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The Real Cretan Cooking Experience

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From $102.82

190 reviews   (4.95)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 6 hours

Departs: Crete, Crete

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Join us and live an incredible journey through the Cretan cuisine and culture... 

Tour Highlights
• Introduction and welcome drink
• Vegetable picking from the family garden
• Cooking class of traditional Cretan recipes
• Experience the use of the old wood-oven
• Hear the stories and origins behind each dish
• Wine tasting combined with cheese platters in Cretan varieties
• Tour around the theme rooms of the family house
• Introduction of the Cretan weaving tradition
• Admire extraordinary artifacts of the past and learn about the Cretan way of life in the previous centuries
• Feel part of a local family inside an embracing environment
• Enjoy the spectacular front and rear view of the cottage to the sea and the mountain
• Savor the freshly made dinner along with good Cretan wine

What's Included

All ingredients for your lunch

Commemorative gifts

English speaking, local driver/guide

Recipes & photos taken on tour are sent electronically via e-mail

Small-group cooking class

Transport by air-conditioned minivan/minibus

Use of apron and cooking utensils

Wine & Food tasting

What's Not Included

Gratuities (optional)

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Dress code is comfortable clothing - good shoes
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Please check the pick up areas before you book this tour.
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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


Fantastic trip!
Claire_B, 13-12-2022
This was brilliant! We got so much more than we expected, not just the cooking lesson and delicious food, but lots of interesting information about Crete and it’s history.
Great experience in lovely setting
D M, 04-11-2022
An very enjoyable evening. Our guide and driver was knowledgeable, engaging and interesting to talk to. Provided info on areas we were passing on way up. Lots on local culture too- interesting facts and history.
Thought has been put into it all - from tastng wines to things to do whilst food is cooking.
Beautiful late evening views from the cookery school across countryside to the coast.
Good company with guests on the tour. A nice activity if you are solo travelling. The food we cooked was good too!
Top tip : Wrap up for evenings as mountain is air cooler.
Come prepared to feast! Amazing time!
Andrew B, 03-11-2022
We had an amazing time with Nikos and the family that welcomed us into their home!! If you’re looking for a great and authentic experience with Cretan locals, this is your tour. First off, you better come hungry because you’re are going to leave stuffed. This is coming from a couple that loves to eat.

During the tour we received a brief history lesson as we drove out of the city, we fed the family goats, prepared the meals before the family cooked them, had a wine and cheese tasting, received another history lesson and then feasted on the food we prepared with the family. All in all we tasted about 4-5 different wines and had about 7-9 different plates of different dishes. If this family did a different tour, we would’ve booked that tour had we had more time in Crete. Overall amazing experience, would book through them again if we come back to Crete.
Highlight of our crete trip
779markii, 26-10-2022
Me and my husband had a most wonderful experience with the real cretin cooking experience. We were picked up close to our hotel by yannis on time and driven to the family house.

There we met the cook, Diamond (sorry forgot how to spell her name in Greek) and her husband Jorge.
We had so much fun cooking healthy vegetable foods, and we learnt new tips and tricks

Yannis is very friendly and full of knowledge about many subjects. We had a tour of the family home, ate cheese and breadsticks. We do not drink wine nor eat meat yet our hosts were so kind to make us feel included every step of the way.

At the end we ate together and enjoyed ourselves especially the family of four from Boston they were hilarious!

Overall u highly recommend this cooking course if you are in crete especially Chania.
Countryside Evening
bdubyadubya, 26-11-2022
Lovely visit to foothills of White Mountains. Didn’t get to harvest the veggies prior to class but otherwise brilliant experience. No prior cooking skills necessary, and plenty of wine to calm any nerves