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Live your dream holiday in Crete and experience the best of the Greek culture and cuisine combined with a daily yoga class! Travel and Do vacations are safe with a congenial atmosphere that brings people together in a way daily life rarely does. You will feel immediately at home, fit in easily to a new circle of friends, establish new bonds, and also open yourself up to new possibilities.
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You will be accommodated in one of the luxury villas or apartments of the Travel and Do partner venues network, as per availability. You will have your own private swimming pool.
Please do note that there is a one and a half hour Hatha yoga class daily, either early in the morning before breakfast or at sunset before dinner.
On this day, you will start to get to know each other better and adjust to the Mediterranean climate.
Today, you will go on a Cretan Sea and mountain hike experience as well as pay an eco-village a visit. The day trip features a visit to a monastery, the island of Elafonisi, and a short and easy hike along a gorge. You will have a group lunch in an eco-village. In the evening, there will be a group dinner at a high-end restaurant in Kolymbari fishing village.
Get to know the Cretan people with wild herbs and bee keeping tour (including honey tasting) and visit to the oldest olive tree of Crete and the olive tree museum. You will also be having a cooking class today.
You will visit a bee keeping farm and learn about the production process of the famous Cretan honey. Light brunch is included with the bee keeping tour. You’ll have time to relax by the sea as well as back at your villa before having your first cooking class.
The cooking class will take place in the courtyard of the cook’s village house, where she will show you how to prepare a rich Cretan dinner. After dinner, you’ll go out for dessert and refreshment drinks to soak in a bit of the village nightlife.
Today, you will have a pottery workshop and ancient Greek culture appreciation. You will visit a pottery museum and participate in a traditional pottery workshop. There will be free time to both stroll the streets of the picturesque village and tour the shops of the village’s many authentic workshops.
The day will include a two-hour guided visit to the neighboring ancient city of Eleftherna, where a new impressive museum opened its doors just a year ago. It is the fourth most important Greek museum inside of an archaeological site after Delphi, Olympia, and Vergina! The day will conclude with a group dinner at a high-end restaurant.
You will enjoy a boat tour and bakery tour today. You will go on a day trip to the area of Sfakia, one of the most unique and scenic parts of Crete, a land where tradition is alive and time refuses to run fast. You’ll board to a picturesque beach and then have late lunch at a seafront tavern. Afterwards, you’ll visit a local bakery and will have a guided tour and a tasting! The group dinner will be in your villa (the in-house cook will be providing dinner).
This will be an eco-farm day including a hands-on experience, a wine tour, and wine tasting. You will drive to an eco-farm and learn how to bake bread, make cheese, make soap, and cook local dishes. At the end of the activity, relax under their shady pergola with views over the garden, and enjoy a farmhouse meal including the fruits of your efforts!
You’ll start with a visit to the famous Falassarna Beach. After a group lunch, you will drive to Chania for a market and city guided tour. You will have free leisure time for shopping in the market and the city followed by a farewell dinner with live music at the old port of Chania.
Today, you will depart after a wonderful holiday on Crete island.
This retreat will take place in Kissamos area, on the beautiful island of Crete, Greece. “Out in the dark blue sea, there lays a land called Crete, a rich and lovely land, washed by the waves on every side..." says the famous Homer in “The Odyssey.” Crete is perhaps the most famous travel destination of Greece, especially among those who seek the traditional side of the Greek culture.
Offering a unique and diverse landscape, a chance to come close to the local customs, native people with authentic hospitality and the Cretan cuisine, famous worldwide for its taste and health benefits, Crete is a "must explore" for the conscious travelers of today.
Although globalization, tourism, and economic growth have inevitably changed the way of life in Crete, especially in the large urban centers, to a modern and cosmopolitan style, the Cretans still preserve the bonds with their rich folk traditions and cultural heritage. The Cretan dances are still danced at every opportunity and the "madinades" and the "rizitika" songs resound in every celebration.
In the countryside, many old Cretan men and women wear the traditional costume and the Cretan idiom is widely spoken even in the large cities. There is an exceptional artistic production in traditional sectors such as pottery, embroidery, jewelry, and of course the very special Cretan music. Arts and literature had always played a significant role in the life of the Cretan people.
Famous painters like El Greco, Michael Damaskinos, writers like Nikos Kazantzakis, poets like Vincenzos Kornaros and Odysseas Elitis, composers like Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hatzidakis, and Giannis Markopoulos are Cretans or of Cretan origin.
Today, there are many important Cretans with significant contribution in all aspects of the cultural life in Greece. Extra virgin olive oil, legumes, and vegetables still constitute the base of the local cuisine as they have done for thousands of years and make the Cretan cuisine renowned worldwide for its benefits on longevity and good health.
The price of the package includes full board meals and all of the food during the culinary tour.
Please book your flight to arrive at Chania International Airport (CHQ). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Travel and Do will pick you up from the airport. There are numerous direct charter flights to Crete, departing from many cities in Europe. Alternatively, you can fly from almost any big European city to Athens and further fly to Crete using Olympic Air or Aegean Air. Early booking is advisable.
After landing in Athens, go by metro to the port of Piraeus and get a boat to Crete (daily connections). It's important to know that it takes about one a half hours to reach the port of Piraeus by metro after you have landed. From the port of Piraeus, you can buy a high-speed ferry ticket (the ferry to Crete takes about eight hours) to arrive in Chania port. Pick-up from the Chania port (port Souda) is included in your holiday package.
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