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Holiday type Special interest holidays
Tours
Sun holidays
Country Greece
Resort Crete
Travel type Fly
Price range From £1150
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 7 nights
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A taste of Crete

Stelios and Angela have run walking tours in Western Crete for many years and one of the highlights of the trip for our walkers has been the superb cuisine served at their taverna in Kissamos. This positive response has prompted Stelios and Angela to organise an enticing new tour that is centred around food and the islands local produce.

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.

Included

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Chania or Heraklion (2014 departures) and return flights from London Gatwick to Chania (2015 departures) including all payable taxes (Manchester flights & other regional flights may also be available, a supplement will apply)
  • Seven nights' accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at either the Sunny Bay hotel or Galini Beach hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin room
  • Five dinners (2014)
  • Four dinners (2015)
  • A recipe book to take home
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Tour manager throughout
Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Drinks and personal expenditure such as drinks, telephone calls etc
  • Bus fare from Chania to Kissamos
  • Porterage and gratuities
  • Travel insurance

Day one

Fly from London Gatwick to Chania or Heraklion. On arrival, transfer by coach to Kissamos (approx. 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.

Day two

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, 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.

Day three

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.

Day four

Morning visit to local producers. This morning we will visit a winery, a cheese marker and an olive factory where you will learn about the cultivation and production of thse local products that play a huge role, culturally and economically in Cretan life. Lunch today will be of slow roasted goat in the 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.

Day five

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.

Day six

Morning visit to Crete's botanical park. Strolling through the 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.

Day seven

Full day visit to Chania. An atmospheric Venetian harbour town, Chania is set against a spectacular backdrop of 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.

Day eight

Transfer by coach back to Chania or Heraklion 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.

2015 Itinerary

Day one

Fly from London Gatwick to Chania. On arrival, transfer by coach to Kissamos (approx. 30 mins) to the Galini Beach hotel or Sunny Bay hotel. Tonight there will be a welcome dinner at the Cellar Taverna, situated right on the seafront. This well-established, family run taverna of over 20 years has an excellent reputation with locals and tourists alike.

Day two

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, 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 help prepare. This afternoon is at leisure giving you time to explore the town and to visit the interesting archaeological museum.

Day three

Morning visit to a rural village, home to Stelios’ parents. Today’s visit to Stelios’ parents’ house and their small farm in a tiny village in the hills, provides the opportunity 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. There will also be the opportunity to prepare some traditional cheese pies. 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.

Day four

Morning visit to local producers. This morning we will visit a winery, a cheese maker, sweet 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 in a taverna in the village of Deliana, which is also home to a 13th century church that we have the opportunity to visit. This evening will be at leisure, (dinner is not included tonight).

Day five

Full day visit to Chania. An atmospheric Venetian harbour town, Chania is set against a spectacular backdrop of 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 further at your leisure. Dinner is not included this evening, giving the opportunity to stay and enjoy dinner in Chania harbour if you wish.

Day six

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.

Day seven

Morning visit to Crete’s botanical park. Strolling through the scenery of the botanical park we will learn more about plants, herbs, fruit, vegetables and plenty of fascinating local knowledge. Lunch will be at the Botanical Park before a free afternoon to spend as you wish. We will enjoy a farewell dinner this evening at the Cellar Taverna.

Day eight

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.
Sunny Bay hotel

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.

The Galini Beach hotel

Situated right next to the beach and only a five minute walk from a variety of shops, restaurants and cafes. The rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, fridge, TV and balconies. Guests have the use of the hotels free beach loungers and umbrellas.

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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.
Apr 2013
Mr & Mrs Cooper