Chania Culture & history

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From Chania: Private Local Highlights & Knossos Palace Tour

1. From Chania: Private Local Highlights & Knossos Palace Tour

We have designed this unforgettable trip to submerge you into an authentic way of life in one of the island's most beautiful regions while gaining a deeper understanding of the relationship between history, stunning escapes, gastronomy, and the authentic Cretan local lifestyle. You will also visit the world-famous Palace of Knossos, where your expert guide will ensure skip-the-line access to all archaeological areas, key pieces of information, and extra-personalized attention. Then, from the history and cultural experience, you will be immersed in another time wandering the unspoiled Cretan landscape along with authentic layers of flavors, wines, and village life of the island of Crete. Enjoy personal pick-up and drop-off with a premium vehicle at your full-day disposal, like a true VIP

From Chania: Full-Day Heraklion Highlights Tour

2. From Chania: Full-Day Heraklion Highlights Tour

Explore the oldest civilization in Europe on a full-day tour from Chania. Enjoy a guided tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos, visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, and wander through Heraklion Town. Begin your tour from your accommodation in Chania, and as your drive, learn about the myths of the Labyrinth and the Minotaur or the story of Daidalos and Ikaros. In Heraklion, head to the Palace of Knossos and explore the ruins. Next, visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion and admire over 15,000 ancient Greek artifacts. Afterward, enjoy a walking tour of the town of Heraklion. Discover a Venetian fortress at the entrance of the harbor, gorgeous Neoclassical buildings and Byzantine churches.

Heraklion: Private Knossos & Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

3. Heraklion: Private Knossos & Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

Begin your journey of Knossos by meeting your guide at your hotel in Heraklion, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Knossos, where you will visit the ancient Minoan Palace, an important city in antiquity that supported continuous life from the Neolithic era to the 5th century. According to tradition, Knossos was the seat of the wise king Minos. Learn about the archeological site's fascinating myths, including the famous labyrinth and the minotaur legend, and that of Daedalus and Icarus. Next, head into the Heraklion mainland, which is known for its vilana, kostifali, and vidiano indigenous Cretan grapes. Crete's winemaking tradition dates all the way back to antiquity, and Cretan winemakers have consistently produced outstanding, award-winning wines. Taste some of these flavorful wines at a family-owned organic winery, where you'll enjoy six different wines along with local nibbles. Next, tuck into a delicious local lunch in a cozy, traditional, family-owned tavern that serves home-grown and freshly made delicacies from farm to table. This is your chance to sample truly authentic Cretan cuisine. Then, explore a typical village in Archanes as you wander its narrow lanes, and discover a world concealed from time. Here, savor the local liqueur called raki before heading back to your accommodation in Heraklion.

Knossos Palace & Heraklion Full-Day Tour from Chania Area

4. Knossos Palace & Heraklion Full-Day Tour from Chania Area

Depart from Chania at around 7 AM and head eastwards along the north coast. Pass the city of Heraklion and continue towards inland Crete until you reach the Palace of Knossos. The palace is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world, a cradle of European culture and the center of the Minoan civilization. Follow your guide on a 2-hour tour through the fascinating story of the Minoan period and learn about the Minotaur and Ariadne. Afterward, rejoin the bus which will bring you to the heart of the capital city of Crete, Heraklion. Take the chance to visit the archaeological museum, where you can see and learn about the Minoan period while accompanied by your guide. Finally, enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore the busy and lively city of Heraklion, have Cretan lunch, and drink Raki. At around 3:30 PM, the bus will depart on its return journey to Chania.

From Chania: Crete World War II History Tour

5. From Chania: Crete World War II History Tour

Explore the World War II history of Crete and learn about its wider impact in southeast Europe and Greece. Explore the story of the Greek-Italian War of 1940 and the circumstances that lead to Hitler's Operation Mercury. Hear how the Battle of Crete and the resistance to the invasion helped revive the morale of the Allied troops around the world. Visit key location sites such as the pretty village of Maleme, where the German paratroopers first landed. Discover remnants of the war at Tavronitis and Galatas, and visit the war cemeteries of the German and Allied troops. Be amazed as your guide brings history to life and tells you about secret shelters and other monuments from the war. Hear untold stories that take you behind the scenes and explore the role the partisans played as they helped the British, Australian and New Zealand armies change the course of history.

Chania: Minoan's World 9D Museum & Cinema Entrance with Tour

6. Chania: Minoan's World 9D Museum & Cinema Entrance with Tour

After arriving to the museum, you will begin your 9D experience which will consist of two parts. You will begin with the 3D museum, which has life-like statues made of silicon and mesmerizing 3D art that comes to life through your phone's camera. Afterwards, the 9D cinema will take you back in time, with fully immersive and state of the art equipment that includes special effects such as air blasts, water blasts, snow, bubbles, and smoke. You will also discover that the epic movie itself has both a historical and mythological prospective. The movie stars Zeus as a baby and as a God, and the abduction of princess Europe by Zeus. You will also learn of Daedalus and Icarus (who flew too close to the sun and fell into the sea), king Minos, bull leaping, and finally, the eruption of the volcano in Santorini causing the devastating tsunami that ended the Minoan era.

Chania: Akrotiri, Seitan Beach, and Agia Triada Boat Tour

7. Chania: Akrotiri, Seitan Beach, and Agia Triada Boat Tour

Explore the wonders of the Akrotiri Peninsula on a private tour from Chania with a local guide. Begin your day with pickup at your accommodation in Chania, then head to the scenic Seitan Limania Beach. Admire picturesque views of the beach from the clifftop, or hike down to the sand and go for a swim in the sea. From there, move on to the Agia Triada Monastery, also known as the Holy Trinity. Explore this 17th-century monastery and marvel at its Byzantine-style architecture. Wander around the monastery's many gardens and learn about its religious importance throughout history and the present day. Discover how the monastery’s monks produce olive oil and wine, then enjoy a tasting session. Afterward, travel to the famous Stavros Beach, known for its perfect swimming conditions. Cool off from the heat with a dip in the sea, or sunbathe on the sand. Once you've worked up a bit of an appetite, dine on a traditional Cretan lunch served by the beach. At the end of your adventure, relax on the return journey to your accommodation.

Chania: Archaeological Museum Entry Ticket and Αudioguide

8. Chania: Archaeological Museum Entry Ticket and Αudioguide

Experience the Archaeological Museum of Chania at your own pace with a skip-the-line e-ticket and a captivating self-guided audio tour on your smartphone. Receive your ticket by email, download the app and the audio tour on your phone, prior to your visit, and travel back in time to experience the glory of some of the most prominent items in the collections of the Archaeological Museum of Chania. Put on your headphones and discover The “Master Impression” clay sealing, the Larnax from Chania, and the Discs for the weighing of souls through the power of storytelling, while learning historical information and uncommon stories and anecdotes from the past. The content of the tour is the result of in-depth research, distilled into brief original stories that will make your visit both engaging and informative. The audio tour can be used repeatedly and at any time, before or after your visit. This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into Iberian history and beyond, and relate to the exhibits in the Archaeological Museum of Chania in an entirely original way.

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What people are saying about Chania

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 964 reviews

This has been an amazing experience and we cannot recommend Alma de Creta enough. Roussos was a knowledgeable and passionate guide throughout and we felt incredibly welcome and cared for. Crete is an amazing island but more than anything because of passionate people like Roussos and his company, making getting to know Crete such a gratifying exprience

Very interesting and informative. Definitely a nice change of pace after a few days of swimming in the sea. The Guide has a deep knowledge of Crete and it's history and shares it in a way that makes everything easily digestible. Recommending to anyone even slightly interested in history.

Yiannis was a brilliant guide very knowledgeable and welcoming. we had plenty of time at each place of interest and stelios’ collection was amazing. It was well organised and our pick up point was perfect

It is a new museum with very nice exhibits. I recommend it along with the audio tour.

Wonderful tour and guides! Highly recommend if you enjoy history and wine.