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Discover Chania like a local

Chania, or ‘Venice in the East’, is the second biggest city in Crete, built on the site of old Kydonia. The distinctive colour of the old town with all that it has inherited from earlier manifestations, the iconic Venetian harbour and the unique architecture have together established Chania as one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island.

What You'll Do

  • Wander through a 100-year-old market selling local products
  • See local artisans at work, and try your own skills in their workshops
  • Visit the Ottoman neighborhood and Jewish quarter and explore corners not found in guidebooks
  • Sip raki and snack on mezedes in one of the city’s historic neighborhoods

Chania is a kaleidoscope of different elements: local culture and traditions, historical architecture and delectable cuisine (and yes, you’ll get to taste some!). Escape the busy tourist spots and dive into secret corners and local neighborhoods where each small street has a story to tell!

What to Expect

Over the centuries, Chania’s story has been influenced by Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians, Ottomans, and Germans. Due to its strategic geographical position, the island of Crete has always had to struggle for independence, but this ever-changing history makes for a fascinating story!

Discover what makes Crete’s cultural capital so magical, on this relaxed half-day walking tour of Chania. Take in the top sights, from the old town to the lesser-known Ottoman and Jewish quarters, and into the chic Halepa neighborhood.

Start your Chania tour at the Dimotiki agora, or municipal market, which stands between the old and new towns. Built between 1908 and 1913 (the year that Crete was united with Greece), the agora features more than 70 shops selling mostly regional products. Explore the market and sample local delicacies while learning about the deliciously healthy Cretan diet.

Continue your walk into the old town, down narrow lanes and hidden back streets, and discover secret gardens, and Venetian and Ottoman monuments. Hear about empires, sailors, traders, lovers, heroes, and artists. Learn how this city has been a crossroads between the East and West for centuries.

Next you’ll have the unique opportunity to see local artisans crafting their products and maybe even try your own skills! Visit the Jewish and Ottoman neighborhoods, and learn how life has changed over the years in this multicultural city.

Walk along the waterfront in one of Chania’s historic neighborhoods and sit down to a table of inviting mezedes (local dishes). Your Crete tour will either end here or the guide can take you back to the starting point.

With so many suggestions and tips from your local guide, you’ll have plenty of choices of what to do next!

Discover Chania’s history as you listen to the myths and tales of the Old Town. See local craftsmen at work, and even try your own skills in their workshops. Explore the 100-year-old market selling local Cretan products. Walk through the Ottoman neighborhood and Jewish Quarter, visit the “street of the Knives,” and explore corners not found in travelguides. And to end the perfect adventure.. sip raki and snack on mezedes in one of the city’s historic neighbourhoods.

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Type
Guided Trips/Tours
Activities
History/Archaeology, Local products
Tags
Guided tour in Chania, History, Culture,
location
Chania, Chania
Languages
English, Greek

Prices & Rates (per person/per group)

Indicative Price (Total)
€70 per person
Minimum No. of persons
1
Maximum No. of persons
6

Difficulty Level & Required Equipment

Difficulty Level
1 (Very Easy)

Duration/Timetable & Pick up Services

Duration
1 days
Notes

Duration: 4 hours

On Request
Yes
Schedule

Starting time: 9.00 AM from the Municipal Market of Chania

Services

All inclusive
No
Included Services

Local English-speaking guide, coffee or a soft drink, sampling of local products and beverages.

Not Included Services

Additional food and drink, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities for your guide.

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