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

Highlights
  • 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
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Street Stories of Chania Morning Tour with Samples of Raki and Mezedes
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Street Stories of Chania Morning Tour with Samples of Raki and Mezedes
From US$ 88.84
Overview
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!
Reviews (25)
1 - 5 of 9 reviews
Reviewed 12 December 2018
Small shops and views, an excellent place to stay and visit.

On the advice of someone from Chania, we stayed in chania for 3 days. Each day was perfect, seaside restaurants and shops. The food was among the freshest and most flavorful I have had. The people were friendly and helpful everywhere we went.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank T720BLrichardl
Reviewed 22 November 2018 via mobile
Perfect tour to appreciate a beautiful place

We always try to take a tour early during our visits to a new place. This tour was perfect since it included enough history, local sites and most important food. The visit to the municipal market gave us some great local food options for the...More

Thank Alegria_en_sol
Reviewed 5 October 2018
Excellent introduction to Chania with a superb guide. Strongly recommended.

We arranged to do this tour on the morning of our first full day (out of four) in Chania and it was indeed the best way we could have chosen to learn about the town. Iannis was a really wonderful guide. He knows Chania backwards...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Charles G
Reviewed 4 October 2018
Great walking and tasting tour of Chania with our guide Giannis

I took this tour in late September and had an amazing time. Quite honestly when I considered the tour, I thought the price was a bit expensive but after spending four fun hours with Giannis touring the back streets of Chania, tasting great food and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank A6374BKinfo
Reviewed 22 September 2018
Exploring the old town of Chania

I highly recommend this morning walking tour through the old town of Chania. Our tour guide Yiannis was extremely knowledgeable; being a local himself, and spoke with so much passion for his home and about Crete in general. The tour was a perfect amount of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank YG1RG1
STEFANOS P, Public Relations Manager at Crete Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Dear YG1RG1, greetings from Chania! I am delighted to read your lovely review; thank you for your kind words. We really take pride in our guides and Yiannis is a valuable member of our team. Greetings from Yiannis and the whole Crete team.

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