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Chania: Old Town Highlights Guided Tour with Street Food

1. Chania: Old Town Highlights Guided Tour with Street Food

Discover Chania's Old Town on a private or shared group guided tour with a local. Learn about local history, and taste delicious Cretan street food as you explore. Meet your guide in Chania’s bustling market, then set off into the historic Old Town. Unravel the history of Chania as you stroll around the streets and admire the impressively well-preserved architecture. Stroll along the cobbled narrow paths of the city, and learn about Chania’s Venetian past, renaissance heritage, and Ottoman influences. Pass by famous landmarks and soak up the charming atmosphere as you mingle with the locals. As you explore, discover the flavors of Cretan cuisine, stop at colorful food shops and taverns, selling wine, olive-oil, cheese, herbs, spices, and more, and enjoy street food samples along the way.  

Chania Old Town, Kournas Lake & Rethymno Tour

2. Chania Old Town, Kournas Lake & Rethymno Tour

On our way back, we make a stop in Rethimnon, a Our first stop on this trip is the stunning city of Chania in Crete, known for its breathtaking beauty. Historical records indicate that this city held great importance in the Minoan civilization and played a crucial role in the development of other cities in Crete. Chania's historic city centre features a charming old harbour lined with Venetian-era buildings and also houses in various pastel colours. Narrow stone streets winding through the area are filled with many restaurants, shops, and also cafes, many housed inside former Ottoman era warehouses. Here, the remnants of every civilization that has come and gone are on display. You can explore the Loggia, the Lighthouse of Chania, Turkish minarets and mosques, Muslim communities, Venetian fortifications, dockyards, fountains, squares, arches, and villas. Once we leave this incredible city, we arrive at the picturesque Lake Kournas, a one-of-a-kind freshwater ecosystem in Crete. With its lush vegetation, picturesque valleys, and unique wildlife including moorhens, two-colored turtles, and eels, Kournas is an ideal destination for a leisurely afternoon walk or a refreshing swim followed by a delicious lunch. Due to its status as a recognised wetland, the entire region of Kournas is protected under Natura 2000. To fully enjoy your time in the sun and water, we recommend bringing along a swimsuit and sun protection. In addition, if you plan on strolling in the shallow areas, it's advisable to bring along footwear suitable for the ocean. It's important to note that these are not mandatory and are entirely up to you. Rethimo, a captivating town in Crete that seamlessly blends archaeological, Ottoman, and Venetian influences, creating a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Indulge in a leisurely walk along the historic streets of the ancient town, where you can explore Turkish minarets like the Neratze Mosque and admire the Venetian fortifications. And if you're in the mood for relaxation, treat yourself to a delightful coffee experience in the charming harbour.

Chania Old Town: Artisans & Sightseeing Walking Tour

3. Chania Old Town: Artisans & Sightseeing Walking Tour

Let the day begin with a leisurely stroll guided by a local through the enchanting Old Town of Chania. Traverse narrow streets, surrounded by centuries-old architecture, as your guide unveils tales of Chania's fascinating history. Step into the Folklore Museum, gaining an insightful glimpse into Chania's vibrant cultural heritage. Explore a thoughtfully curated collection that vividly illustrates the traditions woven into the region's fabric. Venture off the beaten path to discover local workshops. Witness the revival of craftsmanship from days gone by, meeting skilled artisans dedicated to preserving ancient techniques. Engage with modern artists who skillfully blend tradition and innovation in their creations, providing you with a unique and firsthand insight into the rich heritage of Chania.

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4.9
(37 reviews)

Sophia is wonderful. She is personable, and gave lots of pointers for all on the tour. She was able to showcase Chania in a short amount of time and we were able to explore a lot of local gems and taste a good variety of street foods. The gyro (pork) was amazing!!!!

Sophie was an amazing tour guide! She was very knowledgeable and we got to see a lot of Chania in just a few hours. Take this tour on your first day so you know where you want to explore and eat while you stay in Chania.

Great tour thanks to Sophia who provided so much information! She was wonderful! I agree with other reviews that said to start your visit with her tour. It will help you decide on what other things you wan to do.

Sofia was a great tour guide. She was knowledgeable and friendly. I honestly don't think there's much I would change.

Roussos was an amazing guide. So much food, history, culture and entertaining too