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Olive Mill Festival in a Cretan Farm

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Trip highlights

Cretan Farm3 Olive oil festival experience in Creete
Explore the charms of Sissi Village by visiting a local farm.
Oil Production and market Olive oil festival experience in Creete
Discover the hidden knowledge behind the renowned Cretan Olive Oil and Raki!
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Indulge in the flavors of exquisite, handcrafted wine.
Farm Workshops Olive oil festival experience in Creete
Learn the process of creating olive oil soap
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Observe the process of honey production
Dinner in Farm4 Olive oil festival experience in Creete
Experience how “raki” is made
Traditional Meal Olive oil festival experience in Creete
Enjoy authentic village cuisine and savor local dishes cooked in a traditional oven!
Live Dance Show5 Olive oil festival experience in Creete
Engage in lively dance alongside the locals
Market of local products Olive oil festival experience in Creete
Purchase farm-fresh local products directly from the producers.

Overview

Cretan Olive Oil Farm Night: A Celebration of the Life-Giving Elixir, and of other Cretan traditions

The Cretan Night event in a local farm sounds like a fantastic celebration of the rich history and cultural significance of olive oil in Crete. Immerse yourself in the ancient history of olive oil production on the island, dating back to 3500 BC. The festival unfolds in a charming old farm nestled in Sisi Village, offering breathtaking views of the Cretan Sea. Embark on a remarkable journey, where you'll delve into local traditions, indulge in a tantalizing gastronomic experience, and gain insights into the unique nutrition habits of Crete. Immerse yourself in an educational journey that unravels the secrets of olive oil production, from the historic 18th-century Olive Oil Mill to the family's award-winning ecological Olive Mill. Witness the fascinating process of local honey production, where bees transform nectar into liquid gold. Discover the art of crafting Raki, the famous Cretan alcoholic beverage, and delve into the cultural significance of this traditional ritual. Learn the traditional methods of soap-making using precious olive oil and explore its important benefits. Indulge your senses in the gastronomical delights of Cretan cuisine. Embark on a wine-tasting adventure, sampling exceptional wines made from local Cretan grape varieties that trace their origins back to the ancient Minoan Civilization. Feast upon authentic homemade Cretan food, lovingly prepared in a wood-fired oven. Taste seasonal greens, fava beans, French fries, and garden-fresh salads, all accompanied by a tempting array of appetizers, each dish expertly crafted with the renowned Cretan olive oil. Experience the vibrant spirit of Cretan culture during a lively live show. Dance to traditional Greek rhythms, enthralled by the captivating performances of our talented orchestra and dancers. At the local products market, you have the opportunity to purchase high-quality, nutritious local products directly from the producers, ensuring you take a piece of this remarkable journey home with you. Conclude your tour with a night bus drive back to where we picked you up, cherishing the memories of this enriching and flavorful adventure in the heart of Crete. Book now a Cretan Night event and join us, sample our exceptional local products, discover intriguing facts about our culinary heritage, and bask in the renowned Cretan hospitality.
Duration of trip
Total Duration of the tour: 5.5-8 hours The trip duration varies depending on the location of your hotel.
Mobile ticketing
Simply present your digital voucher to either the guide or the driver, and they will be ready to assist you accordingly.
Pickup - Available
Pick-up and drop-off service are both included in the price of your booking.Our pick-up service covers different points, including hotels and bus stops. After making your booking, we will reach out to inform you about the specific location and time for the pick-up that is convenient for your accommodation.
Free cancellation
Free cancellation 48 hours prior to departure
Covid 19 requirements
Currently, there are no specific requirements for participating. However, if the government's COVID regulations mandate any specific requirements, we will contact you to inform you accordingly.

Tour schedule

16:40-18:40

Participants will be collected from designated pick-up points within the specified time frame. The exact pick-up time will be determined based on the location of your accommodation.

Upon arrival at the farm, we'll dedicate approximately 4 hours to our immersive experience.

The educational segment of the tour encompasses the following parts:

  1. Olive oil: Explore the history of olive oil production from the 18th-century mill to the family's modern ecological olive mill.
  2. Local Honey: Witness the process of honey-making from local beehives and learn about bee activity.
  3. Raki: Discover the traditional production of Raki, a renowned Cretan alcoholic beverage deeply ingrained in local culture.
  4. Soap: Learn the art of soap-making from olive oil and its numerous benefits.

Please note that at the farm, we won't have the facilities to demonstrate the production processes of honey, olive oil, or raki. Instead, we'll participate in workshops led by local farmers, where they'll share insights and information about these traditional practices and processes.

The Gastronomical part of the tour encompasses the following phases:

  1. Wine Tasting: Sample exceptional wines crafted from local Cretan grape varieties and delve into the ancient Minoan civilization's winemaking traditions.
  2. Homemade Cretan Food in Wood Fired Oven: Delight in authentic local cuisine cooked in a traditional wood-fired oven, featuring seasonal greens, fava beans, French fries, garden salads, and a variety of appetizers, all prepared with olive oil.
  3. Live Show: Immerse yourself in Cretan culture with lively Greek music, dance performances, and a captivating orchestra.

Last but not least, take some time to enjoy the Local Products Market. Browse and purchase high-quality local products directly from the producers, including those sampled during the tour.

23:40 - 00:30

Upon the conclusion of the tour, participants will board the buses and head back to their respective points, where they were originally picked up in the morning. The duration of the return journey to each hotel may vary depending on traffic conditions and the individual pick-up locations for each participant.

Extra information

Included
  • Transportation provided for pick-up and drop-off.
  • Skilled driver ensures safe travel.
  • Expert tour guide offers informative commentary.
  • Dinner with local wine (adults only).
  • Farm visit included with a host
  • Educational workshops on local products.
  • Opportunity to shop at the Local Products Market.
  • Live Dance Show featuring Cretan music.
  • Inclusive of taxes and legal fees.
  • Participants protected by Public Liability Insurance.
Not Included
  • Shopping for local products
What to bring
  • Jacket (the activity takes place in an outdoor venue)
Know before you go
  • You will have approximately 4 hours to spend on the farm.
  • Your tour guide will be there to assist you during the entire trip as well as the staff and host of the farm.
  • Please note that at the farm, we won't have the facilities to demonstrate the production processes of honey, olive oil, or raki. Instead, we'll participate in workshops led by local farmers, where they'll share insights and information about these traditional practices and processes.
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