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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
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!
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.
Discover the magical world of clay.
At the beginning of the seminar there will be a quick guided tour of the workshop and information on the stages that the clay passes to get from an amorphous mass to a useful object. Then I will show you the various techniques that you can use to create your own unique items by hand or on the wheel. Τhe creations you will realise in the atelier will take 3-4 days to dry, depending on your realisation and the weather. Then you can either pick them up or glaze them in the colour you wish. In that case, you have to wait another 2 days for the second baking. Notice that the second baking is not included in the price. The handicraft that you will create, once cooked, can be obtained from the workshop. If you prefer, it can be send to the address you wish at your own expense. Note that shipping overseas can be fairly expensive. To participate in the seminar you don’t need to have any previous experience. Come in with casual clothes and let your imagination lead you. Be assured that you will spend a creative and unforgettable moment. If the timetable or duration of the seminar is not at your convenience, just contact me to adjust it. Other things to note You do not need to have any previous experience with clay. Children and adults can participate in the program. No long nails is an advantage.

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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
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
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.
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!
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 and fruits along with our beach towels, 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 waterfall and have a traditional Greek coffee in a local coffee shop. 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, drink traditional raki and enjoy a blissful summer day!
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!!
Boat Trip with Guided Snorkeling & SUP
Join our 3 hours Boat tour with Guided Snorkeling, plus Stand Up Paddling (SUP). Our luxury speedboats and friendly crew will introduce you to the best snorkeling and swimming sites of Chania during our multi-stop tour! Blue crystal clear calm waters, excellent visibility, and views of the Mediterranean marine life will create unforgettable memories. Certified and highly skilled PADI professional divers will be guiding and accompanying you throughout the whole tour, making your underwater time an exceptional experience. High-quality professional equipment (masks, valve snorkels, fins, wetsuits, personal flotation aids) will be provided to you along with instructions about its proper use and ample time to get familiar and comfortable with it. Also, on the boat, there are available full face masks for those who wish to breathe through the nose underwater! You will also be given the option to try Stand Up Paddling, if you wish. Grab a nice stable board and glide over the crystal blue waters of Chania, under the guidance and the supervision of our highly skilled staff.  Whenever you feel like you need a refreshment while on board, our instructors will offer you fresh seasonal fruit and bottled mineral water. Moreover, your time with us will be recorded with our cameras and all photos, and videos will be sent to you for free as a return ticket to some joyful moments!
The Local Chania Experience
The team at Hidden Gems of Crete are ready to show our guests the beauty of the old city centre and all the in’s and out’s in order to get the most out of their time in our amazing city. The tour will give our guests the opportunity to see the city through the eyes of a local with a deep understanding of how everything connects and works in order to make this historic town one the best kept hot spots in the world. We will be visiting all the must see of Chania beyond the souvenir shops and tourist attractions. We will be showing our guests the best places to eat/drink and find the best local products in different stores while meeting the people that own the farms and we can get to know their secrets. All the information we give out is from all the years of experience we have from growing up here and loving the city that our family and friends live in.
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.
Preveli river trek!
The place we will visit is an adults playground... We will enter the river using a hidden path which will lead us straight to the most beautiful part of it.. And the fun begins...We will walk through the river, sometimes swim, take pictures, laugh and live it with our hearts.. Somewhere in the middle we will have a snack-drink and continue the fun. Our destination is one of the most beautifull beaches in Crete where the river crosses the palm forest of Preveli ending up to the sea.. Time for relaxation, sunbath and swimming at the south part of Crete.. A small cafe-tavern is also there for food and refreshing drinks.. On our way back we will follow a different path on the other side of the river, so we won't miss anything.. You are welcome to enjoy this unforgetable experience! Other things to note: my picks will keep your memories alive,have with you your own bottle of water.. In case of allergies please let me know.. Pharmacy is included.
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. Our adventure ends at the very same point we started where we will have fresh traditional greek coffee and snacks!
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.
Cretan Breakfast by locals
Come with me in a taste travel of local tastes and Cretan delights.People who choose this experience will taste all the Cretan delights that the locals have for breakfast. They will enjoy their breakfast with an amazing view with organic products that came from our land. . This experience is appropriate for a romantic breakfast, for a surprise to a friend, for a family to spend time together and for all who want to learn about the Cretan food and Cretan culture!! They will taste fresh fruits and vegetables from our orchard, various fresh season juices like pomegranate,orange,lemon. They also taste local fresh hot bread and other traditional bakes from carob and other local ingredients. They will taste our traditional famous dish ntakos! Also included traditional homemade cheeses that my family makes from our small goat farm. My mum also will prepare some of her famous traditional cheese pies or pies with local season greens. In the traditional cretan breakfast also included fresh eggs from our chicken farm,nuts from our orchard, the best cretan honey,tahini,greek yoghurt, all accompanied with greek coffee with loukoumi!!! My mum will fry the pies in front of you and also you can visit the farm to see where the products came from.
The Ultimate Cretan Outdoors by Night
Join us on a journey to the Cretan mountains, guided only by the light of the stars. Escape the mainstream touristic side of Crete and hop in an adventurous vibe on a ride to discover hidden gems of the island that only a few locals know. We will stargaze the milky way, share ideas, taste some local cretan snacks, take lots of pictures and most importantly become friends.
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