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Rethymno: Private Cretan Food, Drinks & Sights Tour

Rethymno: Private Cretan Food, Drinks & Sights Tour

From £93.77 per person

Discover the authentic Old City of Rethymno, and visit artisans, craftspeople, and taste traditional Cretan flavors on a half-day private tour.

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Free cancellation
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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Your pick up time is adjustable upon your request. Meet your guide in your hotel lobby, they will be holding a sign with your name.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Wind your way through the labyrinth of Venetian and Ottoman streets like a local
  • Visit local artisans as they work in their traditional workshops
  • Participate in a unique wine tasting by sampling different local wines
  • Learn about famous local gastronomy while savoring Cretan flavors such as the traditional koulouri, Greek coffee, Cretan pastries, and cheese and oil
  • Listen to tales, myths, and legends of the city while wandering through its layers of history
Full description
Explore Rethymno like a local, hearing stories, visiting classic sights, and tasting traditional Cretan food and drinks on a private guided tour. Start your tour with a freshly-brewed Greek coffee in a local kafeneion, or Greek café, mingling with locals and learning how conquerors from East and West influenced Crete's culinary diet. If you're feeling curious, find out what your future holds by reading your Greek coffee cup — a centuries-old tradition. Then, stroll through Rethymno's windy streets through Sabbionara to the cobblestone labyrinth of the old Ottoman district. You'll pass by impressive mansions with unique door frames and external decorations, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled. Learn about how the Venetians also conquered the city, and as you walk along you'll discover the different layers of the city's rich history. See mosques, Catholic churches, and temples dotted around the city's streets, and on your way, visit local craftspeople as they work in their workshops. Next, get familiar with the secrets of the famous Cretan diet by sampling local nibbles, including the traditional sesame break ring called koulouri, local fresh cheese, olives, and Cretan olive oil — which is considered as one of the best in the world. Continue your tour through hidden back alleys of the old city, snapping photos of the picturesque districts and authentic life. Visit a secret garden neatly tucked in the center of the Old Town, your final stop, where you'll take part in a unique wine tasting of local, award-winning wines. You'll discover that vine cultivation and wine production in Crete dates as far back as 1,600 B.C.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Food
  • Drinks, coffee or soft drink, and a glass of wine
  • 4-hour tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional food and drink
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Passport or ID card, copy accepted

Know before you go

  • Alcoholic drinks are allowed to participants age 18 or older
  • Participants under the age of 18 are provided non-alcoholic beverages
  • Please remember to bring a valid government-issued ID with you
  • Vegetarian and other dietary requirements can be accommodated. Please notify the local supplier in advance if you have any dietary requests
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13 October 2021

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Joli tour de la vieille ville et du port, beaucoup d'explications sur l'histoire (vénitiens, ottomans,...), dégustation de café grec, de liqueurs, de mezze traditionnel, de Horta, de tarte au fromage-miel-noix et d'une glace. Notre guide Kiki était très sympathique.

22 October 2021

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