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A taste of Crete
Throughout the week Stelios' love of his island and its food, wine and culture is evident as he passes on his skills and passion in a relaxed, informative and entertaining fashion. Being a restaurateur himself he will ensure that all the food tasted is locally sourced and of the highest quality with an excellent variety of dishes that you will have the opportunity to try. This unique and personal tour is not just for 'foodies' but for anyone with a love for all things Greek.
- Return flights from London Gatwick to Chania (April) or Heraklion returning from Chania (September) including all payable taxes (Manchester flights may also be available, a supplement will apply)
- Seven nights' accommodation on bed and breakfast at Sunny Bay Hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin room
- Five Cellar Taverna dinners
- One Cellar Taverna lunch
- Four other taverna lunches
- A recipe book to take home
- Transfers to and from the airport
- Tour manager throughout (Angela)
- Single room supplement
- Drinks and personal expenditure such as drinks, telephone calls etc
- Bus fare from Chania to Kissamos
- Porterage and gratuities
- Travel insurance
Fly from London Gatwick to Chania. On arrival in Chania, transfer by coach to Kissamos (approximately 30 mins) and the Galini Beach hotel or Sunny Bay hotel. Tonight there will be a welcome dinner at the Cellar taverna, right on the seafront. This well established, family-run taverna of 20 years has an excellent reputation with locals and tourists alike.
Morning cookery lesson with the afternoon at leisure. This morning we will have a cookery lesson at the Cellar taverna, with hands-on preparation of traditional Cretan dishes such as tzatziki, Greek salad, delicious cheese and spinach pies made with local cheese, yemista and dolmades (stuffed vegetables) and kleftiko (lamb stew). Both lunch and dinner will be at the Cellar taverna, enjoying the food that you helped prepare. This afternoon is at leisure giving you time to explore the town and to visit the interesting archaeological museum.
Morning visit to a rural village, home to Stelios’ parents. Today’s visit will be to Stelios’ parents’ house and their small farm in a tiny village in the hills. Here we will be able to learn about traditional Cretan life and how it is still possible to be almost self-sufficient when you grow all of your own produce and keep some livestock. There will be some wine tasting, from Stelios’ own barrels, cheese tasting and the chance to taste some of his mother’s produce which she continues to make, grow, or prepare- these include Greek spoon sweets, walnuts, olive oil, raki (a strong Cretan spirit), honey, lemonade and even snails. Lunch today will be at a local taverna in the hills and the afternoon is free to spend as you wish before dinner at the Cellar Taverna.
Morning visit to three local producers. This morning we will visit a winery, a cheese maker and an olive oil factory where you will learn about the cultivation and production of these local products that play a huge role, culturally and economically in Cretan life. Lunch today will be of slow roasted goat in the picturesque village of Deliana. There is also a 13th century church here to visit. Dinner this evening, at the Cellar Taverna, will be true Greek style. A meze will be served – a variety of dishes will be served to all to share rather than a starter, main and dessert. This style of eating is a great way to taste lots of different flavours.
Full day to relax or explore at your leisure. Lunch and dinner are not included on this day, giving you the opportunity to explore further afield.
Morning visit to Crete’s botanical park. Strolling through the wonderful scenery of the botanical park we will learn more about plants, herbs, fruit, vegetables and plenty of fascinating local knowledge. Lunch is at a local taverna before a free afternoon to spend as you wish. Dinner this evening is not included.
Full day visit to Chania. An atmospheric Venetian harbour town, Chania is set against a spectacular backdrop of majestic mountains and aquamarine seas. A turbulent history saw its occupation by the Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Genoese, Turks and Egyptians, but this has left behind a rich and captivating architectural heritage. We will wander the streets and alleyways of the old town to reach the bustling market where we will have lunch in one of the traditional tavernas. This afternoon is free for you to explore Chania at your leisure. This evening there is a farewell dinner at the Cellar taverna.
Transfer by coach back to Chania airport for your return flight to London Gatwick.
NB: Exact order or excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 15 passengers.
Situated on Kissamos' small promenande, right next to the sea. The hotels offers simple comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, air-conditioning (extra charge, payable locally if required), TV, and balcony and is positioned in a peaceful area only five minutes' walk from the local shops, restuarants and cafes.
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The Tour was one of the most enjoyable we have ever had, made even the more so by Angela and Stelios who were fantastic in every way - To be able to visit his Parents Home and be welcomed in the way we were was something we will always treasure. A Trip to be remembered for a very long Time. Kindest regards.
Mr & Mrs Cooper