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How to Spend 3 Days in Chania

How to Spend 3 Days in Chania

In Chania, you’ll want to soak up the sights of the city proper, including the Old Venetian Harbor and Chania Old Town; taste wine and olive oil; and feast on Cretan food. But with three days, you’ll also have time to enjoy adventures farther afield, from hiking the Samaria Gorge to lounging on the pink sands of Elafonisi Beach. Read on to find out how.

Day 1: Flavors of the Past

Spend your first day in Chania immersing yourself in this historic little city with its rich food-and-wine culture. Start by taking in ancient sights with a guide who can put the different historical eras in context, exploring by bike, Segway, electric 3-wheeler, or even on foot. Soak up the 14th-century Old Venetian Harbor, with its mosque, fortress, lighthouse, and medieval warehouses, and Chania Old Town, home to Byzantine walls and the 5,000-year-old Kasteli ruins. For lunch, unwind with a cooking class that trains you in the art of Cretan classics, such as cheese pies, hearty stews, anddakos (essentially Greek bruschetta), then enter the rich world of island olive oil on a factory tour. After soaking up a Cretan sunset, continue your foodie adventures as you snack and sip your way through Chania’s wealth ofmezedes.

Day 2: Inland Adventures

On your second day, take the opportunity to explore farther afield, heading inland to rugged landscapes and timeless villages. Test your muscles on the 10-mile (16-kilometer) hike through the Samaria Gorge, one of Europe’s most dramatic fissures, which narrows to just 10 feet (3 meters) wide at one point. Travel back in time to World War II as you tour key sites of the Battle of Crete, where Greek and Allied forces and partisans did battle against the Nazis. Blend natural beauty with traditional food and lifestyles among the White Mountains in the Sfakia region or in the scenic villages of Apokoronas, or head out on a 4WD safari in search of the finest olive oil and wine. Wrap up your day with a seafood feast in a waterfront taverna, capped off with Crete’s signatureraki (aniseed liquor).

Day 3: Life’s a Beach

Chania itself offers a wealth of water activities: snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, scuba diving caves and wrecks, and relaxing on sand or rocky beaches. But to truly discover the joy of the Sea of Crete, devote your last day to a day trip. Try Elafonisi Beach, where pale-pink sands, turquoise waters, and a pristine nature reserve make it a regular on European best-beaches lists. Adventure through the rugged Gramvousa Peninsula, stopping at beaches including the slender sand spit of Balos Lagoon. Or take a 4WD safari into the region around Georgioupolis, including a visit to a secluded beach. Head back to the city and spend your last evening discovering Crete’s rich tradition of wines, from sweet, dessert-style whites to full-bodied reds, accompanied by a selection of local cheeses.

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Crete Bohemian Sunset Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Dinner

Crete Bohemian Sunset Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Dinner

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Spend a freewheeling evening exploring the bohemian vibe of Chania during this 4-hour sunset drinking and eating tour. Check out some of the best ‘alternative’ hangouts in Crete’s second-largest city, enjoying sunset vistas, hidden gardens, great food and wine and some of the best ‘locals-only’ bars and clubs. A 3-course dinner, wine tasting, ‘raki’ (liquor) and ice cream are all included.
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  • 4 hours
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Full Day Samaria Gorge 10-Mile Walking Tour from Chania

Full Day Samaria Gorge 10-Mile Walking Tour from Chania

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With its sheer walls and tight passageways, the Samaria Gorge is one of Crete’s most striking natural wonders. With this tour, all the logistics are taken care of so all you need do is complete the challenging 10-mile (18-kilometer) hike. Set off from Chania in early morning and arrive at the trailhead ahead of the crowds. After the guided hike, board a boat back to Chora Sfakion, then a bus back to Chania.
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  • 14 hours
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Semi Private Jeep Safari Tour - Visit a Shepherd's Hut

Semi Private Jeep Safari Tour - Visit a Shepherd's Hut

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Heading into rural Crete alone to discover its villages and lifestyles means either self-driving a rental car or relying on public buses. With this full-day tour, save yourself the hassle and effort, and explore Crete’s mountainous interior in a convoy of chauffeured 4x4s. En route, stop at Venizelos Gorge, stone villages, a cheese-making shepherd’s hut, museums, viewpoints, and more—all of them easy to miss if exploring independently.
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  • 8 hours
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Full-day Apokoronas Culture, Cuisine and Wine Tour from Chania

Full-day Apokoronas Culture, Cuisine and Wine Tour from Chania

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Discover the cultural heart of Crete on this full-day tour of Apokoronas from Chania. Learn more about Cretan life, traditions, and handicrafts at the Apokoronas Museum; enjoy wine tasting at the wineries of the White Mountains; and sample local specialties such as rusks, raki, and cheeses; then tuck into a typical Cretan lunch.
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  • 6 hours
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Uncharted Escapes: Crete's Wine and Olives Safari Tour from Chania

Uncharted Escapes: Crete's Wine and Olives Safari Tour from Chania

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Immerse yourself in Crete’s culture and cuisine on this full-day 4WD safari from Chania. Sample fine Cretan wines at a local vineyard, watch a demonstration of traditional knife making, then peek into an olive mill and learn about the island’s famous extra-virgin olive oil. Finally, indulge in a delicious lunch at a local tavern and taste typical Cretan specialties like seafood, feta cheese and savory pies.
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  • 8 hours
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WWII – The Battle of Crete Day Tour

WWII – The Battle of Crete Day Tour

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Exploring the locations of the Battle of Crete—an important World War II battle—without a guide could leave you with only a patchy take on this pivotal event. With this tour from Chania, learn about the battle at its key sites, hearing how Nazi forces took Crete from the Allies in 1941. Visit the Maleme airfield, monuments, and cemeteries, and discover secret shelters and sites you might miss alone.
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  • 6 hours
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Georgioupolis Safari Off Road Tours Outdoor Activities Land Rover Defender

Georgioupolis Safari Off Road Tours Outdoor Activities Land Rover Defender

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Escape the tourist trail and spend a day exploring off the beaten track beauty near Georgioupolis. By traveling in a Land Rover, you’ll be able to access off-road sites that you wouldn’t discover otherwise. Visit incredible archaeological sites, traditional villages, and secluded beaches. If you work up an appetite, you won’t have to research where to eat as a delicious lunch in a family tavern is included. The tour will also take you to a winery, an olive oil factory, a castle, and multiple historical sites.
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  • 8 hours
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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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Full Day Bygone Crete Cooking Class Adventure

Full Day Bygone Crete Cooking Class Adventure

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Get a taste for the idyllic scenery, customs, and culture of the Cretan countryside 11-hour sightseeing trip with a small group. Travel to areas few tourists ever see as you visit the historic Monastery of Arkadi, learn to bake bread in a picturesque mountain village, take a hike through a beautiful gorge, and much more. Lunch, a light dinner, snacks, coffee, and transport are included.
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  • 11 hours
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Full-day Sfakia Region Tour from Chania: Hiking, Cooking Class, Wine Tasting

Full-day Sfakia Region Tour from Chania: Hiking, Cooking Class, Wine Tasting

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Venture off the beaten track in Crete and discover the natural wonders, unique traditions, and delicious cuisine of the Sfakia region on this full-day small-group tour from Chania. Hike through the Imbros gorge; experience local life in Kallikratis village; sample typical Cretan food during a cooking class; and enjoy an expert-led wine tasting.
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  • 11 hours
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Full-Day Guided Tour to Gramvousa Island with Hotel Pickup

Full-Day Guided Tour to Gramvousa Island with Hotel Pickup

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Take a full-day sightseeing cruise to Gramvousa Island from Rethymnon, Georgioupolis or Chania.  This convenient, budget-friendly outing includes hotel pickup and drop off for an all-day sun, sand and sea adventure. See the Venetian Castles, swim in the Balos Lagoon, sunbathe on sandy beaches, explore the caves at Kissamos Bay, and enjoy views of Agria Gramvousa and Vouxa Cape from the water.
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  • 14 hours
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