Botanical Gardens & Cretan Evening
Nature, food, wine, music and dance come together in an incredible Cretan evening!
Enjoy a walk in the Chania Botanical Gardens before partaking in an authentic Cretan evening full of food, wine, music and dance, all bearing the distinct aroma of the island!
Highlights: Chania Botanical Park and Gardens, Traditional Cretan Dinner & Wine, Musical Instrument & Dance demonstrationStarting point: Pickup is only conducted in designated locations around Chania Starting time: 16:15
With nearly 20 acres of land full of fruit trees from all over the world, herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants, the Botanical Park of Chania is sight to see for every nature lover. The land’s formation and the region’s microclimate create a unique combination that make the Gardens a paradise for hundreds of plants and animals to coexist! In the midst of this colorful and vivid landscape stands a burnt centennial olive tree, a memorial to the dismal fires of 2003.
After your pick up, the tour begins with a walk through the gardens as you familiarize yourself with a multitude of both endemic and imported species of flora and fauna. If you don't feel like walking, you can always stay back at the restaurant and have a drink while you marvel at the view from afar.
Dinner will be served at 19:00 and with it starts a culinary journey via a buffet comprising of authentic Cretan flavors. Socialize with the group as you sample tastes that combine Mediterranean ingredients and oriental spices and prepare yourself for what comes next! You will be given a quick introduction to traditional Cretan music, which has still been in existence in various forms since the days of the Byzantine Empire through a presentation of musical instruments. Dance and music go hand in hand so a demonstration of traditional dances such as syrtaki, sousta, maleviziotis, pentozali et al will be given by experiences local dancers. Feel free to join the dance and learn from the professionals who will be happy to show you at any time!
As the evening is winding down, we will depart from the gardens, hop on to the bus and return to the various drop off points around Chania!
- Duration: 7 hours
- Pick up/Drop off is conducted only is select spots in Chania. Depending on your location, you will be advised on the time and place after booking.
- Remember to bring comfortable shoes to wander in the park and join the dance later on!
- Photos of the Cretan Evening are indicative. Your experience may vary.