Insights Week

 

This week’s holiday invites guests to dip into Cretan life and to enjoy activities like sketching the scenery, cooking some Cretan dishes, learning about the ancient and modern skills of olive oil and wine production and more about the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet; to learn some of the language, about Cretan herbs and to try the fun of Greek dancing. All activities are of course optional and will be combined with a little walking in the countryside or by the sea. Swimming, reading, eating out and relaxing are of course other choices in the guests’ free time.

 

Detailed Programme

 

Tuesday - Welcome meal
  • Arrival/Departure day. Transfer from/to Chania airport. Communal evening meal to meet the other participants and introduction to the weekly programme, an opportunity for questions to be answered by the leaders etc.

 

Wednesday - Olive oil factory - Kissamos Museum - Sketching
  • 7:30-9:00 : Breakfast.
  • 9:00 : Meet at the hotel.
  • 9:00-14:00 approx. : An easy walk : ’ Platanaki – Korfalonas - City of Kissamos’. Enjoy walking leisurely by the sea for about 1.5 hours. Learn about the flowers and plants at the coast. We will visit the local olive oil pressing factory and then spend time in Kissamos for a visit to the local archaeological museum and shopping. Stay for a coffee, beer or a meal in the picturesque little town. Return to the hotel by public bus.
  • 14:30-17:30 : Free time to relax, sit on the beach, swim, have lunch etc.
  • 17:30-19:00 : First (optional) painting/sketching workshop.
  • 19:00- …: Free evening to relax, meet up with friends, have a swim, have dinner  in the nearby tavernas etc.
 

 

Thursday - Greek speaking - Cretan cookery lesson/meal - Sketching
  • 7:30-9:00 : Breakfast.
  • 9:00 : Meet at the hotel.
  • 9:00-10:00 : Optional Greek lesson for basic phrases and greetings and speaking practice with a native speaker.
  • 10:00-12:00 : Cooking lesson at a nearby taverna (rated 9/10 stars by Tripadvisor) at the hands of the capable Evagelia. We will use fresh Cretan produce and herbs to create a local recipe which will then be eaten at our lunch at the taverna.
  • 14:00-17:30 : Free time to relax, swim, have lunch etc.
  • 17:30-19:00 : Second  (optional) painting/sketching workshop by the rocks of the bay.
  • 19:00- …: Free evening to relax, meet up with friends, have a swim, have dinner in the nearby tavernas etc.

 

Friday - Botanical gardens - Organic meal - Cretan dancing*
 
  • 7:30-9:00 : Breakfast.
  • 9:00 : Meet at the hotel.
  • 9:00-14:00 : Transport arranged to visit the Botanical Gardens of Chania which contain a huge variety of plants and trees including the many endemic and aromatic Cretan herbs (http://www.botanical-park.com/). Lunch available at their organic restaurant.
  • 16:00-20:00 : Free time.
  • 20:00-22:00 …: Outing to watch a local Cretan dancing demonstration and workshop if number of participants are enough.

 

Saturday - Free

A free day to rest or do further sightseeing on your own. You could enjoy the many attractions of Chania, or hire a car to explore further a-field or …

 

Sunday - Wine tasting - Byzantine history - Icon painting
  • 7:30-9:00 : Breakfast.
  • 9:00 : Meet at the hotel.
  • 9:00-14:00 approx.: An easy walk through the olive groves past the Minoan site of Ancient Mythimna and the Byzantine church of Agios Georgios built on the remains of Roman baths and get to the picturesque village of Drapanias for a coffee. Possibility to walk further into the village to see the Venetian  tower and church. Finally we end up at the local winery for a tour and a tasting. There are  around 20 different wines and several Cretan drinks to try from in the wine museum. Return by bus or on foot.
  • 14:00-17:30 : Free time to relax, swim, have lunch etc.
  • 17:30-19:00 : Third (optional) painting workshop: introduction to icon painting.
  • 19:00- …: Free evening to relax, meet up with friends, have a swim, have dinner in the nearby tavernas etc.
 
Monday - Boat trip to Gramvousa and Balos
  • 7:30-9:00 : Breakfast.
  • 9:00 : Meet at the hotel.
  • 9:00-9:30 : Transfer to the harbour of Kissamos by public bus.
  • 10:20-13:30 : Boat trip to Imeri Gramvousa and visit to the Venetian Castle.
  • 13:30-16:30 : Boat trip to Balos lagoon to swim or sunbathe.
  • 16:30-17:30 : Return trip to Kissamos.
  • 17:30-18:00 : Transfer to the hotel by public bus.
  • 18:00 …: Free time for enjoying the evening in the nearby tavernas.

 

 

 

 

 

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