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From Rethymno: Cretan Villages Tour & Traditional Lunch

From Rethymno: Cretan Villages Tour & Traditional Lunch

From US$ 124.78 per person

Enjoy a ride through some traditional Cretan villages and a homemade lunch at Vatos village, cooked by your host Vangelio. Experience the traditional Greek way of life, the culture and the Cretan art of cooking.

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  • Visit 3 traditional Cretan villages
  • Experience authentic Cretan culture
  • Enjoy a fabulous Greek meal at a traditional village and home
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If you are interested in learning about life in authentic Crete, then take a ride through some of the most traditional Cretan villages and ending with a home-cooked lunch at a traditional Cretan home located at Vatos village. There’s something about experiencing village life in another country that gives the traveler a feeling of deep authenticity. Village life is a fascinating thing. It’s slow. It’s authentic. It’s traditional. And on this 4-hour tour through the countryside of Crete, you can get a deep sense of what life is like on this Greek island. After your hotel pick-up, prepare to get an impressive peek at a way of life many outsiders don’t get the chance to see. Depending on your pick-up location, on your way to your destination, you will experience the picturesque Cretan province, and will arrive at Vatos at approximately 10:00. You will experience the art of making fresh bread, visit the local church, its beautiful yard, the school, the fountain where the locals used to wash their clothes, Sofia's distilleries and the Cretan Spiti, where you will see how a traditional house in Crete is like. After Vatos, visit Spili, where you will have free time to enjoy the local coffee and some souvenir shopping. Next stop is Lambini, for a visit at the local church and a stop at the village 'kafeneio' (coffee house) for a taste of raki.  When the village tour comes to an end, you will arrive back at Vatos village and Vangelio's house where its owner will invite you into its premises.  Vangelio was born and raised in a Cretan village, and will wholeheartedly invite you into her traditional Cretan home and create a unique atmosphere that will turn this visit into a highlight of your trip. You will first taste freshly baked bread from a traditional oven. She will teach you about Cretan culture and history, share stories about her family’s life and make you feel just as if you are visiting close relatives or friends. She will also share stories about true Cretan lifestyle and chat with you while you taste and enjoy some Cretan meze snacks, wine and Cretan raki. All the dishes are made of genuine pure Cretan products such as olive oil, vegetables, cheese, meat, wine and of course, all the ingredients are fresh and local. Enjoy the experience of meeting new people and become part of the family.
  • Transfers to and from the Cretan village and your hotel's location for areas around Rethymno. For more distant areas, transfers are upon request and there may be an additional cost
  • Lunch at Vatos village - wine, drinks and soft drinks are free
  • Anything that is not specified in the program as included
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Great tour, there were only two of us with our guide. Get to know the Cretan life in the village and very tasty lunch. Actually like vacation with friends. Highly recommended if you want to explore the hinterland of Rethymno off the tourist trails.

June 4, 2019

Great excursion with a very knowledgeable guide. One tip. Take your appetite with you. Food served at lunch was amazing and there was lots of it.

September 27, 2019

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