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The Real Cretan Cooking Experience

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Visit the family mountain home of a local Cretan for a completely authentic evening of cooking, eating, and cultural exchange. Begin your visit with a walk through the vegetable gardens, where you harvest ingredients to use in your recipes. Learn traditional dishes from your hosts, and hear the stories behind each dish. Enjoy a walk through the mountain paths with views of the Aegean Sea. Sit down to a meal you helped prepare, including local wine and a sweet dessert.
  • Enjoy an intimate cooking class and meal in a family home
  • Take home digital photos and recipes to commemorate your visit
  • Understand the foundations of Mediterranean cuisine and culture
  • Explore the Cretan mountainside and get fantastic views of the Aegean Sea
  • Round trip transportation from your Chania hotel
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Kalitsounia
The popular Cretan Cheese-pies
English speaking, local driver/guide
Wine & Food tasting
Transport by air-conditioned minivan/minibus
Small-group cooking class
Use of apron and cooking utensils
All ingredients for your lunch
Commemorative gifts
Recipes & photos taken on tour are sent electronically via e-mail
Gratuities (optional)

Departure Point

Episkopou Chrisanthou 37, Chania 731 32, Greece

At 15:45 pm– We are starting from GS Tours offices. In case your hotel is not close to the city center, please check the alternative options at the pick-up details and contact us.

Departure Time

3:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is comfortable clothing - good shoes
  • Please check the pick up areas before you book this tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY GS TOURS CHANIA

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Real Cretan Cooking Experience?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during The Real Cretan Cooking Experience?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during The Real Cretan Cooking Experience?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by The Real Cretan Cooking Experience.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Real Cretan Cooking Experience?
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 The Real Cretan Cooking Experience.

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10/10 would recommend and would do again.
Patty_J
, Sep 2021
This tour was above and beyond what I expected. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the food, history, and culture of the island! If you are a history buff and love to cook, this tour would be perfect for you. The instructions with the cooking were very clear and would be acceptable for almost any skill level. The food at the end tasted GREAT! The wine tasting was amazing and again we learned so much about the history and making of the wine! One of my most favorite parts of the entire experience was being able to feed the goats and check out the garden where a lot of the food came from. Met people from all over the world. 10/10 would recommend and would do again.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Perfect evening in the foothills
Deirdre_M
, Aug 2021
Loved the setting of the house in the foothills overlooking the sea. The food and wine were delicious. Yannis was wonderful guide and very knowledgeable giving lots details and anecdotes. My spouse and two teenagers had a lovely evening.
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Far Surpassed My Expectations
David_C
, Aug 2021
Loved it, the host was amazing and taught Cretian history in addition to cooking. He spoke many languages proficiently and was also very accommodating. Definitely recommend!
star-5
Awesome experience!
Deborah_M
, Jun 2021
We loved this cooking experience! Vincent was very knowledgeable and friendly. He made us feel like he was a friend taking us out and showing us around? I would highly recommend this cooking experience? The owners of the restaurant that gave the class were great hosts and taught us so many recipes that we will bring home and cook to remember our great trip.
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A Wonderful Cooking Experience with Lots of Culrual and Historical Information Thrown in
CLLJJR
, Oct 2019
Yantis (Sp?) picked us up in the historic area at 2:15 PM and drove us to a traditional family home in the mountains, with a view of White Mountain. It was a half hour trip and he gave us lots of information about Greece, now and historically, as well as explaining sights along the way. We met the wife who helped us to make stuffed vegetables and cheese pastries. While she did not speak English, she communicated very well anyway. Yanis sometimes narrated for her. We had appetizers and wine with more discussion about Greek life, with lots of opportunities to ask questions. We also saw the garden, the historic family artifacts and got a demonstration of the loom. We also saw the traditional lace and handcrafts. We ate the dinner we made, complimented with two other salads, bread and rusks. Yanis demonstrated the Greek dance. We had a grape dessert and raki. As a parting gift, they gave us each a bottle of olive oil and a jar of honey, both made on the premises. Yanis drove us back to town and we arrived maybe about 9:30 PM. This was such a rich experience and it was a major highlight of our trip. Yanis was an amazing guide. We had high expectations, but this class exceeded them all.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fabulous experience
LoisS1046
, Oct 2019
We had a wonderful time on the Crete cooking experience--it is cooking and so much more - culture, antiques, and wonderful people, as well as great food and wine and cooking lessons. The setting is gorgeous as well. A great experience that enhanced our knowledge of Crete.
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A Real Cooking Experience!
heraned2016
, Oct 2019
I cannot recommend this tour highly enough. We were only 5 on the tour which was so much fun. Yianni was our driver/guide and he provided much local information on Chania as we travelled into the mountains for our cooking class. Adamantia was a delight as she taught us to cook some delicious dishes, and we thank her and her husband, George, for inviting us into their home. We also tasted a few wines and had a bit of a history lesson, and then sat down to the meal we had all just cooked - we were very delighted with our cooking efforts!! There was so much to eat. Thank you also to Maria who cleaned up after us and took care of the oven. We all look forward to the recipes and cooking the dishes when we are home. A tour not to be missed!
star-5
A vacation highlight!
Travel787663
, Oct 2019
Our group of 6 had the most amazing time with guide Yannis and our lovely hosts. We learned so much about the island, Greece, history and had an absolute blast learning to cook an authentic Greek meal. At the end of our 2 week vacation throughout Greece, we all agreed that this was a highlight. Would do it again and again!
star-5
Amazing experience! So much fun and very special!
Sarah K
, Oct 2019
My husband and I absolutely loved this experience! The host is so friendly and welcoming and told us all about life in Crete. We had delicious food - that we cooked ourselves! It was a small group experience; only 8 people. It was the highlight of our trip and we will absolutely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a cultural experience in Chania!
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Highlight of our trip!
ajmartin8
, Sep 2019
Me and my friend decided to book a week in Chania, Crete for a week as celebration after our A levels before we start University. We wanted to get stuck into the culture a little and do something cultural. After a quick search we found exactly what we were looking for. Once in Crete, we were picked up by our driver and guide Yannis at our hotel and were driven with the rest of the guests to a small house in the mountains where our cooking class would take place. On the way, Yannis explained some interesting things about what we could see as we were driving so the journey flew by. When we got to the house, we had a tour of the garden and were given a few snacks, some water and tsikoudia (or raki) before getting stuck in with the cooking. The food we made was really delicious and very simple to make thanks to the easy-to-follow instructions. Our menu was vegetarian but no meat was needed as the flavours were amazing. We also got a tour of the house and the little museum which was very interesting, as well as a wine-tasting session. I personally don't like wine usually, however the wine we had was on another level to the cheap Tesco wine I've had in the past and it was actually quite pleasant. The owners of the house that helped with the cooking were also very friendly and gave us each our own Greek names. I share my name with an old Greek ruler, and it so happens that we were doing this cooking experience on my Greek name day which was pretty cool. Also, the other people that we shared this experience with were all very friendly and very interesting people. It was great to meet people from all different parts of the world and share our love for some good food and alcohol! Whether you're travelling alone, with friends or a partner this is a great experience that definitely shouldn't be missed.

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