Guided tour

Heraklion: Food Tastings Walking Tour

4.9 / 5

27 reviews

Activity provider: Crete Local Adventures

Heraklion: Food Tastings Walking Tour

Activity provider: Crete Local Adventures

From US$ 101.52 per person

Experience Heraklion like a local & explore the best the city has to offer. Learn about the culinary culture & wander in local neighborhoods as you eat and sip your way through authentic Heraklion.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience real Cretan food at 8 local-favourite stops away from the tourist crowds
  • Sample unique Cretan cheeses and learn how to become an authentic Cretan cheese-expert by selecting the best ones
  • Sample Heraklion’s bougatsa in a family-owned business that has been running since since 1920s
  • Taste the world famous Cretan olive oil and find out why it is considered one of the best in the world
  • Enjoy a glass of local wine and learn about the local wine making process that dates back to the Bronze Age
Full description

Get an introduction to the best food that Heraklion has to offer by treating your palate to traditional Cretan dishes and exceptional local wines! Go on an unforgettable tasty journey through Heraklion’s local neighbourhoods. After meeting your local guide, start off with a traditional Greek coffee also known as ellinikós kafés. Learn why Greeks love coffee and see it brewed the traditional way in sand and be taught “cup reading”, a centuries-old tradition that reads your future. Enjoy Heraklion’s well-known bougatsa in a family-owned business that has mastered its bougatsa technique since 1922. Consisting of semolina custard, cheese, or minced meat filling between layers of phyllo, bougatsa is a must-taste pastry that you shouldn’t miss while being in the city. Continue to a local market where you’ll meet the local vendors and learn about their products. Sample some of the basic elements of Cretan cuisine such as olives, rusks, and cheese. Become a cheese-tasting expert by receiving local hints and learn how to spot the best local cheeses. Taste the island’s famous olive oil and find out why organic Cretan olive oil is one of the best oils in the world. Sit down for a local organic meat dish or if you want to show yourself how brave you are, sample a dish that is loved by most Cretans: fried snails. Move on to your last stop and taste some local Cretan wines in a family-run shop. Keep in mind that winemaking in Crete has a long history that dates back to the Bronze Age. Before you go, don’t forget to ask your local guide for more tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay.

Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Food and beverage samples (coffee, rusks, olives, cheese, pastries, traditional sweets, local wine/spirit tasting, meats)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional food and drink
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Eleftherias Square, in the city center. Your guide will be standing in the middle of Eleftherias Square, the main square in Heraklion. Arrive 10 minutes before the activity starts.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Child Policy: Alcoholic beverages are allowed to participants age 18 or older because of the national alcohol restrictions. Participants under the age of 18 are provided non-alcoholic beverages
  • Please remember to bring a valid government-issued ID with you
  • The food samples are more than enough that you can skip lunch
  • Vegetarian options are available, but please specify at the time of booking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 27 reviews

Review summary

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  • Value for money
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Really great tour with Eva. She gave us a clear understanding of the intricate history of Heraklion. The food and drink was delicious and plentiful. My only suggestion is to go somewhere first where people can have something other than Greek coffee. Tea, for instance. Two of the three of us did not drink coffee, so that portion was wasted on us. But everything else was really good and well-designed.

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October 26, 2022

Amazing guide, amazing food!!! We went on this tour with Eva in June and she was absolutely incredible! She was so knowledgeable of the history of Crete and of the city, she made us feel so comfortable and at home, and she engulfed us in the culture of Greece. The food was plentiful and delicious—there was great variety including meze, cheese, wine, and desserts. We were delightedly full after the tour! We cannot thank Eva enough for this experience!

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October 8, 2022

Unfortunately I can not recall the guides name but she was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. There were only 3 of us on the tour so it was like having a walk round Heraklion with a friend. She took us to so many places to try the foods and wines of Cretan cuisine. The tour was through so many cut throughs that you would have to live in Heraklion for years to find these hidden gems that she took us too. Her knowledge of Heraklion was immense, and she also gave us many recommendations for places to eat and other tours to book for the remainder of our holiday. We tried many dishes and didn’t need tea when we returned to our hotel in Stalis. One bit of feedback would be to have a more precise meeting point as we found it difficult to find our guide, may be suggest meeting at the statue of the unnamed soldier?

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September 13, 2022

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