Along the way, you'll trek through the lunar landscape of Volax and Crete's beautiful Samaria Gorge before returning to the mainland for a dose of history and ancient mythology.