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Walking gorges and historic villages and experiencing Cretan Organic Gastronomy

Walking gorges and historic villages and experiencing Cretan Organic Gastronomy - Rethymno, Greece

Duration: 5 hours
Location: Rethymno, Greece

From USD
$58.90

The Cretan landscape and nature offers numerous naturalistic excursions.

Many visitors choose the famous Cretan Gorges that are both beautiful and accessible to different levels of difficulty.
But Leading Guests have chosen for you something unique and special, a trip that combines more elements than a simple ramble.

We suggest that you join us in visiting a traditional village, explore an old abandoned settlement with watermills wedged in the unique Milli gorge and experience Cretan Gastronomy in an organic vegetable garden.

Ideal for…Nature-lovers and Foodies wanting to get a real feel of Crete’s nature and culinary culture. Small groups ensuring you'll get personalized attention from the guide and get to know your fellow travelers. 

After breakfast we will pick you up from your hotel with our Minibus, and after 30 to 40 minutes drive, we will reach the foothills of Vrissinas (being part of Cretan mountains range).

Here we will find the village of Chromonastiri among the hills, marking the beginning of our ramble ... More info ›

The Cretan landscape and nature offers numerous naturalistic excursions.

Many visitors choose the famous Cretan Gorges that are both beautiful and accessible to different levels of difficulty.
But Leading Guests have chosen for you something unique and special, a trip that combines more elements than a simple ramble.

We suggest that you join us in visiting a traditional village, explore an old abandoned settlement with watermills wedged in the unique Milli gorge and experience Cretan Gastronomy in an organic vegetable garden.

Ideal for…Nature-lovers and Foodies wanting to get a real feel of Crete’s nature and culinary culture. Small groups ensuring you'll get personalized attention from the guide and get to know your fellow travelers. 

After breakfast we will pick you up from your hotel with our Minibus, and after 30 to 40 minutes drive, we will reach the foothills of Vrissinas (being part of Cretan mountains range).

Here we will find the village of Chromonastiri among the hills, marking the beginning of our ramble. From here we walk through the village and its Venetian mansions, finding the foot path going downhill that will take us to the gorge of Milli.

A pleasant walking route, most of the time under the shade of the trees. During the excursion the experienced tour guide will talk about local stories and will help to discover secrets of Cretan flora and fauna.

40 minutes later, we will reach the old abandoned village of Milli, where we will refresh in the only café, overlooking the gorge and the sea.

We continue our course for another 90 minutes, following a well-formed path that passes through churches, ponds and ruined Venetian watermills (hence the name of the gorge)

At the exit of Milli gorge, "Bostani" is waiting for us. After a brief acquaintance-tour with the vegetable garden, we will enjoy a full meal based on our organic farm products.

We return to our hotel full of bright images and memories of a distinct aspect of Cretan nature and gastronomy.

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History & Mezes (Tapas) Tour in Rethymnon

History & Mezes (Tapas) Tour in Rethymnon - Rethymno, Greece

Duration: 3 hours
Location: Rethymno, Greece

From USD
$58.90

Combine food and culture on walking tour in Rethymnon.

Explore the authentic local gastronomy of Crete with native experts all while getting to know the heart of Rethymnon's historic center. This Mezes (tapas) tour is for foodies who come hungry to enjoy a feast of Cretan cuisine and Greek tapas in an exciting and social way, by hopping from bar to restaurant.

Learn about the legendary past of Rethymnon, while walking around the town tasting food that has a history in the gastronomic city as well ... More info ›

Combine food and culture on walking tour in Rethymnon.

Explore the authentic local gastronomy of Crete with native experts all while getting to know the heart of Rethymnon's historic center. This Mezes (tapas) tour is for foodies who come hungry to enjoy a feast of Cretan cuisine and Greek tapas in an exciting and social way, by hopping from bar to restaurant.

Learn about the legendary past of Rethymnon, while walking around the town tasting food that has a history in the gastronomic city as well. Enjoy a tour that takes you back to the historical past of Rethymnon when it was a thriving Venetian community in the Renaissance Times.

Your guide will walk you through the best neighborhoods in Rethymnon, showing you the most significant and monumental buildings, pictures, as well as pointing out the detailed architecture the city is known for. 

During your historical walking tour, your guide will lead you among narrow streets that lead to gourmet shops, each with their own valuable history. At these shops, you will have the opportunity to taste regional products of Crete. Tastings can include local cheeses, olive oils and nuts. You also will be offered drinks such as tsikoudia, rakomelo and wine. At the end of your history and food tour, you will sit down for tapas at a traditional Cretan mezes restaurant. Mezes (tapas) are a significant part of Greek culture. Each mezes you taste will be made with local and quality ingredients, highlighting the geographical and cultural influence of Crete in each dish. 

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Rethymno: between East and West self-guided mobile tour

Rethymno: between East and West self-guided mobile tour - Rethymno, Greece

Duration: 60 minutes
Location: Rethymno, Greece

From USD
$14.12

Rethymno was dominated for centuries by the Venetians and the Ottoman Turks. This long history has endowed the city with a charming mixture of Italian and oriental flair ... More info ›

Rethymno was dominated for centuries by the Venetians and the Ottoman Turks. This long history has endowed the city with a charming mixture of Italian and oriental flair. Follow us to the most interesting places where this mixture becomes tangible.

This is a self-guided mobile tour provided by our tour-guide app. The tour is based on an award-winning storytelling concept and the fascinating narratives prepared by handpicked destination experts. Enjoy this multilingual tour by using your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet at your own pace, even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step by step to explore all the points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of signature stories, allowing you to tailor this experience to your personal interests and schedule.

Rethymno: between East and West is a tour through space and time. It begins with the purchase of Crete by the Venetians in 1210 and culminates in the struggle for union with Greece in the late 19th century. As you walk from the Venetian harbour to the heart of the city you are constantly reminded of the town’s tumultuous past. Fortifications preserve the memory of the bloody conflicts between the Venetians and the Ottomans for control of Crete and the Mediterranean. Mosques and churches glorify the generals, admirals, bishops, artists, and pirates that once fought and triumphed (or perished) here.

Every building has a story to tell. The Kara Musa Pasha Mosque was initially a Venetian monastery dedicated to Saint Barbara but upon the city’s conquest, the Ottomans replaced the roof with a dome and added a minaret. Today the complex houses the Byzantine Antiquities Department. The Valide Sultana Mosque was named after the mother of the Sultan Ibrahim I who undertook the conquest of Rethymno but was too mentally unstable to rule, so his mother took charge of the government. The Rimondi Fountain was a gift to the city by a Venetian administrator, who wished to gain some favour in the afterlife and ensure the survival of his memory among the local populace. The Fortezza seems impressive with its thick walls and its seven bastions but in reality it was never effective; financial difficulties led to a fatal simplification of the initial design and opened the way for the city’s capture by the Ottomans after a brief 23-day siege.  

There is even a distant connection with Miguel Cervantes, the celebrated author of Don Quixote. The Spanish writer fought in the Battle of Lepanto (1571) and in his writings he mentions Uluç Pasha, a Roman Catholic from Italy who was captured by the Turks, converted to Islam and rose to become an Ottoman admiral and ruler of Algiers. Along the way he managed to capture and plunder Rethymno a few months before his participation in the battle of Lepanto, opposite Cervantes.

To take this self-guided tour you will need the app on your iOS or Android device.


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the Venetian Harbour and the Fortezza,
  • Tour the city’s main commercial and historical streets (Arkadiou Street, Nikiforos Fokas Street) and squares (Plateia Tessaron Martyron),
  • Learn about the lives and accomplishments of key historical figures in the history of Rethymno.

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