Private tour

From Rethimno: Private Tour of Traditional Crete & Cuisine

Activity provider: Eco Events

From Rethimno: Private Tour of Traditional Crete & Cuisine

Activity provider: Eco Events

From US$ 157.04 per person

Learn the traditional ways of a nunnery, goat-herding, and beekeeping on a private tour to the countryside of Crete. Be welcomed into a local home for an authentic meal and learn about their lives.

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Duration 8 hours
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Greek, French, English
Pickup included
Pickup from your hotel in Rethimno.
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  • Indulge in the rich traditional flavors of loukoumi, honey, and pitakia
  • Meet the only nun at the Vossakos monastery and learn about her life
  • Join a traditional Cretan family in their home in the mountains for a meal
  • Watch 100 goats be released from their pen to run free into the high hills
  • Walk through a field of orange trees in the very ancient village of Apladiana
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Immerse yourself in the traditional customs of Crete on a private tour from Rethimno. Meet the only living nun at Vossakos monastery and be introduced to Mr. Andreas and Mrs. Eleni at a local pasture. Learn about goat-herding and beekeeping from the experts and indulge in delicious Cretan cuisine.

Get picked up from your accommodations in Crete and leave the city center behind for the picturesque countryside. Arrive at the historical Vossakos monastery, settled in a landscape of beautiful flowers, lush trees, and aromatic herbs.

Walk towards the monastery and be welcomed within by the one remaining nun who lives here. Be treated to her smile and a taste of the sweet loukoumi, learning about the stories surrounding these holy walls.

Depart from the monastery to visit a local pasture. Pass through the entrance of three huge trees and meet Mr. Andreas, the resident shepherd. Listen to him detail his daily routine, including taking care of the goats and the process of producing milk.

Indulge in the delicious flavors of traditional Cretan appetizers, such as cheese, olives, and a glass of raki. With a happy stomach, follow the shepherd out to his flock and watch as 100 goats rush out of their pen into the high hills.

Say goodbye to Mr. Andreas and be introduced to his wife, Mrs. Eleni. Slide into your beekeeping uniform as she leads you to the hives, demonstrating her mastery over the honey-loving insects.

Observe the procedure for honey extraction that Mrs. Eleni undertakes with her bare hands! Learn the family secrets behind why she has no need for her own beekeeper's uniform.

Bee welcomed into the home of Mr. Andreas and Mrs. Eleni, situated high up in the mountains with breathtaking views over the village. Take a walk through the peaceful environment, relaxing into this fairytale-like world.

Open a bottle of wine and enjoy a glass while a traditional lunch is prepared for you. Tuck into a range of local organic products and finish off your meal with a delicious dessert, such as pitakia with honey on top.

After lunch, be guided to the heart of Apladiana, one of the most ancient villages on the island which still adheres to Cretan customs. Cross through a field full of orange trees, reveling in the citrusy breeze, and finish your tour in the village square.

  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Local driver
  • Transportation by air-conditioned car or mini bus
  • Entry ticket to the monastery
  • Lunch
  • Lots of raki
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All required protective equipment is provided
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Unaccompanied minors

    Know before you go

    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Seating is available for infants
    • Vegetarian options are available
    • A minimum of two people are required for this activity
    Customer reviews

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    The fantastic tour took us to many locations we would not have found. Our guide was knowledgeable and told us everything about the area. All the people we met on tour were so friendly, and we enjoyed every single stop we made. And the food from Mrs. Eleni... OMG, so good! Thank you all for an amazing trip. It was the highlight of our vacation.

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    July 22, 2022

    Product ID: 342226