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A taste of Crete

Chania, Greece

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Experience hosted by Gabi

3 hours
Includes food
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English, Spanish, Italian

What you'll do

We start the day sampling the traditional Cretan breakfast* in a local shop that has been crafting traditional pastries during four generations. We then step into the tastes and aromas of the old Municipal Market in town, sampling staple products such as bread, pies, honey, cheese, olive oil, and spices. We smell and learn about different herbs, fruit, and vegetables and enjoy a cup of authentic Greek coffee​.
Once on the alleys of the old town we experience the most traditional backstreet culinary spots, visit different districts, such as the Turkish, the Venetian, the Christian and the Jewish ones, stopping in unique hidden corners, gardens and having interesting conversations with local artisans, skillful in the arts of ceramics, leather, and crafting knives.
We will taste delicious local tapas, known as mezedes and learn as well about the different influences, that all the different civilizations which dominated the island during the centuries​ have had on the Cretan diet over the years.
For those interested in social media, sharing pictures and making an impact with images, I will show you some of the most breathtaking picture spots of the town.
*Note: if the experience is in the afternoon we replace the breakfast​ with a traditional Cretan ice cream :-)
Other things to note
I am flexible, skilled with kids being a mom myself, and can deliver the tour in English, Spanish and Italian.
Please inform me right after booking if you have any food allergy or food-related condition, so I can prepare something special in advance for you to enjoy the same way everybody else does.
We start the day sampling the traditional Cretan breakfast* in a local shop that has been crafting traditional pastries during four generations. We then step into the tastes and aromas of the old Municipal Market in town, sampling staple products such as bread, pies, honey, cheese, olive oil, and spices. We smell and learn about different herbs, fruit, and vegetables and enjoy a cup of authentic Greek coffee​.
Once on the alleys of the old…

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What's included

  • Food
    Since food on the island is strictly fresh and seasonal, we will sample tra...
From $103
/ person
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Meet your host, Gabi

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 26 Reviews
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Hi there! I'm a travel writer specializing​ in Greece travel and gastronomy. I’ve​ got a degree in translation for tourism and I've published a book and many travel apps for the Greek islands. I've taken courses in local gastronomy and I've also an informal education in local wines. I've lived in Argentina, the US, Italy, and Greece and I'm passionate about the local culture and traditions of Crete. As a journalist, I've traveled around the whole island, writing and taking photos for different magazines. I enjoy showing visitors places and neighborhoods​ off-the-beaten-track to make them taste the amazing cuisine of Crete. I also craft experiences for food/travel/lifestyle bloggers (being a blogger myself I can​ help with the technical aspects of it) but mostly for all those travelers interested in authentic local experiences.
Hi there! I'm a travel writer specializing​ in Greece travel and gastronomy. I’ve​ got a degree in translation for tourism and I've published a book and many travel apps for the Greek islands. I've taken courses in local gastronomy and I've also an informal education in local wines. I've lived in Argentina, the US, Italy, and Greece and I'm passionate about the local culture and traditions of Crete. As a journalist, I've traveled around the whole island, writing and taking photos for different m…
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Where you'll be

We will visit: a traditional pastry shop at the doors of the old town and we will see how they work phyllo dough, it the experience is in the afternoon, we go for a tasty Cretan ice cream. We will visit the municipal market (on some days of the week it is also possible to stop for a visit to​ the farmer's market). We visit the old town, churches, mosques, an old hidden synagogue, and the different districts in town, including unknown backstreet

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 26 reviews.

Lisa
March 2020
We had the most amazing time with Gabi! Definitely the highlight of our trip to Chania. Watching her interact with the locals and helping us purchase items from the local vendors was such a treat. She made the day fun and informative. If we return to Chania, we will definitely book another tour with Gabi!
We had the most amazing time with Gabi! Definitely the highlight of our trip to Chania. Watching her interact with the locals and helping us purchase items from the local vendors w…
Mark
March 2020
Starting off our visit to Chania with Gabi's tour made our visit the best it could possibly have been! Gabi makes for a wonderful ambassador and her love of Crete and its people shows as soon as you meet her. We spent a truly memorable day with Gabi, a heartfelt, fun and learning experience. We cannot wait to visit again!
Starting off our visit to Chania with Gabi's tour made our visit the best it could possibly have been! Gabi makes for a wonderful ambassador and her love of Crete and its people s…
Ginger
March 2020
What an exceptional experience. It would have taken a month to discover everything that Gabby showed us. It was so interesting, informative, and fun! The sights, the smells, the tastes, the conversations all wonderful. We feel blessed!
Cathy
February 2020
I went in the off-season, February, so many things were closed. But Gabby did a great job of improvising, and on the plus side I had her all to myself. She is very knowledgeable, personable, and easy to interact with. Fun and informative.
I went in the off-season, February, so many things were closed. But Gabby did a great job of improvising, and on the plus side I had her all to myself. She is very knowledgeable,…
Jonah
November 2019
We enjoyed our day with Gabi! My girlfriend and I were the only people on the tour, so we had a very unique opportunity for a very personal experience. Gabi went out of her way to make sure that we were not only happy, but that we had a true Cretan experience. We highly recommend doing this tour early in your trip- after our tour we had so many more ideas for where to eat and what to do that we wish we had known earlier. Thanks for everything Gabi!
We enjoyed our day with Gabi! My girlfriend and I were the only people on the tour, so we had a very unique opportunity for a very personal experience. Gabi went out of her way to…
Julia
November 2019
My tour with Gabi was excellent! I loved learning more about Chania and trying some wonderful foods. Seeing Gabi interact with the locals and talking with the shopkeepers gave me a different and unique insight to life in Chania that I loved. I highly recommend this experience!
My tour with Gabi was excellent! I loved learning more about Chania and trying some wonderful foods. Seeing Gabi interact with the locals and talking with the shopkeepers gave me a…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Comfortable clothes, comfortable walking shoes and a little hat are a good idea. Sunscreen protection for summer and sunglasses as well if you wish. Do not forget your photo equipment and a huge will to enjoy and have fun