Maritime Museum of Crete Tours

The Firkas Fortress at the entrance to Chania harbor was built during the Venetian occupation of Crete between 1204 and 1669; it was originally used as a barracks and prison and has housed the island’s Maritime Museum since 1973.

Spread over two floors of the museum are 13 chronological displays starting with models of ships from Prehistoric times, passing through ancient navigational equipment, and ending with models of destroyers and landing craft from Greece’s modern-day naval fleet. Highlights along the way include plunder from ancient shipwrecks, such as amphorae and cooking utensils; reproductions of Minoan galleys; a Bronze Age trireme; and a model bridge from a World War II torpedo boat. A section is also given over to the German invasion of Crete in 1941, illustrated with photographs and personal testimonies.

There’s a small exhibition of shells showcasing the diversity of Mediterranean sea life and a well-stocked library of maritime books. A visit to the museum is easily combined with a walk around Chania’s Venetian Harbour or can be visited as part of an electric Trikke tour of its Old Town.

Practical Info

Open Apr–Oct daily 9am–4pm; Nov–Mar daily 9am–2pm. Admission for adults is €2; students is €1; children less than 6 go free. The museum is best reached on foot although there is some parking in the area. Chania can be reached by daily ferry from Piraeus in Athens, and by plane via Chania International Airport, which is 9 miles (14 km) from the town center.
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Address: Akti Kountourioti, Chania, Crete, Greece
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Hours: Apr–Oct daily 9am–4pm; Nov–Mar daily 9am–2pm
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Admission: Adults €2; Students €1; Children less than 6 go free.
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Chania Old Town Private Trikke Tour

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.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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$46.26 USD
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Chania Segway Night Tour

Avoid the uncomfortable heat and large crowds of daytime Chania on an evening Segway tour that reveals a different side of the historic Greek city. In an intimate group limited to only six people, you’ll explore the Old Venetian Harbor and Chania Old Town with ease on a self-balancing Segway. Plus, provided headsets mean you’re able to listen to historical commentary as you go, without the need for too many time-consuming stops.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$56.67 USD
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Private Tour: Trikke and Discover Cretan Art from Chania

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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Good Morning Chania Bike Tour

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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$33.54 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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