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Crete: Cretan Culture Tour and Pottery Workshop

Crete: Cretan Culture Tour and Pottery Workshop

From US$ 36.09 per person

Discover Crete on a guided tour that visits the most historic spots and has hands-on activities like pottery making and an olive oil tasting.

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Duration 1 day
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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the historical Monastery of Arkadi
  • Take a pottery lesson and create your own ceramic
  • Taste Cretan olive oil
  • Marvel at views of the Melidoni Cave
Full description
See Crete on a guided tour that combines history and craft for a hands-on experience. Visit the most historical spots on the island, learn their history, and enjoy a pottery lesson and olive oil tasting. Visit the Museum of Ancient Eleftherna, Melidoni Cave, and more. Start by getting picked up from your accommodation in Rethymno, then arrive at the most important monastery of Crete: the Monastery of Arkadi. Explore the museum where many icons, monastic relics, and weapons reveal the monastery’s history. Enjoy an hour of free time. Next, visit the Museum of Ancient Eleftherna with its historical findings from Homer’s era. This is the first archaeological site museum in Crete. The museum hosts the whole history of Eleftherna from 3000 B.C. to 1300 A.D. Afterward, enjoy a tour of the pottery workshop “TSIKALARIO” in the village of Margarites to learn about the art of pottery and create your own ceramic. The tradition of pottery goes back many generations in this villa. Later, visit Margarites village where you will have free time for lunch or a walk. Next, head to an olive oil manufactory. Learn how Cretan people made olive oil in the past and see the evolution up to today. Take part in an olive oil tasting before heading to the next stop, Melidoni Cave. Lastly, arrive at Melidoni, also called “Gerodospilios,” a historic cave filled with stalactites and stalagmites. This 220-meter altitude cave was used for religious ceremonies and as a place of worship. Learn the cave's archaeological and historical significance before heading back to Rethymno.
Includes
  • Guided tour
  • Opportunity to create your own ceramic
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Transportation
  • Entrance to the Arkadi Monastery (3€/per person)
  • Entrance to the Eleftherna Museum (4€/per person)
  • Entrance to the Melidoni Cave (3€/per person)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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4 /5

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Very good day ! Really nice guide. We made some superb discoveries and the day was well paced. It is good to know that the pottery activity consists in attending a realization made by a professional. And not to do it yourself, as we understood. On the other hand, it would take less time in the monastery and more in the cave (which is beautiful!).

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September 25, 2021

The description of GYG did not come to full reality. The tour started at 09:20, instead of 06:00, what ist good if you like sleeping like me... :) But the bad thing about it was, that we had to rush rush rush through the whole day. There has been no free time between Arkadi and Eleftherna as described and don't expect to do your own pottery as the text suggests... this was really sad for me, because I would have loved to do that. :( But all the places and people we have seen, where really nice and the tourguide has been really funny and helpful, so it was a good experience at least. :)

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August 20, 2021

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