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Cretan Thyme

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Cretan Thyme

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Lastros Village, Lasithi Mesa, Crete 72057 Greece
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Skip the Line: Knossos Palace and Archaeological Site Entrance Ticket

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Nobody wants to waste vacation time waiting outside an attraction, especially in high temperatures. With this priority-access ticket to the Knossos archaeological site, you can breeze past ticket-purchase lines to explore what was the birthplace of Minoan civilization and according to myth, the seat of King Minos. Prebook your skip-the-line ticket, travel independently to the site, and roam the partially restored relics of Minos’ palace and courtyards independently.
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RunninOnCoffee wrote a review May 2016
Greater London, United Kingdom224 contributions21 helpful votes
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Tally & Christos, and all their friends and family treated me like family, as I experienced both Cretan life and Easter traditions. Over the course of a week I learned to cook traditional Easter foods like Kalitsounia (sweet cheese pies) from an excellent and lovely cook Anna and her equally lovely daughter. I got to experience important Easter customs like Epitafios, which started at the beautifully decorated church in the traditional village of Lastros. And all the while I stayed at a stunning villa full of history and character, and a view over Kavousi down to the sea. Cretan hospitality comes from the heart, so while you're with Christos & Tally you won't feel like an outsider but like one of the family. If you want to know what Cretan culture is really like, then I highly recommend Cretan Thyme.
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Date of experience: April 2016
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Asma2010 wrote a review Jul 2015
Amman, Jordan4 contributions2 helpful votes
An introduction to Crete through learning how to cook some of their healthy and delicious dishes has been an experience that I will definitely remember for a long time to come. And to add flavor to the holiday meeting and making friends with warm and friendly locals, the chef instructor Anna was great in teaching me through doing things and I felt as if I'm cooking with my sister and not a real class. Katerina was amazing in making everything flow smoothly and for treating me as a friend, it did not feel that she was doing this for work, in fact it felt that we were just hanging out together. I also met some warm and friendly locals through Anna and Katerina and that was one of the highlights of my trip, such warm, hospitable and friendly people. This is a vacation that I most definitely recommend!
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Date of experience: June 2015
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SepiaPrasada wrote a review Aug 2014
Los Angeles, California23 contributions3 helpful votes
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What a wonderful week at Cressa Ghitonia with Cretan Thyme in Crete! The location was perfect, peaceful, relaxing and rejuvenating. The hotel was everything I could have hoped for and more; great food, relaxed environment, fabulous staff, incredible spa with the best masseuse, and of course the cooking days were the highlight of the week! Sofia who spent the week with us translating and assisting was also a delight! Anna the chef instructor, is the best! She's absolutely hospitable and a pleasure to spend the day with. Most of all, the food was delicious, and the best dolmades I've had in Greece! Her recipes were also excellently chosen, such that I could easily replicate almost all the ingredients at home as well, and substitute easily for ingredients that are strictly local to Greece. Thank you so much for a fabulous time experiencing the real Crete!
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Date of experience: July 2014
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Alan S wrote a review Jul 2013
London, United Kingdom1 contribution
I consider myself a traveller rather than a tourist, and when I travel I look always to be with the locals and doing what the locals do, rather than going with the crowd. I have been very lucky than in most of my travels I have locals to show me around. Well, this is the feeling you will get when you visit Christos and Tally at Cretan Thyme. You will not feel you are in a hostel but that you have been invited by them and hosted as an old friend, and trust me, they are very good at making sure you feel at home. Their experiences before ending in Crete will provide plenty of interesting conversations and their sense of humour is great.. be aware of long "tsikoudia" (raki) sessions with them. I did not take cooking lessons but I certainly enjoyed all the food they cooked and all the places they took me. I have been to Greece several times but trust me, the food in that place taste different.. a simple salad makes the difference. The only reason I rated this place with 4 stars instead of 5 is that the place is more suitable for couples (unless you are in a retreat mood) or perhaps for small families. You will also need a car to enjoy all the attractions around, so you will need to consider this before visiting them. Apart from that, the place is bang on the money and will deliver a very pleasant experience. Visit Christos and Tally even only for an eve.. you will not regret it...
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Date of experience: May 2013
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Kristina K wrote a review Jul 2013
Norway1 contribution2 helpful votes
In the beautiful, authentic village of Lastros, you will find Cretan Thyme, a cooking school housed in a picturesque stone villa, directed by Christos & Tally. With genuine surroundings, atmosphere, cooking and hospitality, nothing more can be asked for. A True Cretan experience! The only thing missing was a Donkey (internal joke the owners will understand).
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Date of experience: May 2013
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