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Crete: Olive Oil Tasting with Cretan Food Pairing

1. Crete: Olive Oil Tasting with Cretan Food Pairing

Create lasting memories in Crete as you enjoy an olive oil tasting experience under the shade of olive trees. This entire experience will be enjoyed in the middle of a 2,000-year-old monumental olive grove. Discover the history, culture, and Cretan civilization of olive oil throughout the centuries. During your walk around the peaceful olive groves such as the holy Gethsemane Garden, you will discover the beauty of the Cretan landscape as well as the myths, flavors, and aromas of olive oil. The activity includes an olive oil tasting of 4 different olive oils at a tasting table in the shade of some olive trees. During the tasting you will be pairing food with more types of olive oil, and you will receive tips on how taste, preserve, choose, cook, and fry olive oil. You'll also receive more information about harvesting and olive oil extraction.

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Crete: Arkadi Monastery e-Bike Tour with Lunch

2. Crete: Arkadi Monastery e-Bike Tour with Lunch

Discover the beauty surrounding Rethymno as you cycle along the coastline. Just before you start the journey uphill, you will make your first stop at the Arsani Monastery. From there you will continue uphill through the olive groves, passing small picturesque villages before making your next stop to the village of Amnatos. There you can admire the mansion of Sanguinazzo, where you will discover above its main door the inscription which states "Initium sapientiae timor Domini". Your next stop is the Arkadi Monastery, which boasts a rich and prestigious history. You can learn about the resistance of the local people and the heroic acts of the monks, which will help you understand the significant role they played during the Greek revolution against the Ottomans. Following the monastery, you will be spoiled with a selection of traditional dishes in a traditional taverna. Due to the elevated location, you will also have breathtaking panoramic views over Rethymno and the Mediterranean Coast whilst you dine. Following lunch, you'll ride towards Pigi Village and make a final stop at Adele, before slowly making your way back to your starting point.

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Rethymno: Private Cretan Food, Drinks & Sights Tour

3. Rethymno: Private Cretan Food, Drinks & Sights Tour

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.

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Rethymno: Wine Tasting at The Cretan House of Wine

4. Rethymno: Wine Tasting at The Cretan House of Wine

Sample native varieties of Cretan wine at the Cretan House of Wine. Discover delicious flavor and delicate aromas within every glass. Get to know different grape varieties by tasting various vintages. Learn about the characteristics of the region and the personal touches of the winemakers. First, experience the uniqueness of Cretan wines with a tasting of 11 different wines (each of 75ml per glass): White Wines: Vilana, Vidiano, Thrapsathiri, Plito, Dafni, Moschato Spinas, Malavazia Di Candia Aromatica Red Wines: Liatiko, Kotsifali, Mantilari Sweet Wine: Naturally sweet wine of biological agriculture from Liatiko Then, savor a pairing of traditional food with wine, including dishes such as: Apaki: Pieces of smoked pork Dakos: Rusk with tomato and white cheese Tigania: Pork with Cretan herbs fried to olive oil Dolmadakia: Vine leaves stuffed with rice Kalitsounakia: Traditional herb pie Graviera: Aged yellow cheese At the end, play a blind wine tasting game with a bottle of wine as a reward to the winner of the competition.

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Rethymno: Gourmet Walking Tour by Night

5. Rethymno: Gourmet Walking Tour by Night

With a local by your side, wander around the old town of Rethymnon and discover the unique culinary treasures of the region. During this four-hour Cretan private walking tour, you’ll be introduced to the best flavors, tastes, and wines that Rethymnon has to offer. Start by meandering along alleys and back streets of Rethymnon’s oldest neighborhoods, while listening to “spicy” local stories and food traditions. Before kicking off your culinary delights, stop at a local kafenion for freshly brewed Greek coffee. Learn about coffee tradition in Greece as you see it brewed the traditional way on sand. Continue through the labyrinth streets of the old town. Visit a 100-year-old bakery where you’ll sample yummy Kalitsounia, filled with cheese and spinach, fennel, or wild local greens. Stop at one of Rethymnon’s most unique cellars where you’ll participate in an exceptional wine and food tasting session presented by a qualified sommelier. Learn all about Cretan viticulture and local wines while sampling red, white, rosé, and dessert wines, all accompanied by delicious food plates. Sweeten your palate by visiting a local sweets shop famous for its fresh sweet delights that are produced from local, organic ingredients. Have you ever tasted baklava with ice cream on top, made from a local-farm sheep’s milk? Quench your thirst by heading to a local art venue instead of a tavern. Sample some locally brewed beer paired with a local meze and chat with the artist finding out how Cretan land and soul never fail to inspire artistic hearts. Finally, visit a hidden spot for a glass of an exclusively-for-you signature cocktail, based on liquid royalty, raki, the grape-based spirit of Crete. Before you go, your guide will be more than happy to make recommendations for what else you can do on the island.

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What people are saying about Rethymno

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 14 reviews

This was an amazing experience. Aspassia, our hostess, was a delightful, friendly and experienced lady. She explained all about the different kinds of olive oil and had us sample a few. This was then followed by wonderful Cretan plates to sample with the different oils. We went back home to check all the information on our current olive oil bottles :) I would definitely recommend this activity to anyone who is looking for a nice, relaxing afternoon in an olive grove.

Great and informative evening with Aspassia. You can feel she's doing it with a lot of passion and loves to share her passion and knowledge with others. We loved the food and how she explained the tasting. Beautiful location as well. We can recommend the tasting for people interested in food, nutrition and the history of olive oil in Greece.

This meal was one of the highlights of our trip to Crete. Sitting in a family owned olive grove, we were introduced to the flavors and recipes of the healthiest food culture in the world with authenticity and heart. Will recommend to everyone in the area.

Super friendly, super personable guide with lots of information! This is followed by a tasting in the shade of olive trees. Definitely to be recommended.

Such a beautiful setting and loved learning & tasting different olive oils.