Conquer the historic city of Rethymnon (just like many, many others before you). See the colors and taste the flavors that only locals know!
- Time travel through layers of Crete’s history as you listen to the myths and tales of Old Town.
- See local artisans at work, and even try your own skills in their workshops.
- Wander through a 100-year-old market selling local Cretan products.
- Visit the Ottoman neighborhood and Jewish Quarter, walk along the “street of the knives,” and explore corners not found in guidebooks.
- Sip raki and snack on mezedes in one of the city’s historic neighborhoods.
- Adults 12+ years old
- Children 6-11 years old
- Infants 0-5 years old
- Private Tour Starting price per person
Explore the Secret Spots of Chania
Experience the real Crete with a walk through one of its most picturesque cities. Chania is a kaleidoscope of different elements: ancient ruins, strong local culture and traditions, and delectable cuisine (and yes, you get to taste some!). Escape the tourist traps and dive into secret corners and local neighborhoods — each stop has a story to tell!
Local impact — How you help the local community by joining this tour:
- On this tour, you visit local, family-owned businesses and meet a local greengrocer, cheesemonger, butcher, and fishmonger who sell their own Cretan-only products.
- By joining this tour, you meet a knife maker in one of the last remaining workshops of Chania that makes the traditional handmade Cretan knife.
- All the food you sample during the tour is locally sourced from villages, farmers, and stock-breeders of Crete.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, coffee or a soft drink, sampling of local products and beverages
Exclusions: Additional food and drink, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities for your guide
- Duration: 4 hours
- Meeting point: Chania Municipal Market (the Public Market is located at the center of the city, on the central market square). Our guide will be standing outside, on the left.
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- Starting time: 9.30 am
- Ending point: Chania Municipal Market
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 as well as 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 historic 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!
Dress standard: As this is a walking tour, we advise you to wear comfortable walking shoes, and of course, bring a photo camera as Chania will amaze you! During the summer, don’t forget your sunglasses.
Your trip: For your Urban Adventure, you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
Mrs. Lisa T. from USA travelled on 29 Dec 2019:
This tour was fantastic – we loved Crete!
Ms. Amanda C. from Australia travelled on 26 Jul 2019
I enjoyed the morning very much and the guide was very nice and food beautiful. But I asked for information on 2 things, a bookstore selling English books and a ceramic tile shop, both he wasn’t able to help with, I found both within 5 minutes of my accommodation using google. I wish I knew about discount offers prior to booking tours, not after, when all my arrangements have been made.
Mrs. Maureen K. from USA travelled on 16 Aug 2018:
Excellent tour. Giannis was a wonderful guide. Very interesting and fun. Would definitely ask for him again
Mrs. FERDA S. from Turkey travelled on 16 Aug 2017:
We do enjoy the hospitality shown tonus by our guide and liked his warm personality very much.
Mr. GUNERI U. from Turkey travelled on 14 Aug 2017:
Our group of four enjoyed the tour. The pace of the tour, extent of the info given were just in the scale we ecpected to have in this tour.
Mr. Kosta C. from USA travelled on 20 Oct 2016:
Ioannis provided us with an excellent introduction to Chania. It was a great mix of history and culture at a nice pace. Very enjoyable!
Mrs. Diane G. from USA travelled on 02 Oct 2016:
Jianni was great…very personable and flexible with the schedule…very knowledgeable and patient with 2 women who like to shop!
Mrs. Peggy W. from USA travelled on 23 Sep 2016:
Irene was a knowledgeable and sensitive guide. We learned a lot about the history, culture, and cuisine of Chania Old Town. A delightful experience.