Welcome to Hania

Although all this beauty means the old town is deluged with tourists in summer, it’s still a great place to unwind. The Venetian Harbour is super for a stroll and a coffee or cocktail. Thanks to an active modern centre, it retains its charm in winter. Indie boutiques and an entire lane (Skridlof) dedicated to leather products provide good shopping and, with a multitude of creative restaurants, you'll eat very well here.

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$88.66 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Chania Food and History Walking Tour

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!

$92.11 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Crete Wine and Olive Oil Tour

Today we will travel through wonderful nature’ s landscapes. Up to the mountains of Kisamos region, we will learn about the wine varieties of the traditional family winery, established in 1993, with specialized knowledge on winemaking and fresh ideas for modern processes of farming and wine production. We will sit between the olive trees, smelling the blossoms, diving deep into the nature’ s miracle, tasting awarded local ‘’Vidiano’’, ‘’Muscat of Spinas’’,  and some international varieties like ‘’Grenache Rouge’’, ‘’Syrah’’,  ‘’Mouverde’’, that earn a special taste because of the local Terroir. An incredible taste stays on our palate while we  leave the winery, heading through an extraordinary path to traditional Cretan villages. In the winter time we smell the humid lands and the air whispering the winter’s songs, but in the summer time we enjoy watching the blooming vegetation and hearing the birds singing. Then we will visit an old village and the museum of the oldest olive tree in the world, estimated at 3,5000 years old. The miracle of nature stands proud in front of us and its deep roots hold it through the ages.  This is a day full of wine tasting different expressions of those noble grapes, and delicious food tasting. We continue our journey heading to a beautiful winery in Kisamos region. We will taste a special local blended white wine with ‘’Vilana’’, ‘’Vidiano’’ and ‘’Assirtiko’’ varieties and we will walk through the vineyards into an idyllic landscape. Also we will visit the olive oil factory that the family possesses and learn about the extra virgin olive oil production. The wine tasting accompanied with extra virgin olive oil and local pure products is a combination that your palate will never forget. Now we will see the Cretan way to say goodbye, drinking the awarded ‘’Tsikoudia’’.

$92.11 Day Trips & Excursions

Crete Chania to Samaria Gorge Small-Group Hiking Day Trip

The Samaria Gorge, a national park and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in southwest Crete, is one of the largest limestone gorges in Europe and one of the most eye-pleasing spots on the island. See the best of the gorge on this 6-hour guided hike through the ravine. A guide leads you through the mountainous rocky landscape, traversing 10 miles (16 kilometers). Upon pickup at your Chania hotel in the morning, let the comfortable, deluxe van shuttle you to the gorge. Start hiking as the guide regales you with historical tales about the area, one of the oldest inhabited spots in Europe. Pass through tiny villages including the eponymous Samaria, which was abandoned in the 1960s to make way for the park. One of the most spectacular sections of the somewhat strenuous hike is the passage through the Gates, where the ravine is only 13 feet (4 meters) across and the cliffs on either side climb to roughly 300 feet (90 meters) high. At the base of the gorge, enjoy a refreshing swim in the sea or explore a village that is only accessible by boat or by hiking through the gorge. Sit down at a village tavern for a hearty seafood lunch (not included). Once your time in the village is done, enjoy an hour’s sail to a nearby port, and end the trip with hotel drop-off.

$69.08 Outdoor Activities

Samaria Gorge Tour from Chania - The Longest Gorge in Europe

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Samaria Gorge National Park, Sfakia, Chania Prefecture, CreteUp into the White Mountains to the omalos Plateau and the entrance to the gorge.Duration: 6 hours

$92.11 Outdoor Activities

Crete from Chania Wine and Olives Full-Day Safari Tour

Safaris aren’t just for gawking at exotic animals. On Crete, a safari is much more intoxicating. After being picked up in a Land Rover at your hotel in Chania, take a full-day guided tour through a landscape decorated with olive trees and vineyards. This is a tour filled with wine, food and fun. Expect to come away with a thorough knowledge of Crete’s culinary and cultural history. Stop by an olive oil mill to learn from your guide about how olives are harvested to make extra-virgin olive oil. You’ll even see a 3,000-year-old olive tree. Moving from olives to grapes, take a tour of a vineyard and taste the wine while learning about the ancient Cretan methods of wine-making. Sit down in a small tavern and enjoy a typical Cretan meal. The cuisine of Crete is renowned for its life-giving, longevity-producing qualities. Expect fresh herbs and greens, seafood, feta cheese, and maybe even savory pies. Stop by the chapel of Agia Paraskevi, set above a huge cave. The cave, 525 feet (160 m) deep and 118 feet (36 m) wide, was a shrine to an ancient fertility goddess long before the church was built. At the conclusion of your tour, you’ll be dropped back at your hotel.

$172.71 Cultural & Theme Tours

Crete Villages and Countryside from Chania Tour with Lunch

Village life is a fascinating thing. It’s slow. It’s authentic. It’s traditional. And on this 6-hour tour through the countryside of Crete, you can get a deep sense of what the slow life is like on this Greek island. After a hotel pickup in Chania, prepare to get an impressive peek at a way of life many outsiders don’t get the chance to see.Stop at the Agia Triada monastery, a 17th-century structure that boasts an unusual three domes. The monastery, whose name means Holy Trinity, is a tranquil place to linger for a while. Check out the monastery’s vineyards, cellars and olive groves and talk to the wine and olive oil makers about their daily routines. You will enjoy olive oil tasting at the monastery.From there, continue to the province of Apokoronas and stop at Koules Fortress, a site once known as Rocca al Mare. The formidable-looking Venetian fortress occupies a lofty position on a hill with sweeping views of the Souda Gulf. Don’t forget your camera!After leaving the fortress, stop in Maheri, an untrammeled village of 100 inhabitants. Stroll around the hamlet’s alleyways and try to find the tiny chapel that is carved right into the face of a cliff. Take time to appreciate the loving restoration that has been done to many of the original houses here. Then head a bit inland to visit a ceramics studio and meet a well-known local ceramist.Next, enjoy a traditional Cretan lunch at a family-run tavern with fresh local specialties set on a point overlooking a valley and the sea beyond. After lunch, return to Chania, where the tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.