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Chania: Sightseeing & Tastings Tour

Chania: Sightseeing & Tastings Tour

Find what makes Crete’s cultural capital so marvelous. Explore some of the Old Town’s best sights, while discovering the lesser-known Ottoman and Jewish quarters. Get ready to experience Chania with all your senses! Begin at the Dimotiki Agora (Municipal Market), which denotes the old and new town boundary. Sample local delicacies while exploring the market and find out why Crete is home to one of the healthiest diets in the world. After fulfilling your taste buds, stroll around the old town district by passing through its maze of hidden back streets and narrow laneways, visiting Venetian and Ottoman monuments, and discovering doors to secret gardens. Hear stories, myths, and legends about kings, sailors, merchants, heroes, lovers, and artists. Figure out how this city has been a crossroad between the West and East for centuries. Next, you’ll have the unique chance to see local craftsmen producing their handmade products. Hear their stories, and possibly test your skills. Meander through the old Jewish and Ottoman neighborhoods and learn how multiculturalism has changed locals’ life through the centuries. Finally, after walking along the historic harbors' promenade, relax your muscles in a local-favorite spot where you’ll enjoy an enticing table with Cretan Mezedes (local tapas). End the tour here and continue your own exploration through the city or head back to the starting point. Before parting ways, don’t forget to ask your local guide for more hints and tips on how to get the best of your trip in Chania.

Chania's Turbulent History: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Chania's Turbulent History: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Did you know that Chania has been inhabited since the Neolithic Period? We’d love to share the amazing history of this little town with you. You’ll discover its remarkable architecture along the way, including a magnificent lighthouse, churches, mosques, shipyards and the old town’s well preserved houses. They’re a reminder of all the people and cultures that have influenced local life, from ancient times through to the Byzantine era, the Venetian occupation and Turkish rule. I’ll also point out the entertainment and cultural offerings that make the modern town so vibrant. During this tour, I’ll give you local insight, share fun facts, and introduce you to Chania's cultural identity through storytelling. We’ll explore some secret spots and find the old town’s hidden treasures too. Some of the stories you can look forward to include: • The legend behind the Cathedral of Chania • The history of Chania’s Jews • The Venetian families that were powerful here, like the Renieri, Delfino and Colombo • How Felice Napoleone Canevaro, Dominikos Theotokopoulos and Ioannis Daskalogiannis shaped the city • The ancient city of Kydonia This tour is a valuable introduction to Chania's turbulent history. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours for this walk. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars en route for a quick (or lengthy!) stop. Music: Xserra - Bouzouki (Freesound.org) Shorthopper - Joura Accordian (Freesound.org)

Chania: Old City Discovery Guided Segway Tour

Chania: Old City Discovery Guided Segway Tour

Make the most of your time in Chania and discover the wonders of the Old City on this Segway tour through the Kasteli and Splantzia districts. Meet your friendly guide at the local partner’s office and get kitted out with the necessary Segway gear then set out onto the charming streets of Chania where adventure awaits. Head into the Eastern part of Chania’s Old City and discover the remainders of the Ottoman rule as you explore the Turkish neighborhoods here. Glide along traditional cobble streets and narrow alleys while learning about the fascinating history of the districts throughout the ages. Along the way, see the most iconic sights and landmarks, including the impressive Venetian walls and Koum Kapi.

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4.8
(41 reviews)

This tour made my trip to Chania so so so special. Everything from start to finish was carefully crafted and well thought out. Adonis is the most enthusiastic tour guide, and his love for his hometown really shines. I’m so grateful for the wonderful conversations we had, all the new history I learned, all the delicious food, and the most beautiful city I got to explore. I would absolutely recommend this.

had a great time with Andonis. he was very cheerful and helpful, and gave me great recommendations for restaurants even after the tour was over. the tour itself was was good as we tried different food i wouldn't have gotten myself, and we learned some interesting Crete history

It was excellent! Manos shared great stories about the food, culture and history of Chania. He gave a great tour of the local sights as well. Highly recommend!!

Excellent historical knowledge and able to answer all our questions. Thank you!

Food choices and guide where amazing! Change nothing