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Olive oil & Wine tasting with Lunch
I will pick you up from Rethymno region and drive you to an old friend's:"Kanakis". He owns a olive oil factory where you will learn about the process of olive oil production and taste the finest Cretan olive oil! We will have a Greek coffee before we go to our next stop. After a 10' drive we will reach one of the best wineries of the region. There we will teach you the history, tradition and the latest developments in the production of wine and all information on the particular characteristics of the Cretan “terroir”. You will participate in a fully guided tour of the plantations of the winery, the cellar and the production area. The tour will continue on to the wine tasting room, where you will be able to taste five types of wine, accompanied by traditional rusks and olives. Finally we will visit the small and beautiful village of Vrysses in order to finish our day with a glass of raki or the Cretan "limoncello", accompanied by Cretan delicious snacks. If the food is too much...no worries a short walk in the village will do the trick before we return :) **PLEASE CHECK IF YOUR HOTEL IS WITHIN THE LIMITS FOR PICKUP/DROPOFF: From Adelianos Kampos to the east of Rethymno to Gerani to the West, and from Rethymno city to Atsipopoulo to the south***
Exploring Preveli & the Palm Forest with a local expert girl
Explore with me and discover Preveli Beach, as well as secret beaches around, a local taverna next to the water, all in the south part of Rethymno, where only locals go!! Eat, drink and rest like a local! We will have our fresh snacks, fruits & water while we will be driving all the way to the south part of the island! I will be picking you up from your Hotel or Villa in Rethymno and bringing you back home in the evening! The main goal of this experience, is for you to explore unique places that otherwise you wouldn't. We will make a stop in Kourtaliotiko gorge, in order to see the amazing river from above and later we will make a stop to watch one of the oldest stone bridges. Our final destination will be PREVELI Beach and the amazing Palm Forest, where I will be guiding you inside the secret path. Afterwards we will be heading to Agia Fotia with crystal clear blue waters and a traditional Greek taverna next to the water. We will have the chance to walk, hike, swim and enjoy a blissful summer day!
Snorkeling and spearfishing in Mediterranean sea
On this experience, called "Snorkeling and spearfishing in Mediterranean sea", you will get to know Mediterranean sea bottom and living species also you will learn basics of spearfishing or you will improve your existing skills by following professional speargun-fisher and official Free-diving instructor of the following organisations - federations: FDI, CMAS – EOYDA. Your snorkelling-spearfishing experience may be crowned with a delicious Greek dinner including fresh catch. Included: 1. Breakfast with fresh orange juice or cup of coffee during a short briefing of freediving and spearfishing. 2. Gear for snorkelling (if you are already experienced speargun-fisher – you will get and your own speargun); 3. Main plate of Greek dinner - our fresh fish catch (other food extra charged). Keep in mind that for this experience you will use your own car (to come at our base for the briefing and to go to the chosen beach, that we choose depending on particular day weather conditions).
Traditional Cooking Class - Cook with Cretan Vibes Family
You'll prepare 4 different Cretan family’s recipes in an outdoor cooking space. You'll cook with pure and natural ingredients from our farm. You'll learn cooking techniques from mama Stella, our specialist in traditional Cretan cuisine. All the equipment and your personal apron will be provided by us. It's a 100% hands-on cooking experience! Local homemade refreshments and water will provided, too. In the end of the cooking experience, you will enjoy your own creations with some of local wine. Moreover, the leftovers will be packed and you can take them with you! The event will last approximately 3.5 hours and it will take place in our farm. We will cook in an open cooking space between two big olive trees, under a wooden roof! So, no worries at all about the sun. Furthermore, you'll receive all recipes and photographs from your experience via email. All in all, we would love to welcome you in our farm & be part of our family. Love to become a Cretan chef yourself having a unique cooking experience all together and sharing authentic Cretan flavors! Other things to note Please let us know of any dietary requirements or food allergies at the time of booking and we will prepare all the necessary changes in your menu. For safety reasons, children (under 18 years old) must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum drinking age is 18 years old
Try & Discover Scuba Diving in Crete
First, we will meet at our diving center in Almyrida, a picturesque village located 25 minutes away from the town of Chania. After doing a small theory session on the basic diving equipment and skills you need to know in order to go smoothly underwater, you will be ready for the actual dive of 45 minutes, up to 8 meters. You will be provided with full diving equipment according to your needs, and then, we will load the minivans and head to Koutalas beach, which is located within 5 minutes from our diving center, put on our equipment, and we will dive into the endless Greek Blue! We will see fish that belong to the Mediterranean ecosystem and glide through the crystalline waters of Crete. Although the day is relaxing and great fun, safety is ensured by diving to maximum depth around of eight meters, with a ratio of one instructor to every two guests. On top of that, we will take lots of pictures and videos that we will then send to your mail free of charge! Other things to note: This is a fun and easy activity for all who feel comfortable in the water.
Stand Up Paddling and multiple surprises Tour in Crete
The tranquil waters of Marathi Bay make for a smooth and easy experience, allowing you to take in the area’s incredible scenery at your own pace! Your tour will start off with a quick Stand Up Paddling -SUP- lesson, a short demonstration on how to control your stand up paddle board and manoeuvre with skill, until you grow confident on it. If you already have some paddle boarding experience, we can show you new skills and provide unique and useful tips to help you improve. Each person will be provided with their own SUP and safety gear and then, we will head towards the jetty to enter the water and start our fun and playful aquatic adventure! This guided tour takes a route along the scenic waterfront of Marathi Bay, giving you 360° views of imposing rock formations, inviting you to dive into the endless, transparent Greek blue and teach you all about the fascinating yet fragile Mediterranean ecosystem. We often spot sea turtles, and we always see a variety of sea urchins, native as well as invasive fish. In this 2 hours venture, full of surprise elements, you will have ample time to swim, sunbathe, talk, make new friends, take pictures and videos and just relax under the Cretan sun! A laid back and relaxed experience, in very small groups of up to 8 people, suitable for all ages, that will be the highlight of your vacations in Chania!
Boat Trip with Guided Snorkeling & SUP
Join our 3 hours Boat tour with Guided Snorkeling, plus Stand Up Paddling (SUP). Our luxury speedboats and friendly crew will introduce you to the best snorkeling and swimming sites of Chania during our multi-stop tour! Blue crystal clear calm waters, excellent visibility, and views of the Mediterranean marine life will create unforgettable memories. Certified and highly skilled PADI professional divers will be guiding and accompanying you throughout the whole tour, making your underwater time an exceptional experience. High-quality professional equipment (masks, valve snorkels, fins, wetsuits, personal flotation aids) will be provided to you along with instructions about its proper use and ample time to get familiar and comfortable with it. Also, on the boat, there are available full face masks for those who wish to breathe through the nose underwater! You will also be given the option to try Stand Up Paddling, if you wish. Grab a nice stable board and glide over the crystal blue waters of Chania, under the guidance and the supervision of our highly skilled staff. Whenever you feel like you need a refreshment while on board, our instructors will offer you fresh seasonal fruit and bottled mineral water. Moreover, your time with us will be recorded with our cameras and all photos, and videos will be sent to you for free as a return ticket to some joyful moments!
River Trek into amazing Kourtaliotis river
Join me in a unique river trekking experience at the heart of Crete island. We will discover the hidden wilderness of a Cretan gorge by hiking through it. The hike starts with swim to an amazing well hidden waterfall. Then we will follow the river's bed splashing into crystal clear waters and natural pools having fun inside a beautiful natural landscape. We will stop for a snack under plane trees before we reach a beautiful olive grove at the end of the tour! Last but not least if you wish to have lunch follow me in a shady Greek taverna for some tapas and a cold beer! . I will provide you with the suitable gear to enjoy the most of it . See you out there!
Cretan Breakfast by locals
Come with me in a taste travel of local tastes and Cretan delights.People who choose this experience will taste all the Cretan delights that the locals have for breakfast. They will enjoy their breakfast with an amazing view with organic products that came from our land. . This experience is appropriate for a romantic breakfast, for a surprise to a friend, for a family to spend time together and for all who want to learn about the Cretan food and Cretan culture!! They will taste fresh fruits and vegetables from our orchard, various fresh season juices like pomegranate,orange,lemon. They also taste local fresh hot bread and other traditional bakes from carob and other local ingredients. They will taste our traditional famous dish ntakos! Also included traditional homemade cheeses that my family makes from our small goat farm. My mum also will prepare some of her famous traditional cheese pies or pies with local season greens. In the traditional cretan breakfast also included fresh eggs from our chicken farm,nuts from our orchard, the best cretan honey,tahini,greek yoghurt, all accompanied with greek coffee with loukoumi!!! My mum will fry the pies in front of you and also you can visit the farm to see where the products came from.
Wine tasting -Meet the Cretan Wines
Wine tasting- Meet the Cretan wines Meet the Cretan wines is a unique chance to taste some of the most important and typical Cretan varieties at the heart of Rethymno's old town, in an exclusive tasting room . We are going to taste five different Cretan wines accompanied by local delicasies such as dakos bread, olives , extra virgin olive oil , cheeses, cherry tomatoes . We will explore the history and the importance of Cretan vineyard through the eyes of a local sommelier . This experience is for those who love wine and want to get to know more about Cretan vineyard in a friendly, easy going and unpretentious way . Other things to know Please let me know of any dietary restrictions or food allergies . If the date / time you need isn't available please contact me and i will arrange it.
Cooking lesson based on the Cretan diet
your visit to our house includes -- a warm welcome -- with Cretan herbal tea or raki, traditional cheese pies with honey, and of course chatting to get to know each other. -- the cooking lesson -- is interactive and most food is baked in the wood oven. We prepare six traditional recipes: Also, the menu can be adapted to our vegetarian friends. -- Visit our botanical garden -- A short tour to our garden where you can see, smell and learn about the Cretan aromatic herbs and vegetables -- Meal -- the meal we enjoy includes the dishes we prepared and more ...
Food Tour Through The Eyes Of A Local !
A unique opportunity to see & learn about local life through the eyes of a local expert. We will visit our family's olive groves and learn how we used to harvest the olive trees in the past and how we do nowadays. Moreover, we will visit our family's greenhouses and learn everything around the way we cultivate it and what kind of vegetables we plant. After our walking tour we are going to have a tasty picnic with local handmade delicacies & raki under the shadow of big olive tree! Moreover, my mum will show you how we make Cretan cheese and you will have the chance to taste it right away! So simply, so Cretan! ;) Other things to note Please let us know of any dietary requirements or food allergies at the time of booking and we will prepare all the necessary changes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum drinking age is 18 years old. You can present your electronic voucher for this activity.
Private: Olive Oil tasting (outdoor)
An outdoor olive oil tasting experience, a walk, and a discussion in the midst of a 2000-year-old monumental olive grove. We explore the heritage and art of olive trees and olive oil in Greek life over the centuries, considering their significance in the mythology, history, culture, and cuisine of ancient and modern Cretan civilization. Our stroll through the peaceful olive grove resembles a walk in the holy Gethsemane Garden, with its ancient olive trees. Both groves are full of the myths, flavors, and aromas of olive oil that have endured from Minoan times to the present. The beauty of the landscape makes our experience a lasting memory. We discuss olive oil quality, the olive harvest, olive oil production, and olive oil’s health benefits. We learn about the Cretan Diet and find out how extra virgin olive oil became the most important component of a new, healthy lifestyle. Learning how to taste olive oil according to the official tasting method, we taste four different high quality extra virgin olive oils, noticing the variations in aroma and flavor among the four varieties. Our tasting table is right under the olive trees. In the last part of the tasting session, an olive oil-food pairing activity, we observe the way different types of olive oil go well with certain foods. We savor the amazing result after adding an excellent extra virgin olive oil that transforms a dish’s flavors. Hints about how to store, select, bake, and cook – even fry -- with olive oil will be shared.
Juwelen des Süden- natürlicher Pool und abgelegene Buchten
Ich werde dich / euch an einem Ort deiner / eurer Wahl im Raum Chania / Rethymno abholen und wir fahren über die Imbros Schlucht in Richtung Süden. Am Ausgang der Imbrosschlucht genießen wir den fantastischen Ausblick auf Kretas Südküste und den südlichsten Punkt Europas. Unser nachfolgender Stop ist an natürlicher Schönheit und Einsamkeit nicht zu überbieten. Ihr werdet in einem natürlichen Meerwasserpool schwimmen und in Stein geformten Badewannen ein erfrischendes Bad nehmen. Im Anschluss besuchen wir eine versteckte Kirche, welche in einen Felsvorsprung gebaut ist und sammeln euer eigenes Meersalz. Nach dieser tollen Erfahrung geht es zum nächsten Naturmonument des Südens. Hier können wir etwas entspannen und in das türkisfarbene Wasser des lybischen Meeres eintauchen. Es erwartet euch hier auch noch ein besonderes Highlight. Nach einer kurzen Stärkung im malerischen Frangokastello gehen wir zum Schnorcheln in eine flache Bucht. Der krönende Abschluss unserer Tour wird der Besuch eines Wasserfalls in einer Schlucht werden. Es wird euch dort ein einzigartiges Fotomotiv erwarten, welches noch lange tolle Erinnerung in euch wecken wird bevor es zurück zu eurer Unterkunft geht. Ich stelle euch während unseres Ausfluges kalte Getränke zur Verfügung und ein kleiner Imbiss ist im Preis ebenfalls inbegriffen. Ich freu mich euch kennenzulernen!
Discover Rethymno on a Food tour
Get into the Greek mentallity starting your day at a beautiful "kafeneio” hidden in the heart of the city, in a small and peaceful square with a running fountain and orange trees. There, we will enjoy an authentic Cretan breakfast. There we will discuss the main points of our tour, historical sites, traditions and customs, and how all these are connected to Cretan Gastronomy. After a short walk you will find yourselves at the beautiful city beach. There you will get a taste of Cretan Honey, Olive oil and Raki. The whole Cretan diet is based on these three ingredients. You will have a tasting session of all three in a comfortable and specially designed tasting room. After that you will wander the old cities picturesque narrow streets to discover places hidden to the tourist's eyes and get unique photos. This exploration will get you the last traditional "phyllo" workshop that is housed in a 17th century Venetian mansion. Taste the most delicious baklava and If you are lucky you may witness the master in action! At this point you will hopefully be hungry enough to crave for a cretan feast. An Ottoman time inner garden will host us. Traditional dishes, cooked with fresh local ingredients and served in a stylish, modern way reflect the connection of the past and the present of Cretan life. Just a perfect occasion to discuss in depths about all that you discovered!