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Crete Gourmet Trail of Rethymnon Including Food and Beverage Tastings

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Rethymno, Greece

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Face masks provided for travelers
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Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Get off the beaten path on this 4-hour gourmet food tour in the Cretan city Rethymnon. Savor culinary delights like ‘kalitsounia’ (pastry pie), organic baklava with ice cream, and locally-made beer. Cap it all off with a one-of-a-kind food and wine tasting inside a 700-year-old wine cellar. All food and beverage tastings are included, and vegetarian options are available on request.
  • Explore the gourmet offerings of Rethymnon on a food and beverage walking tour
  • Sample Greek wine paired with snacks in a 700-year-old wine cellar
  • Try a sample of ‘kalitsounia,’ a Crete-style savory pastry, cooked at a 100-year-old bakery
  • Snack on baklava topped with sheep's milk ice cream sourced from a local farm
  • Sip on locally-made beer and specialty 'raki' cocktails at a local art gallery
  • Great introduction to Crete's artisanal, locally-sourced, food scene
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Local English-speaking guide
Food and beverage samples as indicated in the itinerary (coffee, pastries, traditional sweets, wine/spirit tasting, locally produced ice cream, locally brewed beer, and meze platter)
Vegetarian options are available but please let us know at the time of booking
Additional food and drinks
Items of a personal nature
Gratuities for your local guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Church Of Four Martyrs, Gerakari 6, Rethymno 741 00, Greece

Departure Time

6:00 PM

Return Details

Venetian Harbour, Greece
Meet your guide in the evening at Rethymnon’s Square of the Four Martyrs. You’ll start with food excursion with a ‘jolt,’ sipping on some traditional Greek-style coffee. This caffeine-infused brew is made using the unexpected method of placing the cups inside a bowl of hot sand.

Continue on a walk through the charming streets of this historic city, stopping at a 100-year-old local bakery for your next tasting. Enjoy a bite of ‘kalitsounia,’ a famous Crete-style pastry pie stuffed with cheese, spinach, fennel, and sampling of wild local greens. The historic venue will make your snack that much tastier.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, proceed to one of Rethymnon’s oldest buildings, a structure that was originally constructed by the Venetians, and down inside the building’s 700-year-old wine cellar. You’ll then enjoy a one-of-a-kind food and wine tasting workshop, learning about Greek wines as you taste samples of red, white, rosé, and dessert wines paired with local food.

Follow your food and wine tasting by enjoying a palate cleanser at a special Rethymnon sweet shop that focuses on organic, locally-sourced treats. You’ll sample some baklava and sheep’s milk ice cream, made with products from a nearby farm.

Now that the food portion of the trip is done, it’s time for a drink. Head to one of the city’s top art venues, where you’ll meet the resident creator and enjoy a tasting of locally-made beer and meze. If cocktails are more your style, not to worry: your last sample of the evening is a libation made with ‘raki,’ the local liquor. Your trip finishes in the Venetian Harbor of Rethymnon.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Church Of Four Martyrs
At the Square of the Four Martyrs in the centre of modern Rethymnon (in front of the Four Martyrs Church). Your guide will be holding a Crete Urban Adventures sign.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Rethymnon Old Town
Stroll through the oldest neighbourhoods in Rethymnon, while sharing with you our passion for local food and traditions. Sample local delights such as “Kalitsounia” and freshly brewed Greek coffee made the traditional way… on sand!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno
Visit one of Rethymnon’s oldest Venetian buildings, part of a Dominican monastery that was built in the 14th century for a one of its kind food and wine pairing event.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Rethymnon Old Town
Sweetshop: How about some baklava with ice cream made from sheep’s milk from a local farm? Who can resist? We’re going to sample some locally brewed beer and meze. But instead of heading to a tavern, we’re going to snack in a local art venue where you can chat with the artist and find out how Crete never fails to inspire artistic hearts. You’ll try a signature cocktail made just for you, starring our liquid royalty, raki. Also known as tsikoudia, raki is an alcoholic beverage — a fragrant, grape-based pomace brandy of Crete.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • The dress code for the venues is smart-casual. No beachwear allowed.
  • This tour can be customized to cater for dietary needs at your request. Please notify us if you have any allergies or other dietary requests when you book
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour: By joining this tour you are supporting a 100-year-old local bakery so it can continue thriving and serving authentic local delicacies.
  • On this tour you will experience the centuries-old tradition of brewing Greek coffee on sand by visiting a traditional kafeneion and sipping its fresh coffee.
  • On this tour you also visit an historic place where you'll participate in a high-quality local wine tasting session while pairing your wine with fresh local products from regional farms and vineyards.
  • Your tour supports the creativity of Greece’s new generation of mixologists by taking you to bars to taste signature cocktails and other liquors that are based on traditional spirits and recipes.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures Greece

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Crete Gourmet Trail of Rethymnon Including Food and Beverage Tastings?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Crete Gourmet Trail of Rethymnon Including Food and Beverage Tastings?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Crete Gourmet Trail of Rethymnon Including Food and Beverage Tastings?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Crete Gourmet Trail of Rethymnon Including Food and Beverage Tastings.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Crete Gourmet Trail of Rethymnon Including Food and Beverage Tastings?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Crete Gourmet Trail of Rethymnon Including Food and Beverage Tastings.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Crete Gourmet Trail of Rethymnon Including Food and Beverage Tastings?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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