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Traditional Cooking Class - Cook with Cretan Vibes Family
You'll prepare 4 different Cretan family’s recipes in an outdoor cooking space. You'll cook with pure and natural ingredients from our farm. You'll learn cooking techniques from mama Stella, our specialist in traditional Cretan cuisine. All the equipment and your personal apron will be provided by us. It's a 100% hands-on cooking experience! Local homemade refreshments and water will provided, too. In the end of the cooking experience, you will enjoy your own creations with some of local wine. Moreover, the leftovers will be packed and you can take them with you! The event will last approximately 3.5 hours and it will take place in our farm. We will cook in an open cooking space between two big olive trees, under a wooden roof! So, no worries at all about the sun. Furthermore, you'll receive all recipes and photographs from your experience via email. All in all, we would love to welcome you in our farm & be part of our family. Love to become a Cretan chef yourself having a unique cooking experience all together and sharing authentic Cretan flavors! Other things to note Please let us know of any dietary requirements or food allergies at the time of booking and we will prepare all the necessary changes in your menu. For safety reasons, children (under 18 years old) must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum drinking age is 18 years old
Become A Goldsmith For A Day
This experience was created to awaken your artistic side, as well as, delight your senses. Offered here is exclusive access to two very unique worlds of art and flavour. You and a group of friends will learn about the ancient technique of jewellery making through sand casting while enjoying the tastes of an award-winning Cretan boutique winery. Found nowhere else in Greece, this workshop is a hands-on experience for up to a maximum of 10 attendees including yourself. You will be taught the ancient art of sand casting and with your choice of silver (.925) or gold (10k, 14k, 18k) you will cast and polish a beautiful piece of jewellery to keep. This workshop will take place at the picturesque Manousakis winery, located just outside of Chania city. Here you will be surrounded by Cretan nature and indulge in the fine crafted wines and winery grown foods. The entire experience will take.place outside in a well ventilated area. All Covid-19 safety precautions will be in place to make sure all guests are comfortable and safe. Included in the booking fee is your 4-5 hours of instructed workshop time. All of the tools needed for casting and polishing. Finally, you will be given organic wine produced on site and fresh locally grown snacks on our break. Other things to note The fee includes the instructor and all tools needed. Also the snack and wine provided by Manousakis winery. Additional fees will apply for final silver or gold used. Reach out to me before the experience for metal pricing estimates and what metals are available if it's short notice.
Create your own Traditional Cretan Soap
More useful now than ever!! Let's create together our own handmade traditional Cretan soap that will protect us from the CORONA virus and many other pathogenic microorganisms, without using harmful chemicals! Come with me to travel back to the time when Cretan people used to make their own Traditional Homemade Cretan Soap, using only Extra Virgin Olive Oil! Together we can make our own traditional soaps, using the recipe that my grandmother showed me, as she also learned from her mother. With my knowledge as a biochemist, we can try to develop these recipes to produce a better product, based on your needs! We will start from scratch, making soapy the raw materials and giving to our soap the features we will choose together, such as perfume, colour or shape. The olive oil we will use is collected and prepared by me and my family without any use of insecticides and other chemical preparations! Naturally, at the end you will take the soap - you will have made with your own hands - that will be ready the next day, as a souvenir to remember this unique experience as you take your shower!!! In addition, you can take the notes where every step is recorded all the way, if you wish to make your own soap at your place.! In this experience we will take all the safety measures against Covid-19 and we will follow all the guidelines based on the guidance from the WHO. Other things to note The whole procedure is completely safe even for young children and no specific knowledge is required on the subject. On the contrary, you will find it particularly educative and interesting!
Paragliding in Crete
We will meet at the take off spot which is always defined by the weather conditions so we will give you the spot with google map when we have a clear wind forecast. The flight s duration is 15 minutes. There are beautiful places and sightseeing from above.No experience or equipment is required from you! The pilot will guide you and you ll enjoy the ride! Θα δώσουμε ραντεβού στο σημειο απογείωσης μας οπου ανάλογα με τις καιρικες συνθηκες πετάμε σε ολη την Κρήτη. H Πτηση διαρκει 15 λεπτα. Έχουμε πανέμορφα γραφικα μέρη και αξιοθεατα τα οποια πρεπει ο οποιοσδηποτε να εξερευνησει. Οι πρωινές ώρες γενικά αναδεικνυουν τα πανέμορφα χρώματα της θάλασσας τα οποια θα σας μείνουν αξέχαστα και το απόγευμα ένα μαγικό ηλιοβασίλεμα σας χαριζει ονειρικες αισθησεις. Other things to note Δεν απαιτουνται συγκεκριμενες γνωσεις απο τον επισκεπτη καθως το μοναδικο πραγμα που πρεπει να κανει ειναι να χαλαρωσει και να απολαυσει την πτηση του με την πληρη καθοδηγηση του επαγγελματια πιλοτου!
Stand Up Paddling and multiple surprises Tour in Crete
​The tranquil waters of Marathi Bay make for a smooth and easy experience, allowing you to take in the area’s incredible scenery at your own pace! Your tour will start off with a quick Stand Up Paddling -SUP- lesson, a short demonstration on how to control your stand up paddle board and manoeuvre with skill, until you grow confident on it. If you already have some paddle boarding experience, we can show you new skills and provide unique and useful tips to help you improve. Each person will be provided with their own SUP and safety gear and then, we will head towards the jetty to enter the water and start our fun and playful aquatic adventure! This guided tour takes a route along the scenic waterfront of Marathi Bay, giving you 360° views of imposing rock formations, inviting you to dive into the endless, transparent Greek blue and teach you all about the fascinating yet fragile Mediterranean ecosystem. We often spot sea turtles, and we always see a variety of sea urchins, native as well as invasive fish. In this 2 hours venture, full of surprise elements, you will have ample time to swim, sunbathe, talk, make new friends, take pictures and videos and just relax under the Cretan sun! A laid back and relaxed experience, in very small groups of up to 8 people, suitable for all ages, that will be the highlight of your vacations in Chania!

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Cretan cooking in a hidden stone cottage
Have you ever think what eats a shepherd? You’ll be part of our traditional food experience. You can cook with us or relax and drink Raki at 1.200 meters high. All of that in a special stone house, in Crete we said “Mitato”. Our trip will begin at the Church of Saint Hyacinth, the Saint of Love. After that, it would be the perfect time for us to go straight to my Mitato house which my father built as a memorial for my grandfather. This area of Psiloritis Mountain has been recognized as a “Natura area” In this place, we will cook together traditional food and drink local beverages! At the end of the day, you had to learn how to cook traditional Cretan food and a lot of interesting historical facts, and most importantly, you feel like a real Cretan. Cannot wait to share this experience with you!
Adventure Route
every day we organize safari with quad . Our Adventure Starts from the small village of Karteros, where we will have a 25 minute breafing on safety and instructions on operating ATVs. Then we will ride up the mountains of Karteros and visit the uncharted Labyrinth cave, (Quad) from where we will continue our way past Prasa village to Skalani, riding through vineyards and olive groves. Our next stop will be in the forest near the church of St.Irene, where we will visit the old church and enjoy the countryside. We will continue to the Mt. Juktas Ecological Park in Archanes, an extrodinary archeological site of Fourni where we will see the Municipal Contemporary Theater and enjoy the panoramic views. We’ll have lunch at an Greek tavern. After we will continue our route and explore the Gorge of Karteros . All the way through our journey we will have the opportunity to take photos at some of Crete’s most amazing scenery, and our guide will share information about each location we visit. To finish our adventure, we will make our last stop at Karteros beach for a swim and after, return to the starting pointe. necessary condition,because the quads are large In size and large in cubic that's why in each quad will enter two people, e.g booked by 1 or 2 people will be in one quad, 3 or 4 people in 2 quad etc. Other things to note necessary condition, in each quad will enter two people, e.g booked by 2 people will be in one quad, 4 people in 2 quad etc.
Eκδρομή με ιστιοφόρο στη Ντία
Sailing to the uninhabited island of Dia you have a unique opportunity to swim to the virgin waters of the island! You can either live your yachting day in the morning or in the afternoon. Swim, snorkel, fish and savore our freshly prepared meal onboard. You will probably have the chance to watch the dolphins lead our way to the sea! Suggested Programme: 14:30 Departure from Venetian port of Heraklion 15:30 Anchoring at St George’s bay of Dia island 15:30 -17:00 1h30 free time for swimming 17:00 -17:30 Mediterranean cuisine lunch 17:30 -18:00 half hour free time for swimming and relaxing 18:00 -19:00 Sailing back to Heraklion Port
Cooking Lesson in Baxes, Live as Local
We offer cooking lessons in Krousonas village. Super family friendly! The programme last at least 4 hours. Firstly we will welcome you with some cretan delights and refreshments . We will discuss the menu and you can choose from the season options(vegan or not) what would you like to cook. Secondly we will visit the farm , we will feed the goats and sheeps and if its summer probably you can also milk the goats! In continue when you choose menu (vegan or not) we go to gather our organic vegetables from our orchard, you wiil have time to explore nature, breath fresh air, learn important information about the plant and of course live the experience cutting the fresh vegetables and fruit. When we collect our vegetables , we learn how we use every ingredient in our kitchen, how does it help our health, about the appropriate quantities we use and we start to how prepare our meal and how we cook. You will learn all the secrets of cretan cuisine with us . (It depends from the season you can also taste and watch the production of cheese.) When the meal is ready you can enjoy it in our veranda relaxing with the amazing view. A travel to history, nature and cretan cuisine.Dont forget to wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Cooking lessons become under the shadow of the grapevine. Also the cooking lessons are the perfect family activity! Live as a local for a day!!
Traditional Cooking Class - Cook with Cretan Vibes Family
You'll prepare 4 different Cretan family’s recipes in an outdoor cooking space. You'll cook with pure and natural ingredients from our farm. You'll learn cooking techniques from mama Stella, our specialist in traditional Cretan cuisine. All the equipment and your personal apron will be provided by us. It's a 100% hands-on cooking experience! Local homemade refreshments and water will provided, too. In the end of the cooking experience, you will enjoy your own creations with some of local wine. Moreover, the leftovers will be packed and you can take them with you! The event will last approximately 3.5 hours and it will take place in our farm. We will cook in an open cooking space between two big olive trees, under a wooden roof! So, no worries at all about the sun. Furthermore, you'll receive all recipes and photographs from your experience via email. All in all, we would love to welcome you in our farm & be part of our family. Love to become a Cretan chef yourself having a unique cooking experience all together and sharing authentic Cretan flavors! Other things to note Please let us know of any dietary requirements or food allergies at the time of booking and we will prepare all the necessary changes in your menu. For safety reasons, children (under 18 years old) must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum drinking age is 18 years old
Become A Goldsmith For A Day
This experience was created to awaken your artistic side, as well as, delight your senses. Offered here is exclusive access to two very unique worlds of art and flavour. You and a group of friends will learn about the ancient technique of jewellery making through sand casting while enjoying the tastes of an award-winning Cretan boutique winery. Found nowhere else in Greece, this workshop is a hands-on experience for up to a maximum of 10 attendees including yourself. You will be taught the ancient art of sand casting and with your choice of silver (.925) or gold (10k, 14k, 18k) you will cast and polish a beautiful piece of jewellery to keep. This workshop will take place at the picturesque Manousakis winery, located just outside of Chania city. Here you will be surrounded by Cretan nature and indulge in the fine crafted wines and winery grown foods. The entire experience will take.place outside in a well ventilated area. All Covid-19 safety precautions will be in place to make sure all guests are comfortable and safe. Included in the booking fee is your 4-5 hours of instructed workshop time. All of the tools needed for casting and polishing. Finally, you will be given organic wine produced on site and fresh locally grown snacks on our break. Other things to note The fee includes the instructor and all tools needed. Also the snack and wine provided by Manousakis winery. Additional fees will apply for final silver or gold used. Reach out to me before the experience for metal pricing estimates and what metals are available if it's short notice.
Cooking lesson based on the Cretan diet
your visit to our house includes -- a warm welcome -- with Cretan herbal tea or raki, traditional cheese pies with honey, and of course chatting to get to know each other. -- the cooking lesson -- is interactive and most food is baked in the wood oven. We prepare six traditional recipes: Also, the menu can be adapted to our vegetarian friends. -- Visit our botanical garden -- A short tour to our garden where you can see, smell and learn about the Cretan aromatic herbs and vegetables -- Meal -- the meal we enjoy includes the dishes we prepared and more ...
Try & Discover Scuba Diving in Crete
First, we will meet at our diving center in Almyrida, a picturesque village located 25 minutes away from the town of Chania. After doing a small theory session on the basic diving equipment and skills you need to know in order to go smoothly underwater, you will be ready for the actual dive of 45 minutes, up to 8 meters. You will be provided with full diving equipment according to your needs, and then, we will load the minivans and head to Koutalas beach, which is located within 5 minutes from our diving center, put on our equipment, and we will dive into the endless Greek Blue! We will see fish that belong to the Mediterranean ecosystem and glide through the crystalline waters of Crete. Although the day is relaxing and great fun, safety is ensured by diving to maximum depth around of eight meters, with a ratio of one instructor to every two guests. On top of that, we will take lots of pictures and videos that we will then send to your mail free of charge! Other things to note: This is a fun and easy activity for all who feel comfortable in the water.
Exploring Preveli & the Palm Forest with a local expert girl
Explore with me and discover Preveli Beach, as well as secret beaches around, a local taverna next to the water, all in the south part of Rethymno, where only locals go!! Eat, drink and rest like a local! We will have our fresh snacks, fruits & water while we will be driving all the way to the south part of the island! I will be picking you up from your Hotel or Villa in Rethymno and bringing you back home in the evening! The main goal of this experience, is for you to explore unique places that otherwise you wouldn't. We will make a stop in Kourtaliotiko gorge, in order to see the amazing river from above and later we will make a stop to watch one of the oldest stone bridges. Our final destination will be PREVELI Beach and the amazing Palm Forest, where I will be guiding you inside the secret path. Afterwards we will be heading to Agia Fotia with crystal clear blue waters and a traditional Greek taverna next to the water. We will have the chance to walk, hike, swim and enjoy a blissful summer day!
Create your own Traditional Cretan Soap
More useful now than ever!! Let's create together our own handmade traditional Cretan soap that will protect us from the CORONA virus and many other pathogenic microorganisms, without using harmful chemicals! Come with me to travel back to the time when Cretan people used to make their own Traditional Homemade Cretan Soap, using only Extra Virgin Olive Oil! Together we can make our own traditional soaps, using the recipe that my grandmother showed me, as she also learned from her mother. With my knowledge as a biochemist, we can try to develop these recipes to produce a better product, based on your needs! We will start from scratch, making soapy the raw materials and giving to our soap the features we will choose together, such as perfume, colour or shape. The olive oil we will use is collected and prepared by me and my family without any use of insecticides and other chemical preparations! Naturally, at the end you will take the soap - you will have made with your own hands - that will be ready the next day, as a souvenir to remember this unique experience as you take your shower!!! In addition, you can take the notes where every step is recorded all the way, if you wish to make your own soap at your place.! In this experience we will take all the safety measures against Covid-19 and we will follow all the guidelines based on the guidance from the WHO. Other things to note The whole procedure is completely safe even for young children and no specific knowledge is required on the subject. On the contrary, you will find it particularly educative and interesting!
Paragliding in Crete
We will meet at the take off spot which is always defined by the weather conditions so we will give you the spot with google map when we have a clear wind forecast. The flight s duration is 15 minutes. There are beautiful places and sightseeing from above.No experience or equipment is required from you! The pilot will guide you and you ll enjoy the ride! Θα δώσουμε ραντεβού στο σημειο απογείωσης μας οπου ανάλογα με τις καιρικες συνθηκες πετάμε σε ολη την Κρήτη. H Πτηση διαρκει 15 λεπτα. Έχουμε πανέμορφα γραφικα μέρη και αξιοθεατα τα οποια πρεπει ο οποιοσδηποτε να εξερευνησει. Οι πρωινές ώρες γενικά αναδεικνυουν τα πανέμορφα χρώματα της θάλασσας τα οποια θα σας μείνουν αξέχαστα και το απόγευμα ένα μαγικό ηλιοβασίλεμα σας χαριζει ονειρικες αισθησεις. Other things to note Δεν απαιτουνται συγκεκριμενες γνωσεις απο τον επισκεπτη καθως το μοναδικο πραγμα που πρεπει να κανει ειναι να χαλαρωσει και να απολαυσει την πτηση του με την πληρη καθοδηγηση του επαγγελματια πιλοτου!
Santorini Full-Day Tour from Heraklion
This tour offers an amazing oportunity to all tourists from Heraklion, Crete to visit Santorini and have a full-day tour around the island. Our first stop will be Oia, most commonly known for the beautiful sunset. We will walk around the village, admire the breathtaking view to the volcano and take some fantastic photos! Our second stop will be the “Blue Dome with the Three Bells”, in Firostefani. This Greek Catholic church dated from the 16th century is famous for the three bells, the blue dome and of course the amazing view to the caldera. Heading at the south, we will visit the following famous spots: - the Monastery of Profitis Ilias: the highest spot of the island, this spot is almost 600 meters above sea level. - the beautiful black beach of Perissa: this is the ideal place to relax, have some launch by the sea and swim at the aegean waters. - the famous Red Beach: near Akrotiri Village, this unique beach will surely amaze you! After an unforgettable tour around the island of Santorini, we will drive you at the port to take your ferry back to Heraklion, Crete.
Stand Up Paddling and multiple surprises Tour in Crete
​The tranquil waters of Marathi Bay make for a smooth and easy experience, allowing you to take in the area’s incredible scenery at your own pace! Your tour will start off with a quick Stand Up Paddling -SUP- lesson, a short demonstration on how to control your stand up paddle board and manoeuvre with skill, until you grow confident on it. If you already have some paddle boarding experience, we can show you new skills and provide unique and useful tips to help you improve. Each person will be provided with their own SUP and safety gear and then, we will head towards the jetty to enter the water and start our fun and playful aquatic adventure! This guided tour takes a route along the scenic waterfront of Marathi Bay, giving you 360° views of imposing rock formations, inviting you to dive into the endless, transparent Greek blue and teach you all about the fascinating yet fragile Mediterranean ecosystem. We often spot sea turtles, and we always see a variety of sea urchins, native as well as invasive fish. In this 2 hours venture, full of surprise elements, you will have ample time to swim, sunbathe, talk, make new friends, take pictures and videos and just relax under the Cretan sun! A laid back and relaxed experience, in very small groups of up to 8 people, suitable for all ages, that will be the highlight of your vacations in Chania!
Try scuba diving in Crete
This summer explore Crete under the water!! After a small theory lesson, we dive at Mononaftis beach, there you have the chance to observe the local marine life and interact with it, you breathe underwater through diving equipment, and you live the adventure in an environment with zero gravity. ! With a personal instructor guide following you underwater, you will always feel safe. The experience is available for EVERYONE, for adults, kids over 8 years old and for people with disability . • The time between aviation and scuba diving course should be at least 12 hours. It is not recommended to book a dive the same day you are flying - The transfer service is not private for each client. The transfer schedule (pick up and drop off time) depends on each day's schedule. -Pick-up time between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and return between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. -Each day's schedule is separated into 2-3 dive groups.
River trekking in Sarakina Gorge
Sarakina Gorge, hiking and river trekking! A canyon full of ponds and only some climbing points, make this experience an ideal option for an adventure! What is really impressive is the large quantity of water almost all year round, that forms very beautiful waterfalls and ponds, ideal for swimming, even in summer. In winter, it is impossible to cross the gorge without getting wet. We start our adventure just 5 minutes after Mythoi village where we meet the gorge entrance. It takes about 1 to 1,5 hours to walk and climb up; in some parts you have to walk through the water, climb over rocks, or use the ropes that they put there to pull yourself up. During the trekking, we will have plenty of time for swimming under the freezing waterfalls wich makes it ideal for summer period! Its length reaches only 1.5km, but during this short course the visitor will meet an amazing wonder of the Cretan nature, a natural sculpture formed by water in millions of years. Sarakina has imposing walls reaching 150m height while Its width ranges from 3 to 10 meters, with only a few points exceeding that. The gorge area is also ideal for bird watching since there are plenty of species living and building their nests on the gorge's walls. We will enjoy local snacks under the thick shade of trees and coffee at a traditional village during our way back Pick up points - Heraklion city/contact me
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