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Crete Cooking Tour - Λαμπινή 74053

Seven-Day, Six-Night Cooking Tour of Crete with Meals, Accommodations, and Cooking Lessons from CookingVacations.com

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Guided Cooking Tour of Crete Explores Island’s Local Cuisine and Ancient Culture

The largest and most populous of the Greek islands, Crete is composed of mountains, valleys, rivers, and lakes adrift in the Aegean Sea, 100 miles south of the mainland. The island was once as the seat of the Minoan civilization, and traditional Cretan cuisine reflects their rich, proud heritage. Here, the locals dine on fresh seafood, smoked eggplant, free-range lamb tsigariasto, homemade grape-peel raki, and much more. Master the art of crafting these dishes while exploring the island on a seven-day cooking and cultural tour of Crete from CookingVacations.com.

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An English-speaking guide will greet you upon arrival at Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport (HER) in Crete’s administrative capital, Heraklion. Indulge in a Greek coffee—which is brewed stronger than American coffee—and a traditional Cretan meal before heading west to the Aoritis Villas in the tiny village of Lampini, which has a population of about 200. Aortitis’s five villas combine stone, marble, and antique furniture for a traditional Greek feel, enhanced by kitchenettes, WiFi, and televisions. Take in breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

Each day, you’ll explore Crete’s history and present culture. One trip ventures to Phaestos, the first Minoan palace, which overlooks the island from the top of a hill. Nearby, the manmade caves of Matala were likely carved by Romans or early Christians about 2,000 years ago. Hippies most recently inhabited them in the 1960s. At the fishing village of Kokkinos Pyrgos, you’ll dine on just-caught seafood for lunch. Tours also hit the Palace of Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete, with a post-palace stop at a natural bee pasture to sample honey straight from the honeycomb.

Each night, you’ll learn to cook up to 10 classic Cretan dishes during a hands-on lesson. Lessons range from beginner’s course in stuffed tomatoes, peppers, and vine-leaf wrapped dolmadakia to an evening spent making kakavia, a hearty provincial fish soup. Ingredients for lessons are picked up at local markets throughout the day, with less than 12 hours having passed between the food’s harvest and its place on the table. You’ll also visit the region of Chania, where more than 65 stores sell everything from fruits cultivated on the island to fresh bread. To end the tour in style, groups enjoy a farewell dinner of Cretan specialties prepared by the lady of the house and her mother.

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This deal's accommodations are now valid at Thalori Traditional Resort.

What You Get

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Seven-day, six-night cooking tour of Crete; each option includes:

  • Stay at Thalori Traditional Resort
  • All meals
  • Four hands-on Cretan cooking classes
  • Five in-depth foodie and cultural tours
  • Ground transportation

Choose between the following options:

  • $1,689 for a Solo Traveler package
  • $3,378 for a package for two

Book by: 6/30/12
Travel by: 5/1/13

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • All meals included
  • Four hands-on Cretan cooking lessons
  • Five in-depth foodie and cultural tours
  • English-speaking guide
  • Traditional villa accommodations
  • Outdoor pool

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The Fine Print

  • Must book by 6/30/12 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 5/1/13
  • Valid for Sunday arrival and Saturday departure only
  • Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 1 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Subject to availability
  • 30 day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Valid only for single and double villas only
  • Not valid with reward points
  • Airfare not included
  • 6.8% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

  • One, two, or three double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed
  • Stocked kitchenette
  • Television and Internet

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: smoking rooms available upon request during booking
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

What It's Worth

Seven-day, six-night cooking tour of Crete; each option includes:

  • Stay at Thalori Traditional Resort
  • All meals
  • Four hands-on Cretan cooking classes
  • Five in-depth foodie and cultural tours

Choose from the following options:

  • $1,689 for a Solo Traveler package (up to $3,290 value)
  • $3,378 for a package for two (up to $5,780 value)
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