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Natural Treasures of Crete

From virgin olive oil to organic wines, locally produced cheese and unique smoked apaki, this tour will make your taste buds remember the treasures of Crete! You`ll visit a training centre dedicated to sustainability by supporting small-scale family businesses. Taste some treats, learn about Crete’s flora, and pick up a few tips for making your everyday life more environmentally friendly.

From virgin olive oil to organic wines, locally produced cheese and unique smoked apaki, this tour will make your taste buds remember the treasures of Crete! You`ll visit a training centre dedicated to sustainability by supporting small-scale family businesses. Taste some treats, learn about Crete’s flora, and pick up a few tips for making your everyday life more environmentally friendly.

Our tour will start with a 30-minute drive from Chania to a small village. We’re going to host you in a venue that’s the first of its kind in Europe! We will visit a sustainable facility that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient. On your way, you’ll get to admire the beautiful coast on one side and the rugged White Mountains on the other.

Once we arrive, you’ll learn all about the flora of the area and how locals tend to use local products. Crete is home to a rich variety of plant life, including some 2,108 plants that grow there, 302 of which are endemics (found nowhere else in the world). In the rural and agricultural landscape, vineyards, olive-groves and orange orchards dominate, whilst on the hills scrubland prevails – mainly phrygana (open scrubland with dwarf-plants, often spiny) and aromatic herbs, as well as the endemic plants and flowers, some of which – alas – are much endangered.

The Cretan population has long lived in harmony with the environment, using resources responsibly. This centre provides training and development programs for businesses to learn sustainable practices and corporate social responsibility. You will have the chance to exchange alternative sustainable ideas that we can apply to our everyday lives.

You’ll have the time to walk around the grounds and see, feel, smell, touch, and taste all the richness of this ancient land, and learn how local resources are used in everything from food to medicine. You’ll even participate in a scavenger hunt and trace the herbs around the centre.

With all that talk of fresh ingredients, you will probably start craving them, right? Don`t worry! Next we dive deeper into exploring the local wine varieties. As well, we’ll honour that world-famous Cretan diet with a lesson in the health benefits of organic olive oil, and a few insider tips on how you can distinguish a good olive oil from a not-so-great. We’ll pair all that with a few delicious dishes, made with local ingredients that will tantalize your senses!

Upon leaving the academy, you’ll have a much richer understanding of Cretan culture, while also having helped small rural businesses to thrive.
 

30% of your tour costs will go to supporting small-scale rural businesses in local communities

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  • phone: , +30 6955857178
  • E-mail: info@destinationcrete.gr
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Natural Treasures of Crete

Details

Type
Guided Trips/Tours, Courses & Seminars
Activities
Environmental/Ecosystems, Gastronomy, Wine, Local products,Wine tasting
location
The Village of Drapanos in the prefecture of Chania., Chania
Languages
English or Greek

Prices & Rates (per person/per group)

Indicative Price (Daily)
€110 per person
Costs

Price: 112€

Difficulty Level & Required Equipment

Difficulty Level
1 (Very Easy)

Duration/Timetable & Pick up Services

Notes

Duration: 4 hours

Schedule

This activity is usually scheduled for Thursdays.

Starting time & point: 6.00 PM at Chania's Municipal Market

Ending point:Hotels on route from the village of Drapanos to Chania Municipal Market.

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Included Services

English-speaking guide, transportation to and from the venue, 5 different wine tastings, olive oil tasting, finger foods, fresh orange juice for children.

Not Included Services

Additional food and drinks, souvenirs or personal shopping

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