Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Educational Network

Seminars Celebrating Biodiversity, Historic Food and Wine Routes

Sample Program
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CCS Seminar Celebrating Biodiversity, Historic Food and Wine Routes
Crete, Greece
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A 5-day program designed for serious enthusiasts of history, culture, botany, organic agriculture, and
Discover Crete's cultural and natural treasures with resident specialists. Stay in local
family-owned apartments in a beautiful historic village 30 minutes away from Heraklion. Be prepared
for many amazing learning experiences during this week-long program. Delectable fresh and local
cuisine is on the menu. Our tours, presentations and hikes are private, tailored for our small group.
Space is limited to 12 adult attendees for this very popular seminar. Advance registration is

Program Highlights:

Heraklion Region historic sites, villages and mountains

Biodiversity-Botany:  Explore Crete's beautiful and wild countryside with resident experts. Discover
Crete's vast array of flora, including wild edible plants. Learn about Conservation Initiatives.
Archaeology and History: Tour the Minoan Palace of Knossos, Archaeological Museum of
Heraklion, and many other historic sites with resident experts.
Agroecology, Heirloom Seed Saving, Small-Scale Organic Farming: Visit organic farmers and
heirloom seed savers; discover traditional and modern cultivation methods and community initiatives.
Olive Oil: Visit an innovative, excellent olive oil factory and grove for a private tour and tastings with
the owners-producers.
Wine:  Visit a gorgeous vineyard and award-winning winery for a private tour and tastings with the
Cultural and Culinary Heritage:  Explore tranquil villages, enjoy traditional cuisine and demos
featuring regional specialties from wild and cultivated sources.
Presentations and Demos: Agroecology, Minoan Cooking Techniques and Ingredients, Traditional
and Modern Cretan Cuisine, Herbal Medicine, and our Silk Road-Spice Route connections.

Accommodation is in lovingly restored family owned lodges with studios or apartments, some with  
balconies or patios overlooking the countryside. We'll send options based on attendee lodging
requirements and lodge availability at the time of registration. Your village-base is 30 minutes away
from Heraklion airport or port.

Day 1:  Check-In to your apartment after 2:00 pm. Tour the historic village with your guide followed by
a welcome dinner at a lovely traditional taverna.
Days 2 - 5:  Intensive experiential learning program, per highlights above.
Day 6:  Travel day. Check out of rooms by noon.

Program Fees include 5 nights' accommodation, and all scheduled transportation, scheduled meals and classes in
the itinerary.
Accommodation arrangements for double occupancy, private studio or apartment with private bath, or
single occupancy, private studio or apartment with private bath. We also have options for parties of 4 people to share

Contact us info[at] for more information and to make reservations.
Space is limited to 12 attendees.

Note:  Level of hiking is low to medium impact, depending on the day.  All attendees must enjoy walking an average
of 1-3 hours a day in sometimes rocky, or steep terrain.  Schedule subject to change due to attendee interests,
weather and other unforeseen conditions.

Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Seminars are featured in the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity

Stories and National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations, The International Institute of Peace
Through Tourism, among many other organizations. We are currently working on a documentary highlighting the work
of many
Heritage Protectors in Crete and around the world. Check out our videos here!
Contact us for more information: info[@]