Let this 10-day itinerary take you through some of Greece's most interesting island artifacts. You'll hear the myths of the Acropolis, hike the ancient castles and villages of Rhodes, then finish up with both the culinary and Classical history of Crete before you depart.
Your hosts will greet you as you arrive at the farm. The tour starts outside in the groves, where you'll learn about harvesting the olives and the importance of timing in the process. As you stroll through the fields, you'll discover organic farming techniques and how the farmers cultivate the trees.
Next, head inside into the mill's factory, where you'll learn how to extract the oil from the plant. There are two methods, a traditional technique of pressing the olives and a more modern procedure using cold extraction. Enjoy watching the process in action and see how extra virgin olive oil is made in the mill.
Now it's time to taste. Your hosts will teach you about the acidity of olive oil as you taste the farm's two qualities. You can also taste some of the flavored varieties, enjoying them with fresh bread. After your tour and tasting, you'll have some free time to walk amongst the groves and ask the farmers questions.
Next, you'll make your way to the colorful and traditional village of Archanes. Enjoy a relaxed stroll through this charming hamlet, following its stone streets as they twist and turn. As you walk, you'll get a sense of what life is like in Crete's smaller and more rural towns.
When ready, sit down for a traditional Greek lunch in the main square (called plateia) at a local kafenio. Enjoy the authentic and social atmosphere as you savor delicious Cretan cuisine. Chat with the locals, sip a Greek coffee, and relax in this hilly village's slower pace of life.
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Itineraries with Heraklion Olive Farm Visit & Traditional Lunch at Archanes
This tours focuses on the amazing food, wine, and culture provided by the vibrant country of Greece, highlighting bustling cities like Athens and Chania, as well as the islands of Santorini and Naxos. You'll enjoy numerous food and wine tours, allowing you to taste Greek cuisine, delicacies, pastries, and local wines and liquors, plus your own handmade dishes with a cooking class in Crete. Along the way, you'll visit an olive farm, a family-owned cheese shop, wineries, and bustling food markets, indulging your taste buds in some of the country's most beloved treats.
What better way to learn a culture than through food? This 16-day itinerary will take you into Greece's past and present via hands-on agricultural experiences. Head to the islands to learn cook in Tinos, visit a traditional farm and villages on Mykonos, and sample the home-grown products of Naxos. Then continue onto Crete, where you'll visit olive groves, historic homes, traditional dance performances, and more before your return to Athens.