Food Tour of Crete

Cretan olives fresh from the harvest
Crete is not only the largest of the Greek islands, but it has one of the most interesting food cultures as well. 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. 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 fare 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 of the fresh oil, learning about what distinguishes Cretan virgin olive oil from those of 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. The tour ends at a second olive oil press, this one home to a rarer organic olive oil, and concludes with a traditional lunch in a local taverna.

Intineraries 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.

Athens and Crete Family Adventure - 10 Days

Hippocrates prescribed trips to the Cretan seaside for ancient Greeks to treat various maladies, believing the air had healing powers. Take your family to take the waters with this 10-day itinerary. You'll visit the beaches of the port city of Chania and inland to the traditional Vamos village, where the fresh food and sea breezes are sure to cure whatever troubles you may have brought with you.

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, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 15 Days

Start and end in Athens but spend most of your time in the islands with this active 15-day itinerary. Whether you're scaling up to the tops of the cliffs on Tinos or down into Samaria Gorge on Crete, or catching a wave along the way, this trip will keep you moving.

Athens and Crete Family Adventure - 12 Days

Come to Crete with childlike enthusiasm on this 12-day itinerary. After an Athenian mythology tour, the island awaits you, with Venetian architecture, sprawling natural landscapes, historic stone villages, and more ready to be explored.

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.

Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 16 Days

Get ready to hike, bike, and swim your way around Athens and some of Greece's most beautiful islands. Begin and end your journey in the ancient capital, where you'll see history from the seat of your bicycle. Then soak up the beauty and culture of Naxos on horseback, learn to surf on the hidden gem of Tinos, and trek through Crete's spectacular Samaria Gorge. Reward yourself with one last Aegean sunset at the Temple of Poseidon.

Athens and Crete Family Adventure - 13 Days

Bring the whole family for 13 days of exploring the ABCs of Crete with this itinerary. After discovering the myths of the Acropolis in Athens, you'll fly to Greece's largest island to discover its architecture, beaches, culinary arts, and more via walking tours, beach days, cooking classes, and even a horseback ride.

Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 23 Days

Take your time exploring Greece by bike, horse, kayak, and much more on this 23-day adventure. You'll pedal along the shores of the Athenian Riviera and learn traditional fishing techniques on the Saronic Gulf before heading for the Cyclades. There, you'll learn to surf on Tinos and go scuba diving on Naxos before making your way to Crete for some hiking, cooking, and beach time. Finally, travel back to the mainland for a visit to some fascinating historical sites at Sounion, Mycenae, and Nafplio.

Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 24 Days

You'll have plenty of time to bike, hike, surf, and explore the country of Greece in every possible manner on this 24-day itinerary. Whether you're pedaling past beaches or hiking up the Pindos mountains, the mainland has plenty to offer before you head off to the Cyclades. Climb and dive through the islands of Tinos and Naxos, then learn to cook on Crete before you return to the mainland for a visit to coastal Nafplio.

Athens and Crete Family Adventure - 11 Days

Dwarf mammoths used to roam over the hills of Crete, and while they unfortunately have since gone extinct, the smaller members of your family can check out their old stomping groups with this 11-day itinerary. You'll trek over the expanse of the Samaria Gorge, explore the stone villages of Apokoronas and Vamos, and even learn how to take some of the food from your travels home with you in a cooking class in the Botanic Garden.