Get to know the herbs of western Crete

Family Experiences  | Rodo-Nikos

An experiential and wellbeing trip in nature.

Hello!

We welcome you to our property!

Together we will discover the tradition, the history, the natural heritage and the therapeutic properties of the Cretan herbs by using all our senses.

We will also get to know their natural environment while actively taking part to various activities related to them, such as tasting, trying to prepare local drinks learning about their natural preparation according to a traditional technique that has remained unspoilt with the lapse of time.

A visit to our property can be done from April to October within the frame of a program of experiential tours for all of you who want to get to know the bio herbs of Crete, the philosophy behind, the tradition, their relationship with the environment, their beneficial- therapeutic properties, to smell, to taste and to enjoy the experience of a tour that is a journey in time and in the bosom of nature.

The host – Rodo Vasilaki with her scientific knowledge and training, but also driven by her feelings of love for the tradition of her land, will guide you to the world of the Cretan herbs by means of observation, listening, discussions and participation to activities.

The transmission of knowledge about the beneficial-therapeutic properties of herbs, the importance of biological culture, the way they are planted and harvested and also the way they are being used, the preparation of drinks by means of interactive action, all this offer a genuine and pleasant experience.

At the end, after having tried and tasted you can choose the herbs that suit you and, why not, even experiment and try your own combination of Cretan herbs.

Groups of visitors but also individuals can enjoy the experience of an experiential tour on our property.

The tour starts at 9 a.m. Together we will get to know the land, walk among fields of Cretan mountain tea, discover the history and the tradition of the Cretan herbs growing in the natural environment of the Omalos Mountain.

Watching the works that are being done on the property according to each season, we will get involved in interactive planting, harvesting, weeding, learning, at the same time about the natural process of drying and preserving all their properties. We will discover the beneficial and therapeutic properties of these herbs, learning ways of using them to prepare drinks and infusions.

During the tasting we will discover flavors and aromas and prepare the drinks in the traditional way. Letting our imagination and taste buds free, we can create mix of herbs and enjoy these unique drinks made of Cretan herbs in the middle of the Omalos Plateau.

From 25€
per adult

From 15€
per kid

Duration

3,5 hours

Offered

Water, drinks, experiential activities and information about the herbs.

Equipment

Nitrile gloves, manual garden tools, chair, drinks tasting vessel, drinks preparation vessels.

Languages

Greek, English

persons

6-20

Reviews

Reviews

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jenny Smith

    We spend a wonderful day with Antonis, the bakery lesson was amazing and the bread delicious! Definitely recommend.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ben K.

    Fun guide, safe kayaking trip, amazing place and the food was delicious! Try it!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Wow what an awesome way to start our holidays in Crete! Great value for money unique experience.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Αιμιλία Τ.

    Καταπληκτικό τοπίο και μαγευτική διαδρομή. Ο Γιώργος και η Ευγενία μας έμαθαν τόσα πολλά για τον τόπο. Το συνιστούμε 100%!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Μαρία Στάμου

    Πραγματικά ξεχωριστή εμπειρία, το δάσος είναι μαγευτικό. Ευχαριστούμε πολύ Αντώνη και Μανόλη!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Thorne

    It was amazing! The bread was great and we had the chance to use local ingedients and techniques!!! Thank you Antonis!!!!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wendy Atkins

    It was a great experience which i totally recommend!the nature was amazing and the view was magnificent!!!! It was worth it and especially in the end with Aki’s food!!!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    χριστινα

    Μοναδικη εμπειρια …ευχαριστω τον αντωνη για την υπεροχη μερα που μας προσφερε!!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Maria k.

    Really fun experience and beautiful beaches!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jessie G.

    Really enjoyed the nature and the food was the best ending for a perfect day!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    It was so much fun and the photos are fantastic! Great family experience!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    christinapgr

    THANKS A LOT ADONI AND MANOLI….IT WAS A PERFECT DAY FOR ME AND MY FAMILY!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Miah

    Antonis made my experience absolutely amazing! the bakery lesson was so cool and i loved the bread tasting

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lena

    i LOVED visiting the beaches!!! really fun experience. Would love to go back to this beautiful destination again!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    steliospetrakis

    We participated in this unique experience one week ago.
    Charalambos is a great man, full of energy and you can say by his way of working that he really loves his livestock. We got the chance to milk the goats (and drink some of the milk) make our own cheese and generally enjoy the experience to the maximum! The settlement of Charalambos is in an ideal area, with uninterrupted view to the magnificent Cretan countryside. I would most certainly do it again in any given chance and I recommend it to all!!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    steliospetrakis

    This is a magical experience. Four of us had the chance to participate in this evening horse-riding and we had the time of our life! Horses were very calm, and were treated with real love by their owners. We had two children with us (12 and 14 years old) and never felt anxious about their safety. The guides would stop constantly to explain us what we see on the way and even cut Cretan herbs for us to smell (and get back home). Thank you and I hope we will meet again!

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Billy N.

    It was an amazing experience with a wonderful place!!!
    Don’t miss that!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kate Frank

    Antonis is the man he represents the “Cretan hospitality”.it was a nice walk with easy paths and unexpected things to see!!
    But don’t forget to take a hat with you!

  19. Rated 4 out of 5

    Geo kald

    Very nice pictures and after 3 hours under the water the breakfast was something more than perfect ??!!!!!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Hargreaves

    The overall experience was worthwhile. We really enjoyed every single bit of the process. We definitely recommend. 😉

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mark Anson

    It was a once in a lifetime experience. Stunning views. Great fun.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Peter A.

    We had the chance to experience an extraordinary day. What wonderful people and places!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mariagracia

    Grande esperienza!!

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pierre Simon

    Super! Nous recommandons
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  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nick K.

    One of the best experience you can choose as the traditional smell of the fresh cooked bread is something that it’s impossible to find it somewhere else. Amazing feeling great taste

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ρενα

    Φοβερη εμπειρια μπραβο

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ρενα

    Μπραβο σας πολυ ομορφη εμπειρια

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ελευθερία

    Σας ευχαριστούμε πάρα πολύ για την ολοκληρωμένη εμπειρία που μας προσφέρατε, τις αναμνήσεις που δημιουργήσατε και τις γνώσεις που μας μεταφέρατε.
    Να ‘στε καλά, να συνεχίζετε ίδιο δυναμικά κάθε μέρα.
    Σας ευχαριστούμε.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Κατερινα

    Μια πολυ ωραία εμπειρία με υπέροχους ανθρώπους που όσοι μπορείτε να την πραγματοποιήσετε!!!εμεις περασαμε φανταστικά!!!σας ευχαριστουμε για ολα!!

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ελβιανα

    Όλα ήταν όμορφα!υπέροχη εμπειρία !
    Να μαθαίνουν οι μικροί και να θυμούνται οι μεγάλοι. .

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Grace

    It was an incredible experience. Antonis taught us how to bake authentic and traditional bread. Make sure you re gonna love it!!! Don’t miss it!

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ελευθερια

    Το συνιστώ !!! Μοναδική εμπειρία, νιώσαμε την Κρητική φιλοξενία ! Προσεγμένη δουλειά! Χίλια μπράβο!

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sophie St.

    Antonis promised to have the best experience with that tranditional lesson!!!! Do not miss it…The bread is delicious!!!!

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jeremy K.

    An amazing experience that you remember for ever! The sea was really calm and we had all the equipment we needed! Many thanks to our guide who ended this trip with the most beautiful way! A tradinional cretan meal of course!! Looking forward for our next time!

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    It was a great experience! The photos are amazing!!! (I am not the best swimmer… so in the beggining I was a bit afraid of how to manage my body underwater but the guys helped me a lot)! You should definitely try it!

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Johnnie

    Amazing place to visit! Really enjoyed the nature of Kroustas. Highly recommended!

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Martin

    It was a great experience. The horse ride was amazing! It gives you the opportunity of riding a horse and exploring the Cretan landscape. The crew was really friendly and helpful. I definitely recommend!!! Have fun!

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Celina

    Amazing landscape & trip! A great experience that you should live! Crew was friendly & well trained!I definitely suggest it!!

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Great experience
    Antonis is a nice guy with great sense of humour and we enjoyed every minute of the process. Especially our two children 8 and 10. Go for it! !

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jenny A

    It was my first time! It was perfect! Antonis was very kind and friendly!
    Thank you so much antonis for this experience!!!

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mary Thomson

    It was amazing!!!! More than expected!!!! The guides were so nice and i was scared at first but they made me feel so comfortable and i really enjoyed it!!!! We came so close to nature and to animals!!! The horses were so friendly and the time passed so quickly! The cretan meal after was delicious!!! totally recommend it!!!!

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    Άρτεμις

    Μια υπέροχη εμπειρία σε ένα καταπληκτικό παραδοσιακό χωριό! Πολλά μπράβο

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Άρτεμις

    Σε ένα πραγματικά απίστευτο μέρος με τους ήχους της θάλασσας και την ηρεμία της δύσης! Συγχαρητήρια στο δάσκαλο που πραγματικά αγαπάει αυτό που κάνει!

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mirsini

    As Homer said Ambrosia is the food of Gods.Now we know the recipe from a Greek God.Thank you Antonis.

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elena J.

    Antonis is such a frieendly and nice guy always smiley and positive…….and how tasty is the bread he prepeared……i still have some paksimadi….but sure i’ll gonna order more!!thanks Antoni?

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kate

    It was amazing!!! Delicious bread!!! Friendly boy!!!! Traditional Cretan Experience….

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thanos

    Amazing food, friendly people, full of nature…. Have a great day!!!

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thanos

    Amazing food, friendly people, full of nature…. Have a great day!!!

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mary.H

    I definitely recommend this to anyone . Amazing experience.

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tonia fly

    Adonis and his family can make your holidays very special. He is so friendly with a good sence of humor!! He use wood-burning stoves and makes bread the old-fashioned traditional way, his grandparents taught him. Keep up the good work!!

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I felt really safe around the team. Although not a great swimmer the team’s supports made the photo shoot really easy and highly professional. It was an one of a kind experience with aatalented very talented photographer.Over all it was an amazing experience and I definitely recommended for someone that wants to have a unique and outstanding wedding photos.

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alina Abramova

    First of all a great thank you to Christina for the amazing photos and for this once in a lifetime experience. Me and my husband got married in Capsis elite resort and we wanted something different for our wedding photoshooting session. Then saw this great website and we contacted Christina,everything rolled so professionaly from the very first moment.
    The place that the session took place is breathtaking.Especially early in the morning where you can see the sunrise.The wedding dresses they offered as a photoshooting choise were exceptional. The make up was waterproof and professional and despite i am not a great swimmer i felt safe and secure with a lifeguard standby. Thanks again for everything and for making a dream come true for me!!

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    Μανούσος

    Μία μοναδική εμπειρία! Την συνιστώ ανεπιφύλακτα!!

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    Μαρία

    Υπέροχη βόλτα, καταπληκτικό τοπίο!! Συγχαρητήρια για την οργάνωση!! Αυτη η εμπειρία θα μας μείνει αξέχαστη!!

  55. Rated 5 out of 5

    ΑΓΓΕΛΙΚΗ

    μια αξέχαστη εμπειρία στον μαγικό κόσμο του μελιού.

  56. Rated 5 out of 5

    Γεωργια Ζακυνθος

    ευχαριστω εκ μερους ολης της παρεας….σας περιμενουμε στη Ζακυνθο για να πατσισουμε την ωραιες στιγμες…

  57. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nick L.

    It’s simply amazing!! You should surely check it out!!

  58. Rated 5 out of 5

    koureoula20

    Absolutely great experience…. thanks a lot

  59. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kiriakos

    Amazing experience!!! Unique sounds, friendly people!!!

  60. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nabin

    It was the first time that I and my family tried kayak. My kids had a lot of fun, the teacher was very kind and the route was nice and easy even for beginners like us. If you want to try something different that will give some nice memories to the kids.. I recommend this experience!!

  61. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kristen St

    The greatest way to learn about ancient Crete. Food is delicious as well. We had a great day, definitely recommended.

  62. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stavros

    I definitely recommend andonis he is kind and professional on what he doing

  63. Rated 5 out of 5

    irène_fr

    superbe experience pour les sportives
    ma fille des 9ans a adoré
    tout compris avec des gens super simpas
    merci et a bientot

  64. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carole

    Great way to spend your day. Learn about ancient Crete while choosing fresh products in Ierapetra. Learn to cook and taste ! Amazing ! Thank you ! It was magnificient !

  65. Rated 5 out of 5

    Daniel C.

    This experience was something i had been looking for while being in Agios Nikolaos. After some days of enjoying beach and sea was this trip something really outstanding and brought me to a completely different face of Crete. Antonis will give you quite interesting information about how people and nature have learnt to live together in this beautiful island of Zeus.

  66. Rated 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Besides eating very delicious bread you will also understand the process of making with the use of the traditional oven and as you will notice soon, Antonis is a really friendly cretan guy with a very good sense of humor, you should go ahead to make your bread 🙂

  67. Rated 5 out of 5

    creperie lemoni

    My business collaboration with Antonis has been absolutely fantastic. We have total faith in the quality of his products and we will continue our collaboration for many years to come. We plan to use many of these products in our menu!

  68. Rated 5 out of 5

    mavrania

    What a memorable day! It was such a fabulous hiking in a wonderful place with the best company. We learned a lot about the area and had a really nice time. Great views..amazing guide.. tasty food! (I repeat tasty food!). I would recommend this unreservedly for all of you; friends/couples/families. Just amazing!

  69. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mila

    Great experience! Antonis is the best!

  70. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stella

    Amazing experience!!!!

  71. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stella

    A perfect experience with my kids!!! Kids really enjoy it!!! Thank you Antonis!!!

  72. Rated 5 out of 5

    Λόλα…

    Πραγματικά εξαιρετική εμπειρία…Η καλύτερη γυμναστική πάνω σε σανίδα ακούγοντας τους ήχους της θάλασσας!Συνδύαζεται τέλεια με μια βουτιά!
    Congratulations!

  73. Rated 5 out of 5

    Irini

    The best experience!!! Do not miss… memories for ever <3

  74. Rated 5 out of 5

    Νατάσα

    Υπέροχη εμπειρία

  75. Rated 5 out of 5

    Γιάννης

    Φοβερή παρέα και υπέροχη εμπειρία!!!

  76. Rated 5 out of 5

    Νατάσα

    Πανέμορφο μέρος

  77. Rated 5 out of 5

    Γιάννης Σωρός

    Αν πάτε Κρήτη πρέπει οπωσδήποτε να επισκεφθείτε τον Κρουστα και να ζήσετε αυτή την εμπειρία

  78. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stelios

    We visited the distillery in the wonderfully traditional village of Kroustas a week ago. The experience was overall fantastic! Antonis, the owner, is a very pleasant host and he did everything to introduce us to the ancient distillation process. We ate (a lot), we drunk raki that we had just distilled, we sung, we danced and, between distillations, Antonis gave us a tour of the village! Will definitely do it again sometime in the future!

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