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Old Venetian Harbor Tours and Activities

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Chania’s spectacular Venetian Harbour is a symbol of the town’s rich and varied history, built between 1320 and 1356 when it was first under control of the Republic of Venice. Made of butter-colored stone and with its walls stretching for just under a mile (1.5 km), it provided sheltered waters and safe anchorage and was originally a thriving trading port with berthing room for up to 40 galleys. A breakwater was constructed to the north of the harbor to protect the ships from storm damage, and on this St Nicholas Chapel and bastion were built. During Venetian times condemned criminals were executed on this spot. The Firkas Fortress (now the Maritime Museum of Crete) at the entrance to the harbor was built with the dual purpose of safeguarding Chania from invasion and housing Venetian troops.

However the most striking of the edifices along the Venetian Harbour is the lighthouse (no public access), which dates from around 1570 and looms majestically skywards at the harbor entrance to this day. It is Chania’s most-photographed monument and was restored to its original splendor in the 1840s; the lighthouse is magical when illuminated at night.

Today, the Venetian Harbour offers mooring for local fishing boats and pleasure craft; in summer it is a romantic spot to stroll and then enjoy eating and drinking in the many harbor-side restaurants, tavernas and ouzo shops. Even in winter, it’s usually warm enough to sit outside in a café while sipping coffee and enjoying the Cretan sun.

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Small-Group Sunset Tour with Chania Wine Food

Small-Group Sunset Tour with Chania Wine Food

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We will check it all out and more while exploring the fascinating old city, venturing through hidden back alleyways, discovering unique Instagram sunset spots, and enjoying local recipes in venues that only locals know. Watch the sunset over a breathtaking panorama from a secret spot that only locals know about. Participate in a unique wine tasting event presented by a qualified sommelier and enjoy a three-course gourmet organic dinner. Learn about the city’s past and present and see why “Zorbas” lived his myth on Crete. Explore the old city’s alleyways and discover the bohemian side of Crete, from funky workshops to cool cafés. Sweeten your palate with an organic ice cream and savor some shots of raki, Crete’s best not-to-miss spirit.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$169.11
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Chania Old Town Private Tour

Chania Old Town Private Tour

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This is a private tour with a 7-seater van for a maximum 6 guests. Chania’s Old Town is being inhabited since the ancient ages of the Minoan Civilization from 5000BC. Since then it has always been a vivid place of prosperity and growth, influenced through the ages by the various cultures, Romans, Arabs, Jews, due to its geopolitical place in the Mediterranean Sea and those who invaded it particularly in the late years, such us the Venetians and the Ottoman Turks. We will stroll through the historic alleys and pinpoint the Byzantine and the Venetian/Ottoman Walls and Fortifications, then walk through the main streets and see the emergence of history from the Ancient Ages from the archeological excavations inside the Old Town to the Medieval and Recent Ages through the old buildings, the churches, the synagogues and the mosques. Also we will visit the Orthodox, the Muslim and the Jewish Quarter and how people lived together through times with peace or turbulence.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$398.62
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Food Odyssey, A Historical Culinary Tour of Chania

Food Odyssey, A Historical Culinary Tour of Chania

Eat to your heart - and stomach’s - content on a 4-hour culinary tour of Chania. Follow your private guide as they lead you to local eateries and shops where you’ll sample 15 different dishes.  Learn about the influence that the Arabs, Ottomans, and more had on Greek food on an intimate walking tour. In between bites, you’ll hear about local food culture and politics.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.59
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The Delicious Chania PRIVATE Food Tour
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The Delicious Chania PRIVATE Food Tour

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The Delicious Chania Food Tour invites you to discover a different side of the town of Chania by joining the Cretans in what is probably their favorite activity: easting!! An alternative walking tour in the Old Town exploring Chania's cultural identity ; a great introduction to this beautiful town with a local insider guide and definitely one of the best things to do in Chania on your first day, ideal also for those visiting Chania on a cruise for just a day. 
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  • 4 hours
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$96.64
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Chania Old Town Half Day Private Tour + Mountain Restaurant

Chania Old Town Half Day Private Tour + Mountain Restaurant

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This is a private tour with a 7-seater van for a maximum 6 guests. Chania since the ancient times was a melting pot of civilizations and cultures, each invader and new town resident leaving its mark on history, architecture and culture. Chania is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe dating back to Minoan civilization around 5.000BC. In this tour we will try to trace the remains of civilizations, in the buildings and monuments. By doing so we will go through the waterfront, alleyways, fortifications, viewpoints and marks of the past. We will see how Chania has changed over time, the buildings added and destroyed! The city was divided in the Christian, Muslim and Jewish quarters. We will go through them where we will show you historic points of interest not so obvious to the average visitor. Although the tour focuses on history, we will explore the culture and traditions of Chania and how they have merged to form the modern day city of Chania!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$398.62
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Small-Group Old City and Harbor Segway Tour in Chania

Small-Group Old City and Harbor Segway Tour in Chania

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Exploring Chania’s Old Town and Venetian Harbor without a guide can mean overlooking sights. This small-group Segway tour ensures you discover all the must-sees and hidden corners without getting lost. Get instructions and ride your Segway personal transporter behind a guide along the alleyways and waterfront to view the landmarks. Learn about the sights via the audio guide and get your guide’s tips on local things to do and see.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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$47.11
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Chania Food Stories Half-Day Small-Group Tour with Lunch

Chania Food Stories Half-Day Small-Group Tour with Lunch

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Experience the unique beauty and culture of Chania by joining this amazing small group walking tour through one of Greece’s most picture-pretty cities. Chania has everything: ancient ruins, centuries-old monuments, strong local traditions, and exquisite cuisine that you get to taste during the tour. Leave your guidebook aside and follow your local guide into traditional neighborhoods and lesser-known corners – each spot, every backstreet you’ll pass along has a story to tell! Wander through layers of history and cultural influences, listening to myths of the Old Town. Meet local artisans in their workshop and even try your own skills. Explore the town’s century-old market with the local Cretan products and groceries. Watch how phyllo is handmade by one of Greece’s last pastry masters. Stroll around the old Ottoman and Jewish Quarters and discover the “Street of the Knives” as well as other off-the-beaten-path corners. Taste local mezedes and sip raki at a historic neighborhood.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Explore Chania's Old Town through the eyes of a local
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Explore Chania's Old Town through the eyes of a local

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Explore Chania's Old Town on this PRIVATE walking tour with a local guide. See the city’s impressive 14th-century harbor and 16th-century lighthouse. Learn about Crete’s Venetian, Egyptian and Ottoman influences as you stroll through narrow streets filled with vendors and markets. You’ll also visit historical landmarks and sample local coffee and food along the way.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.52
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Chania city

Chania city

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The ancient city of Chania is a popular tour spot, but you don’t need to tie yourself to a large and inflexible tour group in order to explore it. On this full day tour around Chania, join a small group and walk around some of the city’s highlights tucked away in the narrow Venetian alleys. Afterward, break away from your group and explore the city at your own pace – grab lunch at a local restaurant, walk around the harbor or do some shopping at Old Chania Market.
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  • 6 hours
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$33.82
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Chania's Turbulent History: Uncover the stories of its Old Town on an audio tour

Chania's Turbulent History: Uncover the stories of its Old Town on an audio tour

Did you know that Chania has been inhabited since the Neolithic Period? We’d love to share the amazing history of this little town with you on this self-guided audio tour. You’ll discover its remarkable architecture along the way, including a magnificent lighthouse, churches, mosques, shipyards and the old town’s well preserved houses. They’re a reminder of all the people and cultures that have influenced local life, from ancient times through to the Byzantine era, the Venetian occupation and Turkish rule. I’ll also point out the entertainment and cultural offerings that make the modern town so vibrant. During this tour, I’ll give you local insight, share fun facts, and introduce you to Chania's cultural identity through storytelling. We’ll explore some secret spots and find the old town’s hidden treasures too. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours for this walk. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars en route for a quick (or lengthy!) stop.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes
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Chania Highlights Trikke City Tour

Chania Highlights Trikke City Tour

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Discover the best of Chania the easy way on this 2-hour private tour by Trikke electric scooter. Accompanied by a knowledgeable private guide, hop on your easy-to-ride 3-wheeler and admire the city’s highlights as your guide provides personalized commentary. Admire the elegant 19th-century mansions of the Halepa quarter, and cruise through the Old Town, bustling markets and old tanners’ district where craft workers still hand make leather shoes and other wares. Finally, ride along the beautiful Venetian harborside and admire views of Nea Hora’s sands, one of Chania’s loveliest beaches.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chania Old Town Trikke Tour- A Journey through the Centuries

Chania Old Town Trikke Tour- A Journey through the Centuries

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Explore Chania's Old Town on a private tour by Trikke, a 3-wheeled personal electric vehicle that allows you to glide along the narrow streets and Old Venetian Harbor. As you go, listen to commentary from a private guide about this historical Greek town.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Good Morning Chania Bike Tour

Good Morning Chania Bike Tour

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Cover much more ground than you can on foot when you take a guided bike tour through Chania. This comprehensive tour is an ideal choice for your first day in the city, or if you only have a short time to visit. Bike at a relaxing pace and discover the beauty of the city. Cycle through the Old City and Harbor, seeing the Egyptian Lighthouse, Jewish Synagogue, Temple of Aghios Rokkos, and more.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.03
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40-Minute Chania Sightseeing Tour by Trikke

40-Minute Chania Sightseeing Tour by Trikke

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Add a fun twist to your Chania sightseeing tour and zip around the city on an electric Trikke. Explore the atmospheric Old Town on a 40-minute guided tour; pass landmarks such as Yiali Mosque, St. Catherine's monastery, and Municipal Market; and glide around the Venetian Harbor, enjoying views of the Firkas fortress and the Lighthouse.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.82
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Chania Old Town and Countryside Private Tour

Chania Old Town and Countryside Private Tour

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This is a private tour with a 7-seater van for a maximum 6 guests. This unique tour combines exploring the Cretan nature, the most spectacular gorge close to Chania and the villages surrounding it, followed by lunch in perhaps one of the best bio restaurants in Crete! We will drive through spectacular natural scenery, inside the gorge leading to the foot of the White Mountains, where the restaurant is located. All food in the small family restaurant is produced, handmade and cooked in wood oven, from bread to the local Cretan and Greek recipes! If you wish, we could walk around the farm and area, depending on the season and weather. It's not only a nature experience through a gorge but also a cultural one, as we will visit two small Byzantine churches and the lunch at the end is an experience by itself. On the way back we drive by the side of mountain over Chania with panoramic view of the town and Souda port!
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Trikke and Discover Cretan Art from Chania

Trikke and Discover Cretan Art from Chania

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Hop on a Trikke electric scooter and visit three top Chania museums on a 2-hour Cretan arts and history tour. Master your easy-to-ride Trikke and follow your knowledgeable guide through the picturesque Old Town streets as you hear historical anecdotes and stories. Visit the Folklore Museum to learn about bygone local life before riding to the Archaeological Museum. After inspecting the Minoan, Venetian and Ottoman artifacts here, cruise by Trikke to the harborside Maritime Museum, a treasure trove of exhibits on Crete’s seafaring past. Ideal for families and first-time visitors.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.14
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Chania Combo Tour

Chania Combo Tour

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A complete 3-hour Chania Tour. Glide through the narrow alleys of the Old City, to the sandy beach of Nea Chora with the picturesque small port, cruise along the Venetian harbor to the east towards Kum Kapi area (Turkish name meaning the Gate of the Sand), until reaching the former aristocratic area of Halepa. Learn about the neighborhood's turbulent and political 19th-century history. From there head back to the old city and into to the Splantzia district- once the Turkish quarter. Along the way listen to your guide as they provide historical information through your audio guide headset
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.68
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Photographer in Crete for your vacation

Photographer in Crete for your vacation

We are Gonzalo, Kirsten & Lola, professional photographers in Crete Chania. Our biggest passion and what we love to do most is to be behind the camera 24/7 and to capture the best moments of your trip and to meet people from all over the world. With more than 400 reviews on different platforms and several nominations for the best hosting photography experiences. We are really focused to give you the best holiday you deserve! Besides professional pictures we will also help you finding your way in the city and give you tons of tips to complete your perfect trip! As we know all the secrets of our city and we love to connect, we can’t wait to meet you and to show you our city, hidden corners and capture the best moments for you! *We also apply group discounts** Hope we meet you soon! insta:@travelandabroad
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.72
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Halepa Tour

Halepa Tour

Sightseeing can be exhausting, especially if you don’t know the city or what to look for. Save your energy – and the soles of your shoes – on this convenient Segway tour around Chania’s Halepa region. Led through the area by your tour leader, see beautiful old buildings and landmarks like the Franciscan Monastery of Agios Fragkiskos and the Orthodox Church of Holy Maria Magdalena. As you ride through the neighborhood, learn more about its nationally-significant history from your personal audio guide.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.36
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Chania Old Town private walking tour

Chania Old Town private walking tour

What about a private walking tour uniquely designed around the old town of Chania and Venetian port, which shows Chania's status as a cultural crossroads? A tour through a 7000-year-old history. Although the tour concentrates on history, we will explore the traditions and culture of Chania and how they have united to form the present-day city of Chania.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$467.00
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Food, wine and traditional products walking tour by Local Insiders’

Food, wine and traditional products walking tour by Local Insiders’

Insiders, as locals, always know very well their land. On this island, the most important is knowing where to find the best local producers, gift shops and arts. This tour is offered in a very detailed way, from people that know how to treat you and delight you.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.35
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Craft Beer Walking Tour - Chania - Sunset

Craft Beer Walking Tour - Chania - Sunset

Proudly The Original craft beer walking tour in Greece! Enjoy the stunning sunset while drinking some of Greece’s best craft beers. Showcasing a selection according to season & what’s freshly brewed. We've done the leg work for you! Walk through Old Town of Chania & the Venetian harbor, taste at least 8 craft beer samples accompanied with side plates. First we take the time to meet each other & taste a cool beer. Then, the walking tour will start. We discover hidden streets, making indoor stops at bars & pubs of the local craft beer scene and viewing the stunning sunset outdoors. Our walking tours are non-touristy, for young-at-heart-travellers & on a human rhythm. This is not a historical tour or a pub crawl. Start time is 18:00 (6PM). Duration 3,5 hours. Total distance 2,5-3kms. with easy walking level. Always in small groups Eco responsibility Minimum participation age 18 years old, according to the Geek law. Get thirsty! Cheers !!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.80
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What are Old Venetian Harbor hours of operation?
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Old Venetian Harbor hours of operation: 24/7. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Old Venetian Harbor tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Old Venetian Harbor can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 22 Old Venetian Harbor tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Old Venetian Harbor 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Old Venetian Harbor costs USD 5.20. Guided Old Venetian Harbor tours start around USD 5.20 per person. See all 22 Old Venetian Harbor tickets and tours on Viator.
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