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Chania, Crete

7 Days, 6 Nights

Intimate 6-person women-only travel. 

April 7-13, 2019

Based on single occupancy 

2995€ per person

Women's Wine Week

Swirl and taste your way through Chania on this wine and food immersion with 

Certified Sommelier, Anna Maria Kambourakis, as your host. 

Hi, I'm Anna Maria. 

Chania is a special place. To me, it's magical. There's an energy here that can't be explained but needs to be felt. I have curated this Women's Wine Week to incorporate all the people, places, wines, and foods that embody what Chania is to me.  Join me on this journey to discover the beauty and spirit of this magical island. 

Tour Highlights

 

  • 7 days, 6 nights

  • Certified Sommelier host

  • Renovated farmhouse accommodation

  • 3 Winery tours 

  • Brewery tour

  • Olive oil mill tour

  • City/shopping tour of Chania

  • Sunset private yacht cruise to Theodorou Island with snorkeling

  • Cooking classes

  • Elafonisi beach

  • Soap making seminar

  • Ancient Aptera

  • Daily breakfast

  • All lunches with wine

  • All dinners with wine

  • Airport transfer from CHQ

 

Accommodation

Metohi Georgila 

Metohi Georgila is a converted farmhouse in the picturesque area of Pirgos Psilonerou, built in 1908 by Dr. Styliano Georgila-the private doctor of Greece's first Prime Minister, Eleftherios Venizelos. It is now five independent charmingly decorated residences. Metohi Georgila is currently owned by Dr. Georgila's great-granddaughter, Areti. 

There are 3 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom residences, Each room has a kitchenette and private bathroom. They are equipped with all the necessities. 

There is a shared pool with lounge chairs, common outdoor areas, and hiking trails nearby.

Itinerary 

Day 1 |Sunday, April 7

Welcome to Chania!

 

Fly into Chania International Airport, Daskologiannis (CHQ) by 2pm. Anna Maria will be waiting to transfer you to the hotel.

Check-in at Metohi Georgila and settle into your room.

When everyone has arrived, we'll gather around the pool for wine and meze, while we get to know each other and discuss the itinerary for the week ahead. 

After we have gotten acquainted we will travel downtown for dinner at Oinoa, owned by sisters, Maria and Soula. There we’ll be treated to a 3-course dinner with wine pairings.

After dinner, we’ll take in the Old Venetian Harbor, stopping for cocktails or gelato, as we enjoy the heart of Chania.   

Day 2 |Monday, April 8

Eat Like a Local

 

Bougatsa is Crete’s famous breakfast item. It’s layers of phyllo dough with a cheese filling topped with sugar and cinnamon. You'll get to taste it at my favorite spot as we start our day in downtown Chania. After breakfast, we’ll explore the farmer’s market and shop for the week’s produce. There we will meet the local farmers and taste a few of their treats like honey, mizithra and graviera cheese, and several different types of olives.   

 

Next we will head back towards the Harbor and explore the Old Town during the daylight.  Anna Maria will be your guide, showing you the city like only a local can. You'll see the major sites and stop at a few shops that are owned by some fantastic local women.

Lunch will be at Ginger Concept, a gorgeous little cafe with an irresistible retail area. 

 

Chania observes a ‘siesta time’ from 2 to 6pm daily. Take this time to continue exploring downtown or head back to the hotel for a nap. For those staying downtown, a pick-up time and location will be given.

With all the goodies from the farmer’s market, we'll gather by the pool for a hands-on cooking class. Anna Maria will teach you to make a few traditional dishes and you will receive the recipes to take home. Of course, plenty of wine will be served with our freshly made meal.

Day 3 |Tuesday, April 9

Wine and olive oil are life

Our early risers will walk down to a chicken coop a little ways from the hotel to collect eggs for the group. Anna Maria will be preparing Cretan omelets in the common area for breakfast. 
 

After breakfast, we head to the countryside. We will visit the Cave of Saint John the Hermit to take in a bit of history and religion. The view from the cave will give you an idea of the size of the olive oil industry in the area.  Biolea Olive Oil Mill is our next stop.  Owner, Chloe Dimitriadis, will walk us through the olive oil production process and explain the different quality levels.  With your newly acquired knowledge, you will always choose a great bottle of olive oil when you go back home.  

 

Time for wine! First to the vineyards of Anoskeli Winery where we will learn how grapes are grown. Next to the tasting room to sample five different wines and enjoy a traditional snack. Nearby is the oldest olive tree in the world. A great stop for photos.

Leaving the rolling hills of Kolympari, we head to Manousakis Winery. Anna Maria will guide a tour of the fermentation floor and barrel room. We'll taste another 5 wines before we have lunch with Alexandra Manousakis, owner of the winery. 


The rest of the evening is free. 

 

 


 

Day 4 |Wednesday, April 10

Pink sand beach!

 

This is the day that will make all your friends back home jealous.   Elafonisi is always in the Top 10 beaches in the world. It is absolutely breathtaking. Believe the hype. Shallow lagoon, pink sand, and turquoise water make for an epic beach day.

 

In the morning, we’ll make a small breakfast and pack our lunches for the beach.

We will depart for the beach as early as possible to maximize our time at the beach. On the way, we’ll stop at Chrysoskalitissa Monastery. Make sure to bring a scarf or shawl to cover your shoulders.

 

When we return we will have some free time. Optional manicures and pedicures can be scheduled. 

Anna Maria will be cooking up a storm for our BBQ dinner at the villa. Anyone who would like help and learn some other traditional dishes is welcome to join her. 

Day 6 |Friday, April 12

I'm on a boat! But first, some soap

 

You cannot leave Crete without having sfakianes pites. In the morning, we'll roll out the dough and make these delicious flat cheese pies topped with honey. 

Before the rest of the day's activities, you'll have time to explore (the Tomb of Malame and the German War Cemetery are close by) or relax by the pool.

 

At noon, we'll take a quick drive over to Fisika, a soap workshop. Filio Sika, will guide us through making our own natural soap from olive oil. You'll take home 2-4 handmade soaps. After our lesson, we'll have lunch with Filio in the garden. 

 

Sadly our time together is coming to a close. But that just means we need to celebrate! What better way than on a private yacht? We'll sail around Chania Harbor to Theodorou Island. Snorkeling gear is available for those that are adventurous and Champagne will be on hand for those who aren't. We'll enjoy dinner on the yacht as we watch the sunset. 

When we get back to shore, we'll continue the party with wine and cocktails on the Old Venetian Harbor. 
 

Day 5 |Thursday, April 11

Beer then wine, I'm doing fine

After breakfast, we'll visit Lafkas Brewery, the newest craft brewery in Chania. Owner and brewer, Aurelie Petillion will give us a tour. She'll explain all the steps to making beer and her philosophy- 'keep it micro.' After the tour, Aurelie will join us for a beer on their patio.

 

Next, we'll travel back in time to the ancient city of Aptera. Overlooking Souda Bay, Aptera was an important commercial center dating back to Minoan times. We'll take a walk through history as we explore the site's Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman architecture.

 

Evie Douraki, director of Dourakis Winery will be waiting to show us her winery. Dourakis Winery is one of two wineries on the island making sparkling wine. We'll see how they make it and tour the barrel room that is built into a mountain. Evie is a big-time animal-lover. We'll visit the goats, sheep, chickens, cats, dogs, and turkeys before having lunch with her. 

 

When we return from our day, there will be free time. For dinner, we'll be enjoying wine and beer from the day's adventures and ordering out souvlaki and gyro from my go-to taverna.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Day 7 |Saturday, April 13

I've never been good at goodbyes 

 

We'll have one last breakfast together. Spend the morning soaking in the last bits of the magic of the week. Check out is at noon. 

 

Airport transfers will be available all day.    

  • 6 nights accommodation at Metohi Georgila, private room/private bathroom

  • all meals with wine plus a stocked refrigerator upon arrival

  • all entrance fees, tasting fees, and other admissions

  • sunset yacht cruise

  • airport transfer from CHQ

  • all transportation to daily activities

  • cooking classes with take-home recipes

  • all taxes 

What's included

  • airfare 

  • any personal shopping/souvenirs

  • any personal transportation during free time

  • travel insurance 

  • spa services

What's NOT included 

Women We'll Meet

Be prepared to be inspired by these amazing women

Alexandra Manousakis

Owner, Manousakis Winery

Alexandra was born and raised in Washington, DC. She moved to Crete to take over operations of the family winery. She is a talented painter, film producer, and advocate for those with mobility issues.  

Chloe Dimitriadis

Owner, Biolea Astrikas Estate

Chloe is a 6th generation olive oil producer. She is involved in all apsects of production from harvesting to milling to bottling to sales to giving tours. 

Voula, Filio, Maria 

Owners, Fisika 

Filio, sister Voula, and daughter Maria, create natural products from olive oil just like their "witchy" grandmother, Paraskevi. They have been brewing their own lotions and potions for generations. 

Evie is the heart behind Dourakis Winery but her true love is music. She is full of energy. You'll find her buzzing about the winery or on another animal rescue mission. 

Director, Dourakis Winery 

Evie Douraki

Aurelie is an elementary school teacher turned brewer. She moved from Belgium to Crete to start the brewery. When she's not making beer you can find her on the basketball court. 

Owner,  Lafkas Brewery 

Aurelie Petillion

Areti is an avid traveller always in search of inspiration. She is a  third generation hotel owner. She will be available for anything we need during our stay. 

Owner, Metohi Georgila 

Areti Georgila

The fine print. 

A 20% deposit is due at the time of booking. A full refund of the deposit will be returned if cancelled by January 2, 2019. Cancellations must be made via email.  The remaining balance will be charged on March 1, 2019.Once the remaining balance is charged, no refund will be made.  Some events are weather permitting. Adjustments to the itinerary will be made for inclement weather. Itinerary is subject to change at any time. The customer is responsible for any damages done to the hotel. The customer understands that alcohol will be consumed and is solely responsible for themselves but I'll totally hold your hair back.