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Heraklion: Cretan Cooking Lesson with Dinner in Arolithos

4.9 / 5

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Heraklion: Cretan Cooking Lesson with Dinner in Arolithos

From US$ 104.62 per person

Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village organizes Cretan cooking lessons. Take a mini-tour in the Arolithos museum, prepare your own dishes, and delight in the foods you have created.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Learn from experienced chefs
  • Taste your own culinary creations
  • Enjoy a traditional one-of-a-kind experience
Full description
Receive a short 30-minute tour on your arrival at the museum of rural history and folk craft in the Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village. Traditional Cretan cuisine is considered to be one of the healthiest in the world. Here you can learn from the masters while they create famous Cretan dishes which you can participate in before making your very own. You can create stuffed vine leaves, stuffed vegetables, pork with wine sauce, lamb with green beans, traditional Cretan ntakos, tzatziki and sarikopites, and coiled cheese pies. Afterwards, you can sit down to enjoy the dishes you have prepared with local wine and mineral water. Participants will also receive a cooking certification document, which has been authorized by the Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village.
  • Entrance to the Arolithos Museum
  • Wine tasting
  • Food tasting
  • Lunch or dinner of your own created dishes
  • Recipes
  • Mini tour
  • Museum tour
  • Arolithos traditional Cretan village tour
  • English-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • This is a 2.5-hour activity
  • Transfer service and car hire can be organized at an extra charge
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise the organizers of any specific dietary requirements at the time of booking
  • Vegetarian options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Only the cooking class is wheelchair accessible, not the whole tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 14 reviews

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My husband and I decided to do this cooking class as a part of our honeymoon trip. Though we did not realize it originally, it was a private cooking class just for us! It started off with a tour of the village and some history about the traditional Cretan way of life. The food we made was all amazing and tasted fresh, we just made so much it was hard to eat everything! Our guide was amazing, very knowledgeable, patient, and made the whole experience very enjoyable. To top it off, we got to eat our creations out on the patio with an amazing view of Heraklion and the sea. We absolutely enjoyed our day and highly recommend this activity for anyone looking to learn a little more about Cretan food and history!

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October 8, 2021

This was an excellent activity. I signed up for a cooking lesson last minute and everything was great. The property is so charming, made to look like an old Cretan village. Mary gave a fantastic tour and also a great cooking lesson. I was the only one who signed up that day so it was basically a private lesson for myself. The dishes were simple to make and very tasty. We made tzatziki, stuffed vegetable with rice, grape leaves and a pastry desert. They also had a demonstration of two other meat dishes. Then I got to eat everything overlooking Crete. Such a great experience, would definitely recommend!

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September 20, 2021

We arrived to be greeted by Mary, a wonderful woman, she was so kind, patient and answered everything that we wanted to know about the beautiful village we were exploring. Mary really knew her stuff! She speaks excellent English and taught us some common sayings in greek also! we just had such a wonderful experience. The village itself was beautiful, and we particularly enjoyed the little church, the mosaic workshop, the museum and the visits from the village kitties (cats) while we ate our lunch. The cooking lesson was absolutely excellent and we will 100% be trying the dishes at home! Thank you so much for a wonderful day trip!

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September 15, 2021

Product ID: 94515