Let you mind be seduced by Crete's culture, your spirit by Crete's nature and your soul by the gastronomy. 

You are going to attend workshops of creative everyday cooking, visit a local winery, hike through the longest and most impressive gorge of Crete, the Samaria Gorge, swimming in crystal clear waters of Elafonisi Beach, visiting a a local honeybee garden and much more.

Kicking off from Chania or Heraklion Airport to this top ecolodge for family, active adventures and local culture ... Milia Mountain Retreat, this 7-day tour of Crete promises to let your dreams to touch base with reality.

A superb journey to the Cretan gastronomy during a 7-day stay at our Milia Mountain Retreat with our partners of Natour Lab.

Natour Lab is a team of people in Chania, who organize "short trips" to the gastronomy and natural beauties of West Crete.

Milia, has more than 20 years of presence and still heading forward so as to keep offering its guests authentic experiences with quality and respect to the local culture.

Milia together with Natour Lab will offer you something different, a life time experience!


1st day


Evening briefing.

Dinner at Milia restaurant.

First night in Milia Mountain Retreat.

2nd day

09.30 : Join the guided morning hike in the trails of Milia and enjoy the sea view.
Free Time- Resting

16.00 : Participate in evening Cooking Workshop. Introduction to seasonal cooking and the culture of the Cretan gastronomy. Experiential workshop of a seasonal 5-dish menu.
Around the monastery table of Milia, with the participation of everybody, mix the ingredients, creating unique tasteful combinations inspired by traditional recipes.

19.30 : Dinner with local wine.

3rd day

09.00 : Pick up our natural food supplies from the Milia organic garden.

09.30- 12.30 : Participate in morning Cooking Workshop. Everyday food production. Preparation of local authentic snacks. Based on local ingredients (flour, olive oil, vegetables, cheese, fruit and eggs) we examine their cultivation, their nutritional value and processing while performing some recipes (kalitsounia, “graviera” cheese biscuits, homemade bread etc).

13.00 : Have a visit at a local Winery. A tour around the facilities and the vineyard and tasting authentic wines with the snack was prepared at Milia

15.00 : Returning back to Milia Mountain Retreat.
Free Time- Resting

19.00 : Dinner at Milia restaurant

4th Day

Samaria Gorge (full day activity) :

A 16 km hike through the longest and most impressive gorge of Crete, the Samaria Gorge, starting from the White Mountains and ending all the way down to the Libyan Sea. Our hike will last approximately 5 to 6 hours until Agia Roumeli, a small village at the South coast, accessible only by boat or foot. The hike along the gorge will allow us to experience this natural phenomenon at a slower pace, with our two local guides. At the end of the gorge we can enjoy a refreshing swim, as well as lunch at a local taverna.

07.30 : We take with us our homemade snack and we depart from Milia Mountain Retreat heading towards the plateau of Omalos (Samaria entrance).

After an hour’s sail to the nearby port, we will be transferred back to Milia.

20.00 : Dinner at Milia restaurant.

5th Day

Free day at Milia Mountain Retreat.

13.30 : Lunch at Milia restaurant.

19.00 : Dinner at Milia restaurant

6th Day

11.00 : Excursion to Kedrodasos - Elafonisi. Crystal clear waters, pink coral sand and a blue lagoon... Discover the wild beauty of an extraordinary place and just “walk to the island”.

Free Time - Swimming - Resting at the beach - Snack.

17.00 : Returning back to Milia Mountain Retreat.

19.00 : Dinner at Milia restaurant.

7th Day

10.00 : Departure for a local honeybee garden. In situ presentation of the beehive and the special handling of the bees (protective equipment provided). Tasting of thyme honey and pollen. Brunch; local herb tea with honey, sesame bar with honey, rakomelo (honey based alcohol shot) and season fruit.

14.30 : We start all together the preparation of the Cretan style barbeque. We taste the fresh local meat with potatoes, fresh seasonal salads, homemade mustards and local wine. During the barbeque we listen authentic songs of the Western Crete music tradition (“Tamba-Chaniotika”) performing live.

18.30 : Returning back to Milia Mountain Retreat.

20.30 : Meeting of group in the lounge for a "goodbye" drink.

8th Day


Price per person 1299.00 Euros

Price includes

- 7 overnights in Milia Mountain Retreat with breakfast
- 2 cooking workshops
- 6 dinners, 3 lunches and 1 BBQ with wine (one bottle for two persons)
- all transfers and tours
- all tickets for samaria hiking
- all snacks and drinks in the honeybee garden and the winery
- 3 experienced guides

* in a double room (+185€ for single occupancy)
* All workshops and guidance is in English
* Persons per Group: 6-15 adults

* Please let us know if there is any kind of allergies or other special diet requests.


April to October

Payment Policy: Credit card details (Visa or Mastercard) are required to charge the deposit amount of 10%  in order to confirm reservation. No additional charges will be made to the credit card unless cancellation charges have to be applied. Balance amount is to be paid directly to Milia Traditional Village. Visa and Mastercard are accepted by Milia.

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