WINE & CULTURAL EXPERIENCES7 days package to Heraklion & Lasithi
- Private Chauffeured luxury vehicle
- Discover the identity of our indigenous Wine Varieties
- Private tours at the Heraklion and 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 for over 4.000 years, as well as learn more about ancient Greek history and mythology.
Day One – Welcome to our Wine Home
Your elegant and friendly driver and sleek vehicle will greet you at the airport and 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. Check in, relax and settle in. In the afternoon a representative of our company and a specialist sommelier will welcome you in a special way and present you the analytic schedule of your holidays and all the information about your stay in our lovely city.
Day Two – 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 Three – 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 Four – 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 Five – 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 Six – 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 Seven - 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 6 nights in luxurious hotels
- 6 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
- Six 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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