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

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    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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Municipal Market of Chania, Pl. Agoras 69, Chania 731 32, Greece
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Coffee or a soft drink
    • Sampling of local products and beverages
    • Additional food and drink
    • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
    • Gratuities for your guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • As this is a walking tour , we advise you wear comfortable walking shoes. During summer don’t forget your sunglasses and of course a photo camera as Chania will amaze you!
    • Small group of a maximum of 12 people
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    All reviews an excellent guide old town great tour central market tasting tour walking tour food tour delicious cretan perfect introduction beautiful streets highly recommend this tour small group urban adventures yiannis culture questions raki
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    Reviewed 2 days ago

    For our walking tour it ended up being only my husband and I with Yiannis. We shared the same sense of humour and he was very knowledgeable and personable. We loved our walking tour with him. Not only is it a walking tour but there...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank carokozy
    Reviewed 3 days ago

    We truly enjoyed the walking tour of Chania and taking in the sites of the Old Town and other neighborhoods. This was our first trip to Greece and chance to explore Crete. Yiannis was an excellent tour guide introducing us to the local food, neighborhoods...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Sandra H
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    I learned a whole lot about the history of Chania and Crete. The tour, which had food as a good feature, had a lot of history as well about the architecture and history of the old part of Chania. We learned about the Venetians, the...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank mckornfield
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    This company makes no exceptions if you need to cancel less than 24 hrs beforehand, even if due to unforeseen health issues. After getting injured on a hike in the Samarian Gorge, and calling the company the minute we had cell service upon emerging from...More

    Thank Nross10
    purple_indian, Guest Relations Manager at Crete Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

    Dear NRoss, I would like to first thank you, for taking the time to provide us with some feedback, it is so valuable for us, as it makes us strive constantly for excellence, that’s why I was really astonished to see such a low rating,...More

    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    My husband and I had already fallen in love with the island of Crete and in particular Chania when we spent a wonderful and inspiring morning learning more about them! This is why we travel- to learn and to experience other cultures and learn about...More

    Thank Donna W
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    September 11, 2019|
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    Response from Dbarker1616 | Reviewed this property |
    I’d recommend a car rental. The roads are generally good, but yes we did have issues as well in terms of parking in Chania. Mind you, this was peak season in August but perhaps things have eased since.
    September 11, 2019|
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    Response from aniagus | Reviewed this property |
    We were from Athens by flight. I think there are buses from Crete to Chania.
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