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3 Day Maravel Garden's Herbs Tour With Aromatherapy and Soap Making Workshops in Spili, Crete
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Wellness Experience in Crete

The Spice and Herbal Tour is one of the most popular excursions in Maravel Garden. The team has developed a special tour with in-depth information not only about spices, but also organically grown herbs and detailed descriptions about their uses in traditional dishes, as cures for ailments and even for dyeing traditional ceremonials.

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  • Take part in a soap-making workshop
  • Take away of your own soap production
  • Enjoy an aromatherapy and herbal workshop
  • Opportunity to relax and explore the surroundings
  • Vegetarian meals included
  • 2 nights accommodation

2 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Greek
Group size: 6-20 participants
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Green Hotel is a family hotel located in Spili town, close to Rethymnon. The hotel is located in the municipality of Lampi which is in the south of Rethymnon prefecture, on the southwest coast of Crete, a calm and relaxing location, where nature meets the mountains in the most impressive way.

Right in the center of Crete, on this land where myth blends with history and nature amalgamate with the dream. Here, where an ancient civilization has left its marks, which come alive even today in the everyday life of the people. Here, where development and progress has not yet managed to denature the environment and to affect human relations.


This tour is a walking tour in a farm. While there, you shall see how the spices, herbs, and fruits grow and are cultivated. Your tour guide will describe how the crops can be used. You will be smelling and tasting spices, herbs, and tropical teas such as lemongrass, pepper cinnamon, chili, cardamom, oranges, mint, dictamnus, and mountain tea.

After the tour, you will enjoy a traditional meal in the Garden's Restaurant, among beautiful surroundings with breathtaking views. Here is when you can really taste the different ways of using herbs.

In the workshops, you will also participate in an essential oil distillation where you can also see live the production of essential oils and an introduction to essential oil properties and principles.

The highlights of this retreat are the herbal and aromatherapy workshops and soap making. You will learn how to use olive oil to make 100% natural and organic soap.

The workshops will take place on days one and two. Between your morning and evening classes, you have a daily time to go and explore the beaches.

Enjoy biological food for your daily health and detoxing the mind and body.


Stefanos Maravelakis


Situated some 30 kilometers south of the town of Rethymno, and approximately in the middle of the island of Crete, Spili has everything for the visitor who wants to experience "natural Crete".

In the center of the village, there is a Venetian fountain with a long row of 25 stone lionheads splashing welcoming cool water into the troughs below. Above the fountain, there starts the climb through the beautifully quaint village streets with their flowered balconies, arches, and cobbles.

Spili has ideal countryside, suitable for walking and cycling, with many different local routes to see and enjoy. Spili being 450 metres above sea level offers the advantage of cooler evenings, most welcome during the height of summer. The days are hot but the evenings are pure delight, just watching the local activity and the sun going down.

Spili has a special attraction for those seeking the raw natural beauty of the rugged countryside which has inspired artists, painters and photographers alike throughout the ages. In late January, after a relatively short mild winter, spring bursts into life with a spectacular display of wild flowers. Red poppies and mustard yellow flowers carpet the olive groves; on the uncultivated ground, you will find orchids, wild anemone, tulips and delic.


Three daily, healthy, Cretan vegetarian meals are included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Two daily classes (morning and evening)
  • Two nights accommodation
  • Three daily, healthy, Cretan vegetarian meals
  • One aromatotherapy workshop
  • One medicinal herbal workshop
  • One soap making workshop
  • One evening meal at a local taverna

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional massages and other sessions
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Car hire
  • Petrol
  • Insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis") (CHQ). Airport transfer is not included in the price. For more information on how to reach the retreat venue, please send an inquiry.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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