WINE & CULTURAL EXPERIENCES13 Days package to the wine roads of Crete
The starting & ending point of the tour depends on your flights and airports!
- Private Chauffeured luxury vehicle
- Discover the identity of our indigenous Wine Varieties
- Private tours at Chania, Rethimnon, Heraklion & Lasithi wine roads
- Extraordinary routes through the Cretan inland
- Walk through the vineyards and the pure nature
- Traditional Cooking lessons and delicious Gastronomy experiences
- Learn about the History and Mythology of Crete
- Luxury small boutique hotels
This package focuses on the greatest opportunity, that any man can win out, through an extraordinary and fascinating journey via discovering the hidden treasures inside the Cretan inland. Participants will have the ability to meet the wine and gastronomic culture that has been evolving in the island of Crete 4.000 years ago, as well as learn more about ancient history and mythology.
Day One – Welcome to the lovely city of Chania
Your elegant and friendly driver and sleek vehicle will greet you at the airport and take you into the historic center of Chania where you will be staying at a fabulous luxury hotel right inside the heart of the Old Town. Check in, relax and settle in. Your guide will collect you in the afternoon to take you for a welcome dinner to a wonderful wine store. There we can enjoy the combination of Cretan wines and special traditional flavors. Also a representative of our company and a specialist sommelier will present you the analytic schedule of your holidays and all the information about your stay in our lovely city.
Day Two – The Holy Wine
Visit an extraordinary monastery in the foothills of an old mountain range, built in 1634 by two monks from an ancient traditional Cretan family. The architecture of the building inspired by the famous Veronese architect Sebastiano Serlio. It was burned by the Turks in 1821 and restored in 1892. The monastery has a great history and huge tradition on winemaking and olive oil production. The monks produce Cretan wine varieties like ‘’Romeiko’’ and international like ‘’Muscat of Alexandria’’, ‘’Trebianno’’ etc. Taste the extra virgin olive oil on traditional Cretan rusk with own-made cheese and fresh tomato accompanied with the best Cretan wine varieties. In the afternoon enjoy a walking tour through the narrow streets of the Old Town and the Venetian Harbor and visit the most photographed spots inside the well known flower decorated neighborhoods of Chania. The imposing Egyptian Lighthouse next to ‘’Firkas’’ fortress is the jewel of the Venetian harbor. Turn over your head and enjoy the unique preserved Mosque ‘’Giali Tzamisi’’ and the famous Arsenals-‘’Neoria’’, the cradle of the ancient art of shipbuilding. Feel the awe facing the Center of Mediterranean Architecture (Grand Arsenal) and the impressive Municipal Market. This walk will certainly make you feel like you ‘ve just landed from a time machine, reaching a memorable season. Early in the nightfall a special historical corner of the Venetian Harbor will be waiting for us. We will dine in a wine restaurant. There you can enjoy the great enlightened view of the Venetian Harbor and make a great acquaintance with the gourmet cooking Cretan flavors. Also we will have the chance to taste some wine varieties from the other Cretan prefectures like Heraklion, Rethymnon and Lasithi.
Day Three – Discover the Nature’s Greatness
Today we will travel through wonderful nature’s landscapes. Up to the mountains of Kisamos region we will learn about the native wine varieties of a traditional family winery, established in 1993, with specialized knowledge on winemaking and fresh ideas for modern processes of farming and wine production. We will sit between the olive trees, smelling the blossoms, diving deep into the nature’s miracle, tasting awarded local and some international varieties that earn a special taste because of the local Terroir. An incredible taste fills our palate while we leave the winery, heading through an extraordinary path to traditional Cretan villages. In the winter time we smell the humid lands and the air whispering the winter’s songs, but in the summer time we enjoy watching the blooming vegetation and hearing the birds singing. Arrive in a historical village, where the spark of Cretan revolution became a big flame deep into the bottom of the rebel souls. There, we will visit historical monuments of 19th and 20th century and we will get deep into Cretan gastronomy, tasting traditional dishes, cooking by experienced chefs in a traditional Cretan tavern with extraordinary decoration.
Day Four – History – Wine - Gastronomy
The most amazing things will happen to Apokoronas region. A day full of wine, gastronomy and history. First we will visit a scenic village which has the historical – traditional museum of Apokoronas, with 7 rooms of Cretan history and great descriptions about the way of living in the past. After that, we climb up to the foothills of the White Mountains, feeling the environment changing while we are heading to the local winery. There, we meet the specialists of the awarded ‘’Romeiko’’, its production performed with a special way and its taste will take your mind away. Also we will taste other wine varieties like ‘’Vidiano’’, ‘’Vilana’’, ‘’Malvazia’’ and ‘’Kotsifali’’ .The winery possesses a great view of the White mountains and an impressive art gallery. There, we can see an ancient treadle, 500 years old and walk around the herbs garden and the museum of traditional Cretan exhibits. Moving underground, feeling the heartbeat of the White Mountains, we visit the cellar which is inside a cave and the steadfast rocks cover the cylinder bottles. Early in the afternoon we drive through wonderful routes arrive to a traditional olive farm. We will learn how to cook like a Cretan. Collecting the vegetables directly from the garden and walking though the olive trees and the wild, pure nature. Taking part in the Cretan gastronomy workshop we learn the Cretan cooking way. We are waiting for our lunch, tasting the wine and eating finger food.
Day Five – Wine Wine Wine---Day and Night
This is a day full of wine tasting different expressions of those noble grapes, and delicious food tasting. We begin our journey heading to a beautiful winery in Kisamos region. We will taste a special local blended white wine with ‘’Vilana’’, ‘’Vidiano’’ and ‘’Assyrtiko’’ varieties and we will walk through the vineyards into an idyllic landscape. Also we will visit the olive oil factory that the family possesses and learn about the extra virgin olive oil production. The wine tasting accompanied with extra virgin olive oil and local pure products is a combination that your palate will never forget. Then we will experience the Cretan gesture for saying goodbye to guests, by drinking the awarded ‘’Tsikoudia/Raki’’. After that we are going to visit an extraordinary olive tree, the oldest in the world, with estimated age 3000 years old. The nightfall will find us to a luxury delicatessen restaurant for wine and gourmet dishes tasting. You will discover the secret blends of wine and delicious appetizers and the taste memories will live inside your heart forever.
Day Six – Discover the Real Crete
This is a special day on our beautiful island. We will drive to Rethymnon prefecture and we ‘ll enjoy a walking tour to the Old town and Fortezza Venetian fortress. After a finger food tasting, we will visit a traditional Cretan village where the art of pottery is the meaning of life for those people. We will watch them produce magnificent artworks with their own hands and you will add this great experience to your mind as a unique memory. Heading to an ancient city that remains the same after all these years and makes you feel like an ancient courtly as you walk through the cobbled streets, you will discover the real way of life. We will eat Cretan pure dishes under the shade of the olive trees. Then you will feel like the local workers to the fields when they take their break after a hard working day. All alone with peace and quiet you will feel the power of mother Earth by eating her goods, enjoying the famous Cretan hospitality.
Day Seven - Time to leave this lovely spot
After your hearty breakfast at your hotel you have to prepare yourself to say goodbye to this lovely city. You will have free time to enjoy a last walk to the Old Town and the Venetian Harbor and pick a last memory of those wonderful landscapes. Now we will drive to Hraklion prefecture for more exploration and new experiences! Your driver will take you into the historic center of Archanes where you will be staying at a fabulous luxury hotel right inside the heart of the Old city. In the afternoon a representative of our company will welcome you in a special way and present you the analytic schedule of your holidays in Hraklion and Lasithi.
Day Eight– Days of Future Past
We start our tour with the ancient palace of “Knossos”, where the Minoan Civilization flourished centuries ago. We’ll tell you all about “Minotaur”, the bull-headed monster, “Minos” and “Pasiphae”, the king and queen of the Minoans, according to Greek mythology! An extraordinary visit to the most ancient grape pressing installation est. in 1600 B.C (Minoan Civilization) will surprise you. Afterwards we are heading to Peza region for delicious wine and food experiences. In a natural inland spot, we ll get the chance to wine taste the first native wine varieties of the island, between the whites “Vidiano”, “Malvasia” and regarding the reds “Kotsifali” , “Mandilari”, that are being produced in “Peza” region, one of the biggest wine regions in Crete. Paired with gastronomic traditional delicacies, you are going to surprise your palate! After a noon siesta we will stroll around the wine roads of the region, which lead us to another winery of the area that has a different surprise story to tell!
Day Nine – Journey Through the Ages
Your private chauffer will pick you up from your luxury hotel after your healthy breakfast. We will drive to Lasithi prefecture to visit an incredible city where the beauty becomes meaningful. Stay there to enjoy the great landscape, relax and prepare yourself for an extraordinary journey through the Pirates and Templars era, to the Ottomans days and the World War II facts. We will visit a 14’s century Monastery so imposing as the great European fortresses. Its great history will leave you breathless as you are going to learn about the important facts that took part there. Now days the monks produce organic wine and extra virgin oil, and distillery. Taste the native red wine variety called “Liatiko”. If you enjoy a “Pinot Noir” you will be thrilled! Explore the history within the holy chambers, capture the unique landscape with vineyards and talk with the abbot, the oenologists and experts. In the summer time we will take a swim to an extraordinary palm beach or if it’s cold enough visit a beautiful village nearby, for a traditional coffee. After that we will enjoy a lunch in a lovely traditional village with seafood delicacies.
Day Ten – Discover the Land of Glory
Today we will have the opportunity to visit and explore a Cretan winery at the second biggest wine area in Heraklion, named “Dafnes”. Learn about “Yuhtas” mountain, and the myth that lies within, by reflecting the Leader of the Olympian Pantheon “God Zeus”. Taste “Vidiano” variety straight from the winery’s tank. Next, we ‘ll be heading to a memorable spot of the area, in order to wine taste 4 more different labels combined with special traditional recipes. With our mind and body filled with gastro moments, we ‘ll get to visit a folklore museum in a lovely village. Enjoy a walk through the paved streets around the village. Experience the stillness of time that usually occurs in Cretan villages. Time for a dessert wine tasting accompanied with stellar delicacies.
Day Eleven – Explore the ‘’Otherside’’
On the 5th day our last stop will be the the southest winery in Europe, but first we are driving through the Cretan wine roads and make a stop to a winery, so we can explore the flavors and aromas that this terroir is offering. The wine varieties paired with delicious food will surprise your palate. Leaving the friendly wine maker we are heading to a gorgeous traditional Cretan village which hides a spectacular treasure. The spirits of south coast will bring us noble feelings and relaxation. Now we are heading to our last stop for the day, the southest winery in Europe! Taste the last but not least local indigenous white variety called “Muscat of Spina”, a very aromatic, dry wine. You will relax for a few hours to your luxury hotel and get ready for a unique gastronomy experience.
Day Twelve – Our life is a lightning... but we still have time!
Today, let us introduce you to one of the most important writers in Greece. We will visit the Museum of “Nikos Kazantzakis”, a man who made his mark in Greek literature with a sharpness of intellect and daring of soul. He describes the little things that bring the happiness and one of them, as he said, was the Cretan wine. Afterwards, we’ll get to visit a historic village and an archaeological site, where the Minoan and the Roman Empire used to prosper. Lunch break at a restored old villa with homemade food by the locals. Visit a church of Holy Vingin (Zoodochos Pigi) at the location Loutra.
Day Thirteen - Time to say Goodbye…
After your lovely breakfast at your hotel you have to prepare yourself to say goodbye to this lovely city. You will have free time to enjoy a last walk to ‘’Koules’’ and ‘’Lotzia’’ and pick a last memory of those wonderful landscapes. We hope that you ‘’carry’’ the best experiences from Crete and keep this memorable spot on Earth deep inside your hearts. When the time of your flight is on, we will collect you from your hotel and drive you to the airport. Embrace your memories as a wine traveler and hope to seeing you again in one of our next Cretan explorations.
- Accommodation for 12 nights in luxurious hotels
- 12 Full breakfasts
- Private Airport Transfers and all transfers as per the itinerary by luxury Vehicles and English speaking chauffeur
- Wine Picnic
- Assemblage, wine blending class
- Traditional Cooking lessons
- Light lunch and finger food tasting to each winery we visit
- Exceptional meals with wine pairings in extraordinary Restaurants
- 1 keepsake itinerary with maps and ample information on Crete, food and drink, and all locations visited
- Welcome bottle of wine in room
- All Local taxes
What’s Not Included:
- Meals and Drinks not Specified
- Personal Expenses such as Telephone, Minibar, etc
- Tips and Gratuities (Guides, Restaurants, etc)
- Travel Insurance (Strongly recommended)
- Cancellation Insurance
Wine tasting is not allowed for participants under 18 years old (water or fresh juice will be offered instead).
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