Venetian Lighthouse Tours

Perching on the end of the breakwater, the Venetian Lighthouse is the most striking of all the buildings around Chania’s imperious Venetian Harbour, and was constructed around 1570 when the town was under control of the Republic of Venice. It is one of the oldest lighthouses in the world and its spindly, butter-colored stone tower stretches up 69 feet (21 m) high. Last renovated in 2006, the tower was modified several times in the intervening centuries, gaining the mini-minaret above its light in 1839, when Ottoman Turks occupied Crete.

Although it’s no longer operational and closed to the public, the lighthouse is the landmark building in Chania and has an unusual three-part construction; its base has eight sides and its middle section has 16, while its upper reaches are circular. There’s an enjoyable stroll along the walls of the Venetian Harbour to admire its spectacular architecture and this is a romantic spot to linger when it’s illuminated after dark; better still, enjoy the view over an ouzo in one of Chania’s many harbour-side tavernas.

Practical Info

It’s slightly less than a mile (1.5 km) to walk to the lighthouse around the harbour walls. 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: Eleftherios Venizelos Square, Chania, Crete, Greece
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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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USD46.21
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  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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40-Minute Chania Sightseeing Tour by Trikke

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.
  • Duration: 40 minutes
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USD32.34
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  • Duration: 40 minutes
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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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USD33.50
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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USD51.98
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Chania city

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.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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USD18.48
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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