Follow us to the extraordinary journey through the Cretan flavors and taste the real Cretan way of life. Up in the high peaks of the White Mountains we will prepare with you some traditional and extremely tasty home-made dishes. Using only healthy bio and organic Cretan ingredients like extra-virgin olive oil, fresh vegetables picked from our own garden, local meats, dairy products and the most aromatic herbs.
You will have the chance to walk around our vegetable gardens to see, feel, smell, touch and taste the pure products of mother earth. We’ll also reveal the secrets of the local herbs, how the Cretan olive oil affects the people’s health and useful tips about the local products we will use. We will prepare a traditional Cretan recipe with our own hands, learn how we, Cretans, cook.
After our magnificent cooking experience we will follow a path into the mountain walking inside the pure nature. Exploring the area, we will see the traditional Cretan shepherds hut called ''Mitato'', we will enter an olive field and see how we harvest the olives and learn more about the flowers and the blooming vegetation. Returning to the house you will taste delicious Cretan wine paired with local cheese and prepare some appetizers like “Ntakos” and “Tzatziki”. The view of the mountain is breathtaking right out of our window. Enjoying the extraordinary wine you will feel just like heaven on earth! Meanwhile our meal will be ready. We will taste our own dishes, paired with fruity local wine and taste some traditional jar desserts at the end. The healthy and unique Mediterranean diet and the well known Cretan food, has already been revealed in front of your eyes.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Dress code is comfortable clothing - good shoes.
Hotel pick up - drop off is only for Chania region, Not Rethimnon, Heraklion and Lasithi. If someone staying in the other regions of Crete and wants to participate in this tour has to drive with his own car or bus to meet us in Chania city center and start the tour.
Please check the pick up areas before you book this tour..
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Yantis (Sp?) picked us up in the historic area at 2:15 PM and drove us to a traditional family home in the mountains, with a view of White Mountain. It was a half hour trip and he gave us lots of information about Greece, now and historically, as well as explaining sights along the way. We met the wife who helped us to make stuffed vegetables and cheese pastries. While she did not speak English, she communicated very well anyway. Yanis sometimes narrated for her. We had appetizers and wine with more discussion about Greek life, with lots of opportunities to ask questions. We also saw the garden, the historic family artifacts and got a demonstration of the loom. We also saw the traditional lace and handcrafts. We ate the dinner we made, complimented with two other salads, bread and rusks. Yanis demonstrated the Greek dance. We had a grape dessert and raki. As a parting gift, they gave us each a bottle of olive oil and a jar of honey, both made on the premises. Yanis drove us back to town and we arrived maybe about 9:30 PM. This was such a rich experience and it was a major highlight of our trip. Yanis was an amazing guide. We had high expectations, but this class exceeded them all.
I cannot recommend this tour highly enough. We were only 5 on the tour which was so much fun. Yianni was our driver/guide and he provided much local information on Chania as we travelled into the mountains for our cooking class. Adamantia was a delight as she taught us to cook some delicious dishes, and we thank her and her husband, George, for inviting us into their home. We also tasted a few wines and had a bit of a history lesson, and then sat down to the meal we had all just cooked - we were very delighted with our cooking efforts!! There was so much to eat. Thank you also to Maria who cleaned up after us and took care of the oven. We all look forward to the recipes and cooking the dishes when we are home. A tour not to be missed!
My husband and I absolutely loved this experience! The host is so friendly and welcoming and told us all about life in Crete. We had delicious food - that we cooked ourselves! It was a small group experience; only 8 people. It was the highlight of our trip and we will absolutely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a cultural experience in Chania!
It was wonderful. Small group (8 persons), in a georgous place. The family who welcome us was kind.
I really appreciate this activity.
Our hosts were very welcoming and quickly involved us in some interesting cooking. Later we enjoyed eating the products of our labour - and very tasty they were too. Also a variety of lovely wines and cheeses were sampled and raki consumed. All very enjoyable in a small friendly group.
I can highly recommend this experience.