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Chania, Greece
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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Main
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

Chatzimichali Giannari 10-14, Chania 731 32, Greece

At 16:00 pm– We are meeting in front of the Quick Film, at Chatzimichali Giannari 10-14. 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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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
See all safety measures taken by The Real Cretan Cooking Experience.
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
See all safety measures taken by The Real Cretan Cooking Experience.
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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star-5
A so rich and relational experience.
William_A
, Oct 2021
All the varieties during the day. As for examples : music, stories, little museum, good wine, objects, calm, animals, herbs, cheese... Our guest was very attentive to give satisfaction to the clients. Thanks for kindness.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best day in Crete!
Hannah_S
, Oct 2021
Our guide Yannis was incredible! He was so warm and kind, and incredibly intelligent and knowledgeable about Chania! The food was incredible and being up in the mountains was beautiful. It was our favorite day of our whole vacation!
star-5
Amazing evening Cretan cooking class!
Cheryl_A
, Oct 2021
We LOVED our experience with Yanni and the team! This was one of the most memorable parts of our 2 week stay in Greece, and offered a chance to hear about the history of Crete while partaking in prepping a delicious meal and meeting people from around the world. Would highly recommend this to anyone who has the time to do it! Keep in mind, it runs until late in the evening (we were there until around 10pm), so don't plan to be anywhere afterwards and settle in for a great time!
star-5
You Gotta Go!
Janice_T
, Oct 2021
The best tour we had in Crete. Our guide “Giannis” was so enthusiastic and bursting with knowledge about Greece, he made the evening extraordinary! Our hosts for the cooking class were fun and welcoming as they shared their home with us. We cooked, fed the goats and sheep, tasted wines, ate a lot, and learned a lot about Greece! Exceptional tour!
star-5
A fantastic experience
Rob_C
, Sep 2021
It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience from start to finish. We learned so much about Cretan cuisine and culture. I really can't recommend this highly enough!
star-5
10/10 would recommend and would do again.
Patricia_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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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

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