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Street Stories of Chania Morning Tour with Samples of Raki and Mezedes

From $87.72
  • 4-hour Chania food, culture and history morning walking tour
  • Explore Old Chania’s streets, market and craft hotspots with an informative guide
  • Learn about Chania’s Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman past
  • Browse the Municipal Market and try some popular local specialities
  • Admire Venetian and Ottoman monuments and delve into the old Jewish and Ottoman districts
  • Savor tasty ‘mezedes’ appetizers and Crete’s popular ‘raki’ spirit by the waterside
  • Small-group tour ensures more personalized attention from a guide
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Street Stories of Chania Morning Tour with Samples of Raki and Mezedes
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Uncover the real Crete on a 4-hour food and history walking tour in Chania. With a local guide, explore the winding streets of Chania Old Town, and sample enticing local tidbits at the Municipal Market. Take in relics of Chania’s Venetian and Ottoman days; discover the old Ottoman and Jewish quarters; and hear about the sailors, traders and heroes who shaped the city’s past. Watch artisans at work making Cretan handicrafts, and end with some delicious ‘mezedes’ (appetizers) perhaps teamed with local ‘raki’ spirit at a waterfront bar or taverna.
What to Expect
With a history expanding from the Neolithic period, when the first settlement of the city was founded just steps from the Venetian harbour, Chania has seen Romans, Byzantine officials, Arabs, Venetians, Ottomans, and Germans pass through her city streets. Due to its strategic geographical position, 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 full-day walking tour of Chania. You’ll take in the sites from the Old Town to the lesser known Ottoman and Jewish quarters, and into the chic historic neighbourhood of Halepa. Get ready to experience Chania with all your senses!
We’ll start your Chania tour at the Dimotiki Agora (Municipal Market), which marks the border between the old and new town. Built between 1908 and 1913 (the year that Crete was united with Greece), the Agora hosts more than 70 shops selling mostly regional products. You’ll get to explore the market and sample local delicacies while learning about the deliciously healthy Cretan diet.
With your taste buds satisfied, we will walk to the old town district. Wander through narrow laneways, hidden backstreets, and open doors to secret gardens, and Venetian and Ottoman monuments. Listen to stories of empires, sailors, traders, lovers, heroes, and artists. Learn how this city has been a crossroads between the East and West for centuries.
Next on your Chania tour, you’ll have the unique opportunity to see local artisans crafting their products. Listen to their stories — and maybe even try your own skills!
From there, our Crete tour will take us on a stroll through the Jewish and Ottoman neighbourhoods, where you’ll learn how life has changed over the years in this city of multicultural residents.
Finally, we’ll walk along the waterfront of one of Chania’s historical neighbourhoods and sit down to an inviting table with Cretan mezedes (local dishes).
Your Crete tour will end either here or we could take you back to the starting point. With so many suggestions and tips from your local guide, you’ll likely have a myriad of things you’ll want to do next!
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I had an amazing time on this tour with Manos. I highly recommend starting with this tour of the city to get a local view, recommendations and history of Chania. I learned of so many hidden gems. I wish I had more time to do,...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My wife and I had a fantastic time on our tour of the old city in Chania. We highly recommend our guide Manos - from the tastes we got to try to the sights and historical context, we had a great time from beginning to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This morning was so interesting, we saw some very pretty shops. And the degustation was very good and we discovered some very famous dishes.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The highlight of our Greece holiday was the experience with this company and more specifically Yannis our tour guide. He was an excellent communicator and made our tour very interesting, entertaining and a memory we will always cherish!

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Reviewed April 15, 2019 via mobile

When in Crete, this tour is a must! The city is rich in culture, landmarks are a sight to see, food is delicious, and conversation is endless. Our tour guides, Yiannis and Katerina, were full of knowledge and because of their love and pride of...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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