Cretan Villages with Traditional Lounch, Heraklion, Crete

Enjoy a dride through traditional Cretan Villages and a home made lunch at Vatos Village. Experience the traditional Greek way of life, the culture, the Cretan art of cooking

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  • Duration: 6 Hours
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Description

Life in authentic Crete. Lets go for a ride through some of the most traditional Cretan Villages, which will end with a home-cooked lunch at a traditional Cretan home at Vatos Village. 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 the life is like on this Greek island. 

After your hotel pickup, prepare to get an impressive peek at a way of life many outsiders don’t get the chance to see. Depending on your pickup location, on your way to our destination, you will experience the picturesque Cretan province, and will arrive at Lambini at approx. 10:00am, for a visit at the local church and a stop at the village kafeneio (coffee house) for a taste of raki. After Lambini, we visit Spili, where you will have free time to enjoy the local coffee and some souvenir shopping. 

Next stop is Vatos. Here 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 our Cretan Spiti, where you will see how a traditional house in Crete is like.  When the Village tour comes to an end, we will remain at Vatos Village and visit Vangelio's house where its owner will invite you into its premises.  Vangelio 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 a fresh 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 share stories about Cretan true lifestyle and chat with you while you will 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 honoring us by becoming a part of our family. Enjoy..

Itinerary

Pick up from your own hotel in the morning (Please check exact pick up time from your specific hotel !)

Authentic Crete, we start our day with a ride through some of the most traditional Cretan Villages, which will end with a home-cooked lunch at a traditional Cretan home, which is located at Vatos Village. There’s something about experiencing village life in another country that gives the traveler a feeling of deep authenticity.

We will arrive at Lambini village at approx. 10:00am

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 the life is like on this Greek island. After your hotel pickup, prepare to get an impressive peek at a way of life many outsiders don’t get the chance to see. Depending on your pickup location, on your way to our destination, you will experience the picturesque Cretan province, and will arrive at Lambini at approx. 10:00am, for a visit at the local church and a stop at the village kafeneio (coffee house) for a taste of raki.

Heading to Spili village, a land mark not to be missed in so many ways !

After Lambini, we visit Spili, where you will have free time to enjoy the local coffee and some souvenir shopping. Spili is famous for its fountain waters , its relaxed scenery and its famous local musicians ! Next stop is Vatos. Here 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 our Cretan Spiti, where you will see how a traditional house in Crete is like.

Vatos Village and Vangelios house treat !

When the Village tour comes to an end, we will remain at Vatos Village and visit 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 a fresh 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 share stories about Cretan true lifestyle and chat with you while you will 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 honoring us by becoming a part of our family.

16:00 aprox we start our drive back to our hotel.

There is nothing better than experiencing a real taste of the place a traveler visits, our day had nothing but originality and authenticity, tastes, pictures and feelings of a real place, Crete ! We head back to our starting point full of memories !

What’s included

  • Transfers to and from the Cretan Villages and your hotel's location (for Chania, Rethymno and Heraklion)
  • Lunch at Vatos Village - house wine, drinks, soft drinks are free.
  • VAT and all legal taxes included 

What’s excluded

  • Anything that is not specified in the program as included 

Important information

MENU:  

SKORDOU LAKOUS 

CRETAN DAKOS (ALSO CALLED "KOUKOUVAGIA", WHICH MEANS "OWL" 

SMALL CHEESE PIES 

TOMATO SALAD OR BOILED VEGETABLES 

ROOSTER WITH WINE AND NOODLES 

The departure times depend on the pick-up location.

  • Below you will find all the indicative pick up and drop-off times, according to each location (in bold, the available) :
  • Please note that the driver will pick you up FOR FREE from all hotel areas noted in BOLD , small pick up charges are noted in other pick up regions :
  • Please note the departure and return times in brackets (...) .  

Chania (08:30-17:30) / 25 euro per person

  • Georgioupoli (09:10-16:50) / 20 euro per person
  • Rethymno (09:30-16:30)

Bali (09:15-16:45) / 20 euro per person

Fodele (09:00-17:00) / 25 euro per person

  • Agia Pelagia (08:45-17:15) / 25 euro per person
  • Heraklion (08:30-17:30)
  • Gouves (08:15-17:45) / 25 euro per person

Hersonisos (08:00-18:00) / 30 euro per person

  • Stalida (08:00-18:00) / 30 euro per person
  • Malia (07:45-18:15) / 30 euro per person
  • Agios Nikolaos (07:30-18:30) / 30 euro per person
  • Elounda (07:15-18:45) / 30 euro per person

All other locations are upon request. 

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CULTURAL AND THEME TOURS

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Ratings & Reviews

Crete in rain

   

Nice tour, a bit too cultural perhaps for me but overall a good taste around the island, nice time spent with a smiley and happy guide who loves her job and great company we booked it with, go for it

15 October, 2019 by Alister J