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8 Days Nature, Music, Gastronomy, and Yoga Eco Adventure in Crete, Greece

Travel and Do, Drapanias Beach, Kissamos, Chania, 73400, Greece

Culinary and Yoga Retreat Greece

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.

Meet the instructors

Yannis
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Highlights

  • Daily a Hatha yoga class
  • Dedicated car driver and holiday facilitator
  • Includes a cooking class, a food tour, and a wine tasting
  • Authentic cultural experiences on privately guided day trips
  • Daily half board meals (self-prepared breakfast with provided ingredients)
  • 7 nights seafront accommodation in a villa complex
  • VIP-quality travel

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Greek
The maximum participants in the group is 7
Airport transfer included: Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis")
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

You will be accommodated in one of the hotels, villas or apartments of the Travel and Do partner venues network, as per availability. You will have a shared swimming pool.

Program

Please do note that there is a one and a half hour Hatha yoga class daily (5 classes altogether), either early in the morning before breakfast or later in the day

Day 1

  • Arrival day, check in at 15:00
  • Welcome dinner

Day 2

  • After a late breakfast off to an awarded beach for 2.5 hours beach time and seafront tavern lunch.
  • Return to our base for a short rest and off to our first cooking class including dinner.

Day 3

  • After breakfast off to beekeeping and honey tasting experience, including light lunch at beekeeper's home.
  • Return to our base for rest and off to dinner at a seafront tavern.

Day 4

  • A. Sailing and Hiking Experience: After breakfast off to Gramvoussa island and Balos beach, rich lunch served on board (this option is based on availability and the weather conditions, therefore option B. is provided as well)
  • B. Archaeology and Hiking: After breakfast off to a guided tour in the museum in Kissamos and at the Polirinia ancient site, including tavern lunch. This option includes a 45min easy hike.
  • Dinner for both options back at our base

Day 5

  • After breakfast off to an eco-farm for: Fresh bread and local cheese making / Wine tour and tasting / Cooking class / Dinner with live music and dance class

Day 6

  • After breakfast off to South Crete for 2.5 hours best Cretan beach experience / Seafront tavern lunch / Free time in picturesque local town.
  • Dinner back at our base.

Day 7

  • Free morning. Departure after lunch for pottery and pastry tour in Chania city / Old port 1.5 hour guided tour / Free time for shopping/ Dinner with live music

Day 8

  • Departure day, check out at 11:00

Included excursions

  • A guided visit to the ancient city of Polirinia or a sailing day trip (weather permitting)
  • Day trip to South Crete
  • Chania city for a pottery and pastry experience
  • Learn to bake bread, make cheese, make soap, and cook local dishes at an eco-farm
  • Visit the oldest olive tree of Crete
  • Wild herbs and bee keeping tour (including honey tasting)

Instructors

Yannis Sampsonidis

Retreat location

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.

Unique features

Activities

  • Art classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Sailing
  • Shopping
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Concierge desk
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Local market
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

Food

The price of the package includes half board meals, that consist of a self-prepared breakfast in your villa kitchen with our provided ingredients and either lunch or dinner depending on the schedule of the day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Swimming
  • Sunbathing
  • Walking

All day tours and activities are privately organized for our group only.

Spa treatments

Massage treatments available on request.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All entrance fees, transfer costs, and activities as described in the itinerary
  • Daily Hatha yoga class (5 classes)
  • English speaking holiday facilitator
  • Half board meals (self-prepared breakfast)
  • Transfers to and from the venue (Chania International Airport (CHQ) or Chania port)

What's not included

  • Emergency costs
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • International arrival and departure air transfers
  • International flights
  • Services not included in the itinerary
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Visa and passport charges

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by ferry / boat

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.

Airport: Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis") Airport transfer included: Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis") No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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