Spend six days exploring the culture, nature, and history of Crete through a culinary lens as you eat and drink your way through olive groves, wineries, gastronomically significant villages, and farms where the night's meal was grown just an arm's length away.
Head toward Kolymvari, one of Greece's best olive oil-producing areas. Enjoy the serenity of driving and walking among the olive groves, which appear endless and extend vast areas. Watch the green-silver leaves reflect in the sun, observe the hanging olives, and touch the nurtured soil. Then, make your way to the Museum of Vouves, where you can view one of the most ancient olive trees and learn about Greece's incredible history with olive oil.
Next, visit a nearby olive oil workshop and learn about the traditional uses of the liquid. You'll discover how to use olive oil in many different ways, including therapeutic and cosmetic, as people did in Ancient Greece. Listen to local stories, watch how olive oil can treat burns and other skin problems, and observe how to make olive oil soap (and try some for yourself!).
To end your exploration of Cretan olive oil, head to a traditional tavern in one of the Kolymvari villages. Here you can taste the oil on its own or in authentic recipes. The oil truly transforms otherwise simple dishes into local delicacies.
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Itineraries with Olive Oil Tour Near Chania
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.
Wheat, olive oil, and wine are sometimes known as the "Mediterranean triad," forming the basis for ancient Greek cuisine. Travel through their roots with this 10-day itinerary and then see them in modern action, with cooking classes, food tours, and village explorations all to underscore these shared ancestral tastes.