Chania: Walking Tour and Food Tasting with a Local

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Chania: Walking Tour and Food Tasting with a Local

From US$ 92.96 per person

Experience authentic Crete on a guided walk through one of its most picturesque cities. Chania offers a compelling mix of ancient ruins, strong local culture and traditions, and delectable cuisine. Visit diverse neighborhoods and taste local delicacies.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • 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
Full description
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!
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Coffee or a soft drink
  • Sampling of local products and beverages
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

Chania municipal market. The public market is located in the city center, on the central market square. Your guide will be standing outside, on the left.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • As this is a walking tour, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. During the summer don’t forget your sunglasses .
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6 years
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 30 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5.0 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.7 / 5
  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
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Fantastic walking tour of Chania old town

My walking tour with Yiannis was excellent Just be sure to check which door outside the old markets to meet as I got confused but once yiannis found me, everything was perfect. Yiannis is a local and smart so knows his way around and the local characters. He’s friendly but not pushy. I would highly recommend this tour.

July 27, 2019

The guide was really engaging and gave good history and great recommendations for restaurants and live music after the tour. I paid for a 4 hour tour, but only got a 3 hour tour. There were also issues with getting the tour - which were worked out but resulted in the tour starting 2 hours later than scheduled. The local company worked hard to resolve the situation, and I am happy with the tour, but I didn’t get the length of tour I paid for and my day was delayed.

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June 4, 2019

The tour was deeply informative, fascinating in its depth. Loved it!!

I love learning the history of the places I visit, and Irene was an exceptional guide in sharing the depth and richness of Chania's past. We strolled for hours, seeing and discussing the myriad of influences -Venetian, Roman, Byzantine, Egyptian, Ottoman and Greek--upon this charming town. You could see it in the architecture and the shops along the meandering lanes, how the different cultures adopted Chania as their own and left their own unique imprint. We not only visited tradesmen at work in their shops, in leather goods and knives as two examples, but sampled, sipped and tasted traditional Cretan mezze in authentic away-from-the-beaten-path eateries. Irene is personable and knowledgeable and our tour of Chania was a highlight of my time on Crete! I highly recommend this tour to anyone who loves seeing, and experiencing, history.

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May 28, 2017

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