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A wine tasting holiday that you can easily enjoy without being a connoisseur. Combine winery tours with wine seminars and artisan cooking. Join us on this wine tasting holiday and receive in depth knowledge on Greek and Cretan wines.

Tempt your taste buds with wines from indigenous vines and local recipes, dishes with uncluttered flavours that require the right wine pairing. Spend five days with a wine specialist on Greek wines while you visit wineries, vineyards and talk to winemakers.

Nico Manessis, a wine writer speciallizing on Greek Wines will travel with you on the selected wineries and share his wine knowledge during the wine seminars. For more information about Nico please visit his website Greek Wine World.

Join this holiday as we celebrate modern wines sourced from the mountainous landscape of Crete.

Highlights include 

  • winery visits and sampling of wine from local varieties
  • wine seminars on Cretan and Greek wines
  • a real insight into the local gastronomy with a strong focus focus on wine
  • cooking workshops and wonderful dinners

A Long Heritage 

The vine has known almost 4 millennia of systematic cultivation in Crete! With such a rich heritage on vine cultivation and wine production you will find that this land has a lot to offer when it comes to wine. Nowadays, Crete is going through a wine revolution. 54 wineries have moved Cretan wine into a new era and have invested in morden winemaking technology. Talented Cretan winemakers are crafting world-class wines from native and international varieties that can rival the best from around the world.

Cretan vineyards, north facing and cooled by the Aegean winds offer a rich tapestry of varied soil types and 11 indigenous grapes with unique scents and taste. This invigorated wine scene beckons discovery. Where else can you taste Dafni, a dry white redolent of laurel. Liatiko: a spicy textured red.

Accommodation

Your accommodation can range from small traditional cottages that sleep 2-4 people to larger luxury villas.

All accommodation is located in and around the village of Litsarda, close to The Olive Farm.

When you get in touch to plan your holiday we will discuss your specific accommodation requirements. We will provide a range of options for your particular tour, with photography, before you book the holiday.

Your Holiday Itinerary

Day 1| Arrival

Pick up from the airport – or the city center of Chania. Transfer to your accommodation in the area of Apokoronas, a leafy region in the Northern coast of Crete with numerous villages between the olive groves and vineyards.

Small reception with drinks and meze and info on the schedule of the week.

Free evening to explore the village – bikes are available

Meals: Snack |

 Day 2| Local Gastronomy

Visit the central food market in Chania along with our chef and buy provisions for our workshop.

Cooking workshop and Wine Seminar – Dinner at the Olive Farm

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner|

 Day 3| Winery Excursion

Visit two different wineries. Explore the vineyards sample wine and investigate the aromas of indigenous vines

Dinner En Route

Meals: Breakfast | Snack | Difficulty: easy

 Day 4| Sight Seeing in Chania 

Start the day with a visit at a 16th century Monastry

Explore the city of Chania

Join us for a cooking workshop, a wine seminar and dinner at the Olive Farm

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner| Difficulty: easy

 Day 5| Winery Excursion 

Visit two different wineries. Explore the vineyards sample wine and investigate the aromas of indigenous vines

Dinner En Route

Meals: Breakfast |

 Day 6 | Departure

Breakfast and departure for the airport or the city centre of Chania depending on further travelling arrangements

Meals: Breakfast |

 

The grape escape – Discover Cretan Wines

  • Region: Crete
  • Destination: Chania
  • Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
  • Activities: winery excursions, wine tastings, wine seminars, cooking, walking
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Price per person: Get in touch and we will give you a quote depending on your preferences and exact requirements. Children receive up to a 30% discount.
  • Optional single supplement: from €250

Holiday dates

  • This holiday is offered on request so please get in touch with us to arrange your dates
  • We always recommend spring and autumn dates to avoid hot summer days.

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Included
  • 5 nights accommodation in traditional guest houses
  • 2 Dinners  – carefully selected top quality traditional meals
  • All transfers to and from excursions
  • 2 cooking workshops
  • 2 wine seminars
  • 4 guided winery visits – wine sampling
On Request
  • Single rooms
  • Meals adopted to specific allergies
  • Car rental although we encourage biking
  • Private driver
  • Specific dietary needs at your accommodation
  • Extension of visit in Crete
  • Guided visits and transport to archaeological sites
Itinerary Disclaimer

From time to time our itineraries may be amended, either for operational reasons or in response to feedback from customers. Please ensure you have read the latest Trip Notes before booking or travelling on your tour. Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.

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