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Rethymno Delights

Cultural walk through Rethymno with a sprinkling of local specialities

The coastal town of Rethymno is one of Crete’s most picturesque spots. Join us on a variety-packed walking tour through the charming old town, and along the way, you will discover Rethymno at its most authentic.

Get to know the town, which has been characterised by its many conquerors, through the eyes and stories of the locals! During the tour, your local guide shares the rich and varied history of Crete with wit and charm.

Follow in the footsteps of Venetian aristocrats and Ottoman sultans as you explore the winding alleys and discover the hidden corners of this enchanting town. Along the way, we visit artisans and artists and sample the tastiest local delicacies!


Highlights

  • Discover Rethymno from an insider perspective
  • Visit Rethymno’s last filo pastry workshop, the main ingredient of the much-loved baklava
  • Sample typical Cretan delicacies
  • Support local producers, who normally profit little from tourism


4 Hrs
All Year Round
Easy
Rethymno
Rethymno
Persons: 2+
Age: 5+

Included Activities

  • Guided 4-hour walking tour of Rethymno accompanied by stories and legends
  • Visit to a bakery, a traditional instrument maker, a wood workshop, and a leather bag manufacturer
  • Tastings of local specialities such as koulouri, olives, olive oil, and top Cretan wines

Dates

We offer our culinary tour of Rethymno daily all year round (except Sundays) starting at 9:30 am.


WHAT TO EXPECT
Our cultural walk through the enchanting town of Rethymno starts at 9:30 am. With a local guide, you explore the old town of Rethymno and discover the classic historical sights.

Experience authentic daily life right in the heart of the city, topped off with tastings of local delicacies. As we stroll through the winding streets of Rethymno, we discover the rich thousand-year history of a town that began to grow after the Venetian conquest. Rethymno’s well-preserved Venetian harbour harks back to this era, and the beautiful lighthouse is still a favourite meeting place for the locals.

We start our tour the way the Greeks usually start their day; with a freshly brewed Greek coffee in a local kafeneion. There we mingle with the locals and the guide explains how conquerors from East and West influenced the Cretan cuisine. If you would like to know what the future holds for you, you can find out by having your coffee grounds read, a centuries-old tradition!

Afterwards, we stroll through the old Ottoman quarter of Sabbionara. A cobblestone labyrinth leads us past impressive villas with unique exterior décor and ornate door frames. Along the way, we visit local artisans and have the opportunity to observe them at work in their workshops.

We then discover Crete’s unique flavours. Our culinary tastings range from a traditional ring-shaped sesame bread to fresh local cheese and olives. We also taste the world-famous Cretan olive oil and find out why it is considered one of the best in the world. Of course, we also learn other secrets of the celebrated Cretan diet.

Later, we continue our walk through the boulevards and hidden back alleys of the old town. We have plenty of time to take photos of the most picturesque corners of the town and visit authentic souvenir shops.

Our last stop is a secret garden in the centre of the old town, where we take part in an exclusive tasting of local wines. The history of wine growing in Crete dates back to the great Minoan period, the 2nd millennium BC!

Our Rethymno walking tour ends here. Of course, you can continue exploring the city and the waterfront on your own. Your guide is happy to recommend many more places worth seeing and other hidden treasures of this beautiful town!

Are there any age restrictions?
No, both adults and families with children are welcome on this tour. We always ensure that everyone, including children, has plenty of fun and enjoys the Greek cuisine.

What language is this tour conducted in?
This tour is only offered in English.

What meals are included in the tour price?
All meals and drinks at the various stops as described in the itinerary are included in the tour price. Additional meals and drinks must be paid extra. Please inform us when booking the tour if you have any special food intolerances or would like to request a vegetarian option. Vegan options are unfortunately not available on this tour.

How difficult is the tour?
The tour is not particularly demanding. It is a leisurely walk through Rethymno with numerous stops.

Where does the tour start?
You will receive detailed information about the meeting point once you have booked the tour.

Basic Tour Price

  • 120 € per person

INCLUDED SERVICES

  • Guided four-hour culinary walking tour of Rethymno
  • Visits to local craft workshops
  • Food and drinks during the tour as per itinerary
  • English-speaking tour guide

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Journey to the meeting point of the tour
  • Additional food and drinks not included in the tour price
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guide

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