Sticky Tours: Be a Cretan Bee Keeper

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Animal experience hosted by Yianni

3 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host has committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 6 people
Includes food, drinks and equipment

What you'll do

• Learn about the incredible life of our most important pollinator and history of beekeeping.
• Learn how honeybees make this liquid gold: we call honey, how nectar source determines a honey's color, aroma and flavor and how honey is harvested and extracted from the hive.
• Work with us and meet the bees in their natural environment. (Yes, that means an opportunity to suit-up in beekeepers suit and watch the bees up-close).
• Hold a frame of bees and try to spot the queen with us.
• Call yourself “Honey Sommelier” by trying all of our delicious one-of-a-kind honeys which are perfectly paired off food accompaniments. Learn how to use the different varieties of honey in your dialing cooking. What’s best than a piece of honeycomb with cheese pairings ….
• Explore local bee foraging area and learn about the different endemic medicinal and nectar plants of Crete.
Other things to note
Your hands must ready to get sticky by tasting fresh honey from the combs.
Let us know if you have any special requirements, or some special dates.
• Learn about the incredible life of our most important pollinator and history of beekeeping.
• Learn how honeybees make this liquid gold: we call honey, how nectar source determines a honey's color, aroma and flavor and how honey is harvested and extracted from the hive.
• Work with us and meet the bees in their natural environment. (Yes, that means an opportunity to suit-up in beekeepers suit and watch the bees up-close).
• Hold…
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What's included

  • Food
     Delicious Food Platter and Raki(Cretan traditional spirit) in our bee yar...
  • Drinks
     Beverages, water
  • Equipment
     Bee Suit, Gloves & Veil

Accessibility

Free admission for people assisting guests with disabilities

Meet your host, Yianni

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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Hello!We are a family of beekeepers ,located in Crete .Our story starts back in 1982 when a young mathematician (our father) bought his first hive as a new hobby “a moment is enough”. The hobby had become obsessive! Since then, the bees have increased to hundreds hives in numerous bee yards across Crete, producing many different types of monofloral honeys. Nowadays the legacy continues as the next generation ,Yianni & Elena continue the excellence in honey production by implementing fresh ideas. Me as an agronomist and my sister as honey expert ,we will create a mind-expanding life experience.
Hello!We are a family of beekeepers ,located in Crete .Our story starts back in 1982 when a young mathematician (our father) bought his first hive as a new hobby “a moment is enough”. The hobby had become obsessive! Since then, the bees have increased to hundreds hives in numerous bee yards across Crete, producing many different types of monofloral honeys. Nowadays the legacy continues as the next generation ,Yianni & Elena continue the excellence in honey production by implementing fresh ideas.…
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Where you'll be

Location:
We have bee yards all around Crete. Let us know your location and we will set a meeting point depending your location, the weather and the blossoming. Our hives are located in some truly awesome spots - from rocky cliffs next to the sea, to Olive plantations and even the top of Cretan Mountains.
Time:
We have flexible time schedule. The exact time can be decided based on your needs (morning or afternoon),our workload and the weather.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 34 reviews.

Krista-Marie
September 2021
This was an amazing tour. I never thought the topic of bees would be so interesting, but Yianni is so knowledgeable and answered all my questions. Not to mention the honey, tasted so good. If you want a unique and fun time, please take this tour.
Alex
September 2021
Great experience getting up close and personal with friendly honey making bees – no stings anywhere in our group, not even on our brave and amazingly well informed beekeeper Yianni who for some reason chose to dress in shorts and a t-shirt unlike the rest of us more reassuringly kitted-out in the full and proper beekeepers kit provided. Opened a hive myself under Yianni’s supervision and took out several frames containing honeycombs and bees. Really interesting and strongly recommended as something a bit different. Got to taste various flavours of local honey each infused by the bees with a different taste – sage, thyme, carob and unexpectedly for Crete, wild heather. Would recommend to anyone interested in bees, honey, Crete or sunshine!
Andreas
September 2021
Best experience you can do in crete!! Yannis is so passionate about the bees and he knows a lot to tell you as hes a true expert. Great fun to try on the bee keeper suit and try the different kind of honey. You def will see honey and the precious bees with other eyes after this experience. Would def recommend this to all our family and friends. A must when ure in crete!!! Many thanks and cheers
Esben
September 2021
We loved to try and open the hive and to taste the different kinds of honey. Extremely knowledgeable about honey and bees, so we learned a lot.
Stacey
September 2021
We expected a great tour, but Yiannis exceeded our expectations. The location was picturesque and we learned a lot we didn’t know about bees. In fact, we left wanted to learn more. The honey tasting was so good and we bought many jars of honey to take home. I highly recommend this experience for something a little different.
Grant
August 2021
What a unique experience! My brother and I have always been fascinated by bees and we were so glad to have all of our questions answered. It was great to hear his stories about the bee population and examining a hive was a highlight of our entire Greek vacation! Highly recommend to anyone interested in learning more about these amazing creatures.

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 3 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

What to bring

Solid Shoes or Boots

Long socks